Monthly Archives: September 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!

The only reason my brother Richard has been able to stay out of the nursing home is due to the hard work and dedication of nurse Amanda, and the therapists, Brooke, Francis, and Sarah, at Chester River Home Care. 

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The nurses on 4th floor Telemetry at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton – especially nurse Laurie; and all of the techs – especially Taneshia Wilson and Tyzann Meekins – did an outstanding job for me in their service as well as concern. Keep up the good work and thank you!

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The x-ray staff were very friendly and made me feel relaxed. The E.R. receptionist is a very warm person. You can tell that all staff in the E.R. get along very well with each other; it was funning very smooth. Dr. Linville has a very good bed-side manner.  I was confident he could get to the bottom of the problem and he did. Kelsey and Madison (a trainee) were very kind and accommodating.

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The Chemotherapy Department at the Cancer Center received a card from a patient who had made a $500 donation in the staff’s honor to the Oncology Nursing Society. The note read: 

I felt cared for, listened to and looked after.  I felt your concern, compassion and love.  We give this donation to honor you and to thank you with deep appreciation.

HR News You Can Use: About Badges and Employee Engagement

 

BADGE NEWS

Effective Monday, October 2, 2017, all employee (and non-employee) badges will be produced and processed through Security. Human Resources will still be the point of contact for new hires, transfers, non-employees, etc., but will direct all badge processing, replacement requests, etc., to Security.

ENGAGEMENT SURVEY UPDATE

As of Friday, September 29, 63 percent of UM SRH employees had completed their survey.

If you have not completed your survey, please do so by October 1.

Why is it so important we have as close to 100% participation as possible?

  • This is a chance for you to provide confidential feedback to all levels of leadership.
  • Employee feedback helps SRH leadership know how best to support you in your work.
  • Employee engagement is a major driver of organizational success, so we want to hear from as many Team Members as possible.

Let your voice be heard and be part of helping us build an even better work culture and environment.

Everything You Need to Know About Flu Shots: October 2-November 2, 2017

 

Annual Flu Shots are a mandatory condition of employment for all staff (unless there is a medical contraindication).  In that case you will need to sign a declination form and provide a note from your medical doctor (if a current one is not on file).  If you are pregnant you will need a note from your OB provider before receiving the vaccination.  Declination forms may be obtained from your manager, on the Intranet or directly from Employee Health.  (Note: Compliance date is November 3, 2017)

You may attend any one of clinics below – please note there will be no flu vaccinations given at the Employee Health offices. EHS staff request encourage all staff to get their shot EARLY — don’t wait until the last minute!

UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown: 

Oct. 9 6:30AM – 4:30 PM 2nd floor Conference Room
Oct 17 6:30AM – 4:30 PM 2nd floor Education Center
Nov 2 6:30AM – 1:30 PM 2nd floor Conference Room

UM Shore Nursing and Rehab at Chestertown:

Oct  10 6:30AM – 4:00 PM Chapel

UM Shore Medical Center at Easton:

Oct 4 6:30AM – 4:30 PM HEC  C & D
Oct. 13 6:30AM – 4:30 PM HEC  A & B
Oct 16 6:30AM – 4:30 PM HEC  A & B
Nov 1 6:30AM – 1:30 PM OCCR (By Diabetes Center)

UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester:

Oct 2 6:30AM – 4:30 PM 3rd Floor Conference Room
Oct 11 6:30AM – 4:30 PM Solarium
Oct 19 6:30AM – 1:30 PM Solarium

 

Other Reminders:

  • The flu vaccination is a — Regular dose vaccine
  • Bring your Employee Badge
  • Wear short sleeves or loose fit shirt, if possible.
  • Egg free vaccine will be available upon request.
  • If you have a valid Declination, you will need to wear a mask from October 1 until April 1, 2018 while on duty, per UM SRH policy.
  • If you received the vaccination elsewhere please send proof of such to Employee Health as soon as possible.

“Six Dollar Sale” Comes to UM SMC at Easton October 12-13

The Auxiliary of UM Memorial Hospital Foundation will hold a two-day “Six Dollar Sale,” Thursday and Friday, October 12-13, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The sale will include hundreds of items — jewelry, scarves, socks, hats, kids’ items, purses and more — all priced at just $6.

“This sale is always a lot of fun,” says Nancy Espenhorst, Auxiliary chair. “It’s amazing for what you can get for $6 and it’s a great way to start — and save — on your Christmas shopping. In the past, we have done the sale for just one day, but it’s always very popular, so we decided to extend it a second day, We are hoping for a big turnout so we have at least a dozen volunteers lined up to make it go smoothly. ”

 

DIC Launches Hurricane Relief Effort – Donations Welcome

To provide assistance to individuals, families and communities recovering from for all of the recent hurricanes, the Diagnostic & Imaging Center in Easton has launched a drive to collect items that will be picked up by Green Drop.. Green Drop ( https://www.gogreendrop.com ) has partnered with the Red Cross to assist in collecting items for the hurricane relief effort.

Acceptable items:  Clothing, shoes, blankets and bedding, kitchenware, toys, small appliances, electronics and musical instruments.  All items should weigh 50 pounds or less in order for drivers to safely lift.

ALL ITEMS MUST BE BAGGED. Please bring your items to the Diagnostic and Imaging Center no later than Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

Two by Two by Two: Twins in the Birthing Center

Three sets of twins – all boys – came into the world at the Birthing Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton within three days, Friday, September 22 to Monday, September 25, 2017.

They are (pictured above, left to right) Ryder James Hollingsworth and Drake Daniel Hollingsworth, born Friday just after 3 p.m., shown in the arms of their mother, Erin Hollingsworth, of Denton; Alexander Alan Cheers and Kade William Cheers, born Saturday just after 2 p.m., shown in the arms of their mother, Katelyn Cheers, of Royal Oak; and Camden William Myers and Caleb Alexander Myers, born just before 12:30 p.m. on Monday morning, shown in the arms of nurse Christin Dickey while their mom Heather Myers, of Cambridge, was resting.

According to Luanne Satchell, manager, Women’s and Children’s Health Services, two sets of twins in the Birthing Center  is not unusual, but three may be a first.  And at the time this photo was taken, the Birthing Center team was anticipating a yet fourth set of twins — scheduled for arrival by Cesarean section on Wednesday, September 27.

These tiny twins have already earned a great deal of attention: A post about them on Shore Regional Health Facebook page has been liked and shared by scores of Facebook users –and seen by more than 8,000!

Comprehensive Rehab Services Announces 9th Annual Rehab Recognition Award Winners

Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services team members enjoyed their annual picnic and awards presentation at Idlewild Park in Easton on September 19, 2017. Congratulations to this year’s Rehab award winners! They are:

  • The Energizer Bunny Award:  (AKA The E-3 Award – Eager, Enthusiastic, Energizer) Presented to the staff member who exhibits a consistent positive, enthusiastic attitude that energizes those around them: Winner: Sherri Swann
  • The Extra Mile Service Award:  Presented to the staff member who most consistently exceeds the expectations of patients, their families, our co-workers, and anyone we serve. Winner: Julie Price, PT
  • The Extra Mile Service Award for Nursing:  Presented to a member of the nursing staff who most consistently exceeds the expectations of patients, their families, our co-workers, and anyone we serve. Winner: Shawne Davis, RN
  • The Rookie of the Year:  Presented to the newest staff member who has made the greatest positive impact on the department. (This staff member must have completed at least 90 days of employment, but not more than 13 months by the conclusion of August 2017.) Winner: Deanna McMullen, PT
  •  The Rock-Solid Reliability Award:  Presented to the veteran UM SRH Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services staff member (minimum five years) who has consistently demonstrated a strong dedication to the department, co-workers, patients and their families through his or her performance, attendance and positive attitude. Winner: Carla Smith, PT
  •  The Most Marvelous Mentor Award:  Presented to the staff member who demonstrates a consistent commitment to guide, teach, counsel, coach, and share knowledge with other staff members to foster professional development. Winner Stephanie Stokes, PT
  • The Weekend Warrior Award:  An objective award presented to the therapy staff member who worked the greatest number of HOURS on weekends and holidays from 9/10/2016 to Labor Day Weekend 2017. Winner: Mary Hynes, OTR
  • The Nursing Warrior Award: Presented to the Requard Nursing staff member who worked the greatest number of extra shifts from 9/10/2016 to Labor Day Weekend 2017. Winner: Jamie Merritt
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REHAB SERVICES UPDATES

According to Frank Rath, manager, Outpatient Rehab, in the past year, the team of Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services evaluated over 11,000 patients at Shore Medical Center at Easton and Dorchester, and a combined total of over 3,000 patients at the outpatient centers in Cambridge, Denton, Easton and Queenstown, and also The Orthopedic Center.

