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Above & Beyond

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

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The moment you walk in the door of the Breast Center you are greeted by friendly staff and instantly feel a little more at ease. Both of the women that helped me were extremely helpful and friendly throughout the check in process. I would highly recommend your practice to anyone I know that needs it. The doctor that I saw was so sweet and so informative. She made me feel a lot better as well and not so in the dark about what was going on with my body.

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I have already recommended your facility, the Diagnostic and Imaging Center, to my husband.  We are new to Maryland and I am very impressed with your facility and staff.

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Staff were friendly, attentive & competent at the Chestertown Lab. My clinician was new and her supervisor did an excellent job of providing guidance.

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The staff in Cardiopulmonary Rehab at Easton has been the most conscientious I have ever dealt with.  Every staff person has the utmost concern for patients – if I miss one session,  Matt is on the phone immediately to make sure I am OK.  Great group.100% pleased.  Thank you!

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Everyone in radiology at Shore Medical Center at Dorchester is so kind and helpful. Made my visit very good. Love the hospital – So clean and easy to use all the facilities. Always tell everyone how I love the hospital and how good they are to patients.

 

Morton Kalus, MD, FACC, Joins UM CMG – Cardiology

Morton Kalus, MD, FACC

University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), welcomed Morton Kalus, MD, FACC, a board-certified cardiologist with more than 25 years of experience, who will be bringing his expertise and services to patients in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.

As part of UM CMG, Dr. Kalus is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health. “We are very excited to have Dr. Kalus join our team at the University of Maryland Community Medical Group in our cardiology practice,” comments Michele Wilson, chief operating officer for UM CMG. “Dr. Kalus brings with him more than 25 years of experience in academic and clinical appointments that will greatly benefit our cardiology patients on the Eastern Shore.”

Dr. Kalus is seeing patients at two locations — 126 Philosophers Terrace in Chestertown and 125 Shoreway Drive in Queenstown. Patients may make an appointment with Dr. Kalus at either location by calling 410-822-5571.

 A native of Baltimore, Dr. Kalus graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and completed his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He went on to pursue his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He then spent two years pursuing fellowship in pharmacology  at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, after which he returned to the University of Michigan Medical Center to  complete fellowships in cardiology and nuclear medicine fellowships. He is certified in cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine; and in nuclear cardiology by the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology.

 

HR News You Can Use – Open Enrollment, Annual Education Updates

Final Days for Open Enrollment for Benefits

Enrollment continues through May 22, 2018.

  • This year EVERYBODY must enroll, even if you’re not making any changes to your health, vision, or dental plans.  Flexible spending and HSA requires re-enrollment every year.  (“Everyone” includes supplemental staff because they are eligible for the individual Bronze Plan for health insurance.)
  • You will not have insurance coverage on July 1, 2018 if you do not enroll!  Required dependent documentation must be submitted by June 15, 2018 or your dependents will not be covered.  This is very important!!
  • Additional “help sessions” will be offered for team members who would like to have assistance enrolling for their UM SRH benefits.The new sessions are scheduled as below:

Annual Education – Closes on July 1, 2018

The Annual education window is open in UMMS U.  Access your education through HR Connections.  No extra password needed since you are logging in through a secure access point.

Once on the HR Connections page, look for the UMMS U link in the center of the page.  There are demos there to help you navigate, as well as the “My Training” tab to get you started on your journey to complete your required annual education.

The window closes on July 1, 2018.  All staff must complete the mandatory education requirements by the deadline!  If you have problems or questions, contact Kathy Freund at ext. 5936.

Employee Health Annual Requirements Due in June

The following departments are required to complete their Employee Health requirements:

  • Cambridge – 2-East & ICU
  • Chestertown – Acute Care & ICU
  • Easton – 2East, 3East, Joint Center, Neuro, Telemetry & ICU

The requirements include:  Respiratory mask fit, TB questionnaire & TDAP updating

PLEASE NOTE: There are still some team members that are due in the month of May from other departments.  If unsure, contact Employee Health at  ext. 5549 for guidance.

 If not completed during the allotted month, you will be taken off of the schedule at the end of the month until the requirements have been satisfied.

Need to visit EMPLOYEE HEALTH SERVICES? Below are drop-in hours: 

 

Hospital Week Contest Winners Announced

Thanks to all who submitted entries to our two Hospital Week Quiz Contests and congratulations to winners! They are:

  • Hospital Week History Contest: Morgan Blue (Easton), Sarah Brown (Chestertown), Latasha Coleman (Canvasback) and Regina Volz (Easton).
  • Hospital Awards & Accreditations Contest: Romaine Height (Dorchester), Jessica Salazar (Easton), Doug Rousseau (Easton/Queenstown) and Alicia Dodd (Chestertown).

Winners will be contacted by Trena Williamson to make arrangements for delivery of their gift baskets.

 

Welcome, New Team Members

Front row:  Claudette Walker, Christa Rodriguez, Tekahya Hackett, Luann Kosicki, Baily Stewart, Christie Knapp, Healther Hildenbrand and Paula Tyler. Back row: Taylor Lloyd, Mia Rahman, Sterling Mattox, Jennifer Passwaters, Lisa Britt, Amy Bickling, Paula Thessen and David King.

Please welcome the following new team members who completed New Employee Orientation on May 14, 2018:

  • Amy Bickling, Staff Nurse, Chemotherapy Clinic, SMC at Easton
  • Lisa Britt, Staff Nurse, SMC at Easton
  • Brian Gast, Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation Services, SMC at Dorchester
  • Tekahya Hackett, Access Representative, UM SRH
  • Heather Hildenbrand, Collegiate Nurse, SMC at Easton
  • David King, EVS Project Tech, Environmental Services, SMC at Easton
  • Christie Knapp, Staff Nurse, Telemetry, UM SMC at Easton
  • Luann Kosicki, Transitional Care Coordinator, Case Management, UM SMC at Easton
  • Taylor Lloyd, Access Representative, UM SRH
  • Sterling Mattox, Parking Attendant, Security, SMC at Chestertown
  • Jennifer Passwaters, Staff Nurse, SMC at Easton
  • Mia Rahman, Nuclear Med Tech, Nuclear Medicine, SMC at Easton
  • Christa  Rodriguez, Staff Nurse, Telemetry, SMC at Easton
  • Bailey Stewart, Food Service Associate, Dietary, Shore Nursing and Rehab at Chestertown
  • Paula Thessen, Director, Recreation/Activities, Shore Nursing and Rehab at Chestertown
  • Paula Tyler, Access Representative, UM SRH
  • Claudette Walker, Access Representative, UM SRH

Auxiliary Makes Donation for Vital Equipment at Chestertown

Front row: Marjorie Shaffer, RN, BSN; Reverend Mae Etta Moore; Naomi Blackshire, president; Ralph Beaton and Beth O’Patterson, RN. Middle row: Robert Tate; Barbara Wilson; Alice Johnson; Ann Mae Dorsey and Margaret Cooper. Back: Virginia Roberts; Linda Blake; Henry Cotton; Howard Tille and Charlotte Murray

In response to a request by the nurses at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary – Naomi Blackshire, President, donated $1000 to purchase manual blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes that can be used in the event of an extended power failure.

Today, nearly all medical equipment is powered by electricity and operated though a computer. Emergency power generators and special electrical outlets are available throughout all hospitals; however, not every piece of equipment can be plugged in when the power goes off.

“The addition of these blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes will allow our nurses to continue to provide exceptional patient care in a timely manner even when the power goes out,” says Sandy Prochaska, inpatient nurse manager.  “Blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate are three of the most important vital signs to monitor. During a power outage, our new manual equipment will better enable nurses to assess the general health of a patient, get possible clues to impending conditions and show  their progress toward recovery. We are grateful for everything our auxiliaries do for us and our patients.”

 

Mark Your Calendar: May 18 – June 30, 2018

MAY EVENTS

SATURDAY, MAY 19

  • Safe Sitter, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center, Taught by pediatric nurses, the Safe Sitter program teaches youth ages 11-13 the basics of babysitting, including first aid, CPR and more. Cost: $45 (scholarships available). Limited seating, advanced registration required. Registration: Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.
  • Breastfeeding Your Baby, 9 a.m. to 12:15 pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center. Tips and techniques for breastfeeding and pumping. Free; register by phone: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200

MONDAY, MAY 21

  • Summer Showcase at the Breast Center: The Latest in Bras & Special Attire for Summer Monday, May 21, 4:30 p.m., Cancer Center, Easton. See the latest variety of bras, swimwear, lounge and active wear. Private area to try on. Q&A about insurance coverage, how to care for items, coping with the heat and other matters of interest. Presented by Elisa Lawson of The Women’s Health Boutique. Includes refreshments. Facilitated by Patty Plaskon PhD, OSW-C. Please RSVP by calling 410-820-6800

TUESDAY, MAY 22

  • “In the Bag” Sale, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center, Come and browse through hundreds of brand-name purses, wallets, luggage and other bags of every shape, size and color, priced to sell quickly. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton to benefit patient care.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

  • Chronic Lung Disease: What is it and How Do We Treat it?, 1-3:30 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Conference Center. Free, educational presentation provided by Ferdinand De Leon, MD, pulmonologist and Philomena Leon, respiratory therapist, for those diagnosed with or at risk for chronic lung disease. Includes refreshments and a tour of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation facilities. RSVP: Sherrie Hill, sherrie.hill@umm.edu.

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 29-30

  • $6 Sale, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, Main Lobby. Sale offers include hundreds of items — jewelry, scarves, socks, hats, kids’ items, purses and more — all priced at just $6. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton to benefit patient care.

THURSDAY, MAY 31

  • Skin Cancer Screening, 5 – 8 p.m., Easton Dermatology, 403 Marvel Court, Easton. Free. Preregistration is required; call 410-820-6800 to make an appointment.

MAY SCREENINGS AND SUPPORT GROUPS

ADDICTIONS/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

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.

CANCER

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 – Thursday, 5/17, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 5/28, 7pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

CARDIOPULMONARY SCREENINGS

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

Diabetes Support Group/Cambridge – Wednesday, 5/23, 6 p.m., Board Room, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. Led by Wynne Aroom. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5138.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 5/29, 6:30 p.m., Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 100 Brown St. Led by Chrissy Nelson. Contact: 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.

STROKE SUPPORT

Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tuesday, 5/22, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320.  All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000 ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu.

JUNE EVENTS

SATURDAY, JUNE 2

  • Caregiver’s Coffee – Saturday, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Cancer Center, Easton. Open to family members, friends and others providing care and support for a patient dealing with a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Topics of discussion include financial concerns, community resources, stress management, self-care and much more. RSVP: Patty Plaskon, 410-820-6800, ext. 5361.
  •  Safe Sitter Class/Easton, 9am to 4pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Taught by pediatric nurses, the Safe Sitter program teaches youth ages 11-13 the basics of babysitting, including first aid, CPR and more. The cost is $45 (scholarships available). Due to limited seating, advance registration is required. Registration: Michelle Emrick, 410-822-1000, ext. 5451

TUESDAY, JUNE 12

  • US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group, 6:30 p.m.Cancer Center, Easton. Presenter: Andrew Riggin, MD, UM Community Medical Group – Urology. Open to men with prostate cancer and their partners. RSVP to Sharon Richter, 443-994-5792. PLEASE NOTE: This support group will not meet during July and August.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

  • Presentation: Sleep Disturbance How to Deal with this Common Cancer Side Effect, 4 pm, Cancer Center, Easton. When is it fatigue and when is it lack of quality or amount of sleep? And, what can be done about it? Sleep disturbances are important to treat as they can worsen cancer fatigue and “chemo brain.” Presenters: Michele Williams, nurse practitioner, UM CMG-Pulmonology and Patty Plaskon, PhD, OSW-C. RSVP:  410-820-6800.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14

  • Everything $6 (K & J Marketing) Sale, 7am to 4 pm, Conference Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Sponsored by the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary.
  • Skin Cancer Screening, 5:30 to 8 pm, Shore Dermatology, 100 Bramble Street, Suite 1. Free. Preregistration is required; to make an appointment, call 410-822-6800.

MONDAY, JUNE 18

  • Look Good, Feel Better – 10am – 12 noon, Cancer Center, Easton. Hair, skin and nail rehab before, during after chemotherapy. Presented by Kim Hardesty, ACS Volunteer Beauty Consultant. RSVP to Teri Dulin, 410-820-6800.
  • Workshop on Wills and Understanding the Probate Process, 6-8pm, Queen Anne’s County Library, 121 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, Md. Guest presenters: Patrick Fitzgerald, Esq. and JoRhea Nagel-Wright, Esq. Free admission, limited seating, RSVP required. Contact Janet Andrews, 410-822-1000, ext. 5792, janet@umm.edu.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19

  • Workshop on Wills and Understanding the Probate Process, 6-8pm, Nick Rajacich Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton Md. Guest presenters: Patrick Fitzgerald, Esq. and JRhea Nagel-Wright, Esq. Free admission, limited seating, RSVP required. Contact Janet Andrews, 410-822-1000, ext. 5792, janet@umm.edu.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

  • Presentation: Anyone Else Need to go to the Ladies Room?  6 pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Q & A discussion presented by AquaCare pelvic floor specialist, Jane Franczak, PT, MSPT, WCS Addressing urinary issues that occur as women age as well as those related to hormonal treatment and chemotherapy (frequency, urgency, leakage, or pelvic discomfort). Call 410-820-6800 to RSVP.
  • Cancer Support Group/ChestertownMonday, June 28, 7pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22

  • Safe Sitter Class, 9am to 3:30pm,  UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Taught by pediatric nurses, the Safe Sitter program teaches youth ages 11-13 the basics of babysitting, including first aid, CPR and more. The cost is $45 (scholarships available). Due to limited seating, advance registration is required. Registration: Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

JUNE SCREENINGS AND SUPPORT GROUPS

ADDICTIONS/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

  • 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

  • Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesdays, 6/5 and 6/19, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Birthing Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

CANCER

  • 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, 6/7 and 6/21, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.
  • US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 6/13, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Presenter: Andrew Riggin, MD.  Info: call Sharon Richter, RN, 443-994-5792.
  •  Cancer Caregivers’ Coffee – Saturday, 6/2, 9-10:20 a.m., Cancer Center, EastonDiscussion 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, 6/25, 7pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

CARDIOPULMONARY SCREENINGS

  • 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

  • Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Wednesday, 6/6,, 5pm., 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/Easton — Monday, 6/11, 5:30pm., Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton. Led by Karen Hollis RD, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.
  • Diabetes Support Group/ Cambridge – Wednesday, 6/27, 5:30pm., Board Room, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. Led by BK Eshete RN, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5286.
  • Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 6/26, 6:30pm., Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 100 Brown St. Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact: 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.

STROKE SUPPORT

  • Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thursday, 6/7, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 500 Cadmus Lane, Easton. All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu.
  • Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tuesday,6/26, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320.  All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000 ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu.

Above & Beyond

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

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As always everything was excellent during my outpatient appointment at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown for pain control. Had Dorothy and Shannon, and they went out of their way to make me feel assured and comfortable. Dr. Callahan as always was on top of everything, I always feel safe and in good hands.

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The nurses at UM Shore Emergency at Queenstown were all so nice and attentive, and the doctor was excellent. I would come here again if the need arises. I especially appreciated the helpfulness of the African American gentleman who came to my car with a wheelchair, he was a “good Samaritan.”  His kindness and his manners were exceptional.

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The staff in the Birthing Center was always very nice and helpful. They need to be congratulated. I was very happy during my stay.

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I would recommend your Shore Rehab at Dorchester to anyone in need of therapy. My therapist was wonderful (Josephine) – she was very helpful and very knowledgeable.

UM Shore Regional Health Celebrates Nursing Excellence at Annual Awards Presentation

Shown with Ruth Ann Jones, far left, and Ken Kozel, far right, are individual Nurse Excellence Award winners Maddie Steffens, Katherine Jones, Brian Clark and Gail Dierker. Not shown: Marcia Shapiro.

UM Shore Regional Health’s Nurse Excellence Awards Ceremony was held on Monday, May 7 at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College. The occasion was the premier event in the celebration of Nurses’ Week 2018, May 6-11.

The 2018 Shore Regional Health Nurse Excellence Award winners are:

  • The reception before the Nurse Excellence Awards Ceremony offered refreshments and a display of posters celebrating the 2018 Nurses’ Week theme, “Inspire, Innovate, Influence.”

    Commitment to OthersGail Dierker,  Staff Nurse, Same Day Surgery/PACU/Pre-Anesthesia Testing, Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

  • LeadershipKatherine Jones, Orthopedic Team Lead in Surgical Services, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Mentorship/AdvocacyMadeline Steffens, Program Coordinator for the Shore Regional Health Palliative Care Program
  • Professional NursingMarcia Shapiro, Staff Nurse, Emergency Department, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Promising ProfessionalBrian Clark, Staff Nurse, Emergency Department, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Unit/Department Award for Empirical Outcomes – Emergency Department, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester

Leading the awards ceremony, Ruth Ann Jones, UM Shore Regional Health’s senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, noted that this year marked the seventh anniversary of the Nurse Excellence Awards and that the 2018 honorees were selected from a total of 36 individual nominations and three unit/department nominations.

“This awards program was established by nurses and for nurses as a way to recognize those who go above and beyond to always deliver exceptional care,” said Jones. “We congratulate all those nominated and also thank their families and other supporters who help make it possible for them to provide the very best evidence-based and patient-centered care.”

Ken Kozel, UM SRH president and CEO, and John Dillon, chairman of the UM SRH Board, also spoke during the ceremony, thanking the outstanding dedication of the 600-plus nurses serving patients in inpatient and outpatient care programs throughout the five county region.

UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester Emergency Department staff members on hand to accept the unit/department award are shown with Ruth Ann Jones (far left) and Ken Kozel (far right) are Laura Jackson, April Ewing, Cathy Weber, Kim Kral, Megan Jacko and Cassie Fox.