Bonnie Scott to Speak at Rally for Recovery on June 3

Recovery for Shore’s Rally for Recovery, set for June 3, 2017 in downtown Easton, will feature a special guest speaker, Bonnie Scott, in front of the Talbot County Courthouse at 4 p.m., Sharon Dundon, ad hoc coordinator for Recovery for Shore and program specialist for UM Shore Regional Health’s Substance Use Disorders Program, has announced.

Scott is founder of Rising Above Disease (RAD), a six-bed women’s recovery house in Easton that opened in November, 2016. In recovery herself for more than 12 years, Scott was inspired to take action as a positive force in the local recovery community after the death of her son in 2012 due to a heroin overdose. At the time, there were few residential recovery options locally and she disliked the prevailing model of recovery facilities on the western shore. “It seemed to me that people are warehoused, sometimes four to six people in a room, their phones are taken away and they are isolated in an unfamiliar location. That does not promote real rehabilitation,” she says.

With six other women, Scott began working on a plan for a recovery house where women could remain on the Eastern Shore near their jobs and their families. As she explains, “Our goal was to create a home-like, healing environment where we could help bring women out of the darkness and into the light. God sent me a wonderful committee and there was so much support that within 90 days, we had found, opened and furnished the house, and welcomed our first residents.”

In addition to recovery support and resources, RAD residents benefit from special activities including equine therapy, acupuncture and massage therapy. As a nonprofit organization, RAD is now under the umbrella of the Mid Shore Community Foundation and has received special support from The Women’s and Girls’ Fund.

The Rally for Recovery on June 3 begins at 3:30 p.m. with a walk from Christ Church to the Courthouse. Washington Street between Dover and Goldsborough Streets will be closed to traffic,4-4:30 p.m., while the rally is in progress.The group will return to Christ Church by 5 p.m. for the “Alive at Five” Service celebrating recovery, followed by fellowship and refreshments on the Church lawn.

According to Dundon, rally organizers are seeking volunteers to bring ‘finger food’ donations – anything that does not have to be heated or refrigerated and can be consumed without utensils – for participants to enjoy after the service. Anyone interested in donating food or volunteering to assist with the event may call the UM Shore Regional Health Substance Used Disorders Program, 410-822-1000, ext. 5469 or email recoveryforshore@gmail.com.

The Rally for Recovery is open to persons in recovery as well as community advocates, individuals, families and friends whose lives have been touched by addiction and mental health issues, and other interested parties.

As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members, and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

UM SRH Offers Public Sessions on Future of Health Care in Dorchester

Dorchester County residents are invited to participate in a series of free presentations that will explore a vision for the County’s future health care services.

“These presentations are designed to share information about University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s vision for a future new medical campus and health care services in the county, including access to physicians, emergency care, diagnostic services and medical treatment,” says Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health. “They also provide the opportunity for people to ask questions and share their thoughts. We look forward to strong community attendance and participation as we discuss the changing landscape of health care and strategies to meet the health care needs of Dorchester County residents.”

The four presentations will be held as follows: Tuesday, May 23, East New Market Fire Department, 4020 East New Market Bypass, East New Market; Wednesday, May 31, Chesapeake College’s Cambridge Center, 416-418 Race Street, Cambridge; Thursday, June 8, E. A. Murphy Building at 104 Race Street, Vienna; and Thursday, June 15, the Madison Fire Department, 1154 Taylor’s Island Road, Madison. All sessions will begin at 6 p.m. and last 90 minutes.

For more information, call 410-228-5511, ext. 5508.

As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members, and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

UM Chester River Home Care Recognized for Excellence in Clinical Outcomes

University of Maryland Chester River Home Care received special recognition at UM Shore Regional Health’s recent Nurse Excellence Awards Celebration as winner of the Unit/Department Award for Excellence in Empirical Outcomes.

As part of UM Shore Regional Health’s celebration of Nurses Week, the Nurse Excellence Awards Celebration took place on Monday, May 8 at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College.

The Unit/Department Award for Excellence in Clinical Outcomes recognizes “outstanding teamwork and collaboration with other health care team members and disciplines toward achieving optimal patient outcomes.”According to Rita Holley, regional director of Home Care Services for UM Shore Regional Health (UM SRH), during the past year, UM Chester River Home Care (UM CRHC) staff made significant gains in quality improvement, staff engagement and patient satisfaction.

UM Chester River Home Care staff members with Ruth Ann Jones (center); left of Jones, Rene Baker and Trish Focht; right of Jones, Nurse, Katie Davis and Melissa Myers.

“I am very proud and gratified to see Chester River Home Care win this award,” says Holley. “In 2016,the agency staff improved their response rate to referrals and the home care admissions process so that now, 94 percent of patients are admitted within 48 hours or less, which is above both state and national averages for home care admissions.”

Holley also noted that to educate patients and support discussions between home care nurses, patients and their family members, UM CRHC staff introduced a patient orientation handbook that covers important topics,such as safe medical management, compliance with medication orders, symptom management and safety practices involving fall prevention and oxygen equipment care.

“This is a hard-working team whose dedication to their patients and the communities they serve is widely known and now, thanks to their winning this award, officially recognized,” says Holley. “Their success in analyzing new challenges and coming up with effective solutions to meet those challenges is what makes Chester River Home Care an important force in achieving Shore Regional Health’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.”

Each year, UM CRHC staff members drive more than 150,000 miles in Kent and Queen Anne’s County to provide more than 12,000 home care visits serving approximately 800 patients. The agency’s 4-star rating from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Service exceeds both the national average of 3.0 and the Maryland average of 3.5 In terms of patient satisfaction ratings, UM CRHC has scored significantly higher than the state and national averages in five out of five rating categories.

Home health care includes many services, including skilled nursing, rehabilitation (physical, occupational and speech therapy) and assistance with activities of daily living. According to the national newsletter, the HCD, the in-home health care industry is currently the leading job creator in the United States and is estimated to generate more than $50 billion annually in costs paid by consumers and insurance companies. As more people reach retirement age, the growing demand for home health services is expected to continue.

The Nurse Excellence Awards presentation was led by Ruth Ann Jones, senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer for UM SRH. Jones noted that 2017 marked the sixth anniversary of the Nurse Excellence Awards and that this year’s honorees were selected from a total of 48 individual nominations and 10 unit/department nominations, the greatest number submitted since the awards were established. “This awards program was established by nurses and for nurses as a way to recognize those who go above and beyond to always deliver exceptional care,” Jones said.

Ken Kozel, president and CEO, noted the pivotal role that Shore Regional Health’s 600 nurses play in achieving the organization’s vision of being the Region’s Leader in Patient Centered Health Care. “Our nursing team’s strong partnerships with our physicians and other members of the health care team enable us to continue to “raise the bar” on safety, quality and patient experience,” Kozel said.

John Dillon, chairman of the Board, noted that among the constants at UM SRH is the outstanding reputation of the nursing team. “When a community member shares a story about an experience at one of our hospitals or outpatient facilities, that story almost always includes the nurse or nurses, often mentioned by name, who provided expert and compassionate care,” Dillon said.

About UM Shore Regional Health: As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers work with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

UM SRH Celebrates Nursing Excellence at Annual Awards Presentation

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Nurse Excellence Awards was held on Monday, May 8 at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College. The occasion was the premier event in the celebration of Nurses’ Week 2017, May 7-12.

Individual winners of UM SRH’s 2017 Nurse Excellence Awards are shown with Ruth Ann Jones, senior vice president, Patient Care Services and CNO (third from left): From left: Hope Honigsberg, Dawn Ruby, Taffie Wilson, Vernon Usilton and April Ewing.

Leading the event presentations, Ruth Ann Jones, UM Shore Regional Health’s senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, noted that this year marked the sixth anniversary of the Nurse Excellence Awards and that the 2017 honorees were selected from a total of 48 individual nominations and 10 unit/department nominations, the greatest number submitted since the awards were established. “This awards program was established by nurses and for nurses as a way to recognize those who go above and beyond to always deliver exceptional care,” said Jones. “All nominees deserve our appreciation, as do their families and other supporters who help make it possible for them to go the extra mile in the care they provide.”

Ken Kozel, president and CEO, spoke glowingly of the pivotal role that Shore Regional Health’s 600 nurses play in achieving the organization’s vision of being the Region’s Leader in Patient Centered Health Care. “Our nursing team’s strong partnerships with our physicians and other members of the health care team enable us to continue to “raise the bar” on safety, quality and patient experience,” Kozel said. “I know that I speak for the entire leadership team when I express my gratitude for our nurses’ active engagement in developing new care models, recommending and adopting new technologies, creating new protocols for patient care, supporting the professional development of all team members, and adapting to the almost daily changes and challenges in the health care landscape.”

John Dillon, chairman of the Board of UM Shore Regional Health, cited “the outstanding reputation of Shore Regional Health’s nursing team – for their expertise, their dedication to our patients and family members, and their continued advancement of clinical care in all units and departments” as a constant in an era of rapid change in the health care system. “When a community member shares a story about an experience at one of our hospitals or outpatient facilities, that story almost always includes the nurse or nurses, often mentioned by name, who provided expert and compassionate care,” Dillon said.

UM Chester River Home Care won the Unit/Department Award for Excellence in Clinical Outcomes. Shown after the award presentation are UM CRHC staff members with Ruth Ann Jones (center); left of Jones, Rene Baker and Trish Focht; right of Jones, Katie Davis and Melissa Myers.

The 2017 Shore Regional Health Nurse Excellence Award winners are:

Outstanding Achievement in Care Delivery: Commitment to Others–Taffie Wilson, Regional Resuscitation Education Coordinator, Professional Nursing Practice

Outstanding Achievement in Leadership–Vernon Usilton, Clinical Nurse, Emergency Department, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton

Outstanding Achievement in Mentorship/Advocacy–Dawn Ruby, Clinical Nurse, 2 East, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton

Outstanding Achievement in Professional Nursing–Hope Honigsberg, Clinical Nurse, Ambulatory Surgery Center, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown

Outstanding Achievement – Promising Professional–April Ewing, Clinical Nurse, Emergency Department, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester

Unit/Department Excellence in Clinical Outcomes–UM Chester River Home Care

About UM Shore Regional Health: As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers work with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

Breast Center Reaccredited by NAPBC

The Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has once again been granted a three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. The Center, under the leadership of Roberta J. Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS, earned its initial NAPBC accreditation in 2014.

Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.  During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease.  The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.  A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast.  This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education.  Its board membership includes professionals from 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to: comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services; a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options; and, most importantly, quality breast care close to home.

The Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health, located at 10 Martin Court in Easton, provides a variety of breast health services including diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast disease.  Other services available include support groups, telemedicine genetic counseling services and a Women’s Health Boutique for post-mastectomy garments, prosthetics and swim wear.

In its location adjacent to the Diagnostic and Imaging Center, the Breast Center is able to offer its patients convenient access to laboratory and imaging technologies including phlebotomy; digital mammography with Tomosynthesis (3-D); bone density screening; ultrasound; MRI, PET and 64-slice CT scanning. Other diagnostic services available include X-ray; fluoroscopy; EKG and Cardiac CT Scoring.

As an outreach program of the Comprehensive Breast Center, Dr. Lilly, the Center’s medical director, also provides clinic services in Kent County at the Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center, located at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Dr. Lilly has fellowship training in surgical oncology of the breast.  She is board certified by the American Board of Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  She works closely with members of the Comprehensive Breast Center team to provide care for the full array of benign and malignant breast diseases.

“Our expert, multidisciplinary team at the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, which includes Dr. Lilly, our radiologists and the Center’s staff, has set the bar high for quality breast care in our region,” comments Brian Leutner, executive director of Oncology Services for UM Shore Regional Health.  “Having earned the NAPBC accreditation for a second time – with zero deficiencies – is a tremendous accomplishment and is a testament to the innovative, patient-centered care and genuine compassion that Dr. Lilly and the team are providing with every single patient interaction.”

“To receive full NAPBC accreditation is a wonderful honor,” remarks Roberta Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS, Breast Center medical director.  “This accomplishment is not the result of just one person, but involves dozens of people at all levels– from receptionists, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, social workers, nurses, x-ray technicians, oncologists, pathologists and radiologists – to hospital and practice administrators, all who share a common focus – to provide accessible, patient-centered breast care. I consider myself to be lucky to be among this team that has cared for so many of our region’s women.”

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their web site at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.  Information about the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health can be found at umshoreregional.org or by calling 410-820-9400.

New Director of Facilities Management, Environmental and Life Safety Officer Appointed at UM SRH

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health recently welcomed Michelle Kirk as the organization’s new director of Facilities Management, Environmental and Life Safety Officer, announces Robert Frank, senior vice president of Operations.

Kirk earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and later obtained a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Systems Management (MBA-HSM) from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Her areas of expertise include project management, mechanical design, management consultation and operations.  Kirk has more than fifteen years of professional experience in the field of healthcare facilities management, having most recently served as the director of Plant Operation/Maintenance for Salina Regional Health Center in Salina, Kansas. As director of Facilities Management at UM Shore Regional Health, Kirk will be responsible for facilities maintenance, plant operations, biomedical engineering, security, and will serve as chair of the Environment of Care and Life Safety Counsel at all inpatient and outpatient facilities throughout the organization.

“Our organization was quite fortunate to recruit a strong leader, who is energetic and committed to maintaining the efficiency and safety of Shore Regional Health facilities for the benefit our patients, visitors and team members,” comments Frank. “Michelle has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field and is already proving to be a tremendous asset to our team.”

As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

Laura Jin, MD, Named Medical Director, Utilization Management for UM SRH

Laura Jin, MD, has been named medical director, Utilization Management for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, William Huffner, MD, senior vice president, Medical Affairs and chief medical officer announced recently.

In this new position, Dr. Jin serves as a clinical resource and consultant leader to the health care system, its physicians, advance practice providers and the entire care management team by identifying and facilitating the resolution of utilization issues. In addition, she provides collaborative leadership on key issues such as Emergency Department throughput, medical necessity, compliance, level of care, length of stay, resource management, hospital reimbursement, quality issues, case management and physician education.

A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Jin previously served Shore Regional Health from 2000 to 2006 as a hospitalist in internal medicine. She also worked with the health care system’s senior leadership team for the National Health Care Initiative Projects in 2004 and served as lead hospitalist in 2005. Since 2006, she has served Digestive Health Associates as a GI hospitalist and continues in this capacity while in her new role at UM SRH.

Originally from Shanghai, China, Dr. Jin earned her master’s in chemistry/immunology and her medical degree from the Second Military Medical University in Shanghai,and also completed her internal medicine residency and a fellowship in gastroenterology there.  She was invited to Rochester, NY, as a visiting scientist in 1988. After completing her internal medicine residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), she became an assistant professor there and was placed in charge of URMC’s Clinical GI Motility Laboratory. Dr. Jin has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals in both the U.S. and abroad.

In announcing the appointment, Dr. Huffner stated, “Dr. Jin’s more than 30 years’ experience in hospital medical practice, her excellent rapport with all members of our health care team, and her passion for teaching and health care utilization will serve us well as she embarks on this new and vital endeavor at Shore Regional Health.”

As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members, and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

UM CMG – Women’s Health Gynecologist Celebrates 400th Robotic Surgery

University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Women’s Health gynecologist Dr. William Katz recently performed his 400th robotic surgery on the Eastern Shore.

The 400th procedure took place on May 3, 2017 at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. Dr. Katz has been providing gynecologic and robotic surgery on the Eastern Shore for more than 16 years, and also has been in practice for a total of more than 25 years.

Dr. Katz uses robotic surgery to treat several common conditions of the female reproductive system including uterine fibroids, uterine prolapse, endometriosis and adenomyosis.  Robotic surgery offers many benefits to patients compared to open surgery: shorter hospitalization and faster recovery times, small incisions, and reduced pain and discomfort.

“Dr. Katz has been a great mentor in the Eastern Shore community for many years,” comments Michele Wilson, vice president of operations for UM CMG. “This is an incredible accomplishment that represents the experience and expertise he uses to best serve patients on the Eastern Shore.”

Dr. Katz is affiliated with multiple hospitals on the Eastern Shore, including University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. He received his medical degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Dr. Katz sees patients at 490 Cadmus Lane in Easton, Suite 106. Patients may make an appointment with Dr. Katz by calling 410-822-1221.

About the University of Maryland Community Medical Group

The University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG) is a multi-hospital, multi-specialty, community-based physician-led group, and part of the University of Maryland Medical System. With more than 300 primary care physicians, specialists, and advanced practice clinicians in more than 65 locations across the state, UM CMG offers patients a vast network of highly experienced providers, delivering care right in their neighborhood. For more information, visit www.umcmg.org.

Rally for Recovery Set for June 3

Recovery for Shore (RFS) will sponsor a Rally for Recovery in downtown Easton on June 3, 2017. The event, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Christ Church Easton, is open to persons in recovery as well as community advocates; individuals, families and friends whose lives have been touched by addiction and mental health issues; and other interested parties.

According to Sharon Dundon, coordinator for RFS and program specialist, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Substance Disorders Program, Rally for Recovery participants will walk as a group from Christ Church on South Street to the Talbot County Courthouse on Washington Street, where the block between Dover and Goldsborough Streets will be closed at 4 p.m. for a brief rally including guest speakers. The group will then return to Christ Church by 5 p.m. for the “Alive at Five” Service celebrating recovery, followed by fellowship and refreshments on the Church lawn.

To remember lives lost to addiction and mental illness and celebrate the hope of recovery, Recovery for Shore’s Rally for Recovery June 3 will include the “Alive at Five” service at Christ Church Easton.

“Recovery for Shore members are grateful once again to Christ Church for helping us host a major event that brings together people from our community to support and celebrate recovery,” says Dundon. “We also appreciate the cooperation we have received from the Town of Easton and the Town Police in coming up with an alternative plan to the extended walk around town, which is what we did last year.”

Last year’s RFS “Walk of Hope” in downtown Easton in April 2016, attracted more than 200 people; likewise, the organization’s “Recovery Happens!”celebration, held at Christ Church Easton last September, netted an overflow crowd.

“Walks, rallies and other public events encourage people in our community to recognize the need for greater awareness of recovery and greater support for recovery resources,” explains Valerie Albee, founder, Mariah’s Mission Fund, an RFS member organization. “These occasions are very meaningful to those who have lost loved ones to mental illness and addiction as well to those in recovery or finding their way there, and we welcome one and all.”

RFS is an ad hoc volunteer organization that promotes awareness of recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders, and advocates for resources to support individuals and families seeking to help with addiction, mental health and recovery issues. RFS membership includes individuals,county health departments, and private and nonprofit organizations based in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. The group’s monthly meetings are hosted in Shore Behavioral Health’s Outpatient Addictions Conference Room in UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

Rally participants are encouraged to create signs for the event and a prize will be awarded for the most creative sign. For more information, visit the Recovery for Shore Facebook page or email recoveryforshore@gmail.com

Recovery for Shore (RFS) is an ad hoc volunteer organization that promotes awareness of recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders and advocates for resources to support individuals and families seeking to help with addiction, mental health and recover issues. RFS membership includes varied public agencies and private and nonprofit organizations and individuals based in five counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. RFS is coordinated by Sharon Dundon, program specialist, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Substance Disorders Program and monthly group meetings are hosted in the Outpatient Addictions Conference Room of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members, and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

UM Shore Regional Health Auxiliaries Recognized for Volunteer Month

Back row: (L-R) John Dillon, chairman, UM SRH Board of Directors, Art Cecil, president, Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton, Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM SRH. Front Row: (L-R) Sue Drumheller, Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary, Diane McCarthy, president, Dorchester General Auxiliary, Paddy Tobey, Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary.

The University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Board of Directors recently recognized the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary, the Dorchester General Auxiliary and the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton for their outstanding work and dedication providing volunteer services and funds in support of the hospitals and inpatient and outpatient centers.

The month of April is observed as National Volunteer Month and is dedicated to honoring volunteers who donate their time to help organizations such as UM Shore Regional Health. The auxiliaries were presented with a certificate of appreciation and a bouquet of flowers during the meeting.

“The auxiliary volunteers of Shore Regional Health have offered sensational support to our team and organization for many decades, “ said John Dillon, chairman, UM Shore Regional Health Board of Directors. “We can’t thank our auxiliaries enough for all of the effort, hours and financial support they provide to Shore Regional Health.”

During the past year, the auxiliaries have earned a combined $500,000 in proceeds through their special event sales, hospital gift shops and their auxiliary-managed thrift shops – the Nearly New Shop in Chestertown, the Robin Hood Shop in Cambridge and The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street in Easton.These proceeds go on to help pay for technology, facility and educational needs for UM Shore Regional Health and its team members.

At UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton, and various outpatient locations, auxiliary volunteers assist with services such as wheelchair and patient escorts, blood pressure screenings and front desk reception. Last year UM Shore Regional Health auxiliaries combined 60,000 hours in volunteer time.

“Volunteering with the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary has allowed me to meet so many great community members while serving our local hospital,” says Sue Drumheller, who was one of the representatives for the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary. “Volunteering is special to me, it really feeds my soul.”

Auxiliary volunteer positions are currently available at each hospital, a number of outpatient locations, at the hospital gift shops and all three thrift shops. For more information about volunteer opportunities call; Chestertown, 410-348-5114; Dorchester, 410-228-0091; Easton, 410-822-1000, ext. 5839.

About UM Shore Regional Health: As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,600 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers work with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.