Above & Beyond: Congratulations, September Team Members of the Month

Alison Benko

UM Shore Regional Health congratulates two “HEART Team Members of the Month” for September, 2018: Alison Benko, bedside nurse in the Emergency Department at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and Deborah Pippin, supervisor, Pharmacy Services, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Benko was described by a patient as “attentive, knowledgeable and empathetic –she went above and beyond to provide exceptional care.” Pippin was recognized for her “tireless work in initiating an insulin pilot program and for her extra efforts in ensuring that patients receive excellent care during the time that the hazardous drug room in Easton was closed for repairs.”

Debbie Pippin with her supervisor, Kevin Chapple

As part of UM Shore Regional Health’s Celebrate with Heart recognition program, the Team Member of the Month honor promotes UM SRH values of Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence.

NOTE: All Team Member of the Month honorees receive 12,500 points in the UM SRH HEART Recognition and Rewards Program.


HAIR! Learn More About Infection Control at UM SRH

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) was October 14-20, 2018. IIPW takes place every year during the third week of October to raise awareness of the critical role infection prevention plays in improving patient safety. Please take a moment to watch the HAIR (Hospital Acquired Infection Reduction) video above starring William Huffner, MD and Ruth Ann Jones as they share their thoughts on infection control priorities and the importance of your participation.

Thanks to all staff who participated in UM SRH Infection Prevention Week activities. According to the Infection Prevention team, Margaret Wood (shown above, right) won the $25 gift card in the random-drawing of entries to the “selfie contest” and special recognition goes to Donna Saunders (shown below, right) for her outstanding tie-dye couture on Tie-Dye Day, Friday, October 19.

Infection prevention is an ongoing priority for UM Shore Regional Health. Consider the following:
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 25 people in the U.S. gets a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) in hospitals each year. Unfortunately, nearly 75,000 people in hospitals die each year with these infections.
  • Pneumonia, central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE), Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), surgical site infections (SSI), and catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) are the common HAIs that occur in hospital settings.
  • These infections are caused by bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
  • HAIs cause more illness to the patient, prolong hospital stay, and increase healthcare costs.


Human Resources Welcomes Two New Business Partners

HR business partners Tanya Gross, Desiree Monore, Michael McDowell and Kelley Mills.

Human Resources recently welcomed two new business partners, Michael McDowell, MBA, PHR and Desiree Monroe, MBA. McDowell has been in the HR field for eight years and was most recently a strategic human resources technology lead. Monroe is a 10-year veteran of the HR field serving, and came to UM SRH from a Maryland health care organization where she was HR director.

McDowell and Monroe join HRBPs Tanya Gross and Kelley Mills. Additionally, Diane Wanex (formerly HR records clerk) has been promoted to the HR assistant position.

If you wish to find out which HR business partner attends to your unit or department, please talk to your manager/director.


Recognizing Forensic “SANE” Nurses at UM Shore Regional Health

Easton SANE nurses Jessica Fluharty, Karen Denny and Leslie Collier. Not shown: Marcia Shapiro

Forensic Nurses Week is November 5-9, 2018 and this year’s theme is Forensic Nurses – “In every hospital, For every community, The future of care.”  Based in Elkridge, Maryland, the International Association of Forensic Nurses includes 4,300 members who practice and support forensic nursing in 26 countries. Forensic nurses are often referred to by the acronym, SANE (sexual assault nurse examiners).

Forensic Nurses at UM Shore Regional Health are: Karen Denny RN FNE A/P, coordinator of the program, Marcia Shapiro RN FNE A/P, Leslie Collier, RN FNE A/P, Jessica Fluharty RN FNE-A, Shannon Temple RN FNE-A, Helen Foxwell RN FNE-A, and Kimberly Seward RN FNE-A. They take care of

Dorchester SANE nurse Helen Foxwell

adults reporting sexual abuse when presenting at UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton. Whenever a victim of sexual assault presents to the Emergency Department and needs evidence collected, you will find a SANE there to help. A few are trained also to take care of children and conduct examinations in both the Emergency Departments and the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) at Shore Medical Center at Easton.

Chestertown SANE nurses Shannon Temple and Kim Seward

Currently in training for SANE certification are Carol Rogers, Tiana Miller-Breland, Stacy Thomas and Trish Rosenberry.

For information on becoming a Forensic Nurse Examiner, please contact Karen Denny, 410-822-1000, ext. 7976.

Not All Wounds Are Visible: Depression in Men, Seniors and Those Managing Chronic Disease

Not All Wounds Are Visible is being presented by the University of Maryland Medical System on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. The focus of the conference is anxiety and depression in men, seniors and those managing chronic disease. The important topic of suicide prevention will also be discussed.

Jamal Lewis

Jamal Lewis, retired Baltimore Ravens’ running back and Super Bowl XXXV champion,  will be on hand to share lessons learned on his journey — from stardom to falling into the shadows of public opinion, managing depression and thoughts of suicide, to redefining himself after the “cheerleaders” in his life disappeared.

This free event is open to the public and provides an opportunity to hear from and talk to health care professionals and community leaders about depression and anxiety and the road to recovery. You will not want to miss this chance to ask questions and learn how to get help for yourself, family and friends, in your local community.

The event will be held at the UMB Campus Center, 621 West Lombard Street (Baltimore, MD 21201) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration opening at 8:15 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Complimentary parking is available in the Pratt Street Garage located at 646 W. Pratt Street, connected to the Campus Center.

CAN’T GET TO BALTIMORE BUT DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT? Live stream is also being offered when you register to attend at UM Shore Regional Health.

Please visit umms.org/community health to register today!



Welcome, New Team Members

Shown are Brandon Jones, Shonda Jenkins, Ashlea Pentz, April Sponsel, Roberta Kaub, Connie Hendershot and Kadijah Thomas.

  • Connie Hendershot, Unit Sec/Nursing Tech, Emergency, SMC at Easton
  • Shonta Jenkins, Environmental Services Tech, SMC at Dorchester
  • Brandon Jones, Environmental Services Tech, SMC at Easton
  • Roberta Kaub, Surgical Tech, SMC at Easton
  • Ashlea Pentz, Nursing Tech, SMC at Easton
  • April Sponsel, Medical Lab Assistant – Lead, SMC at Easton
  • Kadijah Thomas, Environmental Services Tech, SMC at Easton