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Above & Beyond: Saluting Our Veterans

This week Above & Beyond salutes all members of the UM Shore Regional Health family who have served our country through military service, listed below.

Thank you for your service to our country and for the sacrifices you have made in order to defend American values of freedom and democracy, home and abroad.

Thanks to all who assisted in compiling this list. If your information or that of someone you know is missing or incorrectly identified, please notify Kate Gallagher,
at your earliest convenience.

  • Deedra Abner, MSN, RN-BC, U.S. Army National Guard, 1988-98
  • Eric Anderson, MD, FAPA, U.S. Army, 1988-89, Infantry; U.S. Navy, Flight Surgeon, 1995-2009; U.S. Air Force, Flight Surgeon, 2016-present
  • Tracy Anthony, U.S Navy/Army National Guard, 1987-98
  • Harry Auman, U.S. Air Force, 1961-65
  • Juanita Barrett, U.S. Army Reserve, September 1976-79
  • Jeff Biehle, LCPC, U.S. Army Infantry, 1999-2000
  • Deborah Bland, RPSGT, RST, RRT, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, Andrews Air Force Base, 1986-90
  • Robert J. Brake, Sgt, U.S Marine Corps, 2008-16
  • Penny Boyle, BSN, RNIII, CNOR, U.S. Army Nurse Corps, 1991-2012
  • Tyrus Brannock, U.S. Army, 1974-77
  • Charles Brennick, U.S. Navy, 1985-91
  • Scott Burgess, LCpl, U.S. Marine Corps, 1990-95, Desert Storm
  • Richard Duane Cespedes, MD, Colonel, U.S. Air Force, 1985-2009
  • David Clarkson, DPM, U.S. Navy Submarine Service, Submarine Fire Control, 1986-95; the U.S. Army National Guard; Combat Medic,1995-2002
  • Catherine Clayton, RN, SSG, U.S. Army National Guard, 2001-present, Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Joseph M. Curley, U.S. Air Force, 1974-78
  • Allen Curry, Cpl, U.S Army Reserves, 2010-16, Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Lori D’Ambrosio, BSN, RN, PCCN, U.S. Army, 1984-90
  • Robert Desverreaux, MD, Lt. Col, U.S., Air Force — currently active
  • Timothy Dotson, U.S. Army, 1987-91, Gulf War
  • Wayne Dyott, U.S. Navy, 1971-75, Vietnam
  • Jeffrey Etherton, MD, U.S. Navy Reserves, 1998-2003
  • Christian T. Evans, MD, U.S. Air Force, 1984-93, Operation Desert Storm, 1991; Major, Chief of Diagnostics, Andrews Air Force Base.
  • Jack Evans III, Sgt, U. S. Army, 2006-10
  • Milton Ewing, Sr., U.S. Army, 1969-72; U.S. Army Reserves, 1973 -74; National Guard, 1974
  • Danny Finein, U.S. Marine Corps, 2005-10, Iraq
  • John P. Foley, MD, Col., U.S. Army, Retired, 1980-2005, Operation Iraqi Freedom Airborne and Air Assault Qualified
  • Mary Ellen Forbes, U.S. Army Reserves, 1980-81
  • Donna Frey, U.S. Air Force, 702/Personnel Administration Specialist, 1978-79
  • Helen Foxwell, RN, FN-A, U. S. Army, 1994-2000
  • Melvin J. Freeman, Specialist (E-4), U.S. Army, 1998-2001; Army Reserves, 2001-02; Sergeant (E-5), Army National Guard, 2002-06
  • Jeffrey A. Gall, MD, Sgt, U. S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1987-95
  • Tasha Garnsey, U.S. Air Force, 1986-92
  • Gregory Gibson, U.S. Army, 75th Rangers, 1971-74
  • Nelson H. Goldberg, MD, Lieutenant Commander, Public Health Service, N.I.H., N.C.I. Surgery Branch, 1975-77
  • Tom Gray, U.S. Marine Corps, 1979-83
  • Sheila Greenwood, RN-IV, BSN, CPHM, U.S. Army Reserve, Spec. 4-Medic, 1981-86
  • Ed Greer, U.S. Army, 1976-82
  • Anderson Griffith, MLS (ASCP), BS, U.S. Air Force, 1991-97
  • John C. Hagerstrom, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, OIF, Iraq, Afghanistan, Active, 2003-07; Reserves, 2007, 2011
  • Andrew Harris, MD, Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve, 1988-2015; Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, 19-1991
  • Kim R. Herman, MD, U.S. Army, 1974-76; U.S. Army Reserves, four years
  • Nichole Howard, U. S. Marine Corps, 2006-12
  • Robert Hurley, U.S. Navy, 1977-81
  • Renee Hynson, RN, U.S. Army, PFC, 2003-2006
  • William E. Johnson, III, U S Marine Corps, 1994-98
  • Michael Joyce, MD, U.S. Marine Corps, 1967-70, Vietnam, 1968-70
  • Michael A. Karczewski, RN, BHRT, U.S. Army, 1968-70,  Vietnam
  • Renee Kendrick, U.S. Air Force, Medic, 1987-91
  • Barbara Keirns, MD, Major, U.S. Army, 1998-2000
  • Matthew M. Kerr, Army National Guard, SGT, 1995-2002, Infantry
  • Barbara Keyser, U.S. Navy, five years
  • Tisha Klopp, U.S. Navy, 1997-2002
  • Rebekah Kroeger, CNM, U.S. Navy, 1994-2000
  • Stephen Ladwig, MD, USS Hunley AS-31, Medical Officer, Lt. USNR, 1973-1975.
  • Kyle J. Lambert, BSN, RN, CCRN, U.S. Army, Sergeant, 1993-99
  • Beth Laramore, MSN, RN, U.S. Air Force, 1989-95, Desert Storm; U.S. Army, 1995-2001
  • David Lee, U.S. Ari Force, 1965-70; U.S. Army, 1970-72
  • Brian Leutner, U.S. Army NATO Command, 1987-90; Army National Guard, 1991-93; U.S. Army Reserves, 1994-95
  • Christopher S. Levey, MD, Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy, 1988-2000
  • Lee Lewis, MSA, CCS, U.S. Navy, 1979-87
  • Thomas Lubeski, DO, FACOS, Major, U.S. Army Reserve, 1989-98
  • Richard J Mason, MD, LCDR USN, 1983-1997; Flight Surgeon USMC, MEU SOC Desert Storm 1988-1991; Orthopaedic Surgeon, 1991-1997
  • Tony McDuffie, U.S. Army National Guard, 1979-86
  • Lillie Miller, BS, RRT, U.S. Army, 1976-96
  • Anthony Moorman, MD, U.S. Army, 1990s
  • Rahim Muhammed, U.S. Army, 1977-82
  • Rodger Pinder, U.S. Air Force, 1970-73
  • Frank Piver, U.S. Navy, 1981-1986 (plus reserve years)
  • Jean Player, RN, ET3, U.S. Coast Guard, 1984-86
  • Andy Robinson, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, National Guard, Army Reserves, 1972–79 and 1994-96
  • Steve Rogers, U.S. Navy, 1974-85
  • Tod Sackett, U.S. Army, 2005-12, Special Forces Medical Sergeant; U.S. Army National Guard, 2012-present
  • Robert B. Sanchez, MD,  LCDR U.S. Navy Medical Corp, 1974-87
  • Stephen Sauter DO, Brigadier General, U.S. Army 1987-92, Army Reserves, 1993-2017; Operation Desert Shield/Storm, 1991; Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003 and 2005, Operation Enduring Freedom 2006 and 2016
  • Marvin Scott, U.S., Marines, 1980-87
  • Edmond Seebode, Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Coast Guard, 1979-99
  • Elvis M. Sharpe, U.S. Marine Corps, 1969-71
  • Stephen Sheedy, U.S. Navy, 1996-2006.
  • Frank Siegfried ,  U.S. Navy, 1985-93
  • David B. Simmons, 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Army Special Forces, 1986-71
  • Diane Y. Soone, U.S. Army, 1991-94
  • Deborah Smith, RT, SSGT, U.S. Air Force, 1986-90; U.S. Air Force Reserves – Desert Storm, 1991
  • Roger Smith, 1SG (Ret), U.S. Army 1979-1983; Army National Guard, 1983-2014
  • John Snell, MD, U.S. Army 1974-1977; U.S. Air Force 1990-93, Desert Storm
  • Dan Spielman, U.S. Marine Corps, 1979-83
  • Ellie Spurry, CRNP, U.S. Navy, Lieutenant Commander, 1993-99
  • JD Stacy, U.S. Navy, 1962-65 and 1969-97
  • Cornell Stanley, U.S. Marine Corps, 1988-92
  • Bryan Stokes, U.S. Army National Guard, 1981-2003
  • Kevan Sullivan, U.S. Navy, 1990-94
  • Barbara Takano, U.S. Army, 1973-95
  • Glenn Takano, U.S. Army, nine years
  • Rick Todd, U.S. Navy, 1981-85
  • Debra Van Dyke, MA, BSED, BSN-RN, LCDR, Nurse Corp, U.S. Navy Reserves, 2008-Present; Army National Guard, 2000-08; U.S. Navy, 1995-2000.
  • Katherine Ward, U.S. Navy, 1995-2000, Hospital Corpsman
  • Bruce Webb – U.S. Army, Vietnam, 1968–70
  • Katherine “Lisa” Webb, MD, U.S. Air Force, 2005-09
  • David C. White, MD, Major, U.S. Army, 1988-2000, Desert Storm
  • Stanley Wilcox, MSgt Retired, U.S. Air Force, 1978-2003
  • Gary Wilkinson, U.S. Army, 1990-95
  • Victoria Wilmer, U.S. Air Force, 1986-95
  • Calvin Wilson, U.S. Army, 1972-75

Chestertown Auxiliary

  • Jack Edson, U.S. Navy , SK3, USS Taconic AGC 17, 1956-58
  • Bob Scofield, U.S. Navy, 1970-71

Dorchester Auxiliary

  • LaVal “Dick” C. Boyce, Army/National Guard, 1960-66, Field Wire Crewman, Medic, Chaplain Assistant, Spec.5

Easton Auxiliary

  • Art Cecil, U.S. National Guard
  • Don Goodliffe, U.S. Army Reserves, 1966-72
  • Bob Gretzinger, U.S. Army, 1961-1964
  • Bill Hough, U.S. Army 1954-1956
  • Joe Hartmeyer, U.S. Army Air Corps, 1945-46
  • Tom Keepers, U.S. Air Force, 1950-55
  • Beverly O’Brien, U.S. Air Force Nurse, 1952-54
  • Don O’Brien, U.S, Air Force, 1950-55
  • Bob Savoie, U.S. Air Force, 1953-1974
  • George Shoener, U.S. Army, LTC, 1961-89; Viet Nam, 1970-71
  • Joe Shultze, U. S. Air Force, Ret., CMSgt,1956-86
  • Dan Tanner, U.S. Army, 1948-52
  • Bryant Wheeler, U.S. Navy, 1963-84

HR News You Can Use: PAL & Holiday Hours Usage, Retirement Celebration Invitation

PAL Policy Reminder:

Please note, HR-51 Paid Annual Leave (PAL): “An employee’s hours of work combined with PAL time used cannot exceed the employee’s assigned FTE within any pay period.”

Team members cannot put in for PAL time during a pay period that would exceed their FTE with combined work hours and vacation hours.  It you have any questions, please contact your Business Partner for further clarification.

Holiday Hour Usage Reminder:

All accrued Holiday hours must be used by the end of the payroll year, December 23, 2017.  Please plan accordingly. Holiday hours do not carry over to the next year.




Antibiotic Awareness Week – November 13-19, 2017

“Antibiotic Awareness Week” starts next Monday, November 13. According to Tawes Harper, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, clinical pharmacist specialist.

The week-long observance provides the opportunity to educate staff regarding various issues related to Infectious Disease and this is the second year that the Antimicrobial Stewardship will be holding daily learning activities.

Antimicrobial stewardship is a multidisciplinary approach (involving Infection Diseases specialists, physicians, Infection Prevention and Control, Microbiology, Pharmacy and IT) whose purpose is to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics, help curb the development of resistant organisms and improve patient outcomes. The Antimicrobial Stewardship program has been in formal existence at UM Shore Regional Health since 2008 and is involved with monthly educational promotions and quarterly reviews of antimicrobial prescribing within the system.

This is the second year that UM SRH is participating in Antibiotic Awareness Week, which will feature daily education sessions on topics such as antibiotic resistance, C. difficile infection and whether or not someone has a true penicillin allergy. Prescribers, nurses and patients are the main audience and outreach will be conducted primarily in-person, such as during shift change, in order to reach as many personnel as possible.

Any questions, contact



UM CMG Nurse Practitioners Celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week, November 12-18, 2017


Nurse practitioners serving UM Shore Regional Health: front row, l. to r., Michell Jordan, Brittany Cutler, Penny Boyle, Wendy Towers and Clare Ross; back row, l. to r.,  Brittany Krautheim, Patricia Lancaster, Lisa Jeffers, Diana Gail Shorter, Dale Jafari and Sharon Stagg. NPs not shown are Rahel Alemu, Anna Antwi, Jill Burgholzer, Ellen Spurry Christ, Jennifer Dyott, Karen Fisher, Leslie Fox, Lisa Hall, Mary Horseman, Marcia Reynolds, Mickee Roser, Shirley Seward and Michelle Williams.

National Nurse Practitioner Week celebrates more than 50 years of practice by these exceptional health care providers. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are expert clinicians with advanced education and clinical experience who provide primary, acute and specialty health care using a high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered approach. Here are some key facts about NPs:

  • NPs must have a master’s degree in order to practice, and many have doctoral degrees, such as a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP).
  • They are licensed in all 50 states to order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests as well as diagnosis and treat acute and chronic conditions.
  • Patients whose primary care providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs (American Association of Nurse Practitioners,
  • In the United States, this distinguished group of health care professionals number approximately 234,000 strong.

Currently 22 NPs practice within University of Maryland Community Medical Group at Shore Regional Health, with more practitioners being added as community needs arise.

“We take a holistic and collaborative approach to patient care that involves listening to our patients and their families, then creating an individualized medical treatment plan to optimize healing, wellness and function while considering the unique needs of each patient,” comments Lisa Jeffers, CRNP, CWS of UM CMG Wound Care.

Below is a full list of UM CMG nurse practitioners with their credentials and specialties. Additional information  can be found at

Jill Burgholzer

Behavioral Health: Jill Burgholzer, MS, CRNP, PMHNP-BC and Leslie Fox, MS, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

Breast Center: Brittany Krautheim, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC

Cardiology: Patricia Lancaster, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC and Clare Ross, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC

Doris Allen Tate

Diabetes and Endocrinology; Anna Antwi, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC and Doris Tate, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC

Lisa Hall

Family Medicine: Brittany Cutler, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC , Lisa Hall, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC , Marcia Reynolds, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC , Michell Jordan, DNP, CNM, FNP-BC, Shirley Seward, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC

Gastroenterology: Karen Fisher, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC, Mary Horseman, MSN, CRNP FNP-BC
and Mickee Roser, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC

Anna Antwi

Neurology: Rahel Alemu, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, Penny Boyle, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC and
Trisha Lemay, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC

Neurosurgery: Wendy Towers, MSN, CRNP, ACNP-BC, RNFA

Oncology/Pulmonology: Michele Williams, DNP, CRNP, AGPCNP-BC, OCN, RN-BC

Pain: Diana Gail Shorter, DNP,CRNP,

Palliative Care: Sharon Stagg, DNP, MS, MPH, CRNP,

Pediatrics: Ellen Spurry Christ, MSN, CRNP, PNP-BC

Women’s Health: Jennifer Dyott, DNP(c), MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC and Dale Jafari, DNP(c), MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC

Wound Care: Lisa Jeffers, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, CWS






Safe Sitter Class set for Chestertown Saturday, November 18

UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown will offer the Safe Sitter® class for young teens, grades 6-8, Saturday, November 18, 9:30-4:30 p.m.

Nationwide, more than 600,000 young teens have graduated from the medically-accurate program that equips them with the knowledge and confidence to respond appropriately in an emergency and to keep themselves and younger children in their care safe.

Taught by pediatric nurses, Safe Sitter® provides hands-on practice in safety and injury prevention as well as lifesaving techniques to young teens who are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. They learn basic first aid and infant and child choking rescue. Students also receive instruction on how a child’s age dictates care requirements, how to prevent problem behavior, and how to run their own babysitting business.

Students who graduate from a Safe Sitter® course receive a completion card demonstrating that they know how to use their skills in caring for young children. The cost of the course is $45 and some scholarships are available.

Because seating is limited, advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175

For more information about the Safe Sitter® organization,  visit

Corporate Compliance Week Offers Quiz, Activities

Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week 2017 kicks off Sunday, November 5 and runs through Saturday, November 11.

Complete the Compliance Quiz and turn it in for an UMMS umbrella!
Hint: Contact your Compliance Officer, Privacy Officer, or their representative for the final piece of the quiz.

During the week, Compliance teams will be making rounds to increase compliance awareness, build rapport with employees, and promote the methods for internal reporting. Interact with Compliance staff and play our “Fair or Foul” game.

The Compliance Quiz and more information can be found on the UMMS Corporate Compliance intranet page : 

Mark Your Calendar – November, 2017



  • Preparing for Childbirth: Labor and Delivery, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Class for expectant parents and birthing partners. Includes a tour of the newly renovated Birthing Center. Register by phone: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.
  • Diabetes Health Fair, Mt. Olive AME Church, 24852 Lamb’s Meadow Road, Worton, Md, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Featuring dietitians from UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and fitness/wellness personnel from Kent Athletic Center as well as local providers of natural/organic foods and nutrition products from Seedhouse and Chestertown Natural Foods offering guidance for persons with diabetes or pre-diabetes on dietary, exercise and other lifestyle choices that promote good health. Free lunch and gifts provided. INFO: Chrissy Nelson, 410-768-7668, ext. 2175.
  • Caring for Caregivers, Eastern Shore Conservation Center, 114 S. Washington St.,  Easton, 4 p.m. Tips for keeping organized and coping with the emotional aspects of being a support person of someone experiencing serious illness. Open to family and friends of anyone facing any type of cancer. Sponsored by UM Shore Regional Health and The Chesapeake Multiple Myeloma Network. Info: Patty Plaskon, 410-820-6800,


  • You Can East and Still Lose Weight, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Would losing weight help you look and feel better? Increase your energy and improve your health? This free seminar, presented by local dietitians Mary King, RD, LD,CDE and Cheyrle Borneman, RD, LD, CDE will offer tips on how to achieve your desired weight without severe dieting. Contact: Mary King, 410-778-3300, ext. 2295.


  • In the Bag Sale, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center, 7 am to 4 pm.  Handbags, purses, wallets, luggage, computer bags – great selection and great prices! Sale is sponsored by the Easton Auxiliary and proceeds will benefit patient care.
  • Food Shopping for Health: Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes, Redner’s Market, 17 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, Md., 1 to 3 p.m. In observance of Diabetes Awareness Month, local dietitian Mary King, RD, LD, CDE will lead this fun, free grocery store tour that teaches how to shop and plan meals for optimal health when managing diabetes or pre-diabetes. Open to the public. RSVP: Mary King, 410-778-3300, ext. 2295,


  • Veterans Day and Second Saturday Sale, The Robin Hood Shop, 416 High Street, Cambridge, Md. Veterans receive 25 percent OFF the already-low “2nd Saturday” low prices on all items, for example, glassware & china products are 75% off  and boutique items and jewelry are also heavily discounted (50% off) — holiday items are the only ones not on sale.  Veterans must bring valid Veterans I.D. card to qualify for the additional 25 percent discount for. Also featured: A local hand-crafter who will demonstrate how to make hand-crocheted clothes hangers. 


  • Food Shopping for Health: Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes, Giant Food, 8993 Elliott Road, Easton, Md., 1:30 p.m.  In observance of Diabetes Awareness Month, local dietitian and diabetes educator Karen Hollis, RD, CDE will lead this fun, free grocery store tour that teaches how to shop and plan meals for optimal health when managing diabetes or pre-diabetes. Open to the public. RSVP: Karen Hollis, 410-822-1000, ext. 5757,


  • Diabetes Awareness Open House, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Freeman Outpatient Center, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., free. Meet and talk with diabetes care providers, educators and also vendors offering a diabetes care products, and enjoy presentations as follows: at 1 p.m., Cooking for Better Health, by the staff of Eat Sprout; at 2 p.m., Medicare Assistance for Persons with Diabetes, by Pam Limberry from Talbot County’s State Health Insurance Program (SHIP); at 3 p.m., Navigating Pharmacy Plans and Controlling Costs, by Kristan Tallent, Pharm.D., and pharmacy team members from Hill’s Drug Store. Also offered will be information on maintaining your best health with diabetes, preventing diabetes and managing pre-diabetes.


  • Breastfeeding Your Baby, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tips and techniques for breastfeeding and pumping, Free; register by phone: 410-822-1000 or 510-228-5511, ext. 5200.
  • Safe Sitter, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Teaches youth life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. $45 per person (note: some scholarships are available) and includes a workbook and backpack. Advance registration required: Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.
  • Tax Strategies for 2017, Talbot County Free Library, 100 W Dover Street, Easton, Md., 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Up-to-date information to help you prepare for your 2017 tax return, Topics include capital gains, charitable donations, net investment, inheritance, and estate & gift taxes, etc. Guest presenters: Fred Hopkins, JD, CFA, of Wilmington Trust; Darian Sump, CPA of Sump Associates, and Deborah Walsworth, CPA, DFP, CPC, of CBIZ, MHM LLC & Mayer Hoffmann McCann, PC. Sponsored by UM Memorial Hospital Foundation. Free, reservation required: Janet Andrews, 410-822-1000, ext. 5792,
  • Shoot for the Stars Casino Night Fundraiser, Garfield Center, 210 High Street, Chestertown, Md., 7 to 11 p.m. Sponsored by the Chester River Health Foundation to benefit patient care in Kent County.Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and $25,000 in chips for casino-style games including Craps, Roulette, Caribbean Stud, Three Card Poker and Blackjack. Prizes offered include a luxurious Williamsburg, Virginia holiday getaway for eight, a long weekend in Washington, D.C., a divine wine basket and more. Sponsorships also available. Entertainment provided by Phil Dutton and the Alligators. $125 per person (includes a $75 tax-deductible donation). Contact: Deb Lauser, 410-810-5661 or


  • Jewelry and Electronics Sale, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton.





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, 11/7 and 11/21, 10-11:30am, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 5th floor meeting room. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Info: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5700.


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.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 11/28, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Cancer Support Group/Easton – Thursdays, 11/2 and 11/16, 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, 11/14, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Prostate Cancer & Erectile Dysfunction” presented by Andrew Riggin, MD, UM Community Medical Group – Urology. Spouses and friends are encouraged to attend. Info: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 11/20, 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.


Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, 11/13, 5:30 pm. Talbot County Senior Center –400 Brookletts Ave., Easton. Led by Karen Hollis, RD, CDE. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Wednesday, 11/1, 5:00 p.m., St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S. 5th Avenue, Denton.  Led by Doris Allen, CRNP, CDE. Info: 410-822-1000, ext.5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Cambridge – Weds, 11/29, 6:00 p.m., Board Room, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. Led by Wynn Aroom, RN, CDE. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tues, 11/28, 6:30 p.m., Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 100 Brown St. Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Info: 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.


Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 11/2, 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

Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tues, 11/28, 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


Above & Beyond

This week’s “Above & Beyond” celebrates the hard work of team members throughout UM Shore Regional Health in helping to raise our patient satisfaction scores by concentrating on key areas such as cleanliness, nurse communication, and quietness, as well as using the START WITH HEART and HEART strategies in our every day interaction with patients and their family members, referral sources and community partners.

Patient Experience celebrated this progress last week by delivering special HEART cakes for team members in all locations to enjoy.


UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Leases Third Floor Space to Compass Regional Hospice

Good news: An official agreement has been reached between Compass Regional Hospice and University of Maryland Shore Regional Health for Compass Regional Hospice to lease space at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

As part of the formalized agreement, a two-year lease has been signed by Ken Kozel, president and CEO of UM SRH and Heather Guerieri, executive director of Compass Regional Hospice. Effective November 1, Compass Regional Hospice is leasing a unit on the third floor of the hospital. Architects from Hammond Wilson have developed a renovation plan to transform the vacant unit into a four-bed residential hospice center.

The residential hospice center will offer an alternative for Kent County hospice patients who want the security of medical care around the clock but prefer the comfort of a home-like environment. The tentative schedule for the opening is the beginning of 2018.

The key operational details of this agreement are as follows:

  • Compass Regional Hospice will be responsible for all aspects of hospice patient care— staffing the unit 24 hours a day, seven days a week and overseeing its operations.
  • Hospital patients who are deemed suitable for admission to residential hospice care must first be discharged from the hospital according to normal hospital discharge procedures, then admitted to hospice care according to normal hospice admission procedures. (Please note: Compass may admit patients to the unit from their homes or community setting as well as from hospitals.)
  • Admission to the residential hospice center will be based on greatest need. Room and board fees are based on ability to pay.

As Compass has grown into its role as a regional hospice provider, it became apparent to their Board and staff that greater access to hospice services, including residential hospice beds, was needed in Kent County. From the standpoint of UM Shore Regional Health, collaborating with Compass Regional Hospice and facilitating the lease agreement created an important opportunity to ensure that “the right care, in the right place at the right time” is available to Kent County hospice patients for whom in-home care is not recommended.

As the renovation gets under way, the Shore Regional Health communications and facilities management teams will provide updates relevant to the project, including matters such as access, renovation progress, signage and parking that may affect patients, staff and visitors to UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Compass Regional Hospice and UM Shore Regional Health share a common goal— to ensure that the residents of Kent County have access to quality medical care. Please join me in congratulating Compass Regional Hospice for accomplishing this important step in serving the hospice care needs of Kent County patients and their loved ones.