Monthly Archives: December 2015

Holiday Message from Kenneth Kozel, President and CEO

Kozel-Ken_Small-for-WebThe holiday season is upon us and as we approach the New Year, it brings me great pride – and immense gratitude – to reflect upon the steadfast commitment and support of our team members, medical staff, Board members, volunteers and the local community, and University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s many accomplishments in 2015.

This year, Shore Regional Health has continued to live our mission – Creating Healthier Communities Together – and vision – to be the region’s leader in patient centered health care. We do that by striving each day to meet our goals of Patients First – creating exceptional quality, safety and patient experience; Innovation and Clinical Integration – leading the way in innovative and integrated care delivery; Access to Care – enhancing access to clinical services throughout the region; Team Strength – supporting the efforts of highly engaged team members and physician partners; and Financial Resources – achieving consistently strong financial performance in support of the mission. As a team, we have worked hard this year to meet these goals.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment to Shore Regional Health, the high quality care and compassion you provide to the patients we serve and the service you offer to our region. Each of you makes our organization the successful, first-rate provider of health care that it is and our family members, friends and neighbors in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties lead healthier, happier lives because of you. Thank you for your continued participation in our team member forums and for your feedback on how we can better achieve our mission.

I wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a new year that brings an abundance of health, happiness and success to all. Here’s to our collective success in 2016.

Take good care.

 

Reminder: Holiday Hours Posted

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Thursday, 12/24

Friday, 12/25

Saturday, 12/26 Thursday, 12/31

Friday, 1/1

UM SRH Diagnostics at Denton

9am-4pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED  9am-4pm 9am-4pm

UM Shore Convenient Care

8am-4:30pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED 8am-4:30pm

8am-5pm

UM Shore Rehab at Denton 7am-5pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED 7am-5pm

CLOSED

UM SRH Diagnostics at Sunburst Center

Close at 1pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Close at 1pm CLOSED
UM Shore Rehab at Cambridge 7am-1pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED 7am-1pm

CLOSED

UM SRH Diagnostics at UM SMP at Queenstown

Close at 1pm  CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Close at 1pm CLOSED
UM SRH Cardiovascular Diagnostics at UM SMP at Queenstown Close at 1pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Close at 1pm

CLOSED

UM Shore Rehab at Queenstown

7am-5pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED 7am-5pm CLOSED
UM Shore Surgery Center at Queenstown CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED

CLOSED

UM SRH Diagnostics at Centreville

Close at Noon CLOSED CLOSED Close at Noon CLOSED
UM SRH Diagnostics at Roundtop Professional Building Close at 1pm CLOSED CLOSED Close at 1pm

CLOSED

UM SRH Diagnostic and Imaging Center

Close at 1pm CLOSED CLOSED Close at 1pm CLOSED

UM Shore Rehab at Easton

7am-5pm CLOSED CLOSED 7am-5pm

CLOSED

Cancer Center – Outpatient Chemo CLOSED CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Normal Hours

CLOSED

Cancer Center – Radiation Oncology

Normal Hours CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Normal Hours CLOSED
Comprehensive Breast Center at UM SRH Close at Noon CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Normal Hours

CLOSED

UM SRH Cardiovascular Diagnostics at Easton

Close at 1pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Close at 1pm CLOSED

UM Shore Surgery Center at Easton

Open

CLOSED CLOSED Open

CLOSED

UM SRH Center for Integrative Medicine 7am-5pm CLOSED CLOSED 7am-5pm

CLOSED

UM Shore Medical Group Practices Close at 1pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Close at 1pm

CLOSED

Santa Visits Cancer Center with Get Well Wishes

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Scroll from SantaThe Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health recently hosted a special visitor when Santa made a trip from the North Pole to Easton to deliver “thinking of you” and “get well wishes” to area cancer patients. George Jackson, a Caroline County resident who devotes his time to getting scrolls signed for U.S. troops overseas, delivered the 200 ft. scroll filled with signatures to the Center just in time for it to be displayed during the holiday season.

