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UM Shore Regional Health Announces Board of Directors

Members of the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health board of directors include (from left to right): Joseph J. Ciotola, M.D; Marlene Feldman; Charles Capute; James Peterson; William J. Washington; Daniel Saunders, Esq; Kenneth Kozel, CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; Edwin R. Fry; John Dillon, chairman; Richard Loeffler; Robert A. Chrencik, CEO, UMMS; Keith McMahan; Wayne L. Gardner, Sr.; Michael D. Joyce, M.D.; Deborah Davis, M.D.; David Milligan; Martha Russell; Judith E. Cooper; John W. Ashworth; Neil Mufson; and Robert Swam. Not pictured are Stuart Bounds; Ludwig Egleseder, M.D.; and Charles Lea.

Members of the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health board of directors include (from left to right): Joseph J. Ciotola, M.D; Marlene Feldman; Charles Capute; James Peterson; William J. Washington; Daniel Saunders, Esq; Kenneth Kozel, CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; Edwin R. Fry; John Dillon, chairman; Richard Loeffler; Robert A. Chrencik, CEO, UMMS; Keith McMahan; Wayne L. Gardner, Sr.; Michael D. Joyce, M.D.; Deborah Davis, M.D.; David Milligan; Martha Russell; Judith E. Cooper; John W. Ashworth; Neil Mufson; and Robert Swam. Not pictured are Stuart Bounds; Ludwig Egleseder, M.D.; and Charles Lea.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has announced its new board of directors reflecting the merger of Chester River Health and Shore Health which occurred in July.  Chaired by John Dillon, the 22-member board of directors is a group of dedicated, well-informed business and community leaders, educators and physicians from throughout the five-county region who share a commitment to delivering quality healthcare to the Mid-Shore communities.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is a regional, nonprofit, medical delivery care network formed in July 1, 2013, through the consolidation of two University of Maryland partner entities, the former Shore Health and the former Chester River Health. This group of leaders includes representatives from both former health systems as well as from the University of Maryland Medical System, with which both were affiliated.

In addition to Dillon and Kenneth Kozel, CEO, UM Shore Regional Health, members of the board of directors are John W. Ashworth; Stuart Bounds, Ph.D.; Charles Capute ; Robert A. Chrencik, CEO, UMMS; Joseph J. Ciotola, M.D.; Judith E. Cooper of Worton; Deborah Davis, M.D.; Ludwig Eglseder, M.D.; Marlene Feldman; Edwin R. Fry; Wayne L. Gardner, Sr.; Michael D. Joyce, M.D.; Charles Lea, Jr.; Richard Loeffler; Keith McMahan; David Milligan; Neil Mufson; James Peterson; Martha Russell; C. Daniel Saunders, Esq.; Robert Swam; and William J. Washington.

“I am honored to be part of this dynamic and forward-thinking group,” comments John Dillon, chairman of the UM Shore Regional Health board of directors. “Their varied expertise and their tremendous commitment to the continued advancement and accessibility of health care in the Mid-Shore region will guide Shore Regional Health as we move forward in our regional organization, as part of the University of Maryland Medical System.”

A regional committee was formed in 2011 to study the comprehensive health care needs of the Mid-Shore region, including Dorchester, Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. This committee, which included board members from the former Shore and Chester River Health Systems, concluded that the five counties share very similar demographics and health care needs. In December, 2012, the Boards of Chester River Health System, Inc. and Shore Health System, Inc. voted unanimously to approve a joint resolution establishing a comprehensive regional medical system for the five counties served by the two organizations.

“The Mid-Shore region has so much to offer in terms of quality of life — beautiful towns, rivers and farmlands, thriving business and civic organizations, diverse natural, educational and cultural resources, and an engaged citizenry that wants and deserves excellent health care close to home,” says Ken Kozel, President and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health. “While the future of healthcare poses many challenges, I am confident that Shore Regional Health, under the umbrella of one of the top-ranked medical systems in the nation, University of Maryland Medical System, will be able meet the highest expectations for quality and innovation in health care for our communities, now and for years to come.”

