Monthly Archives: January 2018

Above & Beyond

The following reports from patients and family members reaffirm
our staff’s commitment to teamwork and putting our patients’ needs first.
Please take a minute to say THANKS!

My mother passed away recently but her husband and I – and the entire family – are so grateful for the exceptional care provided to her by the Chester River Home Care staff, especially Melissa and Brooke. They were absolute angels! We are so appreciative that we requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of my mother to Chester River Health Foundation for the benefit of Chester River Home Care.

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Dr. Anderson was a Godsend to me at Shore Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit. He took his time with me – Talked with me. Explained everything. And he has true compassion for his patients. He really cares. He went above and beyond. In many ways, he saved me.  Bree was wonderful – She took the time to talk with me and was very encouraging. Robert was an integral part of my recovery. He was always kind – Went out of his way to do things for the patients. He is a kind and gentle soul. Overall, I feel like my hospital stay was beneficial and helped me. Thank you for everything.

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I just can’t say enough good things about UM Shore Emergency at Queenstown and the  personnel there. Nurse Caroline was just great. Kind, compassionate, listened to me – she was A+++. And I could not have asked for a better doctor — she listened to me, explained things well — A+++ for her also. I told Dr. Romanoski how fast & well I was treated and I have told a few friends also.

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At the Diagnostic and Imaging Center, everyone works well together like a family. Everyone is very pleasant and respectful, they always listen. The girl taking my blood was really good — I marked good because no one likes to give up blood! It was not painful @ this time. And the place is always clean.

UM SMC at Easton’s Robot, Hope, Takes Her Last Ride

After many years of service, the chart retrieval robot at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, fondly known as Hope, will no longer be rolling through the hallways. Clinical Information Management staff will now collect any paper that Hope used to deliver to CIM.

Hope began her journey as part of the team in food services, but shortly transitioned to the Clinical Information Management team for chart retrieval. As time has moved along, the need for chart retrieval has become less needed as numerous documents have gone electronic.  CIM team members will now be making multiple rounds to collect paper from the appropriate floors at the medical center.

 

Welcome, New Team Members

Shown left to right are Freda Blake, Gary Camille, Mary Beth Dickerson, Cheyenne Sawyer, Angela Simpson, Koreen Smith and Larry Thomas.

Please join Human Resources in welcoming the following new team members to UM Shore Regional Health:

  • Freda Blake – Food Service Tech, Food/Nutrition Services, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Gary Camille – Support Services Supervisor, Laboratory Services , Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Mary Beth Dickerson – Staff Nurse, Emergency Department, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Cheyenne Sawyer – Nursing Tech, Telemetry, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Angela  Simpson – Staff Nurse, Per Diem, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Koreen Smith – Site Coordinator, Laboratory Services, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester
  • Thomas, Larry – Operating Room Attendant, Surgical Services, Shore Medical Center at Easton

 

Hand Hygiene Update

A recent article in Modern Healthcare provides a good warning AND REASONS to increase our vigilance and attention to Hand Hygiene, as follows:

  • About 722,000 hospital-acquired infections occurred in the U.S. in 2011 and about 75,000 people died with such an infection during their inpatient stay, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Poor hand hygiene of physicians and health care employees is considered a major contributor to hospital-acquired infections.
  • The Joint Commission will now issue a citation to healthcare organizations if, during on-site visits, surveyors witness an physician or employee failing to follow correct hand hygiene guidelines.
  • The change, which went into effect January 1, 2018 is intended to improve physicians and all healthcare workers’ compliance with proper hand washing.

More information will soon be forthcoming All will receive more regarding new programming throughout Shore Regional Health to increase and improve our hand hygiene!

Thanks for your attention to this important patient and personal safety issue.

2018 Federal Tax Rates and Changes to Your Paycheck

This just in from Bruce Berkey, director of Payroll for UMMS … The new tax law enacted in the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will be effective with your January 26th paycheck. We wanted to make you aware of changes you can expect in your upcoming paycheck as a result.

  • The new rates reflect an increase in the standard deduction, a repeal of personal exemptions and multiple changes in the tax rates/brackets, which were designed to work with existing W-4s that employees have on file.
  • No action is required on your part. We will implement the new tax tables automatically.
  • Employees will see the new calculations of their federal taxes starting with Pay Date of 1/26/2018.
  • Due to the changes in the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is expected to update Form W-4, the Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. As of this date, no new W-4 Form has been released to employers by the IRS. We will notify you when a new W-4 form is available and will post it to HR Connections.

If you have questions about how the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will impact your income taxes, you should consult your tax advisor. Should you have any questions regarding your pay, please submit a case through HR Connections.