Accepting the scroll from George Jackson, “Santa” (center), are Brian Leutner, director of Oncology Services, UM Shore Regional Health; Sharon Richter, BSN, RN, CCRC, OCN, clinical research nurse, Cancer Center; Jennifer Dyott, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C, Comprehensive Breast Center; Diana Evans, Cancer Registry; Mary Deshields, MD, medical oncology; John Mastandrea, MD, radiation oncology; Kathy Hurley, RN, OCN, outpatient chemotherapy coordinator; Patti Willis, senior vice president, strategy and communications, UM Shore Regional Health; Melissa Kelly, coordinator, Comprehensive Breast Center; Robin Ford, MS, RN, OCN, radiation oncology; and Susan Henry, RN, outpatient chemotherapy.

Hospital Foundation Funds Cardiology Technology

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Chesapeake Cardiology equip

Pictured with the new review station are Dr. Robert Hanna; Melissa Svehla, BS, RVT, RDCS, clinical specialist non-invasive cardiology, UM Shore Regional Health; Ida Jane Baker, president, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation; and Gary Jones, regional director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services at UM Shore Regional Health.

The Cambridge location of Chesapeake Cardiology – 400 Byrn Street, Suite B – is now home to technology which enables cardiologists, S. Robert Hanna, Jr., MD, and R. Bruce Helmly, MD,  to read and assess cardiac ultrasound testing images and measurements taken at any of the five UM Shore Regional Health cardiovascular diagnostic locations throughout the region. Both physicians have office hours at the Cambridge location.

Purchased with resources from the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation, this technology – named syngo Dynamics – helps to streamline image review times and report processing times, improving both efficiency and the patient experience. “Through the years, the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation and members of the local community have been tremendous supporters of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services,” comments Gary Jones, regional director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services at UM Shore Regional Health. “The syngo Dynamics review station facilitates access to our patients’ diagnostic results from the office at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Dorchester.”

Ida Jane Baker, president, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation, remarks, “Once again, the generosity of our local community has made it possible for the Foundation to support implementation of leading-edge technologies and services in Dorchester County.”

Upcoming Events: December 2015 and January 2016

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DECEMBER

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

Acupuncture, Massage and Psychotherapy – By appointment, Monday-Friday, except holidays. Center for Integrative Medicine, Easton. New location: Suite 300, 522 Cynwood Drive, Easton. For information about providers and services, visit umshoreregional.org/programs/integrative, or call 410-770-9400.

JANUARY

ASK THE EXPERT

“Ask the Expert” Podcasts – To listen to informative  interviews with UM SRH specialists on diabetes, childbirth and parent education, men’s health, women’s health, stroke awareness,  interventional radiology and integrative medicine, visit umshoreregional.org/ATE.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thursday, 1/21, 6-7:30pm. UM Shore Nursing & Rehab Center at Chestertown. Led by Stephanie Golebieski, assistant director of nursing, UM SN&R Center at Chestertown. Contact: 410-778-4550.

Find information about skilled nursing, inpatient rehab and respite care in Chestertown online at umshoreregional.org/about/facilities/rehabilitation

AUXILIARY EVENTS 

Bazaar Bag Sale –  Friday, 1/8 and Saturday, 1/9, 10am to 4pm, The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street, Easton.  Customers can fill a bag with shop merchandise for either $6 or $10. Bags will be provided by the Bazaar and can be filled with previously discounted clothing (punched tickets). Certain merchandise exclusions do apply; please see a shop volunteer for details.  Operated by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton, which raises funds for UM SMC at Easton, The Bazaar is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.  For more information about the Bazaar at 121 Federal Street or volunteer opportunities call 410-822-2031. All sales conducted by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton are for the benefit of the hospital’s equipment, programs, services and patient care.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT

Transition to Wellness — Free workshops for breast cancer survivors and patients who are ending treatment. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5866

Survivors Offering Support (SOS) — Free program pairing women who have breast cancer with mentors who are breast cancer survivors. If you need support or would like to become a mentor, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Look Good … Feel Better — Monday, 1/18, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Free ACS program for women with cancer includes hair, skin and make-up tips, samples and a visit to the wig room. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 1/26, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 410-822-9400.

CANCER SUPPORT

CARES Educational Series — Tuesday, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, and 1/26, 3-5pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Free four-week program including these topics: Cancer Recovery and Survivorship – Emotional Wellbeing (1/5): Nutrition and Physical Activity – Why it’s Important to Cancer Recovery (1/12); Managing Health Issues Following Cancer Treatments (1/19); and Living Beyond Cancer —  Facing the Unknown, Keeping Health Records (1/26). To register, contact: Margot Spies, 410-822-1000, ext. 5096.