Shore Regional Health CEO to visit Chestertown on Monday, September 16

Shore Regional Health CEO Ken Kozel looks forward to visiting Chestertown on Monday to meet and talk with employees.

Shore Regional Health CEO Ken Kozel looks forward to visiting Chestertown on Monday to meet and talk with employees.

Ken Kozel, CEO and President of Shore Regional Health, will be on hand at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown in the second floor conference center, on Monday, September 16, 8 am (first session) and 2 pm (second session) to meet and talk with employees of the Medical Center, UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation, and UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice. All employees in all departments are welcome and encouraged to stop in and say hello, share ideas and concerns, and ask questions.

Shore Regional Health President and CEO Ken Kozel Comes to Chestertown

Ken Kozel 10116 revisedKen Kozel, CEO and President of Shore Regional Health will be on hand at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown in the second floor conference center, on Monday, September 16, 8 am (first session) and 2 pm (second session) to meet and talk with employees of the Medical Center, UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation, and UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice. All employees in all departments are welcome and encouraged to stop in and say hello, share ideas and concerns, and ask questions.

A Message from Ken Kozel

The saying that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” certainly rings true for all of us as we become Shore Regional Health. I feel very privileged to lead this exciting enterprise, and I have great confidence that Shore Regional Health will be an outstanding model for medical care delivery for the 170,000 Mid-Shore residents we serve.

Becoming University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has required a tremendous amount of research, planning and strategizing on the part of many Board members, medical staff and management. In the past year and a half, as we have moved forward in this process, there has been a growing sense of excitement as we realized that we were not just cobbling together existing health care resources, but creating a new and dynamic entity that affords more opportunities to bring innovation, collaboration and efficiency to the delivery of medical care in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.  The University of Maryland Medical System, one of the top medical systems nationwide, is fully committed to Shore Regional Health and to supporting the success of our current projects, as well as the development of new initiatives to address the health care challenges of this generation and those to come.

At Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the construction of the new lobby is well in progress and we are looking forward to the renovation and expansion of the Emergency Department, scheduled to begin this fall.

In Cambridge, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester recently celebrated the opening of a beautifully designed and comfortably appointed Behavioral Health unit, a project completed in just 18 months thanks to funding from the State of Maryland as well as generous support provided by the hospital’s foundation and auxiliary.

In Caroline County, Shore Regional Health is investing in the creation of a walk-in center in Denton so that residents have a nearby facility to address non-emergency medical needs. It also will reduce unnecessary use of ambulance transport and hospital emergency departments.

In Queen Anne’s County, Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown opened less than a year ago and now offers a wide array of diagnostic and rehabilitation services as well as offices of primary care and specialist providers.  Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown has exceeded our expectations in terms of the volume of patients taking advantage of its convenient and accessible location as well as the excellent medical attention provided for a full range of emergency care needs.

In Easton, the robust growth of Shore Medical Group – now 44 physicians providing care in Cambridge, Centreville, Chestertown, Easton, Galena and Queenstown – bodes well for the future of quality medical care in our region. Shore Regional Health’s ability to attract new and highly qualified physicians from diverse specialties is greatly enhanced by our affiliation with UMMS, and I look forward to continued collaboration in the area of medical staff recruitment.

Our affiliation with UMMS also will assist us in navigating the strong winds and swift currents that now prevail in health care. In addition to ensuring that we provide the best primary, specialty, diagnostic, acute and rehabilitation care possible, we are challenged to meet growing needs in population health, including community education, disease prevention, and home-based care. I am so proud that across the Shore Regional Health network, we are out in front of the curve, thanks to the “transitional care”  initiative of Shore Home Care at Easton and Shore Wellness Partners, which is helping post-acute patients in Dorchester, Caroline and Talbot counties avoid re-admission to the hospital, and a similar program recently launched by Shore Home Care and Hospice at Chestertown, serving residents of Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.