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Pink Polar Bear Golf Tournament Raises Money for Leh Women’s Center at UM SMC at Chestertown

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Participants in the fourth annual Pink Polar Bear golf tournament gather July 26 at Chester River Yacht & Country Club in Chestertown

Participants in the fourth annual Pink Polar Bear golf tournament gather July 26 at Chester River Yacht & Country Club in Chestertown

Seventy-six members and guests of Chester River Yacht & Country Club in Chestertown participated in the fourth annual Pink Polar Bear golf tournament on July 26, raising more than $2,200 to benefit the Eleanor & Ethel Leh Women’s Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Event co-chairs Gwinn Derricott and Jane Hukill, both volunteers at UM SMC at Chestertown, applaud the event’s continued growth in support of Leh Women’s Center.

“We call it the Pink Polar Bear tournament because medical experts explained to us that finding breast cancer can be like trying to find a polar bear in a blizzard,” Hukill says. “The availability of leading-edge, life-saving technologies offered at Leh Women’s Center is a great asset to our community, and we’re pleased to help support it.”

Leh Women’s Center, which opened in October 2013, offers mammography, bone density and body mass index evaluation services, and was the first facility on the Delmarva Peninsula to offer 3-D digital mammography with tomosynthesis, which can find breast cancer at the earliest-possible stage. Last year, the Center performed 2,686 mammograms.

“Our participants say this is the most fun tournament in which they play — we’ve come a long way from a small group of lady golfers a few years ago to include teams of men and women of all ages,” Derricott says. “We’re looking forward to many more tournaments.”

Sleep Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Gets Upgrades

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The newly upgraded sleep lab at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown provides patient comfort and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.

The sleep center at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown is now open and being operated by the UM Shore Regional Health Sleep Disorders Center.

The Chestertown facility, which includes two patient rooms in a home-like setting, has been equipped with a $60,000 upgrade including new diagnostic equipment that is consistent with all UM Shore Regional Sleep Disorders Center facilities. Types of studies performed at the Chestertown sleep lab include diagnostic studies for sleep apnea, and CPAP titration studies. For patient comfort, each room has a Sleep Number® bed and a private bathroom with shower.

“We’re excited to have our team working at the sleep lab in Chestertown,” said Bilal Saulat, MD, medical director of the UM Shore Regional Sleep Disorders Center. “Quality sleep is increasingly recognized as essential to overall health, and we’re committed to offering patients state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment.”

The UM Shore Regional Sleep Disorders Center is staffed by a team of board certified physicians and registered polysomnography technologists. The Center offers a comprehensive range of services at its diagnostic sleep centers at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambridge, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and UM Shore Medical Pavilion in Queenstown.

For more information, contact the UM Shore Regional Sleep Disorders Center at 410-822-1000, ext. 5338, or the Center’s website at umshoreregional.org/programs/sleep.

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.

Chestertown’s Davis Earns International Rowing Honor

Davis, DebWhen she isn’t busy saving lives in the emergency department at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Deb Davis, MD, is certainly busy with other adventures,

 Davis, an emergency physician and member of UM Shore Regional Health’s Board of Directors, recently earned a series of rowing medals at this year’s Masters Games in Italy. A member of the Chester River Rowing Club, Davis and fellow teammate Debbie Yoder, earned two gold, one silver and five bronze medals between them.

Davis is a member of the Masters Coaching team, a highly competitive group of rowers from throughout the U.S. who train and race together year-round.

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.

UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown ED Renovation Update

In preparation for the upcoming renovations to the emergency department at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, there will be a number of changes throughout the campus.

Effective Wednesday, September 11, the row of physician parking to the rear of the UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and next to the entrance near the ICU will be closed off.  This will allow construction of a ramp and ambulance entrance for the interim emergency department. 

To create an ambulance entrance with ramp and canopy, contractors will need this row of parking spaces to stage and get the site ready. As traffic flow and parking plans are finalized, eight additional parking spaces designated for physicians will be created.

Starting in October, the ICU will be relocated to the north wing of the third floor. Following the ICU move, the Emergency Department will transition to temporary space on the north wing of IMC and the space that had housed the ICU, while construction and renovation occurs in the existing ED space. This is slated to take place in late November/early December.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to improve the physical environment of the Emergency Department for the patients, physicians, staff and volunteers at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.  

If you have any questions about the renovation, contact Jenn Nutley, RN at jnutley@chesterriverhealth.org.

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New Graduate Nurses Arrive at Chestertown Campus

 

 

Six new graduate nurses recently completed their orientation at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Pictured from left to right are Dana Ladner, RN; Emma Zonetti, RN; Casey Sonzone,  RN; Kelly Williams, RN; Katrina Gestole, RN;  and Jennifer Kane, RN.

Six new graduate nurses recently completed their orientation at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Pictured from left to right are Dana Ladner, RN; Emma Zonetti, RN; Casey Sonzone, RN; Kelly Williams, RN; Katrina Gestole, RN; and Jennifer Kane, RN.

By Jana Carter

Shore Medical Center at Chestertown recently welcomed six graduate nurses to the campus. For several of these nurses, they are embarking on a second career. Like many nurses throughout UM Shore Regional Health, their reasons for choosing nursing are as diverse as the opportunities within the field. The compassion necessary to care for a dying family member, opportunities for flexibility and the chance to make a difference in patients’ lives are some of their motivations.

Casey Sonzone, RN, recently completed an observation at a cancer center.

“End of life care is just as important as bringing in a life,” she says.” It’s rewarding to make the transition special for the patient and family.”

Katrina Gestole, RN, cites the variety of specialized options open to her in the nursing profession, such as labor and delivery, palliative care and emergency services, as being one of her biggest career choice motivations.

For Kelly Williams, RN, her motivation stems from her background as a former youth director as she looks to specialize in adolescent mental health. “This is a population that is often overlooked,” she says.

Dana Ladner, RN, who enjoyed working in the obstetrics area, admits there are unlimited opportunities in med/surg and would like to experience as much as she can. Her career goal is to become an OR scrub nurse. Jennifer Kane is undecided on her future specialty so she plans to use this time to learn as much as she can. Emma Zonetti, RN, a former Patient Care Tech, interned with a cardiologist and hopes to remain working within that specialty.

Mary Jo Keefe, MSM, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, is excited about the enthusiasm of the new nurses as well as their eagerness to continue learning. “We know that they will be an asset to our nursing team,” says Keefe. “They bring a wealth of up-to-date knowledge.”

All of the nurses admit that while nursing is very rewarding and exciting, there are challenges that are synonymous within the industry. One such challenge is the prevention of burnout, which all of the new graduate nurses look forward to avoiding by taking advantage of the continuous learning opportunities available within UM Shore Regional Health.

“Keeping your sense of humor – that’s definitely necessary,” adds Gestole.

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.