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’s Quality Health Strategies Named “Top Places to Work” by Baltimore Sun Media Group

Ron Forsythe, CEO of Quality Health Strategies, picks up award

Quality Health Strategies (QHS) accepted a ‘Top Places to Work’ Recognition Award on behalf of its subsidiaries: Delmarva Foundation and Health Integrity. The awards ceremony was held in Baltimore at the Museum of Industry, and was hosted by The Baltimore Sun Media Group.

In attendance to accept the award were: Sandy Love, Sandra Frazier, Deb Keller, Marcus Israel, Andrea Lewis, Jonathan Haag, Nisha Shah, Ron Forsythe, Andrew Bowers and Pat Boos.

“This is a wonderful honor and a testament to the dedicated and passionate staff who represent us in our Baltimore and Columbia offices” said Ron Forsythe, CEO of Quality Health Strategies. “We are proud of our staff and it is this type of recognition that helps us showcase our talent pool. We really do live up to our tagline: Best People. Best Solutions. Best Results. And now we can add: Best place to work!”

 

Remembrance Ceremony to be held at Trinity Cathedral 

Community members who have been touched by the death of a child of any age are invited to participate in a Remembrance Ceremony Tuesday, December 5, 7 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral Church, 315 Goldsborough Street in Easton. Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends are encouraged to join in this ceremony to honor and remember their loved one. The Light A Candle Remembrance Ceremony, in its 31st year, is presented by Talbot Hospice and the Child Loss Support Group. The Rev. Jody Gunn will lead the service.

Musical highlights include selections by Sts Peter & Paul High School Chorus. The remembrance service includes music, prayer, inspirational readings and candle-lighting. It concludes in the churchyard with families placing white bows on a memorial tree as their child’s name is read aloud.  All are invited for light refreshments and fellowship immediately following the service in Miller Hall which is located behind the church.All families who attend are asked to bring with them a bow made of weatherproof white ribbon, no larger than six inches in diameter, tied with a wire to attach to the tree. The child’s name or a message may be written with waterproof ink on the ribbon if families wish.

Throughout the holiday season, the lights and ribbons are a reminder that all of the children who have died are being remembered.For more information about the ceremony and support services for bereaved parents, please contact Talbot Hospice Bereavement Coordinator Becky DeMattia at 410-822-6681 or bdemattia@talbothospice.org. 

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.

For All Seasons Rape Crisis Grows Outreach in the Community

Ivy Garcia, Director of the Rape Crisis Center and a Spanish Speaking Interpreter at For All Seasons.

The Rape Crisis Center at For All Seasons provides crisis support to our Mid-Shore’s English and Spanish speaking women, men and children who have been impacted by trauma, rape, and sexual assault. The team of five full time staff members and eight after hours’ staff provide support and guidance through crisis intervention, counseling and education 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  According to Ivy Garcia, Director of the Rape Crisis Center, “Our numbers have grown dramatically since I started at the Center 10 years ago and our agency has continued to work to meet the needs of the community.”

According to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network, (RAINN), every 98 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted.  Garcia comments that For All Seasons offers 24 hours a day, seven days a week crisis response services for victims of rape and sexual assault in five counties on the Mid Shore, offering both English and Spanish emergency hotlines for the community. She adds, “While we are meeting the needs of the Mid Shore community, we also know that there are still barriers to reporting rape and sexual assault.  We are working to break down the stigma. We have expanded our outreach – working with community agencies to share information about the services we provide so more people will utilize our Center.”

The team at For All Seasons is comprised of trauma-certified advocates who help survivors make the choice that is best for them. This includes ensuring that each survivor is aware of their options for care; believing the survivor’s account of the assault; providing support and listening without judgement; and serving as a support. Specifically, the Rape Crisis Center provides support as survivors receive medical care, legal support, and crisis counseling, regardless of their ability to pay.

In addition to Ivy Garcia, members of the Rape Crisis Center team include Lauren Kirby, Victim Advocate and Outreach Educator; Elizabeth Jaramillo, Regional Navigator for Human Trafficking; Alberto Ardaya, Victim Advocate and Spanish Speaking Interpreter; and Maria D’Arcy, Victim Advocate and Case Manager.

Victims of trauma, sexual assault and abuse are connected to the Rape Crisis Center through the agency’s Rape Crisis hotline, referrals in the community, or by the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner teams at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Easton, Cambridge or Chestertown.

When working with victims at the hospital, Advocates provide a comfort kit which includes items such as a change of clothes, personal hygiene items, a notebook for journaling and emergency food, and provide a safety check for the victim returning home. For All Seasons provides hotel stays when necessary to ensure a victim’s safety. For All Seasons then provides follow-up with the victim to offer advocacy services, which can include crisis and long-term counseling, legal support, and connection to law enforcement.

