Monthly Archives: April 2016

Renovated CCU Opens at UM SMC at Chestertown

Access-to-CareUniversity of Maryland Shore Regional Health celebrated the completion of the newly renovated critical care unit on the 2nd floor of the north wing of UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown on Thursday afternoon, April 21, 2016. About 75 guests turned out for the occasion, including nurses, physicians and hospital staff as well as Chester River Health Foundation Board members and interested members of the community.

Ken Kozel, far right, is shown with several of the nurses who attended the event: Steven Baxter, Linda Pippin, Mickey Roderick, Peggy Roca, Kathy Elliott, Mary Jo Keefe, Cassandra Price and Sandy Prochaska. Ruth Ann Jones, Brande Burke and Jen Nutley were among the many nurses who attended but are not shown in the photo.

Ken Kozel, far right, is shown with several of the nurses who attended the event: Steven Jacobson, Linda Pippin, Mickey Roderick, Peggy Roca, Kathy Elliott, Mary Jo Keefe, Cassandra Price and Sandy Prochaska. Ruth Ann Jones, Brande Burke and Jen Nutley were among the many nurses who attended but are not shown in the photo.

The renovation project included the creation of a 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.

At the grand opening event, UM Shore Regional Health President and CEO Ken Kozel noted that the renovation makes it possible for nurses and physicians working on the unit to improve the quality and efficiency of critical care. “Opening up the unit and creating this more modern and centralized work station for our physicians and nurses provides a better line of sight to all beds in the unit. The project also includes new technology for lifting patients and for providing isolation care when needed,” he stated.

Ken Kozel with Chester River Health Foundation Board members Sigrid Whaley, Sandra Bjork, Dick Barker, Barrie Frazier; Myra Butler, Mary Burton, Margie Elsberg, John Murray and  John Carroll. Caroll also is a Galena Town Council member.

Ken Kozel with Sigrid Whaley, Sandra Bjork, Dick Barker, Barrie Frazier-Meima, Myra Butler, Mary Burton, Margie Elsberg, John Murray and John Carroll. All are members of the UM Chester River Health Foundation Board. Butler also is a member of the UM Shore Regional Health Board of Directors. Carroll also is a Galena Town Council member.

Kozel also acknowledged the Chester River Health Foundation and the generous donations from members of the community that made the renovation possible. The Foundation has funded $233,000 of the project’s total cost of $283,000. “I am pleased to thank both to the Foundation Board and the many community residents whose support helps advance the quality of care in this hospital,” said Kozel.

Speaking on behalf of the UM Shore Regional Health Board of Directors, Myra S. Butler also expressed enthusiasm for the project’s completion. “Creating a modern, efficient and attractive environment for patients at all levels of care is central to UM Shore Regional Health’s vision of Being the Region’s Leader in Patient Centered Care,” said Butler. “The transformation of this unit is truly dramatic and we are confident it will be seen as a great improvement by our doctors, nurses and other care providers, and of course, by our patients and their families.”

Paul Johnson, MD, greets Chestertown Council member Liz Gross. Also shown with Gross are Garrett Falcone, executive director of Heron Point and Barrie Frazier-Meima, who served on the Chester River Health Foundation Board.

Paul Johnson, MD, greets Chestertown Council member Liz Gross. Also shown with Gross are Garrett Falcone, executive director of Heron Point and Barrie Frazier-Meima, who serves on the Chester River Health Foundation Board. Other physicians in attendance at the event included Jerry O’Connor, MD, Michael Peima, MD and Susan Ross, MD.

Sandra Bjork addressed the guests on behalf of the UM Chester River Health Foundation, which she serves as assistant secretary. “Having worked in health care my entire career, as a nurse and then as an attorney on the regulatory side, I know there is nothing more important than quality,” Bjork said, adding that quality care results in healthy patient outcomes. She also said that thanks to generous support from the community, the Board of the Chester River Health Foundation has been honored to play a significant role in enhancing patient care at the hospital.

Shown with Beth Copp are Whiting-Turner representatives Adam Yachanech, superintendent and Ray Foster, assistant field engineer.

