Monthly Archives: May 2016

Rehabilitation Team Celebrates Life of Participant

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Pictured celebrating his 96th birthday is Ralph Thornton (center) with Sherrie Hill, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation clinical coordinator, and Wendy Barnette, nurse with the Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness program. Hill made Thornton a homemade cake for the party.

Pictured celebrating his 96th birthday is Ralph Thornton (center) with Sherrie Hill, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation clinical coordinator, and Wendy Barnette, nurse with the Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness program. Hill made Thornton a homemade cake for the party.

Chestertown resident, Ralph Thornton, recently celebrated his 96th birthday with members of the Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness team at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, who hosted a birthday party in his honor.

According to Sherrie Hill, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinical Coordinator of the hospital’s Center for Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness, Thornton has been a member of the rehabilitation program for the past several years. “I honestly believe that Mr. Thornton’s exercise regimen has helped him remain healthy and active,” says Hill. “He walks to the hospital from his home for his sessions at the gym, even further proving what an impact cardiopulmonary rehabilitation has had on his independent lifestyle.”

“I have been participating in the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program since having a quadruple bypass in 2002,” comments Mr. Thornton. “They’ve kept me going.”

He continues, “Sherrie runs a good ship – she and her team listen, they are cheerful and are genuinely interested in the well-being of their patients. If you want to live a healthy life, go visit Sherrie Hill!”

The Center for Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness offers personal exercise programs, designed to help patients meet their specific goals using a wide selection of professional cardiovascular and resistance training equipment with built-in monitoring systems. The Center’s team includes specially- trained registered nurses who work with primary care providers to offer guidance, monitoring, support, and a record of superior outcomes. Patients also have access respiratory therapists, dieticians, social workers, clinical pharmacists, diabetes educators, and physical therapists. Patients must be referred to the Center for Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness by their physician. The Center for Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Hill adds, “I love the fact that we are able to help our community members stay healthy and active.”

To learn more, contact Sherrie Hill at 410-778-3300, extension 2222 or 5666, or e-mail Sherrie.Hill@umm.edu.

Clark Comprehensive Breast Center Opens its Doors in Expanded Location

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Exterior rendering of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health.

Architectural rendering of the exterior of  the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health.

The Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is now seeing patients at its newly expanded location, 10 Martin Court in Easton. Named in recognition of a $5 million gift from The Clark Charitable Foundation, a private philanthropic organization funded by the A. James Clark Family, the Center’s expansion was part of a $6.5 million renovation project at UM Shore Regional Health’s Diagnostic and Imaging Center, housed at that same location.

The 14-month project, which began in February, 2015, was completed in three phases and in addition to the expansion of the Breast Center to its new location, encompassed all laboratory and imaging spaces.

Under the leadership of medical director, Roberta J. Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS, the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center provides a variety of breast health services including diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast disease.  Other services available include support groups, telemedicine genetic counseling services, the Wellness for Women program, a breast screening program that promotes early detection of breast cancer, and a Women’s Health Boutique for post-mastectomy garments, prosthetics and swim wear.

The Diagnostic and Imaging Center offers laboratory and imaging technologies including phlebotomy; digital mammography with Tomosynthesis (3-D); bone density screening; ultrasound; MRI, PET and 64-slice CT scanning; X-ray; fluoroscopy; EKG and Cardiac CT Scoring. Diagnostic services are available Monday thru Friday, from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon for lab work, routine x-ray and digital screening mammography.

“Our organization strives to maintain the health and well-being of the members of our community through enhanced outpatient services such as preventive care, health education, access to physicians and a variety of other programs and medical specialties,” comments Ken Kozel, president and CEO of UM Shore Regional Health.  “To achieve improved health and wellness in our communities, our goal is to provide leading-edge, accessible health care services.”

Kozel continues, “Thanks to the generosity of The Clark Charitable Foundation, women throughout the five-county region will have greater access to state-of-the-art diagnostics and exceptional care offered by an expert breast health team – in one location – improving the patient experience, patient outcomes and ultimately saving lives.”

For additional Information about available breast health services or to schedule an appointment, call the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at 410-820-9400. Information about services offered at the Diagnostic and Imaging Center can be received by calling 410-820-7778.

The community is invited to a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event on Wednesday, June 22 from 5:30-7pm. To RSVP, contact Christina Wingate-Spence at 410-822-1000, ext. 5732 or cwingatespence@umm.edu.

Daniel Lessard Named HR Director, UM Shore Regional Health

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Lessard cropped 5x7Daniel N. Lessard (shown at left), has been appointed director of Human Resources for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, according to Susan Coe, vice president of Human Resources for the five-county health care network.

Lessard joins UM Shore Regional Health after four years with the Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, most recently as director of Human Resources. He is an accomplished human resources professional with extensive experience in administration, training, recruitment, staffing and coordination of personnel, programs and services. He holds the Senior Certified Professional (SCP) designation from the Society for Human Resources and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute. In addition to his undergraduate degree from Richard Stockton University of New Jersey, he earned his master’s degree in psychology from Washington College.

Prior to his tenure with the Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, Lessard spent ten years as an education program specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education, and four years as coordinator of Human Resources for Kent County Public Schools. His private sector experience includes seven years in human resources, training and education with Dixon Valve and Coupling Company in Chestertown and its parent company, DVCC, Inc., which he served as corporate training director and HR specialist for its operations in 12 states and Canada. He also has extensive high school and college teaching experience in such wide-ranging subject areas as social studies, history, government, psychology, machine shop and industrial psychology.

Lessard has lived in the Chestertown area in Queen Anne’s County for the past 27 years with his wife, Kimberly, aquatics director and swim coach at Washington College and their daughters, Devin and Kelsey, who both recently graduated from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.

According to Coe, Lessard will begin his new position on May 31. “We are delighted to have someone with strong connections to the communities we serve as well as such depth in the human resources field joining our HR team,” she says.

Shore Behavioral Health’s Bridge Clinic Helps Patients After Discharge from Inpatient Care

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Earlier this year, Shore Behavioral Health launched a new program, the Bridge Clinic, which assists patients who are in need of psychiatric assistance and support immediately following discharge from an inpatient behavioral health treatment program.

“Too often, patients who have been hospitalized for behavioral health issues either have not been in the care of a community behavioral health provider and/or experience a delay in getting scheduled for an appointment after discharge,” says Bill Belcher, who came to Shore Behavioral Health in October, 2015 and serves as coordinator for the clinic. “For up to 90 days, the Bridge Clinic ‘bridges the gap’ between a patient’s discharge and his or her first connection with a permanent mental health care provider in the community.”

Bridge Clinic Coordinator Bill Belcher with Rebecca Schulnick, who provides administrative support for the clinic, take a break outside UM SMC at Dorchester.

Shore Behavioral Health’s Bridge Clinic Coordinator Bill Belcher and Rebecca Schulnick, who provides administrative support for the clinic, take a break outside UM SMC at Dorchester.

A licensed clinical mental health counselor since 2000 and licensed in addictions and co-occurring disorders since 2014, Belcher previously worked in Federally Qualified Health Centers as a behavioral health specialist collaborating with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals to promote physical and emotional wellness. He also maintained a private practice treating patients with chronic pain, anxiety and co-occurring disorders.

The Bridge Clinic’s services include:

  • Ensuring continuity of care by providing therapy coverage for patients until they can be connected to an outpatient mental health care provider;
  • Contacting patients after discharge from the hospital to remind them of appointments and make sure they understand their discharge orders;
  • Collaborating with community mental health providers and resources to keep patients safe and from needing emergency care;
  • Providing walk-in urgent care, scheduled appointments for counseling and psychiatric treatment; and,
  • Offering a weekly support group for patients who need support or assistance while in transition.

“The support group has been an especially strong success,” says Belcher. “Sometimes we have three or four people, but we’ve also had as many as 15. Each patient can bring one family member and they often do, and they all find it beneficial to hear each other’s stories and share information. I find that I look forward to Tuesday evenings because the dynamic is so positive.”

Providers working with the Bridge Clinic and its patients are Eric Anderson, MD, FAPA Medical Director, Shore Behavioral Health; and Manjula Borge, MD, staff psychiatrist. (An additional psychiatrist will join the staff in July). Mary Webb, RN, CARN, provides nursing assistance and Rebecca Schulnick provides administrative support.