Recent highlights in Comprehensive Rehab include:

  • The launch of two new outpatient Speech Therapy programs. COPE (Cognition, Organization, Processing, Executing) is a mental fitness program for patients/caregivers impacted by the gradual cognitive communication changes associated with mild to moderate dementia. The “Chemo-Brain” (Chemotherapy Induced Cognitive Impairment) Program is designed to address the needs of cancer survivors dealing with mild to moderate deficits in attention, concentration, language skills, multitasking and organization following treatment with chemotherapeutic agents.
  • All  outpatient rehab centers are also now offering physical therapy treatment for individuals dealing with TMJ (Temperomandibular Joint) Disorders.

For more information on these and other rehab services programs offered by Shore Regional Health contact the Rehabilitation Patient Navigation Program at 410-822-1000, ext. 5857 or email RehabReferrals@umm.edu.

DGH Auxiliary Announces Nursing Grants and Scholarship Recipients

Shown holding their nursing grant award notices from the Auxiliary of Dorchester General Hospital, Inc., are recipients: Kimberly Dawn O’Neill, Samantha Suzanne Wilson, Katie Scarlett Lee, Candice Lee Callahan and Haley Olivia Niblet. Also shown (in pink jackets) are DGH Auxiliary Nursing Grants and Scholarships Committee members Diane McCarthy (chair), Barbara Lipe, Kathy Potter and Alexandria Anderson-Snell. (Not pictured are grant recipient Ke’shyara Janae Jolly and scholarship recipients Lemya Julian Reeve and Areba Gull Ahmed.)

The Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary’s Nursing Grant Committee has awarded grants and scholarships to eight nursing students from Dorchester County. This year’s $1,000 scholarship award recipients are:  from North Dorchester High School, Lemya Julian Reeve; and from Cambridge South Dorchester High School, Areba Gull Ahmed. Nursing grant award recipients are Candice Lee Callahan, Ke’shyara, Janae Jolly, Katie Scarlett Lee, Haley Olivia Niblet, Kimberly Dawn O’Neill and Samantha Suzanne Wilson.

These awards help nursing students pay for tuition, books and other educational expenses.  To be eligible for the nursing grant, students must be enrolled in the nursing program at Chesapeake College or another accredited nursing program and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Applicants may reapply each year.

Nursing grants and scholarships are funded by donations provided by members of the Auxiliary, community members, the Hospitality Shop located at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester and the Robin Hood Shop on High Street in Cambridge. Recipients are chosen by the Auxiliary’s Nursing Grants Committee, which includes Diane McCarthy, chair, Alexandria Anderson-Snell, Joy Carpenter, Nancy Duvall, Barbara Lipe and Kathy Potter.

“It’s always a pleasure to provide financial support to deserving individuals who are preparing for careers in nursing,” says McCarthy. “The Committee appreciates the donations to the Auxiliary and the hard work that our volunteers do in our two shops that make these grants and scholarships possible.”

Information about the DGH Auxiliary Nursing Grants and Scholarships application process may be obtained by calling Diane McCarthy, 410-901-2589 or 443-521-7925.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events, Screenings and Support Groups, October, 2017

AUXILIARY EVENTS AND SALES 

$6 Sale: Jewelry, Accessories and More – Thurs-Fri, 10/12 and 10/13, 7am-4pm, UM SMC at Easton HEC. More than 1,000 items priced at only $6.00 including necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets, scarves, totes, wallets, men’s ties and more! Proceeds to benefit the UM SMC at Easton. Payroll deduction, cash and credit accepted.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT AND AWARENESS

Pink Ribbon Hanging & Tree Lighting – Thurs, 10/5, 4pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, front circle. Cancer Center volunteers and staff will hang pink ribbons on the evergreen tree in honor of the breast cancer patients treated this year by the Center. The tree will be lit with pink lights and serve as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Outreach – Come by the hospital cafeterias to talk to Cancer Center outreach volunteers and learn about breast cancer, as follows:

  • UM SMC at Easton Cafeteria, Fri,10/20,10:30am – 2pm
  • UM SMC at Dorchester Cafeteria, Tues,10/23, 10:30-am-1:30pm.
  • UM SMC at Chestertown Memorial Corridor (between the inpatient unit and the cafeteria): Weds, 11am-11pm.

Screenings for Breast Cancer –  By appointment, Weds, 10/18 and 10/25, 8am-2pm, Clark Comprehensive Breast Center. To make an appoint for this screening, please call 410-822-9400.

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, 10/16, 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, 10/24, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Find more information about The Breast Center’s programs and services at UMShoreRegional.org/breast-center

CANCER SUPPORT

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Mon, 10/16, 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.

Cancer Support Group/Easton – Thurs, 10/5 and 10/19, 5-7pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.

CANCER: US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tues, 10/10, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Robin Ford, MSN, RN will discuss “New Bells and Whistles in Prostate Cancer Radiation Treatment.” Spouses and friends are encouraged to attend. Info: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

Find more information about cancer treatment and support services online at UMShoreRegional.org/cancer_program.

CARDIOPULMONARY SUPPORT

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 AND NEW PARENT EDUCATION

Preparing for Childbirth: Labor and Delivery, Sat, 10/7, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Education Center, 9am -3:30pm. Class for expectant parents and birthing partners. Includes a tour of the newly renovated Birthing Center. Register by phone: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

New Mom, New Baby: Safety and CPR, Sat, 10/21, 9am to 1:30pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center,  All aspects of infant care and safety for new and expectant parents or caregivers. Free; register by phone: 410-822-1000 or 510-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation – Sat, 10/28, 9:30-11:30 am, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center. For children ages 3-8. Adjusting to and caring for a new baby (bring a doll or stuffed toy for practice), includes a tour of the Birthing Center.  Free, register by phone, 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesdays,10/2 & 10/17, 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.

Find more information about Birthing Center programs and services at UMShoreRegional.org/programs/birthing-center/services.

DIABETES EDUCATION AND SUPPORT

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Easton – Two sessions: Tues, 10/3-10-17, 9am-12pm; or Weds, 10/4-11-18, 1-4 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 – Weds, 10/4-11-18, 4:30-7:30pm. 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 – Weds, 10/4, 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 — NO MEETING THIS MONTH

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown  Tues,10/16, 6:30pm, UM Shore Regional Health Chestertown. Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact 410-778-3300 ext. 2175

Diabetes Support Group/Dorchester – Weds, 10/25, 6 pm, Dorchester County YMCA. Led by Renee Woodward, RN, CDE Contact 410-822-1000, ext. 5196.

FOUNDATION EVENTS

From a Woman’s Point of View – Nurturing your Physical and Financial Well-Being, The Tidewater Inn, Easton, Md., 9:30-11:30. Evaluation and Treatment of Urinary Incontinence, presented by Duane R. Cespedes, MD, UM Shore Comprehensive Urology. Women and Wealth, presented by Stephanie L. Saunders, first VP, The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley. Sponsored by UM Memorial Hospital Foundation. Free, reservation required: Janet Andrews, 410-822-1000, ext. 5792, janet@umm.edu.

RECOVERY AND SOCIAL SUPPORT

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.

 

STROKE SUPPORT

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 10/5, 12-2pm, Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 500 Cadmus Lane, Easton. “Learning How to Dance After a Stroke,” by José Maldonado, stroke survivor and motivational speaker. All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000 ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu.

Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tues, 10/24, 12-2pm, Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320. Speaker: Margaret Wood, PT, UM SRH Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services. All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu.

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!

 

The Cancer Center team received this note from a patient’s daughter in appreciation for their support in helping her get ready for college:

Dear Everyone at the Cancer Center,
I would like to thank you for getting together and getting me the various gift cards and the wallet, I really appreciate this thoughtful gesture and even thinking about me. I would also like say a very special thank you for everything you have done in helping my mother get through her treatment and always being there for her. I really appreciate all the kindness you have given our family.

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Thanks to Andrea, my physical therapist from Chester River Home Care, for being that breath of fresh air and gently encouraging me through some painful moments to get me to the point of being released with a good grade. If I ever need a physical therapist in the future, I will know where to come!

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I cannot imagine a more efficient, caring atmosphere in which to have to undergo surgery. . . at the Ambulatory Surgery Center in Easton, the emphasis is on caring.  Thank you so much!

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At UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown, Carolyn was the nurse that treated me. She was very caring. Overall I had a good experience – I was impressed by the amount of time and detail the doctor went into explaining what was going on and his thinking.

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At UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, I was very impressed on how clean everything was, how fast they took me in, how nice I was treated – everything was explained to me in detail – the medicine – my bloodwork – everyone was very kind to me.  I would highly recommend the hospital.

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My visit to the Dorchester Emergency Department was the best hospital experience I have had in the two years I have been dealing with cancer. Without asking,the staff brought chairs in for us. I became nauseous and vomited, and they were very kind as I was embarrassed. They made everyone feel cared for as well as me, the patient.