Shown with Beth Copp are Whiting-Turner representatives Adam Yachanech, superintendent and Ray Foster, assistant field engineer.

Hospital staff members Beth Copp, building operations manager, and Sandy Prochaska, inpatient nurse manager, also spoke briefly, offering thanks to Whiting-Turner and their subcontractors for their safe, customer-focused work and for finishing the project ahead of schedule; and to their colleagues in several hospital departments for working together throughout the construction progress.

Chester River Health Foundation Board members Sigrid Whaley and John Carroll and UM Shore Regional Health Board member Myra Butler look on while Mickey Roderick and "Fred" demonstrate the new-ceiling-mounted patient lift equipment.

Sigrid Whaley, John Carroll and Myra Butler look on while Mickey Roderick and “Fred” demonstrate the new-ceiling-mounted patient lift equipment.

At the conclusion of formal remarks, nurses Karen Hemingway and Mickey Roderick demonstrated various technologies provided in two staged rooms, including the lift equipment. Mannequin “Fred,” dressed in formal attire for the occasion, was on hand to help demonstrate the ceiling-mounted lift equipment.

Chester River Health Foundation’s Annual Golf Tournament Set for June 3

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2016 Golf Tournament v0422The Chester River Health Foundation’s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament, scheduled for Friday, June 3, at Chester River Yacht and Country Club, will benefit UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown’s Surgery Department, according to Maryann Ruehrmund, executive director of the Foundation.

“This year, the Foundation Board is committed to helping the hospital purchase new and state-of-the-art equipment for use in colonoscopies and endoscopies,” Ruehrmund said. “By enabling our physicians to better diagnose and treat digestive diseases — including cancer, which is so prevalent in our region — this new equipment will certainly save lives.”

More than 1,600 colonoscopies are performed at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown every year, according to Peggy Roca, manager, perioperative services at the hospital. “The new, high-definition equipment the hospital will acquire is the standard for identifying and removing colorectal polyps, pre-cancers and cancer,” says Roca. “It also will help us diagnose and treat upper digestive gastric pain, ulcers and other bleeding.”

According to Ruehrmund, plans for this year’s event are rapidly taking shape. “We are now signing up sponsors to support this important project to benefit the health of people in our community, and also getting the word out to attract golfers,” says Ruehrmund. Like last year, it will be a “best ball” tournament, with each first place team receiving a $100 gift card per golfer for the club’s pro shot and each second place team receiving a $75 gift card per golfer.

Last year’s golf tournament attracted 128 players and netted $55,000 to help fund the purchase of the hospital’s iRounds™ technology.

Information about registration and sponsorship opportunities may be obtained by contacting Deb Lauser, 410-810-5661, dlauser@umm.edu.

Upcoming Events

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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.

Behavioral Health

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.

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.

Foundation Events

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 NO BULL 5K RUN – Saturday, 5/14, Race day registration and bib pick-up will begin at 9:00 am, NO BULL 5K will start at 10am.  his scenic 5k will take place through the beautiful vineyards at The Triple Creek Winery located in Cordova which is nestled on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The NO BULL 5k RUN will benefit the CARES Program offered at the UM Shore Regional Cancer Center and Talbot Ag. For more information and a link to register, please visit http://ummhfoundation.org/upcoming-events/

IRA Essentials Seminar: The Basics – Thursday, 5/19, 9:30-11:30am, Talbot Country Club in Easton. Guest presenters at the occasion will be Steve Ochse, CPA, chief financial officer and vice president of finance for Easton Utilities, and Deborah Walsworth, CPA, CFP, CPC, managing director and tax practice leader for CBIZ MHM, LLC & Mayer Hoffmann McCann, PC. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, pre-registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to register for the seminar, please contact Andrews at (410) 822-1000, ext. 5792 or by email at janet@umm.edu.

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/

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.

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.)

Ask the Expert Series Continues

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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

  • 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.  

 

Spring 2016 Team Member Forum Summary

Team-StrengthTeam members of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health recently participated in Team Member Forums hosted by Ken Kozel, president and CEO.

