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.