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X-Ray Services at Denton Diagnostics Suspended Beginning January 1

Beginning after close of business on Monday, December 31, X-Ray services at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Denton Diagnostics, located at 838 S. 5th Avenue, will be unavailable until the practice opens at its new location in the UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Denton. The new Pavilion is slated to open for business on February 5, 2019.

Laboratory services along with all other diagnostic services offered at UM SRH Diagnostic will continue operating under normal business hours, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., during  this time.

For more information and to find other UM SRH diagnostic locations, visit umshoreregional.org/imaging or call 410-479-3510.

Auxiliary of Dorchester General Hospital Announces New Officers for 2019

Back row (left to right): Alexandra Anderson-Snell, Catherine Gullion and Joy Loeffler. Front row (left to right): Karol Redline, Nancy Duvall, Michelle Mitchell and Nancy Linder.

The Auxiliary of Dorchester General Hospital recently announced their new officers for 2019, as follows:

  • President – Nancy Duvall
  • 1st Vice President – Alexandria Snell
  • 2nd Vice President – Joy Loeffler
  • Recording Secretary – Michelle Mitchell
  • Treasurer – Catherine Gullion
  • Membership Dues Secretary – Karol Redline
  • Corresponding Secretary – Nancy Linder
  • Members-at-Large – Halyna Pagano, ,Barbara Weiss and Pat Wood

“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 at Shore Medical Center at Dorchester,” says Brian Leutner, executive director, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. “Our volunteers make a wonderful difference in the day to day experience of our patients and also our care providers.”

In addition to their volunteer efforts at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, the Auxiliary generates income for programs, services, equipment and patient care at the medical center through the Hospitality Shop and the Robin Hood Shop in Cambridge.

For additional information about Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary projects or to become a volunteer, contact an Auxiliary member or call 410-228-0091.

UM Shore Regional Health Joins the 2019 Donate Life Rose Bowl Parade Float

UM Shore Regional Health joins The Living Legacy Foundation (The LLF) in dedicating a rose for the Rose Parade Donate Life float to honor the generous patients and their families who have given the gifts of life and hope as organ, eye, or tissue donors or donors in spirit. The rose dedicated by UM SRH president and CEO Ken Kozel will accompany several roses dedicated by The LLF as part of the Donate Life float in the Rose Bowl Parade set for January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. Celebrating its 16th Anniversary, the Donate Life float is part of a national initiative to help share the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation with millions of people, who either visit Pasadena or tune in to watch the Rose Parade every New Year.

(left to right) Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM SRH; Trish Ebner, chair, UM SRH Donor Council; Chris Wright, in-house Eastern Shore coordinator for the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland

“With nearly 115,000 people currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant, we are grateful to be a part of this year’s Donate Life float, to bring worldwide attention to the need for more people to register as donors, and by doing so, help make an impact in the lives of many,” said Kozel. “We look forward to showcasing the stories of our participants at Shore Regional Health and we hope to inspire others to register and get involved, after hearing their remarkable stories of donation.”

The theme for the 130th Rose Parade is The Melody of Life, which celebrates music, the universal language. Two-time organ recipient and the Tournament of Roses’ first African-American president, Gerald Freeny, envisioned the parade’s theme. “Music has the power to not only bring us together, but take us back to memories and moments as nothing else can,” said Freeny. “Rhythm, melody, harmony and color all come together to create the soundtrack that defines our lives.”

Ken Kozel (right), president and CEO, signs the rose that will be dedicated by UM SRH and part of the Donate Life float for the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

With this in mind, the 2019 Donate Life float’s theme, Rhythm of the Heart, depicts an exciting design that invites parade audiences to experience the music of Africa, in a vibrant, colorful float that features musical instruments and cultural artifacts that represent different African countries and cultures.

In Maryland, about 3,400 people are waiting for a life-saving transplant. UM Shore Regional Health supports The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland in its mission to facilitate donation and transplantation and to educate the public about the life-saving power of donation and transplantation.

As the world’s most visible campaign to inspire organ, eye and tissue donation, The Donate Life Rose Parade® float inspires viewers to help the over one million people in need of organ, eye or tissue transplants each year. Register today to become an organ, eye or tissue donor by visiting DonateLife.net

For more information about organ, eye, and tissue donation and to register as a donor, please visit www.donatelifemaryland.org or www.thellf.org.

New Facebook Posts This Week…..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!

    • The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton’s 35th Tree of Lights campaign, benefiting Cardiac Rehab at UM SMC at Easton, is underway!!
    • Cancer Center’s “Thriving and Surviving” December Newsletter
    • Chestertown Wellness Providers Offer Tips at Diabetes Awareness Open House
    • Matthew Reetz, DO, Joins Primary Care in Chestertown
    • Regional Diabetes Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Portfolio Go Live – Sunday, December 2, 2018

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!

Go-Live Support

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:

All of these materials can also be found by visiting the UM SRH Intranet Portfolio Page

Tree of Lights is Under Way!

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, nlehre@goeaston.net.

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!

    • Shore Regional Health Announces New Chief Quality Officer
    • ChoiceOne Urgent Care “One Pass” Check-in online!
    • UM Shore Regional Health Salutes Staff and Volunteers for their Military Service
    • UM Shore Regional Health has announced two “HEART Team Members of the Month” for September, 2018

Readmissions Matter: Conclusion from Ken Kozel



In Case you Missed it!

Click here to learn about all of the different initiatives happening all over UM Shore Regional Health to help reduce readmissions. Also listen to what key players at UM Shore Regional Health are saying about Readmissions Matter and how these intervention areas can benefit the organization.

  • Introduction – Ken Kozel, president and CEO, introduces the Readmissions Matter initiative and explains how these steps will benefit UM Shore Regional Health moving forward.
  • What are readmissions and why do they matter?Ken Kozel and Nancy Bedell, RN,MBA, regional director, Care Coordination, explains how UM Shore Regional Health benefits from reduced readmissions and how it can affect the organizations success.
  • Medication Matters (Part 1 and Part 2) – Nancy Bedell, RN,MBA, regional director, Care Coordination, speaks about medication reconciliation and how it affects readmissions.
  • What is Observation?Ruth Ann Jones, senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, explains what observation means and how UM SRH can reduce readmissions by concentrating on this area.
  • It all starts in the hospitalDennis DeShields, MD, medical director, Shore Bay Hospitalists Associates, explains how clinicians can help care, treat and educate patients while in the hospital to help reduce readmissions after they are discharged.
  • Transitional Nurse Navigators and Healing at HomeWilliam Huffner, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president, Medical Affairs, discusses the role of Transitional Nurse Navigators and the role they play in reducing admissions.
  • What Happens if the patient comes back? – Walter Atha, MD, medical director, Emergency Services , talks about patients who are readmitted and explains how assessing these patients when they come back in the ED can reduce the possibility of them returning.
  • The Journey Ahead – William Huffner, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president, Medical Affairs, explains how these innitiaves moving forward will impact care at UM Shore Regional Health
  • The Importance of Readmissions MatterKen Kozel, president and CEO, explains why the Readmissions Matter initiative and quality of care is important to patients and the organization now, and moving forward.

Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton Kicks Off 35th Annual Tree of Lights

The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton will kick off its 35th Annual Tree of Lights Campaign with a tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday, November 20 at 4 p.m., in front of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. Contributions this year will support the funding of two treadmills for Cardiac Rehabilitation at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

“The two treadmills being replaced have been in service by our patients for over 20 years,” says Sally Worm, regional program manager, Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness. “Treadmills in Cardiac Rehabilitation are the most utilized pieces of equipment and important for so many of our patients to improve their health and enhance their recovery. We really appreciate the Auxiliary for their work and making a difference for our patients.”

“Our goal for this year’s Tree of Lights campaign is $4,000,” comments Nancy Espenhorst, Tree of Lights chair for the Auxiliary.

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,” that 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 of UM Shore Regional Health. For additional information about the 35th Annual Tree of Lights, contact Nancy Espenhorst, 443-746-3338 or by e-mail, nlehre@goeaston.net.

New Facebook 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!

  • Diabetes and Endocrinology Center Plans Open House to Celebrate 10th Anniversary
  • Chester River Health Foundation Awarded $17,500 Additional Tax Credits
  • November Thriving and Surviving monthly newsletter from the Cancer Center at UM SRH
  • Friends and Family CPR held in Chestertown (Picture)
  • UM Shore Regional Health Presents Annual Service Awards
  • Not All Wounds Are Visible: Let’s Talk about Depression and Anxiety
  • Jeanie Scott Named Manager, Oncology Services, for UM Shore Regional Health
  • UM Shore Regional Health Launches Outpatient Palliative Care Program

Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton Volunteers Honored for Service Milestones

Members of the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton were honored for their service milestones at the Auxiliary’s annual volunteer luncheon. Held on October 18, 2018 at the Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford, Md., the occasion celebrated 56 volunteers whose combined total hours in the service of the Auxiliary exceeded 198,000 as of May 31, 2018.

“Each year the auxiliary dedicates thousands of hours to benefit patient care at Shore Medical Center at  Easton and numerous outpatient locations,” says Patti Willis, senior vice president, Strategy and Communications, UM Shore Regional Health. “Whether raising funds, answering phones, conducting screenings or helping patients find their way, our volunteers play a vital role in UM Shore Regional Health’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.”

The Auxiliary raises funds through its management of Maggie’s Gift Shop in UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, the Bazaar at 121 Federal Street and various special vendor sales. Funds raised help pay for new technology, facility upgrades and educational needs for the hospital and local outpatient facilities, including the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center and the Cancer Center. Auxiliary volunteers also assist with services such as wheelchair and patient escorts, blood pressure screenings and front desk reception in the hospital and in various outpatient locations.

Volunteers honored at the luncheon were those who had achieved service milestones ranging from 100 hours to 18,000 hours, as follows:

100 hours: Suzie Brannegan, Jane Ernst, Jack Lane, Gabrielle May, Krishna Patel, Mike Scheidt, Judy Smith, Debbie Watson

250 hours: Jane Holly, Kathy Hotz, Kirstie Kingston, Dan Mautz, Pat O’Shea

500 hours: Bea Juliano, Diane Ries, Sherry Spencer, Bryant Wheeler

750 hours: Phyllis Matthai, Mary McArtor, Bonnie Messix, Val Tate

1,000 hours: Robert Gretzinger, Leslie Leadbeater, Barbara Nickerson, Janet Pfeffer

1,500 hours: Patricia Collins, George King, Daniel Tanner

2,000 hours: Mary Ann Ray

2,500 hours: Rae Bathgate, Liz Hannegan, William Hough, Annabel Lesher, Donald O’Brien, Nancy Wolf

3,500 hours: Nancy Espenhorst, Margaret Gree

4,000 hours: Ruth Cecil

4,500 hours: Regina Holland, William Jenkins, Anita Rowan

5,500 hours: Art Cecil, Brenda Prettyman

6,000 hours: Barbara Brown, Janet Granger

6,500 hours: Celia Bodmer, Patsy Fearins

7,000 hours: Joyce Kent

7,500 hours: Carolyn Behr

9,000 hours: Gail Jenkins

9,500 hours: Sabine Simonson, Terry Stephan

12,000 hours: Elva Pierce

14,500 hours: Joe Schultz

16,000 hours: Margaret Blair

20,000 hours: Pauline Lane

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!

  • University of Maryland Shore Regional Health congratulates two “HEART Team Members of the Month” for August, 2018
  • The Robin Hood Shop Announces Grill Raffle Winner
  • Volunteers Making a Difference
  • UM Memorial Hospital Foundation to Host “Tax Reform: What Do the New Changes Mean to You?” Seminar November 17
  • Shore Regional Health Golf Tournament Nets $93,249 to Benefit ICU
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology Center Welcomes New Provider

UM SRH Diagnostics at Denton New Hours

Beginning Monday, October 22, 2018, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will change its hours for the diagnostic center in Denton located at 838 South 5th Avenue. The center will now be open between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The UM SRH Diagnostics at Denton offers a variety of services including laboratory services (blood draw), digital mammograms and X-ray. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 410-822-1000, ext. 2600.