During the forums – held throughout the region at various UM Shore Regional Health locations – the following topics were discussed:

Strategic Plan:

  • Review of the mission and vision
  • Discussion surrounding the Patient Experience, a UM SRH initiative to have all team members focus more on a patient’s perception of the care provided at UM SRH inpatient and outpatient locations; quality and safety; and team member accountability.

Benefits:

  • Open enrollment will run from May 2-15
  • “Passive enrollment” meaning that team members will only need to update if there are changes or if enrolling in a new FSA
  • Changes include:
    • Domestic partners will no longer be covered
    • Precertification will be required for MRI/CT
    • Pharmacy provider changing to CVS Caremark
    • There will be employee contribution increases across the UMMS system
  • Payroll will “go green” effective June 3 as paper paystubs will no longer be provided

Service Delivery Plan:

  • Service Delivery Council has been assessing which services provided by UM Shore Regional Health are needed in which locations throughout the region.
  • Pending UM Shore Regional Health Board approval, application for a “replacement hospital” for UM SMC at Easton is being developed with plans to submit application to MHCC in early fall.

UM Shore Regional Health Update:

  • The second phase of UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton – 500 Cadmus Lane – is opening to patients on April 19. The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting will be held on May 5. Specialties include primary care, pulmonary care, pediatrics, wound care, cardiology and cardiovascular diagnostics, and surgical care.
  • Renovation of the Diagnostic and Imaging Center will conclude in early June. The Clark Comprehensive Breast Center will open at this expanded location the second week of May.
  • Shore Regional Health has partnered with ChoiceOne Urgent Care to open new urgent care centers in Denton (opening May 25) and Easton (opening in fall 2016). The Denton location will be near Wal-Mart and will be replacing the services currently offered at UM Shore Convenient Care at Denton. The primary care providers will still see primary care patients at the current location.
  • Shore Regional Health has obtained approval from the State of Maryland to be a PCI Center, which will offer stent placement on an emergent and elective basis. Two interventional cardiologists are being recruited and two PCI labs are being developed. This service will be available in early 2017.

Community Listening Sessions near Conclusion

patients-firstFor the past several weeks, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has been hosting Community Listening Sessions throughout the five-county region in an effort to learn about the community’s health care needs and ideas about how best to achieve better health and wellness.

The final Listening Session in the series will be held on Sunday, April 24 from 2-3:30pm at the Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company, 203 N. Church Street in Sudlersville. The community is invited to attend and share their thoughts about creating a healthier community.

For those residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties who were unable to attend one of the Sessions, UM Shore Regional Health is still seeking input. Online surveys can be completed by visiting UMShoreRegional.org/listening. It is requested that all surveys be completed by May 1.

Open Enrollment for Benefits: What You Need to Know

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OPEN ENROLLMENT INFORMATION SESSIONS BEGIN NEXT WEEK!

The 2016 Benefit Guides have been mailed so watch your home mailbox for this helpful resource. Open Enrollment that begins on May 2.

To better assist staff in making changes to their benefits, HR is offering Information Sessions this coming week.  These sessions will include a short presentation after which you can ask your questions about  the available benefits and learn about the enrollment process BEFORE Open Enrollment begins.

Below is the schedule for these informational sessions:

Date Time Location
Monday, April 25 2:30-3:30pm UM SMC at Easton, HEC C/D
Wednesday, April 27 7:30-8:30am UM SMC at Easton, Boardroom
Thursday, April 28 2:30-3:30pm UM SMC at Dorchester, 3rd Floor Conference Room
Friday, April 29 1:30-2:30pm UM SMC at Chestertown, Conference Center
2:44-3:15pm UM Shore Nursing & Rehab Center, Conference Room

BENEFITS ENROLLMENT: HELPFUL INFORMATION

  • Read your enrollment guide to learn about your benefit choices including Voluntary Benefits such as AFLAC.
  • If you want to change your health, dental, or vision plan, you must do so between May 2 and May 15.
  • If you want to add or remove dependents from any of your plans, you must do so between May 2 and May 15.
  • If you are adding dependents for the first time, you must submit documentation no later than June 17, 2016, or they will not have coverage on July 1.
  • If you want to increase your supplemental life insurance benefit, you must apply between May 2 and May 15.
  • Make sure you check your beneficiary selections – you may change them now.
  • Elect a health and/or dependent care FSA – ENROLLMENT IS REQUIRED EVERY YEAR
  • If you make any changes to your benefits, confirm your elections and print your enrollment confirmation.
  • Happy with your health, dental, and vision plans? You don’t need to do anything!

