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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!

Your group at Shore Home Care is nothing short of FANTASTIC! All of your nurses were so kind, professional and helpful. I could not have gone through my recovery without them. Special thanks to Charlie Moore and Diana Miller.

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The Ambulatory Surgery Center in Easton was clean and well-organized. The staff was very helpful. Karen Wooten (sp?) was wonderful and so was the OR nurse, Vince. My anesthesiologist Dr. Joe Hughes was fabulous too. What a great team! This was my first surgery and I couldn’t have had a better experience.

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In the Emergency Department at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, someone was with me at almost all times to answer my questions, explain things, etc. The doctor was terrific and explained what she was doing all through the procedure. Very competent and professional doctor and nurse. during a follow-up appointment, my primary physician said that whoever stitched me up did a really good job.

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I received swift and superb care at the Cardiac Cath Lab in UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. I was very impressed with the doctors and nurses.Thank you very much for saving my life! P.S. My granddaughter was a volunteer in the emergency room. We were on the way to her graduation at Chesapeake College.

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Overall, the doctors and nurses of at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester Telemetry were amazing I was treated with the utmost respect and care

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There is no such thing as a happy colonoscopy. However, at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, my overall experience from start to finish was superb. Every individual, from preregistration phone call to Leroy’s wheel chair discharge, was competent and professional. The representative with whom I preregistered and Felicia at the outpatient desk were both very courteous and helpful …. Amanda and Caitlin worked very well together to put me at ease and perform their duties. The room brightened upon their entry and remained so during the very professional discharge of their responsibilities. Rana was so good she even offered to take my weight in kg just in case the smaller number would make me happy. Turns out, after a colonoscopy prep, ALL numbers are smaller!

Dorchester Residents Turn Out for Presentation on Proposed UM Shore Medical Campus at Cambridge

At the podium is Donna Jacobs, senior vice president, Government, Regulatory Affairs and Community Health for University of Maryland Medical System. Shown left to right are UM SRH panelists Barbara Hendricks, Ruth Ann Jones, Walter Atha, MD, Bob Frank, William Huffner, MD and Ken Kozel.

Approximately 150 community residents, county and city officials, and representatives of various community, business and health organizations attended UM Shore Regional Health’s public meeting, “UM Shore Medical Campus at Cambridge – Our Vision for the Future,” held Tuesday evening, July 31, at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School.

UM Shore Regional Health President and CEO Ken Kozel opened the meeting by welcoming those in attendance. Following Kozel’s remarks, Richard Loeffler, chairman, Strategic Planning Committee for the UM SRH Board of Directors, Ricky Travers, Dorchester County Council president, Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Mayor of Cambridge, and Roger Harrell, Dorchester County Health Officer, offered statements expressing their support for UM Shore Regional Health’s proposed plan.

Describing the plan in detail was a panel presentation led by Ken Kozel and including UM SRH representatives William Huffner, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president, Medical Affairs, Ruth Ann Jones, chief nursing officer and vice president, Nursing and Patient Care Services, Bob Frank, vice president, Operations, Walter Atha, MD, medical director, Emergency Services, and Barbara Hendricks, director, Human Resources. Their commentary accompanied by a detailed powerpoint presentation on the plans, timeline and approval processes involved in realizing the proposed UM Shore Medical Center at Cambridge and UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Cambridge at Cambridge Marketplace on Route 50 at Woods Road.

The meeting also included an extensive Q & A session during which attendees submitted inquiries on various aspects of the proposal to members of the panel.

The powerpoint, which is is now available for viewing on the UM Shore Regional Health website at  umshoreregional.org/DorchesterVision, covers the following topics:

  • the conversion of Shore Medical Center at Dorchester to a freestanding medical facility
  • how emergency care will be delivered and the community’s identified health needs will be met
  • the proposed UM Shore Medical Campus at Cambridge
  • reasons for the change and what it means for the community
  • investments to improve and enhance health care services in Dorchester County and the surrounding area
  • campus development plans
  • timeline

 

Safe Sitter® Classes Offered

The popular Safe Sitter® class, taught by pediatric nurses for youth ages 11-13, will be offered one last time this summer on Friday, August 24, 9 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Education Center.

Safe Sitter® is a national, non-profit organization that provides programs to teach youth life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Over 175 lives have been saved by Safe Sitter® graduates using the skills learned through the Safe Sitter® training.

More information about the program may be found at www.safesitter.org. The cost for this one-day class is $45; some scholarships are available.

Safe Sitter® classes scheduled this fall are as follows:

  • In Chestertown, Saturdays, September 22 and November 17.
  • In Easton, Saturdays, October 6 and December 1.

Because seating is limited, advance registration is required. For more information or to register for a Chestertown class, call Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175. To register for an Easton class, call Michelle Emrick, 410-822-1000, ext. 5451.

Seventh Annual Pink Polar Bear Tourney Raises Funds for Leh Women’s Center

Eighty-eight members and guests of the Chester River Yacht & Country Club participated in the recent seventh annual Pink Polar Bear golf tournament, which raised $3,053 to benefit the patients served in the Eleanor & Ethel Leh Women’s Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Tournament player Doug Ford

Tournament co-chair Gwinn Derricott, who is also a hospital volunteer, said, “Everyone says that this is the most fun tournament they play in because of the format and the camaraderie. We’ve come a long way from a group of nine and 18-hole lady golfers,” she continued. “We’re looking forward to many more tournaments.”

Jane Hukill, tournament co-chair and also a hospital volunteer said, “We call it the Pink Polar Bear torunament because early on, it was explained to us that finding breast cancer can be like trying to find a polar bear in a blizzard.  When we saw the capabilities of the tomosynthesis in mammography, we had to do our part to support the continued availability of this state-of-the-art technology in Chestertown.”

“Many of the prizes and volunteers were provided by the 9-hole and 18-hole Ladies Golf groups at Chester River Yacht & Country Club,” continued Hukill.  “The support of the Chester River Health Foundation, the club’s members (many of whom return each year to participate in this popular tournament), and the very helpful support of the Golf Pro, Scott Stokes, continue to make this one of our strong support efforts for the Leh Women’s Center.”

According to Kelly Bottomley, Shore Regional Health’s interim regional director for imaging, “Mammography is the medical ‘gold standard’ to identify breast cancer.” The Eleanor & Ethel Leh Women’s Center, which opened in October 2013, was the first facility on the Delmarva Peninsula to offer 3-D digital mammography with tomosynthesis, which can find breast cancer at the earliest-possible stage. In 2017, the Center performed 2,622 mammograms. The Leh Center also offers bone density and BMI (body mass index) evaluation services, breast surgery and breast reconstruction surgery.

“I love the Pink Polar Bear group,” Bottomley added. “We are very grateful for our community’s continued support of the our patients and the Eleanor & Ethel Leh Women’s Center.”

Since the tournament’s inception, it has raised $15,831 in support of the patients served at the Leh Center.

Mark Your Calendar: August 2018

 

AUGUST EVENTS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

  • 60th Anniversary Celebration of The Nearly New Shop – 320 South High Street, Chestertown, events as follows:
    • Friday-Saturday, August 3 – 4 – The ever-popular Fill-A-Bag for $5 Sale. (You don’t even have to bring a bag –  ACME bags are dispensed to all shoppers.)
    • Also on August 4, birthday cake will be served!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

  • Childbirth Education: Labor & Delivery – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Health Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Includes a tour of the Birthing Center. Free. To register, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

TUESDAYS, AUGUST 7, 14, 21

  • Diabetes and You – 6 to 8 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, Board Room. A free, three-week educational program designed to help patients with diabetes manage their condition to avoid complications and enjoy their best health. Taught by Wynne Aroom. No referral is required, but please preregister by contacting Aroom, 410-822-1000, ext. 5286 or waroom@umm.edu

