Monthly Archives: May 2018

Don’t Fry!

According to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, there are about 5.4 million new cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancers diagnosed each year in about 3.3 million Americans – of these, nearly 79,000 will be deadly melanoma cases. In fact, Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.

Every year, the Friday before Memorial Day is declared National “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage awareness of skin cancer risks and the preventive measure that everyone should take to prevent skin cancer.

“During the summer months, the Queenstown Emergency Department gets a lot of business — all of it avoidable – that started with overexposure to the sun,” says Mary Alice Vanhoy, manager, Emergency Services in Queenstown and Chestertown. “Sun poisoning, dehydration, heat stroke are not uncommon for those who don’t take proper precautions, especially when on the beach or out on the water. This time of year, people need to be extra careful about drinking plenty of water and avoiding too much sun exposure.”

What You Need to Know: Sun Protection Facts

  • No matter if your skin is light or dark – you are at risk.
  • When skin cancer is found early it can be treated more easily
  • Just ONE burn increases your risk to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..
  • If you work outside try to wear long sleeves, long pants and a hat that shades your face, ears and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses with UV filter to protect your eyes.
  • Use a sunscreen labelled Broad Spectrum SPF #30 (Sun Protection Factor) or higher that filters UVA & UVB rays.
  • Apply one ounce (two tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. (For good protection you must reapply every two hours especially after swimming or excessive sweating.)
  • Examine your skin once a month – head to toe.
  • Look for changes – a spot that won’t heal, or crusts, or bleeds, and for any skin growth – change in color, size , texture , thickness , irregular border or outline.
  • See your doctor for a complete skin screening yearly.
  • Teach your children to protect their skin.
  • DO NOT Burn.
  • DO NOT use tanning beds or UB tanning beds.
  • DO NOT spend long periods of time in the sun.
  • Remember the phrase “Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap” – SLIP on a shirt and pants -SLOP on sunscreen, SPF#30 or higher – SLAP on a wide-brimmed hat – WRAP on sunglasses.

Overdue for a skin cancer screening?  A free screening is set for Thursday, June 14,  5:30 to 8 pm at Shore Dermatology, 100 Bramble Street, Suite 1.  Preregistration is required; to make an appointment, call 410-820-6800.

HR News You Can Use: Retirements, Annual Education Update & Employee Health Annual Requirements

Upcoming Retirements

Connie Travers is retiring on May 25, 2018 after 20 years of dedication and service to Shore Regional Health!  Stop by the Plant Operations office to wish her well.

Gary Bigelow and Linda Short are retiring on June 1, 2018.

 

Annual Education

The Annual education window is open in UMMS U.  Access your education through HR Connections (no extra password needed since you are logging in through a secure access point).

  • Once on the HR Connections page, look for the UMMS U link in the center of the page. There are demos there to help you navigate, as well as the “My Training” tab to get you started on your journey to complete your required annual education.
  • The window closes on July 1, 2018. All staff must complete the mandatory education requirements by the deadline!
  • If you have problems or questions, contact Kathy Freund, ext. 5936.

Employee Health Annual Requirements

The following departments are required to complete their Employee Health requirements:

Month of June

  • Cambridge – 2-East & ICU
  • Chestertown – Acute Care & ICU
  • Easton – 2East, 3East, Joint Center, Neuro, Telemetry & ICU

The requirements include:  Respiratory mask fit, TB questionnaire & TDAP updating

ATTENTION: There are still some team members from other departments whose Annual Education Requirements are due in the month of May.  If you are unsure, contact Employee Health at ext. 5549 for guidance.

 If not completed during the allotted month, you will be taken off of the schedule at the end of the month until the requirements have been satisfied.

Requard Team Plans Anniversary Open House

The rehab gym at Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation.

Team members of Shore Regional Health’s Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation are planning the Center’s 10th anniversary celebration set for Wednesday, June 20, 2-4:30 p.m. in the Requard Center Dining Room (5th floor, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton).