Cancer Patient Support Group – Tuesday, 1/5 and 1/19, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 443-254-5940. Contact: 443-254-5940.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 1/12, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Guest Speaker: Christopher Levey, MD, radiologist. Contact: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

Prostate Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 1/18, 7pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Room. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown — Monday, 1/25, 6:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Find more information about cancer treatment and support services online at umshoreregional.org/cancer_program

CHILDBIRTH & NEW PARENT EDUCATION

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, 1/5 & 1/19, 10-11:30am, UM SMC at Easton, 5th floor meeting room. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5700.

Labor & Delivery Class — Saturday, 1/9, 8:30am-3pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Overview of maternal reproductive health; signs, symptoms and stages of labor, including pain management; techniques for a successful birth experience; cesarean delivery; and recovery after the birth. Free; register by phone, 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Breastfeeding Class – Saturday, 1/23, 9am-12:30pm, UM SMC at Easton Health Education Center. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Find more information about The Birthing Center’s programs and services online at umshoreregional.org/ programs/birthing /services.

DIABETES EDUCATION AND SUPPORT

Carb Counting Class – Tuesday, 1/5, 1:30-3:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Overview of meal planning for diabetics. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Wednesday, 1/6, 5:30pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton.  Information and support for diabetes patients and family members. Led by Doris Allen, lead educator, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Diabetes Self-Management Classes/Easton & ChestertownEaston (two sessions): Tuesday, 1/5, 1/12 and 1/19, 9am-12pm; and Wednesday, 1/6, 1/13 and 1/20, 1:30-4:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Chestertown: Thursday, 1/14, 1/21 and 1/28, 1-4pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center.  Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and preregistration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext.5195.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Monday, 1/18, 10am-12pm, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, UM SMC at Easton. For those who have completed diabetes education classes but want to improve their self-care. Referral and preregistration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, 1/18, 5:30pm, Talbot County Senior Center-Brookletts Place. Information and support for diabetes patients and family members. Led by Karen Hollis, diabetes educator. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Dorchester – Wednesday, 1/20, 5:30pm, UM SMC at Dorchester Board Room. Information and support for diabetes patients and family members. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesdaym 1/26, 5:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown. Information and support for diabetes patients and family members. Led by Chrissy Nelson, diabetes educator. Contact:  410-778-7668, ext. 2175

Find information about diabetes treatment and support services online at umshoreregional.org/programs/endocrinology

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

Acupuncture, Massage, Psychotherapy and Reiki – By appointment, Mon-Fri, except holidays. Center for Integrative Medicine, Suite 300, 522 Cynwood Drive, Easton. For information about services, providers and scheduling, visit umshoreregional.org/programs/integrative/about, or call 410-770-9400.

SAFE SITTER ®

Safe Sitter ® Classes/Chestertown & Easton — Saturday, 1/16, 9am-4:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center; Saturday, 1/23, 9am-4:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center Rooms A-B. Pediatric nurses teach youth ages 11-13 the basics of babysitting, including the first aid, CPR and more. Cost: $40 (scholarships available). Limited seating, advance registration required. For more information or to register: Chestertown class – 410-778-7668, ext. 2175; Easton class – 410-822-1000, ext. 5231.

SCREENINGS

Free Blood Pressure Screenings/Easton & Cambridge – Easton: every Monday & Tuesday, 9am-12pm, Diagnostic & Imaging Center. Cambridge: every Tuesday & Friday, 11am-1pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. (Excluding holidays.)

STROKE SUPPORT

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thursday, 1/8, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. Forum: Sleep Disorders/Sleep Apnea. Topic: Identity Theft. Presenter: Devon Hainey, VP, SunTrust Bank. Stroke survivors and family/caregivers welcome. Contact: 410-310-9280, midshorestroke@gmail.com

Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tuesday, 1/26, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown. Open Forum led by Jessica Fluharty, neuroscience specialist, UM SRH. Stroke survivors and family/caregivers welcome. Contact:  410-822-1000, ext. 5068, jfluharty@umm.edu.

Reminder: Holiday Hours

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Thursday, 12/24

Friday, 12/25

Saturday, 12/26 Thursday, 12/31

Friday, 1/1

UM SRH Diagnostics at Denton

9am-4pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED  9am-4pm 9am-4pm

UM Shore Convenient Care

8am-4:30pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED 8am-4:30pm

8am-5pm

UM Shore Rehab at Denton 7am-5pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED 7am-5pm

CLOSED

UM SRH Diagnostics at Sunburst Center

Close at 1pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Close at 1pm CLOSED
UM Shore Rehab at Cambridge 7am-1pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED 7am-1pm

CLOSED

UM SRH Diagnostics at UM SMP at Queenstown

Close at 1pm  CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Close at 1pm CLOSED
UM SRH Cardiovascular Diagnostics at UM SMP at Queenstown Close at 1pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Close at 1pm

CLOSED

UM Shore Rehab at Queenstown

7am-5pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED 7am-5pm CLOSED
UM Shore Surgery Center at Queenstown CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED

CLOSED

UM SRH Diagnostics at Centreville

Close at Noon CLOSED CLOSED Close at Noon CLOSED
UM SRH Diagnostics at Roundtop Professional Building Close at 1pm CLOSED CLOSED Close at 1pm

CLOSED

UM SRH Diagnostic and Imaging Center

Close at 1pm CLOSED CLOSED Close at 1pm CLOSED

UM Shore Rehab at Easton

7am-5pm CLOSED CLOSED 7am-5pm

CLOSED

Cancer Center – Outpatient Chemo CLOSED CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Normal Hours

CLOSED

Cancer Center – Radiation Oncology

Normal Hours CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Normal Hours CLOSED
Comprehensive Breast Center at UM SRH Close at Noon CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Normal Hours

CLOSED

UM SRH Cardiovascular Diagnostics at Easton

Close at 1pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Close at 1pm CLOSED

UM Shore Surgery Center at Easton

Open

CLOSED CLOSED Open

CLOSED

UM SRH Center for Integrative Medicine 7am-5pm CLOSED CLOSED 7am-5pm

CLOSED

UM Shore Medical Group Practices Close at 1pm CLOSED NORMALLY CLOSED Close at 1pm

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Chestertown Lab Professionals Assume New Responsibilities

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Alicia Dodd and Margaret Pulleyn

Alicia Dodd and Margaret Pulleyn

To better serve the needs of our patients and the community in Chestertown, and as part of a reorganization in the laboratory, two long-term employees of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown have recently accepted additional responsibilities in the Medical Center’s laboratory department.

Margaret Pulleyn, MT (ASCP) recently assumed the role of Site Coordinator of the laboratory. She has been with UM SMC at Chestertown for more than 30 years, 20 of those serving as a section head. Pulleyn’s additional responsibilities will encompass all laboratory operations at UM SMC at Chestertown, including technical and non-technical employees.

“Margaret is a valued member of the Chestertown team,” comments Julie Hospodor, regional director of Laboratory Services. “Her experience in medical laboratory science and her relationships with the medical staff and her fellow team members make her an excellent choice to assume the coordinator position.”

Alicia Dodd recently assumed the role of lead medical laboratory assistant (MLA) in the Chestertown lab. She has been with UM Shore Regional Health for more than 11 years, 9 of those at UM SMC at Chestertown. In this role, Dodd will be responsible for oversight of the MLA staff at UM SMC at Chestertown and UM SRH Diagnostics at Rountop Professional Building.

“Alicia brings to her new role a steadfast commitment to patient satisfaction and high quality patient care,” adds Hospodor. “Both she and Margaret are tremendous assets to the Chestertown laboratory.”

Cancer Center Receives Donation from Easton High Interact Club

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Cancer Center DonationMembers of Easton High School’s Interact Club recently presented the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health with gift bags for patients receiving treatment at the Center.

Interact members made and sold angel ornaments, the proceeds of which were used to purchase items for the gift bags, including crossword puzzle books, lotion and lip balm to provide patients with comfort during treatments.

Pictured with the gift bags are Brianna Andrews, Easton High School student and Interact Club member; Heather Andrews, Interact Club co-advisor ; Victoria Dunlap, RT (R)(T), Radiation Oncology, Cancer Center; Jeremy Hillyard, Interact Club co-advisor; and the Cancer Center’s Michelle Engle, Radiation Therapy Assistant, and Kathy Hurley, RN, ONC, Outpatient Chemotherapy coordinator.