For All Seasons Celebrates Denim Day in Honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

On a Wednesday in April each year, Peace Over Violence celebrates Denim Day to raise awareness about sexual violence. April is chosen because it is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This campaign was started when an Italian Supreme Court ruled that a sexual assault conviction be overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, implying consent. The next day, women in Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity.

Pictured front row kneeling, L-R are Julie Crain, Susan Truitt, Beth Anne Langrell, and Nancy James. 2nd row, L-R, are Bonnie Thomas, Ivy Garcia, Rebecca Lepter, Yeslee Martinez, Jen Collins (kneeling), Lynda Koppelman, and Maureen Curtin. Back row, L-R, are Andrea Hammond, Kathy Langrell, Lois Bahr, Kathleen Traversari, Lisa Hymas, and Alberto Ardaya.

For All Seasons participated in Denim Day as a symbol of solidarity with victims of sexual violence. It was the hope of Peace Over Violence that by wearing denim, people everywhere can make a statement of activism against the harmful misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent therapy, marriage and couples counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018. For the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, call Toll-Free: 800-310-7273. For further information about Denim Day, visit http://denimdayinfo.org.

For more than 30 years For All Seasons has been strengthening and enhancing the lives of children, adolescents, adults, seniors, couples and families on Maryland’s Mid-Shore by providing a full continuum of bilingual (English-Spanish) outpatient behavioral health services, regardless of ability to pay. Our mission is to provide the highest level of comprehensive and integrated therapy, advocacy, and psychiatric care in a safe environment where those who have entrusted us with their care are empowered and nurtured on their journey to wellness.

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.

Eastern Shore Crisis Response Helpline: Helping Callers One Crisis at a Time

Quietly operating out of an unassuming building in Dorchester County, the Eastern Shore Operation Center of the Eastern Shore Crisis Response Service is saving lives. Phone counselors at the Center’s Eastern Shore Crisis Response and Resource Helpline work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help prevent suicides, homicides, unnecessary hospitalizations, arrests or detention, and to reduce dangerous or threatening situations involving individuals in need of behavioral health services.  

According Lynn Gurley, LCSW-C, Clinical Coordinator of the Eastern Shore Operation Center, “The program has grown progressively each year. This is in part due to people with chronic mental health issues using us instead of going to the hospital and the word is getting out and people now know what we do.”

Pictured L-R are staff working with the Eastern Shore Crisis Responses and Resource Helpline: Brandy James, after-hours phone counselor; Brittany Crawford, phone counselor; Lynn Gurley, LCSW-C, Clinical Coordinator of the Eastern Shore Operation Center; Carol Masden, LCSW-C, Director of Eastern Shore Crisis Response; Lindsey Tolley, phone counselor; and Katherine Harrison, phone counselor. Absent from the photo are after-hours phone counselors Sheri Christopher, LCSW-C, Keonia Greene, Tina Morris, Sherone Thompson, Eboni Taylor-Tue, LCSW-C, and Ivy Garcia.

Sponsored by The Eastern Shore Crisis Response Services of the Affiliated Santé Group, the crisis response helpline serves the nine counties of the Eastern Shore from Cecil to Worcester counties offering telephone support for individuals and family members in crisis.  The crisis response helpline has three daytime counselors who work from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All counselors are trained clinicians and must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Services, plus have five-year crisis response helpline experience. In addition, all phone counselors participate in a special training program which uses a curriculum developed by Gurley specific to the crisis response helpline services offered through the agency.

Through a grant from the Rural Maryland Council, the agency just added a new counselor position to cover 4 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday as evening call volume has been steadily increasing. The new evening position will replace after-hours staff who worked from home during the week. The position also allows the crisis response helpline to increase its response to incoming calls, as well as outgoing follow-up calls and client satisfaction surveys.

There are seven after-hours contractual phone counselors with the crisis response helpline who work on weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to midnight. The Baltimore County Crisis Center provides crisis response helpline counselors from midnight to 8 a.m. daily.

According to Carol Masden, LCSW-C, Director of Eastern Shore Crisis Response, “The key to the crisis delivery system is the helpline. During fiscal year 2016, our Eastern Shore Operations Center, where the crisis response helpline operates, assisted 6,361 callers, up 25.8 percent from fiscal year 2014. Wicomico, Cecil, and Dorchester counties were the counties with the highest number of new calls in fiscal year 2016.”

She adds, “With our most recent changes there are no disruptions in services to the nine counties we serve. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties.”

According to Gurley, one of the key services that the crisis response helpline offers is counseling at the time of the call.  The phone counselors assess the situation using a six-step Crisis Intervention Model. The first step is to assess the situation and identify the problem, this includes assessing the person for safety issues, including suicidal feelings, whether the person is a danger to others, determining whether mental health issues are present, as well as whether there is a medication/alcohol or drug use issue. The phone counselor can also walk the caller through exercises and suggest supports that can help the caller with managing the crisis he or she is experiencing at that moment.

