FY2019 Base Pay Increase: Announcement from Ken Kozel

Greetings, Team Members:

I am pleased to share that the guidelines for FY2019 base pay increases for UM Shore Regional Health team members are approved as follows for the pay period effective beginning September 2, 2019 and the paycheck dated September 21, 2018. 

Eligible Team Members

  • All Full-time, Part-time, Relief and PRN employees.
    1. Management staff are included.
    2. Collegiate Nurse
  • Red-circled team members
    1. Employees approaching the pay grade maximum will be taken to the maximum and given a lump sum that equals 2%.
    2. Employees currently at the pay grade maximum will be given a lump sum that equals 2%.
  • Must have been hired/rehired on or before June 2, 2018 (three months before).
  • Must be actively employed on 9.2.2018.

Program Parameters

  • The Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase will be a 2% increase to base pay to eligible employees.
  • An employee will be ineligible for a COLA increase if:
    1. They received a market increase of 2% or above effective since 1.7.2018
    2. They are assigned the following statuses:
Temporary Student Worker (Student Nurses at UMMC)
Per Diem Contractual
Travelers Agency


  • An employee who has received a pay increase January 7 – September 2, 2018 may be ineligible, depending on the reason associated with the increase. These have been decided on a case by case basis.
    1. Employees promoted into new positions beginning January 7, 2018, were evaluated on a case by case basis.
    2. Those employees with incomplete initial (90 day) evaluations will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Some may be on a performance-based extension of their provisional period while others may be outstanding/overdue. Those hired prior to September 2, 2018 but still in their provisional periods due to extension are to be excluded.

Should you have questions, please speak directly to your Director/Manager or to your HR Business Partner.

Above & Beyond

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

I’ve been to A LOT of urgent care and emergency centers so I’m really experienced. Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown far exceeded my expectations for an ER.  The doctor and nurse were friendly, personable, knowledgeable, courteous!  They were both outstanding and had great bedside manner. The doctor was patient and kind when giving my son shots in his wound to numb it before stitches.


As upset as I was to have come to inpatient Behavioral Health, this place and the staff changed my life. The nursing staff was amazing. They answered all questions and requests and offered emotional support, compassion and were overall extremely kind. Dr. Anderson changed my life. Thank you to all. Love.


During my bone density scan at Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, everyone was so nice. The hospital is very nice, clean, and everyone was so friendly.


At the Diagnostic and Imaging Center, everything was there in place and no waiting time. I was treated as a person, not a number. Everyone on the team spoke with me, very comforting. Best experience, very responsive team of professionals, from nurse to doctors. Great follow up even after surgery. Keep up the great work – Five-star recommendation!

HR News You Can Use: Flu Vaccination Information


Employee Health Services is gearing up for flu season! UM Shore Regional Health’s Flu Vaccine Policy (HR-70) requires that all employees and volunteers either be vaccinated or submit appropriate documentation for declining as described below. The deadline for compliance with the policy is November 9, 2018, 4 p.m.


Employee Health Services will administer the vaccine free of charge to employees and volunteers during the month of October in a series of clinics in UM SRH facilities around the region. The Flu Clinic Schedule (including the hours and locations) will be posted widely and published in Compass beginning September 21, 2018. The clinic rotation schedule includes the following:

  • Shore Medical Center at Chestertown – 10/9, 10/18 and 10/22
  • Shore Medical Center at Dorchester – 10/10, 10/16 and 10/25
  • Shore Medical Center at Easton – 10/5, 10/12, 10/15, 10/23 and 10/31

A few things to note:

  • Please wear short sleeves and bring your UM SRH ID badge.
  • If you are pregnant: You will need a note from your OB provider before you can receive the vaccine.
  • This is the Regular Dose Vaccine. Egg free vaccine will be available on request.
  • If you receive the vaccine elsewhere:  Please send proof/documentation with your employee ID # to EHS by November 2, 2018. You may submit it either by email, srh-employeehealth@umm.edu or by fax, 410-822-2555.

PLEASE NOTE: No flu vaccines will be administered in the EHS offices. From October 1 through November 9, 2018, EHS office hours for other purposes will be very limited.



Under the policy, all employees and volunteers must be vaccinated; declining is allowed for medical or religious reasons.* The deadline for submitting the required documentation is November 2, 2018 at 4 p.m.

If you decline vaccination, you must use the declination form (now available on the intranet accessed under Employee Health Services on this page,  http://intra.umms.org/shore/hr/forms, and submit it, along with the required documentation* either by email to srh-employeehealth@umm.edu or by fax, 410-822-2555.

*Declining for medical reasons requires a one-time note from a physician or advance care provider indicating the medical need for declination; however, the declination form must be completed every year.

