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Above & Beyond: Team Members Tackle Efficiency Challenge

Supply Expense Task Force and Operational Excellence thanks the following team members for submitting their creative ideas to improve efficiency and/or reduce costs in various departments around UM Shore Regional Health.

A few of the ideas submitted are now being operationalized and others are under review, but in all cases, team members’ time, energy and ingenuity devoted to helping enhance their departments and our organization as a whole are much appreciated.

  • Tunisha Akins –  Neurology, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Connie Collins – Women’s and Children’s Services,  Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Crystal Davenport – 3 East Multi Specialty Care, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Roberta Hackley – Respiratory Services,  Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Shanya Kerr –  Intensive Care Unit, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • BillieJo Lagana – Emergency Department, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Sandra Niblett – Food & Nutrition Services, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester
  • Patricia Pinheiro – Diagnostic and Imaging Center
  • Matthew Roberts – Cardiac Rehabilitation, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Douglass Rousseau – Regional Sleep Disorder Center
  • Noel Scarano – UM Community Medical Group – Pulmonary
  • Michelle Smith – Respiratory Care, Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
  • Kevan Sullivan –  Intensive Care Unit, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Alison Toepfer – Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown
  • Chris Walton – 2 East MultiSpecialty Care, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester
  • Jennifer Wade – Care Coordination,  Shore Medical Center at Easton

HR News You Can Use: Celebrating Retirement! Barbara Hooper and Theresa Winston

Theresa Winston with Ken Kozel

Human Resources staff were pleased to celebrate Shore Regional Health’s first retirements under the newly established Rewards and Recognition program!  Warm receptions were held this past week in the UM Shore Medical Center at Easton cafeteria honoring:

Theresa Winston, retiring after 37 years of service and dedication as an Easton-based cardiovascular tech in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services,; and,

Barbara Hooper, retiring with 27 years of service as a radiology clerical supervisor the Radiology Department at Easton.

The fun celebrations included remarks by our very own Ken Kozel followed by delicious Celebrate with HEART cake and fellowship.

The two honorees are probably shopping for their own special gifts from the online catalogue with the points that were issued to them as a reward for their many years of dedication and loyalty to Shore Regional Health!

Barbara Hooper, flanked by Ken Kozel and Gary Bigelow.

Be on the lookout for our next celebration event that will be advertised in Compass and by all team member email!


Welcome, New Team Members

Back Row left to right: Tamara Bryant, Nicole Cephas, Angela Sterling, Crytal Tickner, Latisha Kyle and Calvin Monroe.
Front Row left to right: Tiffany Plummer, Taylor Smith, Cheyenne Collett, Jacqueline Johnson and Justina Williams.

HR welcomed 11 new team members at the New Employee Orientation on November 13, 2017. They are:

  • Tamara Bryant – Food Service Production (supplemental), Food & Nutrition Services, Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Nicole Cephas – Nursing Tech (per diem), Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Cheyenne Collett – Imaging Assistant (part time), Diagnostic & Imaging Center
  • Jacqueline Johnson – EVS Tech (part time), Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Latisha Kyle – Access Representative (supplemental), Shore Regional Health
  • Calvin Monroe –  Parking Attendant (part time), Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
  • Tiffany Plummer – Radiology Clerk (part time), Shore Regional Health
  • Taylor Smith – Radiographer II (supplemental), Diagnostic & Imaging Center
  • Angela Sterling – Medical Lab Assistant (supplemental)
  • Crystal Tickner- Access Representative (part time), Shore Regional Health
  • Justina Williams – Staff Nurse (per diem), Shore Medical Center at Easton

Home Care Agencies Celebrated During November

November is National Home Care Month – and for the staff of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s two home care entities, UM Shore Home Care (UM SHC) and UM Chester River Home Care (UM CRHC), there is much to celebrate.

UM Chester River Home Care team members: front row – Brooke Smith, Jenny Paul, Kim Price and Jen Wade. Middle row: Katie Davis, Sarah Hopkins, Jen Walters, Brianna Simms, Mary Lynn Price, Melissa Maule and Trish Focht, manager; back row – Barb Cole, Alexa Jester, Karen Conley, Kristin Dickerson, Frances Rodney, OT, Chris Kirby, Amanda Sutton, Kiara Henry, Sarah Reynolds, Melissa Myers, Lucinda Wakefield, Brooke Maier and Andrea Alduino.

Shore Home Care and Chester River Home Care have been serving patients in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties for more than 15 years. The two agencies provide a full range of services, including skilled nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapy; medical social work; and home health aide assistance.

Between the two entities, there are now more than 50 staff whose shared goal is to help each patient maintain optimal health and independence in his or her home setting, whether a family residence, a group home or a residential care facility. Says Rita Holley, director of Home Care Services for UM SRH, “During FY 2017, our clinicians served more than 2,000 individual patients and conducted more than 34,200 visits – driving over 670,000 miles in and around our five-county region to provide in-home care.”

UM Shore Home Care team members: front row – Molly MacGlashan, Kim Price, Terri Leanza, Heather Coulbourn and Lee Rosendale; 2nd row, Kim Honeycutt, Debbie Stafford, Kelly Lord, Betsy Rector, Danielle Brummell,  Susan Wolcott and Rita Holley; 3rd row – Lauren Princiotta, Delores Rossy, Cynthia Lloyd and Alice Ofano; back row – Shannon Blades, Jessie Willey and Patricia Starkey.

Holley is most proud of the strong satisfaction ratings the two agencies receive from patients and their families.

“Our home care patient satisfaction rates consistently exceed national and state averages, often by several percentage points,” she explains. “Among home care agencies in Maryland, the average satisfaction rating for overall care from an agency is 81%, and the national rating is 84%. Chester River home care’s score is 93% and Shore Home Care’s score is 88%. Our patients and their loved ones compliment the staff not only on their professional skill and knowledge but also on their warm and supportive demeanor.”

UM Shore Regional Health Shines Light on Lung Cancer Awareness Month

UM SRH Cardiovascular and Pulmonary services decorated their tree in awareness wrist bands and mini flash lights to observe Lung Cancer Awareness Month at their Shine a Light Event. Back row: (left to right) Katie Dadds, practice manager, Pulmonary Care at Easton & Chestertown, Greg Oliver, MD, Pulmonologist, Leigh Marquess, RN, director of Wellness Promotions, Caroline County Health Department, Brian Leutner, MBA, executive director, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester and UM Shore Regional Health Oncology Services, Gary Bigelow, regional director of Imaging, Cheryl Ruff, University of Maryland Community Medical Group, senior director of Operations, UM SRH, Timothy Shanahan, DO, regional medical director for Physician Services, UM Community Medical Group, Maranda LeCompte, RN, Tobacco Cessation Program –Dorchester County. Front row: Kristen Moore, Community Health Educator-Talbot County, Michele Williams, DNP, Oncology Nurse Practitioner and program coordinator, Lung Cancer Screening, Julie Jones, program coordinator, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program – Dorchester County. Not pictured: Amanda James, RN, Cessation Nurse –Talbot County.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services team members recently teamed up with community partners from local health departments to Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Awareness Month by decorating and lighting a tree in UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton. UM SRH joins the estimated 200 communities to hold a “Shine the Light” event in partnership with the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA).

In July 2017, UM SRH Cardiovascular and Pulmonary services launched a new lung cancer screening program overseen by Greg Oliver, MD, pulmonologist, and Michelle Williams, DNP, who is board-certified in oncology. Named a LCA Screening Center of Excellence, this program uses low-dose computed tomography scanning to find disease at the earliest possible stage.

For more information on UM SRH’s Lung Cancer Screening program please visit


Michele Williams Receives State-Wide Award for Contributions to Cancer Control and Public Health

Michele Williams, DNP, CRNP, AGPCNP-BC, OCN, RN-BC, of University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Oncology/Pulmonology has received the 2017 Martin D. Abeloff Award for Excellence in Public Health and Cancer Control from the Maryland Department of Health Center for Cancer Prevention and Control. The award was presented to Williams on November 17, 2017, at the the 24th Annual Maryland State Council on Cancer Control Conference in recognition of her contributions to cancer control and public health through patient care and public health policy advocacy.

Michele Williams

Established in honor of Martin D. Abeloff,, MD, a renowned medical oncologist and researcher, the Abeloff Award recognizes individuals who have made advancements  in cancer control practices that influence the public health statewide and ultimately on a national and/or global scale.

In addition to her role in cancer care at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Williams is an associate medical director for Talbot Hospice and an ambassador for American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). She recently implemented a new lung cancer screening protocol at UM Shore Regional Health designed to detect lung disease at its earliest, most treatable stages using low-dose computed tomography in hope of reducing the rate of lung cancer in high risk patients on the Eastern Shore.

In the policy arena, Williams has made significant contributions through volunteer leadership positions nationally and statewide. She serves as chair of the Maryland Upper Eastern Shore Oncology Nurses Society Chapter, Maryland state co-lead ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and ambassador lead for the 1st U.S. Congressional District for ACS CAN.

Williams also volunteers in leadership roles with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and received the Talbot County Hometown Hero Award for her work as chair of the ACS fundraiser, Colors of Cancer. She is presently on the leadership team for ACS’ Relay For Life of Talbot County, raising funds for  patient services and education programs and for cancer research. Annually, she coordinates a reception celebrating cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Chester River Auxiliary Announces Holiday Raffle

The Auxiliary of Chester River Hospital Center has announced a raffle sale between now and December 20, 2017.

The raffle prize is a Mariposa Brilliante Metal Server in the shape of a boat dory dory (20 inches by 7 inches) with two oars as spreaders. Designed by Michael Updike and made from recycled sandcast aluminum, the serving set is valued at $213.

Tickets are on sale ($1 each, six for $5) at the gift shop in UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and also at the Auxiliary’s Nearly New Shop, located at 320 High Street in Chestertown.


“Giving Tuesdays” Celebrated by Chester River, Dorchester and Memorial Hospital Foundations

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s foundations are joining together to promote “Giving Tuesday,” a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

By participating in Giving Tuesday, celebrated locally this year on each Tuesday throughout the months of November and December, the three foundations that support patient care at UM Shore Regional Health — Chester River Health Foundation, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation and Memorial Hospital Foundation — hope to raise awareness of the vital role philanthropy plays in providing local health care and to encourage community members to make a donation to benefit patient care at their local hospitals and outpatient sites before the end of the calendar year.

The three foundations rely on support from their local communities to continue to improve and upgrade their local hospital’s equipment and technology for the benefit of patient care. In addition to funding equipment purchases for the hospitals and various outpatient sites in their respective communities, donations to the donations support advanced education and training needs of hospital staff through partial and full scholarships

Charitable donations can be made through the following:

Chester River Health Foundation
100 Brown Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
Online Giving —

Dorchester General Hospital Foundation
P.O. Box 439 Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-5511, ext. 5401

Memorial Hospital Foundation
PO Box 1846
Easton, MD 21601
410-822-1000, ext. 5763
Online Giving —

Mark Your Calendar … Events, Screenings and Support Groups



  • Preparing for Childbirth: Labor and Delivery, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Class for expectant parents and birthing partners. Includes a tour of the newly renovated Birthing Center. Register by phone: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.
  • Diabetes Health Fair, Mt. Olive AME Church, 24852 Lamb’s Meadow Road, Worton, Md, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Featuring dietitians from UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and fitness/wellness personnel from Kent Athletic Center as well as local providers of natural/organic foods and nutrition products from Seedhouse and Chestertown Natural Foods offering guidance for persons with diabetes or pre-diabetes on dietary, exercise and other lifestyle choices that promote good health. Free lunch and gifts provided. INFO: Chrissy Nelson, 410-768-7668, ext. 2175.
  • Caring for Caregivers, Eastern Shore Conservation Center, 114 S. Washington St.,  Easton, 4 p.m. Tips for keeping organized and coping with the emotional aspects of being a support person of someone experiencing serious illness. Open to family and friends of anyone facing any type of cancer. Sponsored by UM Shore Regional Health and The Chesapeake Multiple Myeloma Network. Info: Patty Plaskon, 410-820-6800,


  • You Can East and Still Lose Weight, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Would losing weight help you look and feel better? Increase your energy and improve your health? This free seminar, presented by local dietitians Mary King, RD, LD,CDE and Cheyrle Borneman, RD, LD, CDE will offer tips on how to achieve your desired weight without severe dieting. Contact: Mary King, 410-778-3300, ext. 2295.


  • In the Bag Sale, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center, 7 am to 4 pm.  Handbags, purses, wallets, luggage, computer bags – great selection and great prices! Sale is sponsored by the Easton Auxiliary and proceeds will benefit patient care.
  • Food Shopping for Health: Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes, Redner’s Market, 17 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, Md., 1 to 3 p.m. In observance of Diabetes Awareness Month, local dietitian Mary King, RD, LD, CDE will lead this fun, free grocery store tour that teaches how to shop and plan meals for optimal health when managing diabetes or pre-diabetes. Open to the public. RSVP: Mary King, 410-778-3300, ext. 2295,


  • Veterans Day and Second Saturday Sale, The Robin Hood Shop, 416 High Street, Cambridge, Md. Veterans receive 25 percent OFF the already-low “2nd Saturday” low prices on all items, for example, glassware & china products are 75% off  and boutique items and jewelry are also heavily discounted (50% off) — holiday items are the only ones not on sale.  Veterans must bring valid Veterans I.D. card to qualify for the additional 25 percent discount for. Also featured: A local hand-crafter who will demonstrate how to make hand-crocheted clothes hangers.


  • Food Shopping for Health: Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes, Giant Food, 8993 Elliott Road, Easton, Md., 1:30 p.m.  In observance of Diabetes Awareness Month, local dietitian and diabetes educator Karen Hollis, RD, CDE will lead this fun, free grocery store tour that teaches how to shop and plan meals for optimal health when managing diabetes or pre-diabetes. Open to the public. RSVP: Karen Hollis, 410-822-1000, ext. 5757,


  • Diabetes Awareness Open House, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Freeman Outpatient Center, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., free. Meet and talk with diabetes care providers, educators and also vendors offering a diabetes care products, and enjoy presentations as follows: at 1 p.m., Cooking for Better Health, by the staff of Eat Sprout; at 2 p.m., Medicare Assistance for Persons with Diabetes, by Pam Limberry from Talbot County’s State Health Insurance Program (SHIP); at 3 p.m., Navigating Pharmacy Plans and Controlling Costs, by Kristan Tallent, Pharm.D., and pharmacy team members from Hill’s Drug Store. Also offered will be information on maintaining your best health with diabetes, preventing diabetes and managing pre-diabetes.


  • Breastfeeding Your Baby, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tips and techniques for breastfeeding and pumping, Free; register by phone: 410-822-1000 or 510-228-5511, ext. 5200.
  • Safe Sitter, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Teaches youth life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. $45 per person (note: some scholarships are available) and includes a workbook and backpack. Advance registration required: Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.
  • Tax Strategies for 2017, Talbot County Free Library, 100 W Dover Street, Easton, Md., 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Up-to-date information to help you prepare for your 2017 tax return, Topics include capital gains, charitable donations, net investment, inheritance, and estate & gift taxes, etc. Guest presenters: Fred Hopkins, JD, CFA, of Wilmington Trust; Darian Sump, CPA of Sump Associates, and Deborah Walsworth, CPA, DFP, CPC, of CBIZ, MHM LLC & Mayer Hoffmann McCann, PC. Sponsored by UM Memorial Hospital Foundation. Free, reservation required: Janet Andrews, 410-822-1000, ext. 5792,
  • Shoot for the Stars Casino Night Fundraiser, Garfield Center, 210 High Street, Chestertown, Md., 7 to 11 p.m. Sponsored by the Chester River Health Foundation to benefit patient care in Kent County.Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and $25,000 in chips for casino-style games including Craps, Roulette, Caribbean Stud, Three Card Poker and Blackjack. Prizes offered include a luxurious Williamsburg, Virginia holiday getaway for eight, a long weekend in Washington, D.C., a divine wine basket and more. Sponsorships also available. Entertainment provided by Phil Dutton and the Alligators. $125 per person (includes a $75 tax-deductible donation). Contact: Deb Lauser, 410-810-5661 or


  • Jewelry and Electronics Sale, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton.





Bridge Clinic Support Group – Every Tuesday, 6-7:30pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Free, confidential support group meeting for individuals who have been hospitalized for behavioral health reasons and could benefit from assistance with issues after discharge. Varied topics based on participants’ needs. Each participant may bring one family member. Info: 410-228-5511, ext. 2140.


Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesdays, 11/7 and 11/21, 10-11:30am, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 5th floor meeting room. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Info: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5700.


Survivors Offering Support (SOS) – Free program pairing women who have breast cancer with mentors who are breast cancer survivors. If you need support or would like to become a mentor, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 11/28, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Cancer Support Group/Easton – Thursdays, 11/2 and 11/16, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 11/14, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Prostate Cancer & Erectile Dysfunction” presented by Andrew Riggin, MD, UM Community Medical Group – Urology. Spouses and friends are encouraged to attend. Info: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 11/20, 7pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.


Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, 11/13, 5:30 pm. Talbot County Senior Center –400 Brookletts Ave., Easton. Led by Karen Hollis, RD, CDE. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Wednesday, 11/1, 5:00 p.m., St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S. 5th Avenue, Denton.  Led by Doris Allen, CRNP, CDE. Info: 410-822-1000, ext.5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Cambridge – Weds, 11/29, 6:00 p.m., Board Room, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. Led by Wynn Aroom, RN, CDE. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tues, 11/28, 6:30 p.m., Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 100 Brown St. Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Info: 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.


Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 11/2, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 500 Cadmus Lane, Easton.  All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000 ext. 5068 or

Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tues, 11/28, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320. All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard, 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or