Look what’s new for 2016:

  • New pharmacy benefit manager and mail order service provider – CVS/Caremark
  • Pick up 90 day supply maintenance medications at CVS pharmacies or use CVS/Caremark mail-order service – same copays as UMMS pharmacies
  • New health/prescription cards will be issued
  • New FSA/HSA administrator – Innovative Health Services
  • MRI’s, CT and PET Scans will require pre-certification
  • Domestic Partner coverage ends 6/30/2016

REMEMBER, the annual enrollment deadline is May 15, 2016.

Diagnostic and Imaging Center Construction Project Nearing End

Team-StrengthconstructionConstruction at the Diagnostic and Imaging Center – a project which began in February 2015 – is expected to conclude over the next several weeks. As the project enters its final stages, please be advised of the following:

  • Employee Parking: The entry to the designated employee parking area is through the Cancer Center entrance off of Idlewild Ave.  The bollard posts, which once blocked that area off, have been removed.  Employees can no longer access the employee parking area from Martin Court. As a reminder, the Visitor Parking area is NOT to be used by employees.
  • Within the designated employee parking area are 6 parking spaces reserved for patients visiting Dr. Mary DeShields, in her office adjacent to the Cancer Center; 3 spaces are on the right and 3 spaces are on the left closest to the Cancer Center.  Employees are NOT permitted to park in these reserved spaces.
  • Several spaces within the employee parking area are marked as handicap spaces.  These are NOT handicap spaces.  The signs on posts have been removed.  Employees are permitted to park in these spaces.
  • DIC Closure:  The Diagnostic and Imaging Center will close at 12 noon on Friday, April 29. During that time the Fire Marshall will be onsite to inspect the newly constructed areas, which is necessary to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy.
  • Valet Parking: Valet Parking at the Diagnostic and Imaging Center is no longer available. However, one valet employee will remain posted at the Center’s temporary main entrance until the new main entrance is operational.  This person will assist patients entering and leaving the building from 7:30am to 4:00pm.

A special thanks to the team members and volunteers at the Diagnostic and Imaging Center, as well as the patients served at this location, for their patience and cooperation during construction. The Team’s commitment to provide our patients with high quality care and customer service during this process is much appreciated.

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Free Skin Cancer Screenings to be Offered Throughout Region

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Skin Cancer ScreeningAccording to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers with roughly 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer diagnosed in the United States annually. It is estimated that more than 73,000 cases of melanoma – a more dangerous form of skin cancer – will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2016.

To promote early detection of skin cancer, a number of free skin cancer screenings will be offered throughout the region.

  • Saturday, May 7, 9am-12 noon, Kent County Health Department, 125 Lynchburg Street, Chestertown. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Andrea Edwards, RN, at 410-778-7970
  • Thursday, May 19, 5-8pm, Easton Dermatology Associates, 403 Marvel Court, Easton. Pre-registration is required for this location; to schedule an appointment, call the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at 410-820-6800.
  • Thursday, June 23, 5:30-7:30pm, Dorchester County Health Department, 3 Cedar Street, Cambridge. Pre-registration is required for this location; to schedule an appointment, call the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health at 410-820-6800.

All screenings are open to the public. Underinsured and uninsured are encouraged to participate.

Brian Leutner, director of Oncology Services at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health comments, “The Cancer Program at Shore Regional Health extends sincere thanks to our many community partners, including the Dorchester and Kent County Health Departments, Easton Dermatology Associates, Shore Dermatology, Talbot Dermatology and participating health care providers, for making these free screenings possible and for helping us to live our mission of ‘Creating Healthier Communities Together.'”

