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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