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15

  • Medical Marijuana: What You Need to Know – 6 to 8 p.m., Cancer Center, Easton. Free presentation provided by Ash & Ember Cannabis of Centreville. Call to register.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16

Uniform Sale – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, Main Lobby,

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

  • Blood Drive –  7:30 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m. UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
    Be Someone’s Hero. Give Blood. Schedule your appointment now by visiting our Donor Portal and enter Sponsor Code: UMCC, or by calling 1 888 8-BLOOD-8 (1-888-825-6638). You can also download the scheduling app on your Android or iPhone.  Sponsored by the UM Chester River Health Foundation.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18

  • Parenting Education: New Mom, New Baby – Safety & CPR – Strategies for caring for mom, caring for baby and child safety. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Health Education Center. Free. To register, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

MONDAY, AUGUST 20

  • Look Good, Feel Better – 10am – 12 noon, Cancer Center, Easton. Hair, skin and nail rehab before, during after chemotherapy. Presented by Kim Hardesty, ACS Volunteer Beauty Consultant. RSVP to Teri Dulin, 410-820-6800.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

  • Parenting Education: Big Brother, Big Sister – Sibling Preparation – 9:30 to 11 a.m., Health Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Designed for children ages 3 to 8. Includes a tour of the Birthing Center plus story time or video. Children should bring a doll or stuffed animal for practice.
  • Safe Sitter® Class– Taught by pediatric nurses for ‘tweens and young teens, Safe Sitter provides hands-on practice in safety and injury prevention as well as lifesaving techniques for those who are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Includes basic first aid and infant and child choking rescue. Students also receive instruction on how a child’s age dictates care requirements, how to prevent problem behavior, and how to run their own babysitting business. Cost: $45; some scholarships are available. Limited seating, advance registration required. For more information or to register, call Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175

AUGUST SCREENINGS AND SUPPORT GROUPS

ADDICTIONS/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

  • 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

  • Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesdays, 8/7 and 8/21, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Health Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

CANCER

  • Breast Cancer Support -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.
  • Cancer Support Group/Easton – Thursdays, 8/2 and 8/16, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.
  • Cancer Caregivers’ Coffee – Saturday, 8/11, 9-10:20 a.m., Cancer Center, EastonDiscussion of varied issues and challenges facing individuals and families assisting patients with cancer. Contact: Patty Plaskon, 410-820-6800, ext. 5361.
  • Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 8/27, 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.

CARDIOPULMONARY SCREENINGS

  • Free Blood Pressure Screenings/Easton & Cambridge – Easton: every Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am-12pm, Diagnostic & Imaging Center. Cambridge: every Tuesday & Friday, 11am-1pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. (Excluding holidays.)

DIABETES

  • Diabetes Support Group/Denton – NO MEETING IN AUGUST. Next Meeting: Thursday, 9/6,  5:30 p.m., St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S. 5th Avenue, Denton.  Led by Karen Canter RN, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext.5757.
  • Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, 8/13, 5:30pm, Giant Food, 8223 Elliott Road, , Easton. Led by Karen Hollis RD, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5188.
  • Diabetes Support Group/ Cambridge – Wednesday, 8/29, 5:30pm. Board Room, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge.Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5286.
  • Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – NO MEETING IN AUGUST. Next Meeting: Tuesday, 9/25, 6:30pm. Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 100 Brown St. Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact: 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.

 

New Facebook Posts…..Please Like and Share

The items below were posted on our UM Shore Regional Health Facebook page this week. If you are on Facebook, please help us increase awareness of the page as a resource for updates and information about UM SRH by visiting to LIKE and SHARE the posts of your choice.

Your participation really helps spread the word about the good work done by great team members at UM Shore Regional Health!

