Monthly Archives: December 2017

Above & Beyond: Santa Gets Help from SRH Team Members

Thanks to the many team members at various locations all around UM Shore Regional Health who have supported “Angel Tree” drives benefiting the Salvation Army and other, local charities and state agencies helping families and individuals in need.

Below are just a few photos of various SRH locations that responded the holiday season call for donations of gifts, toys, clothes and day-to-day essentials.

For the second year in a row, UM Shore Rehabilitation Center at Cambridge and the Balance Center adopted a family through the Cambridge branch of the Salvation Army. With a list provided by the Salvation Army, team members purchased gifts for their adopted family to ensure they would have gifts to open for the holiday season.

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Chester River Health Foundation sponsors an annual Angel Tree on which hangs “holiday wishes” from children in the Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties’ foster care programs and also from clients of the Kent Center, which provides services to adults with developmental disabilities. More than 66 holiday gifts were donated by members of the CRHF Auxiliary as well as staff members at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, UM Chester River Home Care and UM Chester River Health Foundation.

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Dorchester team members loaded scores of Angel Tree gifs for pick up by the Salvation Army.

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Safety and Security staff at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton were pleased to help load the Salvation Army truck with gifts donated by staff and volunteers at the hospital and other Easton locations

UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Denton

Construction is underway on the 50,000 square foot University of Maryland Shore Medical Pavilion at Denton!

Situated on 6 acres at the intersection of Route 404 and Deep Shore road, the medical pavilion will be the hub of Shore Regional Health’s outpatient services in Caroline County, containing family medicine, laboratory testing, diagnostic and imaging, rehabilitation services and a community education suite. In addition, is expected to house a mental health bridge program, home health care office, and a shared suite for rotating medical specialties.

Construction is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018 with official opening in early 2019.

HR News You Can Use: Flu Clinic Wrap Up and 403B Retirement Reminder

Employee Health Flu Clinic Assistance Thank Yous

Employee Health would like to thank all of the people that volunteered their time to assist with the many Flu Clinics that were held this year.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

We especially want to thank:

  • The School of Nursing & Volunteers
  • Chestertown- Patricia Holland , Carol Droge, Susan Drumheller, Diane McAney, Sue Edison, Ronald Holland
  • Dorchester- Nancy Duvall, Diane McCarthy, Nancy Dail
  • Easton- Pauline Lane, Maggie Scaddach, Nancy Espenhorst
  •  Easton & Chestertown pharmacy staff for coordinating vaccine dispensing.

We wish everyone a Healthy New Year!

Enrollment for the 403(B) Retirement Savings Plan

The enrollment window deadline for changes before January 1, 2018 is drawing near!   If you are eligible to participate in the SRH retirement plan, today through December 31, 2017 is your enrollment period.  You will need to:

  1. Elect your contribution rate or you will auto enroll at 2 percent.
  2. Choose how you want your account invested if other than the default investment assignment.
  3. Designate your beneficiary (or beneficiaries).

No information will automatically transfer from your current 401K plan.

You may still make changes to your new 403(B) at any time after January 1, 2018, but your first paycheck in January will reflect what you choose to do (or not do) before the deadline of December 31, 2017.

Mark Your Calendar: December 22-29, 2017 and January 2018

 

DECEMBER EVENTS

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

  • HOLIDAY MEALS, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Cafeteria, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 4 – 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19-20

  • Books Are Fun Sale, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester Lobby, December 19 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) December 20 (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.).  Time to get all those last minute gifts and stocking stuffers!

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DECEMBER SCREENINGS AND SUPPORT GROUPS

ADDICTIONS

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.

BREASTFEEDING

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesdays, 12/4 and 12/19, 10-11:30am, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 5th floor meeting room. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Info: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5700.

CANCER

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, 12/26, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Cancer Support Group/Easton – Thursdays, 12/7 and 12/21, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 12/18, 7pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

DIABETES

Diabetes Support Group/Cambridge – Weds, 12/27, 6 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.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tues, 12/26, 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.