F. Graham Lee, UM SRH vice president, Philanthropy, is shown with Eleanor Requard at the RCAR’s 5th anniversary celebration. Mrs. Requard and her late husband Tom provided a $1 million gift to support the creation of the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation in UM Shore Medical Center at Easton

According to Teresa Blem, director, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services, the occasion will celebrate Requard’s 10 years of service providing rehabilitative care to approximately 600 patients every year, and also the Center’s recent achievement of re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

“The occasion will be an open house-style event and we are inviting former Requard patients as well as our colleagues and co-workers to come by to celebrate with us,” says Blem. “Any team member, volunteer or community member who knows of a former Requard  patient who might like to attend is encouraged to get in touch with me, ext. 2104, or Erin Scheele, ext. 2516, so we can reach out to him or her to extend an invitation.”

Cancer Center Announces June Programs for Patients, Loved Ones

The Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health

The Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health has announced a series of special programs that provide information and support for patients dealing with cancer diagnosis and treatment and their family members and/or caretakers. According to Patti Plaskon, oncology social worker at the Cancer Center, these program are designed to expand the Center’s outreach in the wider community and encourage patients and their loved ones to take advantage of educational and support services.

Upcoming programs during  June are as follows:

  • Caregiver’s Coffee – Saturday, June 2, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Cancer Center, Easton. Open to family members, friends and others providing care and support for a patient dealing with a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Topics of discussion include financial concerns, community resources, stress management, self-care and much more. RSVP: Patty Plaskon, 410-820-6800, ext. 5361.
  • US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, June 12, Cancer Center, Easton. Presenter: Andrew Riggin, MD, UM Community Medical Group – Urology. Open to men with prostate cancer and their partners. RSVP to Sharon Richter, 443-994-5792.
  • Presentation: Sleep Disturbance How to Deal with this Common Cancer Side EffectWednesday, June 13, 4 pm, Cancer Center, Easton. When is it fatigue and when is it lack of quality or amount of sleep? And, what can be done about it? Sleep disturbances are important to treat as they can worsen cancer fatigue and “chemo brain.” Presenters: Michele Williams, nurse practitioner, UM CMG-Pulmonology and Patty Plaskon, PhD, OSW-C. RSVP: 410-820-6800
  • Look Good, Feel BetterMonday, June 18, 10am – 12 noon, Cancer Center, Easton. Hair, skin and nail rehab before, during after chemotherapy. Presented by Kim Hardesty, ACS Volunteer Beauty Consultant. RSVP to Teri Dulin, 410-820-6800.
  • Presentation: Anyone Else Need to go to the Ladies Room?Wednesday, June 20, 6 pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Q & A discussion presented by AquaCare pelvic floor specialist, Jane Franczak, PT, MSPT, WCS addressing urinary issues that occur as women age as well as those related to hormonal treatment and chemotherapy (frequency, urgency, leakage, or pelvic discomfort). Call 410-820-6800 to RSVP.According to Plaskon, programs planned for summer and fall will focus on a variety of topics, including medical marijuana, sexual activity during and after cancer, advance planning, nonprescription approaches to pain, neuropathy, managing the cost of care, “chemo brain” and clinical trials.

Information about cancer programs and services may be obtained by calling 410-820-6800.

$6 Dollar Sales Coming Up at Dorchester and Chestertown Hospitals

The popular “$6 Sale” offered by K & J Marketing will be held this week, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29 and 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the main lobby at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. The event is sponsored by the Auxiliary of Dorchester General Hospital for the benefit of patient care at the hospital.

On Thursday, June 14, 7 a,m. to 4 p.m., bring your $6 (or multiples thereof!) to the UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Conference Center. This sale is sponsored by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton for the benefit of patient care programs and services.

What can you shop for? Browse hundreds of items — jewelry, scarves, socks, hats, kids’ items, purses and more — all priced at just $6. Payment by payroll deduction is offered for UM Shore Regional Health employees.

