Author Archives: Trena Williamson

Joint Commission Preparation: Tip of the Week

Emergency Preparedness: What you need to know

  • The health system annually reviews our Hazard Vulnerability Analysis. This tool helps us determine the highest threat risk to certain types of events and our ability to limit the impact to hospital/health system operations.
    • Natural Events – severe weather, epidemics
    • Technological events – Utilities failures, supply shortages, transportation events
    • Human Events – Mass casualty, Armed Assailant, Bomb threat
    • Hazardous Materials/Terrorism Events – Radiation Exposures, Chemical Spills/Exposures
  • From here, policies & procedures are developed or revised to outline the hospital’s/health system’s response to Emergencies and prioritize our activities, like drills. Our Policies and Plans can be found on the UM SRH intranet page in PolicyManager.
  • The health system has developed an Emergency Operations Plan. This plan outlines how the hospital/health system will organize itself to manage emergencies and how we manage major functions in emergencies.
  • An Incident Command Center may be set up and is the central place where information is gathered and instructions sent out to manage the event. Generally, the Administrator on Call will decide if incident command needs to be set up.
    • Easton Command Center – Behavioral Health Conference Room, 1st floor
    • Chestertown Command Center – Boardroom, by Administration Offices
    • Dorchester Command Center – Boardroom, By Administration Offices
  • The Incident Command and command staff will set objectives to manage the event and will consider:
    • Communications – information sharing and notifications
    • Resources & Assets – People, Places, Supplies & Equipment
    • Staff Response Activities
    • Safety & Security – of buildings and people
    • Clinical Activities – surge/bed management, continued outpatient activities
    • Utilities Management
    • Volunteer management

Know Your Role:

  • Review Plans/Policies/Procedures to know how to respond to events.
  • Take advantage of Education/Training opportunities and participate in Emergency drills to become familiar with emergency response activities.
  • Be prepared personally. Plan. Be Informed.

For additional information please contact:

Beth Copp
Regional Manager, Emergency Preparedness

Michelle Kirk
Director of Facilities
410-822-1000, x5464

MD 331 Overnight Closures Announced

The Maryland State Highway Administration will be closing MD 331 during the overnight hours between  June 3 and June 8 to complete paving on the new Choptank River bridge (“Dover Bridge”). The road will be completely closed in both directions between 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night that week. Ideally the work will be complete by Friday morning.

The State Highway Administration will accommodate emergency vehicles through the work zone but passenger cars will be prohibited.

If you are a clinical person who takes emergency call during this time and uses this route, please contact Trena Williamson or 410-822-1000, ext. 5507.

2018 Federal Tax Rates and Changes to Your Paycheck

This just in from Bruce Berkey, director of Payroll for UMMS … The new tax law enacted in the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will be effective with your January 26th paycheck. We wanted to make you aware of changes you can expect in your upcoming paycheck as a result.

  • The new rates reflect an increase in the standard deduction, a repeal of personal exemptions and multiple changes in the tax rates/brackets, which were designed to work with existing W-4s that employees have on file.
  • No action is required on your part. We will implement the new tax tables automatically.
  • Employees will see the new calculations of their federal taxes starting with Pay Date of 1/26/2018.
  • Due to the changes in the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is expected to update Form W-4, the Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. As of this date, no new W-4 Form has been released to employers by the IRS. We will notify you when a new W-4 form is available and will post it to HR Connections.

If you have questions about how the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will impact your income taxes, you should consult your tax advisor. Should you have any questions regarding your pay, please submit a case through HR Connections.