Monthly Archives: August 2016

Above and Beyond


The following excerpts from patient letters reaffirm our staff’s commitment
to putting our patients’ needs first. Please take a minute to say THANKS!

“My mother fell and broke her hip when she was visiting me three weeks ago. She was taken to Easton to Shore Health Easton, where she received superb care. From the moment we entered the ED until she was dismissed we had nothing but kindness from every individual we encountered. And I cannot say enough good about Dr. Mason and his practice. One of his associates came to the ED within an hour after she arrived, and it was close to midnight. I could not believe that attentiveness still existed in health care. Mom had surgery the following day and was in the hospital three days so the credit should be spread to the staff on the Third Floor and the Care Coordinators. Just terrific. All of them.”

“My dad was admitted to Shore Medical at Easton via the emergency room and was then transferred to your ICU.  His nurse upon arrival was Christy Marciniak, who was called in that day to help. She was nothing short of sensational in the manner in which she cared for, treated and helped her patient, and how she managed the family. With my dad having had a number of hospitalizations over the past few months, we have met a large number of care providers and Christy is absolutely at the top of this list in terms of her style, manner, professionalism and care. Let this serve as a big thank you and to recognize your team of professionals,  with a special call out to Christy.”

“I was so positively impressed by my care and appreciative that I didn’t want to-miss an opportunity to acknowledge the staff’s excellent work, both from the time I entered the emergency room until I was discharged from 2 East [at UM SMC at Dorchester] six days later.

“Everyone worked as a team to provide high quality individualized care…The staff were neat and professionally dressed with ID badges easy to see and read…Call bells were answered promptly and pleasantly, requests were fulfilled and I was asked throughout the shifts if I needed anything or if there was something they could do for me ( even Environmental Service Staff assigned to my room asked if I needed anything). My room and bathroom were cleaned each day.

“The entire staff involved in my care demonstrated kindness, compassion, caring and respect for my individuality as the patient. Even the staff in the radiology department made some uncomfortable trips as ” comfortable” as possible.

“The nurses provided patient teaching “on the spot” including Dedra Abner who had to insert my NG tube (no easy task since I’ve had a nasal fracture) and Wanda Major who provided my discharge teaching. Both were very professional and very through in my care ( I had one or the other of them on the day shift throughout my stay). They are very dedicated to their patients, their role as nurses, and promoting teamwork on 2 East.

“If I ever have to be hospitalized again and it is something that can be managed at Dorchester General, 2 East is where I want to be.”

“I worked in hospitals for 20 years. These MDs and nurses [at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown] are excellent!”

Process Continues to Replace Shore Medical Center at Easton


University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will be moving ahead in September to update its docketed Certificate of Need (CON) application with the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) for a replacement hospital for Easton. This action follows gaining the necessary approvals to move forward by the Shore Regional Health Board and University of Maryland Medical System Financial Affairs and Strategy Committee. The updated application, like the original one filed in 2012,  reflects a replacement of our Easton hospital and does not include beds or shelled space for beds from either UM SMC at Dorchester or UM SMC at Chestertown.

The MHCC’s decision, and subsequent determinations by the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC), are anticipated to take a year or more before being rendered.  With anticipated approvals from our State healthcare agencies, and factoring in time for construction firm selection, permitting, infrastructure and construction, a Summer 2022 opening is projected.

We will keep you informed as the CON progresses. Thanks to all who have provided input and support as we approached this milestone and to all who will be involved as we progress toward achieving our vision of being the region’s leader in patient centered healthcare.

UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology Welcomes Nurse Practitioners


Faustino Macuha, MD, medical director of the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, is shown with new providers Bobbi Atkinson, CRNP (left) and Anna Antwi, CRNP (right).

Faustino Macuha, MD, medical director of the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, is shown with new providers Bobbi Atkinson, CRNP (left) and Anna Antwi, CRNP (right).

Faustino Macuha, MD, medical director of the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at UM Shore Regional Health has been joined by two new care providers, Bobbi Atkinson, CRNP and Anna Antwi, CRNP.

“We are very excited to have Bobbi and Anna on board with us,” comments Trish Rosenberry, manager, Outpatient Services for UM Shore Regional Health. “With Dr. Macuha, they are seeing patients at the Center in Shore Medical Center at Easton and on a rotating basis, in the Multi Specialty Clinic at Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Their presence and their holistic approach to patient care will enable us to treat a larger number of patients and to provide quality care on a more timely basis.”

Macuha, Atkinson and Antwi are affiliated with University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), a multi-hospital, multi-specialty network of UM Medical System providers serving the people of Maryland.

For Atkinson, who joined the Center in April and “shadowed” Dr. Macuha to learn the Center’s processes and protocols, working at UM Shore Regional Health is a return engagement. “I worked at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester for 20 years before going to Nanticoke Health Services, and the return experience has felt like coming home,” she says. “It’s exciting for me to be a part of a growing team helping people manage a chronic disease that is very prevalent here on the Shore,” she explains.

Antwi arrived in mid-August from York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, where she developed her interest in working with patients with diabetes and other endocrine disorders. As she explains, “Diabetes is a very challenging disease to treat, because those who have it, especially early on, cannot feel the damage it is doing to many aspects of their health. And once they understand the damage, it still is hard for them to give up certain misconceptions about what is healthy for them and to make changes in lifelong habits. As a provider, it is important to offer positive reinforcement to patients — to be something of a cheerleader — as well as to educate them about the potential complications of diabetes and why they have to exercise, keep up with their eye exams and dental visits, and so on.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 623,000 people in Maryland – over 12 percent of the population — have diabetes. Of these, an estimated 156,000 are undiagnosed and therefore untreated, greatly increasing their risk for heart disease, stroke, amputation and end-stage kidney disease, blindness and death. Nationally, the rate of diabetes among adults over age 65 is estimated at 26.9 percent.

For information about the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology services, diabetes management classes in Easton and Chestertown, and monthly support group meetings in Cambridge, Chestertown, Denton and Easton, visit or call 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings Scheduled in Kent and Talbot Counties


John Foley, MD, Christopher Runz, DO, Christopher Parry, DO, Duane Cespedes, MD, and John Knud-Hansen, MD, of University of Maryland Community Medical Group - Urology, will be providing free prostate cancer screenings in Kent and Talbot Counties.

John Foley, MD, Christopher Runz, DO, Christopher Parry, DO, Duane Cespedes, MD, and John Knud-Hansen, MD, of University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Urology, will be providing free prostate cancer screenings in Kent and Talbot Counties.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for American men. To promote early detection of prostate cancer, the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has scheduled free screenings in two locations across the region.

A Prostate Cancer Screening and Forum will be held on Monday, September 12 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Olive AME Church, 24824 Lambs Meadow Road in Worton.  The Prostate Cancer Forum and dinner will be sponsored by Mt. Olive AME, the Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance (MOTA) Program and the Kent County Health Department, and partially funded by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Cigarette Restitution Funds. Free prostate cancer screenings will be provided by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and Christopher Parry, DO, of UM Community Medical Group – Urology. To register for the forum, dinner and screening at the Worton location, call Andrea Edwards, RN, at 410-778-7970.

On Wednesday, September 21, free prostate cancer screenings will be offered at University of Maryland Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 490 Cadmus Lane, Suite 104 in Easton. The screenings, which will be offered from 5-8 p.m., are being coordinated by the Cancer Center in partnership with the Talbot County NAACP, the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center and the Talbot Senior Center at Brookletts Place.  Participating physicians include University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and UM Community Medical Group – Urology providers, R. Duane Cespedes, MD; John Foley, MD; John Knud-Hansen, MD, FACS; and Christopher Runz, DO. To register for screening at the Easton location, call the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health at 410-820-6800.

Those interested in being screened are encouraged to discuss the testing with their primary care providers to determine if the PSA blood test will benefit them in the early detection of prostate cancer and other prostate health issues.

The screenings are open to the public.  Uninsured and underinsured are welcome to participate.  Pre-registration is required for screening at either location as space is limited.

3 East Surgical Unit Honored as Every Day Heroes


The nursing team on UM Shore Medical Center at Easton’s 3 East Med-Surg unit and Ramesh Kolli, MD, a hospitalist at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, have been recognized as Every Day Heroes by Regina Grogan, who was under their care during her hospital stay in late May.

In the letter accompanying her gift to UM Memorial Hospital Foundation in their honor, Grogan complimented the nursing staff on being “responsive, helpful, efficient, kind and professional,” and note Dr. Kolli for “taking the time to listen” and making her feel as if she was his only patient.

The Everyday Hero program provides patients, visitors and staff members with the opportunity to recognize and thank any member or team at UM Shore Regional Health, who made a positive difference in a visit or stay, by making a financial contribution of any size to UM Memorial Hospital Foundation or UM Chester River Health Foundation. Funds received through the Everyday Hero program are used for equipment, capital improvements and staff education in the departments in which the employees or team work.

EDH 3 East - Kolli

Ramesh Kolli, MD and the 3 East Surgical Unit staff members recognized as Every Day Heroes: first row, Angela Greene, Tara Smith, Lindsay Anderson and Stacey Ruckart; second row, F. Graham Lee, Dr. Ramesh Kolli, Susan Walker, Ella McDowell, Doreen Taylor, Martha Clark, Leslie Bell. (Third row) Gwen Slacum-Turner, Teara George, Dan Overmeir and Jill Andrew.

Peeples Joins UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center Staff


Gladys Peeples is the new admissions coordinator for UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown.

Gladys Peeples is the new admissions coordinator for UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown.

Kent County resident Gladys Peeples is the newest addition to the administrative staff of UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Stu Seitz, Center director has announced.

Peeples came on board July 11 as director of admissions at the 98-bed facility after several years working in customer service for USA Fulfillment. After a month of intensive training, she is excited to be taking on this new role and to be part of the Center’s administrative team.

“I am happy to have such a meaningful job, helping patients transition from acute care to rehab and welcoming our long-term care and respite care patients,” Peeples says. “Being in admissions, I keep in mind that I am the first face our patients and their family members see and I am very proud to represent the Center out in the community as well.”

Peeples is a familiar face in Kent County as an active participant in Hope Fellowship’s community outreach programs and a former volunteer at Kent County Humane. She and her husband, Don, came to Chestertown from Arnold, Md., in 2008, and are looking forward to moving to Kennedyville, Md., in the near future.