 

Whitby Memorial Golf Tournament Benefits Prostate Cancer Programs, Patients

Golfers Margot Spies, Patty Plaskon, Jennifer Buckler and Nina Weisenborn were all smiles at the David Whitby Memorial Golf Tournament.

The 10th annual David Whitby Memorial Golf Tournament, held at the River Marsh Golf Club in Cambridge on May 14, benefited programs and patients of the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health.

David Whitby Memorial Golf Tournament founders Gary and Janet Wright

Founded by Gary and Janet Wright 10 years ago after Janet’s brother, David Whitby, died from prostate cancer, the tournament is an important source of funding for prostate cancer awareness and screening programs as well as patient care. Brian Leutner, executive director, Oncology Services, describes the value of the tournament proceeds as immensely important.

“The tournament proceeds have funded our prostate screening events that are offered every year in September where we partner with the local urologists,” says Leutner.  “These funds benefit our UM SRH ‘US TOO’ prostate cancer support group, which features guest speakers who are experts on the latest clinical trials, treatment protocols and strategies for managing prostate cancer and the effects of treatment.  The David Whitby Memorial Fund at UM Memorial Hospital Foundation also has supported recent technology upgrades allowing for more precise treatments for our prostate cancer patients receiving radiation therapy. The entire staff of our Shore Regional Cancer Program would like to thank the Wrights, the tournament committee and  Memorial Hospital Foundation for their continued support of our prostate cancer patients in our community.”

Thomas Sisca, clinical pharmacist and anti-thrombosis specialist, Gary Bigelow, regional director, Radiology and Kevin Chapple, regional director, Pharmacy were among the UM Shore Regional Health team members who participated in the tournament.

Adds F. Graham Lee, vice president of philanthropy for UM SRH, “Cancer of the prostate is one of the most commonly occurring cancers in men in the United States. The funds raised by those who organize and participate in the Whitby Tournament over the years have helped to purchase equipment, provide screenings and ultimately to save lives.”

To support the David Whitby Memorial Prostate Cancer Fund, please call 410-822-1000, extension 5763.

New Social Media Posts…..Please Like and Share

The items below were posted on our UM Shore Regional Health Facebook page this week. If you are on Facebook, please help us increase awareness of the page as a resource for updates and information about UM SRH by visiting to LIKE and SHARE the posts of your choice.

Your participation really helps spread the word about the good work done by great team members at UM Shore Regional Health!

  • Don’t be a “CRAB”! “GET CRACKING” and join the fun on July 12th at our 6th Annual CLAWS for a CAUSE crab feast
  • Come check out the SILENT AUCTION at the 4th Annual UM Shore Regional Health Sporting Clays Classic!
  • Auxiliary Makes Donation for Vital Equipment in Chestertown
  • Safe Sitter Classes Offered During June in Easton and Chestertown

Mark Your Calendar: May 25 – June 30, 2018

MAY EVENTS

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 29-30

  • $6 Sale, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, Main Lobby. Sale offers include hundreds of items — jewelry, scarves, socks, hats, kids’ items, purses and more — all priced at just $6. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Dorchester General Hospital to benefit patient care.

THURSDAY, MAY 31

  • Skin Cancer Screening, 5 – 8 p.m., Easton Dermatology, 403 Marvel Court, Easton. Free. Preregistration is required; call 410-820-6800 to make an appointment.

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MAY SCREENINGS AND 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.

CANCER

  • Breast Cancer Support -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/Chestertown – Monday, 5/28, 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.

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 – Tuesday, 5/29, 6:30 p.m., Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 100 Brown St. Led by Chrissy Nelson. Contact: 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.

