Monthly Archives: February 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!

Special thanks to the following UM SRH team members who have signed on as available to volunteer as readers in Talbot County Public Schools for the upcoming Read Across America Day! They are:  Marguerite Spies, Kevin Johnson, Deanna McMullen, Linda Pittman, Carolyn Crist, William Huffner, MD, Melissa Svehla, Jenson Shorter, Tanya Gross, Nancy Cavanaugh, Michelle Kirk, Andrea Shoener, Theresa Banks, Stacey Stanley, Debbie Cahall, Tom Towers, Tawes Harper, Jonathan Kelley, Patti Willis, Ren Boettger, Wynne Aroom. Bruce Singley, Courtney Robinson, Ellisha Scott and Lacie Yacko.

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We so appreciate the expertise and good humor of Chester River Home Care Physical Therapist Jenny Paul. She was able to help our loved one reach goals he never has before and accomplished great things during her visits.

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For my surgery at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester,  Dr. Bair & the surgical team were outstanding.  As a patient on the medical/surgical unit I was given respect & received an exceptional amount of rest, which I needed. Thank you.

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I have been to two other hospitals before for migraine cocktail and from now on will only go to UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown. I was as very impressed with the ER and with the staff (nurse and doctor) giving me care and compassion.  Even during check in, I was asked if I  needed a wheel chair. Was able to increase nausea medicine when still having nausea. My spouse was informed of my treatment and was able to sign forms for me when I wasn’t able to and was kept up to date. I felt very cared for.

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We think very highly of
Lucinda Wakefield, physical therapist with Chester River Home Care. My wife is always very complimentary of her and I have never seen her cooperate with anyone trying to help her in our home as she does with Lucinda.

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At UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, the dietitian gave me great ideas on meal planning and exercises routines. She also gave me some very informative handouts. I would definitely recommend nutritional counseling to my family and friends.

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At the DIC/Breast Center, my mammogram was conducted by a very courteous, caring and professional woman. She was informative, and dedicated to doing a good job. She is a breast cancer survivor and has great empathy for people undergoing mammograms.

Welcome, New Team Members

Front row: Ashlee Lord, Breonte Major, Olga Myers-Efimova, Uyen Nguyen, Susan Powell, Kimberly Houtz, Shavonte Johnson, Hanna Wellman and Angela Wilson. Back row: Laura Brittingham, Sara Burns, Cynthia Bussells, Heidi Garlick, Pauline Hamacher, Teosha Henry, Megan Schisler, Laquisha Todd, Rona Jones and Christine Keegan.

UM Shore Regional Health welcomed the following new team members at New Employee Orientation on February 19:

  • Laura Brittingham, Staff Nurse Residency, Critical Care University
  • Sara Burns, Staff Nurse Residency, Critical Care University
  • Cynthia Bussells, Department Secretary, UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown
  • Heidi Garlick, Assistant, Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, UM Shore Rehab at Easton
  • Pauline Hamacher, Staff Nurse Residency, Critical Care University
  • Teosha Henry, Nurse Tech, 3 East Multi Specialty Care, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Kimberly Houtz, Staff Nurse Residency, Critical Care University
  • Shavonte Johnson, Nurse Tech, 2 East Multi Specialty Care, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Rona Jones, LPN Supervisor, UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown
  • Ashlee Lord, Radiographer, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Christine Keegan, Staff Nurse, Surgical Services, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester
  • Breonte Major, Food Service Tech, UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown
  • Olga Myers-Efimova, Staff Nurse Residency, Critical Care University
  • Uyen Nguyen, Staff Nurse Residency, Critical Care University
  • Susan Powell, LPN Supervisor, UM Shore Nursing and Rehab at Chestertown
  • Megan Schisler, Staff Nurse Residency, Critical Care University
  • Laquisha Todd, Nurse Tech, 2 East Multi Specialty Care, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Hannah Wellman, Staff Nurse Residency, Critical Care University
  • Angela Wilson, Medical Lab Assistant, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

HR News You Can Use

Trending Now: Shore Nursing Careers can now be found on Facebook! Interact with HR and Recruiting on our simple-to-use social media site.

This page features info on new job opportunities, special events and the latest news about Shore Regional Health’s Recruiting efforts. Easy to find and quick to access, this page is a great way to share opportunities with friends, family and our communities. Know someone who’d make a great addition to our patient-centric team? This is a fast and mobile-friendly way to spread the word!

WE LOVE REFERRALS! Help us spread our Mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together by liking, sharing and commenting on the latest posts. Join the conversation here: https://www.facebook.com/shorenursingcareers/

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Name Change due to Marriage or Divorce?  You must complete a “Personal Data Change Form” found on HR Connections and submit in a case.  The only acceptable document as proof of the name change is an updated Social Security Card.  This should be attached to your submitted case, along with your marriage certificate or divorce decree.