Gurley states, “We express empathy to the caller, brainstorm ideas for services which can benefit them, and make a plan with them for next steps. This includes getting a commitment from the caller that he or she will follow through with the plan we set up. Our model is person-centered, so each caller is a part of making the plan.”

Services provided through the crisis response helpline include connecting callers to behavioral health appointments in facilities across the Shore. Callers get an appointment to these providers with 24 to 48 hours of calling the crisis response helpline.  The crisis response helpline is also a source of information and referral to callers who may need to get a new mental health provider because they are new to the area or referral to a homeless shelter if the person is homeless. 

Each caller has an Electronic Case Record which enables phone counselors to follow up with callers on the same day for any unresolved issues. The phone counselors also follow up with callers to be sure they have gone to scheduled appointments with providers. Web-based scheduling interfaces with the Electronic Case Record to accomplish this tracking. Once a client is stable and has received services, the crisis response helpline case is closed.

Phone counselor Katherine Harrison states, “A significant percentage of our helpline calls come from parents and foster parents who are struggling with children suffering from severe behavioral health issues, which are oftentimes the result of past trauma. We can provide counseling on the phone, and assist with linking them to outpatient behavioral health treatment if needed. If we can’t be successful on the phone, we can then dispatch a Mobile Crisis Team to the home. The ultimate goal is to prevent hospitalization, but sometimes that is where the client needs to be.”

Harrison recalls, “There are success stories, however, every day. I was recently able to de-escalate a child who was experiencing a behavioral health crisis over the phone, and he was able to go to school and ended up having a good day.”

Lindsey Tolley, another phone counselor with the helpline, states, “We are seeing more and more clients struggling with the co-occurring issues of substance use disorder and a mental health issue. It is more common now for family members to call on behalf of a minor or on behalf of their adult children in regard to substance abuse.”

Additional services provided by the crisis response helpline include coordination with law enforcement and other emergency personnel when more serious mental health issues arise. Eastern Shore Crisis Response provides ongoing Crisis Intervention Team training for law enforcement about mental health and substance use issues. In some cases, when a call comes in that involves a dangerous situation, the phone counselor will dispatch the Mobile Crisis Team and law enforcement at the same time.

The Eastern Shore Crisis Response Mobile Crisis Teams are available between 9 a.m. and midnight seven days a week, 365 days a year. Approximately one half of the calls through the crisis response helpline require the Mobile Crisis Teams to be dispatched. Teams are available in all the Eastern Shore counties but Worcester County, which already has a mobile crisis team in place.

Masden comments, “In FY 2016 the Mobile Crisis Teams responded to 2743 dispatches to provide immediate crisis interventions, psychosocial assessments and referrals, helping individuals, families with mental health crises, substance abuse, and intellectual disabilities.”

According to Masden, most callers present with more than one behavioral health issue and the crisis response helpline deals with clients with chronic mental health issues. In fiscal year 2016, the top three focal issues for callers were chronic mental illness, depression, and situational crisis. The agency reported that 22.4 percent of new calls were related to substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders. Services are provided to people across the lifespan, with ages ranging from age young children to adults aged 99, who may be suffering from a mental health issue such as dementia, now referred to as neurocognitive disorders.

The crisis response helpline cannot provide transportation assistance for callers or give medical or legal advice or ongoing therapy to callers. According to Gurley, “Our mission is to respond to crisis calls and ensure the safety and well-being of the person in crisis until such time as the individual has been stabilized, provided with needed support and information and referred to appropriate community resources for continuity of care.” She adds, “There has been positive feedback from our satisfaction surveys for the crisis response helpline and we are utilizing the feedback for continuous quality improvement.”

A number of agencies partner with Eastern Shore Crisis Response to provide care to crisis response Helpline callers, including Mid-Shore Behavioral Health Services, which provides referrals, shares cases and provides peer review for Eastern Shore Crisis Response. Mid-Shore Behavioral Health is also a pass through entity for funding the agency. Masden states, “Mid-Shore Behavioral Health is our champion. The staff advocated for us with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Behavioral Health Administration when our call volume increased exponentially and we needed to fund additional positions. They also secured funding for us to enhance our Call Center, creating a phone que system which is more consumer friendly. This enhancement helps us better serve our neighbors when they are most fragile.”

Masden adds, “In Cecil County, the Cecil County Core Service Agency helps to fund the Cecil County Mobile Crisis Team, as well as funds a portion of the Call Center staff.”

Through collaborative partnerships with hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, substance abuse services and peer support programming, Eastern Shore Crisis Response has built a strong community program. For immediate support, access the Eastern Shore Crisis Response and Resource Helpline at 888-407-8018.