  • UM SRH Submits State Applications to Transform Health Care In Dorchester County
  • UM Shore Regional Health Home Care Agencies Offer New “GoSafe” Mobile Lifeline Technology
  • Meet Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Kevin McCoy!
  • Cancer Center Events for August!
  • August Blood Drive Set at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

Above & Beyond

 

To the Radiation Team at the Cancer Center: We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful care you provided to our mother! Although our hearts are sad we are so glad to know she found friends in all of you. Thank you for the card, thought and prayers!

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Your Shore Home Care group is nothing short of FANTASTIC! All of your staff were so kind, professional and helpful. I could not have gone through my recovery without them. Thanks to all of you,

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In same day surgery at UM SMC at Chestertown, my pre-op and post-op nurse Kristy was amazing!  Very sweet and attentive! Nurse was very good about calling husband in waiting room to update him. My sister-in-law used same doctor and hospital for same procedure. I was very happy with my experience.

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In the Emergency Department at UM SMC at Chestertown, someone was with me at almost all times to answer my questions, explain things, etc. The doctor was terrific and explained what she was doing all through the procedure – very competent and professional doctor and nurse. During a follow-up appointment, my primary physician said that whoever stitched me up did a really good job!

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Being a patient in Behavioral Health at Dorchester was the best thing that ever happened to me. The staff really took the time to help me figure out my issues and create a plan for when I leave. All the workers and doctors were great, they did everything that they could to help and it worked out really good. And it was some of the best food I have had in a while!

UM SRH Home Care Agencies Offer New “GoSafe” Mobile Lifeline Technology

UM Shore Home Care and UM Chester River Home Care are now providing the Phillips’s Lifeline GoSafe Mobile 2 System, according to Kim Honeycutt, personal response program facilitator for both home care agencies.

“The GoSafe 2 mobile medical alert service is an all-in-one system that enables responders to locate the wearer quickly in an emergency and provides a connection to a trained Lifeline Response Associate, 24/7,” explains Honeycutt.

The main advantage is that thanks to AT&T wireless network coverage, the wearer can be out in the community as well as at home. GoSafe 2 includes multiple, advanced locating technologies, fall detection capabilities, and two-way voice communication in a light (2.1 ounces) and comfortable pendant attached to a lanyard.

“It’s really ideal for seniors who still drive and those who travel to visit family members in other states where AT&T coverage is offered,” says Honeycutt. “We just installed one for a lady who lives on her own near Denton but drives over to Dover fairly often.”

The GoSafe Mobile 2 pendant is water-resistant (it can be work in the bath or shower) and operates from a rechargeable battery that lasts two to three days. It is FDA compliant as a Class ll medical device. There is an up-front installation cost of $99 and the monthly charge for the service is $45.

“After the installation fee, GoSafe Mobile 2 is actually more affordable than having the original in-home system plus the add-on component for use when leaving the house,” says Honeycutt. “We’ve installed a few for seniors who are upgrading and now they are paying $45 a month compared to $72 a month.”

For GoSafe Mobile 2 details, visit https://www.lifeline.philips.com/medical-alert-systems/gosafe-2.html. For more information about obtaining the service, contact Honeycutt, 410-820-6052, ext. 2933, or kimberly.honeycutt@umm.edu

 

Welcome, New Team Members

Front row: Courtney Morean, Valarie Mull, Briona Phillips and Mercy Pinder. Back row: Nordan Delizo, Reneka Guion, Mackenzie Joyce and Kathryn Lucas

Please join HR in welcoming the following new team members to UM Shore Regional Health:

  • Nordan Delizo, Staff Nurse, Multi Specialty Care, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester
  • Reneka Guion, Polysomnographic Tech, Sleep Disorders Center, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown
  • Mackenzie Joyce, Collegiate Nurse, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Kathryn  Lucas, Staff Nurse, Multi Specialty Care, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Courtney Morean, Staff Nurse, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Valarie Mull, Site Coordinator – Pharmacy Services, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Briona Phillips, Environmental Services Tech, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
  • Mercy Pinder, Nursing Tech,  Behavioral Health, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester