UM CMG – Primary Care Announces Addition of Michael Gasparovich, DO

University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG)announces the addition of Denton-based primary care provider Michael Gasparovich, DO. Dr. Gasparovich’s subspecialties include family medicine and preventative care. He is seeing patients at 836 S. 5th Avenue in Denton. Patients may make an appointment with Dr. Gasparovich by calling 410-479-5900.

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 this UM CMG, Dr. Gasparovich is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health.

Dr. Gasparovich is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an internship and residency with Kennedy Memorial Hospitals. Dr. Gasparovich is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Gasparovich join our team at the University of Maryland Community Medical Group in our Primary Care practice,”says Michele Wilson, vice president of operations for UM CMG. “Dr. Gasparovich will offer Denton primary care patients compassionate and comprehensive care for a broad range of health services.”

UM CMG consists of community-based provider practices affiliated with UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, UM Charles Regional Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus and UM Shore Regional Health.  A list of UM CMG providers is available at http://docfind.umms.org/cmg.

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.

UM CMG Announces Addition of Jessica Pate, MSN, CNM

University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), announces the addition of Easton-based Certified Nurse-Midwife Jessica Pate, MSN, CNM.

Jessica’s specialties include labor and delivery of both normal and high risk patients. Jessica is seeing patients at UM CMG – Women’s Health OBGYN at 508 Idlewild Avenue, Suite 4. Patients may make an appointment with Jessica by calling 410-820-4888.

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 this UM CMG, Jessica is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health.

Jessica is a graduate of Liberty University, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and Frontier Nursing University, where she received her Masters of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in Nurse-Midwifery.  She is certified in nurse-midwifery by the American Midwifery Certification Board.

“We are very excited to have Jessica join our team at the University of Maryland Community Medical Group in our Women’s Health – OBGYN practice,” comments Michele Wilson, vice president of operations for UM CMG. “Jessica will bring a wealth of compassionate care to our women’s health patients on the Eastern Shore.”

UM CMG consists of community-based provider practices affiliated with UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, UM Charles Regional Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus and UM Shore Regional Health.  A list of UM CMG providers is available at http://docfind.umms.org/cmg.

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.

Christ Church-Easton to Host Recovery Celebration on September 17

To celebrate September as National Recovery Month, Recovery for Shore is planning a free community event, Saturday, September 17, 2016, 5-8 p.m. at Christ Church–Easton, 111 South Harrison Street in Easton.

“Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” will begin with the “Alive at Five” worship service in the church at 5 p.m. To highlight the reality of successful, long-term recovery now enjoyed by 23 million of Americans, Recovery for Shore member Bruce Strazza, who formerly was a drug user and dealer, will offer his testimony during the hour-long service. (A preview of Strazza’s testimony may be viewed on Christ Church–Easton’s Youtube channel, here. 

Following the service, there will be a free, picnic-style barbecue supper and live music (on the lawn or in the church hall, depending on the weather). Recovery for Shore members will be on hand with information about community resources for prevention, treatment, advocacy, support groups and much more.

Says Sharon Dundon, coordinator for Recovery for Shore, “We welcome those in recovery and their family and friends, and also those still struggling with addiction and/or mental illness for themselves or within their families. We had a great turnout for our Walk of Hope for Recovery last April and at our Recovery Dinner two years ago, and we’d love to see 200 people come out for this celebration.”

In addition to Recovery for Shore and Christ Church–Easton, “Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” event sponsors to date include Chesapeake Treatment Services, Earth Data, Inc., Mariah’s Mission Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence/Maryland (NCADD), Queen Anne’s County Health Department, Shore Behavioral Health and Warwick Manor.

Recovery for Shore members at a recent planning meeting for the "Recovery Happens - A Message of Hope" celebration. Front row: Jana Leslie, Christ-Church Easton; Sharon Dundon, Shore Behavioral Health; Valerie Albee, Mariah’s Mission Fund; and Tierra Molock, Talbot County Health Department. Back row: Jim Dissette, Spy Publications Recovery Portal; Keith Richards, Warwick Manor Behavioral Health; Bruce Strazza, Christ Church-Easton; Jay Frost, Talbot County Addictions; Lynne Ewing, Talbot Partnership; and Lisa Flynn, Shore Behavioral Health.

Recovery for Shore members at a recent planning meeting for the “Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” celebration. Front row: Jana Leslie, Christ-Church Easton; Sharon Dundon, Shore Behavioral Health; Valerie Albee, Mariah’s Mission Fund; and Tierra Molock, Talbot County Health Department. Back row: Jim Dissette, Spy Publications Recovery Portal; Keith Richards, Warwick Manor Behavioral Health; Bruce Strazza, Christ Church-Easton; Jay Frost, Talbot County Addictions; Lynne Ewing, Talbot Partnership; and Lisa Flynn, Shore Behavioral Health.

For more information or to volunteer assistance with the event, visit http://www.christchurcheaston.org/ or Recovery for Shore on Facebook.

UM Community Medical Group – Women’s Health Announces Addition of Gynecologist

University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), announces the addition of Easton-based gynecologist William H. Katz, MD. Dr. Katz’s clinical interests include chronic disease management and health maintenance. He is seeing patients at 490 Cadmus Lane in Easton, Suite 106. Patients may make an appointment with Dr. Katz by calling 410-822-1221.

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 this UM CMG, Dr. Katz is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health.

Dr. Katz is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Katz join the University of Maryland Community Medical Group at our Women’s Health practice,” comments Michele Wilson, vice president of operations for UM CMG. “Dr. Katz’s knowledge and level of gynecologic experience will be a tremendous asset to the group and our patients on the Eastern Shore.”

UM CMG consists of community-based provider practices affiliated with UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, UM Charles Regional Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus and UM Shore Regional Health.  A list of UM CMG providers is available at http://docfind.umms.org/cmg.

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 30 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.

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UM Shore Health October Sceenings, Support, and Events

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UM Shore Regional Health Announces Month-long Breast Cancer Awareness Activities and Events

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness month with various activities throughout the month, all aimed at increasing awareness of breast cancer and how it can be best detected, prevented and treated. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, taking the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually.

“October is a great time to educate people about the importance of prevention and early detection when it comes to breast cancer,” says Roberta Lilly, MD, Medical Director for UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center. “Regular mammography screening, self breast examination and knowing your family history of cancer all help lower breast cancer mortality by finding breast cancer early—when the chance of successful treatment is best and the survival rate is highest.”

Some of the planned activities include the following:

 

  • Pink Ribbon Hanging & Tree Lighting, October 1, Chestertown and Easton locations:

o   Chestertown: To kick off the activities surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff and volunteers from the Radiology Department and The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown will hang pink ribbons in honor and/or memory of those patients who have been treated for breast cancer; are breast cancer survivors; and/or for those who have lost their battle with breast cancer. These ribbons will be hung on the trees directly outside the Medical Services Building at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Once decorated with the ribbons, the trees will serve as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Ribbons will be available at the Radiology Department front desk, The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center, and the hospital cafeteria, prior to October 1. For more information, call 410-810-5459.

o   Easton: To kick off the activities surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff and volunteers from UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center will hang pink ribbons in honor of those patients who were treated by the Breast Center in the past year. These ribbons will be hung on the large tree in the front circle at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. A public ribbon ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30pm. Once decorated with the ribbons, the tree will serve as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. This tree will be lit with pink lights throughout the month.

  • “Get Your Pink On!” Pink Hair Extensions, October 2, 11:00am-1:00pm, Easton: Visit the UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center on October 2, between 11:00am and 1:00pm to purchase pink hair extensions, provided by local hair studio Headrush 180 Salon. Hair extensions are $10. All proceeds collected by Headrush 180 Salon will be donated to the Breast Center.
  • Cancer Survivor Art Gallery Opening & Reception, October 3, 4-6:00pm, Easton: The UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center art gallery will mark its fifth anniversary with an exhibit that features the art of breast and cancer survivors. The art exhibit and reception opens on Friday, October 3, from 4pm-6:00pm, at the Breast Center. The public is invited to this free event. The exhibit will continue through the end of this year.
  • “Pink Carnival” An Education Carnival on Breast Cancer, October 22, 11am-2pm, Chestertown: An educational and fun-filled event to build awareness about breast cancer and to offer hope to those touched by breast cancer. Learn the latest facts and research about breast cancer while participating in games and activities. Meet the staff from the Radiology Department and The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Event held in the Courtyard (weather permitting) at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. The public is invited to this free event. For more information, call 410-810-5459.
  • Open House, October 28, 5-7:00pm, Easton: The public is invited to attend the UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center’s Open House on Tuesday, October 28, from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Attendees will be able to tour the UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center, learn more about the Breast Center’s services and meet the staff.
  • Tree of Hope, Easton: To honor a loved one diagnosed with breast cancer, members of the public may come to the UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center and hang a pink ribbon on the Tree of Hope, which is located in the Breast Center year round. The ribbons have space to write a loved one’s name or message and can be done in honor or remembrance. Visitors may come to the Tree of Hope Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.
  • Breast Cancer Support Groups, all locations:

o   Cambridge: Women Supporting Women Breast Cancer Group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm, at the Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. For more information call 410-463-0946 or 410-228-3161.

o   Chestertown: Cancer Support Group meets the 4th Monday of every month, 7pm-9pm, at the Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. For more information call 410-778-7668, ext 2175 or email cnelson@chesterriverhealth.org.

o   Easton: The CARES Breast Cancer Support Group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month, 6pm-7:30pm, at the Cancer Center, UM Shore Regional Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. For more information call 410-822-1000, ext 5411.

  • Special Groups:

o   Look Good, Feel Better: This is a free American Cancer Society (ACS) program open to all women with cancer and is held on the 3rd Monday every month, 10am-noon, at the Cancer Center, UM Shore Regional Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. The program offers tips for hair care, skin care and make-up, samples, and access to the Wig Room. For more information about this group, call 410-822-1000, ext 5355.

o   Survivors Offering Support (SOS) program: A unique program that pairs women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer with trained volunteer mentors. Because SOS mentors are breast cancer survivors themselves, they can offer emotional support and insight to patients facing the same diagnosis, making the breast cancer journey an easier one to navigate. If you are in need of support or would like to become a mentor and would like more information, call Edla Coleman, SOS coordinator, at 410-822-1000, ext. 5866 or by e-mail at ecoleman@shorehealth.org.

 

UM Shore Regional Health provides a full array of diagnostic services, including mammography, advanced 3-D digital mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI and biopsies along with a survivorship program, support groups and other resources for patients, their family members, friends and loved ones. For more information about breast services, please visit www.umshoreregional.org

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UMD Study Seeks Patients to Test Monitoring System

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) specialists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine are recruiting patients for a study to determine whether a smartphone-based telemedicine system decreases disease activity and improves quality of life. The “TELE-IBD” study targets patients with a confirmed diagnosis of either ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease or indeterminate colitis, who have had a flare-up in the last two years.

“We are getting better at treating Crohn’s and colitis, but patient outcomes are still less than ideal. We anticipate that TELE-IBD will improve outcomes through more frequent monitoring, better adherence to medications, improved education, early detection of side effects, and more rapid initiation of medical therapy for a flare,” says the study’s principal investigator, Raymond Cross, MD, MS, AGAF, associate professor of medicine and director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and co-director of the Digestive Health Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Inflammatory bowel diseases, comprised of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, are chronic, inflammatory conditions of the intestines that affect nearly 1.5 million people in the United States. When people have an IBD, their body’s immune cells attack the intestinal lining, causing inflammation and ulcerations, which can produce gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain and cramping. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease both affect young people, with the peak onset in the 20’s and 30’s, although they can affect children and older people.

Dr. Cross says the cause of IBD is speculative. “Genetics play a significant role, but other factors, including diet, the environment, antibiotics, smoking, anti-inflammatory drug use and the composition of bacteria in our intestines all may contribute to IBD.”

While there is currently no cure for IBD, Dr. Cross says existing medications are able to help alleviate symptoms and prevent flares of the disease. “A patient can have essentially a normal life on medical therapy. Nevertheless, their symptoms may affect them throughout their lifetime, with times of remission and other times of flares. The goals of our medical therapy are to eliminate flares, or if flares occur, to make them less severe than they’ve been in the past.”

A previous, pilot study confirmed that telemedicine technology to monitor patients with IBD is feasible and improved clinical outcomes. Researchers will be examining several potential benefits in this study: decreased disease activity; better quality of life; decreased utilization of health care services; improved patient education; decreased depression and anxiety; and improved patient self-management.

Patients will be randomized into three groups:

No intervention: Patients will receive the current standard of care – routine and as-needed office visits and phone calls and education fact sheets from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Weekly home monitoring: Participants receive weekly text messages from the TELE-IBD system to answer questions about disease symptoms, side effects, to check body weight and to receive medication reminders and educational content. Participants receive action plans after each self-testing session. Alerts are generated to a nurse coordinator if certain clinical criteria are met.

Bi-weekly home monitoring: Same as above, but every other week.

The goal is to enroll 375 participants. The estimated study completion date is October 2015. More study details are at this link to the ClinicalTrials.gov web site and this link to the University of Maryland Medical Center web site. To learn how to enroll in the study, potential participants can call 410-706-3397 or 410-706-5943.

The University of Maryland is the sponsor of this study. Collaborators include the University of Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt University and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

All Shore Hospitals Linked for ICU Monitoring by UMD eCare

BALTIMORE, Feb 5, 2014 —  The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) today announced the addition of all three University of Maryland Shore Regional Health hospital intensive care units (ICU) to its University of Maryland eCare service, bringing the total hospitals served by expert remote ICU monitoring to nine across the state.  By adding this service at UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton, UMMS intensivists can now help direct care for up to 100 ICU patients who are able to stay closer to home.  With the addition of the three Mid-Shore medical centers, University of Maryland eCare services are now provided in all hospitals with ICUs on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

From a central operations hub on the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) campus in Baltimore, telemedicine technology allows intensivists and critical care nurses to oversee patient care in off-site ICUs during the night and weekend hours, providing a virtual safety net for smaller facilities when the local physician staffing levels are lower. The local staff can also get immediate consultation from a critical care expert who is able to see the patient and their real-time medical data through cameras and live feeds of data.

“University of Maryland eCare exemplifies one of our core strategies in the University of Maryland Medical System — to make sure we have the right patient in the right place at the right time,” says Robert A. Chrencik, president and chief executive officer of UMMS. “University of Maryland eCare allows us to extend our expertise in time-sensitive critical care medicine to rural areas, without bringing the patient to Baltimore unless absolutely necessary, easing the burden on patients and their families, and potentially lowering healthcare costs.”

University of Maryland eCare uses special cameras in patient rooms along with continual electronic feeds of information such as patients’ vital signs, laboratory and pharmaceutical data, to pick up even slight changes in a patient’s physical condition. An “eLert” button in each patient room also allows local ICU staff to request eCare assistance or a consultation.

“UMMS is at the forefront of medical care evolution with its leadership in the tele-ICU world,” says said Marc. T. Zubrow, MD, vice president of telemedicine for UMMS and medical director of University of Maryland eCare. “Approximately 12 percent of ICU beds across the country are under such a program, marking an important advancement in patient care at rural hospitals,” says Zubrow, who is also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Rural hospitals across the United States are increasingly challenged to keep their ICUs open due to the limited availability of trained specialists — called intensivists — who specialize in the complex care of ICU patients that often have several different medical issues simultaneously.

Hospitals with ICUs in Maryland monitored by University of Maryland eCare include:

  • -Calvert Memorial Hospital – Prince Frederick
  • -Peninsula Regional Medical Center – Salisbury
  • -St. Mary’s Hospital – Leonardtown
  • -Atlantic General Hospital – Berlin
  • -Union Hospital of Cecil County – Elkton
  • -Meritus Medical Center – Hagerstown
  • -University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
  • -University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester
  • -University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton

If you would like more information about the University of Maryland eCARE program, please contact Mary at mlcarver@umm.edu or 410-328-6776.

Best regards,

Mary Lynn Carver, ABC
Senior Vice President
Communications & Public Affairs
University of Maryland Medical System/Center
110 S. Paca Street, 9th floor
Baltimore, MD  21201
Office:  (410) 328-6776  Mobile: (410) 443-1853