The Affiliated Santé Group (Santé), a dynamic and leading provider of crisis psychiatric care and system management services to public and private entities, is the largest provider of crisis services in Maryland. Santé, a nonprofit entity, also manages mental health outreach and psychiatric recovery services. It has been delivering mental health care to individuals and families and pioneering new treatment modalities since 1974. As a nonprofit, the organization welcomes donations to assist with the growing operational expenses associated with the volume of calls that the crisis response helpline is experiencing. For further information about the Affiliated Santé Group, visit www.thesantegroup.org

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.

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.

Tony Hoffman Shares His Experience at Opioid Conference

The Talbot County Department of Social Services recently sponsored a free Opioid Conference at the Talbot Community Center in Easton, Maryland. There were approximately 80 community members in attendance for the daylong event. The conference featured former BMX pro and recovering addict, Tony Hoffman, who told a powerful story of redemption.

The staff of the Talbot County Department of Social Services with Tony Hoffman, BMX Competitor and Recovering Addict. L-R are Katie Pederson, Child Welfare Supervisor; Christine Abbatiello, Adoption/Foster Care Supervisor; Lindsay Newcomb, Parent Education Coordinator; Tony Hoffman, Debbe Faribank, Adult Services Supervisor, Chrissy Montague, Option Respite Coordinator; Shari Blades, Assistant Director, and Linda Webb.

Hoffman shared a detailed account of his experience as a BMX pro featured on the cover of a magazine in high school to his experimentation with drugs that ultimately led him to robbing someone at gun point to fuel his addiction.  Having experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows during his battle with addiction, he has dedicated his life to bringing awareness around the country through motivational speaking.

Hoffman commented about first becoming a successful athlete in middle school, stating, “I began looking up to athletes on television and started mimicking how they acted – entitled.”

After giving up on BMX racing after high school, Hoffman no longer had an outlet to keep him involved and he began going to house parties. He told himself he was only going to use drugs one time, but that led to more frequent use. He stated, “One pill made me an addict. There is a doorway that exists. I had opened up the door the first day I tried drugs. Most people who have walked through that door are dead.”

Pictured L-R are panelists Charlie Roe, Dry Dock Recovery and Wellness Center; Jayne Fitzgerald, Talbot Partnership; and Lt. John Bollinger, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office.

Hoffman added, “I didn’t realize how much I was going to have to change to get to the other side of the door. Every day of my life now is working to stay on the other side of that door.”

He tried to get back into BMX racing in 2011, but it didn’t work out due to a severe knee injury. He founded the Freewheel Project in 2012, which has brought access to action sports to kids in the community in effort for youth to develop healthy life choices. About his new nonprofit, Hoffman said, “My calling wasn’t for me to be a selfish athlete. God told me I had a bike and to use it. The bike also gave me the microphone I use today.”

Following Hoffman’s speech, he spent time thoroughly answering people’s questions and providing motivational feedback.  Lindsay Newcomb, LGSW, Parent Education Coordinator for the Talbot County Department of Social Services, comments, “Listening to Hoffman recount his experiences provided a sense of hope and inspiration to the audience, recovery is possible.”

Pictured L-R are panelists Bruce Strazza, Val Albee, Mariah’s Mission Fund; and Tina Brown, Eastern Shore Crisis Response.

The conference also presented two panel presentations from local residents sharing personal stories, law enforcement, parent education, peer support, and local resources. In addition to the presentations, many local agencies brought resources to share through informational tables.  At the end of the day, the Talbot County Health Department offered an opportunity for NARCAN (Naloxone) training and certification. NARCAN is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation.  Approximately 25 community members were certified and distributed a NARCAN kit.

Partners participating in the Conference included the Talbot County Health Department, Dri-Dock Recovery, Talbot Partnership, Mariah’s Mission, Rising Above Disease, Maryland Coalition of Families, Eastern Shore Crisis Response, Recovery for Shore, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Shore Regional, Corsica River Mental Health Services, and Chesapeake Voyagers.

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.

Talbot Hospice Offers Drop-in Bereavement Sessions

Talbot Hospice will offer a new drop-in grief support group this summer for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one, regardless of whether they were served by Talbot Hospice. The sessions will be held the 4th Tuesday of each month from 5 – 7 p.m. Dates for the drop-in group are May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22. All Talbot Hospice bereavement support groups are offered free of charge. For more information contact Bereavement Coordinator Becky DeMattia at 410-822-6681 or bdemattia@talbothospice.org.

Meditation Mondays at the Retreat House

The practice of meditation can be enjoyed by anyone. Give yourself this small, meaningful gift of time to slow down and just be. Beginners and those with meditation experience are welcome.

Starts Monday, May 8, 5:45 – 6:15 pm

There is no charge for this class, though donations will be happily accepted. Please reserve your spot by contacting info@retreathousehillsboro.org or leave a message at (410) 364-7042.

The Retreat House, 22005 Church Street, Hillsboro, MD.

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.