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JUNE EVENTS

SATURDAY, JUNE 2

  • Caregiver’s Coffee –  9 to 10:30 a.m., Cancer Center, Easton. Open to family members, friends and others providing care and support for a patient dealing with a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Topics of discussion include financial concerns, community resources, stress management, self-care and much more. RSVP: Patty Plaskon, 410-820-6800, ext. 5361.
  •  Safe Sitter Class/Easton, 9am to 4pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Taught by pediatric nurses, the Safe Sitter program teaches youth ages 11-13 the basics of babysitting, including first aid, CPR and more. The cost is $45 (scholarships available). Due to limited seating, advance registration is required. Registration: Michelle Emrick, 410-822-1000, ext. 5451

TUESDAYS, JUNE 5, 12 and 19

  • Diabetes and You – 6 to 8 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, Board Room. A free, three-week educational program designed to help patients with diabetes manage their condition to avoid complications and enjoy their best health. Taught by Wynne Aroom. No referral is required, but please preregister by contacting Aroom, 410-822-1000, ext. 5286 or waroom@umm.edu

TUESDAY, JUNE 12

  • US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group, 6:30 p.m.Cancer Center, Easton. Presenter: Andrew Riggin, MD, UM Community Medical Group – Urology. Open to men with prostate cancer and their partners. RSVP to Sharon Richter, 443-994-5792. PLEASE NOTE: This support group will not meet during July and August.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

  • Presentation: Sleep Disturbance How to Deal with this Common Cancer Side Effect, 4 pm, Cancer Center, Easton. When is it fatigue and when is it lack of quality or amount of sleep? And, what can be done about it? Sleep disturbances are important to treat as they can worsen cancer fatigue and “chemo brain.” Presenters: Michele Williams, nurse practitioner, UM CMG-Pulmonology and Patty Plaskon, PhD, OSW-C. RSVP:  410-820-6800.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14

  • Everything $6 (K & J Marketing) Sale, 7am to 4pm, Conference Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Sale offers include hundreds of items — jewelry, scarves, socks, hats, kids’ items, purses and more — all priced at just $6.Sponsored by the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary.
  • Skin Cancer Screening, 5:30 to 8 pm, Shore Dermatology, 100 Bramble Street, Suite 1. Free. Preregistration is required; to make an appointment, call 410-822-6800.

MONDAY, JUNE 18

  • Look Good, Feel Better – 10am – 12 noon, Cancer Center, Easton. Hair, skin and nail rehab before, during after chemotherapy. Presented by Kim Hardesty, ACS Volunteer Beauty Consultant. RSVP to Teri Dulin, 410-820-6800.
  • Workshop on Wills and Understanding the Probate Process, 6-8pm, Queen Anne’s County Library, 121 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, Md. Guest presenters: Patrick Fitzgerald, Esq. and JoRhea Nagel-Wright, Esq. Free admission, limited seating, RSVP required. Contact Janet Andrews, 410-822-1000, ext. 5792, janet@umm.edu.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19

  • Workshop on Wills and Understanding the Probate Process, 6-8pm, Nick Rajacich Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton Md. Guest presenters: Patrick Fitzgerald, Esq. and JRhea Nagel-Wright, Esq. Free admission, limited seating, RSVP required. Contact Janet Andrews, 410-822-1000, ext. 5792, janet@umm.edu.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

  • Presentation: Anyone Else Need to go to the Ladies Room?  6 pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Q & A discussion presented by AquaCare pelvic floor specialist, Jane Franczak, PT, MSPT, WCS Addressing urinary issues that occur as women age as well as those related to hormonal treatment and chemotherapy (frequency, urgency, leakage, or pelvic discomfort). Call 410-820-6800 to RSVP.
  • Cancer Support Group/ChestertownMonday, June 28, 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.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22

  • Safe Sitter Class, 9am to 3:30pm,  UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Taught by pediatric nurses, the Safe Sitter program teaches youth ages 11-13 the basics of babysitting, including first aid, CPR and more. The cost is $45 (scholarships available). Due to limited seating, advance registration is required. Registration: Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

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JUNE SCREENINGS AND 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 – Tuesdays, 6/5 and 6/19, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Birthing Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

CANCER

  • Breast Cancer Support -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, 6/7 and 6/21, 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, 6/13, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Presenter: Andrew Riggin, MD.  Info: call Sharon Richter, RN, 443-994-5792.
  •  Cancer Caregivers’ Coffee – Saturday, 6/2, 9-10:20 a.m., Cancer Center, EastonDiscussion of varied issues and challenges facing individuals and families assisting patients with cancer. Contact: Patty Plaskon, 410-820-6800, ext. 5361.
  • Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 6/25, 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.

