Category Archives: UM Shore Med Center – Easton

Facilities Management Team Members Get High Marks for Clearing Snow During Pax

Staff members of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health are giving high praise to Facilities Management crews for their hard work and tireless effort clearing snow and ice at all of our facilities as Winter Storm Pax hit Wednesday night into Thursday. Mark Kutz, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown’s director of construction, planning and maintenance, said his team set out at 3 a.m. to make sure the parking lots and access areas were clear by morning. Team members at UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester, Easton and other Shore Regional Health locations have also been on hand to manage the elements in those areas.

The crews are already bracing for the next round as more snow is predicted Thursday night into Friday morning, and of course Facilities Management will continue dealing with any weather-related maintenance concerns as the UM SRH team continues providing care to our communities.

Thank you to all of our Facilities Management team members for leaving the warmth of your homes to brave the elements, ensuring the safety of Shore Regional Health staff members, patients and visitors.

 

UM Shore Medical Centers Join Other MD Hospitals in State Preparedness Drill

UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton recently participated in a statewide preparedness drill aimed at testing the process for requesting, delivering and receiving medical supplies in the event of a public health emergency. Conducted by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Office of Preparedness and Response, the exercise brought together nearly 100 participating groups, including local health departments, hospitals, law enforcement, state agencies and facilities, and federal agencies.

“This exercise was conducted with our partners throughout the state to enhance our response efforts to protect public health during emergency situations,” says Dr. Laura Herrera, Deputy Secretary of Public Health Services, who played the role of the DHMH Secretary during the exercise.

DHMH sponsors and participates in a variety of drills and exercises throughout the year in order to test various emergency response measures. In addition to hospitals, participants included the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, the Maryland Board of Pharmacy, the Maryland National Guard, Department of General Services Maryland Capitol Police, the Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and MTA Police, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Maryland State Police, Department of Natural Resources Police, the State Highway Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Centers for Disease Control.

For more information about the DHMH Office of Preparedness and Response, visit http://preparedness.dhmh.maryland.gov or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandOPR.

Breast Center Kicks Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Pink Ribbon Event

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness month with various activities throughout the month, all aimed at increasing awareness of the disease and the services available for prevention and treatment. To kick off the activities surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff and volunteers from UM Shore Regional Breast Center hung pink ribbons in honor of those patients who were treated by the Breast Center in the past year. This tree will be lit with pink lights throughout the month.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, taking the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually.

“October is a great time to remind people about the importance of prevention and education when it comes to their breast health,” says Roberta Lilly, MD, Medical Director for Shore Regional Breast Center. “Regular mammography screening can help lower breast cancer mortality by finding breast cancer early, when the chance of successful treatment is best.”’

 

UM Shore Regional Health Announces Breast Cancer Awareness Month Activities

Staff and volunteers from UM Shore Regional Breast Center joined members of the community at last year’s Pink Ribbon ceremony to adorn the tree in front of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton with pink ribbons. The tree serves as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. This year’s ceremony takes place on Friday, September 27 at 11am.

Staff and volunteers from UM Shore Regional Breast Center joined members of the community at last year’s Pink Ribbon ceremony to adorn the tree in front of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton with pink ribbons. The tree serves as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. This year’s ceremony takes place on Friday, September 27 at 11am.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness month with various activities throughout the month, all aimed at increasing awareness of the disease and the services available for prevention and treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, taking the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually.

 Some of the planned activities include the following:

Pink Ribbon Hanging: To kick off the activities surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff and volunteers from UM Shore Regional Breast Center will hang pink ribbons in honor of those patients who were treated by the Breast Center in the past year. These ribbons will be hung on the large tree in the front circle at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. A public ribbon ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 26 at 11am. Once adorned with these ribbons, the tree will serve as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. This tree will be lit with pink lights throughout the month.

Penny McCafferty of Headrush 180 adds a pink per extension to Edla Coleman’s hair during last year’s Pink Hair fundraiser.

Penny McCafferty of Headrush 180 adds a pink per extension to Edla Coleman’s hair during last year’s Pink Hair fundraiser.

 Pink Hair Fundraiser: Local salons are partnering with UM Shore Regional Breast Center to provide pink hair extensions to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. On Thursday, September 26, stylists from Headrush 180 will be at UM Shore Regional Breast Center to provide pink extensions. Tara Leigh from Shear Attitude of Cambridge will be at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester on October 2 from 7-10am and 10am-2pm. Outreach workers will be on hand at the 7-10am session to provide breast screening education.Pink Extensions will also be available at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center on October 16 from  4-6pm. Cost per extension will be $10 and proceeds benefit UM Shore Regional Breast Center. Participants will earn five Shore Shape Wellness points. Other dates for additional UM Shore Regional Health locations will be announced later this month. Payroll deduction is only available for the September 26 hair extensions.

Tree of Hope: To honor a loved one diagnosed with breast cancer, members of the public may come to the UM Shore Regional Breast Center and hang a pink ribbon on the Tree of Hope. The ribbons have space to write a loved one’s name or message and can be done in honor or remembrance. Visitors may come to the Tree of Hope Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.

Open House and Cancer Survivor Art Gallery Opening: The UM Shore Regional Breast Center art gallery will mark its fourth anniversary with an exhibit that features the art of breast and cancer survivors. The cancer survivor art exhibit opens on Friday, October 4 at the Breast Center. The public is invited to the grand opening of the exhibit, from 4-6 p.m. The exhibit will continue through the end of the year. The public is invited to attend an Open House, 3-4pm, to tour UM Shore Regional Breast Center and meet the staff.

Grand Opening, The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown: Capping off a busy month of breast cancer awareness activities on October 31 will be the long-awaited opening of The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center at UMSMC at Chestertown. The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center is funded by a generous bequest by Eleanor and Ethel Leh, and an extensive community grassroots campaign led by UMSMC at Chestertown employees. The Center features a advanced diagnostic equipment, including a 3-D digital mammography machine with tomosynthesis, which is the latest technology available in breast imaging technology.

“Ask the Expert” Series Kicks off in October with Breast Cancer Presentation

Roberta Lilly, MD, medical director for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center and Christopher Levey, MD, medical director for radiology for UM Shore Regional Health, will kick off the “Ask the Expert” Series on Tuesday, October 1 with a free educational talk about “What is New and What is Old in Breast Cancer Care.” The talk takes place at 7:00 p.m. at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown, located at 125 Shoreway Drive in Queenstown.

Current dates and locations for the Ask the Expert series include:

  • Roberta Lilly, MD, UM Shore Regional Breast Center and Christopher Levey, MD, “What is New and What is Old in Breast Cancer Care,” 7:00 p.m, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown;Richard Fritz, MD, Shore Pediatrics, “Keeping your Children Healthy this Season,” Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m., Talbot County Library, Easton;
  • Khalid Kurtom, MD, Chesapeake Neurological Surgery, LLC, “Management of Back Pain,” Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m., Caroline County Public Library, Denton;
  • Anna Ahn, MD, Midshore Pulmonary Associates, “Living Well with Obstructive Lung Disease,” Thursday, October 24, 2:00 p.m., Talbot Senior Center, Easton;
  • Duane Cespedes, MD, Shore Comprehensive Urology/The Continence and Pelvic Health Center, “Fixing the Leaky Faucet: Evaluation and Treatment of Urinary Incontinence,” Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m., UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown.

“Ask the Expert,” is a free community health program sponsored by UM Shore Regional Health. The “Ask the Expert” series is an ongoing program that will be offered throughout the year. The next seminar series takes place in early 2014. Seating is limited; please RSVP to Cathy Wright at 410-822-1000, ext. 5222 or cwright@shorehealth.org.

UM Shore Regional Health to Conduct Drill on September 19

On Thursday, September 19, UM Shore Regional Health will participate in a drill to test its ability to respond to a disaster situation. This drill was postponed from its original July 18 date due to excessive heat. This state required drill will take place with community partners including local law enforcement and emergency management.  

 UM Shore Regional Health staff at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and Dorchester as well as UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown, will respond when the drill begins at approximately 7:00 pm. on Thursday, September 19. Team members who need to participate in the drill will be notified and told where they should report. Services at all UM Shore Regional Health facilities will continue without interruption.

“During the drill, we will test our ability to respond to a disaster and measure how well we respond to this kind of incident,” says Gary Poole, Director Support Services. “This drill will help us identify how we communicate with our community partners and how we can improve that communication for future community needs.”

Volunteers ages 16-64 are still needed for the drill to serve as actors for the disaster scenario. Light refreshments will be served and time served is eligible for student service learning hours.

 The drill begins at 7:00 p.m. and concludes by 11:00 p.m.

For more information about the drill or to volunteer, contact Gary Poole, ext. 5619, gpoole@shorehealth.org.

 

Birthing Center Team Attends Breastfeeding Conference

Pictured back row (left to right) are Priscilla Engle, RN; Jacalyn Bradley, RN; Lynn Crouch, RN; San¬dy Simmons, RN; Patty MacDougall, MSN, RNC, Manager, Women's & Children's Services; Vonnie Rosemary, RN: Karen Van Trieste, RN. Pictured front row are Connie Edwards, RN; Linda Warren, RN; Julie Callahan, RN; and Melissa Smith, RN.

Pictured back row (left to right) are Priscilla Engle, RN; Jacalyn Bradley, RN; Lynn Crouch, RN; San¬dy Simmons, RN; Patty MacDougall, MSN, RNC, Manager, Women’s & Children’s Services; Vonnie Rosemary, RN: Karen Van Trieste, RN. Pictured front row are Connie Edwards, RN; Linda Warren, RN; Julie Callahan, RN; and Melissa Smith, RN.

Members of the UM Shore Regional Health Birthing Center team recently traveled to Delaware to attend a conference focused on breastfeeding. Shore Regional Health’s Birthing Center at the UM Shore Medical Center at Easton delivers about 1,000 babies annually, but its services and care for new mothers continue during the days, weeks and even months following delivery. An important priority of the Birthing Center is to educate all new mothers under its care about the benefits and management of breastfeeding so that they have the knowledge and resources needed to make informed decisions about the care of their newborns.

Jenni Chambers Named July Employee of the Month!

Jenni Chambers, MS, RN

Staff Nurse, Pediatrics Unit

Jenni Chambers, MS, RN

Jenni Chambers, MS, RN

Jenni Chambers, MS, RN is a valued member of the Pediatric Unit team who works hard to bring about improvements.  Oriented to work on both the Pediatric unit and the Birthing Center, Jenni routinely changes her schedule and comes in when extra help is needed.  A member of the Clinical Practice Committee and the Documentation Committee, Jenni  is a Level VI RN and recently earned her MS degree. She actively assists her colleagues in preparing for their certification, and always helpful to the clinical coordinator and manager.  Jenni also teaches the Safe Sitter class, works for the Shore Regional Health Asthma Camp, and in her free time, she works for Talbot County Public Schools as a nurse so that children with disabilities are accompanied on field trips. Congratulations, Jenni!