Safe Sitter Class Set for February 3 in Easton

The popular Safe Sitter® class, taught by pediatric nurses for youth ages 11-13, will be offered on Saturday, February 3, 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Health Education Center.

Safe Sitter® is a national, non-profit organization that provides programs to teach youth life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Over 175 lives have been saved by Safe Sitter® graduates using the skills learned through the Safe Sitter® training. More information about the program may be found at www.safesitter.org.

The cost for this one-day class is $45; some scholarships are available. Because seating is limited, advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call Michelle Emerick, 410-822-1000, ext. 5451.

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 2,200 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

Bonnie Hilghman Cancer Fund Continues Support for Wellness for Women Program

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation received a donation of $9,000 from the Bonnie Hilghman Cancer Fund, in support of its 2017 golf tournament benefiting the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health. Proceeds from the tournament, which took place in September, 2017, support the Wellness for Women community outreach program, which promotes screening and patient education for early detection of breast cancer.

Front row: Wellness for Women community outreach workers Maria D’Arcy, Mattie Fountain and Jane Escher, community outreach workers; back row, Duane Hilghman, Brian Leutner, executive director, UM SRH Oncology Services, and F. Graham Lee, UM SRH vice president, philanthropy.

The mission of the Bonnie Hilghman Cancer Fund is to help nonprofit organizations that provide services to cancer patients, including chemotherapy, necessary medications, transportation costs, child care, housekeeping and nursing care. Since 2005, the Fund has given more than $100, 000 in grants to help residents in the five-county region served by UM Shore Regional Health who are fighting cancer.

“We cannot overstate the importance of the Bonnie Hilghman Cancer Fund’s ongoing support for cancer screening services and patient education,” said Graham Lee, vice president, philanthropy, for UM Shore Regional Health. “Annual contributions from the Fund have helped thousands of women benefit from early detection screenings and patient education that are so important to survival.”

For more information, contact Duane Hilghman, 410-310-7696 or dhilghman@verizon.net.

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.

First baby of 2018 arrives at UM SMC at Easton

A Salisbury couple welcomed the first baby born at the University of Maryland Medical Center at Easton in 2018. Zachary Thomas Trice entered the world just seven hours and forty-seven minutes into the New Year on January 1, four days before he was scheduled to be delivered by cesarean section.  Zachary is the son of Andy and Marta Trice of Salisbury and weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces and was 21 inches long when born.

Zachary is the fourth baby for the Trices. Three of their four children have been born at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. Anxiously awaiting their baby brother’s homecoming are older siblings Olivia, 7, Max, 4, and Natalie, 2.

Part of the homecoming fun will be digging into the gift basket UM Shore Regional Health awards to the first baby every January. The basket contains savings bonds from Shore United Bank and 1880 Bank, diapers, assorted baby clothing and blankets, books, a stuffed toy and personal care items.

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.

The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton Welcomes New Volunteers

The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton welcomes the addition of nine new volunteers to their organization; Don Goodliffe, Jack Lane, Frances Mason, Joyce Mumaw, Krishan Patel, Ruth Renkenberger, Mike Scheidt, Judy Smith, and Cressy Spence. These Auxiliary members join more than 160 others who provide important contributions to UM Shore Regional Health’s inpatient and outpatient medical facilities throughout Easton, by raising funds and assisting with daily operations.

“We are very happy to announce the addition of these nine volunteers to the Auxiliary,” says Art Cecil president, Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton. “The community and Shore Regional Health really benefit from the services provided by our volunteers, but just as important, our volunteers benefit from their interactions with the community and team.”

From left to right: Mike Scheidt, Judy Smith, Joyce Mumaw, Ruth Renkenberger and Don Goodliffe. Not pictured: Jack Lane, Frances Mason, Krishan Patel and Cressy Spence.

According to AARP, in 2015, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) conducted a study to look at the benefits of volunteering for older adults. The study concluded that almost two-thirds of volunteers reported a decrease in feeling of isolation and 67 percent of those who first reported they often lack companionship found they had improved social connections.

“I was employed at Shore Medical Center in Easton for 38 years and enjoyed the social engagement that I had with the community” says Auxiliary member Judy Smith. “I wanted to come back as a volunteer so I could continue that interaction with patients and staff and also give back to the community by helping raise funds for the organization.”

The Auxiliary, which was formally organized in 1947, offers comfort care services for Cancer Center patients, hostess services for surgical patients, in-hospital transportation assistance and front desk reception at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. In addition, the Auxiliary raises funds through its management of Maggie’s Gift Shop in UM SMC at Easton, the Bazaar at 121 Federal Street and various special vendor sales. Funds raised help pay for new technology, facility upgrades and educational needs for the hospital and local outpatient facilities.

The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton is now seeking volunteers in all areas of service. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call 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.

Easton Hospital Unit Staff Collect Supplies for Gratitude House Recovery Home

Nurses on the 2 East Multi Specialty Care Unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton believe in giving back to the community and most recently, they have made that belief real by conducting a drive for cleaning and laundry supplies for the Gratitude House in Easton, a project of Realslow Recovery LLC, a nonprofit organization founded by Easton residents Mike and Sara Rissolo  with the goal of providing safe, affordable and supportive housing for all people to live and grow in recovery from drugs and alcohol.

Members of the team on the 2 East Multi Specialty Unit. Kneeling is Sara Rissolo, a founder of Gratitude House and per diem nurse at UM SMC at Easton; standing L-R, are Becky Hutchison; Erin Jones, Mary Camper, Colby Hall, Alyssa Baker, Mary Collins, Lauren Ayres and Shadonya Johnson.

In addition to her involvement with Gratitude House, Sara Rissolo is currently a per diem nurse for UM Shore Regional Health while pursuing advanced nursing studies. “These supplies will go a long way to helping our10 residents maintain the house,” she says. “I know they will be so grateful for this support. We welcome donations of supplies and also groceries, prepared foods and other items.”

Other organizations supported by the unit’s “2 East Gives Back” initiative include the Ruth Ann Jones Endowed Scholarship at Chesapeake College, Perry Point Hospital, the Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore, the Cancer Center at UM SRH and local humane societies.

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 Shines Light on Lung Cancer Awareness Month

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services team members recently teamed up with community partners from local health departments to Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Awareness Month by decorating and lighting a tree in UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton. UM SRH joins the estimated 200 communities to hold a “Shine the Light” event in partnership with the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA).

Photo: Back row: (L-R) Katie Dadds, practice manager, Pulmonary Care at Easton & Chestertown, Greg Oliver, MD, Pulmonologist, Leigh Marquess, RN, director of Wellness Promotions, Caroline County Health Department, Brian Leutner, MBA, executive director, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester and UM Shore Regional Health Oncology Services, Gary Bigelow, regional director of Imaging, Cheryl Ruff, University of Maryland Community Medical Group, senior director of Operations, UM SRH, Timothy Shanahan, DO, regional medical director for Physician Services, UM Community Medical Group, Maranda LeCompte, RN, Tobacco Cessation Program –Dorchester County. Front row: Kristen Moore, Community Health Educator-Talbot County, Michele Williams, DNP, Oncology Nurse Practitioner and program coordinator, Lung Cancer Screening, Julie Jones, program coordinator, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program – Dorchester County. Not pictured: Amanda James, RN, Cessation Nurse –Talbot County.

In July 2017, UM SRH Cardiovascular and Pulmonary services launched a new lung cancer screening program overseen by Greg Oliver, MD, pulmonologist, and Michelle Williams, DNP, who is board-certified in oncology. Named a LCA Screening Center of Excellence, this program uses low-dose computed tomography scanning to find disease at the earliest possible stage.

For more information on UM SRH’s Lung Cancer Screening program please visit umshoreregional.org/lungcancerscreening

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.

Free Seminar on Tax Strategies for 2017.

Fred Hopkins

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation will host a free seminar, “Tax Strategies for 2017” on Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Talbot Country Free Library in Easton. Guest speakers for the seminar will include Fred Hopkins, JD, CFA, managing director of Wealth and Fiduciary Planning and national director of Business Owner Planning, Wilmington Trust; 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.

At Wilmington Trust, Hopkins oversees the delivery of comprehensive wealth advisory services to individuals and families in several different regions of the country. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law and is a CFA® Charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute, the Baltimore CFA Society, the Maryland State Bar Association, and the Baltimore Estate Planning Council. He currently serves as chairman of the Investment Committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and serves on the Board of Trustees of Friends of Clifton Mansion.

 

Darian Sump

 

Sump’s firm, Sump & Associates, PC, in Easton, provides tax and accounting services to individual, small businesses and non-profits. Sump is currently serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Talbot County and has previously served on the board of directors for that organization. A graduate of Shore Leadership and LEAD Maryland, Sump is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.

 

 

 

 

Deborah Walsworth

During her nearly three decades in public accounting, Walsworth has developed a diverse client base that includes individuals, businesses, trusts, estates and retirement plans. She provides tax compliance and consulting services, including financial and retirement benefit planning. She presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce and For All Seasons, Inc.

 

To register for the seminar or for more information, please contact Janet Andrews at the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation (410) 822-1000, extension 5792 or by email at janet@umm.edu. This event is free to all attendees; seating is limited and pre-registration is required.  Light refreshments will be served.

Free Events Set to Mark National Diabetes Awareness Month

In observance of National Diabetes Awareness Month, University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology is offering free educational events in both Talbot and Kent counties for those interested in learning more about diabetes and prediabetes risk factors, treatment and disease management.

Recent public health statistics indicate that diabetes rates for Maryland’s Eastern Shore counties are approaching — and in some cases, exceeding — 10 percent. According to Trish Rosenberry, regional director, UM Shore Regional Health Specialty Clinics, this high prevalence is made more dangerous due lack of public awareness of the disease and its potential consequences. “More than 25 percent of people who have diabetes are undiagnosed and asymptomatic, and therefore are unaware that they have the disease and may be experiencing damage to their heart, eyes, kidneys and limbs,” Rosenberry says.

The Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology’s annual Diabetes Awareness Open House is scheduled for Friday, November 17, 1 to 4 p.m. in UM Shore Medical Center at Easton’s Freeman Outpatient Center. The Open House enables individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes, and their family members or caregivers, to meet and talk with diabetes care providers, educators and also vendors offering diabetes care products.

The open house will feature special presentations, as follows: at 1 p.m., “Cooking for Better Health,”demonstrated by Ryan and Emily Groll of Eat Sprout, a local small business enterprise that provides nutritionist-designed, chef-crafted, organic and GMO-free meals.; at 2 p.m., “Medicare Assistance for Persons with Diabetes,” by Pam Limberry from Talbot County’s State Health Insurance Program (SHIP); and at 3 p.m., “Navigating Pharmacy Plans and Controlling Costs,” by KristanTallent, Pharm.D., and pharmacy team members from Hill’s Drug Store. Also offered will be information on maintaining your best health with diabetes, preventing diabetes and managing pre-diabetes.

In Chestertown, the public is invited to a free seminar “You Can East and Still Lose Weight” set for Wednesday, November 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown’s Education Center. Local dietitians Mary King and CheyrleBorneman will offer tips on how to achieve your desired weight without severe dieting.

Also in Kent County, Mt. Olive AME Church in Worton will host a Diabetes Health Fair on November 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will feature dietitians from UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, fitness/wellness personnel from Kent Athletic Center as well as local providers of natural/organic foods and nutrition products from Seedhouse and Chestertown Natural Foods who will offer guidance for persons with diabetes or pre-diabetes on dietary, exercise and other lifestyle choices that promote good health. Those who attend the fair also will be treated to a free lunch and gifts.

“Food Shopping for Health” grocery store tours, designed to teach those with diabetes or pre-diabetes how to shop and plan for meals that will promote optimal health, will be offered in Chestertown and Easton. The Chestertown tour, led by Mary King, will take place on Thursday, November 9, 1 to 3 p.m., at Redner’s Market, 17 Washington Avenue. The Easton tour, led by Karen Hollis, is set for Tuesday, November 14, at Giant Food, 8993 Elliott Road.

“These tours help people learn how to ‘shop smart’ and select foods that will help them avoid complications,” says King. “A diabetes diagnosis can seem overwhelming, but there are shopping strategies to help you plan menus and fill up your cart with the right foods to maintain your best health.”To RSVP for the Redner’s tour in Chestertown, call 410-778-3300, ext. 2295; for Giant in Easton, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Interested community members also are welcome to attend Diabetes Support Group meetings held monthly in Cambridge, Chestertown, Denton and Easton. For meeting schedules and locations please call the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

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.

Easton Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers Honored for Service Milestones

Members of the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton were honored for their service milestones at the Auxiliary’s annual volunteer luncheon. Held on October 10, 2017 at the Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford, Md., the occasion celebrated 79 volunteers whose combined total hours in the service of the Auxiliary exceeded 224,000 as of May 31, 2017.

“The thousands of hours dedicated by Easton Auxiliary volunteers every year are a major force in the enhancement of patient care in our community,” says Ken Kozel, president and chief executive officer, UM Shore Regional Health. “Whether raising funds, answering phones, conducting screenings or helping patients find their way, our volunteers are key partners our mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.”

The Auxiliary raises funds through its management of Maggie’s Gift Shop in UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, the Bazaar at 121 Federal Street and various special vendor sales. Funds raised help pay for new technology, facility upgrades and educational needs for the hospital and local outpatient facilities, including the Clarke Comprehensive Breast Center and the Cancer Center. Auxiliary volunteers also assist with services such as wheelchair and patient escorts, blood pressure screenings and front desk reception in the hospital and in various outpatient locations.

According to Art Cecil, Auxiliary president, during the past year (June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017), 171 volunteers committed more than 34,400 hours to Auxiliary projects. Volunteers honored at the luncheon were those who had achieved service milestones, as follows:

18,000 hours: Pauline Lane. 15,000 hours: 13,500 hours: Joe Schultz. 11,000 hours: Debbie Hayes and Elva Pierce. Margaret Blair. 9,000 hours: Neal O’Shea and Terry Stephan. 8,500 hours: Gail Jenkins. 8,000 hours: Sabine Simonson. 7,000 hours: Carolyn Behr. 6,000 hours: Joyce Kent and Bertha Wilson. 5,500 hours: Celia Bodmer and Janet Granger.

5,000 hours: Barbara Brown, Edith Hayman and Brenda Prettyman. 4,500 hours: Camille Kneale. 4,000 hours: Anita Rowan. 3,500 hours: Doralice Cassidy, Art Cecil and Regina Holland. 3,000 hours: Rosalie Bryan and Nancy Espenhorst. 2,500 hours: Emilie Joshi and Elmer Parkerson. 2,000 hours: Liz Hannegan, Annabel Lesher, Gary Nickerson, Dorothy Palmer, Patricia Reynolds and Sue Shortall. 1,500 hours: Judith Dickhart, Audrey Luetters, Carole O’Malley, Robert Savoy and Gervais Wooters.

1,000 hours: Patricia Collins, Virginia Ann Harvey, Jean Hobbs, Sharron Lee Jamarik and Noel Slattery;  750 hours: Myrna Darragh, Bill Eyring, Barbara Gardella, Adrianna Lee, JoAnn Martin, Barbara Nickerson, Maggie Schabdach and Ronald Weber. 500 hours: Peggy Bardelman, Richard Douma, Richard Hill, Phyllis Matthai, Janet Pfeffer, George Shoener, Marianne Strother, Val Tate, Nancy Williams and Mary Young. 250 hours: Karen Collins, Gloria Douma, Bea Juliano, Thomas Keepers, Bonnie Messix, Carl Ortman and Elaine Rippel. 100 hours: Karen Fink,  Betty Hartmeyer, Jane Holly, Tina Hyde, Midge Kroll, Pat O’Shea, Frederica Shirey, Sherry Spencer, Barbara Watters and Kathryn Yeager.

As part of 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 Memorial Hospital Foundation to Host Women’s Seminar

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation will host its annual women’s seminar, “From a Woman’s Point of View: Nurturing Your Physical and Financial Well Being” on Thursday, October 26 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Tidewater Inn in Easton.

Presentations will include:”Evaluation and Treatment of Urinary Incontinence,” presented by R. Duane Cespedes, MD, UM Shore Comprehensive Urology, and “Women and Wealth,” presented by Stephanie L. Saunders, first vice president, The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley.

R. Duane Cespedes, MD (right) and Stephanie Saunders, The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley

Specializing in female urology, incontinence and vaginal prolapse, Dr. Cespedes sees patients in offices at UM Shore Medical Pavilions in Easton and Chestertown. He served previously as the co-director for the Center for Pelvic Health at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and is the former chairman and program director of the Urology Department at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Stephanie Saunders has been part of The Hill Group for 20 years. A graduate of University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, she also has achieved the professional designations of Senior Investment Management Consultant and Senior Portfolio Manager.

To register for the seminar or for more information, please contact Janet Andrews at the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation (410) 822-1000, extension 5792 or by email at janet@umm.edu. This event is free to all attendees; seating is limited and pre-registration is required.  Light refreshments will be served.

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.