With deep sadness, we extend our sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Christina Godfrey, DPT, who passed away on November 14, 2018. A member of Shore Home Care’s physical therapy team since 2013, Christina previously worked for The Orthopedic Center and in rehabilitation services. She was loved and respected by her patients, her Shore Regional Health colleagues and by her fellow Shore Home Care team members, who have personally contributed toward the purchase of savings bonds to support the education of Christina’s two children. Christina’s obituary can be found at https://www.fleegleandhelfenbein.com/obituaries/Christina-Godfrey/#!/Obituary
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!
At Shore Rehab in Easton, Carla and Gregg are exceptional PT professionals! Their knowledge of the field and total commitment to my care and progress is uncommon. I felt like I was their only client when in their care.
It’s good every time that I get my blood drawn at the Diagnostic and Imaging Center. The staff are very nice and kind. They know how to do a good job!
A mammogram is never something anyone looks forward too. It is always a much better experience when the staff are friendly and patient, like at the Leh Center in Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. I also like being able to feel comfortable going to a local hospital.
At Shore Rehab in Cambridge, my two therapists (Riley & Terry) have been exceptional. They are there for me in every way during my PT sessions – understanding my condition and assisting 100%.
At the Teal Lab, nurses Marci and Sally were excellent and took blood with no pain and were super caregivers.
University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), announces the addition of Chestertown-based primary care provider Matthew Reetz, DO. Specializing in family medicine, disease prevention, and diagnosis and treatment of long-term and short-term illnesses, Dr. Reetz is accepting pediatric and adult primary care patients.
Dr. Reetz earned his medical degree from Des Moines University – College of Osteopathic Medicine in Iowa, and completed his residency in family medicine at Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore. Joining Susan Ross, MD and Julia Belanger, MD, he is seeing patients at 126 Philosophers Terrace, Suite 102 in Chestertown.
“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Reetz to our primary care team in Chestertown,” comments William Huffner, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president, Medical Affairs at UM Shore Regional Health. “Dr. Reetz’s experience, knowledge and passion for treating both adults and children are a wonderful addition to the practice and will benefit patients in Kent County and northern Queen Anne’s.”
The Journey Begins
While December 2 marks the implementation of Portfolio for UM Shore Regional Health, it is only the beginning of an exciting journey! UMMS is happy to move closer to our goal of One Patient, One Record as we welcome more staff to the Portfolio platform. Now that you are ready and we have you all set… Let’s Portfolio together!
Members of UM SRH will continue to partner with the IS&T, Informatics and Business teams to ensure that you are supported both on site in the Service Center and remotely in the Resolution Center for several days following the implementation of Epic. This type of targeted and around-the clock support allows for issues to be handled efficiently while also ensuring that all involved teams are working together.
Beginning the night of cutover, on December 1, At-the-Elbow (ATE) support staff will be on site, waiting to assist you once Portfolio is available. The ATE staff will be able to assist you in real-time as you begin navigating Portfolio independently. Note: The support staff are not allowed to complete documentation or orders on behalf of an end user.
Patients and visitors may also be curious about the Portfolio Go-Live; refer to these helpful list of resources:
- November Go-Live Newsletter
- UM SRH Go-Live Guide
- UM SRH Patient/Visitor FAQ
- Patient/Registration Rack Cards
- Patient/Registration Tent Cards
All of these materials can also be found by visiting the UM SRH Intranet Portfolio Page
Please join HR in welcoming the following new team members:
- Casey Everett, Staff Nurse, UM SMC at Easton
- Francis Fisher, Parking Attendant, Security Department, UM SMC at Chestertown
- Linda Hendrickson, Staff Pharmacist, UM SMC at Easton
- Alicia Nelson, Medical Lab Assistant, UM SMC at Easton
- Logan Stanavich, Unit Secretary/Nursing Tech, UM SEC at Queenstown
- Courtney Thomas, Cardiovascular Tech, UM SMC at Easton
Time is running out to nominate an Exceptional Nurse or Unit/Department!
Nominations will be accepted through December 15, 2018 at 5pm.
Ceremony to be held on May 6, 2019
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Promising Professional: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KSBJ623
Commitment to Others: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KM79TJM
Mentorship and Advocacy: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KX7S7BV
Unit Excellence in Empirical Outcomes: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KXN9BQ6
What You Need to Know About the Nomination Process:
- Each link may be used only once – please contact Tara Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org , or Regina Volz, email@example.com , if additional links are needed.
- Nominations will only be accepted through Survey Monkey.
- Helpful Hint: Prepare your nomination as a word document, save, and when it is complete, copy and paste your text into the link, then submit for judging.
- See your Unit Champion for further questions or resources to complete your nominations.
UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology celebrated its 10th anniversary with two open house events, one on Friday, November 16 in the Health Education Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, and a second on Tuesday, November 27 in the Conference Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.
In Easton, the event featured a timeline display highlighting the Center’s growth and development since its founding in 2008, a brief program featuring remarks by Ken Kozel, president and CEO, Bayan Mesmar, MD, the Center’s medical director; Tamra Sanders, a longtime patient of the Center; and Trish Rosenberry, regional director, Specialty Clinics, Rosenberry offered special recognition for staff members Michelle Gomez and Carolyn Crist, both of whom have been with the Center since its inception.
Those in attendance, including a host of present and former patients of the Center, enjoyed a food preparation demonstration by Michelle Gomez and Karen Hollis, nurse diabetes educator.
Kozel noted that each year, the Center now provides care to more than 5700 patients and offers 48 three-session Diabetes Self Management programs in Chestertown and Easton. In addition, diabetes nurse educators provide one-on-one nutritional counseling and treatment support, lead monthly support groups in Cambridge, Chestertown, Denton and Easton, and participate in various community health events around the five county region.
“The Center’s 10th Anniversary is certainly an occasion to celebrate – and on behalf of Senior Leadership and our Board members, I thank all of
you who have helped it grow and develop over the past decade and those more recently arrived who are now part of the team,” Kozel said. “Your expertise and dedication are helping UM Shore Regional Health achieve our Vision to Be the Region’s Leader in Patient Centered Care.”
In Chestertown, the Diabetes Support Group welcomed guests for a Wellness open house that featured representatives from local health-related businesses and services. Krista Lamoreaux, of Herbal Alchemy, offered a presentation on holistic approaches to managing Type 2 Diabetes, and representatives of Chestertown Natural Foods, Melaleuca and Fit Flock were on hand to provide information about their wellness services. Figg’s Ordinary Bakery and Cafe provided food samples.
“There was a lot of really useful information presented to the group,” says Chrissy Nelson diabetes nurse educator who leads the support group. “The group appreciated hearing new concepts and strategies for maintaining their best health.”
Join in the fun of Shore Regional Health’s first Ugly Holiday Sweater Week. Let’s see who dares to wear a terrifically, tacky holiday sweater or scrub jacket any day during the week of December 16-22, 2018. (As always, please keep in mind the nature of our work, those we serve, and your coworkers as you select your festive garb.)
As part of the fun, strike a pose and email me your “selfies” or “ussies” sporting your unique creations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Beware, you may see one of our SRH paparazzi scouting around to snap a photo, too. And keep a lookout during the week, — you just don’t know where these photos may show up!
Contributions for the 35th Annual Tree of Lights, put on by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton, will support the purchase of two treadmills for Cardiac Rehabilitation at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.
For a contribution of $10 or more, a red or gold light may be purchased for the holiday tree in front of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Red lights are tributes to family members and friends, living or deceased. Gold lights honor loved ones serving in the military. A donation of $100 or more will purchase a white “Life Light,” which will be illuminated every year. The name of each person recognized through the purchase of any light will appear on scrolls displayed in the Medical Center throughout the holiday season.
The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton is a volunteer organization that raises funds to benefit programs and services at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and various outpatient locations at UM Shore Regional Health. For additional information about the 35th Annual Tree of Lights, contact Nancy Espenhorst, 443-746-3338 or by e-mail, email@example.com.
UM Shore Regional Health volunteer auxiliaries have announced their upcoming holiday sales! Don’t miss out on these excellent shopping opportunities that offer great gift selections while benefiting patient care in our hospitals.
CHESTERTOWN – Sponsored by Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary for the benefit of patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown:
- Mindy’s Jewels (sterling silver jewelry) – Thursday, December 6, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Conference Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.
- Fudge Farm (fudge, chocolate covered nuts, pretzels, marshmallows, etc.) – Wednesday, December 12, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hospital Lobby, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Sponsored by Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary for the benefit of UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
DORCHESTER – Sponsored by the Dorchester Hospital Auxiliary for the benefit of patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester:
- Collective Goods (books, electronics, accessories, toys, games, etc) – Tuesday and Wednesday, December 18-19, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Health Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.
EASTON – Sponsored by Memorial Hospital at Easton Auxiliary for the benefit of patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton:
- Mindy’s Jewels (sterling silver jewelry) – Friday, December 7, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Health Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.
SAFE SITTER(R) – Saturday, December 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center. Basics of babysitting for teens and ‘tweens, including first aid, CPR and more. Cost: $45 (need-based scholarships available). Due to limited seating, advance registration is required. Contact: Michelle Emrick, 410-822-1000, ext. 5451.
HOLIDAY SALE: Mindy’s Jewels (sterling silver jewelry) – Thursday, December 6, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Conference Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Sponsored by Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary for the benefit of patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
HOLIDAY SALE: Mindy’s Jewels (sterling silver jewelry) – Friday, December 7, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Health Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Sponsored by Memorial Hospital at Easton Auxiliary for the benefit of patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION: LABOR AND DELIVERY – Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Health Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219. S. Washington Street, Chestertown, Md., 21620. Free class for expectant parents and birthing partners; includes a tour of the renovated Birthing Center. Free; to register, call, 410-822-1000, ext. 5200 and leave a message as instructed.
PARENTING EDUCATION: New Mom, New Baby – Safety & CPR – Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Strategies for caring for mom, caring for baby and child safety. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Health Education Center. Free. To register, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5200 and leave a message as instructed.
HOLIDAY SALE: Fudge Farm (fudge, chocolate covered nuts, pretzels, marshmallows, etc.) – Wednesday, December 12, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Entrance Lobby, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Sponsored by Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary for the benefit of UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
HOLIDAY SALE: Collective Goods (books, electronics, accessories, toys, games, etc) – Tuesday and Wednesday, December 18-19, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hospital Lobby, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Sponsored by the Dorchester Hospital Auxiliary for the benefit of patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.
DIABETES AND YOU – Tuesdays, November 6, 13 and 20 , 6-8 p.m., Board Room, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge, Md. A three-session education program to help patients with diabetes learn to manage their condition. Free. To register, call Wynne Aroom, RN, CDE, 410-822-1000, ext. 5286.
DECEMBER SUPPORT GROUPS AND SCREENINGS
- 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 Support Group – Tuesdays, 12/4 and 12/18,10 to 11:30 a.m. Health Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton
- 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, 12/13 and 12/27, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.
- Cancer Caregivers’ Coffee – Saturday, 12/9, 9-10:30 a.m., Cancer Center, Easton. Discussion 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, 12/17, 7 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. Annual Holiday Pot Luck Supper. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.
- 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 Support Group/Easton — Monday, 12/10, 5:30 p.m., Talbot Senior Center 400 Brookletts Ave, Easton. Led by Karen Hollis RD, CDE. Please RSVP 410-822-1000, ext. 5188
- Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Thursday, 12/6, 5:30 p.m., 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/Cambridge – Wednesday, 12/26, 6 p.m., Board Room, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. Led by Wynne Aroom, RN, MSN, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5286.
- Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – NO MEETING IN DECEMBER.
- Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thursday, 12/6, 12- 2 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 South Washington Street, Easton, 4th Floor Joint Replacement Center Conference Room. Holiday Celebration! All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Please RSVP to Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Queenstown Stroke Support Group – NO MEETING IN DECEMBER.
Congratulations to the following team members who are CELEBRATE WITH HEART Lottery winners for the month of October! Their names were randomly drawn from among hundreds of UM Shore Regional Health team members who earned kudos and compliments from their managers and/or peers through the CELEBRATE WITH HEART Recognition and Rewards program (http://umshr.isrewards.com).
Monthly lottery winners are notified and receive rewards points as follows: 2500 points for recognition by a peer, 3750 points for recognition by a manager.
October Manager to Team Member Winners:
- Lisa Lyons
- Gary Camille
- Todd Stevenson
- Patricia Schwaninger
- Kimberly Seward
- Kiara Henry
- Lori Ferko
- Cassandra Kinser
- Della Cole
- Rachel Lockwood
October Peer to Peer Winners:
- Kelly Diem
- Thu Thu Myint