Garcia adds, “We are a victim’s advocate throughout the entire process.  No one has to go through this alone.”

The English Hotline is 410-820-5600 or 1-800-310-7273. Para Español llame o envíe un mensaje de texto al 410-829-6143. For further information, visit forallseasonsinc.org.

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.

Keep Calm and Party On at Handmade from the Heart Festival

Teamwork is important to the Eastern Shore Tents and Events crew and this December they are demonstrating exactly this at Evergreen’s 17th Annual Handmade from the Heart Festival December 1st & 2nd, where local artists & craftspeople gather to showcase their work. Eastern Shore Tents and Events is helping to sponsor the festivities by providing the beautiful tented backdrop for this fun and festive occasion. The tent will help to house a new addition to the Handmade festival – the Evergreen Spirit Auction featuring many one of a kind gifts & rare opportunities! Among these are: a Week’s Vacation in Provence, France; Dinner + Wine Pairing for 8 at the Private Home of Amy Haines & Richard Marks; Fishing Charter with Max Fly Charters; a Private Sailing charter for 20 aboard Skipjack HM Krentz; a Custom Pet Portrait – Oil Painting by Patti Fisher; a Week of Nutritious and Delicious Meals from Eat Sprout; a Wine Gift Basket form Town & Country Liquor and Wine; a Framed Martha Hudson Watercolor;and a 6 month Membership to Hearthstone Health + Fitness including Personal Training sessions to help you discover and achieve your goals. There will be many other exciting offerings so be sure to join us Friday night and get your bids in! HMFH Festival goers will also enjoy the fresh and eclectic sound of the Front Porch Orchestra, along with local craft beverages from RAR Brewing, featured wines from Town & Country Liquors, Wonderful food from Eat Sprout, & fresh shucked oysters from Barren Island Oysters on Friday Night. Rise Up Coffee Roasters will join us on Saturday along with Eat Sprout to awaken the senses & keep the festivities on point for another day of wonderful gift buying opportunities from local artisans.

Be sure to join us at this year’s Handmade from the Heart Festival to find great holiday gifts from local artists, and to support the Evergreen mission of health and wellness in our community and environment! For more information, evergreeneaston.org or call Freya at 410-819-3395.

And for your next event be sure to visit: www.estents.com!

Shore Bancshares Employees Raise Money to Fight Childhood Cancer

More than 200 Shore Bancshares employees recently participated in the Benefits That Benefit Children campaign to help raise $2,500 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Benefits That Benefit Children is a cause marketing campaign that helps increase awareness of major issues that affect children’s health by generating donations when participating employers offer certain Chubb insurance benefits and their employees receive voluntary benefit information. (No purchase is necessary for Combined Insurance/Chubb to make a donation.) As a result of the various employees who received voluntary benefit information, Combined Insurance, a Chubb company, made the $2,500 donation to honor their participation. Combined Insurance is a leading provider of individual supplemental accident, disability, health, and life insurance products.

“I am proud of our employees who participated in the program, which advances important cancer research and treatment and saves lives,” said Lloyd L. “Scott” Beatty, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Shore Bancshares, Inc. “St. Jude research is crucial to unlocking treatment and cures and I want to thank our team for attending the Benefits That Benefit Children meetings supporting this effort. We encourage other businesses in the community to join us in this important campaign we refer to as BTBC.”

Founded by entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude opened in 1962 and has spent more than half a century finding cures and saving children. Its groundbreaking research has helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today.

Thanks to generous supporters, families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation.

“We are thrilled to partner with Shore Bancshares and provide a donation that touches the lives of children across the country, including Maryland, and throughout the world,” said Chris Martin, President of Chubb Workplace Benefits and Chief Operating Officer of Combined Insurance. “The Benefits That Benefit Children program enables us to help lead the fight against childhood cancer and other diseases while meeting with wonderful employees like those at Shore Bancshares.”

If you are interested in Benefits That Benefit Children, please contact focus3BENEFITS at 540-375-3991 for visit www.benefitsthatbenefitchildren.com.

About Shore Bancshares, Inc.

Shore Bancshares, Inc. is a financial holding company headquartered in Easton, Maryland and is the largest independent bank holding company located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  It is the parent company of Shore United Bank; one retail insurance producer firm, The Avon-Dixon Agency, LLC (“Avon-Dixon”), with two specialty lines, Elliott Wilson Insurance (Trucking) and Jack Martin Associates (Marine); and an insurance premium finance company, Mubell Finance, LLC (“Mubell”).  Shore Bancshares Inc. engages in trust and wealth management services through Wye Financial & Trust, a division of Shore United Bank. Additional information is available at www.shorebancshares.com.

About Chubb

Chubb is the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients.  As an underwriting company, we assess, assume and manage risk with insight and discipline.  We service and pay our claims fairly and promptly.  The company is also defined by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength and local operations globally.  Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index.  Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London and other locations, and employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide. Additional information can be found at: chubb.com.

About Combined Insurance

Combined Insurance Company of America (Chicago, Ill.) is a leading provider of individual supplemental accident, disability, health, and life insurance products and a Chubb company.With a tradition of nearly 100 years of success, Combined Insurance is committed to making the world of supplemental insurance easy to understand. The company has an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, an A+ (Superior) rating by A.M. Best, and is one of Ward’s Top 50® Performing Life-Health Insurance Companies. Combined Insurance is also a 2017 Top 10 Military Friendly®

Employer named by G.I. Jobs Magazine—marking the fifth consecutive year on the Top 10 employer list and third consecutive year in the Top 5. In New York, products are underwritten by Combined Life Insurance Company of New York (Latham, N.Y.). For more information, please visit combinedinsurance.com.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

Absurdly Good Food from Eat Sprout at Handmade from the Heart Festival

At Evergreen’s 17th Annual Handmade from the Heart Festival December 1st & 2nd, where local artists & craftspeople gather to showcase their work, Eat Sprout will be providing delicious tastes of nutritionist-designed & chef-crafted creations under the tent on Friday night, along with local craft beverages from RAR Brewing, featured wines from Town & Country Liquors, & fresh shucked oysters from Barren Island Oysters.  (other food related offerings?)

Eat Sprout is a local husband and wife team whose passion it is to provide healthy, sustainable and locally sourced food delivered to your door.  So don’t worry!  When you find you cannot pull yourself away from their table at the Friday night opening, you can sign up for custom planned meals.  “Enjoy Sprout for a week” will also be one of the many fabulous items offered during the Evergreen Spirit Auction, a new addition to Friday night’s festivities.  What a stress free, delicious way to free up time during the holidays!

Be sure to join us at this year’s Handmade from the Heart Festival to learn more about Eat Sprout, find great holiday gifts, and to support the Evergreen mission of health and wellness in our community and environment! For more information, evergreeneaston.org or call Freya at 410-819-3395.

Evergreen is a non-profit advocacy organization for health and wellness, offering wellness services and classes to support mind, body, spirit, and the earth.  Wellness Center services include Massage Therapy and Reflexology, Acupuncture, Psychotherapy, Feng Shui, Yoga Therapy, Life Coaching and more. Evergreen is located at 770 Port Street, just past Londonderry.  Call for more information about programs and classes at 410-819-3395, or visit us on the web at www.evergreeneaston.org.

For All Seasons Receives Speer Grant

For All Seasons recently received a $30,000 grant from The Speer Trust, an Administrative Commission of the New Castle Presbytery, to support residents on the Mid Shore, including Kent County. The grant will help families to have access to mental health services regardless of their ability to pay and victims of rape and sexual assault to continue to receive a rapid support and advocacy response and have opportunities for ongoing mental health treatment.

According to Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, “Even with the Affordable Care Act, the reality is that co-payments have skyrocketed in the past several years and families cannot afford these co-payments for mental health care. We believe that families shouldn’t have to choose between food on the table and mental health care – families and communities are healthier and safer when everyone who needs mental health care gets it.”

Pictured L-R are Bob Schminkey, Stated Clerk for New Castle Presbytery, Pastor Sara Holben, Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, and Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, Inc.

One focus of the grant will be to reach out to the community, including the Chestertown Presbyterian Church, to ensure that everyone knows about mental health needs and sexual assault prevention and awareness activities. In addition, For All Seasons will also offer general education sessions on topics such as grief, attachment, trauma, and coping.

The Speer Trust is an Administrative Commission of the New Castle Presbytery, funding $6 million of programs in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of MD over the past 32 years and $8 million worldwide. The Speer Trust is a bequest from the estate of George I. And Lizzie F. Speer of Wilmington, Delaware, received by the Presbytery of New Castle in 1985 and earmarked for mission with people who are poor and oppressed. The Presbytery, through the use of the Speer Trust, is committed to empowering people who are marginalized, in every culture, and addressing root cause of poverty.

According to Bob Schminkey, Stated Clerk for New Castle Presbytery, “New Castle Presbytery is excited to partner with For All Seasons in supporting and expanding your mental health advocacy throughout the Eastern Shore. We look forward to our local congregations joining with you to build safe and healthy communities where health services are accessible to all.”

Langrell adds, “We are thrilled with the opportunity this grant provides in helping those who have entrusted us with their care to be empowered and nurtured on their journey to wellness.”

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.