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).

Upcoming Events: February 2016

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FEBRUARY

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,  integrative medicine and urology, visit UMShoreRegional.org/ATE.

Alzheimer’s Support

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thursday, 2/18, 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.

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, 2/15, 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.

Cancer Support

Cancer Patient Support Group – Tuesday, 2/2 & 2/16, Cancer Center,  Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 443-254-5940.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 2/9, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300

Prostate Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 2/15, 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, 2/22, 7pm, UM SRH at Chestertown, Education 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, 2/2 & 2/16, 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, 2/6, 9am-3:30pm, 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.

New Mom, New Baby: Safety & CPR –Saturday, 2/20, 9am-1:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Baby topics (feeding, taking the baby’s temperature, circumcision and core care); mother topics (postpartum care, handling emotions and stress, returning to work and birth control); and, safety topics (childproofing your home, immunizations, car seat safety, infant security, poisoning prevention and when to call the doctor). Includes tour of the Birthing Center. Register by phone, 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation – Saturday, 2/27, 9:30-11am, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Designed for children ages 3-8, includes a tour of the Birthing Center and story time or video.  Register by phone, 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

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

Diabetes Education and Support

Carb Counting Class – Tuesday, 2/2, 1:30-3:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Overview of the most commonly-used method of meal planning for diabetics. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Self- Management Class/Easton – Two sessions: Tuesday, 2/2, 2/9 & 2/16, 9am-12pm; and Wednesday, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 1:30-4:30pm. UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext.5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Wednesday, 2/3, 5:30pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton.  Led by Doris Allen, lead diabetes educator, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Gestational Diabetes Classes – Friday, 2/5 & Thur, 2/18 10am-12pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Single-session class addressing care during pregnancy and what to expect afterward. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Chestertown – Thursday, 2/11-18-25, 1-4pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Monday, 2/15, 10am-12pm, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, UM SMC at Easton. For those who have completed diabetes education classes, but want to take their self-care to the next level. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, 2/15, 5:30pm, Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 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, 2/24, 5:30pm, Dorchester County YMCA, Cambridge.  Information and support for diabetes patients and family members. Contact 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 2/23, 6:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown  Conference Center. Information and support for diabetes patients and family members. Led by Chrissy Nelson, diabetes educator. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Find more information about diabetes treatment and support services at UMShoreRegional.org/programs/endocrinology.

Foundation Events

Save the Date…Shoot for the Stars Casino Night – Saturday, 4/9, 7-11pm, Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. A fundraiser to benefit the patients and residents served by UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation featuring local “celebrity” croupiers and authentic gaming tables! Limited seating, reserve early. For more information visit UMShoreRegional.org/help/donate/chesterriver/shoot-for-the-stars, or call Deb Lauser: 410-810-5661

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.

Pulmonary Support

Friends and Family CPR Class – Tuesday, 2/16, 2-4:30pm, SMCC Education Center. Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Skills that can be used in an emergency. Pre-registration required. Contact: 410-778-3300, ext. 2222.

Safe Sitter

Safe Sitter® Class – Saturday, 2/27, 9am-4:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. 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: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175

Screenings

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

Stroke Support

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thursday, 2/4, 12-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. Topic: Questions and Answers About Medication After a Stroke. Presenter: Tom Sisca, Pharmacist, UM SMC at Easton. Stroke survivors and family/caregivers welcome. Contact: 410-310-9280, midshorestroke@gmail.com.

Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tuesday, 2/23, 12pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown. Topic: Stroke Treatments, What You Need to Know. Presenter:  Jessica Fluharty, Neuroscience specialist. Stroke survivors and family/caregivers welcome. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5068, jfluharty@umm.edu.

Find out more about stroke symptoms, treatment and recovery at UMShoreRegional.org/programs/stroke.

Local Ob-Gyn Joins Women’s Health Team at UM Shore Regional Health

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Siddiqui_Lab CoatUniversity of Maryland Shore Regional Health recently welcomed local Ob-Gyn, Aisha Siddiqui, MD, FACOG, to its Women’s Health team.  Dr. Siddiqui is working with University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Women’s Health, a practice located at 508 Idlewild Avenue in Easton.

A board certified physician with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Siddiqui earned her undergraduate degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. After obtaining her Doctor of Medicine from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, she completed a residency and internship with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn, Michigan. During her time at Oakwood, Dr. Siddiqui held the position of Chief Resident of the department.

Dr. Siddiqui worked in private practice in Illinois until 2014, when she relocated to Easton. A Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG), she is fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu.

“Dr. Siddiqui has been a valued member of UM Shore Regional Health’s Birthing Center team since coming to Easton two years ago,” comments Michele Wilson, regional vice president of operations, Southern Region, UM Community Medical Group. “It is with great pleasure that we welcome her to University of Maryland Community Medical Group as her experience and commitment to women’s health within our local communities is truly an asset to our team and to the women of the region.”

“For decades, the Birthing Center at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton has welcomed babies into the world in a safe, comfortable environment, surrounded by a knowledgeable and caring clinical team,” comments Ruth Ann Jones, director of Acute Care and Emergency Services at UM Shore Regional Health. “Women of the region need look no further for expert prenatal care and a first-class clinical team to see them through labor and delivery.”

As a member of UM Community Medical Group – Women’s Health, in addition to her expertise in pregnancy and childbirth, Dr. Siddiqui offers annual well woman examination; breast and cervical cancer screening; colposcopy; initial evaluation of urinary incontinence; preventive health screening; menopausal management; family planning resources; and sexually transmitted disease screening and management. She also has special interest in minimally invasive surgery and is skilled in laparoscopic, robotic assisted laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgeries.

Dr. Siddiqui is accepting new patients at UM Community Medical Group- Women’s Health. To schedule an appointment, call 410-820-4888. Additional information about the Birthing Center at UM Shore Regional Health can be found at UMShoreRegional.org/birthing.

Christopher Parry, DO, Featured in January’s “Ask the Expert” Podcast

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Ask the Expert Graphic for WebsiteThe latest installment of UM Shore Regional Health’s Ask the Expert series is available for listening at UMShoreRegional.org/ATE.

The podcast features guest expert Christopher Parry, DO, local urologist at the Chestertown location of University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Urology.

During this informational segment, listeners will learn more about prostate cancer awareness and screening and other urological conditions.