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Above & Beyond: November Lottery Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following team members who are CELEBRATE WITH HEART Lottery winners for the month of November! Their names were randomly drawn from among hundreds of UM Shore Regional Health team members who earned kudos and compliments from their managers and/or peers through the CELEBRATE WITH HEART Recognition and Rewards program (

Monthly lottery winners are notified and receive rewards points as follows: 2500 points for recognition by a peer, 3750 points for recognition by a manager.

Peer to Peer Winners:

  • Kristin Dickerson
  • Tamra Zalewski

Manager to Peer Winners:

  • Karen Bitter
  • Whitney Bowens
  • Cynthia Clawson
  • Anderson Griffith
  • Natalie Haviland
  • Mary Holden
  • Teresa Lewis
  • Courtney McQuay
  • Elizabeth Principe
  • Linda Wilt


EPIC Portfolio Go-Live Goes Well: Appreciation to Staff

CONGRATULATIONS! UM Shore Regional Health is “over the finish line” in the transition to Epic!

“The transition to EPIC has been challenging but ultimately very successful, now that that the actual Go-Live is behind us and the One UMMS Portfolio Suite of applications is in use,” says Ruth Ann Jones, senior vice president, Patient Care Services and CNO. “On behalf of Senior Leadership, I want to express my appreciation and admiration for the way the preparation and transition were conducted. The extraordinary professionalism and perseverance of administrative, clinical and support staff made our Epic journey and Go-Live relatively smooth, and I am very confident that as we continue to keep patient care and patient safety in clear focus, we will be very well served by the new system.”

Memorial Hospital Foundation Thanks Donors for Support


Mary Alice Vanhoy, Ed Lisle, Lisa Lisle, Gary Jones and Ruth Ann Jones were among the guests at the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Donor Appreciation Event.

Appreciation was the theme of the evening on November 29, 2018 at Talbot Country Club, as University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation hosted its annual event for donors. Gathered for the occasion were donors and friends who supported various fundraising drives and events during the past year to benefit programs and services of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, the Cancer Center and UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown.

The official proceedings were led by Moorhead Vermilye, vice chairman of the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Board. Vermilye introduced other Foundation board members who were in attendance, including Joe Schultz, Jacque Smith Hook, Mark Freestate, Steve Ochse and Keith McMahan, and read a letter he had received from recent hospital patient extolling the excellent care she had received at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Vermilye also thanked everyone for their efforts and support for the Foundation’s fundraising events and appeals, noting that as of October 31, 2018, the Foundation had provided $1,340,436 in support for hospital programs and technology needs, patient care services and nursing scholarships.

Ginny Biondi who served on the Claws for Cause Committee is shown with UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Board member Mark Freestate and Graham Lee, vice president, Philanthropy.

Shore Regional Health CEO and President Ken Kozel took the podium after Vermilye to offer his profound gratitude, on behalf of the UM SRH Board and Senior leadership, for the “time, talents and financial support” the Foundation, its donors and volunteers commit to enhancing patient care in the hospital and its outpatient locations. In particular, he expressed thanks to the Easton hospital auxiliary, led by Liz Hannegan, for the Auxiliary’s recent gift of $100,000 to support the Foundation’s year-end appeal benefiting the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center. Kozel closed by reading a letter from UM Memorial Hospital Foundation supporter Tim Kagan regarding the excellent care received by his wife at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

Richard Moore and Jeannine LeMieux. LeMieux and Lisa Lisles provided testimonial remarks about the value of nursing scholarships.

Speaking about the Foundation’s support for nursing scholarships was Ruth Ann Jones, senior vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, noting that scholarship support enables hospital nurses to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, advancing their knowledge and competencies and enhancing the care they provide. Jones thanked members of the scholarship committee, led by Keith McMahan, for their efforts throughout the year. Two UM SRH nurses, Lisa Lisle and Jeannine LeMieux, shared their stories illustrating the difference nursing scholarship support has made in their nursing careers and their contributions to patient care.

Michael Weise, owner of Pensel & Walker Opticians and committee member of the Foundation’s 2018 Sporting Clays Classic held in June at the Point at Pintail in Queenstown, thanked the event’s committee members, sponsors and participants for their success in helping to raise $79,248 to benefit the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center’s Wellness for Women (WFW) outreach program. WFW provides uninsured and underinsured women with age- and risk-specific mammography screenings and breast exams at no charge.

UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown Manager Mary Alice Vanhoy reported on the success of this year’s Claws for a Cause Crab Feast, held in July at Fisherman’s Crab Deck on Kent Island. Thanking event chairs Heather Comegys and Holly Rhodes and their fellow committee members, Vanhoy noted that the event raised $36,462 that supported the purchase of ceiling-mounted patient lifts in the Center. In previous years, proceeds from the Claws for a Cause enabled the Center to purchase a Panda infant warmer, patient safety lifts, telemedicine technology, emergency preparedness equipment (a generator/trailer), and a 12-lead EKG machine.

The success of the 2018 UM Memorial Hospital Foundation golf tournament was discussed by Martha Clark, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Telemetry manager at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. This year’s golf tournament, held in September at Talbot Country Club, netted $91,749 from 32 foursomes and 43 sponsors for the hospital’s ICU. The proceeds will be placed in UM Memorial Hospital Foundation’s ICU Fund to purchase new equipment.

A special highlight of this year’s donor appreciation event was a testimonial offered by Easton-based gastroenterologist Michael J. Fisher, MD, a cancer survivor who undertook his treatment at the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health. Dr. Fisher expressed his gratitude for the Cancer Center’s state-of-the-art treatment technologies and the outstanding professionalism and expertise of its treatment providers and support staff. He shared his appreciation for being able to receive quality care locally, rather than having to travel to Baltimore, and thanked all donors whose support for the Foundation helped make this possible.

Christopher Levey, MD, Cancer Committee chair, Kate Levey, Karen Fisher and Jacque Smith.

Brian Leutner, executive director, Oncology Services and Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, summarized the difference Foundation support has made in cancer care at UM SRH. He noted that the 2017 end of year appeal funded the purchase of a digital portable x-ray machine for radiology and the current year-end appeal will fund the purchase of a second 3-dimensional tomosynthesis mammography machine for the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center. Having the second machine, he noted, will reduce patient wait times and anxiety.

Leutner also described how the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center’s services have grown in the past five years, during which the number of patients seen has increased by 100 percent, the number of biopsies by 64 percent, and the number of breast cancers diagnosed by more than 200 percent.

Before closing the program, Graham Lee, vice president, Philanthropy for UM Shore Regional Health provided updates on the current year-end appeal, expressing his gratitude for donors who have made major gifts:

  • the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation,
  • the Meoli Companies/McDonald’s Restaurant,
  • the employees of Tri-Gas & Oil, the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton,
  • the Ferree Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Health Foundation, and
  • Bob and Ruth Carmean.

Lee also thanked the sponsors of third party events that have supported the Cancer Program in the past year:

  • Gary and Janet Wright and the Prostate Cancer Golf Tournament, which supports the David Whitby Cancer Fund;
  • Victor and Teresa Michael and the Lowes Wharf Fundraiser for the Peggy Rosato Cancer Fund; and
  • Ken and Emma Jean Morgan of Robin’s Nest Floral & Garden Center, who created the Winter Design Showcase in support of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center.

To make a gift to UM Memorial Hospital Foundation, contact Graham Lee, 410-822-1000, ext. 5509, For more information, visit the Foundation website at

UM Shore Regional Health Joins the 2019 Donate Life Rose Bowl Parade Float

UM Shore Regional Health joins The Living Legacy Foundation (The LLF) in dedicating a rose for the Rose Parade Donate Life float to honor the generous patients and their families who have given the gifts of life and hope as organ, eye, or tissue donors or donors in spirit. The rose dedicated by UM SRH president and CEO Ken Kozel will accompany several roses dedicated by The LLF as part of the Donate Life float in the Rose Bowl Parade set for January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. Celebrating its 16th Anniversary, the Donate Life float is part of a national initiative to help share the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation with millions of people, who either visit Pasadena or tune in to watch the Rose Parade every New Year.

(left to right) Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM SRH; Trish Ebner, chair, UM SRH Donor Council; Chris Wright, in-house Eastern Shore coordinator for the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland

“With nearly 115,000 people currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant, we are grateful to be a part of this year’s Donate Life float, to bring worldwide attention to the need for more people to register as donors, and by doing so, help make an impact in the lives of many,” said Kozel. “We look forward to showcasing the stories of our participants at Shore Regional Health and we hope to inspire others to register and get involved, after hearing their remarkable stories of donation.”

The theme for the 130th Rose Parade is The Melody of Life, which celebrates music, the universal language. Two-time organ recipient and the Tournament of Roses’ first African-American president, Gerald Freeny, envisioned the parade’s theme. “Music has the power to not only bring us together, but take us back to memories and moments as nothing else can,” said Freeny. “Rhythm, melody, harmony and color all come together to create the soundtrack that defines our lives.”

Ken Kozel (right), president and CEO, signs the rose that will be dedicated by UM SRH and part of the Donate Life float for the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

With this in mind, the 2019 Donate Life float’s theme, Rhythm of the Heart, depicts an exciting design that invites parade audiences to experience the music of Africa, in a vibrant, colorful float that features musical instruments and cultural artifacts that represent different African countries and cultures.

In Maryland, about 3,400 people are waiting for a life-saving transplant. UM Shore Regional Health supports The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland in its mission to facilitate donation and transplantation and to educate the public about the life-saving power of donation and transplantation.

As the world’s most visible campaign to inspire organ, eye and tissue donation, The Donate Life Rose Parade® float inspires viewers to help the over one million people in need of organ, eye or tissue transplants each year. Register today to become an organ, eye or tissue donor by visiting

For more information about organ, eye, and tissue donation and to register as a donor, please visit or

Mark You Calendar: December 7-31, 2018


HOLIDAY SALE: Mindy’s Jewels (sterling silver jewelry) – Friday, December 7, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Health Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Sponsored by Memorial Hospital at Easton Auxiliary for the benefit of patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton

CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION: LABOR AND DELIVERY – Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Health Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219. S. Washington Street, Chestertown, Md., 21620. Free class for expectant parents and birthing partners; includes a tour of the  renovated Birthing Center. Free; to register, call, 410-822-1000, ext. 5200 and leave a message as instructed.

PARENTING EDUCATION: New Mom, New Baby – Safety & CPR – Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 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 and leave a message as instructed.

HOLIDAY SALE: Fudge Farm (fudge, chocolate covered nuts, pretzels, marshmallows, etc.) – Wednesday, December 12, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.,  Entrance Lobby, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Sponsored by Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary for the benefit of UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

HOLIDAY SALE:  Collective Goods (books, electronics, accessories, toys, games, etc) – Tuesday and Wednesday, December 18-19, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hospital Lobby, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Sponsored by the Dorchester Hospital Auxiliary for the benefit of patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.

DIABETES AND YOU – Tuesdays, November 6, 13 and 20 , 6-8 p.m., Board Room, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge, Md. A three-session education program to help patients with diabetes learn to manage their condition. Free. To register, call Wynne Aroom, RN, CDE, 410-822-1000, ext. 5286.



  • 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, 12/4 and 12/18,10 to 11:30 a.m. Health Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton


  • 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, 12/13 and 12/27, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.
  • Cancer Caregivers’ Coffee – Saturday, 12/9, 9-10:30 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, 12/17, 7 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. Annual Holiday Pot Luck Supper. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.


  • 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 Support Group/Easton — Monday, 12/10, 5:30 p.m., Talbot Senior Center 400 Brookletts Ave, Easton. Led by Karen Hollis RD, CDE. Please RSVP 410-822-1000, ext. 5188
  • Diabetes Support Group/Denton –  Thursday, 12/6, 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/Cambridge – Wednesday, 12/26, 6 p.m., Board Room, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. Led by Wynne Aroom, RN, MSN, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5286.
  • Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown –  NO MEETING IN DECEMBER.


  • Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thursday, 12/6, 12- 2 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 South Washington Street, Easton, 4th Floor Joint Replacement Center Conference Room. Holiday Celebration! All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Please RSVP to Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or
  • Queenstown Stroke Support Group – NO MEETING IN DECEMBER.

New Facebook Posts This Week…..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!

    • The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton’s 35th Tree of Lights campaign, benefiting Cardiac Rehab at UM SMC at Easton, is underway!!
    • Cancer Center’s “Thriving and Surviving” December Newsletter
    • Chestertown Wellness Providers Offer Tips at Diabetes Awareness Open House
    • Matthew Reetz, DO, Joins Primary Care in Chestertown
    • Regional Diabetes Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary