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Above & Beyond

The following reports from patients and family members reaffirm
our staff’s commitment to teamwork and putting our patients’ needs first.
Please take a minute to say THANKS!


The moment you walk in the door of the Breast Center you are greeted by friendly staff and instantly feel a little more at ease. Both of the women that helped me were extremely helpful and friendly throughout the check in process. I would highly recommend your practice to anyone I know that needs it. The doctor that I saw was so sweet and so informative. She made me feel a lot better as well and not so in the dark about what was going on with my body.


I have already recommended your facility, the Diagnostic and Imaging Center, to my husband.  We are new to Maryland and I am very impressed with your facility and staff.


Staff were friendly, attentive & competent at the Chestertown Lab. My clinician was new and her supervisor did an excellent job of providing guidance.


The staff in Cardiopulmonary Rehab at Easton has been the most conscientious I have ever dealt with.  Every staff person has the utmost concern for patients – if I miss one session,  Matt is on the phone immediately to make sure I am OK.  Great group.100% pleased.  Thank you!


Everyone in radiology at Shore Medical Center at Dorchester is so kind and helpful. Made my visit very good. Love the hospital – So clean and easy to use all the facilities. Always tell everyone how I love the hospital and how good they are to patients.


Morton Kalus, MD, FACC, Joins UM CMG – Cardiology

Morton Kalus, MD, FACC

University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), welcomed Morton Kalus, MD, FACC, a board-certified cardiologist with more than 25 years of experience, who will be bringing his expertise and services to patients in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.

As part of UM CMG, Dr. Kalus is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health. “We are very excited to have Dr. Kalus join our team at the University of Maryland Community Medical Group in our cardiology practice,” comments Michele Wilson, chief operating officer for UM CMG. “Dr. Kalus brings with him more than 25 years of experience in academic and clinical appointments that will greatly benefit our cardiology patients on the Eastern Shore.”

Dr. Kalus is seeing patients at two locations — 126 Philosophers Terrace in Chestertown and 125 Shoreway Drive in Queenstown. Patients may make an appointment with Dr. Kalus at either location by calling 410-822-5571.

 A native of Baltimore, Dr. Kalus graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and completed his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He went on to pursue his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He then spent two years pursuing fellowship in pharmacology  at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, after which he returned to the University of Michigan Medical Center to  complete fellowships in cardiology and nuclear medicine fellowships. He is certified in cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine; and in nuclear cardiology by the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology.


Joint Commission Preparation: Tip of the Week

Emergency Preparedness: What you need to know

  • The health system annually reviews our Hazard Vulnerability Analysis. This tool helps us determine the highest threat risk to certain types of events and our ability to limit the impact to hospital/health system operations.
    • Natural Events – severe weather, epidemics
    • Technological events – Utilities failures, supply shortages, transportation events
    • Human Events – Mass casualty, Armed Assailant, Bomb threat
    • Hazardous Materials/Terrorism Events – Radiation Exposures, Chemical Spills/Exposures
  • From here, policies & procedures are developed or revised to outline the hospital’s/health system’s response to Emergencies and prioritize our activities, like drills. Our Policies and Plans can be found on the UM SRH intranet page in PolicyManager.
  • The health system has developed an Emergency Operations Plan. This plan outlines how the hospital/health system will organize itself to manage emergencies and how we manage major functions in emergencies.
  • An Incident Command Center may be set up and is the central place where information is gathered and instructions sent out to manage the event. Generally, the Administrator on Call will decide if incident command needs to be set up.
    • Easton Command Center – Behavioral Health Conference Room, 1st floor
    • Chestertown Command Center – Boardroom, by Administration Offices
    • Dorchester Command Center – Boardroom, By Administration Offices
  • The Incident Command and command staff will set objectives to manage the event and will consider:
    • Communications – information sharing and notifications
    • Resources & Assets – People, Places, Supplies & Equipment
    • Staff Response Activities
    • Safety & Security – of buildings and people
    • Clinical Activities – surge/bed management, continued outpatient activities
    • Utilities Management
    • Volunteer management

Know Your Role:

  • Review Plans/Policies/Procedures to know how to respond to events.
  • Take advantage of Education/Training opportunities and participate in Emergency drills to become familiar with emergency response activities.
  • Be prepared personally. Plan. Be Informed.

For additional information please contact:

Beth Copp
Regional Manager, Emergency Preparedness

Michelle Kirk
Director of Facilities
410-822-1000, x5464

HR News You Can Use – Open Enrollment, Annual Education Updates

Final Days for Open Enrollment for Benefits

Enrollment continues through May 22, 2018.

  • This year EVERYBODY must enroll, even if you’re not making any changes to your health, vision, or dental plans.  Flexible spending and HSA requires re-enrollment every year.  (“Everyone” includes supplemental staff because they are eligible for the individual Bronze Plan for health insurance.)
  • You will not have insurance coverage on July 1, 2018 if you do not enroll!  Required dependent documentation must be submitted by June 15, 2018 or your dependents will not be covered.  This is very important!!
  • Additional “help sessions” will be offered for team members who would like to have assistance enrolling for their UM SRH benefits.The new sessions are scheduled as below:

Annual Education – Closes on July 1, 2018

The Annual education window is open in UMMS U.  Access your education through HR Connections.  No extra password needed since you are logging in through a secure access point.

Once on the HR Connections page, look for the UMMS U link in the center of the page.  There are demos there to help you navigate, as well as the “My Training” tab to get you started on your journey to complete your required annual education.

The window closes on July 1, 2018.  All staff must complete the mandatory education requirements by the deadline!  If you have problems or questions, contact Kathy Freund at ext. 5936.

Employee Health Annual Requirements Due in June

The following departments are required to complete their Employee Health requirements:

  • Cambridge – 2-East & ICU
  • Chestertown – Acute Care & ICU
  • Easton – 2East, 3East, Joint Center, Neuro, Telemetry & ICU

The requirements include:  Respiratory mask fit, TB questionnaire & TDAP updating

PLEASE NOTE: There are still some team members that are due in the month of May from other departments.  If unsure, contact Employee Health at  ext. 5549 for guidance.

 If not completed during the allotted month, you will be taken off of the schedule at the end of the month until the requirements have been satisfied.

Need to visit EMPLOYEE HEALTH SERVICES? Below are drop-in hours: 


Hospital Week Contest Winners Announced

Thanks to all who submitted entries to our two Hospital Week Quiz Contests and congratulations to winners! They are:

  • Hospital Week History Contest: Morgan Blue (Easton), Sarah Brown (Chestertown), Latasha Coleman (Canvasback) and Regina Volz (Easton).
  • Hospital Awards & Accreditations Contest: Romaine Height (Dorchester), Jessica Salazar (Easton), Doug Rousseau (Easton/Queenstown) and Alicia Dodd (Chestertown).

Winners will be contacted by Trena Williamson to make arrangements for delivery of their gift baskets.


Welcome, New Team Members

Front row:  Claudette Walker, Christa Rodriguez, Tekahya Hackett, Luann Kosicki, Baily Stewart, Christie Knapp, Healther Hildenbrand and Paula Tyler. Back row: Taylor Lloyd, Mia Rahman, Sterling Mattox, Jennifer Passwaters, Lisa Britt, Amy Bickling, Paula Thessen and David King.

Please welcome the following new team members who completed New Employee Orientation on May 14, 2018:

  • Amy Bickling, Staff Nurse, Chemotherapy Clinic, SMC at Easton
  • Lisa Britt, Staff Nurse, SMC at Easton
  • Brian Gast, Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation Services, SMC at Dorchester
  • Tekahya Hackett, Access Representative, UM SRH
  • Heather Hildenbrand, Collegiate Nurse, SMC at Easton
  • David King, EVS Project Tech, Environmental Services, SMC at Easton
  • Christie Knapp, Staff Nurse, Telemetry, UM SMC at Easton
  • Luann Kosicki, Transitional Care Coordinator, Case Management, UM SMC at Easton
  • Taylor Lloyd, Access Representative, UM SRH
  • Sterling Mattox, Parking Attendant, Security, SMC at Chestertown
  • Jennifer Passwaters, Staff Nurse, SMC at Easton
  • Mia Rahman, Nuclear Med Tech, Nuclear Medicine, SMC at Easton
  • Christa  Rodriguez, Staff Nurse, Telemetry, SMC at Easton
  • Bailey Stewart, Food Service Associate, Dietary, Shore Nursing and Rehab at Chestertown
  • Paula Thessen, Director, Recreation/Activities, Shore Nursing and Rehab at Chestertown
  • Paula Tyler, Access Representative, UM SRH
  • Claudette Walker, Access Representative, UM SRH

MD 331 Overnight Closures Announced

The Maryland State Highway Administration will be closing MD 331 during the overnight hours between  June 3 and June 8 to complete paving on the new Choptank River bridge (“Dover Bridge”). The road will be completely closed in both directions between 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night that week. Ideally the work will be complete by Friday morning.

The State Highway Administration will accommodate emergency vehicles through the work zone but passenger cars will be prohibited.

If you are a clinical person who takes emergency call during this time and uses this route, please contact Trena Williamson or 410-822-1000, ext. 5507.

Robin Hood Shop Hosts “Tea and Fashion” Event

The Robin Hood Shop recently held a special “Tea and Fashion” event following the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary’s general membership meeting and luncheon. More than 70 community members and volunteers attended the event, during which shop volunteers modeled spring fashions that can be found at Robin Hood, including clothing and accessories such as jewelry, hats, shoes and handbags.

Diane McCarthy, president of the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary, showcases an outfit during the fashion event.

“The Auxiliary did a wonderful job on this event,” says Ida Jane Baker, Auxiliary past-president and president of the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation. “The room was so beautifully decorated and there was a very nice selection of teas and ‘light fare’ treats. They had a full house and everyone was enjoying the fashion show and the sale of various specialty items, the raffles and so forth. It was a true celebration of the Robin Hood Shop and all the activities our Auxiliary members undertake to support health care in Dorchester County.”

Volunteers Daly Cruz and Miguel Moran showcased wedding attire at the fashion event.

The shop, operated by the Auxiliary, offers gently used clothing, accessories and household items. Shop hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. For more information about the Robin Hood Shop or volunteer opportunities, call (410)228-6339. The Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary works to raise funds for the benefit of equipment, programs, services and patient care at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.