Monthly Archives: February 2016

Birthing Center Celebrates 20 Years of Service

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SRM 6000 Birthing Ctr Poster-MECHA lively celebration of the Birthing Center’s 20 years of service to Eastern Shore families took place on Thursday, February 25, in the Center’s Conference Room. Coverage of the event will appear in next week’s Compass, but for now, please take time to congratulate the Center’s staff for the more than 20,000 babies they have delivered since their opening date, January 16, 2016.

 

Donation Funds New Guest Furniture at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester

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CCU Chairs 2016

Pictured are (front) Lori D’Ambrosio; Ida Jane Baker, president, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation; Anna Chamberlain; (back) Ramona Taylor; Phyllis Creighton; Ruth Ann Jones, interim chief nursing officer; Mandy Bounds, manager, Critical Care and Multi-Specialty Care Units; and Vicky Collins.

The Critical Care Unit at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester is now home to four reclining sleeper chairs thanks to a generous donation, totaling $5,000, made by Ted and Phyllis Creighton to the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation.

While spending time on the unit as a patient, Mr. Creighton observed that his wife would have been more at ease during her many hours visiting him if a more comfortable, home-like, reclining chair had been available in his room. In response to this observation, and with the thought that others could benefit from the same comfort while visiting their family members, especially when staying overnight, the Creightons made a donation to the Foundation for the purchase of new sleeper chairs.

“The generosity of members of our local community, like the Creightons, makes it possible for the Foundation to fund much needed equipment and services at Shore Medical Center at Dorchester,” comments Ida Jane Baker, president, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation. “Every donation is used to achieve our ultimate goal – to provide the highest quality medical care to our friends and neighbors visiting our local hospital.”

Ruth Ann Jones, interim chief nursing officer, UM Shore Regional Health remarks, “Our team strives to provide patient and family-centered care, which is based on the understanding that family members are a patient’s primary source of support and strength. Families are integral partners with the healthcare team.   We welcomed the support Mrs. Creighton offered to her husband and to the Critical Care staff during his stay and we are appreciative of their recent contributions to the unit, which will offer comfort to others.”

“It is our hope that other family members, like myself, will benefit from the comfort of these chairs while visiting their ill loved ones,” says Mrs. Creighton. “My husband and I received wonderful care at Shore Medical Center at Dorchester and we are just happy to have been able to help others have a positive experience when in need of hospital care.”

CPR Opportunities Scheduled in Chestertown

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aha-2Over the next several weeks, University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown will host two CPR classes, one designed for health care providers and another for members of the community.

Family and Friends CPR – UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center
Tuesday, March 16, 2016, 2-4:30pm
RSVP: Sherrie Hill, 410-778-3300, ext. 2222
Refreshments provided. Class size is limited so please RSVP to reserve your spot.
Family and Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR, but do not need a CPR course completion card for their job. This course is ideal for family members and friends of persons with medical problems as well as those interested in learning how to save a life. 

American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
Saturday, April 23, 8am-12pm
RSVP: Mickey Roderick: 410-778-3300, ext. 3301 or mroderick@umm.edu
$40 Registration Fee
Approved by the American Heart Association, this class teaches participants how to recognize several life-threatening emergencies through classroom instruction and hands-on certified CPR training. Participants will also learn how to effectively use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and to relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. This class is designed for health care professionals including nurses, lifeguards, police officers, fire fighters and child care workers. 

Cardiovascular Professionals Celebrated During February, American Heart Month

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aha-2During the month of February, Cardiovascular Professionals at UM Shore Regional Health observed American Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease and the various ways it can be prevented. One in four deaths are caused by heart disease making it the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. The three major risk factors are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. Other risk factors include having diabetes, inactivity, eating an unhealthy diet, obesity and family history.

The good news? In many cases, heart disease can be prevented by making healthier lifestyle choices regarding diet and exercise, and by managing any chronic medical conditions that you may have.

Not just during American Hearth Month, but all year through, the cardiovascular professionals at UM Shore Regional Health encourage you to:

  • Know your numbers: be aware of your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and consult with your medical provider about ways to keep your numbers within normal limits
  • Know the warning signs of a heart attack: the chances of surviving a heart attack are greater the sooner you receive emergency treatment
  • And finally, make sure you are receiving proper medical care from a provider you trust.

Various events took place throughout the month to raise awareness about heart health.

Donna Neff and Judi Willock at Friends and Family CPR.

Donna Neff and Judi Willock at Friends and Family CPR.

Sixteen community members participated in the Family and Friends CPR Event held at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown on February 16. Family and Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR, but do not need a CPR course completion card for their job. This course is ideal for family members and friends of persons with medical problems as well as those interested in learning how to save a life. Another class is scheduled for Tuesday, March 16 from 2-4:30pm, which will be held in the Education Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. To register, call Sherrie Hill at 410-778-3300, ext. 2222.

Sarah Hughes, RN; Matthew Roberts, MS, ACSM-CEP; and Tracy Supcoe, RN, BSN of the Cardiac Rehab Program at UM SMC at Easton.

Sarah Hughes, RN; Matthew Roberts, MS, ACSM-CEP; and Tracy Supcoe, RN, BSN of the Cardiac Rehab Program at UM SMC at Easton.

In observation of National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week – Sunday, February 14-Saturday, February 20 – the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton held several activities to celebrate the life-saving impact of cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehabilitation has a vital role in reducing the effects of heart disease and improving quality of life for patients and their families. To learn more about the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, call:
UM SMC at Chestertown – 410-778-3300, ext. 2222
UM SMC at Dorchester – 410-228-5511, ext. 8201
UM SMC at Easton – 410-822-1000, ext. 5208

During Cardiovascular Professionals Week– Sunday, February 14-Saturday, February 20 – several events were held including an “Ask the Expert” event for team members and volunteers. Stations included Cardiology, which offered EKGs; Respiratory, which offered pulse ox exams; Vascular, which offered ABIs; Cardiac Rehabilitation, which offered blood pressure screenings and information about the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program; and the Sleep Lab, which had an informational booth. Dr. John Condit of UM Community Medical Group – Cardiology, was also on hand for Q&A. In addition, daily activities were set up in the cafeteria at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

Several members of the Cardiovascular team at UM Shore Regional Health.

Several members of the Cardiovascular team at UM Shore Regional Health

Cardiopulmonary Staff Complete Intensive PFT Training

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Core staff members in Cardiopulmonary Services recently completed in-depth training in pulmonary function testing (PFT) that covered every procedure performed, reports Steve Eisemann, regional manager, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Services.

Receiving the training were Terri Fisher, RRT, CPFT; Tracy Hindle, RRT, AE-C and Patty Joiner, RRT, CPFT. They each earned 20 hours of continuing education credits (CEU) upon successful completion of the four day training. The training was made possible thanks to grant application, written and submitted by Fisher to UM Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Ritter Fund. Funding was awarded in the amount of $4,734.

Patty Joiner, Terri Fisher and Tracy Hindle recently completed extensive PFT training.

Patty Joiner, Terri Fisher and Tracy Hindle recently completed extensive PFT training.

Pulmonary function testing determines the presence of lung disease. It determines the extent of the disease or impairment and also monitors progression. Test results also play a significant role in determining the course of therapy to treat the disease. Testing requires considerable cooperation from the patient — and skill on the part of the therapist.

“For the data to be accurate and helpful to the physicians who are making diagnoses and developing treatment plans, our therapists must be extremely well-trained and proficient in a variety of testing equipment,” says Eisemann. “That’s why this training is so important. We are really grateful to the Ritter Fund of UM Memorial Hospital Foundation for making it possible.”

Pulmonary function testing is conducted at all three UM Shore Regional Health hospitals. The laboratory at Easton also provides cardio-pulmonary stress testing that helps physicians diagnose the causes of a patients’ shortness of breath and identify their exercise tolerance level in a rehabilitation program and Methacholine challenges to determine the presence and extent of reactive airway disease that has not been revealed through more commonly performed pulmonary function testing.

System-Wide PC Reboot Set for Monday, February 29 at 2 a.m.

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All of UM Shore Regional Health PCs must be updated with new browser software and protected with security patches to avoid devices becoming infected.  In order to load these new updates the PCs MUST be rebooted.

The IT department has reported that several hundred PCs have not been rebooted in order to activate their patches/upgrades. As a result,  IT will be automatically rebooting all devices on Monday, February 29 at 2 a.m. Be sure to save all work on your PC!

Telemetry at UM SMC at Easton Gets SLAMmed!

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The Safe Lifting and Movement (SLAM) Committee of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health surprised the 4th floor Telemetry Unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton on Tuesday, February 23, with a visit to celebrate the unit’s staff on their outstanding success in reducing injuries incurred while moving or lifting patients. According to SLAM co-chair Mandy Bounds, MS, RN, CCRN-CMS, Easton Telemetry was the first unit to be recognized in what will be a series of quarterly celebrations for achievement in avoiding staff injuries related to moving or lifting patients.

“The Telemetry Unit at Easton has made huge strides in making sure that staff are properly trained in safe moving and lifting techniques and use of equipment,” notes Bounds. “Thanks to their efforts, more than a year has passed since a staff injury has occurred on the unit.”

Bounds also reported that across UM Shore Regional Health hospitals and outpatient facilities, the rate of staff injuries incurred while moving or lifting patients has decreased significantly in the past two years. SLAM has accomplished this by identifying barriers to the use of safe lifting equipment and updating staff in the proper strategies for use.

“We also have completed an inventory of all the equipment currently in use and also conducted an organization-wide needs assessment that will help us plan for the future,” explains Bounds. “We are cultivating a culture of safe lifting and will be kicking off a nursing clinical subgroup that will implement clinical practice guidelines.”

In addition to Blem and Bounds (co-chair), SLAM Committee members are: Gina Anciano, Nancy Bedell, Gary Bigelow, Susan Coe, Chris DiFatta, Pamela Pardun, Steve Pittman and  Amy Stafford.

Chester River Bridge Set for 30-day closure to begin July 18

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The Chester River Bridge Task Force, has confirmed that the planned closure dates for the bridge are now firm: July 18 — through August 14.  There will be some preliminary work going on this spring and summer, with possible lane closures at times, but the actual bridge closure will not take place until July 18. During the closure period, the Bridge will undergo needed repairs and maintenance work.

UM Shore Regional Health team members are working with the Task Force to make sure that operations at UM SMC at Chestertown remain accessible to patients and staff, and that the public is well-informed about alternate routes to the medical center from  Queen Anne’s county.

Kent and Queen Anne’s EMS do not anticipate changing any of their protocols, however, MIEMSS was put on notice of the possibility of more patient fly-outs from Chestertown due to the additional 20+ minute detour by vehicle.  In addition, since a significant number of the members live south of the bridge, Chestertown Volunteer Fire Department will have six to eight firemen stationed at the firehouse 24/7 to reduce response times during the closure.

Upcoming Events: February and March 2016

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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, 3/24, 6-7:30pm. UM Shore Nursing & Rehab Center at Chestertown. Led by Stephanie Golebieski, assistant director of nursing. 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

Winter Clearance Bag Sale – Saturday, 2/27, customers can shop the $5.00 bag sale – fill a shopping bag (provided by Nearly New) for just $5.00 (excluding jewelry and tuxedos). During both sales events, there will be no additional price markdowns, no lay-aways and no merchandise will be held. The Nearly New Shop is operated by the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary. All sales conducted by the Auxiliary are for the benefit of equipment, programs, services and patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Buy Two, Get Three Free Sale – Now through Saturday, 2/27, The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street. During the sale, customers can buy two star-punched items at 50% off and get 3 free (equal or lower priced star punched items). The Bazaar is operated by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton. All sales conducted by the Auxiliary are for the benefit of equipment, programs, services and patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

$1 Sale – Monday, 2/29, The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street. Stop by for a selection of clothing items that will be marked down to $1.00. The Bazaar is operated by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton. All sales conducted by the Auxiliary are for the benefit of equipment, programs, services and patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

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.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 3/1, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Topic: Komen Race for the Cure with Lori Yates, Komen Maryland. Tuesday, 3/22, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Topic: Genetics 101 with Jessica Scott, MGC, CGC. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Look Good … Feel Better: Monday, 3/21, 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 – Thursday, 3/3 and 3/17, 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, 3/8, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship.

Prostate Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 3/21, 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, 3/28, 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

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.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, 3/1 & 3/15, 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, 3/5, 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.

Breastfeeding Class – Saturday, 3/19, 9am-12:15pm, 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 at UMShoreRegional.org/birthing.

Diabetes Education and Support.

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Chestertown – Thursday, 2/25, 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 Class/Easton  – Two sessions: Tuesday, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 9am-12pm; and Wednesday, 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 4:30-7:30pm. 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.

Carb Counting Class – Tuesday, 3/1, 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.

Gestational Diabetes Classes – Friday, 3/4 & 3/18 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 Support Group/Denton – Wednesday, 3/9, 5:30pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton.  Led by Doris Allen, BSN, RN, CDE, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Contact: 410-479-2161.

 Diabetes Self-Management Class/Chestertown – Thursday, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 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 – Mon, 3/21, 10am-12pm, UM 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, 3/21 5:30pm, Talbot County Senior Center-Brookletts Place, Easton. Led by Karen Hollis, RD, LDN, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 3/22, 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.

Diabetes Alert Day – Tuesday, 3/22, 8:30-11am, 2-4:40pm, YMCA at Easton. This day is recognized nationally as a day to raise awareness for diabetes, educators will be doing risk assessments, and offering information for those who have questions about diabetes. Contact 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/ Dorchester – Wednesday, 3/30, 5:30pm, Dorchester County YMCA, Cambridge. Led by Renee Woodward, diabetes educator. Contact 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

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” dealers 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

8th Annual Prostate Cancer Tournament – Thursday, 5/12, 11am, River March Golf Club at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, MD. Participation in the 2016 Prostate Cancer Golf Tournament will provide support, in memory of David Whitby, to help advance healthcare excellence and improve outcomes for prostate cancer patients at the University of Maryland Shore Regional Cancer Center. Contact Gary Wright 443-614-0774, gw21601@gmail.com.

