SRH Physical Therapists Win Award from University of Delaware

Physical therapists Margaret Wood (left) and Stephanie Stokes with their award from University of Delaware.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health physical therapists Margaret Wood and Stephanie Stokes were recently honored as recipients of the University of Delaware’s Cathy Doetzer Kohlenstein Clinical Educator’s Award.

Given annually to clinical educators who make outstanding contributions to the clinical education of University of Delaware (UD) students, this award recognizes the work that Wood, Stokes and other members of the UM SRH Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services team have done in recent years for and with students pursuing physical therapy studies at UD.

“Your group has consistently provided excellence in clinical education as based on student and faculty assessment of the program, and you continue to look for methods to improve your work with the students,” wrote Carrie Foeller, associate director of UD’s Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program, in a letter announcing the award. “While this is a small gesture in light of the enormity of the generosity you have extended to our students, we sincerely extend to you our congratulations on receiving this award.”

According to Teresa Blem, director, UM Shore Regional Health Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services, the rehab team conducts clinical education for students enrolled at a variety colleges and universities in the region. “The students are here for eight to 12 weeks, depending on the program they are enrolled in. In total, we take about 16 students every year,” Blem says.

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.

Retreat Day Planned for Care Givers

The Retreat House at Hillsboro will host a half-day retreat, “Heart Strength for Care Givers,” on Friday, March 16, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The retreat will include spiritual resiliency practices designed to help care givers, such as chaplains, medical staff, or family members who are dedicated to support those with disease, disabilities, and addictions. The Rev. Lisa Senuta will lead the program.

“For the caregiver, the daily demands can feel like an endless drain,” said Senuta, “but there is an inner spiritual capacity that can be used to meet those demands with clarity and compassion. This retreat will offer time and space to develop a strength of heart for this special group of people.”Senuta is an Episcopal priest and Rector, trained to teach contemplative and meditation practices. She is currently the Rector at St. James the Less in Northfield, Illinois.

Rev. Lisa Senuta

The “Heart Strength for the Care Giver” program will include breakfast and lunch. There is no charge to attend but a suggested donation of $40 per person will be gratefully accepted.The program is the last of the Lenten season offerings at the Retreat House and new workshops are being added.

Francie Thayer, Retreat House Director said, “We are glad to see the great number of people who are attending our retreats and workshops. The Retreat House is such a special place, available to anyone who seeks a richer spiritual life or just some peaceful time to themselves.”

Weekly offerings at the Retreat House include Centering Prayer sessions on Mondays at 5:45, Yoga classes at 7:00pm on Thursdays, as well as weekend AA meetings.

Located on the grounds of St. Paul’s Church at 22005 Church Street, Hillsboro, Maryland, the Retreat House is open for group retreats and meetings, individual hermitages, and anyone who seeks a spiritual connection. A traditional Chartres-style walking labyrinth is always open for walking and prayer. The Retreat House at Hillsboro is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton, MD. For more information contact Francie Thayer, Director, at (410) 364-7042, or visit us on

Two Grief Support Groups to begin March 20

Compass Regional Hospice is offering two new grief support groups for individuals, 18 and older, who have experienced any type of loss. Both groups will meet every Tuesday, beginning on March 20 through May 8.

The grief support group in Caroline County will meet from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S. 5th Avenue in Denton. Facilitated by Wayne Larrimore, MEd, grief counselor for Compass Regional Hospice.

The second grief support group will take place in Kent County and meet from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Kent County Public Library Chestertown Branch, 408 High Street in Chestertown. Facilitated by Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, grief counselor for Compass Regional Hospice.

Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, and Wayne Larrimore, MEd.

Participation in support groups offered through Compass Regional Hospice’s Hope & Healing Center, offer companionship and understanding from others who are experiencing the similar challenges that living with grief brings.

Participants are asked to commit to attending all or most of the 8 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group. Each group session will revolve around topics such as normal grief, sharing memories, and adjusting to and finding meaning in your loss. Including specialized activities, teachings, and open discussions.

There is a $25 enrollment fee. No one is ever turned away based on inability to pay.

For more information and to register for the upcoming grief support group in Caroline County, contact Wayne Larrimore, MEd, grief counselor, For more information and to register for the upcoming grief support group in Kent County, contact Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, grief counselor, To learn more about other grief support programs and services available through Compass Regional Hospice’s Hope & Healing Center, visit

Compass Regional Hospice – Care on your terms

Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based nonprofit organization certified by Medicare and the State of Maryland, and accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting people of all ages through the challenge of living with a life-limiting illness and learning to live following the death of a loved one. Today the organization is a regional provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. “Care on your terms” is the promise that guides staff and volunteers as they care for patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the residential hospice centers in Centreville, Chestertown and Denton. Grief support services are offered to children, adults and families of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the loss of a loved one through The Hope & Healing Center. For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, visit

Time to Volunteer for Hospice – Training Starts March 19

Talbot Hospice Volunteer Training is scheduled for March 19 and 21, 8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m. The 16-hour Volunteer Training Course is offered twice annually. Volunteers working directly with patients need to attend the entire training. Other positions require the morning session only of the 19th. Currently, we have specific needs for in-home companions, drivers to transport patients to appointments, Hospice House caregivers, greeters, cooks, and musicians.

To learn more about volunteering at Talbot Hospice, call Lori Miller, Director of Volunteer Services, at 410-822-6681 or visit

UM SRH Issues Request for Purchase Proposals for Poplar Hill Farm

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UMSRH) has issued a Request for Purchase Proposals for land which it owns known as “Poplar Hill Farm” located south of Oxford Road and west of the Easton Parkway.  The RFP solicits proposals for the land purchase, the proceeds of which will be allocated by UMSRH to the replacement of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton.  The site comprising approximately 126 acres is one of the largest undeveloped parcels in the Town of Easton and has direct access to both State roads and public utilities.

Poplar Hill Farm was purchased by the hospital in February, 1979.  For years, it has been designated by the Town’s Comprehensive Plan as a potential site for a replacement hospital. However, UM Shore Regional Health is committed to its more recent plans to replace the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton on the large site it owns adjacent to the Talbot County Community Center.

A six-acre parcel of Poplar Hill Farm was subdivided from the farm last year and sold to the Temple B’Nai Israel Congregation of Easton, Maryland for construction of a new facility that is expected to open later this year.  The remainder of Poplar Hill Farm is no longer necessary for development of a UM Shore Regional Health facility and funds from its sale can be used to support the development of a replacement hospital north of the Easton Airport.

The deadline for responses to the RFP is April 30, 2018, after which UM Shore Regional Health will complete a thorough evaluation of all proposals.  UM Shore Regional Health reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals.  For information regarding Poplar Hill Farm, please contact Doug James or James Real Estate Services at (410) 310-1350 or

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.

UM CMG – Surgical Care Announces Addition of Charles DiNapoli, MD

University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), is proud to announce the recruitment of our very own Easton-based General Surgeon, Charles E. DiNapoli, MD.

Dr. DiNapoli hails from Italy where he completed his Medical Doctorate at the University of Bologna, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in 1978. He went on to complete his general surgery residency at Yale University affiliate, Saint Raphael Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. He further completed a cardiovascular surgery fellowship at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas, and subsequently settled down in Easton where he has since practiced for more than 30 years. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and has additional expertise in colonoscopy. He serves as director of Eastern Shore Endoscopy and director of the UMMS Vascular Lab in Easton.

Dr. DiNapoli is seeing patients at 500 Cadmus Lane, Suite 205 in Easton. Patients may make an appointment with Dr. DiNapoli by calling 410-822-4553.

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. DiNapoli is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health.

“We are very excited to have Dr. DiNapoli join our team at the University of Maryland Community Medical Group in our surgical care practice,” comments Michele Wilson, Chief Operating Officer for UM CMG. “Dr. DiNapoli brings with him a vast amount of experience and knowledge that will benefit our surgical patients on the 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

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

UM SRH Announces Free Events for National Nutrition Month

UM SRH registered dietitian Mary King, center, will lead a “Food Shopping for Health” grocery store tour.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health dietitians and diabetes educators have planned a series of events for National Nutrition Month® which is observed annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s campaign, “Go Further with Food,” focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices as well as developing sound eating and physical activity habits, and also offers strategies to cut back on food waste.

“We are excited to help people in our region learn more about how to avoid health problems and maximize their quality of life through proper diet and nutrition,” says Katie Ewers, registered dietitian and nutrition associate manager for UM Shore Regional Health. “Simple changes in the way you shop for food and prepare meals and snacks can significantly reduce your risk – and your family’s risk — for chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The events we’re offering are designed to share nutrition information and dietary strategies that people of any age can employ to maintain their best health.”

“Food Shopping for Health” is a free, guided grocery store tour that teaches how to shop and plan meals for optimal health. Three tours are scheduled, as follows:

In Easton on Tuesday, March 13, 1:30 p.m., Giant Foods, 8223 Elliott Rd. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5188. Tour led by Karen Hollis, registered dietitian and diabetes educator, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology

In Chestertown on Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m., at Redner’s Market, 17 Washington Avenue. RSVP: 410-778-7668, ext. 2295. Tour led by Mary King, registered dietitian, UM SMC at Chestertown

In Cambridge on Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m., Walmart, 2775 Dorchester Square. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5351. Tour led by Katie Ewers, nutrition associate manager, Food and Nutrition Services, UM Shore Regional Health

In addition, the month-long observance will feature free nutrition education seminars in Cambridge and Chestertown, as follows:

Friday, March 23, 10 am-12 pm, “Learn about Diabetes and Nutrition,” presented by BK Eshete and Karen Hollis, diabetes educators, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, at the Food Pantry at Delmarva Community Services, 1000 Goodwill Avenue, Cambridge. Pre-registration required, call Brenda Fields, 410-901-2991, ext. 18.

