Monthly Archives: November 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!

I  just completed my fourth stay at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton over about a 12 year period. During every stay I have been  well cared for but this time was the best. I want to thank everyone on the 4th floor neuro unit who cared for me: the nurses – especially Bridget and Mary, I ran them ragged! – and aides, respiratory therapists, Dr. Kumar (and the other doctor whose name I do not recall), and the food services and housekeeping people. Everyone was pleasant and concerned, they told me their names and smiled and always asked me what else they could do or did I need anything. The food also was very good, especially the chicken noodle soup!


My thanks to the crew at the Cancer Center. Cancer treatment can be stressful. I have never felt that here and I have enjoyed the unique camaraderie that exists between all the staff, from the receptionists, volunteers, doctors, nurses to the radiation gang: Your kindness is appreciated.


Exemplary – very positive always felt cared for during my stay in acute care at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Every shift was so kind & caring. I felt like I really mattered to them all; nurses, techs, doctors, cleaning personnel, those that served food. They all went above & beyond to take care of my every need & I want them to know that.


In the Behavioral Health unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, Raynette, Leslie, Susan, Susanne, Charmeka, Dawn, Sherry, Deb, Debra and Brianna – and maybe others – made my stay so much better than expected, and I thank them.


HR News You Can Use: Leave Reminders

Holiday Hour Usage

All accrued Holiday hours must be used by the end of the payroll year, December 23, 2017.  Please plan accordingly.  Holiday hours do not carry over to the next year.  The Christmas Holiday always falls in the next payroll year, so you don’t need to worry about using those hours before the end of the last pay period of 2017.

Liberty Mutual Letters

Dates on Liberty Mutual letters that you receive regarding your leave of absence may be different than you expect them to be based on timing of documentation or certifications that are required from physicians.  Always keep in touch with your physician’s office and Liberty Mutual if dates don’t line up the way you think they should.  You need to know where the problem lies so that you can address whatever is needed.

Returning from Leaves of Absence

When returning from a medical leave of absence, with or without restrictions, you must check in with Employee Health Services before returning to work!  EHS staff can be reached by calling 410-822-1000, ext. 5549.

Easton Auxiliary’s 34th Annual Tree of Lights Campaign to Benefit Emergency Care


Art Cecil, Easton Auxiliary president and Nancy Espenhorst, Tree of Lights campaign chair, stand with the scrolls naming those honored by Tree of Lights donors.

The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton kicked off its 34th Annual Tree of Lights Campaign with a tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday, November 21 at 4 p.m., in front of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. Contributions to this year’s Tree of Lights will support the purchase of a Rapid Infuser for the Emergency Department at the Center in Easton.

The Rapid Infuser is an essential piece of equipment used to treat critically ill patients in an emergency situation. “The device allows health care providers to rapidly and efficiently deliver blood to critically ill patients,” says Walter Atha, MD, regional director of Emergency Medicine for UM SRH. “In trauma situations, this measure can be the difference between life and death.”

“Our goal for this campaign is $5,000” comments Nancy Espenhorst, Tree of Lights chair. “As always, the name of each person recognized through the purchase of any light will appear on scrolls displayed in the Medical Center throughout the holiday season.”

For a contribution of $10 or more, a red or gold light may be purchased for the holiday tree in front of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Red lights are tributes to family members and friends, living or deceased. Gold lights honor loved ones serving in the military.

For a donation of $100 or more, a white “Life Light” that will be illuminated every year can be purchased.

For additional information about the 34rd Annual Tree of Lights, contact Nancy Espenhorst, 443-746-3338 or by e-mail,

2 East Collects Supplies for Gratitude House, Recovery Home in Easton

Members of the team on the 2 East MultiSpecialty Unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton gathered with the supplies they have collected and donated to the Gratitude Recovery House. Kneeling is Sara Rissolo, a founder of Gratitude House and per diem nurse at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

Nurses on the 2 East Multi Specialty Care Unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton believe in giving back to the community and most recently, they have made that belief real by conducting a drive for cleaning and laundry supplies for the Gratitude House in Easton, a project of Realslow Recovery LLC, a nonprofit organization founded by Mike and Sara Rissolo, with the goal of providing safe, affordable and supportive housing for all people to live and grow in recovery from drugs and alcohol.

Shown at left, he Gratitude House is located on Davis Street in Easton. It is managed by the Rissolos and is certified as a Maryland State Association of Recovery Residences. It is staffed by a house manager and welcomes residents who wish to live drug free, following completion of residential treatment or detox.

Sara Rissolo is currently a per diem nurse for UM Shore Regional Health while pursuing advanced nursing studies. “These supplies will go a long way to helping our 10 residents maintain the house,” she says. “I know they will be so grateful for this support. We welcome donations of supplies and also groceries, prepared foods and other items.”

More information about Gratitude House may be obtained by calling 410/924-4513 or visiting its Facebook page.

Other organizations supported by the unit’s “2 East Gives Back” initiative include the Ruth Ann Jones Endowed Scholarship at Chesapeake College; Perry Point Hospital; the Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore; the  Cancer Center at UM SRH, and local humane societies.


Giving Trees at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton Hospitals Usher in Holiday Spirit



Access rep Evette Johns with the Easton giving tree.

All three hospitals are now adorned with a gving treethat enables staff and volunteers to help make Christmas brighter by purchasing a gift for a child or adult in need.

The Salvation Army has partnered with UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton. The Foster Care divisions of Social Services in Kent & Queen Anne’s counties and Kent Center, the local provider of services for adults with developmental disabilities, have partnered with UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Chestertown: The tree is displayed in “Memorial Hallway” (outside of the medical records department). Please choose a Snowman tag, shop, and return the wrapped gift/s with the tag attached to the Eleanor & Ethel Leh Women’s Center by December 15, 2017.

Chestertown Auxiliary volunteers Patsy Alverson, Phyllis Brown and Gwinn Derricott. with Sherrie Hill, RN, of cardiopulmonary rehab.




Dorchester and Easton: Trees are in the cafeterias. Please choose a tag from one of the trees and be sure to return the top portion of the tag with your unwrapped gift and place it under the tree. Gifts will be picked up on an ongoing basis until December 11, 2017.

Shown with the Dorchester giving tree are food service worker Mohammed Khan and Michael Holden, security officer.


Mark Your Calendar



  • Jewelry and Electronics Sale, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton.




Bridge Clinic Support Group – Every Tuesday, 6-7:30pm, UM Shore Medical Center 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. Info: 410-228-5511, ext. 2140.


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.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 11/28, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.


Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tues, 11/28, 6:30 p.m., Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 100 Brown St. Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Info: 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.

Diabetes Support Group/Cambridge – Weds, 11/29, 6:00 p.m., Board Room, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. Led by Wynn Aroom, RN, CDE. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.


Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tues, 11/28, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320. All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard, 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or


Above & Beyond: Team Members Tackle Efficiency Challenge

Supply Expense Task Force and Operational Excellence thanks the following team members for submitting their creative ideas to improve efficiency and/or reduce costs in various departments around UM Shore Regional Health.

A few of the ideas submitted are now being operationalized and others are under review, but in all cases, team members’ time, energy and ingenuity devoted to helping enhance their departments and our organization as a whole are much appreciated.

  • Tunisha Akins –  Neurology, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Connie Collins – Women’s and Children’s Services,  Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Crystal Davenport – 3 East Multi Specialty Care, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Roberta Hackley – Respiratory Services,  Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Shanya Kerr –  Intensive Care Unit, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • BillieJo Lagana – Emergency Department, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Sandra Niblett – Food & Nutrition Services, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester
  • Patricia Pinheiro – Diagnostic and Imaging Center
  • Matthew Roberts – Cardiac Rehabilitation, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Douglass Rousseau – Regional Sleep Disorder Center
  • Noel Scarano – UM Community Medical Group – Pulmonary
  • Michelle Smith – Respiratory Care, Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
  • Kevan Sullivan –  Intensive Care Unit, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Alison Toepfer – Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown
  • Chris Walton – 2 East MultiSpecialty Care, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester
  • Jennifer Wade – Care Coordination,  Shore Medical Center at Easton