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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.


UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Denton

Construction is underway on the 50,000 square foot University of Maryland Shore Medical Pavilion at Denton!

Situated on 6 acres at the intersection of Route 404 and Deep Shore road, the medical pavilion will be the hub of Shore Regional Health’s outpatient services in Caroline County, containing family medicine, laboratory testing, diagnostic and imaging, rehabilitation services and a community education suite. In addition, is expected to house a mental health bridge program, home health care office, and a shared suite for rotating medical specialties.

Construction is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018 with official opening in early 2019.

Team Members participate in Homeports Health & Wellness Expo


Sherry Hill

Several team members from UM Shore Regional Health and UM Community Medical Group were on hand for Homeports’ 2017 Health & Wellness Expo on October 19 at Kent County High School in Worton, Md. UM SRH was a major sponsor of this annual, free community event that is designed health, wellness and safety information and the many health resources can providers available to Kent County residents.

UM SRH exhibitors included team members from Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation, UM CMG Women’s Health, the Balance Center, Stroke Center, the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, Infection Control, the UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, UM Chester River Home Care and UM Shore Home Care.

Gabriel Sardi, MD, Duane Cespedes, MD and Mary King, dietitian, were all featured speakers at the event, and members of the Cardio-Pulmonary Department provided free pulmonary function screenings.



Chrissy Nelson and Donna Saunders

Robin Hood Shop awards 2016-2017 Volunteer of the Year

The Robin Hood Shop has awarded their 2016-2017 Volunteer of the Year to Lucy Phillips. Lucy accepted her award at the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary Awards Luncheon on September 12th. Lucy has been volunteering at the Robin Hood Shop for over 10 years and put in over 360 volunteer hours just this past year. Lucy is one of the Robin Hood Shop’s ‘go to’ volunteers when they need someone to come in a pinch, in addition to her regularly scheduled times. Lucy is a valued family member of the Robin Hood Shop. Congratulations to Lucy Phillips from the Robin Hood Shop and UM Shore Regional Health!

Changes to Grapevine Café Breakfast Pricing

EASTON CAFETERIA ONLY … Please be aware that beginning October 16, hot breakfast items from the grill (such as eggs, chipped beef, etc.) will be self-service and priced by the ounce. Hot items will be weighed and priced at .39 cents per ounce. The only exception will be bacon, which will continue to be .94 cents for two slices. Food service is making this change to give the morning cook additional time to prepare more items on the griddle.