The schedule for the Bridge Clinic is as follows:

  • Walk-in hours: 8 a.m. -12 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Scheduled appointments for counseling: 1-4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays
  • Scheduled appointments for psychiatric treatment: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.
  • Support group meetings: Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. (open to the community, no registration required)

For more information about Bridge Clinic Services and patient eligibility, call 410-228-5511, ext. 2140 or 1686, or email Bill.Belcher@umm.edu

Kent County Doctors are Top Sponsors of Golf Tournament to Benefit UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

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Gerard S. O’Connor, MD, a board-certified general surgeon practicing at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, and Mark Zwanger, MD, a former Chestertown Emergency Department physician and his husband, Malcolm Kram, DVM, have stepped up in a big way to become the top sponsors of the UM Chester River Health Foundation’s 22nd annual golf tournament fundraiser.

Gerald, O'Connor, MD

Gerald, O’Connor, MD

This year’s tournament will raise funds to purchase critical equipment for the Surgical Services Department: all-new, state-of-the-art, high definition, white light digital colonoscopes and endoscopes. This equipment will help identify and treat colorectal cancers and other digestive system disorders at the earliest possible stage and thus, save lives.

“The new equipment is critically important in our efforts to provide the highest quality cancer screenings for our community,” O’Connor says. “It is my honor to demonstrate my continued support of our hospital in Chestertown and the people we serve, and I hope the community will rally behind me and the Chester River Health Foundation in this and future fundraising efforts.”

Mark Zwanger, MD

Mark Zwanger, MD

Drs. Zwanger and Kram have been major sponsors of the golf tournament for seven years. “We think it is very important to support the hospital because it is a vital institution for our community that provides needed and invaluable services,” Zwanger explains.

The Chester River Health Foundation’s signature fundraising event will tee off on Friday, June 3 at the Chester River Yacht & Country Club just outside of Chestertown. To make a donation in support of this event or to make a donation to help purchase this vital equipment for the patients served by UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, please contact Maryann Ruehrmund, CFRE, executive director, (410) 810-5660.

 

Karen Denny Honored as 2016 Ruby Award Winner by Talbot Soroptomists and as EveryDay Hero

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On March 23, 2016, Karen Denny, coordinator UM Shore Regional Health’s Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) programs,  won the 2016 Ruby Award for Women Helping Women from the Soroptimist International of Talbot County. The  Ruby Award recognized Denny’s hard work for and dedication to the UM SRH sexual assault treatment program. Melissa Kelly, coordinator, Clark Comprehensive Breast Center and president, Soroptimist International of Talbot County, also recognized Denny as an EveryDay Hero through the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Shown above are (l. to r.): Laura Heikes, Soroptimist member; Ruth Ann Jones,vice president, Patient Care Services/CNO; Kay Wendowski, Soroptimist Member; Pat Steele, Soroptimist member; Karen Denny, Ruby Award winner and EveryDay Hero honoree, coordinator; Melissa Kelly, president, Soroptimist International of Talbot County; Diane Walbridge, regional director of Clinical/Financial Nursing Resources; F. Graham Lee, vice president of philanthropy.

Shown above are (l. to r.): Laura Heikes, Soroptimist member; Ruth Ann Jones,vice president, Patient Care Services/CNO; Kay Wendowski, Soroptimist member; Pat Steele, Soroptimist member; Karen Denny; Melissa Kelly; Diane Walbridge, regional director of Clinical/Financial Nursing Resources; F. and Graham Lee, vice president of philanthropy.

Chesapeake College Reaches Out to Alumni

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#PeakeProud, the Chesapeake College campaign to reach out to its alumni (graduates, nongrad and continuing education students) where they live and work, has been “on the road” for several weeks visiting businesses and public locations in the five county region.

During the week of May 9, Chesapeake College #PeakeProud representatives were on site at UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton, including the UM SRH Human Resources’ Education Fair. Their mission was to reconnect with UM SRH employees who attended the College to chat with them about their education experiences and career journeys, and opportunities and programs now offered by the College in Wye Mills and Cambridge.

If you missed the opportunity to connect with #PeakeProud, the College invites you to log on to this link,  Alumni Request for Information.

Shore Regional Health Tour De Cure Team Raises More than $4,000 in 2016 Ride

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2016 Tour de Cure

Chestertown members of the UM Shore Regional Health 2016 Tour De Cure team (above, left to right) Scott Burleson, Margie Elsberg, Mickey Elsberg, Amy Lorenz, Sherrie Hill and Chrissy Nelson suited up for the annual ride that support diabetes research this past Sunday, but according to Nelson, the treacherously wet weather was overcome only by Burleson and the Elsbergs, who completed the 35 mile course. The team — which included Bobby Adkins, Doris Allen,  Wynne Aroom, Karen Hollis, Mary King and Kevin Tate as well as patients and other staff of the UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, raised more than $4000 for Tour De Cure.

Updated Corporate Policy: Vendor Relationships (LD-46)

Team-StrengthUpdated Corporate Policy:  Vendor Relationships (LD-46)

This policy sets forth parameters for employees of the University of Maryland Medical System Corporation and its affiliated entities, regarding vendor relationships, particularly accepting gifts, entertainment offerings and meals from vendors with which the Medical System has or may have a relationship.  Updates to this policy include more specifics regarding the acceptance of gifts from vendors and the exceptions.  New components were added regarding physician-owned distributorships (POD) and the use of equipment on a trial basis.

For questions regarding this policy, please contact Linda Pittman, Regional Director of Compliance at 410-822-1000 x5446 or lpittman@umm.edu

New Social Media Posts This Week…..Please Like and Share

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New Social Media Posts This Week…..Please Like and Share

  • Safe Sitter Classes to be offered in Chestertown and Easton
  • ChoiceOne Urgent Care Now Open in Denton
  • UM Shore Regional Health’s Every Day Heroes Honored
  • Kent County Doctors are Top Sponsors of Golf Tournament to Benefit UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
  • Silent Auction Items Set for UM Shore Regional Health Sporting Clays Classic
  • Marcia Shapiro, MSN, RN, of the UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Emergency Department, receives the 2016 Karen Spies Award
  • 2016 UM Shore Regional Health Nursing Conference
  • Scott D. Burleson has been named executive director, University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

Also, please like and share the Facebook page that supports nursing recruitment at UM SRH:

https://www.facebook.com/UM-Shore-Nursing-Careers-1714523108791566/?fref=ts

Upcoming Events: May 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.

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.

Cancer Support Groups/Programs:

Free Skin Screenings/Cambridge – Thursday, 6/23, 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.

Childbirth & New Parent Education

Breastfeeding Class – Saturday, 9am-12:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Information about the benefits for you and your baby, and tips and techniques for successful breastfeeding. Contact:  410-822-1000 ,ext. 5231

Diabetes Education and Support

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown– Tuesday 5/31, 6:30pm, UM Shore Regional Health Chestertown. Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact 410-778-3300 ext. 2175

Foundation Events

Chester River Health Foundation Golf Tournament – Friday, 6/3, Chester River Yacht & Country Club, Chestertown. Proceeds will provide support for high-priority patient care programs and equipment at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Contact: 410-810-5661 or register at http://umshoreregional.org/help/donate/chesterriver/

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.

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.)

Ruth Ann Jones Named Senior Nursing Vice President and CNO

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Ruth Ann, Jones, EdD, MSN, BSN, NEA-BC, has been named Senior VP, Patient Care Services. and Chief Nursing Officer.

Ruth Ann, Jones, EdD, MSN, BSN, NEA-BC, has been named Senior VP, Patient Care Services. and Chief Nursing Officer.

Ruth Ann Jones, of Easton, has been named senior vice president, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Ken Kozel, UM SRH president and CEO, has announced. A 41-year veteran of the regional health care network’s nursing team and administration, Jones has held the top nursing position, which oversees nursing care provided in all UM SRH inpatient and outpatient facilities, in an interim capacity since January.

In announcing the appointment, Kozel cited Jones’ strong and demonstrated leadership throughout her nursing and executive experience, her unwavering support for excellence in all aspects of nursing care, and her extensive knowledge of the five-county region and the individual communities served by the health care network.