*Declining for religious reason requires a note from clergy.



If you have a need or concern requiring the attention of Employee Health Services during this time period, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5549 and leave a message. Phone messages will be checked periodically each day. You may also email us, srh-employeehealth@umm.edu

  • If the matter is URGENT, call ext. 5145 and your message will be relayed to us.
  • If you are requesting records, please include your name, date of birth, contact number and what you are requesting. The turnaround time is up to 72 hours.

Thanks for helping to keep our patients, staff and volunteers healthy all year long!


Going Purple for Substance Abuse and Recovery Awareness

Kent County John Price was among the speakers at the Kent Goes Purple Kick-Off on September 7, 2018


Kent County officially joined the Go Purple campaign on Friday, September 7 with ceremonial lighting of the County courthouse. Despite the looming threat of rain, the event drew a large and lively audience showing support for the campaign to fight substance abuse and support recovery efforts for families and individuals.

Kent County Sheriff John Price and Kirk Helfenbein, of Chestertown Rotary, both spoke at the event. Community outreach events for Kent Goes Purple included the 5K color fun run/walk that drew about 175 participants and a Kent County High School football game featuring an appearance by former Baltimore Raven Qadry Ismail speaking on the perils of drug use.

A large number of agencies and businesses in the county have “gone purple” with lighting and décor. As shown in these photos taken Friday, September 14,

adding a lot of purple to landscape of 100 Brown Street were staff members from several departments of UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Marketing and Communications seeks more photos from the other hospitals and all off sites so DON’T FORGET TO WEAR PURPLE NEXT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21!


More Purple People Photos just coming in …

Team members in the lab at Dorchester

Federal Street: UM MHE Foundation and MarCom folks

HR team members


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!

  • Kevin McCoy, MD, a memeber of The Orthopedic Center, now a partner of UM Shore Regional Health, explains “When is it time for a joint replacement?”
  • Winter Design Showcase 2018!
  • Talbot Spy: MidShore Goes Purple

Mark Your Calendar – September 14-30, 2018

Monday, September 17
  • UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament – Talbot Country Club. For more information or to register, please contact Amy Lowe of UM Memorial Hospital Foundation, 410-822-1000, ext. 5763, or email alowe@umm.edu. You may also register by visiting http://ummhfoundation.org/mhf_events/; please RSVP by August 31.
Wednesday, September 19
  • Prostate Cancer Screening – 5 – 8 p.m, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 490 Cadmus Lane, Suite 104, Easton,. Free prostate screenings provided by UM SRH and UM CMG – Urology providers. To register, call the Cancer at UM SRH, 410-820-6800.

Saturday, September 22

  • Safe Sitter® Class– 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Taught by pediatric nurses for ‘tweens and young teens, Safe Sitter provides hands-on practice in safety and injury prevention as well as life-saving 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.
  • Breastfeeding Your Baby, 9 a.m. to 12:15 pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center. Tips and techniques for breastfeeding and pumping. Free; register by phone,: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.
Monday, September 24
  • Prostate Cancer Screening, Dinner and Forum – 5:30 p.m., Mt. Olive AME Church,, 24852 Lambs Meadow Road, Worton . To register, call Andrea Edwards, RN, 410-778-7970.


  • 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 – Tuesday, 9/18, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Health Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at 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, 9/6 and 9/20, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.
  • Cancer Caregivers’ Coffee – Saturday, 9/8, 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, 9/24, 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.


  • 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/Denton – 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, 9/10, 5:30pm, Talbot Senior Center, Brookletts Place, Easton. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.
  • Diabetes Support Group/ Cambridge – Wednesday, 9/26, 5:30pm. Board Room, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge.Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.
  • Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – 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.
  • Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thursday, 9/6 12-2pm, September meeting cancelled. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu.
    Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tuesday, 9/25/18, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320. Diane Lorsong, Speech Language Pathologist “Speech and Language Issues after Stroke.” All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard, 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu

Joint Commission Tip of the Week

What are SDS (aka MSDS) sheets? They provide workers with procedures for safely handling substances.

Why do we need access to them? OSHA requires we maintain current SDS (MSDS) data for all chemicals we use, to keep all of our team members, patients and visitors safe!

Where can you find them? Online –UM Shore Regional Health Intranet, Staff Quick Links, MSDS Data


Click on icon on the desktop.

Then click on “Search for an MSDS/SDS” (top of right column).

Then enter the information requested and select your product from list displayed on the left side. 

Any questions contact Tammy Curry, director for Regulatory Compliance and Operational Excellence, ext. 5640 or 410-924-0896 mobile (preferred).