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HR News You Can Use: Celebrating Retirement with HEART

As part of a new approach to Rewards & Recognition, UM Shore Regional Health Human Resources will host timely retirement recognition celebrations for each retiree.

These occasions will be held at the appropriate location for the retiree on or near his or her last day of employment.  Team members will be invited to stop by and express their congratulations and best wishes for the future.

All retirees will receive points on their retirement date so that they can shop for a gift that is meaningful to them or is just plain fun!

Congratulations to retiree Theresa Winston, and please come by to celebrate her service to UM Shore Regional Health, as below:

Just in Time for Holiday Shopping: Auxiliaries Schedule Special Vendor Sales

Just in time for holiday gift giving, the Easton and Chester River auxiliaries have scheduled the popular “In the Bag” sales events, as follows:

  • Thursday, November 9, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Health Education Center  
  • Monday, December 4, 7  a.m. – 4 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Conference Center 

For 25 years, In the Bag has specialized in selling authentic branded and designer handbags at 40% to 70% off department store prices. Thanks to the company’s huge buying power, it also can offer a wide selection of top-quality luggage, briefcases, backpacks and small leather goods for men and women, all at discounts you would be unlikely to find shopping on your own.

What else is on your shopping list- jewelry? electronics? If so, mark your calendar for another special vendor sale  later this month, as follows:

  • Wednesday, November 29, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Health Education Center.

Proceeds from these special sales benefit patient care in our communities.

Welcome, New Team Members

Justin Wivell, Kimberly Teagarden, Alicia Balam, Jordan Bitter, Quinesha Gross, Michele Meeks, Francine Byas, Elizabeth Dennison, Melissa Callahan, Chloe Charlsen, Victoria Sharp, Alicia Pritchard, Lateaseetta Story and Vincent Rea

Human Resources staff welcomed 14 new team members at orientation on October 30. They  are:

  • Alicia Balam, Radiology Clerk, Diagnostic & Imaging Center
  • Jordan Bitter, Staff Nurse (Supplemental) – Emergency Department, Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
  • Francine Byas, Unit Secretary/Nuring Tech (Part Time) – Shore Medical Center at Dorchester
  • Melissa Callahan, Staff Nurse – 3 East, MultiSpecialty Care, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Chloe Charlsen, Staff Nurse (Supplemental) – Telemetry, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Elizabeth Dennison, Cardiovascular Tech – Cardiology, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Quinesha Gross, Food Service Associate (Supplemental) – Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown
  • Michele Meeks, Staff Nurse – Operating Room, Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
  • Alicia Pritchard, Clinical Nurse Coordinator – Intensive Care Unit, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Vincent Rea, Staff Nurse – Operating Room, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Victoria Sharp, Ultrasound Tech (Supplemental)              – Ultrasound, Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
  • Lateaseetta Story, Staff Nurse – Telemetry, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Kimberly Teagarden, Ultrasound Tech Lead – Radiology, Shore Medical Center at Easton and Diagnostic & Imaging Center
  • Justin Wivell, Security Officer (Part Time) – Security, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester

Flu Vaccine Deadline Extended One Week

To support 100% compliance for all of team members, volunteers, students, community partners, and contractors, the deadline for the annual flu vaccine has been extended by one week.

This means that by 11:59 pm on Thursday, November 9, 2017, each active team member, volunteer, student, community partner, and contractor must have either received the required flu vaccine or have an approved declination on file.

Failure to comply will result in the following:

  • Those paid individuals who fail to comply with the extended deadline, 11:59 pm on November 9, 2017, will be suspended without pay until compliant—for up to a maximum of 14 calendar days.
  • After 14 calendar days, all non-compliant paid individuals will be separated from employment.  Students, volunteers, community partners, and contractors will not be permitted to provide services in any of our facilities.

Any questions, please contact your HR Business Partner.

 

 

 

Girl Scout Donates to Cancer Center

Tiara Wooden from Girl Scout Troop 334 recently donated 50 Cancer Care Bags for patients of the Cancer Center.  Pictured from left to right are: Ashley Kirn, (R) (T), radiation therapist; Jeanie Scott, CTR, Cancer Center operations coordinator; Victoria Glessner, (R) (T) radiation therapist; Teri Dulin, CNA chemotherapy secretary, Chanelle Lake, BSN, RN, OCN, chemotherapy nurse; Tiara Wooden, Troop 334, Deborah Delamater, Troop 334 leader; and Kathy Hurley, RN, OCN chemotherapy clinical coordinator.

Reminder – “Honoring Our Veterans” List Will Appear Next Week

Veteran’s Day is Saturday, November 11. If you are a Veteran affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health (staff member for UM Shore Regional Health or UM Community Medical Group, volunteer or Medical Staff member) and you have not sent in your military service information, please do so by Wednesday, November 8 so that you can be included in the list to be published in next week’s Compass.

The information should be sent to Kate Gallagher, kgallagher@umm.edu. Thanks!

Mark Your Calendar: Events and Support Groups

NOVEMBER EVENTS 

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4

  • 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, pplaskon@umm.edu

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8

  • 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.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9

  • 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, mary.king2@umm.edu.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10-11

  • Veterans Day 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. Bring valid Veterans I.D. card to qualify. Also feature is a local hand-crafter who will demonstrate how to make hand-crocheted clothes hangers.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

  • 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, khollis@umm.edu.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17

  • 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.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18

  • 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, janet@umm.edu.
  • 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 dlauser@umm.edu.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

  • 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.

 

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NOVEMBER SCREENINGS AND SUPPORT GROUPS

ADDICTIONS

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, 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.

CANCER

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

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.

STROKE SUPPORT

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 nleonard@umm.edu.

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 nleonard@umm.edu.

 

Above & Beyond

 

 

In the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Easton, the nurse I had most of the day was outstanding.  Caring, very professional, friendly.  She was very kind to me and my family.

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During my stay in the ICU at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, the ICU nurses were wonderful!  Hope & Bill are the best !

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Nurse Andrea, Dr. Verteamo, and Dr. Blyth in the Emergency Department at Chestertown provided excellent care and were informative, knowledgeable and professional!

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The Emergency Center at Queenstown is an excellent facility –  Very fortunate to have it so near!

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Nurse Andrea, Dr. Verteamo, and Dr. Blyth in the Emergency Department at Chestertown provided excellent care and were informative, knowledgeable and professional!

HR News You Can Use: Rewards & Recognition Program Takes Off

Team members are shopping! 

Check it out at https://umsrh.isrewards.com/

HTTP: //UMSRH.ISREWARDS.COM

The new Rewards and Recognition Program has been in effect for 25 days.  To date, we have had 169 Peer to Peer Recognitions and 179 Manager to Team Member Recognitions!  Isn’t that fantastic?

Important Reminders About “Points Awarded”…

  • Points are awarded to the recipients of Peer to Peer and Manager to Team Member recognition categories via a “sweepstakes” format.
  • All who are recognized will be entered into random drawings. Points will only be awarded to selected winners via the drawing, the following month.
  • The winners will be notified by email that they have been selected and that points have been deposited into their accounts. We will also announce in Compass and on the website under the Social Tab where a News category will be created.

Remember that anyone can access the “Rules” (under the Program Info tab on the website that explains how points can be received and how many points are awarded for each category

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Retiree Celebrations

Beginning October 1, 2017, retirees (10 years plus of service) will be recognized at the time of their retirement.  We will have a celebration at the appropriate facility at a designated time and place near or on the last day of their employment.  The celebrations will be held in the cafeterias of the respective facility or in a room that will be specified for off-site locations. We will have a celebration cake and Ken or his designee will present a certificate of appreciation and a letter congratulating the team member.  Recognition points will be awarded at the time of retirement.

Thank you all for helping to make this a success for our organization!  It has been truly rewarding to see and feel the excitement among our team members.