Category Archives: Employees

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.

From the Safe Lifting and Movement (SLAM) Committee…

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The Safe Lifting and Movement (SLAM) Committee continues to work towards improving employee safety when moving patients.

Fact of the month: Studies have shown that patients feel more comfortable and secure when a mechanical transfer device is used.  (Pellino, T.A., Bowen, L. Knapp and J. Noack. 2006.  The evaluation of mechanical devices for lateral transfers on perceived exertion and patient comfort.  Orthopedic Nursing. 25 (1): 4-10.)

Status: On October 6 the SLAM Committee reported that it has been 29 days since last reported lifting injury.

For additional information about the SLAM Committee or its efforts to promote employee and patient safety, contact Teresa Blem, PT, Committee Co-Chair, at 410-822-1000, ext. 2104, or by e-mail at tblem@umm.edu.

Telemetry Unit Kicks Off Food Drive

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involved-football-league-1The Telemetry Unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton kicked off its “Rush to the Goal” Food Drive on October 1.

Team captains for the Food Drive are:

Team Blue: Heather Miller
Team Purple:
Terri Fisher
Team Pink:
Angie Camper
Team Brown:
Debbie Powell
Team Red:
Dr. Rajasingh
Team Aqua:
Laura Wheat

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.

New Director of Materials Management Appointed at UM Shore Regional Health

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Chris Di Fatta

Chris Di Fatta

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has appointed Chris Di Fatta as its new director of Materials Management, which is part of the Supply Chain Department at University of Maryland Medical System.

A graduate of Salisbury University, Di Fatta recently earned Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Most recently, he served as the materials manager at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

“Mr. Di Fatta brings a wealth of experience and leadership to this new role,” remarks JoAnne Hahey, regional senior vice president of finance and Chief Financial Officer, UM Shore Regional Health. “His diverse health care background and proven track record as a thinker and problem solver make him a tremendous asset to UM Shore Regional Health and UMMS, our team members and most importantly, to the patients we serve.”

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.

 

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.

Food Drive Lasts Until September 26

There’s still time to make a difference in the life of a hungry family! Between now and Thursday afternoon, September 26, Shore Regional Health employees can bring their food and dry-goods donations for the Maryland Food Bank’s September food drive to the boxes in the main entrances of UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton, and also to the UM Shore Regional Health Cancer Center in Easton and UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice in Chestertown.

“Our drive got off to a bit of late start, but I am encouraged that donations are coming in and hoping that many more will arrive between now and this coming Wednesday when State Police come in for the pickups,” says Cindy Jones, CPC, Clinical Information Analyst at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Any questions about the drive and what can be donated may be directed to Jones, 410-822-1000, ext. 5984.

Congratulations to September Employees of the Month!

 

Julie Callahan, RNC-OB
UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
Birthing Center

Julie Callahan, BSN, RNC III

Julie Callahan, BSN, RNC III

Julie Callahan is a dedicated nurse who cares for her patients in such a kind compassionate way that each new mother’s birth experience is special.  She incorporates the new parents’ wishes into her care so that their experience will always be remembered positively.  Patient focused care is a priority for Julie.

As an indication of Julie’s commitment to her profession and the hospital, she earned her certification in Inpatient OB this month and is working with her colleagues to help several of them sit for the exam as well.

Julie has taken on a process improvement project for the Birthing Center visitation policy revision and currently chairs the committee. She has researched and taught her colleagues new information about the SIDS Safe Sleep program so that we are providing our patients the most current information available.

Kelly Hutt, RN
UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
Emergency Department

Kelly Hutt, RN, has been with Shore Medical Center at Easton for many years and has impressed her colleagues and supervisors with her ability to “pull together” some of her patients’ difficult issues. Kelly discusses the issues comprehensively and communicates with the team in a non-judgmental and positive way.

Kelly is an excellent charge nurse in the ED and remains calm, helpful and focused even during the hectic/busy times. She is an excellent role model for the younger nurses.

Congratulations to the September Employees of the Month!

 

 

 

Childs named to UM School of Medicine Adjunct Faculty

Brian H. Childs, Ph.D.

Brian H. Childs, Ph.D.

Brian H. Childs, Ph.D., Director of Ethics for Shore Regional Health has been appointed to the Adjunct Faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine at the rank of professor. In this capacity, he will be teaching medical ethics and also performing instruction in ethics rounds and the process of bedside consultations.

Childs also is Professor for the Graduate School of University of Maryland University College, and is current president of The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP), an international organization that accredits training programs in hospital chaplaincy, pastoral psychotherapy, pastoral supervision and pastoral counseling.