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Congratulations, 2015 Service Awards Celebrants

Team-StrengthUniversity of Maryland Shore Regional Health
thanks our 2015 Employee Service Celebrants and Retirees
for their Loyalty, Dedication, Talent and Professionalism
in making UM Shore Regional Health the Region’s Leader in Patient-Centered Care.

Retirees

Barbara Burr Anna Deitz
David Elliott Ann Ervin
Priscilla Engle Faye Fraley
Peggy Gardner Elizabeth Henry-Barlow
Robin Herman Bonnie Hjemvik
Dennis Mathewson Clarence Pritchett
Elizabeth Rice James Robertson
Andrea Shoener Sharon Young

 

45 Years of Service

Yvonne Allen Patricia Foreman
Gary Jones Dorothy Waters
Brendette Wilkins

 

40 Years of Service

Barbara Bilconish Mary Cook
Marian Cooper Bradley Custis
Sherry Dolby Faye Fraley
Barbara Hanifee Patricia Jackson
Phyllis Johnson Ruth Ann Jones
Helen McQuay Mary Meekins
Vonnie Mende Joann Phillips
Clarence Pritchett Sadie Reveron
Patricia Robinson Andrea Shoener
Wendy Smith Virginia Tyler
Roxanne Ward

 

35 Years of Service

Karen Bitter Constance Edwards
Kim Elliott Anne George
Pamela Kennedy Jewell Kirby
James Knotts Demetria Potter
Rhonda Seeley Janet Shivers
Sandra Simmons Linda Warren
Margaret Williams Theresa Winston

 

30 Years of Service

Lester Barrett Marcia Chambers
Judy Farrington Dorothy Gannon
Romaine Height Sherrie Hill
Bonnie Hjemvik Mary Hynes
Pamela Johnson Tracy Kimbles
Bonnie Langford Barbara Marshall
Penny Pink Anne Santucci
Luanne Satchell Susan Smith
Norman Washburn Catherine Wright
Walter Zajac

 

25 Years of Service

Henry Berry Kimberly Billingslea
Melissa Blackiston Tyrus Brannock
Julie Bryan Teresa Coleman
Vivian Cooper Susan Cummings
Amy Custis Lori Ferko
Valerie Freeman Cynthia Greene
Kenny Harris Barbara Hooper
Nicole Hubbard Kimberly Hutchins
Paula Larrimore Marion Lewis
Amy Lowe Mary Mahoney
Cynthia Marinelli Deborah Merceron
Jane Mitchell Annette Moore
Joseph Morrow Catharine Neff
Gregory Peters Leslie Pinkett
Frances Shorter Diana Gail Shorter
Bryan Stokes Tracy Supcoe
Melissa Thomas Vernon Usilton
Lauren Wade Gregg Wyatt
Bonnie Zajac

 

20 Years of Service

Cathy Asche Alida Bushe
Ronni Colbert Jennifer Doetsch
Teresa Dulin Cheryl Hazeltine
Robert Hazeltine Brenda Hodgman
Lois Larrimore Mary Linthicum
Melissa Lourie Jessie Malone
James McFarlane Steven Rogers
Veronica Rosemary Roxanne Sisco-Stanford
Theresa Souder Stephanie Stokes
Carlene Taylor Mary Thompson
Mary Vanhoy Kathleen Wallace

 

15 Years of Service

Rebecca Aja Carolyn Auman
Vonetta Batson Donna Baynard
Sharon Bilbrough Fareeba Birckhead
Stephanie Blades Denise Bloom
Penny Boyle Julia Bratcher
Kimberly Brice Tina Brown
Laura Callaghan Jewell Camper
Mary Collier Christine Copper
Sandra Cornish Sue Covey
Kathryn Davis Velma Dove
Carolyn Duvall Betty Edgar
Lisa Eisemann David Elliott
Frank Fields Maria Fields
Trina Fitchett Beverly Greaves
Margaret Gross Nikki Hazel
Tracy Hubbard Elizabeth Hurley
Christine Jackson Evette Johns-Brown
Harriett Jones Lisa Kemp
Zulfiqar Khan Robert Klopp
Glenn Kuenzig Philomena Leon
Linda Lesperance Brian Leutner
Michelle (Kim) Marks Linda Matthews
Sheila Montigny Patricia Pinheiro
Deborah Pippin Patricia Plaskon
Nichelle Potter Angela Pritzlaff
Tristan Procopio Roseanne Rash
Tara Richardson Frances Rodney
Norma Roe Lee Rosendale
Micah Rowlands Kathleen Schlesner
Alina Schuyler Amy Schwaninger
Eugenia Scott John Sender
Cynthia Simmons Melissa Singleton
Bruce Singley Ronald Sisco
Stacy Smith Sheila Spriggs
Mary Spurry Kelly Stacey
Deborah Struder Lisa Sutherland
Melissa Svehla Michelle Swartz
Glenn Takano Stella Thomas
Katherine (JoAnn) Thomson Pamela Turner
Robin Vanschaik Deborah Weber
Laverne Whittington Jason Youngbar

 

10 Years of Service

Jessica Adkins Gina Anciano
Noemi Antonio Tina Basel
Dianne Baxter Stephanie Beasley
Florencene Beasley Marla Best
Angela Blake Stacy Blanchfield
Crystal Borelli Linda Brummell
Linda Buckle Elena Burgess
Mary Cahill Pamela Callahan
Corsetta Camper Dewanna Caperoon
Pamela Carroll Jennifer Chambers
Amanda Chapman Terry Coleman
Mary Collins Hillary Coulbourne
James Daining Chamice Dill
Chrystal Dixon Patricia Ferguson
Terri Fike Ryan Foster
Laurie Gaffney Mary Glynn
Diane Green Anderson Griffith
Tracey Hamonko Dominic Harris
AnnMarie Hernandez Tammy Hickey
Felicia Hitch Tresa Hutchison
Kelly Hutt Nicole Janes
Christopher Jobeck Lisa Jones
Mohammed Khan Lutitia King
Francine Labelle Gwendolyn Lee
Cari Leith Andrea Leopold
Dimeta Little Donna Martin
Jennifer McCracklin Elizabeth McKay
Ronald Meaker Tyra Meekins
Diana Miller Debbie Mills
Fatima Moufid Carey Nepert
Jennifer Nutley Patricia O’Shea
Michael Parker Stacie Pietras
Judy Raynor Amy Reeside
Stepheni Ricket Rosalie Ringgold
Colby Robbins Lise Robertson
James Robertson Kelly Robinson
Tracy Roe Patricia Rooney
Sandra Saulsbury Chardon Saunders
Margery Schmitt Ruth Scudder
William Shertenlieb Brooke Smith
Glory Smith Darlene Smith
Melissa Smith David Snow
Andrea Spray Deborah Stafford
Edward Stammer, Sr. Angela Starkie
Mary Stubbs Ramona Taylor
Adrian Terry Wade Thomas
Allison Trumpy Eugene Tull
Bridgett Tyler Katherine Ward
Nancy Webster Jaclyn Weston
Marie Williamson Susan Wolcott

 

5 Years of Service

Cheryl Abrams Elisabeth Ackerson
Sara Andrews Monika Armbruster
Christopher Barnett Rachael Belanger
Amy Bennett Kendall Benton-Flexer
Frances Blackiston Mary Blades
Robin Blount Mary Brewer
Amy Brockson Joanne Brown
Catherine Bryan Christine Burgess
Stacey Cadden Karen Callahan
Jessica Caraker Courtney Carroll
Julie Case Amanda Cassidy
Mary Christophel Charles Cocklin
Laurie Collins Tarey Collins
Latoria Conway Brandi Covey
Suzanne Craven Rita Daffin
Lori D’Ambrosio Crystal Davenport
Aalia DeCamp Lisa Deneau
TaWanda Dennis Joanne Donovan
Victoria Downey Jakisha Downing
Theresa Dulin Loretta Ehrler
Kim Elzey Doretha Flamer
Jamie Fleetwood Jane Flowers
John Foley, MD Enrika Gardner
Talane Garmer Michael Gasparovich
Christina Godfrey Wendy Greenwood
Jacqueline Groz Faye Hadaway
Michele Hanson Stephanie Harte
Marilyn Herridge Rochalla Higdon
Deborah Hood Dawn Hubbard
Erin Hughes Kelly Hunt
Renee Ironside-Woodward Latrice James
Dawn Johnson Pamela Jones
Alkema Jones Kristen Kane
Sarah Kendall Renee Kendrick
Heather Kennedy Robin Kennedy
John Knud-Hansen, MD Linda Larrimore
Holly Lasher Debra Lauser
Katie Lee Tamira Lewis
Kristina Luthy Lisa Lyons
Shannan Maggio Lawrence McCormick
Shannon Mench Arthur Mensch
Hope Meredith Karyn Messick
Donna Mielke Julia Millionie-Harvey
Darlene Molock-Heath Chadly-Jay Myers
Abigail Myers Shanice Palmer
Ronell Paltoo Nicole Paskoski
Ashlea Pentz Bernard Perry
Christopher Pettit Pamala Peugh
Janet Pfisterer Brittany Putnam
Susan Reisinger Sarah Richard
Sara Rissolo Joshua Rogers
Kathleen Ross Maryann Ruehrmund
Christopher Runz La’Nai Sarvis
Shandi Schultz Shannon Seek
Kathy Sellers Bernadette Serie
Nikki Short Myra Sisco
Ellen Souchak Marguerite Spies
Anna Stanton Philip Stein
Kristen Tarr Gregory Terry
Laura Thomas Kelly Thompson
Tenishia Tillery Kristin Todd
Kayla Toulson Anne Usiondek-Benjamin
Debra Van Dyke Donna Voshell
Karen Wakefield Emily Welsh
Kristen Wheatley Jennifer Williamson
Samantha Willis Patricia Witte
Billie Wroten Lakisha Young

Service-Awards

Expert Presenters Coming to a Location Near You…

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Ask the Expert Graphic for WebsiteUniversity of Maryland Shore Regional Health has announced several dates for its “Ask the Expert” series offered throughout the region in October and November. “Ask the Expert” offers area residents access to the most current information on relevant health care topics.

Upcoming events are:

Thursday, October 22, 6pm
“Keeping Your Child Safe on the Field: How to Prevent Sports-Related Injuries of the Body and Brain”
Walid Kamsheh, MD, of Shore Neurology and Sleep Medicine, and Jason Jancosko, DO, of the Orthopedic Center will discuss sports medicine and concussions.
UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown – 125 Shoreway Drive

Wednesday, November 4, 11am
“Stroke Signs, Symptoms, Treatment and Recovery”
Jessica Fluharty, BSN, RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist and Stroke Coordinator, UM SMC at Easton
Amy Lynn Ferris Adult Activity Center, 200 Schauber Road, Chestertown
Brought to the community in partnership with Upper Shore Aging, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging for Caroline, Kent and Talbot Counties

Wednesday November 4, 6pm
“Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery: Less is More”
Khalid Kurtom, MD, FAANS, FACS, of Chesapeake Neurological Surgery
UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown – 125 Shoreway Drive

Tuesday, November 10, 6pm
“Keeping Your Child Safe on the Field: How to Prevent Sports-Related Injuries of the Body and Brain”
Walid Kamsheh, MD, of Shore Neurology and Sleep Medicine, and Jason Jancosko, DO, of the Orthopedic Center will discuss sports medicine and concussion.
Nick Rajacich Health Education Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton – 219 S. Washington Street

Thursday, November 12, 6pm
“Accessible Care, Comprehensive Support: Cancer Prevention and Support Services in Your Local Community”
Patty Plaskon, PhD, LCSW-C, OSW-C, Coordinator of Oncology Social Work; Sharon Richter, BSN, RN, CCRC, OCN, Clinical Research Nurse; and Margot Spies, RN, BSN, OCN, Nurse Navigator, all team members of the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health
UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, Third Floor Conference Room

Wednesday, November 17, 10am
“Stroke Signs, Symptoms, Treatment and Recovery”
Jessica Fluharty, BSN, RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist and Stroke Coordinator, UM SMC at Easton
Caroline Senior Center, 403 S. 7th Street, Suite 127 Denton
Brought to the community in partnership with Upper Shore Aging, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging for Caroline, Kent and Talbot Counties

Thursday, November 19, 6pm
“Accessible Care, Comprehensive Support: Cancer Prevention and Support Services in Your Local Community”
Patty Plaskon, PhD, LCSW-C, OSW-C, Coordinator of Oncology Social Work; Sharon Richter, BSN, RN, CCRC, OCN, Clinical Research Nurse; and Margot Spies, RN, BSN, OCN, Nurse Navigator, all team members of the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health
Nick Rajacich Health Education Center at  UM Shore Medical Center at Easton – 219 S. Washington Street

Attendees are asked to RSVP to Cathy Wright, 410-822-1000, ext. 5222, or e-mail Cathy.Wright@umm.edu.  

Stay tuned as a variety of other presentations are being scheduled throughout the region in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties…

Tree Adorned and Illuminated in Honor of Breast Cancer Patients

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UM Shore Regional Health team members, volunteers and breast cancer survivors gathered for the annual tree lighting event.

UM Shore Regional Health team members, volunteers and breast cancer survivors gathered for the annual tree lighting event.

A group of UM Shore Regional Health team members, volunteers and breast cancer survivors gathered earlier in October to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the annual Pink Ribbon Hanging and Tree Lighting Ceremony at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Due to inclement weather, this year’s event was held in the main lobby of the medical center; however, the rain did not dampen the spirits of those attending this moving annual event. Pink ribbons have since been placed on the tree in front of UM SMC at Easton in honor of the 169 patients diagnosed with breast cancer this past year at the Comprehensive Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health.

The new Spruce in front of UM SMC at Easton is adorned with 169 pink ribbons, in honor of the 169 patients diagnosed with breast cancer this past year at the Comprehensive Breast Center.

The new Spruce in front of UM SMC at Easton is adorned with 169 pink ribbons, in honor of the 169 patients diagnosed with breast cancer this past year at the Comprehensive Breast Center.

Food Drive Continues on Telemetry Unit

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involved-football-league-1The Telemetry Unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton kicked off its Superbowl Food Drive on October 1. As of October 9, they had collected 310 cans of food.

Non-perishable food items collected will be distributed locally, within Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties. Donations are being accepted through November 15.

For additional information or to join a team, call Molly Smith, Stella Hubbard or Laura Wheat at 410-822-1000, ext. 5847.

National Patient Account Management Day to be Observed

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PFS team members from the Canvasback Drive location, in Easton.  

PFS team members from the Canvasback Drive location, in Easton.

The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management has announced that this year’s National Patient Account Management Day will be part of a week-long celebration, October 18-25.  National Patient Account Management Day was established on October 18, 1989 to officially recognize people involved in healthcare administration management throughout the country.

The Patient Financial Services team at UM Shore Regional Health assists patients with their billing issues, process claims and payments, and work closely with insurance carriers.

UM Shore Regional Health celebrates the hard work and dedication of Patient Financial Services and the assistance the team offers the patients we care for!

UM Shore Regional Health Congratulates “Top Docs” on the Medical Staff

Numerous local physicians were recently honored in What’s Up? Eastern Shore’s 2015 “Top Docs”  issue that hit newsstands on October 1.

Every other year, What’s Up Media surveys  local physicians, asking the question, “If you or a loved one needed to see a doctor (other than yourself), whom would you recommend?” As a result, several members of the medical staff at UM Shore Regional Health were recognized.

Congratulations to all of our “Top Docs” and thank you for the valuable care you provide, which enables UM Shore Regional Health to be the region’s leader in patient-centered health care.

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Ask the Expert Presentations Scheduled for October and November

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Ask the Expert Graphic for WebsiteUniversity of Maryland Shore Regional Health has announced several dates for its “Ask the Expert” series offered throughout the region in October and November. “Ask the Expert” offers area residents access to the most current information on relevant health care topics.

Upcoming events are:

Thursday, October 22, 6pm
“Keeping Your Child Safe on the Field: How to Prevent Sports-Related Injuries of the Body and Brain”
Walid Kamsheh, MD, of Shore Neurology and Sleep Medicine, and Jason Jancosko, DO, of the Orthopedic Center will discuss sports medicine and concussions.
UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown – 125 Shoreway Drive

Wednesday, November 4, 11am
“Stroke Signs, Symptoms, Treatment and Recovery”
Jessica Fluharty, BSN, RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist and Stroke Coordinator, UM SMC at Easton
Amy Lynn Ferris Adult Activity Center, 200 Schauber Road, Chestertown
Brought to the community in partnership with Upper Shore Aging, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging for Caroline, Kent and Talbot Counties

Wednesday November 4, 6pm
“Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery: Less is More”
Khalid Kurtom, MD, FAANS, FACS, of Chesapeake Neurological Surgery
UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown – 125 Shoreway Drive

Tuesday, November 10, 6pm
“Keeping Your Child Safe on the Field: How to Prevent Sports-Related Injuries of the Body and Brain”
Walid Kamsheh, MD, of Shore Neurology and Sleep Medicine, and Jason Jancosko, DO, of the Orthopedic Center will discuss sports medicine and concussion.
Nick Rajacich Health Education Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton – 219 S. Washington Street

Thursday, November 12, 6pm
“Accessible Care, Comprehensive Support: Cancer Prevention and Support Services in Your Local Community”
Patty Plaskon, PhD, LCSW-C, OSW-C, Coordinator of Oncology Social Work; Sharon Richter, BSN, RN, CCRC, OCN, Clinical Research Nurse; and Margot Spies, RN, BSN, OCN, Nurse Navigator, all team members of the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health
UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, Third Floor Conference Room

Wednesday, November 17, 10am
“Stroke Signs, Symptoms, Treatment and Recovery”
Jessica Fluharty, BSN, RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist and Stroke Coordinator, UM SMC at Easton
Caroline Senior Center, 403 S. 7th Street, Suite 127 Denton
Brought to the community in partnership with Upper Shore Aging, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging for Caroline, Kent and Talbot Counties

Thursday, November 19, 6pm
“Accessible Care, Comprehensive Support: Cancer Prevention and Support Services in Your Local Community”
Patty Plaskon, PhD, LCSW-C, OSW-C, Coordinator of Oncology Social Work; Sharon Richter, BSN, RN, CCRC, OCN, Clinical Research Nurse; and Margot Spies, RN, BSN, OCN, Nurse Navigator, all team members of the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health
Nick Rajacich Health Education Center at  UM Shore Medical Center at Easton – 219 S. Washington Street

Attendees are asked to RSVP to Cathy Wright, 410-822-1000, ext. 5222, or e-mail Cathy.Wright@umm.edu.  

Stay tuned as a variety of other presentations are being scheduled throughout the region in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties…

Breast Health and Cancer Support Services Featured in October “Ask the Expert” Podcast

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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 experts, Jen Dyott, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C, of the Comprehensive Breast Center, and Patty Plaskon, PhD, LCSW-C, OSW-C, coordinator of Oncology Social Work at the Cancer Center.

During this informational segment, listeners will learn more about about early detection of breast cancer and breast health and cancer support services available throughout the region served by UM Shore Regional Health.

Octobers "experts," Jen Dyott, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C, and Patty Plaskon, PhD, LCSW-C, OSW-C.

Octobers “experts,” Jen Dyott, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C, and Patty Plaskon, PhD, LCSW-C, OSW-C.

Patty Plaskon and Jen Dyott join Matt Spence on the "Morning Rush" on 96.7 WCEI for an "Ask the Expert" discussion about breast health and cancer support services offered by UM Shore Regional Health.

Patty Plaskon and Jen Dyott join Matt Spence on the “Morning Rush” on 96.7 WCEI for an “Ask the Expert” discussion about breast health and cancer support services offered by UM Shore Regional Health.

Come and Get It: Flu Shot Offered Through October 29

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flu-shot-hereThe flu shot clinics schedule is shown below — the schedule for off-site locations not on this clinic schedule will be circulated as soon as more vaccine arrives.

PLEASE NOTE: Flu shots will not be given  at the EHS offices until October 19.

Monday, 10/12 — UM SMC at Easton, HEC B, 6a-5p

Tuesday, 10/13 — UM SMC at Dorchester, Board Room, 6a-5p

Thursday, 10/15 — UM Shore Nursing & Rehab, 6-8a and 2-4p

Tuesday, 10/20 — UM SMP and UM SEC at Queenstown , 1-4p

Wednesday, 10/21 — UM SMC at Easton, HEC B, 6a-5p

Monday, 10/26 —  UM SMC at Chestertown, Infusion Clinic 6a-5p

Tuesday, 10/27 —  UM SMC at Easton, HEC B, 6a-5p

Thursday, 10/29 UM SMC at Dorchester, Board Room, 6a-5p

Shore Behavioral Health: Fighting the Addictions Epidemic With Advanced Care and Community Partnerships

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Editor’s note: This week — October 4-11 — is National Mental Illness Awareness Week. This article is an expanded version of a feature story in the recently published Nursing Annual Report.

It is no secret that the alarming increase in drug overdoses and deaths has made the burgeoning addictions epidemic in Maryland a state-wide public health emergency.

During the past year, Shore Behavioral Health (SBH) has established new services and community relationships to help UM Shore Regional Health’s five county region combat addictions. SBH offers an inpatient behavioral health unit; an outpatient addictions program; an intensive, mental health outpatient program; and an emergency evaluation team.

Shore Behavioral Health nurse; standing, Jackie Weston, unit manager, Bruce Singley, Chris Durham-Pressley and Norma Weigand; seated, Stacey Stanley and Tracie Nolan. Not shown: Donna Brown, Nichole Calloway, Yvonne Collins, Susan Deichert, Patricia Dias, Leslie Fox, Kristy Hill, Dawn Hubbard, Diana Lynn, Christie McDowell, Susan Spivey, Debra Van Dyke and Merry Webb.

SBH nurses: standing, Jackie Weston, unit manager, Bruce Singley, Chris Durham-Pressley and Norma Weigand; seated, Stacey Stanley and Tracie Nolan. Not shown: Donna Brown, Nichole Calloway, Yvonne Collins, Susan Deichert, Patricia Dias, Leslie Fox, Kristy Hill, Dawn Hubbard, Diana Lynn, Christie McDowell, Susan Spivey, Debra Van Dyke and Merry Webb.

Going back two years, drug-related admissions to the inpatient unit began to increase. “Currently, about 70 percent of the admissions to our inpatient unit have a significant addictions component,” says Jaclyn Weston, BSN, RN-BC, nurse manager, Behavioral Health Services. “Our staff, working in both inpatient and outpatient services, recognized the need to do more about addictions.”

The SBH nursing team identified several strategies, including expanding public awareness; enhancing staff preparedness to deal with addictions issues; increasing inpatient addictions programming; and increasing capacity for inpatients with co-occurring addictions and mental health challenges.

Enhancing staff expertise was an important priority, and SBH nurses rose to the challenge. Five pursued and completed additional professional training and certification in addictions treatment.  “I am most impressed that these nurses initiated this on their own, to strengthen their clinical nursing skills,” says John Mistrangelo, ACSW, LCSW-C, program administrator for SBH. “Their advanced training complements their determination to help patients meet the challenges of addiction.”

During the past year, UM SRH nursing administration supported the addition of a second therapist with an emphasis on addictions recovery and care, increasing addictions expertise on the inpatient unit and allowing for three additional beds.

Progress also has been made in increasing public awareness of addictions treatment and recovery options in the five-county region. One of the most visible signs of UM Shore Regional Health’s commitment to its mission, Creating Healthier Communities Together, is Recovery for Shore. An all-volunteer coalition that includes SBH staff as well as representatives of other addictions treatment and recovery organizations throughout the region, Recovery for Shore promotes the individual’s right to recovery through advocacy, education, and demonstration of the power of recovery.

“We are getting the word out that millions of Americans are leading productive and meaningful lives in successful long-term recovery,” says Recovery for Shore member and SBH nurse Tracie Nolan, BSN, CARN. “We share information, participate in rallies and lobbying initiatives, and sponsor community events to help encourage and enlighten the public about the reality of recovery.”

Recovery for Shore's first annual Gratitude for Recovery Dinner sold out with more than 280 guests in attendance.

Recovery for Shore’s first annual Gratitude for Recovery Dinner sold out with more than 280 guests in attendance.

 

After getting his ice cream, Bennett Gordon opted for face-painting from  RFS volunteer Sheryl Southwick.

After getting his ice cream, Bennett Gordon opted for face-painting from RFS volunteer Sheryl Southwick.

In September, National Recovery Awareness Month, the group organized the 2nd annual “Scoop Scoot,” a family event at Thompson Park in Easton, and the first annual Gratitude for Recovery Dinner, which attracted 280 people for a celebration at the Elks Lodge in Easton and featured guest speaker Keith Mills, WBAL sports news broadcaster who is a strong advocate for the recovery movement.

In concert with UM SRH leadership, community volunteers and a host of organizations and agencies devoted to behavioral health issues, SBH nurses and other staff are working to find community solutions to the problem of drug and alcohol addiction.