University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UM SRH) filed a Certificate of Need application this month for the hospital that will replace and relocate Shore Medical Center at Easton. The application was filed with the Maryland Health Care Commission on September 7 and is being reviewed for completeness before being docketed for formal review.
The new medical center is designed to have 135 inpatient beds, all private rooms, covering 334,000 square feet in six floors. The hospital will include 26 emergency department treatment rooms, 16 observation beds, six operating rooms and a state of the art cardiac interventional suite. A 14 bed acute physical rehabilitation center and 12 bed acute behavioral health center are included in the total bed count. A state of the art ground level helipad, designed for the largest air ambulances, will be built adjacent to the emergency department.
“When it opens, this new hospital will be the capstone of many years of planning that has gone on while health care has changed dramatically,” says Kenneth D. Kozel, president and CEO, UM SRH. “With the new regional medical center in Easton, our vision for a regional coordinated network of facilities and services will be further realized.”
“This new hospital, along with our comprehensive array of facilities, services and skillful medical professionals throughout the five county region, form the most important health care infrastructure in this rural region,” Kozel adds. “University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and its predecessors have been serving the people of this region for more than a century,” he says. “We are uniquely prepared, with our regional access points of care, to provide compassionate, quality and efficient health care for our community into the next century.”
The total project cost– including site development, construction, equipment, and relocation costs– is approximately $350 million. The hospital will be built in Easton, just off US Route 50 and Longwoods Road near the Community Center, approximately 4 miles north of the current site. It will occupy a part of the nearly 220 acres of land purchased from Talbot County by University of Maryland Medical System in 2015.
CON review, approvals and financials are anticipated to take up to 24 months, followed by final construction and infrastructure planning. Ground breaking is projected for summer of 2021, followed by a 36 month construction period. The new hospital could open in the summer of 2024.
Although it is not part of the Certificate of Need application, UM Shore Regional Health also plans to build a medical office building adjacent to the new hospital for medical specialists, a regional laboratory, and staff and community education and training facilities.
“While we still have many months of ongoing efforts to reach this long-awaited milestone, this month’s Certificate of Need application is a significant step forward and we are celebrating its accomplishment,” Kozel remarks. “We are grateful for the tremendous support of the University of Maryland Medical System, its CEO, Robert Chrencik, and the Boards of UMMS and UM SRH as we work together toward achievement of our shared vision,” Kozel continues. “Our physicians, team members, volunteers, elected officials and community partners have helped bring us to this exciting day.”
UM Shore Regional Health had a busy summer with three other regulatory applications, known as Certificates of Exemption, regarding the conversion of Shore Medical Center at Dorchester to a freestanding medical facility, to include a state of the art emergency department, observation beds, diagnostic services and an adjacent medical pavilion providing convenient access to specialists, outpatient services and ambulatory surgery. The applications include proposals to relocate the inpatient beds and the behavioral health inpatient service from the current hospital to the existing Easton hospital, with very minor renovations, possibly as early as spring, 2021, when the freestanding medical facility campus is complete. Those same inpatient beds are part of the total that will move to the new Shore Medical Center at Easton in 2024.
While the Certificate of Need review process is underway at the State level, UM SRH will convene a special work group to implement a campus redevelopment planning process for the existing Washington Street hospital site.
The following reports from patients and their family members that reaffirm our staff’s commitment to teamwork and putting our patients’ needs first.
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Therapist Brooke Maier with Chester River Home Care is a “Rock Star”. She was motivating, taught me exercises that were logical and encouraged me to meet my goals. She is the definition of excellent customer service and you are lucky to have her as an employee.
My doctor, Kevin Tate, MD referred me to the cardiac rehab program at Shore Medical Center at Easton because of my high blood pressure. I always have enjoyed exercise but I just love going to the Cardiac Rehab Center. The rehab team staff members are wonderful — so knowledgeable and so supportive — and the camaraderie among the patients and staff makes being there good for your soul as well as your heart.
I loved registering for my stay at UM SMC at Chestertown by phone, so convenient. In acute care nurse Christy and surgical nurse Michele were outstanding. I had no pain and no complaints!
Dr. Taskin at Queen Anne’s Medical Pavilion was my doctor and his team was excellent. Thank you for the great care during my cardiology testing.
The lady who did my mammogram at the DIC/Breast Center was very friendly. She explained everything as she was doing my test so I knew what to expect. It’s a very clean and comfortable environment. I would recommend this facility to anyone!
The annual pink-ribbon tree lighting ceremony to kick of Breast Cancer Awareness Month will take place on Tuesday, October 2, at 4 p.m. in front of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; all staff and volunteers are welcome to attend.
The next day, on Wednesday, October 3, Melody and Beverly from Head Rush Salon in Easton will offer pink hair extensions at the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for anyone who wants to show their support for breast cancer awareness.
Up to 100 “customers” will receive hair extensions, first-come first serve. The extensions are $10 each and all proceeds are donated to local community outreach and breast cancer awareness promotion.
“Melody and Beverly are doing this as a volunteer project, which is so thoughtful and generous of them, says Brittany Krautheim, nurse practitioner at the Breast Center. “I hope a lot of staff will come out to show their support for breast cancer awareness.”
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, taking the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually.
“October is a great time to remind people about the importance of prevention and education when it comes to their breast health,” says Roberta Lilly, MD, medical director fClark Comprehensive Breast Center. “Regular mammography screening can help lower breast cancer mortality by finding breast cancer early, when the chance of successful treatment is best.”’
