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

Upcoming Events: March & April, 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, and palliative care, visit UMShoreRegional.org/ATE.

Alzheimer’s Support

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thursday, 4/21, 6-7:30pm, UM Shore Nursing & Rehab Center at Chestertown. Led by Stephanie Golebieski, ADON. 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

Jewelry Trunk Show – Tuesday, 3/29-Tuesday, 4/19. The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street will be hosting a trunk show featuring jewelry crafted by local artist Joyce Kent. Operated by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton, The Bazaar is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.  For more information or volunteer opportunities call 410-822-2031. All sales conducted by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton are for the benefit of equipment, programs, services and patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

Behavioral Health

Bridge Clinic Support Group – Tuesday, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19 and 4/26, 6-7:30pm, Shore Behavioral Health, UM SMC at Dorchester, Cambridge. A free and confidential support group meeting for individuals who have been hospitalized for behavioral health reasons and could benefit from assistance to address any issues after discharge. Varied topics based on participants’ needs. Each participant may bring one family member if desired. Contact: 410-228-5511, ext. 2140.

Walk of Hope for Recovery – Saturday, 4/30, 7-8:30pm, Idlewild Park, Easton. Raise awareness and celebrate recovery for those affected by addiction and mental health issues by joining Recovery for Shore and Mariah’s Mission on a two-mile walk from Idlewild to the Talbot County Courthouse and back. Open to those in recovery, family and friends, treatment providers and all believe in behavioral health treatment and recovery programs. No charge; for details , email recoveryforshore@gmail.com.

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.

Transition to Wellness – Free workshops for breast cancer survivors and patients who are ending treatment.

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.

komenbikeKomen Pink Bicycle Raffle – Now through Friday, April 15, raffle tickets are being sold for a Komen Pink Bicycle. $5 each or 3 for $10. Drawing to be held on Friday, April 15. Proceeds benefit the Shore Regional Cancer Caregivers Team at the Ocean City, Maryland Komen Race for the Cure® on Saturday, April 16. To purchase tickets, contact Patty Plaskon at 410-820-6800. Checks can be made payable to Komen MD Ocean City Race for the Cure.

Look Good … Feel Better – Monday, 4/18, 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.

Cancer Support

Cancer Patient Support Group – Thursday, 4/7 and 4/21, 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, 4/12, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship.

Prostate Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 4/18, 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, 4/25, 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.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 4/26, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Topic: Genetics 101. Presenter: Jessica Scott, genetic counselor, University of Maryland Medical System. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

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

Childbirth & New Parent Education

Labor & Delivery Class – Saturday, 4/2, 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 Support Group – Tuesday, 4/5 and 4/19, 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.

New Mom, New Baby: Safety & CPR –Saturday, 4/16, 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   stress, returning to work and birth control); and, safety topics (childproofing, immunizations, car seats, infant security, poison prevention and when to call the doctor). Register by phone, 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation – Saturday, 4/30, 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 Birthing Center programs and services at UMShoreRegional.org/birthing.

CPR and Life-Saving Support Training

Basic Life Support Class/Chestertown – Saturday, 4/23, 8am-12pm, UM SM at Chestertown, Conference Center. 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. Contact: 410-778-3300

Find out more about UMShoreRegional.org/programs/cardiopulmonary.

Diabetes Education and Support

Gestational Diabetes Classes – Friday, 4/1 and 4/29 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.

Carb Counting Class – Tuesday, 4/5, 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, 4/5, 4/12 and 4/19, 9am-12pm; and Wednesday, 4/6, 4/13 and 4/21, 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, 4/6, 5:30pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton.  Led by Doris Allen, diabetes educator, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Chestertown – Thursday, 4/14, 4/21 and 4/28, 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, 4/18, 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, 4/18 5:30pm, Talbot County Community Center Easton. Led by Karen Hollis, diabetes educator. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 4/26, 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 Support Group/ Dorchester – Wednesday, 4/27 5:30pm, Dorchester County YMCA. Contact 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

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

Foundation Events

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 Marsh Golf Club at the Hyatt Regency, Cambridge. 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: 443-614-0774, gw21601@gmail.com. 443-614-0774.

2nd Annual UM Shore Regional Health Sporting Clays Classic – Saturday, 6/11, 8am, The Point at Pintail, Queenstown. Proceeds benefit Community Outreach program at UM Shore Regional Comprehensive Breast Center at Easton. $125/individual, $500/team of four. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5763 or www.ummhfoundation.org/upcoming-events/

Health Care Advance Decision Making

Seminar: Advance Health Care Planning — Saturday, 4/9, 10am-12pm, Talbot County Public Library, St. Michaels Branch. Topics include the importance of Advance Directives and the MOLST Form. Speakers: Presenters: Maddie Steffens, Palliative Care coordinator and Elizabeth Todd, nurse navigator. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5041, msteffens@umm.edu

Advance Care Planning for UM SRH Staff — To begin your advance care planning, visit one of the following hospital locations between 11am and 1pm: UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Room, UM SMC at Dorchester Solarium, and UM SMC at Easton OCCR, Palliative Care staff will be on hand to give you information and assistance regarding the process.

National Health Care Decisions Day – Sat, 4/16, 8am-12pm, Chestertown Farmers Market, High & Cross Streets, Chestertown. Stop by to talk about advance care planning for yourself or members of your family with nurses and other care providers;

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.

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® Classes/Easton and Chestertown — Saturday, 4/2, 9am-4:30pm, UM SMC at Easton; and Saturday, 4/23, 9am-4:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Pediatric nurses teach youth ages 11-13 the basics of babysitting, including first aid and more. Cost: $40 (scholarships available). Limited seating, advance registration required. For more information or to register: Easton class, 410-822-1000, ext. 5231; Chestertown class, 410-778-7668, ext. 5195.

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, 4/7, 12-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. Topic: “Therapy for vision changes after a stroke” Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Kungle. Stroke survivors and family/caregivers welcome. Bring bagged lunch. Contact: 410-310-9280, midshorestroke@gmail.com.

Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tuesday, 4/26, 12pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown. Topic: Exercise after stroke. Presenter: Alex Haschen. Stroke survivors and family/caregivers welcome. Bring bagged lunch. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5068, jfluharty@umm.edu.

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

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  • Round two of the UM Shore Regional Health Sporting Clays Classic takes place on June 11 at The Point at Pintail in Queenstown, MD
  • Free Seminar in St. Michaels To Focus on Advance Health Care Planning
  • Inpatient dialysis unchanged in Chestertown since last fall. Click here to read full story as seen in the Kent County News.