Monthly Archives: January 2016

Thank You Message from Ken Kozel

Team-StrengthDear UM Shore Regional Health Team Members,

There have been many occasions during my tenure with UM Shore Regional Health when I have been impressed by — and of course, proud of – your dedication to our patients, their families and the communities we serve. This past weekend, however, I was nothing short of amazed by the seamless coordination and continuity of care as hundreds of you stepped up to go above and beyond your normal duties to ensure that we could handle whatever winter storm Jonas brought to our five-county region.

At every site I visited last Sunday, I observed absolute professionalism and teamwork as you worked together and with a host of independent contractors, county agencies and emergency services (even the National Guard!) to assist both staff and patients with transportation needs and to keep “all systems go” in our hospitals and emergency departments. Maintenance, Environmental Services, Public Safety and Food Services team members deserve special thanks for everything they did to make sure that our physicians, allied health care providers, nurses and other direct care staff were able to do their jobs well despite very long shifts while the storm was in progress.

I am so proud and gratified to lead such a highly capable and committed team. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make sure that UM Shore Regional Health remained committed to its mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together, even under extreme and challenging weather conditions.

In closing, I have a small request — if you took any photos during the storm of our facilities or your team members “in action” during storm, could you please forward them to Trena Williamson, trena.williamson@umm.edu?

Sincerely,

Ken Kozel
President and CEO
UM Shore Regional Health

 

 

Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary Names 2016 Board Members

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CRHC Auxiliary 2016 BoardThe Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary recently named the members of its 2016 Board, which includes (standing, left to right) Sue Edson, Immediate Past President; Nancy Blum, Member-at-Large; Valerie Croft, Member-at-Large; Erin Gillespie, Membership; Phyllis Brown, Member-at-Large; Paddy Tobey, Member-at-Large; Kathy Davis, In-house Volunteer Coordinator; Barbara Noll, Member-at-Large; Nan Voorhees, Historian/Decorating; Mackey Dutton, Vice President; Mary Coryell, Member-at-Large; Veronica Gordon, Member-at-Large; Ann Davenport, Recording Secretary; (seated) Jack Edson, President; Ray Long, Treasurer.

Members of the Chester River Hospital Auxiliary provide volunteer services at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, in addition to raising funds to support programs and services at the Medical Center through its two retail establishments, the Nearly New Shop, located in downtown at 320 High Street in Chestertown, and the hospital Gift Shop.

Chester River Hospital Auxiliary is currently seeking volunteers in all areas of service.  To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call Jack Edson, Auxiliary President at 410-348-2159.

Long-Time Clinical Research Nurse Retires from Cancer Center

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Team members from UM Shore Regional Health's Cancer Program and nursing department, and family members wished Sharon well at a luncheon held in her honor.

Team members from UM Shore Regional Health’s Cancer Program and nursing department, and family members wished Sharon well at a luncheon held in her honor.

The Cancer Center team at UM Shore Regional Health recently said farewell to Clinical Research Nurse, Sharon Richter, BSN, RN, CCRC, OCN, who retired after more than a decade in that position. Prior to joining the Cancer Center team, Richter was a member of the nursing department at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

“Sharon was a valued member of our team and an asset to the Cancer Program at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health,” comments Brian Leutner, director, Oncology Services. “She was instrumental in our clinical trials program, support groups and in screening programs, such as our annual prostate cancer screening, which benefited countless residents of the five-county region.”

Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary Installs 2016 Officers

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Pictured at the 2016 Installation of Officers are (back row, left to right) Nancy Duvall, Financial Dues Secretary; Diane McCarthy; Nominating Committee Chairman; Catherine Gullion, Treasurer; June McKelvey, outgoing 1st Vice President; Nancy Linder, Corresponding Secretary; Ida Jane Baker, Past President; (front row) Karol Redline, Membership Dues Secretary; Francesca Rendell, Recording Secretary; and Joy Loeffler, 2nd Vice President.

Pictured at the 2016 Installation of Officers are (back row, left to right) Nancy Duvall, Financial Dues Secretary; Diane McCarthy; Nominating Committee Chairman; Catherine Gullion, Treasurer; June McKelvey, outgoing 1st Vice President; Nancy Linder, Corresponding Secretary; Ida Jane Baker, Past President; (front row) Karol Redline, Membership Dues Secretary; Francesca Rendell, Recording Secretary; and Joy Loeffler, 2nd Vice President.

At a recent general membership luncheon and meeting, the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary installed its 2016 officers.

Serving as elected officers in 2016 are Joy Loeffler, 2nd Vice President; Francesca Rendell, Recording Secretary; Catherine Gullion, Treasurer; Karol Redline, Membership Dues Secretary; Nancy Duvall, Financial Dues Secretary; and Nancy Linder, Corresponding Secretary. Members at Large include Rosalie Dolan, Kathy Potter and Pat Wood.  Those serving on the Nominating Committee are Diane McCarthy (Chairman), Alexandra Anderson-Snell, Nancy Duvall, and Barbara Lipe.

In addition to their volunteer efforts at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, the Auxiliary is responsible for income generated for programs and services at the medical center through the Hospitality Shop and the Robin Hood Shop in Cambridge.

For additional information about Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary projects or to become a volunteer, contact an Auxiliary member or call 410-228-5511.

“Everyday Heroes” Honored by UM Memorial Hospital Foundation

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Three physicians — Salvatore Verteramo, MD, Frank Ciocci, MD, and Ramesh Kolli, MD– and two nurses — Brittany Russell, RN and Stella Hubbard, RN –are the latest  team members to be honored as Everyday Heroes by the University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation, is shown with Everyday Hero honorees  Salvatore Verteramo, MD, emergency department physician, and Frank Ciocci, MD, medical director, Emergency Services, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation, is shown with Everyday Hero honorees Salvatore Verteramo, MD, emergency department physician, and Frank Ciocci, MD, medical director, Emergency Services, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

Dr. Ciocci and Dr. Verteramo were recognized as Everyday Heroes in December by the grateful wife of a patient who appreciated her husband’s care in the Emergency Department of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and the doctor’s referral to a specialist who could address his particular medical issue.

Pictured are: Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy, Ruth Ann Jones, director of acute care and emergency services, Pam Pardun, RN, nurse manager, ICU/Telemetry, Stella Hubbard, RN, Ramesh Kolli, MD, and Pat O'Shea, director of fund development, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation. Hubbard and Kolli were recently honored as Everyday Heroes.

Pictured are: Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy, Ruth Ann Jones, director of acute care and emergency services, Pam Pardun, RN, nurse manager, ICU/Telemetry, Stella Hubbard, RN, Ramesh Kolli, MD, and Pat O’Shea, director of fund development, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation. Hubbard and Kolli were recently honored as Everyday Heroes.

Ramesh Kolli, MD and Stella Hubbard, RN, both serving on the Telemetry Unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, were recognized as Everyday Heroes by an appreciative patient who cited the difference they made in the quality of his care during a recent hospital stay.

Shown are Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy, Penny Pink, director of surgical and ambulatory services, Brittni Russell, RN, Sydney Milligan, nurse manager, ambulatory care, and Pat O'Shea, director of fund development for UM Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Shown are Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy, Penny Pink, director of surgical and ambulatory services, Everyday Hero honoree Brittany Russell, RN, Sydney Milligan, nurse manager, ambulatory care, and Pat O’Shea, director of fund development for UM Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Brittany Russell, RN was recognized as an Everyday Hero by a grateful patient while giving exceptional care in Same Day Surgery at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

The Everyday Hero program provides patients, visitors and staff members with the opportunity to recognize and thank any UM Shore Regional Health team members who made a positive difference in a hospital visit or stay, by making a financial contribution of any size to the appropriate foundation.  Funds received are used for equipment, capital improvements and staff education in the departments in which the honored team member/s work.

For more information about the Everyday Hero program, call 410-810-5661 (Chestertown) or 410-822-1000, ext. 5763 (Dorchester and Easton).