He further stated, “Ruth Ann’s exceptional listening, problem-solving and consensus building skills have proved invaluable in helping us navigate the profound and rapid changes affecting the health care industry in general and nursing care delivery in particular. I am confident that as senior vice president of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, she will be a strong force in helping UM Shore Regional Health achieve our mission, Creating Healthier Communities Together, and our vision To Be the Region’s Leader in Patient-Centered Care.”

Prior to assuming the interim position, Jones served for three years as director, Acute Care and Emergency Services for UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton and UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown. In that capacity, she oversaw nursing care for more than 70,000 patients treated each year. Her many professional accomplishments include serving as project sponsor for clinical documentation and Meditech upgrades; as co-chair for the SRH Nursing Research Council; as an active participant in two successful Magnet accreditation processes; and as author of a grant that supported the renovation of the Behavioral Health Unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in 2013.

Jones graduated from Macqueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing in 1974 and became a staff nurse in pediatrics at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Four years later, she became nurse manager for the unit and remained in that position for 12 years. She then held director-level positions in clinical practice, nursing operations, patient care services, professional practice development and acute care services. Her educational credentials include a bachelor’s in nursing from Wesley College, a master’s in nursing from Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in education focusing on Innovation and Leadership from Wilmington University. Jones earned her Nurse Executive, Advanced certification (NEA-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2006.  She completed post-graduate training at Johns Hopkins’ Nursing Case Management Academy, the Advisory Board’s Center for Frontline Nursing Leadership and Villanova University’s Leadership Program.

Jones has received awards and honors from such diverse organizations as the Florence Nightingale Society, Sigma Theta Tau International, Catholic University of America, and George Washington University in collaboration with the National Collaborative on Aging and Washington Regional Nursing Research Consortium. In 2007, she was named Director of the Year by UM Shore Regional Health and also received the Audrey K. Doberstein President’s Award for Leadership from Wilmington University.

Jones is a member of the advisory boards for Chesapeake College School of Nursing and the Salisbury University School of Nursing, the Maryland Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Health Information and Management System Society and the Health Care Education Association. She also has presented and lectured widely at nursing conferences and other events.

Scott Burleson Named to Executive Director Post at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

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Scott Burleson, MBA, FACHE

Scott Burleson, MBA, FACHE

Scott D. Burleson has been named executive director, University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Ken Kozel, president and CEO of UM Shore Regional Health, has announced. In this capacity and as a member of the UM SRH senior leadership team, Burleson will oversee the hospital’s day-to-day operations and act as primary liaison and collaborator to ensure its optimal participation in local, regional and system health care services, programs and activities. He will assume his new duties on May 30, 2016.

Burleson has served UM Shore Regional Health and the Chestertown hospital in various administrative capacities since 2006, most recently as regional director, facilities planning and projects. He has 25 years of experience in hospital operations and project management, including physician recruitment, construction and renovation, property management, and budget development and oversight.

Burleson’s holds a bachelor’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a master of business administration specializing in hospital administration from the University of Chicago. He is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and a member of the Maryland Hospital Association’s PRIME Board of Directors. He also twice received the Senior Executive Award (2005 and 2011) from the Maryland Association of Healthcare Executives, on whose board he now serves as president-elect.

Well known in Kent County, Burleson been a member of the County’s Behavioral Health Council (2006-14), its Economic Development Advisory Board (2008-14) and the Rotary Club of Chestertown (2006-present), for which he served two years as president. He is chair of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee of Olivet United Methodist Church in Galena and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Maryland Defense Force.

UM Shore Regional Health Celebrates Nursing Excellence at Annual Awards Presentation and CCU, GU Graduation

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University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Nurse Excellence Awards Presentation and Graduate University (GU) and Critical Care University (CCU) Graduation was held on Monday, May 9 at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College. The occasion was the premier event in the annual celebration of Nurses’ Week, May 6-12.

Before the 2016 Nurse Excellence Awards and CCU/GU Graduation ceremonies began,  more than 100 nurses and other guests enjoyed a reception in the lobby of the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College.

Before the 2016 Nurse Excellence Awards and CCU/GU Graduation ceremonies began, more than 100 nurses and other guests enjoyed a reception in the lobby of the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College.

Leading the event presentations, Ruth Ann Jones, UM Shore Regional Health’s senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, noted that this year marked the fifth anniversary of the Nurse Excellence Awards and that the 2016 honorees were selected from a total of 43 nominations, the greatest number submitted since the awards were established. “This awards program was established by nurses and for nurses as a way to recognize those who go above and beyond for our patients and their families, and for their communities,” said Jones. “All nominees deserve our appreciation, as do their families and other supporters who help make it possible for them to go the extra mile in the care they provide.”

Ruth Ann Jones, UM SRH senior vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer (far left), with Nurse Excellence Individual Award winners Steven Jacobson, Kimberly Kral and Beverly Greaves. (Not shown is Mary Collins, who was unable to attend the event.)

Ruth Ann Jones, UM SRH senior vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer (far left), with Nurse Excellence Individual Award winners Steven Jacobson, Kimberly Kral and Beverly Greaves. (Not shown is Mary Collins, who was unable to attend the event.)

Ken Kozel, president and CEO, spoke glowingly of the key role that Shore Regional Health’s 533 nurses play in achieving the organization’s mission, Creating Healthier Communities Together, and its vision, to be the Region’s Leader in Patient Centered Health Care. He also noted that while one of the constants in today’s health care is change, another constant is that strong leadership makes the difference in navigating change. “This evening we are surrounded by nurse leaders who believe in excellence, and they achieve it by focusing on relationship based care, evidence based care and professionalism,” Kozel said.

Kozel also thanked the 28 graduates of the CCU and GU programs for selecting UM Shore Regional Health to begin their careers and encouraged them to continue their professional development as the next generation of nurse leaders who will help the organization to continue to thrive in the coming decades.

Ruth Ann Jones, UM SRH senior vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer (far left), pauses with Easton and Dorchester PACU team members who were on hand to receive the 2016 Unit Award for Empirical Outcomes: Colby Robbins, Holly Frase, Leslie Mansfield, Sara Rissolo, Brittany Gowe, Jamie Riley and Sydney Milligan, PACU manager. 

Ruth Ann Jones  (far left), pauses with Easton and Dorchester PACU team members who were on hand to receive the 2016 Unit Award for Empirical Outcomes: Colby Robbins, Holly Frase, Leslie Mansfield, Sara Rissolo, Brittany Gowe, Jamie Riley and Sydney Milligan, PACU manager.

John Dillon, chairman of the Board of UM Shore Regional Health, stated,  “Board members “are keenly aware of the quality of nursing offered in the hospitals because we so often hear from people in the community about how wonderful our nurses are. Our nurses have played a key role helping us become one of the best community hospitals in the nation, in my opinion.”

The 2016 Shore Regional Health Nurse Excellence Awards winners are:

Outstanding Achievement in Care Delivery: Commitment to Others – Beverly Greaves, Clinical nurse, Emergency Department, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

Outstanding Achievement in Leadership – Mary Collins, Clinical Nurse Coordinator, 2 East, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton

Outstanding Achievement in Mentorship/Advocacy – Kimberly Kral, Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Emergency Department, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester

Outstanding Achievement in Professional Nursing – Steven Jacobson, Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Emergency Department, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

Unit/Department Excellence in Clinical Outcomes – Post Anesthesia Care Unit, UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton

Twenty-eight nurses were honored for completing UM Shore Regional Health’s CCU and GU advanced nursing education programs. Following remarks by Regina Volz, CCU/GU faculty and Amanda Dulin, a CCU graduate who works the Intensive Care Unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, certificates were presented to the graduates.

2016 CCU graduates who were prsent to receive their certificates were, front row, l. to r., Michelle Bixler, Amy Loder-Crouch, Laura Jackson, Justine Schnaitman and Kim Seward; and back row, l.to r., Kathie Fisher, Melanie Walls, Christina Seningen, Amanda Dulin, Chelsea Lewis and Trisha Germann.

2016 CCU graduates who were present to receive their certificates were, front row, l. to r., Michelle Bixler, Amy Loder-Crouch, Laura Jackson, Justine Schnaitman and Kim Seward; and back row, l.to r., Kathie Fisher, Melanie Walls, Christina Seningen, Amanda Dulin, Chelsea Lewis and Trisha Germann.

The 2016 CCU graduates honored were: from UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown – Bradley Jones, Amy Loder-Crouch, Kimberly Seward and Melanie Walls; from UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester –  Laura Jackson,  Melissa Maynard, Justine Schnaitman and Samantha Stevenson; and from UM Shore Medical Center at Easton – Kay Adair, Michelle Bixler, Katelyn Bradley, Niesha Munson Brown, Amanda Dulin, Ruth Kathie Fisher, Trisha Germann, Chelsea Lewis, Christy Marciniak, Christina Seningen and  Emily Vlahovich.

In attendance to receive their certificates were 2016 GU graduates, l. to .r, Ashley Higgs, Shelby Wheatley, Susan Price and Jessica Pretzler.

In attendance to receive their certificates were 2016 GU graduates, l. to .r, Ashley Higgs, Shelby Wheatley, Susan Price and Jessica Pretzler.

Honored as 2016 GU graduates were: from UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester – Diana Cox; and from UM Shore Medical Center at Easton – Lindsay Anderson, Heather Downes, Ashley Higgs, Ramona Hutchison, Jessica Pretzler, Susan Price, Melissa Shiflet and Shelby Wheatley.

Ruth Ann Jones, far left, and Nurse Excellence Awards Committee members Jackie Moriarty, Eden Kinser, Jane Flowers, Elizabeth Todd, Jean Volz, Hope Padilla, Bernadette Wood and Dawn Ford.

Ruth Ann Jones, far left, and Nurse Excellence Awards Committee members Jackie Moriarty, Eden Kinser, Jane Flowers, Elizabeth Todd, Jean Volz, Hope Padilla, Bernadette Wood and Dawn Ford.

Dorchester Emergency Department Recognized for Exemplary Care by Medical Staff Quality Committee

Team-StrengthTeam members at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester enjoyed a special celebration in April provided in recognition of the exemplary care they provided to a patient in early January.

Celebrating their recognition for exemplary care in the Dorchester ED are: front row, Jyneka Greene, access representative, and nurses , Justine Schnaitman, Laura Jackson and  Justin Prahl; second row, Ruth Ann Jones, Diane Walbridge and cathy Weber and back row, Walter Atha, MD and Cindy Yost,

Celebrating their recognition for exemplary care in the Dorchester ED are: front row, Jyneka Greene, access representative, and nurses  Justine Schnaitman, Laura Jackson and Justin Prahl; second row, Ruth Ann Jones, Diane Walbridge and Cathy Weber and back row, Walter Atha, MD and Cindy Yost, practice manager for Dr. Kurtom.

In late February, UM Shore Regional Health’s Medical Staff Quality Committee commended and thanked the Dorchester ED staff for the excellent care given to a patient who required an emergent bedside ventriculostomy. The patient, who received a CT brain scan upon arrival at the ED, needed the surgery immediately and his condition was too serious for him to survive transport out of the ED. UM Shore Regional Health’s neurosurgeon Khalid Kurtom, MD, was called at home, and he arranged for his surgical cart to be transported from Easton to UM SMC at Dorchester while he was on his way to the hospital. With the assistance of the ED team, he performed the life-saving surgery on site and the patient survived.

 

Clark Comprehensive Breast Center Now Open to Patients, New Staff Extensions

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The Clark Comprehensive Breast Center opened in its new location – 10 Martin Court in Easton – on Tuesday, May 17.

The Center’s number, as used by the public, still remains 410-820-9400 and their fax, 410-820-7949, has not changed. However, Center staff extensions have changed and are now in effect.

Please note the following extension changes:

Center Team Member Phone Extension
Receptionist Desk 7150
Liz Flair 7151
Joan Peters 7152
Mattie Fountain 7153
Maria D’Arcy 7154
Edla Coleman/Jane Escher 7155
Melissa Kelly 7156
Barbara Wells 7157
Dr. Roberta Lilly 7159
Staff Room 7160