Additional information about services and annual screenings offered by the Cancer Program at UM Shore Regional Health can be found by visiting UMShoreRegional.org/cancer_program.

Bazaar at 121 Federal Street Celebrates Volunteer Week

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Bazaar volunteers enjoy their lunches at the Milestone in Easton during their volunteer luncheon.

Bazaar volunteers enjoy their lunches at the Milestone in Easton during their volunteer luncheon.

Members of the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton, who volunteer at The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street, recently enjoyed a Volunteer Week luncheon held in their honor to recognize the commitment and volunteerism they generously demonstrate throughout the year.  Bazaar volunteers accept donations of gently used clothing, accessories and small household items which are resold at reasonable prices to benefit programs and services at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

The Bazaar, which is located at 121 Federal Street in Easton, is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about making a donation or becoming a volunteer for the Bazaar, call 410-822-2031.

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Pictured at the luncheon, volunteers (from left to right) Gail Black, Nancy Wolf, Pat Collins, Bernadette Serie, and Joyce Wilhelm.

Bazaar Table

Pictured at the luncheon, volunteers (from left to right) Joyce Kent, Bill Jenkins, Gail Jenkins, Gloria Douma and Richard Douma.

 

Dietary Services Team Member Interviewed by Talbot Spy

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Dietary Services team members at UM SMCE at Easton took a quick break for a photo before the lunchtime rush. Shown are Brianne Green, Alkema Jones, Elizabeth Walls, Marshawn, Justin Roe, Rosalind Wilmer and Keith Gould.

Dietary Services team members at UM SMC at Easton took a quick break for a photo before the lunchtime rush. Shown are Brianne Green, Alkema Jones, Elizabeth Walls, Marshawn Cornish, Justin Roe, Rosalind Wilmer and Keith Gould.

Congratulations to UM SMC at Easton Dietary Services team member Marshawn Cornish for this wonderful interview with Talbot Spy!

Says Eizabeth Walls, patient services manager in dietary services at Easton, “Marshawn joined us in December, 2015, and has proven to be a very dedicated and positive addition to our team. We are so proud to see him featured on Talbot Spy.” Click here to watch the video.

New Policy Announced: Patient Non-Discrimination (LD-84)

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Patient Non-Discrimination (LD-84)

It is the policy of University of Maryland Medical System and its Affiliates to ensure that all patients and visitors are treated with equality and in a welcoming, non-discriminatory manner.  A new policy, entitled Patient Non-Discrimination, has been implemented.  This policy establishes criteria and procedures for enabling staff to make decisions consistent with applicable Federal, State, and/or local law.  Questions related to this policy should be directed to Linda Pittman, Regional Director of Compliance at Ext. 5446.

UM Shore Medical Center at Easton ED Nurse, Deborah Timms, Celebrated as Everyday Hero

Team-StrengthAn emergency department nurse is the latest team member to be honored as an Everyday Hero by University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Deborah Timms, RN, clinical coordinator in the Emergency Department at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, was recognized as an Everyday Hero by Wayne L. Gardner, Sr. for the outstanding care his wife, Shirley Kay Gardner, received when she was a patient this past winter. Gardner was impressed by the quality of care Timms provided to his wife. He credits Timms for her ability to remain calm, professional and focused on an especially busy day in the Emergency Department.

“The ED was full with patients the day we came in and I will never forget how Timms took care of my wife as if she were the only patient there,” Gardner recalls. “I noticed that she treated all of the patients the same way—with patience and  kindness — and she made sure everyone was comfortable. She is a fantastic role model for a nurse in an emergency department setting.”

Timms has worked at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton for 38 years – 37 in the hospital’s Emergency Department.

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 UM Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Everyday Hero program, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5763.

Shore Regional Be Seen In Green Team Photos

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Thanks to all who put on their green last Friday, April 15, to raise awareness for organ donation! Staff members from UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton, as well as staff from UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown participated. Pictures were shared with the Living Legacy Foundation and will be compiled with pictures of people wearing green nationwide.

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Dorchester Go Green Day 2016