Category Archives: Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary

Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary Members Boast New Uniforms

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Posing for a picture in the courtyard at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the funds for which were donated by the Auxiliary in the early 1990’s are (left to right): Front: Leah Schlenker, Becky Startt and Jan Taylor. Middle: Kristi Frey, Alice Barron, Gwinn Derricott, Kathy Davis, Bob Backer, Ann Davenport, Ellie Noble and Charles Johnson. Back: Sue Drumheller, Pat Frey, Kathy Bacastow, Vicki Neal, Mary Coryell, Dick Jones, Pat Pardee, Carole Velvin, Jim Collier and Carol Droge.

Posing for a picture in the courtyard at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the funds for which were donated by the Auxiliary in the early 1990’s are (front, left to right): Leah Schlenker, Becky Startt, Jan Taylor, (middle) Kristi Frey, Alice Barron, Gwinn Derricott, Kathy Davis, Bob Backer, Ann Davenport, Ellie Noble, Charles Johnson, (back) Sue Drumheller, Pat Frey, Kathy Bacastow, Vicki Neal, Mary Coryell, Dick Jones, Pat Pardee, Carole Velvin, Jim Collier and Carol Droge.

In an effort to clearly identify in-house volunteers and front door greeters at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary recently updated its uniform to a navy blue vest worn with a white shirt.

“Some of our volunteers did not want to wear the traditional pink uniform,” comments Sue Edson, Auxiliary president. “Others wore the red jackets from the days when the American Red Cross supplied volunteers to the hospital, while others chose to wear a maroon smock, traditionally reserved for student volunteers and is the uniform color for the Environmental Services staff. This new, consistent uniform will better assist patients, guests and visitors at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown in identifying the volunteers, who can assist them in various capacities.”

In total, the patients served in Chestertown benefit from the efforts of 45 volunteers, who donated 6,601 hours to patient care services in 2014. Volunteer hours are scheduled by Auxiliary member, Kathy Davis, who serves as the in-house volunteer coordinator.

The Auxiliary is currently seeking additional in-house volunteers at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, as well as at the Nearly New Shop, the Auxiliary’s thrift shop located at 320 High Street in Chestertown, and the hospital Gift Shop. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Edson at 410-348-2159.

Chestertown’s Nearly New Shop to Celebrate 57th Birthday

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Sue Edson, president, Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary and Molly Streit, manager, Nearly New Shop and Gift Shop at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, display a selection of merchandise available at the retail establishment, which has been operated by the Auxiliary since 1958.

Sue Edson, president, Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary and Molly Streit, manager, Nearly New Shop and Gift Shop at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, display a selection of merchandise available at the retail establishment, which has been operated by the Auxiliary since 1958.

The Nearly New Shop, located at 320 High Street in Chestertown, will celebrate its 57th birthday on Wednesday, August 5 from 10am-4pm.

The Shop, managed by the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary has been in business since August 5, 1958, when the Auxiliary was issued its Maryland State Tax Identification Number. Since then, Nearly New has been a staple in the Chestertown community, offering shoppers bargains on gently used adult clothing, including designer labels, shoes, jewelry, fashion accessories, formal wear and small household items. The Shop’s proceeds benefit equipment, programs, services and patient care at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

During the birthday celebration event, shoppers will enjoy refreshments and 50% off all merchandise throughout the Shop. Leading up to the celebration, the Nearly New Shop will be selling raffle tickets for $1.00 each. From Thursday, July 23 through Tuesday, August 4, tickets can be purchased at either the Nearly New Shop or the Gift Shop at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, located at 100 Brown Street.

The grand prize winner will have the privilege of being the first shopper at Nearly New’s “Fill a Bag for $5” Sale, to be held on Thursday, August 6, when he or she will have the opportunity to fill as many bags possible in a five-minute time frame, beginning at 10am. Bags will be provided by the Nearly New Shop; jewelry and tuxedos will be excluded. Second and third place prizes will be gift baskets donated by the Gift Shop at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. The Nearly New Shop’s birthday celebration raffle drawing will take place at noon on August 5; all winners will be contacted by phone.

