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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!

  • Round four of the UM Shore Regional Health Sporting Clays Classic takes place this year on June 9th at The Point at Pintail in Queenstown, MD
  • Being a part of the University of Maryland Rehab Network means our patients have greater access to expert rehabilitation teams across the state of Maryland. (Facebook Live!)
  • Congratulations to our March 2018 UM Shore Regional Health Team Members of the Month!
  • Our public health partners at the Dorchester Health Department are holding two upcoming events and public survey for Maryland residents between 18-25.

Environmental Services Announces Management Changes

Effective April 20th 2018, Jonathan Verbus, who has served as the environmental services manager for UM Shore Regional Health for the past 18 months, will be assuming the role of director for UM SRH sites in Easton, Dorchester, and Queenstown. Jon Kelley will be taking a new leadership position as Environment Service Director at UM St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. Please congratulate Jon as he embarks upon this new role on a larger stage.

Aaron Reddick, current manager at Dorchester, will step into the role of EVS manager in Easton. The process for recruiting a replacement for Aaron is well underway and his transition will not take place until after his replacement is on board and oriented. Congratulations to Jon and Aaron as they assume new responsibilities at Shore.

In his new role, Jon Verbus will to report to Robert Frank, senior vice president, Operations.

Jonathan Verbus can be reached as follows: Jonathan.Verbus@umm.edu, 443-496-0087.

Aaron Reddick can be reached as follows: Aaron.Reddick@umm.edu, 410-829-4793

As always, please extend your usual cooperation and support to Jonathan Verbus and Aaron Reddick in their new positions.

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!

  • Public health partners are holding upcoming events for Dorchester County
  • UM Shore Regional Health, Living Legacy Foundation Raise Flag Recognizing Donate Life Month
  • Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week! UM Shore Regional Health would like to thank all of its volunteers!
  • Kent County Health Department Back to School Vaccinations

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!

  • UM SRH Sporting Clays Classic Early Bird Registration is Fast Approaching
  • 10th Annual David Whitby Memorial Prostate Cancer Tournament benefiting the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health
  • Claws for a Cause event will be held on Thursday, July 12, benefiting UM SEC at Queenstown
  • Children’s Advocates Commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Shore Regional Health was thrilled to celebrate the “Topping Out” of our newest Medical Pavilion in Denton

 

UM Shore Regional Health Celebrates Donate Life Month

Officials from the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland and University of Maryland Shore Regional Health raised a “Donate Life” flag on the front circle of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton to recognize Donate Life Month on Wednesday, April 4.

“Flags Across America” is part of a national initiative in which the LLF partners with Maryland hospitals to fly the Donate Life Flags wave throughout the month of April to raise awareness of organ, eye and tissue donation and to honor donors and their families.

“We are proud to raise this flag throughout the year for every donor, in honor of their gift and their family,” says Chris Wright, in-house Eastern Shore coordinator for the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. “Without the hard work of all staff, the giving nature of our donor families and the selfless act of our donors, this would not be possible.”

In 2017, UM Shore Medical Center in Chestertown had two tissue donors; UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester had two organ donors and two tissue donors; and UM Shore Medical Center at Easton had one organ donor and 11 tissue donors.

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


UM Shore Regional Health Team Members Participate in “Be Seen in Blue and Green”

Shown above, team members in blue and green pause in front of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton last Friday, April 13. Thanks to all who participated in “Be Seen in Blue and Green”  to raise awareness for organ donation! Team members from all over UM Shore Regional Health participated. Pictures were shared with the Living Legacy Foundation and will be compiled with pictures of people wearing blue and green nationwide.

6th Annual Claws for a Cause to Benefit the UM Shore Emergency Center in Queenstown

The 2018 Claws for a Claws Committee – front row (L-R): Julie McMahan Thomas and Ginny Biondi; second row (L-R): Cassie Guy and Mary Alice Vanhoy, RN; back row (L-R): Mark Freestate, Amy Lowe, Heather Comegys, Holly Rhodes, Shelley Bell and F. Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy, UM Shore Regional Health. Not pictured: Janet Andrews, Kathy Clark, Vicki Dean and Lisa Lisle, RN.

Preparations are now in full swing for the sixth annual “Claws for a Cause,” a crab feast fundraiser to benefit equipment needs at University of Maryland Shore Emergency Center

“Claws for a Cause” will be held on Thursday, July 12, 5:30 pm to 9 pm at Fisherman’s Crab Deck in Grasonville.

Tickets are $90 in advance or $100 at the door and include all-you-can-eat steamed crabs as well as a buffet of fried chicken, pork barbeque and assorted sides.

Raffle tickets will also be available for $10 at the event for a chance to win one of two different prize packages, “Backyard Fun” or “Eastern Shore Living.”

Open since October, 2010, the UM Shore Emergency Center in Queenstown sees over 15,000 patients a year and provides care to members of the community in need of treatment for acute illnesses, injuries and trauma. Medical treatment at the Center is provided by board certified emergency medicine physicians, experienced nurses, radiology technicians and medical technologists.

“The ‘Claws for a Cause’ crab feast has been an important resource in keeping equipment updated at our emergency center,” says Mary Alice Vanhoy, manager, Emergency Department, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown. “We are thankful for all the community support that helps us improve our patient care”.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at the following levels: Jumbo Blue Crab, $10,000; Extra Large Blue Crab, $5000; Large Blue Crab, $2500; Medium Blue Crab, $1000; Bushel Basket, $500; and Crab Pot, $150.

This year’s Claws for a Cause sponsors include:

  • Large Blue Crab sponsors — Avon-Dixon Agency, LLC / Shore United Bank, Eastern Shore Emergency Medicine Physicians, Kent Island American Legion Post 278, Queenstown Bank, The Star Democrat and VFW Memorial Post #7464;
  • Medium Blue Crab sponsors — Benedict A. Andrew American Legion Post #296, Fisherman’s Inn, Inc., Kent Island BPOE Lodge 2576 and Tri Gas & Oil Co., Inc.;
  • Bushel Basket sponsors — Delmarva Power, Hanover Insurance Group, J.C. Warner HVAC & Sheetmetal Fabrication, Rich C. Graves, CPA, LLC, Ride Entertainment Group, Safe at Home Senior Care and Shore Sports Magazine; and
  • Crab Pot sponsors — American Legion Jeff Davis Post No. 18 – Ladies Auxiliary, Bridges Restaurant, LLC, Eastern Shore Dental, The Edge Arena and WaWa.

For more information on how to become a sponsor, or to register for the crab feast, please visit https://ummhfoundation.org/mhf_events/ or contact Amy Lowe , 410-822-1000, ext. 5763 or email alowe@umm.edu.

UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Denton Celebrates “Topping Out”

(left to right) Scott Leroy, Caroline Health Office; Dr. Timothy Shanahan; Bob Frank, vice president, Operations, UM Shore Regional Health; Wayne Howard, SRH Board Member and Caroline County resident; County Commissioners Wilbur Levengood, Dan Franklin and Larry Porter; Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regioanl Health; and from Willow Construction representatives, Jack DeVaughn, Dave Marsden, Ahmed Eissa and Shaquille Turner.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health celebrated the “topping out” of the new UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Denton on Tuesday, April 3, as the final steel beam of the building’s frame was set into place.

Overhead view of UM Shore Medical Pavilion as the steel beam is being set into place.

On hand for the occasion were representatives from UM Shore Regional Health, Willow Construction, Fisher Architecture and Klein Enterprises, along with local officials including Scott Leroy, Caroline County Health Officer; Wayne Howard, SRH Board Member and Caroline County resident; County Commissioners Larry Porter, Wilbur Levengood and Dan Franklin; and Denton Mayor Abigail McNinch. Those in attendance joined in signing the steel beam with well wishes for health care in Caroline County.

Situated on six acres at the intersection of Route 404 and Deep Shore Road, the 50,000 square foot medical pavilion will be the hub of UM Shore Regional Health’s outpatient services in Caroline County, providing family medicine, laboratory testing, diagnostic and imaging, rehabilitation services and a community health education suite. In addition, the pavilion is expected to house a mental health bridge program, home health care office, and a shared suite for rotating medical specialties. Construction is scheduled for completion at the end of 2018 with official opening in early 2019.

Click here to watch a short video on the topping out from Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM SRH

Children’s Advocates Commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Volunteers from local organizations who helped place the blue ribbons, representing children helped through CAC over the past year, on the tree

To commemorate April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, children’s advocates from organizations throughout Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester counties recently placed 61 blue ribbons, on a tree at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. Each represents a child served during the past year  by the Talbot County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), which is housed in UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

The annual event is designed to heighten community awareness of the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

This year’s blue ribbons were made by the Benedictine School. Volunteers who helped place ribbons represented the Talbot County Children’s Advocacy Center, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Talbot County Department of Social Services Advisory Board, Easton Police Department, Talbot County State’s Attorney’s Office, Maryland State Police, Talbot County Department of Social Services, Talbot Community Connections, Kent County Department of Social Services, Kent County Children’s Advocacy Center, Evolution Mental Health & Trauma Services, Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services and UM Shore Regional Health.

The CAC coordinates with local law enforcement and social services to offer comprehensive, multi-disciplinary responses to alleged incidences of child sexual and physical abuse. In partnership with University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, the CAC also provides noninvasive, forensic medical examinations in a secure location for cases in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.

The CAC can be reached as follows: 410-820-7141 or talbot.cac1@maryland.gov. More information is available at www.talbotcac.org.

Parking Changes for UM Shore Medical Centers Will Go Into Effect in Early July

UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton will implement a new parking policy designed to improve patient and visitor experience. In addition, the new policy addresses the varied needs of our physicians, volunteers and team members for access to safe and reliable parking.

Security measures being taken in conjunction with the new parking policy include surveillance cameras and better equipped lighting at all three medical centers.

As part of the parking master plan, team members will be issued colored parking permits that will indicate where they should park. Parking permits will be issued beginning in May and will continue to be issued until the policy goes into effect. Department managers will be working with UM Shore Regional Health Security to ensure that team members are issued the correct permit.

UM Shore Medical Center at Easton – Parking permits issued will either be purple, red, yellow or green depending upon the team member’s working location in the hospital and the level of clinical responsibility of his or her position as deemed by department managers. Valet services will still be available in front of outpatient services for patients and visitors at the outpatient entrance. Additionally, the parking lot located off Vine Street across from UM SMC at Easton will be used for management, executive staff and additional overflow staff.

UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Chestertown – Parking lots will be designated for patients and visitors specifically, while other lots will be specific for team members with ANY colored parking permit. Golf cart transportation for patients and visitors will still be available at UM SMC at Chestertown.

More information, along with the approved policy and site parking maps, will be made available on the intranet before the policy goes into effect, tentatively set for July 2. Questions may be directed to Jenson Shorter, regional manager and special police chief, Safety and Security, 410-822-1000, ext. 5660 or jshorter@umm.edu.