Wednesday, March 28, 2 p.m. “The ‘Mind Diet’ and Healthy Weight Loss,” presented by Mary King, registered dietitian, in the Conference Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 410-778-7668, ext. 2295.

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.

Monika Mraz Appointed Director of Development at For All Seasons

Photo by Jessie Auritt.

For All Seasons has announced the appointment of Monika Mraz as its first Director of Development. Mraz comes from UNICEF USA in New York, NY, where she worked 10 years, including in her most recent position as Vice President of Global Cause Partnerships. Prior to that, Mraz worked for Conservation International in Washington, DC and Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, NY. She completed a Masters of Business Administration from University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, UK and attended the ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Mraz, who lives in Oxford with her family, comments, “I was inspired by the mission of For All Seasons. As a behavioral health nonprofit, the organization cares about delivering mental health services to the community, without regard to a person’s ability to pay. Mental health is an important component in all of our lives and a cornerstone to everything we do.”

She adds, “I am very excited to be working with the organization at this time as we work to tackle the organization’s wait list. It is an ideal time to familiarize the community better with the range of services we provide and how to access them.”

Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, comments, “Monika brings a fresh new outlook, as well as vast experience in developing relationships with friends and donors in the community. As our first Director of Development, she will be an asset to the organization as we seek to grow support for the organization and to grow our Endowment.”

To talk with Monika, call  410-822-1018 or email her at

Honor National Poison Prevention Week with a few Simple Steps

Did you know that poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related death in America, with most of these deaths due to drug and medicine misuse and abuse? Each year, more than two million poisonings are reported to poison control centers across the country. Most of these occur in the home, with half of all non-fatal poisonings in children younger than 6.

The third week in March each year is designated National Poison Prevention Week, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. As part of this observance, the Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office is reminding our community about the importance of proper medication storage and disposal.

Recent trends indicate that teens and young adults are increasingly misusing prescription drugs or over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. In fact, prescription medicines have become the most commonly abused drugs among 12 to 13 year olds.

Here in Talbot County, about 14 percent of our high school students and 4 percent of middle schoolers have taken prescription drugs without a prescription, according to the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey. More than half of those who misuse these prescriptions get them from friends or family.

We can all help prevent medicine abuse with a few simple actions:

Talk with your teen or young adult. Children who learn the risks from parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs than those who don’t get these critical messages at home.

Safeguard your medicine. Keep your medicines locked up, and count and monitor the number of pills you have.

Properly dispose of unused medication. Take part in national drug take back day next month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 28, at the Maryland State Police Barrack in Easton. Call us at 410-819-5600 for information on additional drop off locations.

If you suspect accidental poisoning, always call 911.

To learn more about how to prevent prescription drug abuse, contact Alexandra Duff, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Supervisor at Talbot County Health Department, at 410-819-5600.

The Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office helps community groups, agencies and individuals in providing programs and activities to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, and to build a healthier community. Resources include parenting skills, video and resource loan library, awareness campaigns and educational workshops.

Talbot Hospice 5th Annual Spring Bouquet Sale

A patient and her daughter enjoyed receiving a beautiful bouquet for her room during last year’s sale.

It’s time to say so long to winter and welcome spring.  Talbot Hospice’s 5th annual “Welcome Spring Bouquet” sale is in full bloom! This colorful volunteer-run fundraiser brings good cheer while supporting the important work of Talbot Hospice.

According to Talbot Hospice volunteer Julie Burleson, co-chair of the fundraiser, there is no better way to say “I love you,” “thank you,” or “just because,” than lovely fresh flowers. “Flowers are a timeless symbol of life, love and renewal,” said Burleson. “At Talbot Hospice we like to celebrate each day to the fullest, and fragrant flowers are a reminder that spring is just around the corner.”

Last year’s floral event yielded over $10,000 which directly benefits patients facing end-of-life and their families. The beautiful bouquets are only $20 and make a perfect gift for a spouse, friend, colleague, child, or parent.

Orders must be placed by March 20, and bouquets will be available for pick up at Talbot Hospice on March 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Orders of five or more bouquets can be delivered to your home or office.  To order visit, call 410-822-6681, or visit the Talbot Hospice office in person at 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton.


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