The general public will be invited to shop the $5 Bag Sale on August 6, beginning at 10:30am.

“Members of the Chester River Hospital Auxiliary and its volunteers at the Nearly New Shop take great pride in the Shop’s presence in the Chestertown community for 57 years and for all of the contributions made to our local hospital as a result,” comments Molly Streit, manager of the Nearly New Shop and the Gift Shop at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. “We are especially grateful to our loyal customers and members of our community who have supported us and enabled our success.”

Sue Edson, Auxiliary president, adds, “The Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary has worked to support health care services in our local community for 80 years and for 57 of those, the Nearly New Shop has been a large contributor to our success and sustainability as an organization.”

She continues, “We extend our thanks and sincere gratitude to all of those who have supported – and continue to support – our efforts to enhance the programs, services and patient care at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.”

For additional information about the Nearly New Shop’s upcoming birthday celebration, contact Streit at 410-778-1781. The Auxiliary is currently seeking additional volunteers at Nearly New, the hospital Gift Shop and in other capacities as in-house volunteers at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Edson at 410-348-2159.

Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary Names 2015 Board Members

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The Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary recently named its 2015 Board of Directors, which includes (left to right) Bob Scofield, Jan Taylor, Paddy Tobey, Miki Smith, Erin Gillespie, JoAnn Bowdle, Mackey Dutton, Sue Edson (president), Sabina Baker, Valerie Croft, Vicki Neal, Sue Urda, Nan Voorhees, Kathy Davis, Alice Barron and Jack Edson.

Members of the Chester River Hospital Auxiliary provide volunteer services at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, in addition to raising funds to support programs and services at the Medical Center through its two retail establishments, the Nearly New Shop, located in downtown at 320 High Street in Chestertown, and the hospital Gift Shop.

Chester River Hospital Auxiliary is currently seeking volunteers in all areas of service.  To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call Sue Edson, Auxiliary President at 410-348-2159.

Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation Awarded CARF Reaccreditation

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Requard team members with the CARF certificate of  reaccredition: front Row: Shawne Davis, RN; Sherry Dolby, RN-BC; Stephen Wills, MD; Bill Roth; Deborah Medford, RN-BC; Back row: Sara Pender, MS, OTR/L; Jessica Denny, PT, DPT;  Margaret Wood, PT, MPT; DeDee Cole, PTA; Maryanne Williams Rehab Aide/Education Assistant; Cassandra Kinser, MS, OTR/L; and Teresa Blem, PT.

Requard team members with the CARF certificate of reaccreditation: front row, Shawne Davis, RN, Sherry Dolby, RN-BC, Manager, Stephen Wills, MD, Medical Director; Bill Roth, Senior Director, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services and Deborah Medford, RN-BC; back row, Sara Pender, MS, OTR/L, Jessica Denny, PT, DPT, Margaret Wood, PT, MPT, DeDee Cole, PTA, Maryanne Williams Rehab Aide/Education Assistant, Cassandra Kinser, MS, OTR/L, and Teresa Blem, PT, Director of Rehabilitation Services.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation was recently awarded reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for a three-year period. CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of rehabilitation services provided in hospitals and other healthcare organizations.

In his letter to UM Shore Regional Health, Brian J. Boon, PhD, president and CEO of CARF, wrote, “This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives the of the persons served. Services, personnel, and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of practice excellence.”

As the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to a rehabilitation facility, CARF validates the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. To earn this three-year reaccreditation, the Center staff participated in a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of CARF surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality. Requard has maintained continuous CARF accreditation since 2009.

Ken Kozel, president and CEO of UM Shore Regional Health congratulated the Requard team, saying, “Achieving this reaccreditation is a testament to the clinical excellence and team work that patients experience every day in our Requard Center. This accomplishment reflects the outstanding skills, professionalism and dedication of our physicians, nurses, therapists and therapy assistants.”

Since its opening in 2007, Requard has served approximately 4,000 patients during its eight years of operation. Providing hospital-level care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it is the only acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital on the Mid-Shore and one of only two such rehabilitation facilities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Its program addresses the medical and rehabilitation needs of individuals aged 18 and older who are experiencing impairments from a wide variety of medical conditions, including neurological impairments associated with stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Guillain-Barre, orthopedic conditions associated with fractures, and post surgical recovery after spine procedures or joint replacement. Other medical conditions treated at Requard include multiple trauma, amputations, brain injury, spinal cord injury, cardiac and pulmonary conditions and cancer. Individuals are admitted to Requard from acute care hospitals, home, nursing facilities and emergency rooms.

The Requard Center operates under the medical direction of Stephen Wills, MD, who is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The Center’s health care team also includes specialists in rehabilitation nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, case management and quality/outcomes management.

Says Dr. Wills, “Our job is to help patients regain their independence and skills after a serious injury or illness. We focus on the whole person, involving their family members and other loved ones in our team oriented process. Receiving CARF reaccreditation validates the team’s ongoing dedication to meeting the highest standards of clinical care while sharing messages of hope and confidence with patients and their families.”

Requard Center facilities include a specialized rehabilitation gym and an additional separate treatment area that includes a dedicated life skills learning center. These areas utilize smart technology equipment for advanced evaluation and treatment of gait and also for arm/wrist/hand rehabilitation. There is an apartment complete with refrigerator, stove, sink and laundry, all of which are used by the staff to help individuals regain their functional abilities and confidence for independent living.

Clinical outcomes are studied and compared to national averages to assure that the Requard Center’s performance meets or surpasses performance benchmarks. The Center’s team maintains contact with the patient following discharge to assess progress and offer assistance. Individuals who require ongoing rehabilitation may continue with home care and outpatient rehabilitation. 

Bill Roth, senior director of Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services for Shore Regional Health, who is himself a CARF surveyor, notes, “One hallmark of a CARF accredited program is ongoing interaction with all stakeholders to evaluate what services are needed and to assess that services are being provided in ways that are most helpful to patients and their family members. The importance of obtaining feedback and ideas cannot be understated, as it assures that what we offer continues to be of value to our patients and to our community.”

Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary Makes Donation to Leh Women’s Center

CRHF BoardThe Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary recently made a financial contribution to the University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation for the Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.  This donation brings the Auxiliary’s total contribution to $185,572, to fund the Women’s Center. To date, $1,017,305 has been donated by the community for the Women’s Center, including the bequest of the Leh sisters, for whom the Center is named.  Pictured are (back row, from left to right) Kenneth Kozel, president and CEO, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health; Jack Edson, immediate past president, Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary; and UM Chester River Health Foundation Board members: Sharon Somers; Doug Camp; Barrie Frazier-Meima; Ray Long; Bill Noll, chairperson-elect; (front row) John Murray; Margie Elsberg, chairperson; Myra Butler; Jane Hukill; Peggy Bagley; and Mary Burton, secretary.  Not available at the time of the photo were Board members Jim Barton, Jason Fellows, Carl Gallegos and Charles Lerner.

Volunteers Needed for Auxiliary at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

The Auxiliary at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown is in dire need of additional volunteers.  Interested in volunteering? The following opportunities are available:

IN-HOUSE VOLUNTEERS provide assistance to the hospital staff from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. There are two shifts Monday through Friday.  They are 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 – 4 p.m. Duties include patient transport, x-ray transport, assisting with menus, messenger service, and more.  For more information, call Kathy Davis at 410-348-5114.

HOSPITAL GIFT SHOP is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with three-hour shifts for volunteers.  Volunteer duties include operating the cash register/credit card machine, stocking shelves, general tidying and changing displays.  For more information, call Lois Smith at 410-778-7668, ext. 2351.

NEARLY NEW SHOP, located at 320 High Street in downtown Chestertown, sells donated gently-used clothing, shoes, jewelry, household goods, books and more.  Volunteers assist by sorting, tagging, shelving or manning the front desk and working the cash register.  Business hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All volunteers work three-hour shifts.  For additional information, call Molly Streit at 410-778-1781.

