Welcome, New Team Members

 

Kady Dodson, Latoya Dotson, Kellie Healey, Randall Lantz, Jasmine Lewis and Madison Marciniak

Please join Human Resources in welcoming the following new team members to UM Shore Regional Health:

  • Kady Dodson, Unit Sec/Nursing Tech, SEC at Queenstown
  • Latoya Dotson, Home Health Aide, Chester River Home Care
  • Kellie Healey, Nursing Tech, Shore Behavioral Health, SMC at Dorchester
  • Randall Lantz, Medical Tech, Laboratory Services, SMC at Dorchester
  • Jasmine Lewis, Unit Sec/Nursing Tech, Intensive Care, SMC at Easton
  • Catherine Mandes, Unit Sec/Nursing Tech, Emergency Department, SMC at Easton
  • Madison Marciniak, Nursing Tech, Telemetry, SMC at Easton
  • Dorothy McCracken, HR Generalist, Human Resources, UM SRH
  • Christine Nash, Nursing Tech, Telemetry, SMC at Easton
  • Theresa Shanks, Nursing Tech, Behavioral Health, SMC at Dorchester
  • Margaret Shearer, Occupational Therapist, Chester River Home Care
  • Jessica Smith, Staff Nurse, Emergency Department, SMC at Chestertown
  • Donna Stone, Unit Sec/Nursing Tech, Intensive Care, SMC at Easton
  • Leslie Vohs, Staff Nurse, SEC at Queenstown

Dorothy McCracken, Christine Nash, Theresa Shanks, Leslie Vohs, Donna Stubbs, Margaret Shearer, Donna Stone and Jessica Smith

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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I write to express my appreciation for the excellent care my wife received during her recent surgery and hospitalization at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Every person we encountered during her five week stay treated her with utmost courtesy, respect and professionalism … our thanks and appreciation to everyone involved, from the skilled hands of her surgeon, Dr. Bandy, and the operating room staff, the skilled nurses and their assistants, to the meal providers the cleaning personnel and maintenance staff. All very compassionate and professional in their care … how fortunate our community is to have such a fine hospital.

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Special thanks to Dr. William E. Bair and his team and the staff on the the 3rd floor of Shore Medical Center at Dorchester! Wonderfully & carefully trained staff who were patient and caring toward my every need, etc.

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Great experience in the ED at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.  I didn’t have to wait at all. I explained my problem and was taken care of right away. The young lady at the receptionist desk was very kind and professional.  She listened to my problem and went for a nurse right away.  Once in the ER the tech was very helpful and listened to what I had to say and made me feel very comfortable. Made sure my family member was comfortable. Nurse kept him informed of what was going to be happening.  I was also pleased with the ER doctor.  He was very knowledgeable and assured me that I was going to be OK. I felt that I was in good hands. The doctor also explained what was happening as it was being done.

Christopher Parry, MD Recognized for Contributions to Medical Education

Christopher Parry, MD

William Huffner, MD recently received a special letter of commendation regarding the outstanding contributions of Christopher Parry, MD, to the education of medical students and graduate nursing students at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Parry is a urologist with UM Community Medical Group – Urology, practicing in Chestertown.

Last October, Dr. Parry participated once again in USU’s two-week Operation Bushmaster at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, putting in over 130 hours of contact time with fourth year medical students and second year graduate nursing students.

Operation Bushmaster is the capstone event in USU’s four year, military-unique curriculum, designed to create excellent health care providers who also are military leaders. The exercise is a simulated deployment to an austere location and tests the students’ medical and leadership skills.

“Dr. Parry provides our students with a unique perspective of medical leadership, as well as the intricacies involved in military-civilian interactions. He is consistently rated extremely effective by our students in his role,” wrote Kevin Semelrath, MD, FACEP, course director for USU’s Operation Bushmaster.

Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary Celebrates 60 Years of Service

2018 “star volunteers”: Receiving stars for accumulating another 500 hours of service were Chestertown Auxiliary members  Joanna Rash, Jane Hukill, Gwinn Derricott, Phyllis Brown, and Carol Droge.  Not shown: Vicki Neal, Diane McAneny, Thelma Bright, Shirley Gaynor, Trish Harwood and Charlotte Slagle.

The Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary celebrated 60 years of service to health care in Kent and northern Queen Anne’s counties at its 2019 Annual Meeting held at Heron Point in Chestertown on Tuesday, January 8. The occasion included a luncheon, remarks by Peggy Roca, manager of Perioperative Services at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, installation of new officers and recognition of individual members for reaching milestones in their volunteer hours accumulated.

Auxiliary President Sue Edson announced that during 2018, Auxiliary volunteers worked approximately 10,358 hours in the hospital  gift shop, at the Nearly New Shop and on Board activities. According to the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, every hour volunteered is valued at $24.69 per hour, which brings the total value of Auxiliary members’ time volunteered during the year to $259,386.

“You are all a very important part of the team at our hospital here in Chestertown,” said Edson. “Thank you for all the time you have given this year and if you know anyone who has four hours a week available, we always need additional volunteers!”

Volunteers who had accumulated 500 hours of service were presented with a special, gold star pin. This year year’s honorees were

Nearly New Shop: Thelma Bright, Shirley Gaynor, Trish Harwood, Charlotte Slagle and Joanna Rash (who worked 330 hours in 2018!)

In-House Volunteers & Gift Shop: Phyllis Brown (1,048 hours – Gift Shop and Nearly New Shop), Gwinn Derricott (3,699 hours total, more than 300 in 2018), Carol Droge (1,275 hours total, more than 300 in 2018), Jane Hukill (2,031 hours), Diane McAneny (565 hours) and Vicki Neal (1,094 hours).

Shown are Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary Executive Committee members  JoAnn Bowdle, Sue Edson, Jack Edson, Carol Droge, and Jean Anthony. (Not shown: Kathy Ruge)).

Installed as the Auxiliary’s new officers were:

  • Sue Edson, President
  • Jack Edson, Vice President & Immediate Past President
  • Joann Bowdle, Parliamentarian
  • Carol Droge, Corresponding Secretary
  • Kathy Ruge, Secretary
  • Jean Anthony, Treasurer

Peggy Roca provided an overview of the many kinds of surgery performed at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and thanked the Auxiliary for its many generous donations to help make possible all-new, state of the art equipment available to the surgical services team.  “We have the best of the best equipment here to care for our patients’ surgical needs,” Roca said,

Mark Your Calendar: January 11-31, 2019

DIABETES AND YOU – Tuesdays, January 15, 22 and 29, 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.

BREASTFEEDING CLASS – Saturday, January 19, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Health Education Center, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton, 21601.Tips and techniques for breastfeeding and pumping, Free; to register, call, 410-822-1000, ext. 5200 and leave a message as instructed.

SAFE SITTER(R) CLASS/CHESTERTOWN – Saturday, January 26, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Education Center, 100 Brown Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. Taught by pediatric nurses, Safe Sitter® provides hands-on practice in safety and injury prevention as well as life-saving techniques to young teens who are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Topics include: basic first aid, infant and child choking rescue, Show a child’s age dictates care requirements, how to prevent problem behavior, and how to run a babysitting business. Cost: $45 -some scholarships are available. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

SCREENINGS AND SUPPORT GROUPS

ADDICTIONS/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

  • 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

  • Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, 1/15,10 to 11:30 a.m. Birthing Center Conference Room, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton.

CANCER

  • 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, 1/3 and and 1/17, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.
  • Cancer Caregivers’ Coffee – Saturday, 1/12, 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, 1/28, 7 pm, 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.

CARDIOPULMONARY SCREENINGS

  • 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

  • Diabetes Support Group/Easton —Monday, 1/14, 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 –  Wednesday, 1/2, 5 p.m., St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S. 5th Avenue, Denton. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.
  • Diabetes Support Group/ Cambridge – Wednesday, 1/23 , 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 –  Tuesday, 1/22,  6:30 p.m. Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 100 Brown St, Chestertown Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact: 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.

STROKE

  • Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 1/3, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 South Washington Street, Easton, 4th Floor Joint Replacement Center Conference Room. All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu.
  • Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tues, 1/22,12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, Suite 320. . All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Please RSVP to Nicole Leonard, 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu

Above & Beyond: December Lottery Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following team members who are CELEBRATE WITH HEART Lottery winners for the month of December 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 (http://umshr.isrewards.com).

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.

December Peer to Peer Winners:

  • Lindsey Jones
  • Michael Spruill

December Manager to Team Members Winners   

  • Karen Bitter
  • Katie Blackiston
  • Linda Foss
  • Anderson Griffith
  • Lisa Lisle
  • Patricia Pinheiro
  • Margaret Pulleyn
  • Gary Shortall
  • Melissa Slaughter
  • James Turner

UM Community Medical Group – Surgical Care Announces Addition of Ashley Schmitz, PhD, MS, CRNP

Ashley Schmitz, PhD, MS, CRNP

University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), announces the addition of Easton-based nurse practitioner Ashley Schmitz, PhD, MS, CRNP, to its Surgical Care practice.

UM CMG is a University of Maryland Medical System-owned network of more than 300 primary care physicians, specialists- and advanced practice clinicians. As part of UM CMG, Ashley is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health.

Schmitz is a graduate of Ohio State University, where she received her Master of Science / Family Nurse Practitioner and her PhD in Human Nutrition. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marian University. She specializes in general surgery.

“We are very pleased Ashley has chosen to join the team at University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Surgical Care practice,” comments William Huffner, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president, Medical Affairs. “Ashley’s compassionate and comprehensive approach will be a great asset to both our practice and patients here on the Eastern Shore.”

Schmitz specializes in general surgery and is seeing patients at UM CMG – Surgical Care, Suite 205, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 500 Cadmus Lane in Easton, Suite 205. Patients may make an appointment with her by calling 410-822-4553.

HR News You Can Use: Fitness Center Discounts for UM SRH Team Members

UMMS has launched a system-wide Employee Wellness Committee to identify initiatives that enable a positive impact on the overall wellbeing of UMM’ employees. We are pleased to announce a new local wellness initiative!

Beginning January 1, 2019, full-service gym facilities across the five counties served by UM SRH are offering a discount to SRH employees. You must be at least 18 and present your SRH ID badge to receive the discount. Please note: Some of these facilities require a minimum number of enrollments for the discount to be effective – the deadline for the minimum enrollment is January 31, 2019.

For more information on the individual facilities, or to find a location, visit their websites: 

Hearthstone

http://www.hearthstonehealthandfitness.com/

YMCA

http://www.ymcachesapeake.org

Fitness RX

https://www.fitnessrxworkout.com/

Kent Athletic & Wellness Center

https://www.kentathletic.com/

Powerhouse Gym

https://powerhousegym.com/

Aquafit

https://www.ctownaquafit.com/

Island Athletic Club

https://www.islandathletic.net/

   

The discount opportunities break out as follows:

*Service may be provided at an additional cost                                                                    **Services may vary based on location

Questions? Please contact SRH members of the UMMS Employee Wellness Committee:

2018 UM SRH Cancer Annual Report Published Online

The 2018 Cancer Center Annual Report is now available for online viewing on the Cancer Center’s homepage, https://www.umms.org/shore/health-services/cancer

The report includes an introduction by Christopher Levey, MD, chair of the Cancer Committee, and highlights the following areas of accomplishment in the past year: Accreditations and Recognition, Services, Regional Screenings and Access to Preventive Care, Maintaining Follow-up, Cancer Registry Statistics, Support and Survivorship and Fundraising Highlights, including a list of donors whose gifts were designated to benefit the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center and/or the Cancer Center, July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. It also includes a Breast Cancer Time to Treatment Study, authored by Roberta Lilly, MD, medical director, Clark Comprehensive Breast Center.

