Category Archives: Shore Medical Group

Local Urologist Featured in Latest “Ask the Expert” Podcast Interview

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Ask the Expert Graphic for WebsiteThe latest installment of UM Shore Regional Health’s Ask the Expert series is available for listening at UMShoreRegional.org/ATE.

The podcast features guest expert, John Foley, MD, of Shore Comprehensive Urology.

During this informational segment, listeners will learn more about about men’s health-related issues including the body’s aging process, urinary and prostate conditions and erectile dysfunction.

Blood Gas Laboratory Receives CAP Accreditation

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The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded a 2-year accreditation to the Blood Gas Laboratory at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

Under the direction of David G. Oliver, MD, the Blood Gas Laboratory is one of more than 7,600 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

During the inspection process, examiners evaluate the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, facilities, safety protocols and record management.

The Blood Gas Laboratory at UM SMC at Easton analyzes more than 2500 blood gas tests annually. Blood gas testing is typically ordered for patients who have increased respiratory symptoms and breathing difficulties. It may also be used monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of supplemental oxygen therapy. Additionally, blood gas analysis provides essential information to assist physicians in caring for patients assisted by mechanical ventilation.

Congratulations to Dr. Oliver and the entire team at the Blood Gas Laboratory!

Center for Integrative Medicine Moves To Cynwood Drive

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CIM is moving out of 607-B Dutchmans Lane on Monday, August 24.

CIM is moving out of 607-B Dutchmans Lane on Monday, August 24.

The Center for Integrative Medicine is moving from its location on Dutchmans Lane to 522 Cynwood Drive, Suite 300 in Easton. The move will take place this Monday, August 24.

Says Monika Armbruster, L.AC, M.Ac., acupuncturist who also provides administrative services for the Center. “With three acupuncturists, a massage therapist and a psychotherapist, we serve a variety of clients who come from a wide area, and we are hoping they will appreciate our new accommodations.”

 

The view of CIM's location from Cynwood Drive.

The view of CIM’s  new location from Cynwood Drive. Suite 300 is the third one to the left.

CIM’s Cynwood Drive location was formerly occupied by the offices of Walid Kamsheh, MD, neurology and sleep medicine. Dr. Kamsheh is now located in UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton on Cadmus Lane.

Monika Armbruster packing boxes to get ready for the move on Monday.

Monika Armbruster packing boxes to get ready for the move on Monday.

According to Armbruster, another newsworthy change regarding the CIM services is that thanks to changes in UM Shore Regional Health employees’ insurance coverage, the copay for acupuncture has dropped from $40 to $15.

“This represents a 63 percent reduction in the out-of-pocket cost for an acupuncture treatment for our employees,” Armbruster points out. “For Shore Regional employees who benefit from acupuncture, this is a huge savings, and for those who would like to try acupuncture, the cost barrier is now greatly reduced.”

UM Shore Regional Health employees also now can avail themselves of psychotherapy services with only a $15 copay. Psychotherapy is provided by clinical therapist Pam Schulte, MSW, LCSW-C, whose experience includes outpatient clinical treatment to children, families and adults, and consultation and training to community agencies as well as the Circuit Court Systems on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Pam Schulte provides counseling at the Center for Integrative Medicine. For UM Shore Regional Health employees, the copay for counseling is only $15 per session.

Pam Schulte provides counseling at the Center for Integrative Medicine. For UM Shore Regional Health employees, the copay for counseling is only $15 per session.

Schulte also  has provided counseling at the Dorchester County Health Departments Wellness Program and served four years as an adjunct professor in Salisbury University’s Department of Social Work. Her previous work experience includes several positions involving child welfare education program development; advocacy program leadership; clinical assessment, training, supervision, consultation and training in a variety of settings; and serving as an expert witness in court cases.

Other CIM practitioners are:

Silvia Byerly, AC., M.Ac, Acupuncturist
Marie Nuthall, AC., MA.c., Acupuncturist
Stephanie Blades, RN, LMT, CEIM, Massage Therapist

Information regarding appointment scheduling and all massage, counseling and acupuncture offered by the Center for Integrative Medicine may be obtained by calling 410-770-9400.

Maryland Hospital Association Launches “KIDsafe” Campaign On Children’s Identity Theft

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child id theftChildren are the the #1 target of identity thieves — in fact, children’s identities are 35 times more likely to be stolen than adults. And the threat of identity theft against kids is growing fast — in 2014 alone, the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council reported a 300 percent increase in calls related to child identity theft.

Why do you need to protect your child’s identity as soon as possible? Because beyond the immediate financial cost, it can take years to restore a stolen identity … and in the meantime, you child could be blocked from essential opportunities such as student loans, scholarships, credit cards and job offers.

To help parents protect their children from identity theft, the Maryland Hospital Association, in partnership with the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Maryland Office of the Attorney General and Maryland State Delegate Craig Zucker, has developed and will be launching the KIDsafe campaign. Scheduled for launch in early September, the campaign will encourage parents to request a credit freeze to protect their children and provide instructions on how to go about it.

If you would like to get started now to protect your child, submit a “credit freeze request” to the three credit agencies, as follows:

Experian — www. experian.com/freeze or 1-888-397-3742
Equifax — www.equifax.com or 1-888-298-0045
TransUnion — www.transunion.com/securityfreeze or 1-888-909-8872

Local Pediatrician Dances for Mid-Shore Animals in Need

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Dr. Langfitt DogsCongratulations to Mark Langfitt, MD, FAAP, of University of Maryland Shore Pediatrics – Easton, and his daughter, Emma, for winning the Judges’ Choice Award at the recent Dancing for the Dogs event, held in Easton, a fundraiser to benefit Talbot Humane, Caroline Humane Society and TomCat Solutions.

Dr. Langfitt earned three 10’s – a perfect score – for his dance routine.

Great job, Dr. Langfitt!

Nursing Update: Familiar Faces in New Places

Access-to-CareMichael Kingan, DNP, RN, CWOCN, has assumed the leadership of Shore Wellness Partners since the position was vacated when Sharon Stagg,  DNP, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, Director of Shore Wellness Partners (SWP) since its inception in 2011, was appointed to the new position of Nurse Practitioner for Shore Regional Palliative Care.

Michael Kingan, DNP, CWOCN,  Director of Shore Wellness Partners

Michael Kingan, DNP, RN, CWOCN, Director of Shore Wellness Partners

Kingan, joined UM Shore Regional Health early in 2014 as nurse manager of inpatient services at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Previously, he served as nursing director at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

As director of Shore Wellness Partners, Kingan  leads a team of nurses and medical social workers who assist  clients in meeting certain criteria in Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties. Based at 121 Federal Street in Easton (on the second floor in the Home Care suite), SWP services include home visits to provide patients with information and education, connections to community resources and other support. By informing and empowering clients to better understand and manage their health care needs, SWP helps them reduce their reliance on emergency care services and their likelihood of hospitalization. Last year, SWP conducted more than 7300 nursing and social work visits and phone consultations with clients and their primary health care providers.

Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care.

Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care.

Sharon Stagg first served Shore Regional Health’s nursing team as a surgical staff nurse, 1988-94.  After several years in administrative, teaching, and nursing practice positions for organizations including Chesapeake College, McQueen Gibbs School of Nursing, Episcopal Ministries to the Aged (EMA), Delmarva Health South Surgery Center and Advantage Orthopedics, Stagg returned to Shore Regional Health in 1997 as nurse practitioner, occupational health, and retained that position until becoming director of Shore Wellness Partners. As NP for Palliative Care, she joins the multi-disciplinary team led by Lakshi Vaidyanathan, MD, medical director, and serves patients at UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton; her primary role is to provide comprehensive care to acutely ill patients with a chronic illness, or life-limiting conditions by developing a Plan of Care based on patient values and goals. Stagg’s office is located in Room 259 at UM SMC at Easton (formerly  Shore Works).

 

 

Center for Integrative Medicine Welcomes New Practitioners

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Stephanie Blades RNC, LMT,  CEIM,  and Pam Schulte, MSW, LCSW-C are new practitioners at the Center for Integrative Medicine.

Stephanie Blades RNC, LMT, CEIM, and Pam Schulte, MSW, LCSW-C are new practitioners at the Center for Integrative Medicine.

Two new practitioners have joined the team at UM Shore Regional Health’s Center for Integrative Medicine on Dutchman’s Lane, Frank Rath, Outpatient Rehab Manager for Shore Comprehensive Rehabilitation Care, has announced.

Massage therapist Stephanie Blades RNC, LMT,  CEIM, of Easton, is already well-known in the Shore Regional Health community for her work as a nurse in the Birthing Center at UM Shore Medical Center. A nurse for 16 years and a massage therapist for two years, she offers prenatal massage as well as general massage at the Center, and anticipates completing more specialized certification courses to expand her massage modalities. “I believe that each of us has the inward power to heal outward ailments, and that often, the manifestations of injury, disease, and unease in  life are shown to us through our aches and pains,” Blades says. “In my practice I take great pride in listening to what my clients tell me, but also the feedback that their bodies give me. I then fine-tune the massage to meet those needs.”

Clinical therapist Pam Schulte, MSW, LCSW-C, of Cambridge has joined the Center to offer individual and family counseling services.  Since 2003, she has been in private practice at Sailwinds Family Center, LLC in Cambridge, providing all aspects of outpatient clinical treatment to children, families and adults and also providing consultation and training to community agencies and the Circuit Court Systems on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Schulte also  has provided counseling at the Dorchester County Health Departments Wellness Program and served four years as an adjunct professor in Salisbury University’s Department of Social Work. Her previous work experience includes several positions involving child welfare education program development; advocacy program leadership; clinical assessment, training, supervision, consultation and training in a variety of settings; and serving as an expert witness in court cases involving abuse. Information regarding appointment scheduling and all massage, counseling, acupuncture and Reiki services offered by the Center for Integrative Medicine may be obtained by calling 410-770-9400.