Sisters Tatum and Kathleen Crouch of Easton have shared a lot of similarities while growing up. Only a year apart in age, the sisters have shared schools, friends, a passion for lacrosse and now, the same orthopedic surgeon, Richard Mason, MD, of The Orthopedic Center in Easton, a partner of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.
In an unlikely and unhappy coincidence during the summer of 2016, both Tatum and Kathleen tore their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while playing in a weekend lacrosse tournament in Bel Air, Maryland. Dr. Mason performed ACL reconstruction surgeries for both girls one week apart.
The ACL is a band of tissue that helps stabilize the knee. Important for athletes who need to make quick and sudden changes in direction, it is a common sports injury, especially and prevalent for young female athletes. According to Dr. Mason, in the last 15 years there has been a dramatic increase in girls between the ages of 14 and 18 who suffer torn ACLs.
“During the time a female is maturing, the natural build of her body makes it hard for her to properly cut, jump and pivot without rotating her knee, putting more stress on the ACL,” says Dr. Mason. “It is important that young athletes, especially girls, learn through their training how to properly make these maneuvers without overloading the knee.”
The Crouch sisters were playing on the Maryland United Lacrosse Club. Tatum, then 16, played on the U18 team while Kathleen, then 15, was on the U16 team. In separate incidents just a day apart, both sisters tore their ACLs. Once home from the tournament, their mom, Erin Crouch, reached out to The Orthopedic Center to have the girls seen by Dr. Mason.
“We are very familiar with Dr. Mason because of the work he does in the community with high school and recreational sport athletes,” said Erin. “It was frightening to have two of our children go down in the same weekend with knee injuries, but we had confidence in Dr. Mason and The Orthopedic Center to put together a plan to get them back on the field.”
Kathleen was not as sure about the extent of her knee injury, even days after the tournament had ended. “My knee was sore, but because of what Tatum was going through, I didn’t think there was any way possible I had suffered the same injury, on the same weekend,” said Kathleen. “I attempted to play again early that same week, and when my knee buckled for the second time, I knew there was something more serious going on.”
The Crouch sisters were seen by Dr. Mason at The Orthopedic Center, who determined they both needed ACL reconstruction surgery with extensive rehabilitation. In Kathleen’s case, the meniscus also was torn, which Dr. Mason says is not uncommon.
“Around 85 to 90 percent of ACL injuries include some other sort of tear in the secondary stabilizers of the knee,” says Dr. Mason. “When other injuries have to be repaired along with the ACL, it is even more imperative for patients to rehabilitate their knee so that they do not lose mobility or function later on in their life.”
After surgery, both Tatum and Kathleen had six weeks of recovery followed by six months of one-on-one rehabilitation and training programs. According to Dr. Mason, it is recommended that young athletes follow a strict rehabilitation schedule with a specialist to build their knee strength and also to learn about how to properly build up certain muscles to minimize the chance of reinjuring the knee.
“Before returning to contact sports, the injured athlete should have 90 to 95 percent of the strength he or she had prior to their ACL injury,” says Dr. Mason. “If you don’t have that, it is recommended that you continue the rehabilitation and exercise training until that strength level is reached.”
Tatum, now graduated from Easton High School, and Kathleen, a senior, both resumed playing lacrosse this past spring. Kathleen is looking forward to playing on the EHS team once they begin practice in early 2019. Tatum, who unfortunately suffered a torn ACL on her other knee this past spring, shares her sister’s determination to get back in the game. With the help of Dr. Mason and The Orthopedic Center, she completed a second round of surgery and rehabilitation and began her first year at Savannah School of Art and Design in Savannah Georgia, whose women’s lacrosse team begins a 13-game schedule in early February.
For more information or to make an appointment at The Orthopedic Center in Easton or Queenstown, call 410-820-8226 or visit www.theorthopediccenter.net.
Michael J. Kingan, DNP, has returned to the UM Shore Regional Health community as a provider with University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Palliative Care in September, 2018. He came to the Shore Regional Palliative Care Program from MedStar Total Elder Care in Columbia, Maryland.
Kingan earned his bachelor’s in nursing from State University of New York at Brockport and his master’s and doctoral nursing degrees as well as certification as an Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
In addition to his prior positions (2013-2015) at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and Shore Wellness Partners, Kingan has held nursing positions with Genesis Physician Services in Salisbury, Md., and Medstar Washington Hospital, in Washington, D.C.. With Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, medical director, Sharon Stagg, DNP and other members of the palliative care team, Kingan sees patients in UM SRH hospitals and in outpatient settings.
University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), announces the addition of Easton-based primary care provider Katelyn Chapman, FNP-C. Chapman’s specialties include disease prevention, diagnosis of acute and chronic illnesses and patient education.
Chapman graduated from George Washington University, where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing as part of the Family Nurse Practitioner program, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Previously, she graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science.
“We are extremely excited to have Katelyn Chapman join the University of Maryland Community Medical Group at our Primary Care practice,” comments William Huffner, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president, Medical Affairs at UM Shore Regional Health. “Joining Drs. Nina Eshaghi, Carolyn Helmly, Kevin Tate and Shirley Seward, CRNP, Katelyn’s knowledge and passion will greatly benefit our primary care patients here on the Mid Shore.”
Chapman sees patients at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 500 Cadmus Lane, Suite 211. Patients may make an appointment with her by calling 410-820-4880.