Integrative Medicine

Acupuncture, Massage, Psychotherapy and Reiki – By appointment, Monday-Friday, 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, 3/16, 2-4:30pm, SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Skills that can be used in an emergency. Pre-registration required. Contact: 410-778-3300, ext. 2222.

Reducing Fall Risk

Stepping On! – Wednesdays, 3/23-5/4, 10am-12pm, Caroline County Senior Center, Denton. Led by UM Shore Regional Health physical therapists Kelly Marchetti and Paula Baker, Stepping On! helps older people build confidence and reduce fall risk. Guest experts will provide information on exercise, vision, safety, and medications. Free. Register: 410-221-0029, kmarchetti@umm.edu.

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 Tuesday & Friday, 11am-1pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. (Excluding holidays.)

Stroke Support

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thursday, 3/3, 12-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. Topic: “Coping After A Stroke” Presenter: Debra Weber, LCPC, Manager Outpatient Shore Behavioral Health UM Shore Regional Health. Stroke survivors and family/caregivers welcome. Contact: 410-310-9280, midshorestroke@gmail.com.

Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tuesday, 3/23, 12pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown. Topic: Stroke Treatments, What You Need to Know. Presenter:  Katie Ewers, dietitian. 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.

UMMS Medicare and Medicaid Plan Presentations

University of Maryland Health Advantage Plan Information Sessions – Three sessions, all open to the public: Thursday, 2/25, 10am-12pm, UM SMP at Queenstown; Friday, 2/26, 10am-12pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, 3rd floor conference room; and Friday, 2/26, 10am-12pm, UM SMC at Easton, HEC.  UM health Advantage is an HMO and HMO SNP Plan with  Medicare and Medicaid contracts. Available to anyone with moth Medical Assistance from the State of Maryland and Medicare. A sales professional will be on hand at these sessions to provide information and applications.

Road to Recovery Program Helps Cancer Patients in Need, Seeking Local Volunteers

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Elmer Parkerson, local coordinator for the Road to Recovery Program, has provided transportation to area cancer patients for more than eight years.

Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” The Cancer Program at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health attributes much of its success – in providing comprehensive cancer care and support services – to partnerships with various community organizations.

Through its partnerships with area medical providers, community organizations, churches and an army of volunteers, the Program offers cancer patients, cancer survivors and residents throughout the five-county region a variety of support services ranging from preventive screenings to holiday meals to transportation services, all at no cost.

“The support we receive from our community partners and volunteers is invaluable,” comments Brian Leutner, director of Oncology Services, UM Shore Regional Health. Because of their commitment, the Cancer Program provides greater accessibility to patient-centered health care services and a more positive experience overall.”

Among the available programs at the Cancer Center is the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program. Road to Recovery works with the Cancer Program to provide free transportation to patients who face challenges getting to their cancer treatments at the Cancer Center, which is located at 509 Idlewild Avenue in Easton. More than 40 volunteer drivers in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties give of their time, using their own cars and gas, to ensure that patients maintain their treatment schedules.

“Cancer Center team members depend on the kindness and dedication that our local Road to Recovery drivers demonstrate in helping our patients receive quality cancer care,” adds Leutner. “Without this program, many of our patients would not be able to maintain therapeutic treatment schedules and therefore, would not experience the positive outcomes that many of them do.”

The Road to Recovery Program is coordinated locally by retired Maryland State Police Officer and businessman, Elmer Parkerson, who serves as a volunteer driver himself. As coordinator, Parkerson facilitates the American Cancer Society’s required orientation for new drivers, maintains records of insurance coverage and safe driving records, and matches drivers to patients’ appointment schedules.

“I can’t say enough about the volunteer drivers in the program,” says Parkerson. “They are always willing to respond when called upon to meet the needs of many patients who require treatment and reliable transportation.  The drivers are the glue that holds the Road to Recovery program together – I just squeeze the tube.”

“Elmer is an invaluable resource to the patients we serve,” says Leutner. “As a Road to Recovery volunteer for more than eight years, he has a firm understanding of the needs of our patients and the Cancer Program as a whole, making him a tremendous asset to our team members and his fellow volunteer drivers.”

To meet the transportation needs of more patients, the Road to Recovery Program is currently seeking new volunteers throughout the five-county region served by UM Shore Regional Health. “It is critical to the continued success of the Road to Recovery Program – and most importantly to our patients who are in need of life-saving cancer treatments – that we recruit additional volunteer drivers,” remarks Leutner.

Information about the Program and the American Cancer Society’s recruitment and orientation process can be obtained by calling the Cancer Center at 410-820-6800. To learn more about additional support services offered by the Cancer Program at UM Shore Regional Health, visit UMShoreRegional.org/cancer_program.