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Phone Charging Stations Installed Throughout UM SRH

Cell phone charging stations have been installed at 13 locations in UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton, UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown, the Cancer Center and the Diagnostic and Imaging Center.

According to Jo Anne Thomson, director, Patient Experience, the charging stations were suggested by the Patient Advisory Council as a convenience to accommodate patients and visitors.  Some are wall units, some are standing units.

Going Purple: Caroline, Dorchester, QA’s and Talbot Hold Kick Off Events

Ken Kozel and Patti Willis were on site with Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble at the Talbot kick-off event on Wednesday, September 5.

The Queen Anne’s County kick-off was held at the Kent Island Firehouse.

Going Purple kick-off events in four of the five counties served by UM Shore Regional Health took place August 31 – September 5; the Kent County kick-off was set for Friday evening, September 7.

Be sure to wear purple on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14!!

  • Large-group staff photos will be scheduled at UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton.
  • Communications and Marketing also welcomes “purple people” photos from ALL other UM SRH locations (CMG offices, Cancer Center, Diagnostic & Imaging Center, Canvasback, Rehab Centers, etc., etc.) — photos can be sent by text or email to

    The Dorchester kick off was held at Governor’s Hall and included live music.


Free Film, Presentation on Trauma Survival, September 13 at EHS

Tonier Cain-Muldrow

Tonier “Neen” Cain lived on the streets for 20 years filled with hunger, brutality and substance abuse. In 2004, when she was incarcerated and pregnant, someone finally took the time to ask, “What happened to you?” instead of “What’s wrong with you?”

On Thursday, September 13, 6 to 8 .m., at Easton High School Auditorium, the film, “Healing Neen,” will be aired and the film’s subject, Tonier Cain-Muldrow will be on hand for discussion. Sponsored by the Talbot County Department of Social Services and the Talbot County Public Schools, this event is free and open to the public.

The first 200 participants to arrive will receive a copy of Cain-Muldrow’s book, “Healing Neen.” For further information, call 410-770-5750.

Weather Watch: Tropical Storm Florence

The above graphic illustrates anticipated storm tracking as of mid-day Friday, September 7.  Agencies will continue to monitor through the weekend and more information will be available early next week.

While much uncertainty remains regarding the exact track, intensity and timing of Florence there is increasing confidence that Florence could impact the east coast next week.

* Florence is expected to intensify becoming a major hurricane off the southeast US coast later next week.

* No exact impacts can be predicted at this time and changes can be expected in forecast track, timing and intensity.

* Based on forecast and model trends there is increasing confidence that the east coast may feel impacts from Florence mid to late week.

* This weekend is a good time to review hurricane plans, review preparations and assess disaster supply kits.


Mark Your Calendar – September, 2018

Saturday, September 8
  • 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.
Monday and Tuesday, September 10 & 11
  • $6 Sale (K & J Marketing) – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester Lobby.
Monday, September 17
  • UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament – Talbot Country Club. For more information or to register, please contact Amy Lowe of UM Memorial Hospital Foundation, 410-822-1000, ext. 5763, or email You may also register by visiting; please RSVP by August 31.
Wednesday, September 19
  • Prostate Cancer Screening – 5 – 8 p.m, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 490 Cadmus Lane, Suite 104, Easton,. Free prostate screenings provided by UM SRH and UM CMG – Urology providers. To register, call the Cancer at UM SRH, 410-820-6800.

Saturday, September 22

  • Safe Sitter® Class– 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Taught by pediatric nurses for ‘tweens and young teens, Safe Sitter provides hands-on practice in safety and injury prevention as well as lifesaving techniques for those who are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Includes 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. Cost: $45; some scholarships are available. Limited seating, advance registration required. For more information or to register, call 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, September 24
  • Prostate Cancer Screening, Dinner and Forum – 5:30 p.m., Mt. Olive AME Church,, 24852 Lambs Meadow Road, Worton . To register, call Andrea Edwards, RN, 410-778-7970.


  • 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 – Tuesday, 9/18, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Health Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.


  • 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, 9/6 and 9/20, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.
  • Cancer Caregivers’ Coffee – Saturday, 9/8, 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, 9/24, 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.


  • 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 Support Group/Denton – Thursday, 9/6,  5:30 p.m., 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, 9/10, 5:30pm, Talbot Senior Center, Brookletts Place, Easton. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.
  • Diabetes Support Group/ Cambridge – Wednesday, 9/26, 5:30pm. Board Room, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge.Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.
  • Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 9/25, 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
  • Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thursday, 9/6 12-2pm, September meeting cancelled. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or
    Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tuesday, 9/25/18, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320. Diane Lorsong, Speech Language Pathologist “Speech and Language Issues after Stroke.” All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard, 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or

Above & Beyond: Announcing Team Members of the Month for June 2018

Patient Experience and Human Resources are pleased to announce the latest honorees in Shore Regional Health’s HEART Recognition and Rewards Awards Program that each month, celebrates two team members as Team Members of the Month.

The winners for July are Melanie Chow, beside nurse in the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton (nominated by Sherry Dolby), and Jeannine LeMieux, professional nursing practice staff education specialist/orientation/safety companion manager (nominated by Kathy Cvach). Both winners were cited for their outstanding teamwork: Chow for being an ambassador to all with her positive attitude and the care she gives to her patients; and LeMieux for her commitment to excellence, her willingness to work to reach the most positive outcomes, and for taking time to help assure the smooth running of the department while modeling HEART.

Winners are selected each month from the Manager to Team Member wall of the Recognition and Rewards site ( based on comments submitted by managers and leaders that reflect “Above and Beyond” behaviors as well as commitment to one of the UM SRH Values: RESPECT, INTEGRITY, TEAMWORK, EXCELLENCE AND SERVICE.

Those honored as Team Member of the Month  receive points in their accounts as well as recognition in Compass and on social media.


UM CMG – Neurology and Sleep Medicine Welcomes Elmyra V. Encarnacion, MD


Elmyra V. Encarnacion, MD

University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG) has welcomed neurologist Elmyra V. Encarnacion, MD to UM CMG – Neurology and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Encarnacion’s subspecialties include movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, other Parkinsonian syndromes, tremor syndromes, tics, and myoclonus and gait disorders.

Dr. Encarnacion earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and her medical degree from St. George’s University Medical School in Grenada. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital/Columbia University Medical School in New York, and then a Neurology residency at the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. She then went on to complete a fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of South Florida and National Institutes of Health.

“Dr. Encarnacion is a welcome addition to the team at the University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Neurology and Sleep Medicine practice,” comments William Huffner, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president, Medical Affairs. “Joining Drs. M. Walid Kamsheh and Patricia Scripko, Dr. Encarnacion’s particular interest and expertise in movement disorders and her passion for her work will greatly benefit our patients.”

Presently, Dr. Encarnacion is seeing patients in Easton, Queenstown and Cambridge; she will be seeing patients in Chestertown once the transition to Portfolio EPIC is complete.

Go Purple on Fridays at UM Shore Regional Health!


All UM SRH team member are encouraged to go Purple (by wearing purple) on Fridays during the month of September! Shown above is one of last year’s “purple people” groups in front of UM SMC at Easton.

The five counties served by UM Shore Regional Health will be “going purple” for the month of September to support awareness and education regarding the epidemic of drug use, addiction and overdose that is affecting individuals and families throughout the region. UM Shore Regional Health team members are encouraged to WEAR PURPLE on Fridays throughout September and to take team purple pictures for inclusion in Compass.

You might also consider attending some of the many events planned around the region  throughout the month-long observance, as follows:

Going Purple Kick Off Events

CAROLINE — Friday, August 31, Fed Up Rally, 6 p.m., Denton Elementary School, Sharp Road, Denton

DORCHESTER — Friday, August 31, 7:30 pm, Sailwinds Amphitheater, Visitor Center, 2 Rose Hill Place, Cambridge

TALBOT — Wednesday, September 5, 7:30 pm, Talbot County Courthouse followed by “Walk of Solidarity” around the block in front of the Courthouse, sponsored by Recovery for Shore and Mariah’s Mission

KENT — Friday, September 7, 7:30, Kent County Courthouse, Chestertown

QUEEN ANNE’S — Thursday, September 6, 7:30 p.m., Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department, 1610 Main St, Chester

Other events scheduled for the month long campaign are as follows:


Community Celebrations

  • Sept. 9  – Dorchester Goes Purple Tailgate to Celebrate Recovery, 12 to 4 p.m. Portside Seafood Restaurant
  • Sept. 15 – Talbot Goes Purple / Purple in the Park: Tilghman Island, 1 to 4 p.m. Kronsberg Park
  • Sept. 22 — Caroline Goes Purple / Greensboro Goes Purple, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ober Park Playground

‘If Only’ – Film Screenings

Presented by The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and Millennium Health, If Only is a short film intended for teens, parents and adults to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse and to start a conversation that encourages the safe use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs to keep them out of the hands of kids.

  • Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m. at North Caroline High School (Free ice cream social after)
  • Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. Easton High School (Resource Fair at 5:30)
  • Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. St. Michaels Middle High School (Resource Fair at 5:30)
  • Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m. Colonel Richardson High School (Free ice cream social after)

Purple Sport Events

  • Sept. 5 – Talbot Goes Purple, 4 p.m., JV, and 5 p.m.,Varsity soccer at EHS. Kids in purple get in free!
  • Sept. 14 – Kent Goes Purple, Time, TBD, KCHS, Varsity Football Pre-game Rally and Half-time Show
  • Sept. 20 – Talbot Goes Purple, SMMHS Golf, TIME TBD
  • Sept. 26 – Talbot Goes Purple, SMMHS Soccer, TIME TBD

You can purchase purple lights as follows:

  • Online at AND
  • E.D Supply – Easton, Cambridge
  • The Lumberyard, St. Michaels
  • JBK Hardware, Chestertown
  • Price and Gannon Ace Hardware Store, Centreville
  • Kent Island True Value Hardware Store, Chester
  • Caroline County Courthouse, Denton

A Special Thanks from Senior Leadership: Ice Cream & Frozen Treats

It’s been a long hot summer, and it’s not over yet! But throughout UM Shore Regional Health, September starts with a bit of cool relief with the delivery of ice cream and other frozen treats to all departments and units, September 5-7, 2018.

The treats are a small token of appreciation from Senior Leadership for the dedication and professionalism of UM Shore Regional Health team members.