STROKE SUPPORT

Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tues, 12/26, 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 nleonard@umm.edu.

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JANUARY EVENTS

SATURDAY, SATURDAY, JANUARY 20

  • Preparing for Childbirth – Labor and Delivery, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Health Education Center. Free class for expectant parents and birthing partners; includes a tour of the newly renovated Birthing Center. Free; register by phone: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

SATURDAY, SATURDAY, JANUARY 20

  • Safe Sitter, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Teaches youth life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. $45 per person (note: some scholarships are available) and includes a workbook and backpack. Advance registration required: Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.
  • Breastfeeding Your Baby, 9 a.m. to 12:15 pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center. Tips and techniques for breastfeeding and pumping. Free; register by phone: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

JANUARY SCREENINGS AND SUPPORT GROUPS

ADDICTIONS

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.

BREASTFEEDING

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesdays, 12/4 and 12/19, 10-11:30am, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 5th floor meeting room. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Info: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5700.

CANCER

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, 1/23, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Cancer Support Group/Easton – Thursdays, 1/4 and 1/18, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 1/22, 7pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 1/9, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Patti Plaskon, PhD, LCSW-OSW-C will present on “Making Preparations for Your Family as You Age.” Info: call Sharon Richter, RN, 443-994-5792

DIABETES

Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, 1/8, 5:30 pm. Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton. Led by Karen Hollis, RD, CDE. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Wednesday, 1/3, 5 p.m., St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S. 5th Avenue, Denton.  Led by Doris Allen, CRNP, CDE. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Cambridge – Weds, 1/24, 6 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.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tues, 1/30, 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.

STROKE SUPPORT

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 1/4, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 500 Cadmus Lane, Easton.  Melissa Means, PhD, will present “Medications After A Stroke.” 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, 1/23, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320. Deborah Weber, LCPC will  present “Post Stroke Depression.” 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 — and
also from SRH team members who have posted comments on the
Celebrate with HEART Recognition Wall —
reaffirm our staff’s commitment

to teamwork and putting our patients’ needs first.
Please take a minute to say THANKS!

*EVS tech Vicky Hammond cleaned eight rooms for us today to help facilitate patients being admitted to Tele at UM SMC at Easton. She was such a team player today and we greatly appreciate everything she did for us.

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*George King in the Pain Management Center, UM SMC at Easton, is a wonderful team member. He is efficient and has very good customer service skills. He schedules all of the pain procedures at both Ambulatory Surgery Centers and the patients are just delighted with his warmth and empathy. He is a wonderful example of what it means to work with HEART.

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*Thanks to Justin Unruh, nursing tech, SMC at Chestertown (intermediate care unit) for being attentive and patient to patients! Family members are watching our care and recognized how kind Justin was to their sister! It does not go unnoticed!

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What a wonderful nurse Shannon Blades has been! Always willing to help me when needed, when she is not schedule to see me or is off duty. In fact, she saw me twice on the Saturday after Thanksgiving because I was having problems. Shore Home Care is a great agency!

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*On the night of 12/8/17, the inpatient behavioral health unit at SMC at Dorchester was to receive four new admissions. We had a guest RN on the PM shift. Without any hesitation Nichole Calloway, bedside nurse, jumped in and assisted with the new admission(s). Nichole helped the PM shift and did BHRT-setting everyone at ease – true integrity.

*Indicates comment was drawn from the Celebrate with HEART Recognition Wall.

HR News You Can Use: Self Service Update and Upcoming Retirement Celebrations

Employee Self Service Updates

As we near the end of the calendar year, it is a great time to make sure your address, phone number and email address are correct through Employee Self Service.

  • We need accurate work emails for you to receive recognition through our electronic system.
  • It is also imperative that we have an up to date address for you for mailing your end of the year W-2 forms.

Checking your information is a very simple process:

  • Log into HR Connections
  • Click on “Bookmarks” near the top left of your screen
  • Employee Self Service
    • Employment, Work phone and email to check/edit for accuracy
    • Personal Information for editing address, phone number or emergency contacts

As always, your Business Partner is here to assist you with any questions!

