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First-Ever Charity Bed Race Rolls Out September 20 in Chestertown

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Bed Post Derby logoChester River Health Foundation will launch the first-ever Bed Post Derby, a bed race on High Street in downtown Chestertown, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 20. The event, the first of its kind in the region, will raise funds to support the purchase of new bedroom furniture and other capital needs for UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown.

Bed race teams will consist of five people: a rider, who must remain on the bed during the race, and four runners. Teams must make their own themed bed and are encouraged to wear similar-themed attire. Following true soapbox derby rules, no mechanical power or braking systems are allowed.

The race’s participation fee is $125 per team; registration in advance is preferred.

In addition to the race, a family pajama party will begin at noon in Fountain Park, featuring food and beverages for sale, entertainment, children’s activities and more. A $5 donation per person is requested for the pajama party.

A number of prizes will be awarded participants:

  • An inscribed, perpetual “Golden Bed Pan Award” will be presented to the team raising the most money (much like the Borg-Warner Trophy for winning the Indianapolis 500).
  • The “Short Sheet Award” will be presented to the team with the best race time; winners will be draped and crowned with robes and night caps by the judges.
  • The “Murphy Bed Award” will be presented to the team showing the most promise for next year.

Other prizes will include crowd’s choice of best costumes, most creative team theme, individual fundraiser, and more.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information about the event or to request an advanced registration form, contact Deb Lauser, development coordinator, UM Chester River Health Foundation, at 410-810-5661 or email to dlauser@umm.edu.

Chester River Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, works to raise funds to benefit UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown. UM Chester River Health Foundation is an affiliate of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown offers new, short-stay rehab program bridging hospital to home

Too often, patients discharged from acute care have a number of risk factors for poor or delayed recovery and/or for re-admission to the hospital. These risk factors include:

·         Impaired balance and/or overall physical weakness

·         Poorly understood medicine and/or other treatment protocols

·         A new diagnosis that warrants additional patient and caregiver education

·         Inability to provide proper self-care and/or a caregiver who needs training

University of Maryland Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has joined forces with UM Chester River Home Care and  Hospice and UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown to create a dynamic and personalized new program, “My Road to Home,” for short-stay (five to 10 days) in-patient rehabilitation.

My Road to Home is designed to help doctors ensure that that their hospitalized patients will recover safely once they are back home. Says Cindy Bach, director of UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice, “We know that too often, acute-care patients discharged from the hospital are sometimes not yet fully ‘back to baseline’ in terms of their physical strength and their ability to manage at home. These patients can experience setbacks in their recovery due to misunderstood medications or doctor’s orders, or to a fall or other complication, and are then are readmitted to the hospital. ‘My Road to Home’ gives patients a great step-down option from the hospital that will give them training and practice in new routines and a greater likelihood of a strong and steady recovery.”

With a referral from a primary care physician or other health care provider, hospital case workers, home care and hospice staff, and rehab staff consult with the patient (and caregivers, if appropriate) to create a Road to Home Personalized Plan that reflects his or her needs and goals, and includes any special training or equipment that will be needed for mobility and functionality in the home.

During the short-stay rehab at UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown, the patient benefits from some or all of the following services provided by nurses, therapists, and case workers under the supervision of a medical director:

  • Physical therapy – gaining optimal competence in transferring from bed to chair, from sitting to standing, climbing stairs, using an assistive device (such as a walker), and gaining independence while walking and moving about.
  • Occupational therapy — gaining optimal competence in dressing, bathing, going to the bathroom, housekeeping, becoming functional and able to manage self-care at home.
  • Medication management – coordinated review of prior medicines with current ones, as well as education to ensure the patient and caregivers understand the medicines and what they are designed to treat, how and when these medicines should be taken, and any potential side effects.
  • Disease management – Education to help the patient better understand his/her condition, how to avoid hospital readmission and the importance of following up with the primary care practitioner.
  • Discharge planning – Ordering supplies or treatments for care at home, arranging for homecare if needed, and teaching caregivers and the patient what they need to know for a successful transition from rehab to home.

Throughout the process, the team maintains contact with the primary care doctor and any health care specialists involved to ensure that appropriate care is provided and that they are fully apprised of the patient’s progress and any issues that arise.

For more information about this program, contact:

UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown — Case Management, 410-778-3300

UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown — Admissions, 410-778-4550

UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice — 410- 778-1049

 

News from UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown

UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown may be home to patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of dementia sometime after January, 2014. Scott Burleson, Site Executive, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and Vice President, Operations, Shore Regional Health, and Stewart Seitz, Director Shore Nursing and Rehab Center, been meeting with architects and local officials regarding various options for construction/renovation to accommodate the creation of a new and secured 12-bed dementia unit within the facility. Stay tuned for updates as these plans progress.

In the meantime, congratulations to all Shore Nursing and Rehab at Chestertown staff for a glowing report in the Maryland health Care Commission’s 2013 long-term care survey. Particular highlights of the report include:

  • UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown received the highest rating among its peer group with a score of 9.0 out of a possible 10 for overall care. (The statewide average rating for overall care was 8.3.)
  • In 2012, 100% of patients and/or their responsible parties said they would recommend UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown. (Among all respondents in the state-wide survey, 90 percent indicated they would recommend the facility about which they were surveyed.)
  • UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown’s highest ranking domain in the survey was 3.8 (on a scale of one to four) for the quality of care provided. The lowest ranking domain for UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown was 3.5 – still an excellent score!

More recently, the Center was commended by the Maryland Health Care Commission for achieving a vaccination rate of 98% during the 2012-2013 influenza season.

These achievements were celebrated at a staff reception on August 21. Commented, Stu Seitz, Director, “These outstanding survey results mirror the independent satisfaction surveys that we conduct, internally, on a regular basis. The results also reinforce our five-star rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. We have much to be proud of in terms of these findings, and I am very grateful to all of our staff for this achievement and for their dedicated service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

Employees UMSNRC

22 UM Shore Nursing and Rehab employees on hand for the celebration of their achievements. Front row, seated:  Kiara Henry, Nina Powell, Kathleen Blake, Daphne Young, Bessie Ortiz, Ron Sisco. Back row, standing:  Stewart R Seitz, Felicia Wright, Barbara Follum, Wayne Demby, Cindy McClain, Tracy Broomall, Faye Hadaway, Lecia Manowski, Bethany Husfelt, Thelma Ellwood, Jane Ward, LaShana Thomas, Ashley Merkle, Donna Walter , Christine Burgess, and Nina Kennedy

 

UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown receives high marks in Maryland Health Care Commission Survey

Congratulations to all staff at UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown for a glowing report in the Maryland Health Care Commission’s 2013 long-term care survey. Particular highlights of the report include:

  • In 2013, 100% of patients and/or their responsible parties said they would recommend UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown. (Among all respondents in the state-wide survey, 90 percent indicated they would recommend the LTC facility about which they were surveyed.)
  • UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown received the highest rating among its peer group with a score of 9.0 out of a possible 10 for overall care.  (The statewide average rating for overall care was 8.3.)
  • UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown’s highest ranking domain in the survey was 3.8 (on a scale of one to four) for the quality of care provided. The lowest ranking domain for UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown was 3.5 – still an excellent score!

According to Stu Seitz, Director of UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown, “These outstanding survey results mirror the independent satisfaction surveys that we conduct, internally, on a regular basis. The results also reinforce our five-star rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. We have much to be proud of in terms of these findings, and I am very grateful to all of our staff for this achievement and for their dedicated service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”