Hospital Auxiliary Funds New Palliative Care Suite at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

Pictured in the completed Palliative Care Suite, which was funded by the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary, are (from left to right) Molly Streit, Manager, Nearly New Shop; Lois Smith, Manager, Hospital Gift Shop; Madeline Steffens, RN, QuILT Coordinator, Palliative Care Services; Katie Davis, RN, CPHN, Transitional Care Coordinator; David W. Knutson, M.D., palliative care physician, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown; and Jack Edson, President, Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary President.

Pictured in the completed Palliative Care Suite, which was funded by the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary, are (from left to right) Molly Streit, Manager, Nearly New Shop; Lois Smith, Manager, Hospital Gift Shop; Madeline Steffens, RN, QuILT Coordinator, Palliative Care Services; Katie Davis, RN, CPHN, Transitional Care Coordinator; David W. Knutson, M.D., palliative care physician, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown; and Jack Edson, President, Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary.

A new Palliative Care Suite has opened at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, thanks to a generous donation from the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary. 

The Auxiliary made a $25,000 donation to the Hospital’s QuILT (Quality in Life Team) Program to support the addition of the Palliative Care Suite, which has been designed for patient and family comfort and will benefit those dealing with end-of-life issues or life-limiting illnesses. The suite includes amenities such as a private patient room and a separate family lounge, providing patients and their families with privacy and access to the necessary support services when confronted with such issues.

The goal of the QuILT Program is to improve upon the quality of life for patients and their family members by providing expert treatment of pain, discomfort and stress that can occur with serious and life-threatening illnesses.  Madeline Steffens, RN, QuILT Coordinator, Palliative Care Services, is one of a team of clinicians at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown who coordinates and manages individualized plans of care for patients at end-of-life.

Steffens comments, “Over the years, the generosity of the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary in supporting so many patient care services has been amazing.  I will be forever grateful for the Auxiliary’s generous monetary gift which made possible the addition of the Palliative Care Suite at the Medical Center.”

According to Steffens, palliative care is both a philosophy of care and a system of medical care provided by an interdisciplinary team, which includes physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, counselors and a variety of therapists.  This approach focuses on the relief of suffering while supporting and promoting the best possible quality of life for patients facing serious, life-threatening illnesses.  In addition, palliative care addresses not only physical pain but also emotional, mental, social and spiritual pain, all to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and their families.  The goal of palliative care is to treat the entire person — body, mind and spirit — not merely the illness that they are dealing with. 

“There is a growing need for palliative care services in Kent County,” comments David W. Knutson, M.D., palliative care physician, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. “Many patients experiencing life-limiting illnesses or end-of-life can benefit from the QuILT Program at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown as it improves upon quality of life and focuses on making life as meaningful as possible, for as long as possible. The new Palliative Care Suite, funded by the Auxiliary, will help us to better serve our patients and their families when those needs arise.”

Jack Edson, President, Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary, remarks, “Through their hard work and dedication to our local hospital, the members of our Auxiliary are committed to raising funds in support of programs and services at Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.”  Edson continues, “We are filled with a great sense of pride knowing that the new Palliative Care suite will provide patients who are facing end-of-life or life-limiting illnesses with quality medical care, comfort and privacy to spend quality time with their loved ones.”

The Chester River Hospital Auxiliary is supported by volunteers who dedicate their energies to support patient care efforts through fundraising to benefit hospital programs and services.   Auxiliary funds are primarily raised through sales at the hospital’s gift shop and at the Nearly New Shop, which accepts donations of and resells gently used adult clothing, shoes, accessories, household items and books, and also features formal wear and a designer clothing section.  Located in downtown Chestertown at 320 High Street, the shop has been a part of the community since 1958.  Both retail establishments are staffed by auxiliary volunteers. 

For additional information about the QuILT Program at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, please contact Madeline Steffens, RN, at 410-778-3300 or by e-mail at msteffens@chesterriver.org.  To learn more about the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary or volunteer opportunities within the organization, contact Jack Edson, Auxiliary President at 410-348-2159 or by e-mail at jack.a.edson@gmail.com.