Monthly Archives: October 2018

Above & Beyond: What Patients Say

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

Clarke Comprehensive Breast Center has all kinds of things going on for breast cancer awareness month, from word games to edible mammo-grahams (graham crackers and smashed marshmallows).  Clever, caring people who enjoy their work!


UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown has always been good to me. Everyone is professional & well trained – I was always treated with respect. By the way, the meatloaf is fantastic!


We are very pleased with our choice of Shore Home Care. Lee Rosendale did my initial evaluation – pleasant, thorough, complete and professional. Teresa Baker made two visits – prompt, pleasant and professional. Heather Coulburne took over for the final two visits – obviously loves her job which she handles in a very professional way. This has been a very positive experience helping me through a difficult time.


In the Emergency Department at UM SMC at Dorchester, everyone treated my husband great. Justine was a great help — always very nice sweet caring and very helpful.


I love coming to Chestertown lab. Always friendly and helpful staff.


Excellent, excellent staff at the Pain Center. Cathy Asche, the nurse manager, is an outstanding leader. Her patient understanding of individuals experiencing chronic pain continues to expand and excel. George King greeted me immediately when I entered Clinic. He was friendly and remembered registering me and how much pain I had been and was still in, and thus treated me with care. I commend him, because he was not only efficient in getting my appointment set-up but for his poise and empathy both on the phone and in person.


I always go to the Centreville lab, excellent & convenient, staff are great!


At Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown, every person – guard, nurse and doctor – was perfect. Nurse Bev found my problem right away and got me treated by Dr. Abdulaziz very quickly.

Palliative Care Team Launches Outpatient Program

Palliative Care team members: (seated) Don D’Aquila, Maddie Steffens and Michael Kingan; (standing) Monick Conway, Sharon Stagg, Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, Kim Fogle and Sue Conley

The Shore Regional Palliative Care Program provides support to individuals living with chronic, life-limiting illnesses by helping them to manage complex pain and other symptoms, maintain their functional status for as long as possible and enhance their quality of life. Offered since 2014 to patients in University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton, Palliative Care now also is provided on an outpatient basis.

“We are now seeing patients two days a week in our new office space in the UM CMG – Primary Care suite in UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton,” says Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, medical director, Shore Regional Palliative Care Program. “Anyone who has questions about what it means to live with a serious health condition can benefit from a palliative care consult.”

Outpatient coverage is anticipated to increase to three days a week in December and to five days a week in early 2019.

Palliative care is “whole person care” provided by physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers chaplains and others. Together, they work as a coordinated team to address patients’ physical, emotional and social concerns that can arise with serious advanced illness. As a growing medical specialty nationwide, palliative care has been shown to improve the ability of patients with serious health conditions and their families to better understand and plan for their health care needs while enhancing quality of life.

Health conditions for which a palliative care consult can be beneficial include heart failure, chronic lung disease, COPD, cancer, chronic kidney disease, stroke and dementia. Most private insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative medicine services in outpatient settings as well as in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

The Shore Regional Palliative Care team, led by Dr. Vaidyanathan, includes nurse practitioners Sharon Stagg and Michael Kingan, pharmacist Don D’Aquila, nurse coordinator Madeline Steffens, social workers Kim Fogle and Monick Conway, and office lead Sue Conley.

For more information about Palliative Care or to make an appointment, contact Conley, 410-820-4434, or

Mary DeShields, MD Joins CMG as Medical Director, Oncology

Mary DeShields, MD

University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG) announces the addition of Easton-based oncologist Mary S. DeShields, MD. Dr. DeShields is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health and will serve as medical director, Oncology.

Dr. De Shields has been providing medical oncology services to residents on the Eastern Shore for more than two decades. She earned her medical degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and completed her internship, residency and chief residency at the Medical Center of Delaware, now Christiana Care Health System. She then went on to complete her fellowship in medical oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

“We feel honored to have Dr. DeShields join our team at the University of Maryland Community Medical Group,” comments William Huffner, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president, Medical Affairs. “Dr. DeShields is a dedicated oncologist and member of the community, and we are lucky to gain her expertise at UM CMG. While the practice name will be changing, Dr. DeShields will continue to provide the same exceptional care  to the residents of the Eastern Shore.”

Patients may make an appointment with Dr. De Shields by calling 410-819-3332.




Jeanie Scott Named Oncology Services Manager

Jeanie Scott has been promoted to the position of manager, Oncology Services at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Brian Leutner, Oncology Services executive director has announced.

Jeanie Scott, CTR

Scott has been on the staff of UM Shore Regional Health since 1999, and joined the Cancer Center team in 2000 as radiation secretary, In 2002, she became the Center’s tumor registrar, following patients with reportable diagnoses to the State of Maryland and Commission on Cancer, and retrieving and analyzing data to be disseminated in accordance with professional ethics.

In 2012, Scott was promoted to cancer registry coordinator overseeing all aspects of the ACoS-accredited Cancer Program and maintaining UM Shore Regional Health’s cancer registry and mandated cancer data reporting. She became operations coordinator for the Cancer Center in 2016, which expanded her duties to include day to day operations of the cancer center; management of personnel and material resources; development and evaluation of strategies to enhance the patient experience; and collaboration with hospital administrators, area health care providers and external agencies. Scott is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health information management from Walden University and anticipates graduation in 2019.

“Jeanie’s promotion to manager of Oncology Services is well earned,” says Leutner. “She has done a phenomenal job in every position she has held, earning wide respect for her analytical skills and knowledge, strong work ethic and leadership style, and has achieved an excellent rapport with our patients, their families and our staff at all levels. We are fortunate to have her in this important leadership role at the Cancer Center.”

Diabetes and Endocrinology Center Plans Open House to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

The University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology will celebrate its 10th year of service as part of UM Shore Regional Health with an open house on Friday, November 16, 1:30 to 3:30 pm., in the Nick Rajacich Health Education Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

The anniversary celebration will provide guests the opportunity to meet and talk with Center providers, educators and staff and to hear from patients with diabetes about how the Center has helped them maintain optimal wellness. Also offered will be a diabetes-friendly food prep demonstration by Karen Hollis, diabetes educator, information and resources about treatment options and resources, and light fare refreshments provided by sponsors Tandem Diabetes Care and Sanofi Diabetes.

According to Trish Rosenberry, regional director, Multispecialty Clinics for UM Shore Regional Health, the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology is the only diabetes specialty clinic on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Center’s mission is to provide the highest level of comprehensive diabetes care through prevention, treatment, education and research.

“Diabetes and pre-diabetes are very prevalent in this region, as high as 12.7 percent for diabetes and much higher for pre-diabetes,” says Rosenberry. “The Diabetes Center has served more than 50,000 patients in 10 years of operation in the Easton hospital’s Freeman Outpatient Center.”

The UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology team includes Dr. Bayan Mesmar, MBBS, nurse practitioners Doris Tate and Lisa Bronaugh, and three diabetes nurse educators, Karen Canter, Karen Hollis and Chrissy Nelson. Together, they offer a deep understanding of the physical, cognitive, and emotional demands of diabetes and endocrine disorders as well as the most innovative treatment strategies.

To attend the Diabetes Center’s 10th anniversary open house, please RSVP by calling 410-822-1000, ext. 5186 by November 12, 2018.

Only Two Flu Vaccine Clinics Remaining

Many UM SRH team members have not yet been vaccinated – below are the last opportunities to get your shot on-site and free of charge:

  • Sunday, 10/28/18 UM SMC at Easton, 6pm-8pm – by the first floor elevator 
  • Wednesday, 10/31/18, UM SMC at Easton, 6:30am-8:30am and 2:30 pm-4:30pm – Health Education Center

REMINDER: The deadline for compliance with the policy is November 9, 2018, 4 p.m.