 

Mark Your Calendar: January 27-February 2018

JANUARY SCREENINGS AND SUPPORT GROUPS

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.

CARDIOPULMONARY SCREENINGS

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.)

DIABETES

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.

FEBRUARY EVENTS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3

  • 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.
  • Safe Sitter, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center. 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); includes a workbook and backpack. Advance registration required: Michelle Emrick, 410-822-1000, ext. 5451.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10

  • New Mom, New Baby: Safety & CPR, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 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 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12
  • Can Carbohydrates Hurt You?, 9 to 10 a.m., Conference Center, UM SMC at Chestertown. Presented by Mary King, RD, RSVP to Cardiac Rehab at 410-778-3300 ext. 2222 or sherrie.hill@umm.edu

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14

  • Yoga for a Healthy Heart – Yes, Really!, 2 to 3 p.m. Conference Center, UM SMC at Chestertown. Presented by Fletcher Johnson from River Warrior Yoga, RSVP to Cardiac Rehab at 410-778-3300 ext. 2222 or sherrie.hill@umm.edu

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16

  • Using the Herbs and Spices from Your Pantry for a Healthy Heart, 2 to 3 p.m., Conference Center, UM SMC at Chestertown. Presented by Krista Lamoreaux from Herbal Alchemy. RSVP to Cardiac Rehab at 410-778-3300 ext. 2222 or sherrie.hill@umm.edu

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17

  • Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 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.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24

  • Safe Sitter, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. 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); includes a workbook and backpack. Advance registration required; contact Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-3300, ext. 2175, chrissy.nelson@umm.edu

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

  • Women and Heart Health – Interactive Roundtable Discussion, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Conference Center, UM SMC at Chestertown. Presenters include: Julia Belanger, MD, family practice physician; Chrissy Nelson, RN, certified diabetes nurse educator; and Sherrie Hill, RN, cardiac rehabilitation nurse.  RSVP to Cardiac Rehab at 410-778-3300 ext. 2222 or sherrie.hill@umm.edu 

FEBRUARY SUPPORT GROUPS

ADDICTIONS/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

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 – Tuesday, 2/20 meeting is CANCELLED,

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.

Cancer Support Group/Easton – Thursdays, 2/1 and 2/15, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 2/13, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Pathologist Reinhard Sahmel, MD, will discuss “Introduction to the Pathology of Prostate Cancer – Today and Tomorrow.” Info: call Sharon Richter, RN, 443-994-5792

Look Good, Feel Better – Monday, 2/19, 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.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 2/26, 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.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 2/27, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

CARDIOPULMONARY SCREENINGS

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.)

DIABETES

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Wednesday, 2/7, 5pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S. 5th Avenue.  Led by Doris Allen, CRNP, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, 2/12, 5:30pm, Talbot County Senior Center,  400 Brookletts Avenue.  Led by Karen Hollis RD, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 2/27, 6:30pm, Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 100 Brown St. Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact: 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.

Diabetes Support Group/Cambridge – Wednesday, 2 /28, 6pm, Board Room, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street. Led by Wynne Aroom MSN, RN, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5286.

STROKE SUPPORT

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 1/4, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 500 Cadmus Lane, Easton.  Devon Hainey, assistant vice president, SunTrust Bank,, will present “ID Protection and Fraud.” 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. Miranda Messineo, Queen Anne’s Family YMCA, will  present “Exercise After Stroke.” 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 teamwork and putting our patients’ needs first.
Please take a minute to say THANKS!

It was a BUSY day for the surgery area at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.  But after a short wait I was in good hands and did not ever feel like I was one more patient to get through the busy “revolving door.” This was my first experience as a patient in same-day surgery where I felt the professionalism and team-centered care first hand. Dorothy was my SDS primary nurse and she was kind, efficient & skilled!  The OR and recovery staff, Dr. O’Conner & Dr. Caswell were excellent and made the procedure about as easy as it can get! Diane, a volunteer in the surgery waiting area, was terrific — friendly, professional and I could tell her presence was a help to families and hospital staff! My thanks to everyone.

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The quality of care, expertise, professional support and encouragement offered by Sally Worm and her team in the Cardiac Rehab Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton has been exceptional. I have met each of my personal rehab goals and continue to move the process forward, While there are several options for exercise facilities in the area, I intend to be a participant at your facility as long as I am able.

I seldom write to compliment folks for doing their jobs, but your team is truly exceptional, Keep up the good work and results! You have many happy rehab customers.

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During my stay at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, the nurses were fabulous!  Professional and kind! I received great care and felt that it was personalized to me and my needs.  Thank you!

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The most important was that the doctor listened,  heard my concerns, explained what was going on with me and how he was going to address my illness . He even came back to check on me during the  administration of the IV. Excellent service at UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown!