Monthly Archives: March 2016

Spring “Ask the Expert” Series Kicks Off on Tuesday, April 19

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Ask the Expert Graphic for WebsiteUniversity of Maryland Shore Regional Health has announced several dates in April and May for its “Ask the Expert” series offered throughout the region. “Ask the Expert” offers area residents access to the most current information on relevant health care topics.

Upcoming events are:

Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning

  • Tuesday April 19, 2pm
    Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, Nurse Practitioner, UM Shore Regional Health Palliative Care Program
    The Talbot County Senior Center at Brookletts Place
    400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton
  • Wednesday, April 20, 1pm
    Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, Medical Director, UM Shore Regional Health Palliative Care Program
    Heron Point of Chestertown, Barrack Conference Room
    501 E. Campus Avenue, Chestertown
  • Thursday, April 21, 1pm
    Joseph O’Neill, MD, UM Shore Regional Health Palliative Care Program
    Caroline County Public Library
    100 Market Street, Denton
  • Wednesday, May 4, 1pm
    Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, Medical Director, UM Shore Regional Health Palliative Care Program
    Cambridge MAC Center
    2540 Cambridge Beltway, Cambridge
  • Tuesday, May 17, 1pm
    Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, Nurse Practitioner, UM Shore Regional Health Palliative Care Program
    Grasonville Senior Center
    4802 Main Street, Grasonville

Living a Healthy Life with Diabetes

  • Tuesday, April 26, 1pm
    Mary King, RD, LD, CDE, Diabetes Educator, UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology
    Heron Point of Chestertown, Wesley Hall
    501 E. Campus Avenue, Chestertown
  • Tuesday, May 10, 3:30pm
    Doris Allen, BSN, RN, CDE, Lead Diabetes Educator, UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology
    Caroline County Public Library
    100 Market Street, Denton

Stroke Signs, Symptoms, Treatment and Recovery

Jessica Fluharty, BSN, RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist and Stroke Coordinator, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton

  • Wednesday, April 27, 1pm
    Grasonville Senior Center
    4802 Main Street, Grasonville
  • Tuesday, May 3, 1pm
    Cambridge MAC Center
    2540 Cambridge Beltway, Cambridge

Falls Prevention

Kelly Marchetti, MSPT, Clinical Specialist, Shore Rehab at Cambridge

  • Wednesday, May 11, 1pm
    Cambridge MAC Center
    2540 Cambridge Beltway, Cambridge
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2pm
    The Talbot County Senior Center at Brookletts Place
    400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton

Attendees are asked to RSVP to Cathy Wright, 410-822-1000, ext. 5222, or e-mail Cathy.Wright@umm.edu.  

 

Critical Care Unit Renovation in Progress at UM SMC at Chestertown

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University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown will soon open a newly-renovated critical care unit that will provide greater efficiency for nursing care and improved line of sight to beds from a new and more central nursing and physician work station, hospital officials have announced.

The renovation, being constructed by Whiting Turner Contracting, is a three-month project undertaken to modernize and integrate the critical care area into the 2 North wing of the hospital.

According to Mary Jo Keefe, director of nursing services at the hospital, the renovation project will not affect the total number of hospital beds, which is 30, but the more open plan and the relocated central nursing station will enable nurses on the floor to provide care to all patients more safely and efficiently.

The renovation project includes: the creation of the new, more modern nursing and physicians station; the addition of a private bathroom in one patient room that can be used to isolate patients with airborne infections; the installation of ceiling-mounted equipment for safe patient lifting in two rooms; new finishes in the integrated unit; and new paint in the north corridor.

To see the floor plan of the Critical Care Unit and 2 North once the renovation project, which opens up the unit and includes a central, modern workstation for physicians and nurses is complete, click here: SRH CCU_Current Plan_A1

The renovation is made possible with the support of the community through donations to the Chester River Health Foundation, which committed $233,000 of the total $283,000 cost of the project. “The construction to modernize our hospital’s Critical Care Unit is another project in a long list of improvements made since I became a member of the Chester River Health Foundation six years ago,” says Bill Noll, who chairs the Foundation Board.

“Through the generosity of the community and the University of Maryland Medical System as well as the support of Shore Regional Health, millions of dollars have been invested in our hospital,” Noll continues. “The list includes the modernization of the Emergency Department, the Leh Women’s Center and many other improvements that not all patients notice but that certainly go to enhancing the quality of the health care they receive locally. My hope is that the community we serve will continue to support our Foundation through generous donations and participation in our fundraisers such as the golf tournament and the upcoming Casino Night for the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.”

Says Ken Kozel, president and CEO of UM Shore Regional Health, “We are very grateful to the Chester River Health Foundation Board and the many donors to the Foundation who have made this renovation possible and we are confident that once completed, it will support our nursing and medical staff in providing the best possible inpatient and critical care for our patients in the region.”

The renovation project, which began in mid-February, is on schedule for completion within the next four to five weeks. “The construction is moving along very smoothly and the new unit should be ready for patient care in early May,” says Bob Frank, UM SRH senior vice president for operations and acting site administrator for UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

DGH Foundation Donation Purchases New Pediatric Scale for ED

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Pictured with the newly purchased pediatric scale are Margaretha Robinson, unit secretary; Ida Jane Baker, president, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation;; Justine Schnaitman, RN, BSN; Cathy Weber, RN, BSN, CEN, manager of Emergency Services, UM SMC at Dorchester; and Ruth Ann Jones, EdD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, interim chief nursing officer, UM Shore Regional Health.

Pictured with the newly purchased pediatric scale are Margaretha Robinson, unit secretary; Ida Jane Baker, president, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation;; Justine Schnaitman, RN, BSN; Cathy Weber, RN, BSN, CEN, manager of Emergency Services, UM SMC at Dorchester; and Ruth Ann Jones, EdD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, interim chief nursing officer, UM Shore Regional Health.

With the support and generosity of an anonymous community donor, the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation recently purchased a new pediatric scale for the Emergency Department at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.

According to Cathy Weber, RN, BSN, CEN, manager of Emergency Services at the Medical Center, a pediatric scale is a critical piece of equipment in an emergency care setting. “When treating pediatric patients in our Emergency Department, obtaining an accurate weight is imperative when administering medications, as dosing amounts for infants and toddlers are determined by weight,” she comments.

The new scale will record weights up to 130 pounds, which is also helpful when treating older children who do not have the physical or mental ability to stand on a traditional scale.

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, especially when caring for our youngest patients. We understand how upsetting it is for parents to see their children sick, and how frightening it can be for those children when in need of medical care. Recognizing this, we make it a priority to offer highly skilled, compassionate care using the most appropriate equipment to ensure the health and safety of our community’s tiniest members.”

“The Foundation has the highest regard for the generous members of our local community, who make 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 received, no matter the amount, is used to achieve our ultimate goal – to provide the highest quality medical care to our friends and neighbors visiting our hometown hospital.”

Code Green Classes Set at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton

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Code Green Non-Violent Crisis Intervention classes have been scheduled at all three hospitals throughout the remainder of 2016. The schedule appears below:

  • To enroll in a Chestertown class, contact. Linda Pippin, 410-778-3300, lpippin@umm.edu.
  • To enroll in a Dorchester or Easton class, contact Connie Travers, 410-8122-1000, ext. 5594, ctravers@umm.edu.

April 13:   Easton Refresher
April 26:   Easton Initial
May 5:   Chestertown Initial
May 12:   Easton Refresher
June 9:   Easton Refresher
July 13:   Easton Refresher
July 26:   Easton Initial
August 17:   Chestertown Initial
September:   21 Easton Refresher
October 13:   Dorchester Initial
October 28:   Chestertown Initial
November 2:   Easton Refresher
November 16:   Easton Refresher
December 7:   Dorchester Refresher