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Need to update your taxes or Direct Deposit Information?  We are fully automated!  All forms must go through HR Connections Employee Self-Service.  This will allow you to update your information quickly and confirm you changes via email.  No paper forms will be accepted by Payroll or Human Resources, effective March 1, 2018.  Check out the Video Tutorials on HR Connections for details on the process.

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An HR Service Center representative is available to answer your questions Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm at 1-855-486-6747.  

You may also log on to HRConnections at www.umms.org/hrconnections to either conduct a search or to submit your question via the AskHR tool.

 

Visitor Restrictions Due to Flu Are Still in Effect

REMINDER! All Shore Regional Health hospitals are still under visitor restrictions for influenza, which include:

  • Visitors are discouraged except for immediate family, significant others or those necessary for the patient’s emotional well-being.
  • Special exceptions can be made, for instance in end of life situations, by contacting the patients nurse.
  • No one under the age of 18, unless they are a patient or the parent of a patient, is permitted to visit inpatient units within the hospital. Exceptions may be made for “compassionate care” visits.
  • Children coming in for testing or clinical appointments are allowed.
  • The children under age 18 of employees are not permitted to come and visit an employee during these special restrictions.
  • Only two (2) adult visitors allowed per patient at a time.
  • Persons without patient or physician appointments are asked not to bring children under the age of 18 to the hospital unless the appointment is for the child.
  • Visitors exhibiting flu-like symptoms including fever, runny nose, cough or sore throat, are not permitted to visit patients in the hospital.
  • Visitors who have recently had respiratory illness or diarrhea or vomiting should refrain from visiting.

UM Shore Regional Health Offers Free Programs for National Nutrition Month

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health dietitians and diabetes educators have planned a series of events for National Nutrition Month®, which is observed annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s campaign, “Go Further with Food,” focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices as well as developing sound eating and physical activity habits, and also offers strategies to cut back on food waste.

“We are excited to help our team members as well as people in our region learn more about how to avoid health problems and maximize their quality of life through proper diet and nutrition,” says Katie Ewers, registered dietitian and nutrition associate manager for UM Shore Regional Health. “Simple changes in the way you shop for food and prepare meals and snacks can significantly the risk for chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The events we are offering are designed to share nutrition information and dietary strategies that people of any age can employ to maintain their best health.”

In the Hospital Cafeterias: Food and Nutrition Services will celebrate National Nutrition Month by featuring special National Nutrition Month entrées for sale in the cafeterias of all three hospitals. Also be sure to take advantage of these special offerings:

  • Tuesday, March 6: Healthy snacks and handouts will be provided to all nursing units
  • Tuesday, March 13: Fruit and vegetable tastings will be offered in the cafeterias

“Food Shopping for Health” is a free, guided grocery store tour that teaches how to shop and plan meals for optimal health. Three tours are scheduled, as follows:

  • In Easton – Tuesday, March 13, 1:30 p.m., Giant Foods, 8223 Elliott Rd. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5188. Tour led by Karen Hollis, registered dietitian and diabetes educator, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology.
  • In Chestertown – Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m., Redner’s Market, 17 Washington Avenue. RSVP: 410-778-7668, ext. 2295. Tour led by Mary King, registered dietitian, UM SMC at Chestertown
  • In Cambridge – Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m., Walmart, 2775 Dorchester Square. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5351. Tour led by Katie Ewers, nutrition associate manager, Food and Nutrition Services, UM Shore Regional Health

In addition, the month-long observance will feature three free nutrition education seminars, as follows:

  • “Learn about Diabetes and Nutrition,”
    Friday, March 23, 10 am-12 pm, at the Food Pantry at Delmarva Community Services, 1000 Goodwill Avenue, Cambridge. Free seminar presented by BK Eshete and Karen Hollis. diabetes educators, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology. Pre-registration required, call Brenda Fields, 410-901-2991, ext.18.
  • “The ‘Mind Diet’ and Healthy Weight Loss”
    Wednesday, March 28, 2 p.m., Conference Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.  Free seminar presented by Mary King, registered dietitian, 410-778-7668, ext. 2295.
  • “Harvesting Healthy Choices”
    Thursday, March 29, 12 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Board Room. Free seminar with food sampling presented by Kelly Jackson from Emily’s Produce  of Cambridge. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5351.

 

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Ribbon Cutting Held for Compass Regional Hospice Residence Center at UM SMC in Chestertown

An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, February 21, celebrated the completion of renovation work for the new, four-bed residential hospice center operated by Compass Regional Hospice on the third floor of UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Made possible by a formalized lease agreement between Compass Regional Hospice and UM Shore Regional Health in late 2017, the unit — operated by Compass Regional Hospice – offers an alternative for Kent County hospice patients who want the security of medical care around the clock but prefer the comfort of a home-like environment. Since November, the the formerly vacant space has been undergoing renovation according to a plan developed by architects from Hammond Wilson. It is expected to be open to hospice patient admission on or about March 1, 2018.

  • Compass Regional Hospice will be responsible for all aspects of hospice patient care— staffing the unit 24 hours a day, seven days a week and overseeing its operations.
  • Hospital patients who are deemed suitable for admission to residential hospice care must first be discharged from the hospital according to normal hospital discharge procedures, then admitted to hospice care according to normal hospice admission procedures. (Please note: Compass may admit patients to the unit from their homes or community setting as well as from hospitals.)
  • Admission to the residential hospice center will be based on greatest need. Room and board fees are based on ability to pay.

As Compass has grown into its role as a regional hospice provider, it became apparent to their Board and staff that greater access to hospice services, including residential hospice beds, was needed in Kent County. From the standpoint of UM Shore Regional Health, collaborating with Compass Regional Hospice and facilitating the lease agreement created an important opportunity to ensure that “the right care, in the right place at the right time” is available to Kent County hospice patients for whom in-home care is not recommended.

Diabetes Education Class to be Offered in Dorchester

Wynne Aroom, RN, CDE, will teach “Diabetes and You.” at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, each month beginning in March. 

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will offer a three-session class, Diabetes and You, each month at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.

Taught by diabetes nurse educator Wynne Aroom, the class is free and open to the public, and provides medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness.

The first class series is set for Tuesday evenings, March 6, 13 and 20; the second will be April 3, 10, and 17. Both series will meet in the Board Room on the main floor of the hospital, 6 to 8 p.m.  Plans are for the class to be offered on a monthly basis going forward.

“Diabetes is very prevalent in our Shore communities, but many people who are newly diagnosed don’t realize there is much they can do to manage the disease in a way that avoids complications and helps them maintain their best health,” says Aroom. “This class provides important information that patients need to understand how diabetes can affect their health and simple strategies to monitor and manage their symptoms.”

To register, call Aroom, 410-822-1000, ext. 5286 or email her, waroom@umm.edu

Dorchester Auxiliary Installs New Officers

Left to right: Ida Jane Baker, past president of the Dorchester Hospital Auxiliary, president of the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation and Installation officer; Alexandra Anderson-Snell; Joy Loeffler; Diane McCarthy; Nancy Linder; Nancy Duvall; Karol Redline; and Kenneth Kozel. president and CEO, UM SRH.

Congratulations to the new officers for the Auxiliary of Dorchester General Hospital, installed on Tuesday, February 13 during a luncheon held at  Emmanuel Church of Christ in Cambridge. The new officers are:

  • President – Diane McCarthy
  • 1st Vice President – Alexandria Anderson-Snell
  • 2nd Vice President – Joy Loeffler
  • Recording Secretary – Nancy Linder
  • Treasurer – Catherine Gullion
  • Membership Dues Secretary – Karol Redline
  • Financial Dues Secretary – Nancy Duvall
  • Corresponding Secretary – Nancy Linder
  • Members-at-Large – Halyna Pagano, Barbara Weiss, Pat Wood
  • Nominating Committee – Alexandria Anderson-Snell, Barbara Lipe, Nancy Linder

Ida Jane Baker, past president of the Auxiliary, conducted the installation ceremony. ” We welcome our new and continuing Auxiliary officers and appreciate the many fundraising efforts they lead to support projects that advance the quality of patient care our hospital provides,” says Mrs. Baker. “Our volunteers make a wonderful difference in the day to day experience of our patients and also our care providers.”

Gift Funds Art Display in Birthing Center

Pictured left to right:  F. Graham Lee, VP for philanthropy, UM SRH; Doug James and Bridgit Frost of James Real Estate Services; Luanne Satchell,  manager, Women’s & Children’s Services; and Myra Sisco, CNA, certified surgical technician and photographer.

James Real Estate Services and Long & Foster Commercial recently donated $1,500 to the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation designated to the UM Shore Regional Health Birthing Center for the purchase of framed photography artwork for the Birthing Center rooms and hallways.

“Thanks to Doug James and Long & Foster Commercial, the walls of our Birthing Center will have beautiful, large-scale pictures of newborn babies. These will complement the recent renovations of the Center’s triage rooms, inpatient rooms, nurses station and hallways,” said Lee,

The photos displayed were taken by Myra Sisco, a certified nursing assistant and surgical tech at the Birthing Center.

 

Berbra to lead EVS at UM SMC at Chestertown

MIssy Berbra

Missy Berbra has been appointed director, Environmental Services for Healthcare ServicesGroup (HCSG) at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, beginning Monday, February 26.  Missy has been with HCSG since 2011 and most recently has been the EVS Director at the Pinnacle Nursing Center in Smyrna, Delaware.