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Important Information about Your Direct Deposit & Tax Forms

Effective March 1, 2018, you will be able to edit your direct deposit and your tax forms ONLY using the self-service feature on HRConnections. The self-service feature was implemented in December, however, many employees are still using paper forms.

Paper forms (the old process) will no longer be accepted. This new process is efficient, saving you time as you will no longer be required to submit a form to make edits.

Watch video tutorials on getting started with self-service, updating your work phone, email, and address, and changing your direct deposit or tax withholding information.

Have questions? Read the FAQs on the UMMS Insider, or contact the HRConnections Service Center at 1-855-486-6747.

International Transplant Nurses Society Delegation Visits UM SRH Transplant Clinic

Shown are Penny Keaney, Wendy Greenwood, Karen Davies, Debora Evans, Laura Taylor,  Yaprak Ordin, Trish Rosenberry and Sandra Cupples.

Trish Rosenberry, MS, BSN, RN, regional director, UM Shore Regional Health Specialty Clinics, recently hosted a visit including representatives from the International Transplant Nursing Society (ITNS) at the Multispecialty Clinic in the Freeman Outpatient Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

The International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) promotes the education and clinical practice excellence of nurses who are interested in and participate in the care of solid organ transplant patients. A leading respected transplant organization with active members worldwide, ITNS offers nurses a forum for learning about the latest advances in transplantation and transplant patient care. Over the years, ITNS continues to provide nurses — skilled in transplantation — with many opportunities to share their expertise with local and international peers, and receive recognition for their knowledge and scholarly pursuits.

According to Rosenberry, who is president emeritus of the local Greater Chesapeake Chapter of ITNS, the honored guest at the meeting was Yaprak Ordin, PhD, MD, RN, who is on the faculty of Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey, and a clinician in the liver transplant clinic at Dokuz Eylul University Hospital. Dr. Ordin has been involved in a variety of activities to advance transplant nursing in Turkey. She has been traveling different sites in the U.S. as part of a post-doctoral study on how hospitals in rural communities meet the needs of transplant patients.  During her time in the states, a few sites she visited were the National Institutes of Health, Kaiser Permanente office and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

During her visit to the Transplant Clinic at UM SMC Easton, Dr. Ordin was accompanied by Penny Keaney, ITNS president and transplant coordinator at Kaiser Permanente in Rockville, Maryland; Laura Taylor, PhD, RN, ANEF, president elect, ITNS, and professor Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Uniformed Services University; and Sandra Cupples, PhD, RN, FAAN, president emeritus, ITNS, and national director, Clinical Services, U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Joining Rosenberry at the meeting were UM SRH transplant coordinators Wendy Greenwood, RN, Karen Davies, RN, and Debora Evans, RN.

“Our meeting included a fascinating exchange of information,” Rosenberry reports. “For example, in Turkey, 75 percent of the kidney transplants are from living donors, and in the United States this number is closer to 35 percent. Another interesting fact shared was that the Turkish government pays for all health care needs for patients with kidney disease and cancer. So transplants and follow-up care including medications are completely covered.”

The Transplant Clinic at UM Shore Regional Health evaluates patients for kidney and/or pancreas transplantation 16 times a year. The clinical team case manages about 150 patients at any given point in time, and the average number of transplanted organs is 30 per year. As Rosenberry explains, “We provide care for patients in the pre-transplant phase, as well as see patients with the surgeon post-transplant.  Our team also travels to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury quarterly to increase the access to care for pre-transplant workup.”

More information about Transplant Services at UM Shore Regional Health may be obtained by contacting Rosenberry, 822-1000, ext. 5067, trish.rosenberry@umm.edu.

 

Talbot County “Safe Stations” Seek Volunteer Support

Interested in GIVING Back??? Here is your chance….

Great news! Talbot County is establishing “Safe Stations” in Easton and St. Michaels, where those who are suffering from addiction and have nowhere to turn can go for help.

How you can help: Recovery for Shore is seeking individuals in recovery with solid, stable sobriety (minimum of one year abstinence from alcohol and/or drugs) who are willing to lend a hand as needed to those suffering with addiction.

What it involves: As a Recovery volunteer, you will sit with those who show up at a Station and offer encouragement and emotional support. You will provide support for the individual in distress by sharing your experience, strength and hope while professional agencies attempt to arrange proper placement for treatment.

How you can be prepared: Training – and guidelines for the “Do’s and Don’ts” in providing support — will be offered for those with little addictions experience. This type of volunteer work is NOT a conflict to the traditions of support groups as it is not allied in any way.

Interested? Have questions?

Learn more by emailing Sharon Dundon, recoveryforshore@gmail.com – and pleaseshare this opportunity with any interested party.

Volunteers Needed for Read Across America Day

 

Read Across America Day is Friday, March 2, 2018. To celebrate Read Across America Day (also Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday!), Shore Regional Health is partnering with Talbot County Public Schools and Talbot County Free Library to encourage and motivate children and families to read for pleasure!

This is an opportunity for 10 – 12 volunteers from Shore Regional Health to read a book to a class of elementary school age children.  If you would like to volunteer, and your schedule permits, we would love to have you!

  • What: Visit with a Talbot County elementary school class (Pre-K – 5th grade) to read a book
  • When: Friday, March 2, 2018 (during the school day)
  • Where: Talbot County Public School locations—to be matched with volunteers
  • Why: Help develop our future health care workforce by focusing on literacy and showing young children how important reading is to people in health care careers

Next Steps

  • Respond to Diane Wanex (dwanex@umm.edu) via e-mail by 2/15/18.
  • Once we have your name, we will work with Talbot County Public Schools to match you with a class.
  • Talbot County Free Library will assist you in selecting age-appropriate books for your class.

Auxiliaries Announce 2018 Vendor Sales Schedules

Mark your calendar for great shopping opportunities offered throughout the year! Proceeds from these sales benefit patient care and staff development in their respective hospitals.

CHESTERTOWN:

  • Lancaster Linens – March 1
  • Uniform Sale – April 13
  • Everything $6 (K & J Marketing) – June 14
  • Mindy’s Jewels – December 6

All sales are offered from 7 a.m. to  4 p.m. in the Conference Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

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DORCHESTER: 

  • Collective Goods (formerly Books Are Fun) – February 27 & 28
  • In the Bag – March 20 & 21
  • Pretty Pickins Jewelry – April 3
  • $6 Sale – May 29 & 30
  • Collective Goods – July 25 & 26
  • First Uniform – August 16
  • $6 Sale – September 10 & 11
  • In the Bag – October 9 & 10
  • Pretty Pickins Jewelry – November 14
  • Collective Goods – December 18 & 19

All sales are offered in the lobby of UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 8 a,.m. to 4 p.m., except the Pretty Pickins sales, which are offered 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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EASTON:

  • Uniforms – March 8 & 9
  • Electronics – April 12
  • In the Bag – May 22
  • Uniforms – August 1 & 2
  • $6 Sale (K & J Marketing) – October 12
  • In the Bag – November 14
  • Electronics – November 28
  • Mindy’s Jewels – December 7

All sales are held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Health Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

 

Mark Your Calendar: February – March, 2018

FEBRUARY EVENTS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10

  • New Mom, New Baby: Safety & CPR, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center. All aspects of infant care and safety for new and expectant parents or caregivers. Free; register by phone: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.
  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12
  • Can Carbohydrates Hurt You?, 9 to 10 a.m., Conference Center, UM SMC at Chestertown. Presented by Mary King, RD. RSVP to Cardiac Rehab at 410-778-3300 ext. 2222 or sherrie.hill@umm.edu

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14

  • Yoga for a Healthy Heart – Yes, Really!, 2 to 3 p.m. Conference Center, UM SMC at Chestertown. Presented by Fletcher Johnson from River Warrior Yoga, RSVP to Cardiac Rehab at 410-778-3300 ext. 2222 or sherrie.hill@umm.edu

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16

  • Using the Herbs and Spices from Your Pantry for a Healthy Heart, 2 to 3 p.m., Conference Center, UM SMC at Chestertown. Presented by Krista Lamoreaux from Herbal Alchemy. RSVP to Cardiac Rehab at 410-778-3300 ext. 2222 or sherrie.hill@umm.edu

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17

  • Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center. For children ages 3-8. Adjusting to and caring for a new baby (bring a doll or stuffed toy for practice), includes a tour of the Birthing Center.  Free; register by phone, 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24

  • Safe Sitter, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. 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); includes a workbook and backpack. Advance registration required; contact Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-3300, ext. 2175, chrissy.nelson@umm.edu

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

  • Women and Heart Health – Interactive Roundtable Discussion, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Conference Center, UM SMC at Chestertown. Presenters include: Julia Belanger, MD, family practice physician; Chrissy Nelson, RN, certified diabetes nurse educator; and Sherrie Hill, RN, cardiac rehabilitation nurse.  RSVP to Cardiac Rehab at 410-778-3300 ext. 2222 or sherrie.hill@umm.edu 

TUESDAY- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27-28

  • Dorchester Auxiliary Sale: Collective Goods, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., UM SMC at Dorchester Lobby.

FEBRUARY 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 – MEETINGS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE due to restricted visitor policy as a result of flu.

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.

Cancer Support Group/Easton – Thursdays, 2/1 and 2/15, 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, 2/13, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Pathologist Reinhard Sahmel, MD, will discuss “Introduction to the Pathology of Prostate Cancer – Today and Tomorrow.” Info: call Sharon Richter, RN, 443-994-5792

Look Good, Feel Better – Monday, 2/19, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Free ACS program for women with cancer includes hair, skin and make-up tips, samples and a visit to the wig room. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 2/26, 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.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 2/27, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

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, 2/7, 5pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S. 5th Avenue.  Led by Doris Allen, CRNP, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, 2/12, 5:30pm, Talbot County Senior Center,  400 Brookletts Avenue.  Led by Karen Hollis RD, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 2/27, 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.

Diabetes Support Group/Cambridge – Wednesday, 2 /28, 6pm, Board Room, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street. Led by Wynne Aroom MSN, RN, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5286.

STROKE SUPPORT

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 2/1, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 500 Cadmus Lane, Easton.  Devon Hainey, assistant vice president, SunTrust Bank,, will present “ID Protection and Fraud.” 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, 2/20, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320. Miranda Messineo, Queen Anne’s Family YMCA, will  present “Exercise After Stroke.” All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000 ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu.

MARCH EVENTS

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

Chester River Auxiliary Sale: Lancaster Linens – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Conference Center, UM SMC at Chestertown

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, MARCH 8-9

Easton Auxiliary Sale: Uniforms – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., HEC, UM SMC at Easton

MARCH IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH – EVENTS PROGRAM

UM SRH Food and Nutrition Services invites you to “Go Further with Food” by offering a series of special events:

In the Hospital Cafeterias:

Food and Nutrition Services will celebrate National Nutrition Month by featuring  special National Nutrition Month entrées for sale in the cafeterias of all three hospitals. Also be sure to take advantage of these special offerings:

  • Tuesday, March 6: Healthy snacks and handouts will be provided to all nursing units
  • Tuesday, March 13: Fruit and vegetable tastings will be offered in the cafeterias

“Food Shopping for Health” — Fun, free grocery store tours that teach how to shop and plan meals for optimal health. Open to the public.

  • Tuesday, March 13, 1:30 p.m., Giant Foods, 8223 Elliott Rd, Easton. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5188. Tour led by Karen Hollis, registered diabetes educator, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology.
  • Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m., Redner’s Market, 17 Washington Avenue, Chestertown. RSVP: 410-778-7668 , ext. 2295. Tour led by Mary King, registered dietitian , UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
  • Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m., Walmart, 2775 Dorchester Square, Cambridge, RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5351. Tour led by Katie Ewers, nutrition associate manager, Food and Nutrition Services, UM Shore Regional Health

Nutrition Seminars

  • Friday, March 23, 10 am-12 pm, “Learn about Diabetes and Nutrition,” presented by BK Eshete and Karen Hollis. diabetes educators, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, The Food Pantry at Delmarva Community Services, 1000 Goodwill Avenue, Cambridge. Pre-registration required, call Brenda Fields, 410-901-2991, ext.18.
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2 p.m. “The ‘Mind Diet’ and Healthy Weight Loss,” presented by Mary King, registered dietitian, Conference Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 410-778-7668 , ext. 2295.
  • Thursday, March 29, 12 p.m., “Harvesting Healthy Choices,” free seminar with food sampling presented by Kelly Jackson from Emily’s Produce of Cambridge, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Board Room. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5351.

Above & Beyond: HEART Rewards and Recognition Program in Full Swing  

The UM Shore Regional Health Employee Recognition and Rewards program introduced in October 2017 is up and running!!

Thanks to all team members who have taken a moment to go on to the Recognition and Rewards site (http://umshr.isrewards.com) to “CELEBRATE WITH HEART” the excellent work of their colleagues who go above and beyond to assist other staff as well as to provide the very best patient care.

The CELEBRATE WITH HEART program includes a monthly “lottery” through which the names of two team members recognized by a peer and 10 team members recognized by a manager are selected at random by ISrewards, the company that manages our CELEBRATE WITH HEART Rewards and Recognition program.

Monthly lottery winners are notified and receive rewards points: 2500 points for recognition by a peer, 3750 points for recognition by a manager. Their names are listed on the site’s Recognition Wall and they will receive further recognition by having their names appear in Compass.

Going forward, Patient Experience and HR staff are creating a new “Team Members of the Month” program. The launch of this new program is expected in March. Details to follow in future editions of Compass! For now, congratulations to our first three months’ CELEBRATE WITH HEART lottery winners, listed below:

Modified Visitors’ Policy Announced Due to Flu Prevalence

 

Influenza is hitting our community hard. Shore Regional Health is seeing increased admissions and ED visits for influenza like illness (ILI).

As a result, a modified visitor’s policy has been implemented as of Thursday, February 1. Please visit the UM SRH intranet site for more information and downloadable information for patients and visitors.

To protect patients and staff, the following guidance must be implemented:

  • Any patient with respiratory symptoms must be asked to wear a mask until they are triaged. Provide tissues and hand sanitizer in all waiting areas.
  • In waiting areas patients with ILI should be seated at least 6 feet away from those who do not have respiratory illness.
  • Implement Droplet Precautions for patients with suspected or confirmed influenza. These precautions must be maintained for at least 7 days after illness onset or until 24 hours after the resolution of fever and respiratory symptoms, whichever is longer, while a patient is in a healthcare facility.
  • Employees with respiratory symptoms and fever (at or above 100.4F or 38C) must be excluded from work until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicines such as acetaminophen). There are other contagious viruses circulating that mimic the flu so this restriction applies regardless of whether the employee received the flu vaccine.
  • Employees with respiratory symptoms that develop while at work should stop patient-care activities, don a facemask and promptly notify their manager/supervisor and Employee Health Services before leaving work.
  • Those with on-going respiratory symptoms should be considered for evaluation for appropriateness of contact with patients. After returning to work employees should wear a face mask during patient care activities if still coughing.
  • Hand hygiene must be performed at least before and after patient contact.
  • Employee work areas such as computers, phones, keyboards, and horizontal surfaces must be cleaned with the hospital approved germicidal cleaner frequently.
  • No eating/drinking in work areas. Drinks should be covered and placed in the designated drink areas. Food should not be shared with others.
  • Visitors with flu like symptoms or GI illness must be asked to postpone their visit unless there are special circumstances such as end of life.Thank you for helping to prevent the spread of infection. Please contact Infection Prevention and Control if you have questions.

Greene Honored as Everyday Hero

 

Shown at the Eveyday Hero award presentation are F. Graham Lee, VP for Philanthropy,  D. Gail Shorter, CRNP, Everyday Hero honoree Cindy Greene, Cathy Asche, RN, and Lee Lewis, director, Health Information Management.

D. Gail Shorter, CRNP, in the Pain Care Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, recently honored Cindy Greene, regional manager, Health Record Operations for UM Shore Regional Health as an Everyday Hero through the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation.

 

 

Mark Your Calendar – February and March 2018

FEBRUARY EVENTS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3

  • Preparing for Childbirth: Labor and Delivery, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Health Education Center. Free class for expectant parents and birthing partners; includes a tour of the newly renovated Birthing Center. Free; register by phone: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.
  • Safe Sitter, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center. 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); includes a workbook and backpack. Advance registration required: Michelle Emrick, 410-822-1000, ext. 5451.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10

  • New Mom, New Baby: Safety & CPR, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center. All aspects of infant care and safety for new and expectant parents or caregivers. Free; register by phone: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12
  • Can Carbohydrates Hurt You?, 9 to 10 a.m., Conference Center, UM SMC at Chestertown. Presented by Mary King, RD, RSVP to Cardiac Rehab at 410-778-3300 ext. 2222 or sherrie.hill@umm.edu

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14

  • Yoga for a Healthy Heart – Yes, Really!, 2 to 3 p.m. Conference Center, UM SMC at Chestertown. Presented by Fletcher Johnson from River Warrior Yoga, RSVP to Cardiac Rehab at 410-778-3300 ext. 2222 or sherrie.hill@umm.edu

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16

  • Using the Herbs and Spices from Your Pantry for a Healthy Heart, 2 to 3 p.m., Conference Center, UM SMC at Chestertown. Presented by Krista Lamoreaux from Herbal Alchemy. RSVP to Cardiac Rehab at 410-778-3300 ext. 2222 or sherrie.hill@umm.edu

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17

  • Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center. For children ages 3-8. Adjusting to and caring for a new baby (bring a doll or stuffed toy for practice), includes a tour of the Birthing Center.  Free; register by phone, 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24

  • Safe Sitter, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. 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); includes a workbook and backpack. Advance registration required; contact Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-3300, ext. 2175, chrissy.nelson@umm.edu

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

  • Women and Heart Health – Interactive Roundtable Discussion, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Conference Center, UM SMC at Chestertown. Presenters include: Julia Belanger, MD, family practice physician; Chrissy Nelson, RN, certified diabetes nurse educator; and Sherrie Hill, RN, cardiac rehabilitation nurse.  RSVP to Cardiac Rehab at 410-778-3300 ext. 2222 or sherrie.hill@umm.edu 

FEBRUARY 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 – MEETINGS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE due to restricted visitor policy as a result of flu.

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.

Cancer Support Group/Easton – Thursdays, 2/1 and 2/15, 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, 2/13, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Pathologist Reinhard Sahmel, MD, will discuss “Introduction to the Pathology of Prostate Cancer – Today and Tomorrow.” Info: call Sharon Richter, RN, 443-994-5792

Look Good, Feel Better – Monday, 2/19, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Free ACS program for women with cancer includes hair, skin and make-up tips, samples and a visit to the wig room. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 2/26, 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.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 2/27, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

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, 2/7, 5pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S. 5th Avenue.  Led by Doris Allen, CRNP, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, 2/12, 5:30pm, Talbot County Senior Center,  400 Brookletts Avenue.  Led by Karen Hollis RD, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 2/27, 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.

Diabetes Support Group/Cambridge – Wednesday, 2 /28, 6pm, Board Room, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street. Led by Wynne Aroom MSN, RN, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5286.

STROKE SUPPORT

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 2/1, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 500 Cadmus Lane, Easton.  Devon Hainey, assistant vice president, SunTrust Bank,, will present “ID Protection and Fraud.” 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, 2/20, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320. Miranda Messineo, Queen Anne’s Family YMCA, will  present “Exercise After Stroke.” All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000 ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu.

MARCH EVENTS

Auxiliary Sale: Lancaster Linens –  Thursday, 3/1, Conference Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

March is National Nutrition Month – UM SRH Food and Nutrition Services invites you to “Go Further with Food” by offering a series of special events:

In the Hospital Cafeterias:

Food and Nutrition Services will celebrate National Nutrition Month by featuring  special National Nutrition Month entrées for sale in the cafeterias of all three hospitals. Also be sure to take advantage of these special offerings:

  • Tuesday, March 6: Healthy snacks and handouts will be provided to all nursing units
  • Tuesday, March 13: Fruit and vegetable tastings will be offered in the cafeterias

“Food Shopping for Health” — Fun, free grocery store tours that teach how to shop and plan meals for optimal health. Open to the public.

  • Tuesday, March 13, 1:30 p.m., Giant Foods, 8223 Elliott Rd, Easton. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5188. Tour led by Karen Hollis, registered diabetes educator, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology.
  • Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m., Redner’s Market, 17 Washington Avenue, Chestertown. RSVP: 410-778-7668 , ext. 2295. Tour led by Mary King, registered dietitian , UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
  • Wednesday, March 28, Walmart, 2775 Dorchester Square, Cambridge, RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5351. Tour led by Katie Ewers, nutrition associate manager, Food and Nutrition Services, UM Shore Regional Health

Nutrition Seminars

Friday, March 23, 10 am-12 pm, “Learn about Diabetes and Nutrition,” presented by BK Eshete and Karen Hollis. diabetes educators, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, The Food Pantry at Delmarva Community Services, 1000 Goodwill Avenue, Cambridge. Pre-registration required, call Brenda Fields, 410-901-2991, ext.18.

Wednesday, March 28, 2 p.m. “The ‘Mind Diet’ and Healthy Weight Loss,” presented by Mary King, registered dietitian, Conference Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 410-778-7668 , ext. 2295.