Wi-Fi Network Changes Set for January 8, 2018

Several of UM Shore Regional Health’s legacy wireless (wi-fi) networks will be retired as of January 8, 2018.

If you are currently using any of these retiring networks, it will be necessary to change over any wireless equipment such as cellular phones, IPADS, non UMMS owned PCs, etc., to the new wireless umms-guest network as soon as possible.  Failure to do so will result in a loss of network connectivity. Please help spread the word.

IT Security is directing that all personal devices be mapped to the umms-guest network.  If you are a Doc Halo user, Epic or Meditech physician, you will be pre-approved for access to the delta network and IT can assist you if needed.

Retiring SSIDs                                                                New SSID

umms-staff                                                                     umms-guest

umms-clinical

ummc-staff

ummc-clinical

 

Talbot Hospice, UM SRH Partner to Provide Inpatient Hospice Care

 

Shown left to right are: Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge; UM Shore Regional Health Chief Medical Officer William Huffner, MD; Talbot Hospice and Cancer Medical Director Mary DeShields, MD; Talbot Hospice Clinical Director Molly Kirsch; Mary Collins, 2 East Clinical Nurse Coordinator, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; Dawn Ruby, 2 East Staff Nurse, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; and Diane Walbridge, Director of Acute Care and Emergency Services, UM SRH.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and Talbot Hospice have established an agreement that enables inpatient hospice care to be provided at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. The agreement, which went into effect in early November, enables Talbot Hospice to provide General Inpatient Care (GIP), which is one of the four levels of hospice care, to patients in the Easton hospital.  GIP for symptom management is a valuable tool that allows hospice staff to provide clinical services in a hospital setting. It is intended for specific circumstances and for a short duration of time.

According to Vivian Dodge, executive director, Talbot Hospice, GIP care is appropriate when a hospice patient’s pain and other symptoms cannot be effectively managed in his or her home or other residential setting because a higher level of care is needed. In this case, the patient is transferred to UM Shore Medical Center at Easton but remains in the care plan directed by Talbot Hospice medical and nursing care providers.

“We are excited to expand our current hospice services that are already provided in Talbot County,” says Dodge. “This collaborative endeavor allows us to provide more convenient access to those in need of end-of-life services by having these general inpatient hospice services available. Our goal is always to find innovative ways to ensure end-of-life care is available in a variety of modalities and settings, while meeting the ever changing needs of the community. Talbot Hospice is an incredible asset to our community and with our partnership with Shore Regional Health, we can serve a broader community more capably and maintain patients in their spheres of care.”

GIP care may also be provided for patients who already are in the hospital but need continued pain control and/or other symptom management that cannot be feasibly provided in the home setting. While remaining in the hospital, these patients are discharged from inpatient care provided by UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and admitted to hospice care directed by Talbot Hospice.

Hospice patients experiencing the following symptoms are appropriate for GIP consideration:

  • Pain or symptom crisis not managed by changes in treatment in the current setting or that requires frequent medication adjustments and monitoring
  • Intractable nausea/vomiting
  • Advanced open wounds requiring changes in treatment and close monitoring ü Unmanageable respiratory distress
  • Delirium with behavior issues
  • Sudden decline necessitating intensive nursing intervention

 

“For eligible patients with terminal conditions and complex medical needs, this new process for the provision of hospice GIP level care at Easton Hospital, ensures the  timely and smooth transition to hospice care,” says Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, medical director, UM Shore Regional Health’s Palliative Care Program.

GIP allows patients the benefit of continuing with hospice care within the four walls of a hospital. The hospice team continues to follow the patient and interact with the family, and is responsible for the professional management of the patient’s care in accordance with the hospice plan of care.

According to Bill Roth, regional director of Care Transitions and Palliative Care for UM SRH, “Hospice providers play an essential role health care planning and delivery as well as education and support for patients and their loved ones. Talbot Hospice is a key partner with UM Shore Medical Center at Easton in ensuring that all patients have access to ‘the right care, at the right place at the right time’.”