Monthly Archives: October 2017

Above & Beyond



In the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Easton, the nurse I had most of the day was outstanding.  Caring, very professional, friendly.  She was very kind to me and my family.


During my stay in the ICU at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, the ICU nurses were wonderful!  Hope & Bill are the best !


Nurse Andrea, Dr. Verteamo, and Dr. Blyth in the Emergency Department at Chestertown provided excellent care and were informative, knowledgeable and professional!


The Emergency Center at Queenstown is an excellent facility –  Very fortunate to have it so near!


Nurse Andrea, Dr. Verteamo, and Dr. Blyth in the Emergency Department at Chestertown provided excellent care and were informative, knowledgeable and professional!

HR News You Can Use: Rewards & Recognition Program Takes Off

Team members are shopping! 

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The new Rewards and Recognition Program has been in effect for 25 days.  To date, we have had 169 Peer to Peer Recognitions and 179 Manager to Team Member Recognitions!  Isn’t that fantastic?

Important Reminders About “Points Awarded”…

  • Points are awarded to the recipients of Peer to Peer and Manager to Team Member recognition categories via a “sweepstakes” format.
  • All who are recognized will be entered into random drawings. Points will only be awarded to selected winners via the drawing, the following month.
  • The winners will be notified by email that they have been selected and that points have been deposited into their accounts. We will also announce in Compass and on the website under the Social Tab where a News category will be created.

Remember that anyone can access the “Rules” (under the Program Info tab on the website that explains how points can be received and how many points are awarded for each category


Retiree Celebrations

Beginning October 1, 2017, retirees (10 years plus of service) will be recognized at the time of their retirement.  We will have a celebration at the appropriate facility at a designated time and place near or on the last day of their employment.  The celebrations will be held in the cafeterias of the respective facility or in a room that will be specified for off-site locations. We will have a celebration cake and Ken or his designee will present a certificate of appreciation and a letter congratulating the team member.  Recognition points will be awarded at the time of retirement.

Thank you all for helping to make this a success for our organization!  It has been truly rewarding to see and feel the excitement among our team members.

DGH Foundation Awards Education Grants to Operating Room Nurses

Operating room nurses receive grants from Dorchester General Hospital Foundation: Perioperative nurses Claudia Tilley and Pamela Tuck (first and second from left) and Susan Walbridge and Anna Fishback (first and second from right) are shown with Dorchester General Hospital Foundation board members William Wise, vice president, and Ida Jane, president. Not shown is Melanie Smith, who was on duty in the OR when the photo was taken.

The Dorchester General Hospital Foundation has provided financial assistance enabling five nurses seeking to advance their credentials as perioperative nurses to take a national certification exam, UM Shore Regional Health has announced.

According to Ida Jane Baker, president, the Foundation’s support for nursing advancement reflects the Board’s recognition that nurses are the front line of patient care in any hospital setting. “We are proud to support these nurses who have committed to advancing their skills and knowledge as perioperative nurses,” says Baker. “Our support is an investment in quality care.”

The five — Anna  Fishback, BSN, RN Melanie Smith, RN, Claudia Tilley, MSN, BSN, RN, Pamela Tuck, BSN, RN, and Susan Walbridge MSN, RN, NEA-BC — work in the operating rooms at UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton. They are preparing to take the national CNOR exam, administered by the Competency and Credentialing Institute. The CNOR certification program is designed for perioperative nurses interested in validating and enhancing their knowledge and skills to provide the highest quality care to their patients.

“We are so grateful to the Foundation for funding the entire cost of $2,250 for us to take the CNOR exam,” says Anna Fishback. “We are all preparing and studying for it now and plan to achieve CNOR certification early in 2018.”

These five grants bring the total DGH Foundation support for nursing education since 2013 to $10,508 in awards to 29 nursing team members.

Says Susan Walbridge, MSN, RN, manager of the operating rooms for the Dorchester and Easton hospitals, “By helping renovate facilities and purchase equipment, the Foundation has helped improve the quality of care and expand access to care for Dorchester residents. As a nurse, I am especially grateful to see the Foundation providing support for our nursing team members that enables us to enhance our credentials and professionalism.”

Boo! HR Reminds You to Dress for Success on Halloween

Human Resources requests that all team members follow certain guidelines (listed below) to celebrate Halloween in good taste and with consideration for our our patients, their families and visitors.

If you have any questions or are not sure if your Halloween fun is acceptable please check in with HR to confirm that your attire conforms to the following:

  • In-patient, OR  and ED’s may wear Halloween print scrubs, but no costumes.  This includes administrative and support staff working in any of our inpatient facilities.
  • Outpatient areas or administrative groups off site may follow ‘tradition,’ but no one can wear face make-up or cover their faces.
  • Badges must be worn at all times.
  • Where costumes are permitted, they must be in good taste.
  • We encourage everyone to dress as a HEART!!!!!

IMPORTANT: IS&T Announcement – UM SRH Guest Wi-Fi Transferred to UMMS Guest Wi-fi

WHAT? As of Wednesday, October 25, 2017 the UM Shore Regional Health guest Wi-Fi network has been changed to UMMS-GUEST.

WHEN? At this time, please notify patients and staff to use the UMMS-Guest Wi-Fi network

WHY? Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of cyber-attacks on Health Care Systems. At this time, UMMS is implementing new secured wireless networks that will reduce security risks and increase functionality. As of Wednesday, October 25, 2017 your site’s guest Wi-Fi network has been changed to UMMS-GUEST.

WHO DOES THIS IMPACT? Patients and Staff on guest Wi-Fi networks

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? At this time, please use UMMS-GUEST for your complimentary Wi-Fi Network.

Kent County Spotlight: Diabetes Awareness Events Announced

Mary King (second from left), nutrition services coordinator, UM SMC at Chestertown, will once again lead the populart tour, “Food Shopping for Health,” at Redner’s Market in Chestertown.

The prevalence of diabetes and the potential damage it poses to overall health are highlighted each November through the American Diabetes Association’s national campaign for Diabetes Awareness. In observance of Diabetes Month this year, health care providers in Kent County have planned three events – one in Worton and two in Chestertown – to help those coping with with diabetes and/or prediabetes gain a better understanding of the disease and strategies to manage it for their best possible health.

  • On Saturday, November 4, the Mt. Olive AME Church in Worton is hosting a Diabetes Health Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event, which includes a free luncheon and gifts for attendees, will provide expert help regarding diet, nutrition, exercise/wellness, natural foods and nutrition products. “Representatives from UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, Kent Athletic Center, Chestertown Natural Foods, and Nuts and Seeds, among others will be there, giving presentations and answering questions from those in attendance,” says Chrissy Nelson, diabetes educator. “The luncheon is made possible by Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance (MOTA) of Chestertown.”
  • Also free and open to the public is a seminar, “You Can Eat and Still Lose Weight,” set for Wednesday, November 8, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., in UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown’s Education Center. Local dietitians Mary King and Cheyrle Borneman will offer tips on how to achieve your desired weight without severe dieting.
  • “Food Shopping for Health,” a grocery store tour set for Thursday, November 9, 1 to 3 p.m. at Redner’s Market in Chestertown, is designed to show how anyone with diabetes or pre-diabetes can shop and plan for meals that will promote optimal health. “A diabetes diagnosis can seem overwhelming, but there are shopping strategies to help you plan menus and fill up your cart with the right foods to maintain your best health,” says Mary King, nutrition services coordinator, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, who leads the tour. “This tour helps people learn how to ‘shop smart’ and select foods that will help them avoid complications.” Persons interested in participating in the tour should RSVP by calling 410-778-3300, ext. 2295.

Ongoing diabetes support and education services at UM Shore Medical Center in Chestertown include: the diabetes support group, which meets the first Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m.; and Diabetes Self-Management, a three-class (nine hour) program for persons who are newly diagnosed or need help in controlling their disease. A doctor’s referral and advance registration is required. Physician and advance practice provider care is offered by appointment in Chestertown on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact 410-822-1000, ext.5757.

Team Members participate in Homeports Health & Wellness Expo


Sherry Hill

Several team members from UM Shore Regional Health and UM Community Medical Group were on hand for Homeports’ 2017 Health & Wellness Expo on October 19 at Kent County High School in Worton, Md. UM SRH was a major sponsor of this annual, free community event that is designed health, wellness and safety information and the many health resources can providers available to Kent County residents.

UM SRH exhibitors included team members from Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation, UM CMG Women’s Health, the Balance Center, Stroke Center, the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, Infection Control, the UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, UM Chester River Home Care and UM Shore Home Care.

Gabriel Sardi, MD, Duane Cespedes, MD and Mary King, dietitian, were all featured speakers at the event, and members of the Cardio-Pulmonary Department provided free pulmonary function screenings.



Chrissy Nelson and Donna Saunders

Robin Hood Shop awards 2016-2017 Volunteer of the Year

The Robin Hood Shop has awarded their 2016-2017 Volunteer of the Year to Lucy Phillips. Lucy accepted her award at the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary Awards Luncheon on September 12th. Lucy has been volunteering at the Robin Hood Shop for over 10 years and put in over 360 volunteer hours just this past year. Lucy is one of the Robin Hood Shop’s ‘go to’ volunteers when they need someone to come in a pinch, in addition to her regularly scheduled times. Lucy is a valued family member of the Robin Hood Shop. Congratulations to Lucy Phillips from the Robin Hood Shop and UM Shore Regional Health!

“Caring for Facilities, Caring for Patients ” – Plant Ops Celebrates Health Care Facilities & Engineering Week

Easton Plant Ops – Front row: Greg Marvel, Charles Brennick, Calvin Wilson, Michelle Kirk, Connie Travers and Robert Hurley. 2nd row:Dan Spielman, Ira Short and Frank Piver. 3rd row: Tab Brannock, Greg Peters, Fred Kirsch and Tony Davis. Not shown: Earl Darling, Bill Bertolino, Mike Warner, Ken Lyons, Chris Bowles and J.D. Stacey.

Dorchester Plant Ops -Front row: Donald Dietrich, Rodger Pinder, Edward Greer and Rusty Mowbray. Back row: Abdul Rahim Muhammad, Bryan Stokes, Tony McDuffie. Absent were Rick Todd and Jim McFarlane.

“Caring for Facilities, Caring for Patients” is the theme of 2017 National Health Care Facilities & Engineering Week , October 22-28, according to Michelle Kirk,  director of Facilities Management for UM Shore Regional Health.

The campaign encourages health care workers to take the time to recognize their colleagues in plant operations for all they do to optimize the health care physical environment.

“Our plant operations staff are important members of the Shore Regional health care team – they keep our facilities operational, safe, and efficient,” says Kirk. “Because of the work they do, there is power, running water, and a clean, comfortable, and safe healing environment for all who come through the doors of our hospitals and outpatient facilities. On a personal note, I am very grateful for the hard work and dedication of our plant ops team, they are very committed to our patients and visitors, and also to their fellow team members in all departments.”

Chestertown Plant Ops:  John Steward, Terry Coleman, Larry Hinson, Bruce Webb, Randy Bozarth and Don Peeples.

Shoot for Stars Casino Night Fundraiser Tickets On Sale

The stars will align at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Chestertown’s Garfield Center for the Arts when local “celebrities” take their seats as Las Vegas-style casino dealers to help raise funds that will support health care services and patient care in Kent County.

“This is the fourth Shoot for the Stars Casino Night,” says Maryann Ruehrmund, executive director, UM Chester River Health Foundation, which is sponsoring the event. “It tends to sell out quickly because The Garfield Center for the Arts is a very elegant but relatively small venue, so we encourage people to purchase tickets early.”

According to Ruehrmund, arriving guests will be treated to a glass of Sparkling Vidal Blanc, compliments of Crow Vineyard and Winery, and $25,000 in chips for the casino-style games, which include: Craps, Roulette, Caribbean Stud, Three Card Poker and Blackjack. (Additional chips may be purchased throughout the evening.)

A sumptuous selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Occasions Catering will be available throughout the evening, and a coffee and dessert bar will be provided at the conclusion of gaming. Entertainment will be provided by the very popular Phil Dutton and the Alligators, who will perform Louisiana-style music from Satchmo to Chenier, and will surely get you dancing!

Phil Dutton and the Alligators

At the close of the evening, guests will cash in their chips for the chance to win five incredible prizes including a luxurious Williamsburg, Virginia holiday getaway for eight guests, a long weekend in Washington, D.C., a 20-bottle “divine wine basket” and more.

In addition, tickets for a 50-50 raffle are now on sale at the front desks of UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, and at Foundation’s office. Attendance at the event is not required to win the raffle.

Community “celebrities” who have signed up as croupiers (dealers) for the night include:

  • John Haines, RN, Nursing Supervisor, UM SMC at Chestertown
  • Sherrie Hill, RN, Coordinator, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, UM SMC at Chestertown
  • John Carroll, Galena Mayor and UM Chester River Health Foundation Board member
  • Ron Fithian, Commissioner, Kent County and Town Manager, Rock Hall
  • Angela Pritzlaff, RN, transitional nurse navigator for Chestertown
  • Barrie Frazier-Meima, Foundation Board member
  • Dan Saunders, Esq., retired Foundation Board president and Shore Regional Health Board member
  • Loretta Lodge, executive director, Kent County Chamber of Commerce
  • Myra Butler, board member, UM Chester River Health Foundation and Shore Regional Health
  • Bill Short, Kent County Commissioner

Tickets are now on sale for $125 (of which $75 is tax-deductible as a charitable donation) on a first-come, first-served basis, as seating is limited. Guests are encouraged to dress in cocktail attire. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call Deb Lauser, 410-810-5661. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are also available online at:

Robin Hood Shop Announces 25% Discount for Veterans, November 10-11

Veterans take note! The Robin Hood Shop will be honoring  Veterans with an additional 25% OFF their entire purchase on November 10-11,m 2017. Combined with the Shop’s regular “2nd Saturday” sale, this is an opportunity for huge savings! As with every store, a valid Veterans Card is required for qualify for the discount.

The Shop also will feature a local hand-crafter, who will be provide demonstrations on how to make make yarn-crocheted clothes hangers.

The Robin Hood Shop is operated by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary for the benefit of programs, equipment, services and patient care at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, the Shop is located at 416 High Street in Cambridge.