Monthly Archives: June 2017

Above & Beyond


The following reports from patients and family members reaffirm our staff’s commitment to putting our patients’ needs first. Please take a minute to say THANKS!

At UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown, Trudy was extremely helpful, understanding and overall wonderful. Also suggested acupuncture for my migraines rather than prescription drugs. What a breath of fresh air!!


My same day surgery at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown was the best experience I ever had in pre-op and post-op. Dr. Lohr was excellent!


This was my 2nd pregnancy and I loved my experience in the Birthing Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton once again. The nurses are so amazing. I love their positive attitudes and how much they care and respected me & my family.


My inpatient stay with Shore Behavioral Health at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester place helped me tremendously! I was very happy with it all. The doctor was very helpful, kind and understanding.


All my contacts in the Emergency Department at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton were very good. But I was exceptionally impressed by a nurse named Sandra Hammonds. She was very professional & showed such kindness & understanding. She went beyond my expectations in making me feel blessed to be in her care. I’m sure that all patients who come in contact with her are touched – she is a jewel!

Adult/Adolescent Forensic Nurse Examiner Training Course Scheduled for September 11-15

The Adult/Adolescent Forensic Nurse Examine Training Course is planned for September 11 -15, 2017, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p. m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Classroom 1.

According to Karen Denny, forensic nurse examiner and coordinator/SART coordinator, this is a structured 40- hour program that trains the experienced RN to perform forensic examinations on patients age 13 years and older. In addition to this didactic portion are 40-plus hours that must be completed outside of the classroom in order to submit for the Maryland FNE-A certification with the Maryland Board of Nursing. Participants must attend all five days for completion of didactic portion; class size is limited.

The cost is $350 for course and materials, which includes:

  • Snacks throughout each day of training
  • Binder and paper
  • Atlas of Sexual Violence
  • 40 CEUs

To register online, visit

To obtain a mail-in registration form or ask questions, contact Karen Denny, RN FNE A/P, 410-822-1000, ext. 7976 or

HR News You Can Use – Welcome, New Team Members

Eleven new team members completed Orientation and HEART on Monday, June 26, in the Board Room at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. They are:

  • Boswana Elias,  Nursing Tech, UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown
  • Richard Elliott, Pharmacy Tech, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Daniel Mautz, Access Representative, Admit/Registration, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Nicole McElroy, Operating Room Attendant, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Surgical Services
  • Renee Merson, Collegiate  Nurse, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Amanda Mielke, First Assist Program Specialist, Surgical Services, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Michelle Molock, Nursing Tech, Telemetry, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Gopal Ramakrishna, Histo Tech, Pathology, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Kimberly Roberts-Ford, Staff Nurse,  ICU, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester
  • Colleen Ryan, Medical Lab Assistant, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Megan Wilson, Monitor Tech, Telemetry, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton

Prudential Schedule Change Announced for August 15

Please note that the Prudential Representative will NOT on site on August 15 for the following locations:

  • UM SMC – Easton 2 East/Patient Family Library
  • Diagnostic Imaging Center

The revised schedule for Prudential visits is as follows:

UM Shore Medical Center at Easton – 2 East 286 Patient Family/Library

  • 7/18       1-3pm
  • 8/1         6-8pm
  • 9/5         4-6pm or later
  • 9/19       10-12pm
  • 10/3       6-8pm
  • 10/17     10-12pm
  • 11/7       6-8pm
  • 11/21     10-12pm
  • 12/5       4-6pm or later

UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester

  • 7/11       6-8pm (Board Room)
  • 8/7         6-8pm (Board Room)
  • 9/12       10-12pm (HR Office)
  • 10/10     10-12pm (HR Office)
  • 11/14     10-12pm (HR Office)
  • 12/12     6-8pm (Board Room)

UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown – Cafeteria Meeting Room   

  • 7/25       10-3pm
  • 8/22       10-3pm
  • 9/26       3-8pm
  • 10/24     10-3pm
  • 11/28     10-3pm
  • 12/19     10-3pm

Diagnostic and Imaging Center (Easton)               

  • 7/11       3-5pm
  • 9/12       1-3pm
  • 10/31     1-3pm
  • 11/21     1-3pm
  • 12/12     3-5pm

Other Easton Locations

  • 7/18       10-12pm (121 Federal St., 2nd Floor – UM Shore Home Care Conference Room
  • 8/1         3-5pm (Cancer Center)
  • 8/8         3-5pm (Canvasback)
  • 9/5         1:30-3pm (Ambulatory Surgery Center)
  • 9/19       1-3pm (Canvasback)
  • 10/3       3-5pm (121 Federal Street, 2nd Floor – UM Shore Home Care Conference Room)
  • 10/10     1-3pm (Canvasback)
  • 11/7       3-5pm (Cancer Center) 
  • 11/14     1-3pm (Canvasback)

Upcoming Events: July 2017


Auxiliary Sales

Red & Blue Sale – Now thru Monday, 7/3, Robin Hood Shop, 416 High Street, Cambridge. All red and/or blue clothing will be $.50 cents (excluding Boutique items). Managed by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary, Shop proceeds benefit programs, services, equipment and patient care at UM SMC at Dorchester. Contact: 410-228-6339.

Second Saturday Sale – Saturday, 7/8,10am-5pm (note extended hours), Robin Hood Shop, 416 High Street Cambridge. All shirts will be $.25 cents (excluding Boutique items). A volunteer from Associated Black Charities will be on hand to do blood pressure screenings until 2pm. Managed by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary, Shop proceeds benefit programs, services, equipment and patient care at UM SMC at Dorchester. Contact: 410-228-6339.

K & J Marketing – Everything $6 Sale — Tuesday, 7/18, 7am–4pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Conference Center. Offering jewelry, scarves, electronics, accessories for children and many other items. Payroll deduction will be available for SRH employees. Sponsored by the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary, proceeds will benefit programs, services, equipment and patient care at UM SMC at Chestertown. Contact: 410-348-2159.

Breast Cancer Support

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.

Look Good … Feel Better – Monday, 7/17, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Free ACS program for women with cancer includes hair, skin and make-up tips, samples and a visit to the wig room. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

 Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 7/25, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Find more information about The Breast Center’s programs and services at

Cancer Support

Cancer Support Group/Easton – Thursday, 7/6 and 7/20, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 443-254-5940.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 7/11, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300. Spouses and friends are encouraged to attend.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 7/24, 7pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Find more information about cancer treatment and support services online at


Free Blood Pressure Screenings/Easton & Cambridge – Easton: every Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am-12pm, Diagnostic & Imaging Center. Cambridge: every Tuesday & Friday, 11am-1pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. (Excluding holidays.)

Childbirth & New Parent Education

Labor & Delivery Class – Saturday, 7/8, 9am-3:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Overview of maternal reproductive health; signs, symptoms and stages of labor, including pain management; techniques for a successful birth experience; cesarean delivery; and recovery after the birth. Free; register by phone, 410-822-1000, ext. 5231.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, 7/18, 10-11:30am, UM SMC at Easton, 5th floor meeting room. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5700.

Breastfeeding Class— Saturday, 7/22, 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. Free; register by phone, 410-822-1000, ext. 5231 or e-mail

Find more information about Birthing Center programs and services at

Diabetes Education and Support

Shore Kids Camp – Monday, 7/17 – Friday, 7/21, MEBA Engineering School, Rte 33, Easton. Four-day camp experience that helps children with diabetes learn about their disease and how to manage it in a safe and healthy environment while enjoying many activities, including bowling, boat rides, and visits to organic farms and area museums. Registration deadline 7/7. Contact: Wynne Aroom, 410-822-1000, ext. 5286,

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Chestertown – Tuesday, 7/11-18-25, 1-4pm. UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196.

Diabetes Self- Management Class/Easton – Two sessions: Tuesday, 7/11-18-25, 9am-12pm; and Wednesday, 7/12-19-26, 4:30-7:30pm. UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registrations required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Wednesday, 7/5, 5pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton.  Led by Doris Allen Tate, CRNP, CDE, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Contact: 410-822- 1000 ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton – Monday, 7/10, 5:30pm, Brookletts Place, Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. Led by Karen Hollis, RD, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 7/25, 6:00pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Cafeteria, “Annual Indoor Picnic” — Please bring a diabetes friendly dish to share. Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.

Diabetes Support Group/ Dorchester – Wednesday, 7/26, 5:30pm, Dorchester County YMCA. Led by Renee Woodward, RN, CDE Contact 410-822-1000, ext. 5196.

Find more information about diabetes treatment and support services at

Foundation Events

5th Annual Claws for a Cause – Thursday, 7/13, 6-9pm, Fisherman’s Crab Deck in Grasonville. Crab feast and buffet of fried chicken, pork BBQ, and assorted sides.  Benefiting the UM Shore Emergency Center in Queenstown. Ticket prices are $90 in advance; $100 at door. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5763 or

Aging, Memory Loss, Dementia: How We Think About It – Thursday, 7/27, 6-8pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Education Center, Easton. Speakers, Saeed Salehina, MD and Charles R. Athey, Esq. discuss aging and normal changes in cognitive function, normal and abnormal changes in memory, when should we be worried, causes of “abnormal memory/cognitive changes” and how to approach them and more. Seating is limited, to reserve a seat contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5792 or

Recovery and Psychosocial Support

Bridge Clinic Support Group – Tuesdays, 7/4, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 6-7:30pm, UM SMC at Dorchester. Free, confidential support group meeting for individuals who have been hospitalized for behavioral health reasons and could benefit from assistance with issues after discharge. Varied topics based on participants’ needs. Each participant may bring one family member. Contact: 410-228-5511, ext. 2140.

Stroke Support

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thursday, 7/6, 12-2pm, 500 Cadmus Lane, Easton. Guest Speaker Deborah Weber “Learning to Cope After a Stroke.” All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Contact: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000 ext. 5068 or

Queenstown Stroke Support Group –Tuesday, 7/25, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320.  All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Contact: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000 ext. 5068 or

Above & Beyond


The following reports from patients and family members reaffirm our staff’s commitment
to putting our patients’ needs first. Please take a minute to say THANKS!

This was my 2nd post-surgical course of therapy with the same therapist at
UM Shore Rehab in Queenstown. I found him to be extremely effective – the best. Aside from the therapist’s effectiveness, the range of equipment (always in good repair) was enormously helpful and makes an excellent argument for on-site therapy as opposed to in-home.


I cannot imagine a better ER experience than we had at the Emergency Department at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Thanks to Dr. Villaruz for not chasing out family. For members of a wedding party allowed to stay!? Wonderful!


In the Cardiac Cath Lab, I was made to feel at ease with everything. The receptionist answered my questions and the procedure was done very smoothly and everyone involved made it a nice experience rather than something stressful.


I would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff on floor 2 of UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown who gave attention to my husband during his admission and brief stay… he was admitted after experiencing a seizure while at home. I am thankful that in the ER agreed to allow my husband to stay at the hospital overnight as his condition Dr. Davis deteriorated thereafter.

Dr. Haider Saffar was instrumental in making connections to UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, which allowed my husband to receive further treatment. Dr. Saffar was completely professional, articulate and sensitive to family concern during this difficult time.

I am thankful the hospital is minutes away and I cannot speak enough of the attentive care my husband received during his stay. Please extend my heartfelt thank you to all.


Nurse “Nancy” (10 a.m. appt. CAT scan) at the lab on Teal Drive was very understanding about the dizziness I am going thru.  She showed great compassion in helping me up & making sure I was stable to walk.


At the Diagnostic and Imaging Center, both Debbie Harmon and Nancy Knotts are very knowledgeable and very good at explaining every step of the process to the patients.


At the Ambulatory Surgery Center in Easton, my entire procedure was accomplished with great skill and exceptional kindness. The nursing staff worked together always helping each other with obvious willingness to do so.


Fantastic experience in the Emergency Department at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.  We were very scared of how sick our daughter was, and everyone took great care of her. The staff was very responsive and explained long wait times. All nurses were excellent! Fantastic with a scared, 3 year old child. Also, very sweet techs – great with kids.


HR News You Can Use: Siena Joins HR Team

Jill Siena has joined the UM SRH team and is based in Chestertown.

Jill (Denton) Siena has joined the Human Resources team as an HR generalist dedicated to supporting UM Shore Regional Health team members in Kent County – UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and UM Chester River Home Care.

Siena is not new to Shore Regional Health; for the past three years, she has served as staffing specialist at the Nursing and Rehab Center in Chestertown. In that capacity, she provided HR support to all Center staff in addition to managing the schedules of patient care and support services staff.

A graduate of Wilmington University with a B.S, in Human Resources Management, Siena is currently pursuing a master’s in HR management, also from Wilmington University.


Easton Cafeteria Hours Change Beginning July 1

Beginning July 1, 2017, the Grapevine Café at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton will close at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; no dinner service will be provided. The staff apologizes for any inconvenience.

The amended dining hours will be:

Monday – Friday
Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dinner: CLOSED

Women’s Health Services Expand to Dorchester and Kent Counties

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has expanded women’s health services to Dorchester and Kent counties.

Obstetricians and gynecologists (OBGYNs) and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) with UM Community Medical Group – Women’s Health (OBGYN) are now seeing patients at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Chestertown, located at 126 Philosophers Terrace. Additionally, gynecological providers with UM Community Women’s Health (Gynecology) are now seeing patients at both the Chestertown pavilion and UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Dorchester, at 400 Byrn Street in Cambridge.

In addition to the care offered by gynecological, OBGYN and midwifery providers, Women’s Health services at UM Shore Regional Health include breast health services, offered by Roberta Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS, medical director of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center in Easton, who sees patients in both Easton and Chestertown at the Leh Women’s Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown; and continence and pelvic health services, offered by urogynecologist, R. Duane Cespedes, MD, at locations in Cambridge, Chestertown, Easton and Queenstown.

Jennifer Scott Dyott, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C, certified registered nurse practitioner with the Women’s Health gynecology practice, offers consultations and treatments at both locations, focusing on prevention, wellness and education related to conditions and diseases of the female reproductive system.

The gynecology practice with UM Community Medical Group – Women’s Health offers care to women from adolescence and young adulthood through menopause and beyond. Providers specialize in well-woman examination; breast and cervical cancer screening (PAP); preventive health screening; initial evaluation of urinary incontinence; menopausal management; contraceptive management and STD treatment and screening.

“Our practice is built on the belief that screening, early detection, treatment and education are vital in reaching and maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” comments Dyott. “My partners and I are committed to educating patients on a broad spectrum of women’s health topics to ensure that they are active participants in their own health care and should an issue arise, they have the knowledge to identify the problem and seek medical attention as soon as possible.”

The OBGYN providers specialize in pregnancy, childbirth, women’s reproductive organs and minimally invasive surgery to treat conditions such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome.  Certified nurse midwives are registered nurses offering care during pre-conception, pregnancy, delivery and postpartum, working hand-in-hand with OBGYNs to maintain the health and well-being of mother and baby. Providers with UM Community Medical Group – Women’s Health (OBGYN) are affiliated with the Birthing Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

“Expansion of women’s health services to Shore Medical Pavilion at Chestertown has enabled our team to offer more accessible prenatal and postpartum care to our female patients residing in the northern part of our five-county region,” remarks Aisha Siddiqui, MD, FACOG of UM Community Medical Group – Women’s Health (OBGYN) and medical director of UM Shore Regional Health’s Birthing Center. “Kent County residents who plan to have their babies at the Birthing Center in Easton can now enjoy the convenience of scheduling their office visits, leading up to and after childbirth, close to home.”

For a complete listing of Women’s Health providers affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health and their locations throughout the region, visit

Easton’s Primary Stroke Center Earns Gold Plus Status from American Stroke Association

The Primary Stroke Center team, led by medical director, Dr. Terry Detrich, and neuroscience specialist and Stroke Center coordinator, Nicole Leonard, is a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians; Emergency Department, ICU and neuroscience nurses and staff; diagnostic services such as imaging and lab; and pharmacy.

Stroke, a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain, takes the lives of more than 130,000 Americans each year and is the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When in need of prompt care for stroke, residents of the five-county region served by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health have access to a designated Primary Stroke Center at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton.

A Primary Stroke Center designation is given by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) when standards are met to support better outcomes for stroke care. Certification standards include having a dedicated stroke-focused program, staffed by specially trained medical professionals – 24 hours a day, 7 days each week – who provide expedited diagnostic services and stroke care.

UM Shore Medical Center at Easton’s Stroke Center recently received the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s (ASA) Get With The Guidelines®– Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

According to the ASA, hospitals earning the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and have achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

In conjunction with its Gold Plus status, Easton’s Primary Stroke Center also achieved the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, demonstrating success in meeting quality measures to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), Alteplase, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given in the first three hours after the onset of stroke symptoms, Alteplase has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Administered intravenously through the arm, Alteplase works by dissolving the obstructive clot and improving blood flow to the part of the brain being deprived of blood flow.

The quality measures established by the AHA/ASA are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“Members of the Primary Stroke Center team at Shore Medical Center at Easton are specially trained in diagnosing and treating all types of stroke,” comments Nicole Leonard, RN, BSN, neuroscience specialist and stroke coordinator.  Much like the objective of core quality measures set forth by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, our top priority is prompt, effective care and positive patient outcomes. We have been able to achieve these awards because of the collaborative effort of our entire Stroke Center team. ”

According to Leonard, the three types of stroke are ischemic stroke, caused by a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain; a hemorrhagic stroke, caused by a blood vessel rupturing and causing bleeding inside the brain; and a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which is a temporary interruption of blood flow to an area of the brain.

“Stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures,” she remarks. “When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs causing vital brain cells to die – 1.9 million neurons die each minute stroke treatment is delayed.”

“Our highly skilled medical providers and clinicians strive to make our organization the region’s leader in patient-centered care,” says Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health. “The Stroke Center’s recent recognition from the American Stroke Association demonstrates our team’s commitment to delivering innovative stroke treatments to patients as quickly and safely as possible when care is needed at the most critical time.”

Expanding upon the magnitude the Gold Plus designation, Terry Detrich, MD, local neurologist and medical director of the Stroke Center, remarks, “This is a fantastic achievement for a small hospital to be able to make the great advancements we have in complying with national stroke care guidelines.”

He continues, “It is also an incredible achievement for everyone on the team – the physicians, nurses, x-ray and lab personnel, the pharmacy team and the entire Emergency Department team. We all continue to work harder to update our capabilities, working with our partners at University of Maryland Medical System, to further enhance the care that we provide to our community members.”

Detrich also feels strongly about the key role that local emergency medical services play in the Stroke Center’s ability to treat patients appropriately and timely. “We would not be successful in our efforts to provide high-quality stroke care without the collaboration of our local Emergency Services teams,” he says.

The Stroke Center team at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton lives by the principle that time lost is brain lost, and because of that, clinicians feel it is imperative for patients to seek treatment for stroke at the first sign or symptom. To recognize signs and symptoms of stroke, it is recommended that people remember the word “FAST” – Facial drooping; Arm weakness; Speech difficulty; and if any of these symptoms are present, it’s Time to call 9-1-1 as immediate medical attention is necessary.

Additional information about the Primary Stroke Center at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton can be found at

Choptank Community Health Providers Tour UM Shore Regional Health Locations

At Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton: front row, Phil, Regas, Victoria Billings, Ashley Taylor and Rachel Spellman; back row, Veronica Rigler, Judy Thomas, Katie Dadds, Peyman Otmishi, MD, Andrew Vranic, MD, and Greg Oliver, MD. (Dadds, Regas, Dr. Otmishi, Dr. Vranic and Dr. Oliver are with University of Maryland Community Medical Group.)

Practitioners who recently joined Choptank Community Health System (CCHS) toured a number of outpatient facilities of UM Shore Regional Health earlier this month, including the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, the Cancer Center, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, and the office of UM Community Medical Group – Women’s Health (OBGYN). The group was escorted by Judy Thomas, regional manager, Provider Referral and Business Development for University of Maryland Medical System (for the Mid-Shore Region).

CCHS is a private, non-profit community health center providing primary health care services in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot Counties and the surrounding areas. CCHS health centers provide a range of primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services.

The tour, which included introductions to several UM SRH physicians, advanced practice providers, practice managers and other staff, was arranged as part of the developing partnership between UM SRH and CCHS in the interest of providing access to quality health care for all Mid Shore residents. With Victoria Billings, CCHS regional site director were new CCHS practitioners Veronica Rigler, PA-C, Federalsburg Medical Center; Rachel M. Spellman, RN, MSN, FNP-C, Fassett-Magee Health Center; and Ashley Taylor, FNP-C,  Denton Medical Center.

“The goal of these tours is to enhance continuity of care for our shared patients by educating community providers about the health care services offered in the Mid Shore region and making personal introductions that will facilitate good communication between medical services, practices and providers,” Thomas says.

23rd Annual Chester River Health Foundation Golf Tournament Raises Funds for UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

Tournament winners with a low gross score of 61 were (l to r): Bill Cording, Bill Cooper, Chip Everett, and Jeff Carroll

After 10 straight days of rain, the sun came out for University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation’s 23rd annual golf tournament. Tournament participants and donors contributed more than $96,000 toward the purchase of 10 suites of patient room furnishings for UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

One hundred twenty eight men and women teed off, shotgun-style, in a “Step-Aside, Best-Ball” tournament, on Friday, June 2, at the Chester River Yacht & Country Club, just outside of Chestertown.

Low gross winners, female team, with a score of 77 were (l to r): Jackie Phillips, Debbie Williams, Leah Northrup and Genie Wootton.



“Over the next three years, our hospital will replace patient room furnishings with state-of-the-art hospital beds, mattresses, tray tables, nightstands and chairs,” said Carl Gallegos, chairman, UM Chester River Health Foundation. “The Foundation has committed to raising at least $138,000 for the first 10 rooms and this tournament was our premiere fundraiser toward our goal. We are extraordinarily appreciative of the community-wide support of this event.”

Twenty-five volunteers, mostly current and former hospital employees, spent the day on the course, offering golfers refreshments and chances to increase their odds of winning prizes. “We could not host this event without our small army of volunteers and the Foundation Board is enormously grateful for their help.” Gallegos said.

Prizes donated by local businesses were awarded for 16 events on the course, including eight Closest-to-the-Pins; Longest Drive Not-in-the Fairway; and Most Accurate Drive.

Tournament Sponsors Malcolm Kram, DVM (l) and Mark Zwanger, MD, (r) are pictured with tournament awards’ reception emcees and Foundation Board members, Margie Elsberg (l) and Myra Butler (r).

Three foursomes took home Low Net prizes: mixed team with a score of 44 — Christine and Mark Kamon, Larry Ortmann and Sharon Somers; women’s team with a score of 48 — Karen Biggs, Bobbie Cusimano, Trish Mooney and Stephanie Murphy; and the men’s team with a score of 49 — Bruce Brown, Harry Burton, Alton Darling and Rodney Gray. The Low Gross award went to the team of Jeff Carroll, Bill Cooper, Bill Cording, and Chip Everett, with a score of 61.

No one made a Hole in One on any of the four par 3 holes to win $10,000 cash or Superbowl 2018 tickets, and the $1,000 prize for Closest-to-the-Pin within 12” also went unclaimed. David Landskroener missed winning the Putting Contest by just a few inches, leaving the $10,000 prize for next year’s contestants to claim. We hope you’ll mark your calendars now for the 24th Annual Chester River Health Foundation’s Golf Tournament set for Friday, June 1, 2018.