Monthly Archives: August 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!

Dr. and nurses at the Ambulatory Surgery Center in Queenstown did a great job informing what they were going to do and telling me what to expect.  They were all great from the time I got there to the time I left!!! They really care about their jobs, the facilities and the patient.


I am an alcoholic. The staff in Telemetry at Shore Medical Center at Easton was very understanding and not critical, and I am now in IOP classes. Thank you.


During my stay on 3 East MultiSpecialty, Janet Wilson was outstanding.  Also, two nurses with first names Lindsay and Anna were exceptionally good.


On the Med/Surg unit at Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the nurses were very friendly and always asking me if I needed anything.  They kept everything light and airy making you think positive of yourself.

HR News You Can Use: Celebrating Loyalty to UM SRH

Save the Date!

Shore Regional Health is hosting a distinguished dinner event on October 19, 2017, celebrating our retirees and 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 year recipients. The evening’s festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Team members with 10 and 15 years of loyalty will be celebrated at an exclusive luncheon event on October 20, 2017. Check-in time will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Both events will be held at The Milestone in Easton.

Personal invitations will arrive in your home mailboxes during the first week of September.  Please make sure we have your correct mailing address!

Congratulations on your service milestones. UM Shore Regional Health is proud to honor your commitment to Creating Healthier Communities Together.



  • On September 11, the annual system-wide engagement survey rolls out. We need your feedback!
  • Flu season is right around the corner. Update on immunization schedules coming soon.


Reporting Time on Your Intermittent Leave

  • You must report to Liberty Mutual your time used for a job protected absence within five days of the absence. Liberty Mutual also allows you to report an absence up to 30 days in advance.
  • You must continue to follow normal call-out procedures within your department.

Ways to Report:

  • Call 844-208-166 and select option #4, or
  • Visit, then click on “Disability, FMLA, & Other Leaves” to connect to Liberty Mutual’s portal, then select ‘Reporting Intermittent Absence” on the left hand side and follow the steps to report your intermittent time out of work.

Julia Belanger, MD, Offers Primary Care in Chestertown

Julia Belanger, MD

University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), announces the addition of Chestertown-based family medicine specialist Julia Belanger, MD. Dr. Belanger’s clinical interests include disease prevention, health maintenance and counseling, and diagnosis of acute and chronic illnesses.

A graduate of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Dr. Belanger completed her residency at the Florida Hospital Center for Family Medicine.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Belanger join our team at the University of Maryland Community Medical Group in our Primary Care practice,” comments Michele Wilson, vice president of operations for UM CMG. “She brings with her a vast amount of compassion and knowledge that will benefit our primary care patients of all ages on the Shore.”

UM CMG is a University of Maryland Medical System-owned network of more than 300 primary care physicians, specialists- and advanced practice clinicians. As part of this UM CMG, Dr. Belanger is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health. Along with Susan Ross, MD, she is seeing patients at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Chestertown, 126 Philosophers Terrace in Chestertown.

Patients may make an appointment with Dr. Belanger by calling 410-778-1878.


Base Pay Increases Go Into Effect in January, 2018

Eligible team members will receive up to 2% increase in base pay, effective January 7, 2018, which is the first full pay period of 2018, Ken Kozel, president and CEO, announced this week,  Increases will appear in the January 26, 2018, paycheck.

“Even though we had significant budget challenges when planning for this new fiscal year, it is important that we take care of our team who takes care of our patients, their families and the communities we serve,” commented Kozel. “I believe in the Shore Regional Health team and in the personal dedication and professional expertise that you bring to work with you each day, and I am very glad that we are able to provide pay raises beginning in 2018.”

Increases less than 2% will be based on amounts received as market adjustments, but these instances are few.

Team members who have completed their Initial Introductory Review Period are eligible. A few exclusions apply, as follows:

  • Team members who have been promoted beginning July 1, 2017, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Team members who are serving an Initial Introductory Review Period are excluded.
  • Team members receiving a market adjustment between February 19, 2017 – December 31, 2017, are excluded, as indicated in letters sent to them regarding their market adjustment.

Should you have questions, please speak directly to your senior vice president or your HR Business Partner.

UPDATE/CORRECTION: Lab Services at Cadmus to Remain Open

A previous Compass post indicated that as of September 18, 2017, the Cadmus Lane Laboratory Walk-In Lb Services would close – please be advised that this announcement was premature and that there is no plan at this time to close the lab.

Easton lab locations, services and hours are as follows:

UM Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center
10 Martin Court
Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – Noon (blood draw only)
Services: Phlebotomy (blood draw), EKG

UM Shore Regional Health Diagnostics at Teal Drive
8221 Teal Drive
410-822-1000, ext. 8694
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Services: Phlebotomy (blood draw)

UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton
490 Cadmus Lane
410-822-1000, ext. 4096
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – Noon
Services: Phlebotomy (blood draw)

UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
219 S. Washington Street
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Services: Phlebotomy (blood draw)

Texas Hospital Association Launches Fund to Help Health Care Workers Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

At St Joseph’s Hospital in Houston, health care workers set up a triage area in the hospital’s loading dock to accommodate the influx of patients needing emergency care due to Hurricane Harvey. (Photo from CNN)

We’ve all seen how Hurricane Harvey has ravaged Houston, Texas and many surrounding communities. There are nearly 40 hospitals in the region that are served by thousands of health care workers, many of whom are dealing with significant damage and loss as a result of the storm while trying to take care of their patients under conditions of extreme duress.

The Texas Hospital Association (THA) has created a fund to help hospital employees impacted by this record-breaking storm and flood damage. All funds will be used to directly assist hospital employees in Federal Emergency Management Agency-designated disaster areas; administrative services are being provided in kind so that 100 percent of donated funds will be used to assist hospital employees.

The American Hospital Association has contributed $50,000 to get the fund started. For more information or to make a donation, visit

AHA is working with THA on other ways hospitals and health systems can assist their colleagues in Texas and will share more information when available.

Talbot Goes Purple Update: Wear Purple Day Rescheduled for Tuesday, September 19

Talbot Goes Purple is shaping up to be a great event and UM Shore Regional Health team members are encouraged to show their support for this signature event to heighten awareness of the dangerous heroin use/opioid abuses epidemic affecting Talbot County as well as the greater Delmarva region and all of Maryland.

Tuesday, September 19 is Wear Purple Day throughout UM Shore Regional Health. Team members are encouraged to wear purple and take photos of “purple people” in their departments for inclusion in Compass later that week.

Need some purple accessories? At various Talbot Goes Purple events, purple towels and t-shirts will be on sale at very low cost.

To place bulk orders ahead of time, contact Kelley Allen at Soul Candy Media, .  More information about Talbot Goes Purple may be found online at

UM SRH Team Members Complete Leadership Courses

Several UM Shore Regional Health and UM Community Medical Group team members recently participated in courses offered by University of Maryland Medical System’s Health Care Leadership Institute.

All programs offered by the Health Care Leadership Institute are aligned with the strategic direction of UMMS and are targeted to meet specific leadership needs across the System.

Team members who completed courses include:

Foundations of Leadership

(Participants divided into cohorts)

  • Rebecca Baxter
  • Meredith Bennett
  • Linda Callahan
  • Brandi Covey
  • Robert Cunningham
  • Katie Dadds
  • Kathryn Davis
  • Kathy Elliott
  • Robin Ford
  • Jamie Hagadorn
  • Ann Marie Hernandez
  • Roland Jones
  • Jessica Kunz
  • Stephanie Pete
  • Eugenia Scott
  • Bobbi Simkins
  • Patricia Steele
  • Elizabeth Todd
  • Christina Wingate-Spence
  • Sally Worm

Advanced Leadership

(Participants divided into cohorts)

  • Robert Carroll
  • Patricia Focht
  • Cheryl Ruff

 People Leadership

  • Warren Scull

Operations Leadership for Directors

  • Kevin Chapple
  • Jo Ann Thomson

Strategic Leadership for Executives

  • Brian Leutner

Five Safe Sitter Classes Scheduled this Fall in Chestertown and Easton

The popular Safe Sitter® classes for ‘tweens and teens will be offered on five Saturdays this fall, as follows:

  • Chestertown: Saturdays, 9/23, 10/28 and 11/18, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center, 9 a.m.  – 3:30 p.m. Registration: Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175
  • Easton: Saturdays, 10/7 and 12/2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., UM SMC at Easton, Heath Education Center, A-B. Registration: Michelle Emrick, 410-822-1000, ext. 5451

Safe Sitter® is a national, non-profit organization that provides programs to teach youth life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Over 175 lives have been saved by Safe Sitter® graduates using their skills. More information about the program may be found at

Please share this information with your friends and neighbors who have age-appropriate kids who might benefit from this valuable class — whether to learn how to safely care for younger siblings or to bolster their credentials as sitters for other families.

Preregistration is required due to limited seating. The registration fee for the Safe Sitter® class is $45 per student, and includes an instruction manual and book bag. Some scholarship funds are available.



Upcoming Events, September 2017



Talbot Goes Purple – Month-long observance of the heroin/opioid and other substance abuse and overdose epidemic occurring both nationally and in Talbot County. On September 19, all UM SRH team members are encouraged to wear purple” as a symbol of awareness and concern. For more information, visit


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, 9/18, 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, 9/23, 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 Group/Easton – Thurs, 9/7 and 9/21, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tues, 9/12, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Rod Erlich, M.D. will discuss “Treatments for Advanced Prostate Cancer” as well as  recent advancements. Spouses and friends are encouraged to attend. Info: Sharon Richter, 443-994-5792.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Mon, 9/18, 7pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 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.)


Preparing for Childbirth: Labor and Delivery, Saturday, 9/2, 9am -3:30pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Education Center. This free class for expectant parents and birthing partners teaches maternal reproductive health; signs, symptoms and stage of labor; pain management options; labor induction; relaxation techniques; Cesarean delivery; and postpartum care and recovery. Includes  tour of the newly renovated Birthing Center. Info and registration: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesdays, 9/5 and 9/19, 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, 9/16, 9am – 12:30pmUM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center. Lactation nurses from UM Shore Medical Center at Easton’s Birthing Center provide information and support techniques for breastfeeding and pumping, latch and positioning, overcoming challenges and maintaining milk supply.  To register: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

Find more information about Birthing Center programs and services at


Diabetes Self- Management Class/Easton – Two sessions: Tuesdays, 9/5-12-19, 9am-12pm; or Wednesdays, 9/6-13-20, 4:30-7:30 pm. UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology 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/ Chestertown – Tuesdays 9/5-12-19, 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 Support Group/Denton – Wednesday 9/6, 5 pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Led by Doris Allen, CRNP, CDE, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, 9/11, 5:30pm, Talbot County Senior Center – Brookletts Place,  Easton. Led by Karen Hollis, RD, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown  Tuesday, 9/26, 6:30pm, UM Shore Regional Health Chestertown. Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact 410-778-3300 ext. 2175

Diabetes Support Group/Dorchester – Wednesday, 9/27, 6:00 pm, 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


UM Shore Regional Health Golf Tournament – Mon., 9/18, 11:30am, Talbot County Country Club. Tournament begins with a single shotgun start. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be served on the course. A reception and awards ceremony will follow the tournament, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served at the clubhouse. Team registration: $1,500, limited to 32 teams. Info: Amy Lowe, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation, 410-822-1000, ext. 5763, or email You may also register by visiting

Elder Care … Planning Tips and Traps, Thurs, 9/28, 6-8pm, Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market Street, Denton, Md., Guest presenters Ann Karwacki Goodman, Esq., partner, Parker Counts – Parker Goodman Gordon & Hammock, LLC and Billy Weber, president, Billy D. Weber Associates, will discuss topics related to meeting tax obligations, family goals and long-term care costs. Sponsored by UM Memorial Hospital Foundation. Free admission; limited seating. Reservations: Janet Andrews, 410-822-1000, ext. 5792,


Bridge Clinic Support Group – Every Tuesday, 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.


Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 9/7, 12-2pm, 500 Cadmus Lane, Easton. “Stroke Update: Q & A.” Bring your questions and concerns to our guest presenter, Terry Detrich, MD, Medical Director, Primary Stroke Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000 ext. 5068 or

Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tues, 9/26, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320. “Nutrition After Stroke,” presentation and discussion led by Katherine Ewers, RD, LDN, nutrition associate manager, Food and Nutrition Services, UM SRH. All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: 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!

My husband was seen in your Emergency Department [at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton] on July 2. We did follow up with his physician in Ohio and he concurred with the diagnosis of vertigo. Thank you Dr. Eric Abbott for your treatment. We made it through our grandson’s wedding because of your care. Thanks to all who were so kind to us and God bless you all.


I always recommend UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. In the Emergency Department, the nurses have good attitudes and make you feel comfortable. And Dr. Linvile is the best!


At UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown, Debra who was the practitioner doing my sleep study was excellent! She was knowledgeable, gave detailed explanation of what was to happen, and provided me with options pertinent to my particular case.


During my visit to the Infusion Center at Easton, the staff appeared to be very in sync with each other, moving fluidly between patient needs. They were top notch, Felicia was excellent in receiving/registering/directing arriving patients & family members – she provided excellent customer service/patient service!