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, 6/6,, 5pm., St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S. 5th Avenue, Denton.  Led by Karen Canter RN, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext.5757.
  • Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, 6/11, 5:30pm., Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton. Led by Karen Hollis RD, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.
  • Diabetes Support Group/ Cambridge – Wednesday, 6/27, 5:30pm., Board Room, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. Led by BK Eshete RN, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5286.
  • Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 6/26, 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.

STROKE SUPPORT

  • Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thursday, 6/7, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 500 Cadmus Lane, Easton. 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 – Tuesday,6/26, 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.

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!

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The moment you walk in the door of the Breast Center you are greeted by friendly staff and instantly feel a little more at ease. Both of the women that helped me were extremely helpful and friendly throughout the check in process. I would highly recommend your practice to anyone I know that needs it. The doctor that I saw was so sweet and so informative. She made me feel a lot better as well and not so in the dark about what was going on with my body.

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I have already recommended your facility, the Diagnostic and Imaging Center, to my husband.  We are new to Maryland and I am very impressed with your facility and staff.

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Staff were friendly, attentive & competent at the Chestertown Lab. My clinician was new and her supervisor did an excellent job of providing guidance.

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The staff in Cardiopulmonary Rehab at Easton has been the most conscientious I have ever dealt with.  Every staff person has the utmost concern for patients – if I miss one session,  Matt is on the phone immediately to make sure I am OK.  Great group.100% pleased.  Thank you!

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Everyone in radiology at Shore Medical Center at Dorchester is so kind and helpful. Made my visit very good. Love the hospital – So clean and easy to use all the facilities. Always tell everyone how I love the hospital and how good they are to patients.

 

Morton Kalus, MD, FACC, Joins UM CMG – Cardiology

Morton Kalus, MD, FACC

University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), welcomed Morton Kalus, MD, FACC, a board-certified cardiologist with more than 25 years of experience, who will be bringing his expertise and services to patients in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.

As part of UM CMG, Dr. Kalus is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health. “We are very excited to have Dr. Kalus join our team at the University of Maryland Community Medical Group in our cardiology practice,” comments Michele Wilson, chief operating officer for UM CMG. “Dr. Kalus brings with him more than 25 years of experience in academic and clinical appointments that will greatly benefit our cardiology patients on the Eastern Shore.”

Dr. Kalus is seeing patients at two locations — 126 Philosophers Terrace in Chestertown and 125 Shoreway Drive in Queenstown. Patients may make an appointment with Dr. Kalus at either location by calling 410-822-5571.

 A native of Baltimore, Dr. Kalus graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and completed his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He went on to pursue his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He then spent two years pursuing fellowship in pharmacology  at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, after which he returned to the University of Michigan Medical Center to  complete fellowships in cardiology and nuclear medicine fellowships. He is certified in cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine; and in nuclear cardiology by the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology.

 

Joint Commission Preparation: Tip of the Week

Emergency Preparedness: What you need to know

  • The health system annually reviews our Hazard Vulnerability Analysis. This tool helps us determine the highest threat risk to certain types of events and our ability to limit the impact to hospital/health system operations.
    • Natural Events – severe weather, epidemics
    • Technological events – Utilities failures, supply shortages, transportation events
    • Human Events – Mass casualty, Armed Assailant, Bomb threat
    • Hazardous Materials/Terrorism Events – Radiation Exposures, Chemical Spills/Exposures
  • From here, policies & procedures are developed or revised to outline the hospital’s/health system’s response to Emergencies and prioritize our activities, like drills. Our Policies and Plans can be found on the UM SRH intranet page in PolicyManager.
  • The health system has developed an Emergency Operations Plan. This plan outlines how the hospital/health system will organize itself to manage emergencies and how we manage major functions in emergencies.
  • An Incident Command Center may be set up and is the central place where information is gathered and instructions sent out to manage the event. Generally, the Administrator on Call will decide if incident command needs to be set up.
    • Easton Command Center – Behavioral Health Conference Room, 1st floor
    • Chestertown Command Center – Boardroom, by Administration Offices
    • Dorchester Command Center – Boardroom, By Administration Offices
  • The Incident Command and command staff will set objectives to manage the event and will consider:
    • Communications – information sharing and notifications
    • Resources & Assets – People, Places, Supplies & Equipment
    • Staff Response Activities
    • Safety & Security – of buildings and people
    • Clinical Activities – surge/bed management, continued outpatient activities
    • Utilities Management
    • Volunteer management

Know Your Role:

  • Review Plans/Policies/Procedures to know how to respond to events.
  • Take advantage of Education/Training opportunities and participate in Emergency drills to become familiar with emergency response activities.
  • Be prepared personally. Plan. Be Informed.

For additional information please contact:

Beth Copp
Regional Manager, Emergency Preparedness
ecopp@umm.edu
443-786-5529

Michelle Kirk
Director of Facilities
michelle.kirk@umm.edu
410-822-1000, x5464

HR News You Can Use – Open Enrollment, Annual Education Updates

Final Days for Open Enrollment for Benefits

Enrollment continues through May 22, 2018.

  • This year EVERYBODY must enroll, even if you’re not making any changes to your health, vision, or dental plans.  Flexible spending and HSA requires re-enrollment every year.  (“Everyone” includes supplemental staff because they are eligible for the individual Bronze Plan for health insurance.)
  • You will not have insurance coverage on July 1, 2018 if you do not enroll!  Required dependent documentation must be submitted by June 15, 2018 or your dependents will not be covered.  This is very important!!
  • Additional “help sessions” will be offered for team members who would like to have assistance enrolling for their UM SRH benefits.The new sessions are scheduled as below:

Annual Education – Closes on July 1, 2018

The Annual education window is open in UMMS U.  Access your education through HR Connections.  No extra password needed since you are logging in through a secure access point.

Once on the HR Connections page, look for the UMMS U link in the center of the page.  There are demos there to help you navigate, as well as the “My Training” tab to get you started on your journey to complete your required annual education.

The window closes on July 1, 2018.  All staff must complete the mandatory education requirements by the deadline!  If you have problems or questions, contact Kathy Freund at ext. 5936.

Employee Health Annual Requirements Due in June

The following departments are required to complete their Employee Health requirements:

  • Cambridge – 2-East & ICU
  • Chestertown – Acute Care & ICU
  • Easton – 2East, 3East, Joint Center, Neuro, Telemetry & ICU

The requirements include:  Respiratory mask fit, TB questionnaire & TDAP updating

PLEASE NOTE: There are still some team members that are due in the month of May from other departments.  If unsure, contact Employee Health at  ext. 5549 for guidance.

 If not completed during the allotted month, you will be taken off of the schedule at the end of the month until the requirements have been satisfied.

Need to visit EMPLOYEE HEALTH SERVICES? Below are drop-in hours: 

 

Hospital Week Contest Winners Announced

Thanks to all who submitted entries to our two Hospital Week Quiz Contests and congratulations to winners! They are:

  • Hospital Week History Contest: Morgan Blue (Easton), Sarah Brown (Chestertown), Latasha Coleman (Canvasback) and Regina Volz (Easton).
  • Hospital Awards & Accreditations Contest: Romaine Height (Dorchester), Jessica Salazar (Easton), Doug Rousseau (Easton/Queenstown) and Alicia Dodd (Chestertown).

Winners will be contacted by Trena Williamson to make arrangements for delivery of their gift baskets.