Diabetes and Endocrinology Center Celebrates 10 Years of Service

Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology team members: front row, providers Lisa Bronaugh, CRNP, Bayan Mesmar, MD and Doris Tate, CRNP; middle row, Michelle Gomez, Trish Rosenberry, Shernilla Cox, Chrissy Nelson and Karen Hollis; back row, Justin Bender and Carolyn Crist. Not shown: Ashley Diem.

UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology celebrated its 10th anniversary with two open house events, one on Friday, November 16 in the Health Education Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, and a second on Tuesday, November 27 in the Conference Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Doris Tate, CRNP with Tamra Sanders, a former patient of the Center who shared her story at the event.

In Easton, the event featured a timeline display highlighting the Center’s growth and development since its founding in 2008, a brief program featuring remarks by Ken Kozel, president and CEO, Bayan Mesmar, MD, the Center’s medical director; Tamra Sanders, a longtime patient of the Center; and Trish Rosenberry, regional director, Specialty Clinics, Rosenberry offered special recognition for staff members Michelle Gomez and Carolyn Crist, both of whom have been with the Center since its inception.

Those in attendance, including a host of present and former patients of the Center, enjoyed a food preparation demonstration by Michelle Gomez and Karen Hollis, nurse diabetes educator.

Michelle Gomez and Karen Hollis prepared tasty, health salads for sampling by the guests.

Ken Kozel and Bayan Mesmar, MD

Kozel noted that each year, the Center now provides care to more than 5700 patients and offers 48 three-session Diabetes Self Management programs in Chestertown and Easton. In addition, diabetes nurse educators provide one-on-one nutritional counseling and treatment support, lead monthly support groups in Cambridge, Chestertown, Denton and Easton, and participate in various community health events around the five county region.

“The Center’s 10th Anniversary is certainly an occasion to celebrate – and on behalf of Senior Leadership and our Board members, I thank all of

Krista Lamoreaux of Herbal Alchemy presenting to the group

you who have helped it grow and develop over the past decade and those more recently arrived who are now part of the team,” Kozel said. “Your expertise and dedication are helping UM Shore Regional Health achieve our Vision to Be the Region’s Leader in Patient Centered Care.”

In Chestertown, the Diabetes Support Group welcomed guests for a Wellness open house that featured representatives from local health-related businesses and services. Krista Lamoreaux, of Herbal Alchemy, offered a presentation on holistic approaches to managing Type 2 Diabetes, and representatives of Chestertown Natural Foods, Melaleuca and Fit Flock were on hand to provide information about their wellness services. Figg’s Ordinary Bakery and Cafe provided food samples.

Chrissy Nelson with Trish Gruber of Chestertown Natural Foods

“There was a lot of really useful information presented to the group,” says Chrissy Nelson diabetes nurse educator who leads the support group. “The group appreciated hearing new concepts and strategies for maintaining their best health.”