Chester River Health Foundation Awarded $17,500 Additional Tax Credits

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The Chester River Health Foundation has been awarded an additional allocation $17,500 of Maryland state tax credits in support of its efforts to raise $138,000 to fund 10 suites of patient room furnishings at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

The credits were awarded by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and must be sold by December 31, 2018.

“The Community Investment Tax Credit Program has afforded the Foundation the opportunity to forge new and renewed relationships with people and businesses in our community,” says Maryann Ruehrmund, CFRE, executive director of the Foundation. “The program has helped fund many projects here including the 3-D mammography with tomosynthesis, two resuscitation rooms and a new, vital signs monitoring system in the emergency department, all-new IV pumps for the inpatient units and next year, will help us raise funds for a new chemistry analyzer for the laboratory.”

“Nearly every patient receiving care at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown has benefitted from this program,” Ruehrmund said.

The tax credits are offered to individuals and businesses making a gift at the $1,000 level and above and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The credits offset any Maryland state tax owed on a fifty percent (50%) basis meaning, a $1000 donation would earn $500 of actual state credits.

“The credits are offered in addition to any deduction taken for making a charitable gift,” says Ruehrmund. “And I encourage anyone who is interested to contact me as soon as possible, as the credits will sell fast.”


For more information or to secure an allocation of credits before they are sold out, please contact the Foundation at 410-810-5660.

Compliance Unlocked: UMMS Compliance Week Challenge

This week (November 5 – 9) is Compliance Week! The Corporate Compliance and Business Ethics Group (CCBEG) is celebrating with a variety of activities, including a virtual “Escape Room” breakout challenge, to reinforce the importance of compliance in all aspects of patient care.Look out for CCBEG representatives rounding on your unit, where you can:

  • Ask questions about compliance
  • Get to know your Compliance and/or Privacy Officers
  • Play the virtual “Escape Room” challenge to earn a variety of prizes, including pens, badge reels, and bike flashlights

Play the virtual Escape Room breakout challenge online at any time or in-person with a CCBEG representative by Friday, November 9 to win a prize. Once you have completed the challenge, email with your name, department, and hospital name to claim your prize.

Be on the lookout for a Compliance representative in your area!


Mark Your Calendar: November 2-30, 2018


CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION: LABOR AND DELIVERY – Saturday, November 3, 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.

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.

PRETTY PICKINS JEWELRY SALE – Wednesday, November 14, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Dorchester Auxiliary to benefit hospital programs and services.

IN THE BAG SALE – Wednesday, November 14, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Easton Auxiliary to benefit hospital programs and services.

HOLIDAY GIFTS AND BOOK SALE – Friday, November 16, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. Sponsored by the UM Chester River Health Foundation to benefit hospital programs and services.

UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology – Celebration: 10 Years of Caring for Patients in our Community – Friday, November 16, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center, Rooms C & D. Meet and talk with diabetes providers, educators and staff; hear from patients how the Center has helped them maintain optimal wellness; watch a food prep demonstration by Karen Hollis, RD, CD; learn about treatment options and resources for Diabetes Care; enjoy light fare refreshments. Please RSVP by 11/12/18, 410-822-1000, ext. 5186.


“Tax Reform: What Do the New Changes Mean to You?” – Saturday, November 17,10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library,100 West Dover Street in Easton. Topics include the reduction of tax rates, changes to deductible expenses, 20% pass through reduction, year-end planning strategies and estate and trust changes. Guest presenters: Darian L. Sump, CPA, owner of Sump & Associates, PC and Deborah Walsworth, CPA, CFP, CPC, managing director and tax practice leader, CBIZ MHM LLC & Mayer Ho­ffman McCann, PC. Limited seating; advance registration recommended. Contact:  Janet Andrews at (410) 822-1000, ext. 5792, or

BREASTFEEDING CLASS – Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Health Education Center, UM SMC at Easton, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton. Tips and techniques for breastfeeding and pumping, Free; to register, call, 410-822-1000, ext. 5200 and leave a message as instructed.

NOT ALL WOUNDS ARE VISIBLE,  A COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONPart II, “Talking About Depression, and Anxiety: Men, Seniors, Chronic Disease and Suicide Prevention” – Wednesday, November 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. This event is open to the public and provides and opportunity to hear from and talk to health care professionals and community leaders about depression, anxiety and the road to recovery. It will be broadcast live from UMB Campus Center in Baltimore’ to register for the webcast, visit and click on Event Registration.

ELECTRONICS SALE– Wednesday, November 28, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Easton Auxiliary to benefit hospital programs and services.



  • 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, 11/6 and 20,10 to 11:30 a.m. The 11/6 group will meet in Classroom #4, 2nd floor, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton (enter the main lobby, take the visitor elevator to the second floor, turn right and follow the signs.) The 11/20 group will meet in the Health Education Education Center.


  • 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, 11/8 and 11/XX, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.
  • Cancer Caregivers’ Coffee – Saturday, 11/10, 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, 11/26, 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.


  • 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 —NO NOV. MEETING (Veteran’s day) — please see EVENTS regarding the Diabetes Open House on November 16; next meeting December 10, 2018 at 5:30pm  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, 11/1, 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, 11/28 , 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, 11/27 at 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.


  • Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 11/1/18 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 South Washington Street, Easton, 4th Floor Joint Replacement Center Conference Room. Deborah Weber, Manager, Intensive Outpatient Program, Shore Behavorial Health “Post Stroke Depression.” All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or
  • Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tues, 11/27/18 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, Suite 320. Holiday Celebration/Luncheon. All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Please RSVP to Nicole Leonard, 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or

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!

  • Diabetes and Endocrinology Center Plans Open House to Celebrate 10th Anniversary
  • Chester River Health Foundation Awarded $17,500 Additional Tax Credits
  • November Thriving and Surviving monthly newsletter from the Cancer Center at UM SRH
  • Friends and Family CPR held in Chestertown (Picture)
  • UM Shore Regional Health Presents Annual Service Awards
  • Not All Wounds Are Visible: Let’s Talk about Depression and Anxiety
  • Jeanie Scott Named Manager, Oncology Services, for UM Shore Regional Health
  • UM Shore Regional Health Launches Outpatient Palliative Care Program

Above & Beyond: What Patients Say

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!

Clarke Comprehensive Breast Center has all kinds of things going on for breast cancer awareness month, from word games to edible mammo-grahams (graham crackers and smashed marshmallows).  Clever, caring people who enjoy their work!


UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown has always been good to me. Everyone is professional & well trained – I was always treated with respect. By the way, the meatloaf is fantastic!


We are very pleased with our choice of Shore Home Care. Lee Rosendale did my initial evaluation – pleasant, thorough, complete and professional. Teresa Baker made two visits – prompt, pleasant and professional. Heather Coulburne took over for the final two visits – obviously loves her job which she handles in a very professional way. This has been a very positive experience helping me through a difficult time.


In the Emergency Department at UM SMC at Dorchester, everyone treated my husband great. Justine was a great help — always very nice sweet caring and very helpful.


I love coming to Chestertown lab. Always friendly and helpful staff.


Excellent, excellent staff at the Pain Center. Cathy Asche, the nurse manager, is an outstanding leader. Her patient understanding of individuals experiencing chronic pain continues to expand and excel. George King greeted me immediately when I entered Clinic. He was friendly and remembered registering me and how much pain I had been and was still in, and thus treated me with care. I commend him, because he was not only efficient in getting my appointment set-up but for his poise and empathy both on the phone and in person.


I always go to the Centreville lab, excellent & convenient, staff are great!


At Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown, every person – guard, nurse and doctor – was perfect. Nurse Bev found my problem right away and got me treated by Dr. Abdulaziz very quickly.

Palliative Care Team Launches Outpatient Program

Palliative Care team members: (seated) Don D’Aquila, Maddie Steffens and Michael Kingan; (standing) Monick Conway, Sharon Stagg, Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, Kim Fogle and Sue Conley

The Shore Regional Palliative Care Program provides support to individuals living with chronic, life-limiting illnesses by helping them to manage complex pain and other symptoms, maintain their functional status for as long as possible and enhance their quality of life. Offered since 2014 to patients in University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton, Palliative Care now also is provided on an outpatient basis.

“We are now seeing patients two days a week in our new office space in the UM CMG – Primary Care suite in UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton,” says Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, medical director, Shore Regional Palliative Care Program. “Anyone who has questions about what it means to live with a serious health condition can benefit from a palliative care consult.”

Outpatient coverage is anticipated to increase to three days a week in December and to five days a week in early 2019.

Palliative care is “whole person care” provided by physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers chaplains and others. Together, they work as a coordinated team to address patients’ physical, emotional and social concerns that can arise with serious advanced illness. As a growing medical specialty nationwide, palliative care has been shown to improve the ability of patients with serious health conditions and their families to better understand and plan for their health care needs while enhancing quality of life.

Health conditions for which a palliative care consult can be beneficial include heart failure, chronic lung disease, COPD, cancer, chronic kidney disease, stroke and dementia. Most private insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative medicine services in outpatient settings as well as in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

The Shore Regional Palliative Care team, led by Dr. Vaidyanathan, includes nurse practitioners Sharon Stagg and Michael Kingan, pharmacist Don D’Aquila, nurse coordinator Madeline Steffens, social workers Kim Fogle and Monick Conway, and office lead Sue Conley.

For more information about Palliative Care or to make an appointment, contact Conley, 410-820-4434, or

Mary DeShields, MD Joins CMG as Medical Director, Oncology

Mary DeShields, MD

University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG) announces the addition of Easton-based oncologist Mary S. DeShields, MD. Dr. DeShields is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health and will serve as medical director, Oncology.

Dr. De Shields has been providing medical oncology services to residents on the Eastern Shore for more than two decades. She earned her medical degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and completed her internship, residency and chief residency at the Medical Center of Delaware, now Christiana Care Health System. She then went on to complete her fellowship in medical oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

“We feel honored to have Dr. DeShields join our team at the University of Maryland Community Medical Group,” comments William Huffner, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president, Medical Affairs. “Dr. DeShields is a dedicated oncologist and member of the community, and we are lucky to gain her expertise at UM CMG. While the practice name will be changing, Dr. DeShields will continue to provide the same exceptional care  to the residents of the Eastern Shore.”

Patients may make an appointment with Dr. De Shields by calling 410-819-3332.




Jeanie Scott Named Oncology Services Manager

Jeanie Scott has been promoted to the position of manager, Oncology Services at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Brian Leutner, Oncology Services executive director has announced.

Jeanie Scott, CTR

Scott has been on the staff of UM Shore Regional Health since 1999, and joined the Cancer Center team in 2000 as radiation secretary, In 2002, she became the Center’s tumor registrar, following patients with reportable diagnoses to the State of Maryland and Commission on Cancer, and retrieving and analyzing data to be disseminated in accordance with professional ethics.

In 2012, Scott was promoted to cancer registry coordinator overseeing all aspects of the ACoS-accredited Cancer Program and maintaining UM Shore Regional Health’s cancer registry and mandated cancer data reporting. She became operations coordinator for the Cancer Center in 2016, which expanded her duties to include day to day operations of the cancer center; management of personnel and material resources; development and evaluation of strategies to enhance the patient experience; and collaboration with hospital administrators, area health care providers and external agencies. Scott is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health information management from Walden University and anticipates graduation in 2019.

“Jeanie’s promotion to manager of Oncology Services is well earned,” says Leutner. “She has done a phenomenal job in every position she has held, earning wide respect for her analytical skills and knowledge, strong work ethic and leadership style, and has achieved an excellent rapport with our patients, their families and our staff at all levels. We are fortunate to have her in this important leadership role at the Cancer Center.”