 

2019 First Quarter Prudential Visit Schedule Announced

Have questions about your Prudential benefits? Meet and talk with Prudential Retirement Counselor/Retirement Security Education Representative Chris Maas at the site most convenient for you (see schedule below). You also may call him, 301-641-6705, for a consultation be phone.

UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown – Cafeteria Meeting Room

  • Tues, Jan 29, 10am-3pm
  • Tues, Feb 26, 10am-3pm
  • Tues, Mar 26 ,10am-3pm

UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester – Human Resources Office

  • Tues, Jan 15, 10am-12pm
  • Tues, Feb 12, 1pm-3pm
  • Tues, Mar 12, 10am-12pm

UM Shore Medical Center at Easton – 2 East # 286, Patient/Family Library

  • Tues, Jan 8, 10am-12pm
  • Tue, Jan 22, 10am-12pm
  • Tues, Feb 5, 10am-12pm
  • Tues, Feb 19, 10am-12pm

UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown

  • Tues, Jan 22, 1pm-3pm

Clark Comprehensive Breast Center / Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton

  • Tues, Jan 8, 1pm-3pm
  • Tues, Feb 19, 1pm-3pm

Canvasback, Easton         

  • Tues, Jan 15, 1pm-3pm*
  • Tues Feb 12, 10am-12pm*
  • Tues, Mar 19, 1pm-3pm*

* Tentative to move date

Ambulatory Surgery Center, Easton       

  • Tues, Mar 5, 10am-12pm

Mark Your Calendar: January 2-31, 2018

JANUARY CLASSES AND EVENTS

LABOR AND DELIVERY CLASS – Saturday, January 5, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Health Education Center, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton, 21601. Free class for expectant parents and birthing partners; includes a tour of the Birthing Center. Free; to register, call, 410-822-1000, ext. 5200 and leave a message as instructed.

DIABETES AND YOU – Tuesdays, January 15, 22 and 29, 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.

BREASTFEEDING CLASS – Saturday, January 19, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Health Education Center, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton, 21601.Tips and techniques for breastfeeding and pumping, Free; to register, call, 410-822-1000, ext. 5200 and leave a message as instructed.

SAFE SITTER(R) CLASS/CHESTERTOWN – Saturday, January 26, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Education Center, 100 Brown Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. Taught by pediatric nurses, Safe Sitter® provides hands-on practice in safety and injury prevention as well as life-saving techniques to young teens who are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Topics include: basic first aid, infant and child choking rescue, Show a child’s age dictates care requirements, how to prevent problem behavior, and how to run a babysitting business. Cost: $45 -some scholarships are available. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

SCREENINGS AND SUPPORT GROUPS

ADDICTIONS/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

  • 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

  • Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, 1/15,10 to 11:30 a.m. Birthing Center Conference Room, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton.

CANCER

  • 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, 1/3 and and 1/17, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.
  • Cancer Caregivers’ Coffee – Saturday, 1/12, 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, 1/28, 7 pm, 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.

CARDIOPULMONARY SCREENINGS

  • 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

  • Diabetes Support Group/Easton —Monday, 1/14, 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 –  Wednesday, 1/2, 5 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, 1/23 , 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 –  Tuesday, 1/22,  6:30 p.m. Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 100 Brown St, Chestertown Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact: 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.

STROKE

  • Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 1/3, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 South Washington Street, Easton, 4th Floor Joint Replacement Center Conference Room. All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu.
  • Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tues, 1/22,12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, Suite 320. . All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Please RSVP to Nicole Leonard, 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu