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Above & Beyond


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

A bit of a rambling note regarding wonderful experience I had at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton in June. I want you to know that the staff, MD and nurses could not have been more wonderful. I am a visitor passing through on this Eastern Shore. The fates could not have smiled upon me in a better way. Finding Dr. Kurtom on 6/06 and heading with him and his team into surgery on 6/14 was the best possible care I could get anywhere, I truly do believe. Everyone, including Chuck down in MRI, with their technical expertise and knowing, caring assurance made the entire experience run smoothly and efficiently … My night nurse, Ed, was like an angel sent from above and Sydney swiftly moved me from point A to B with charm and friendly banter.

I think there are no strangers in Easton or maybe just in your hospital, they are a very lucky town to have you. Your staff is caring, friendly and polite and they don’t even know me…. My day nurse was great and physical therapy let me go after a day so I can recoup on the healing shores of the Chesapeake Bay.… Again thank you, thank you, and give your people some much earned praise – they are the true healers of the world.


So I had been having some minor heart problems lately. Dr. Benjamin Remo and his team from Shore Regional Health performed an ablation on me. The outcome was fantastic! I feel 20 years younger! We are all very lucky to have such amazing physicians right here in Easton!


I had a C Section in the Birthing Center in June … of course it’s a time-taking recovery. You have a really amazing nursing staff, every department is doing a fantastic job. I really appreciate every help you have given me and just want to say thanks & congratulations to the whole crew of Shore Regional Health.


Your Shore Home Care staff members are wonderful. Diana Miller calls me even when she’s off. Charlie Moore is like an old friend – he teaches us and never makes us feel stupid. There is nothing you could do to make our care any better than it is!

HR News You Can Use: Employee Health and Wellness Services Update


Pat Steele, Employee Health & Wellness Services clinical coordinator, is taking the lead for this HR service line.  In addition to coordinating daily activities, Pat will represent Employee Health on committees and for other activities.  Stacey Truitt, LPN, will continue in her current role.  Employee Health & Wellness Services will report to Bev Valltos, director of Human Resources.

Basic functions for the department are unchanged, although the Weight Management program will not be continued at this time.  Should you wish to access weight management services, please contact HR Connections to inquire about options under our medical plan.

Revised Drop-In Hours for Employee Health & Wellness Services are as follows:

Tuesday Monday, Wednesday, Friday Thursday
7:30am – 12pm 7:30am – pm 7:30am  – pm
1 pm – 3:30pm 1 pm – 3:30pm 1 pm – 3:30pm


2 East Nurses at Easton Raise Funds for Ruth Ann Jones Endowed Scholarship

2 East Gives Back …to Ruth Ann Jones Scholarship. Front row, l .to r., Gloria McKnight, Mary Collins, Dawn Ruby, Alyssa Baker, RN, Ruth Ann Jones, Lucie Hughes, Lisa Cook and Keri Tucker; back row, l. to r., Ashley Higgs, Susan Lewis, Becky Lyons, Mary Camper, Rachel Newcomer and Frannie Johnson.

Nurses on the 2 East Multispecialty Care unit at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton recently raised over $1300 to benefit the Ruth Ann Jones Endowed Scholarship at Chesapeake College.

Staff nurses Dawn Ruby and Alyssa Baker organized a festive “Paint Night” in June at Ledo Pizza in Easton as a fundraiser for the scholarship. The event included a silent auction featuring items donated by UM Shore Regional Health nurses and local businesses, and was hosted by local artist Josepha Price of Half Moon Studio, LLC with Karaoke services donated by Bobby Sweitzer of Tilghman Island. In attendance were a host of nurses and other staff as well as family and friends. On July 10, Baker, Ruby and other unit staff presented a check for the event proceeds — $1315.00 — to Lucie Hughes, vice president for Institutional Advancement for the College and executive director of the Chesapeake College Foundation.

“This generous gift is an excellent testimonial to Ruth Ann and the dedication and admiration she inspires in all who have the privilege of working with her,” Hughes said. “We at the College have been so impressed and grateful for the outpouring of support for the Ruth Ann Jones Scholarship – many gifts have come in from individuals who have worked with her in some capacity over the years and were eager to participate in honoring her.”

Jones, who was named senior vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at UM Shore Regional Health (UM SRH) in May 2016, is widely known for her nursing and executive leadership, her unwavering support for excellence in all aspects of nursing care, and her extensive knowledge of the five-county region served by the health care network.

“I am amazed and very touched by this fundraiser and the generous scholarship support from all who participated,” she said. “In addition to their dedication to their patients and Shore Regional Health, the 2 East Multispecialty Care nurses, nurse techs and other staff have supported many causes that make a positive difference in the communities we serve.”

According to Baker, recent projects supported by the unit’s “2 East Gives Back” initiative include providing holiday gifts for local elderly and for veterans at Perry Point Hospital, raising money to donate to the Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore, donating “chemo bins” with personal care items for cancer patients receiving treatment at the Cancer Center, and collecting pet food and supplies for the local humane societies.

“Our philosophy is that together we can make a difference and we are determined to give back to the community,” she says. “This time we chose to focus on raising money to benefit the Ruth Ann Jones Endowed Scholarship at Chesapeake College because we wanted to honor Ruth Ann and acknowledge her endless commitment, encouragement, support and dedication for our organization and our community.”

Jones has served UM SRH in varied capacities since 1974, and has received awards and honors from diverse educational and health care organizations. She is a member of the advisory boards for Chesapeake College School of Nursing and the Salisbury University School of Nursing, the Maryland Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Health Information and Management System Society and the Health Care Education Association.

The Ruth Ann Jones Scholarship was established in May, 2017, when Jones was one of two honorees at Chesapeake College’s annual Pride of the Peake celebration. It is open to any resident of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s or Talbot County who is enrolled in a health professions program at Chesapeake College. Offerings include Nursing (RN), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Surgical Tech (ST) and Radiologic Tech (RT). The scholarship requires a minimum 3.0 GPA and may be used for tuition, fees and textbooks.

UM SRH and A. F. Whitsitt Center Partner to Facilitate Substance Abuse Treatment

The A. F. Whitsitt Center in Chestertown

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has entered into an agreement with the A. F. Whitsitt Center to collaborate in providing expedited substance abuse treatment for patients who present in the UM SRH emergency departments due to overdose and/or are admitted to inpatient care for stabilization after overdose. This agreement will improve patient access to much needed rehabilitative care that provides a stronger footing for recovery.

Located at 300 Scheeler Road in Chestertown, the A. F. Whitsitt Center is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week residential treatment facility offering treatment to adults ages 18 and over suffering from chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. The Center’s professional treatment team is comprised of nurses, addiction counselors and a staff physician as well as a social worker, a care coordinator and a psychiatrist. The team provides a complete program tailored to the needs of each patient. Patients’ length of stay varies and  referral to sober living housing if offered as needed. The Center also offers a medically monitored detoxification for alcohol, opiate and/or benzodiazepine dependent individuals.

The agreement between UM SRH and the Whitsitt Center is designed to ensure that whenever possible and appropriate, patients with severe substance use disorders have access to direct hospital-to-rehabilitation transfers upon discharge from emergency or inpatient care at UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton, and UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown.

Under the terms of the the agreement, UM SRH emergency and inpatient care physicians and advanced care providers identify patients in any UM SRH facility who would benefit from and agree to inpatient drug rehabilitation treatment at the Whitsitt Center. Patients appropriate for transfer to the Whitsitt Center have received post-opioid overdose treatment in the Emergency Department and/or has been admitted to a medical unit for treatment and stabilization of conditions related to addiction/substance abuse. They must also have voluntarily agreed to treatment at the Whitsitt Center. UM SRH providers will also facilitate transfer arrangements and make sure that patients are are appropriated stabilized for transfer. A. F. Whitsitt Center 

A. F. Whitsitt Center staff and Kent County Recovery Support team will make every effort to facilitate referrals and admission for referred patients in the next available treatment opening, usually to commence within 48 hours.

Upcoming Events – July, 2017



K & J Marketing – Everything $6 Sale — Tuesday, 7/18, 7am–4pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Conference Center. Offering jewelry, scarves, electronics, accessories for children and many other items. Payroll deduction will be available for SRH employees. Sponsored by the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary, proceeds will benefit programs, services, equipment and patient care at UM SMC at Chestertown. Contact: 410-348-2159.


Transition to Wellness – Free workshops for breast cancer survivors and patients who are ending treatment.

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.

Look Good … Feel Better – Monday, 7/17, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Free ACS program for women with cancer includes hair, skin and make-up tips, samples and a visit to the wig room. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

 Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 7/25, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Find more information about The Breast Center’s programs and services at


Cancer Support Group/Easton – Thursday, 7/20, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 443-254-5940..

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 7/24, 7pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Find more information about cancer treatment and support services online at


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.)


Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, 7/18, 10-11:30am, UM SMC at Easton, 5th floor meeting room. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5700.

Breastfeeding Class— Saturday, 7/22, 9am-12:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Information about the benefits for you and your baby, and tips and techniques for successful breastfeeding. Free; register by phone, 410-822-1000, ext. 5231 or e-mail

Find more information about Birthing Center programs and services at


Shore Kids Camp – Monday, 7/17 – Friday, 7/21, MEBA Engineering School, Rte 33, Easton. Four-day camp experience that helps children with diabetes learn about their disease and how to manage it in a safe and healthy environment while enjoying many activities, including bowling, boat rides, and visits to organic farms and area museums. Registration deadline 7/7. Contact: Wynne Aroom, 410-822-1000, ext. 5286,


Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 7/25, 6:00pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Cafeteria, “Annual Indoor Picnic” — Please bring a diabetes friendly dish to share. Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.

Diabetes Support Group/ Dorchester – Wednesday, 7/26, 5:30pm, Dorchester County YMCA. Led by Renee Woodward, RN, CDE Contact 410-822-1000, ext. 5196.

Find more information about diabetes treatment and support services at


Aging, Memory Loss, Dementia: How We Think About It – Thursday, 7/27, 6-8pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Education Center, Easton. Speakers, Saeed Salehina, MD and Charles R. Athey, Esq. discuss aging and normal changes in cognitive function, normal and abnormal changes in memory, when should we be worried, causes of “abnormal memory/cognitive changes” and how to approach them and more. Seating is limited, to reserve a seat contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5792 or


Bridge Clinic Support Group – Tuesdays, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 6-7:30pm, UM SMC 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. Contact: 410-228-5511, ext. 2140.


Queenstown Stroke Support Group –Tuesday, 7/25, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320.  All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Contact: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000 ext. 5068 or