Copp Named Emergency Preparedness Manager for UM Shore Regional Health

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UM SRH) has announced that Elizabeth Copp, CHSP, CHEP, has been named Emergency Preparedness Manager effective April 2.

Copp will oversee the organization’s emergency operation plan, as well as facilitate the education of emergency procedures. In addition, she will continue to develop and monitor emergency management exercises across the system to determine the effectiveness of processes and ensure team member preparedness in emergency situations.

“Beth’s thorough knowledge of our facilities in our system and prior experience in the position makes her the ideal choice as Shore Regional Health’s new Emergency Preparedness Manager,” said Tamara Curry,Interim Director for Accreditation and Patient Safety. “She is well respected by her colleagues and we look forward to her beginning her new position.”

Copp began work at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown as support services coordinator in 2004. She also worked for Cecil County Public Schools as assistant in facilities for safety before returning to UM SRH. A graduate of University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business, she resides in Millington.

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.

Bazaar at 121 Federal Street to Hold Bag Sale April 21-22

The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street in Easton will hold a Bag Sale on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. Customers will be able to fill a bag with shop merchandise for either $6 or $10. Bags will be provided by the Bazaar and can be filled with previously discounted men’s, women’s and children’s clothing (star punched tickets). Certain merchandise exclusions do apply; please see a shop volunteer for details.

Operated by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton, which raises funds for University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, The Bazaar is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.  For more information about The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street or volunteer opportunities call 410-822-2031. All sales conducted by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton are for the benefit of the hospital’s equipment, programs, services and patient care.

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.

Let Troopers Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Drugs April 29

The Maryland State Police in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration are asking citizens dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. at State Police, Barrack Easton, 7053 Ocean Gateway.

State police barracks throughout Maryland will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day.  Each barrack will act as a collection station giving citizens an opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs.  The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country.  According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s medicine cabinet.

Locally during the last initiative in October 2016, troopers collected over 2,100 pounds of prescription drugs.  Nationally, 672,000 pounds (336 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public.  When added to the collections from the previous Take-Back events, more than 7.1 million pounds of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.

For more information, contact Lt R. Connolly, Bk I, at 410-819-4757, or Sgt. Davaughn Parker, MSP OMC, at 410-653-4236.

UM Memorial Hospital Foundation to Host Free Advanced Care Planning Seminar

Kimberly Fogle, MSW, LCSW-C

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation will host an informative seminar, “What is Advanced Care Planning and Why it is So Important” on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. until noon at the UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, Conference Room, located at 500 Cadmus Lane.

This informational seminar will explore the difference between Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) and Advanced Directives, how to communicate your wishes through your Advanced Directive and understanding the Maryland MOLST form; who needs one and why?

Guest presenters will be Kimberly Fogle, MSW, LCSW-C, palliative care social worker, UM Shore Regional Health Palliative Care and Elizabeth Todd, MS, BSN, RN I-V, CRRN, nurse navigator, UM Shore Regional Health Comprehensive Rehabilitation.

Fogle brings more than three decades of experience in retirement communities, sub-acute nursing and rehabilitation centers, and inpatient and home hospice programs to her role on the UM Shore Regional Health Palliative Care team. Her commitment to patients’ rights in making their own health decisions and her understanding of how serious illness affects not only the individual, but the entire family make her a key resource to patients and their loved ones.

Elizabeth Todd, MS, BSN, RN I-V, CRRN

Todd is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse with twenty plus years of experience in acute and outpatient nursing.  She currently serves as nurse navigator for UM Shore Comprehensive Rehabilitation and has been a member of the Patient Care Advisory Committee at UM Shore Regional Health for fourteen years, currently serving as co-chair. Todd obtained a foundation and impetus towards medical ethics; building on her strong clinical background and passion for advocacy. She is a natural fit in the world of bioethics in medicine and ethics consultation.

This seminar is free and open to the public; pre-registration is recommended due to limited seating. For more information or to register for the seminar, please contact Janet Andrews at (410) 822-1000, ext. 5792, or janet@umm.edu.

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.

UM Memorial Hospital Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization serving the fundraising needs of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and UM Shore Regional Health. Through its philanthropic efforts, the Foundation supports UM Shore Regional Health’s ability to provide quality healthcare to the local community by contributing to hospital programs and services.

Homestead Manor Hosts Talk on Early Detection of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Homestead Manor will host a lecture by Jennifer L. FitzPatrick in late April on, “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters Alzheimer’s and Dementia” This presentation is designed for individuals who are interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s and dementia, anyone who is experiencing memory loss or other warning signs that might indicate a problem, and individuals who are worried about a family member or friend presenting possible symptoms.

When: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Where: Homestead Manor, 410 Colonial Drive Denton, Md
Time: 1:00 Pm – 2:00 Pm Presentation, Light Refreshments
Why: Learn More About Alzheimer’S And Dementia
Who: Everyone, Also Social Workers Will Earn Ceu’S

Call Now and RSVP 410-479-2273

 

Recovery: Inaugural Tri-County Prevention Walk set for May 13

The inaugural tri-county prevention walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at Church Hill park in Church Hill, and supports efforts at keeping our communities drug- and alcohol-free.

The free walk is a collaborative effort from the prevention offices of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, with the theme, ‘Making a difference – one step at a time.’

“This walk is for anyone who’s had drugs or alcohol affect their lives,” said Annette Duckery, prevention coordinator for Kent County. “We’re working hard to prevent drug use and alcohol abuse in our communities, and this offers everyone the chance to support our efforts.”

The event includes fun for the entire family, with a live DJ, free back packs, snacks and games including corn hole. Registration is available online at Eventbrite.

The walk coincides with National Prevention Week, which is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders. This year’s prevention week is from May 14 until May 20.

“National prevention week offers the perfect opportunity to show our solidarity in the fight against substance use disorders,” said Iris Carter, prevention coordinator for Queen Anne’s County. “With several overdoses in our area each week, we’ve got to come together and support prevention efforts across our region.”

Prevention efforts start young, and can help keep drug use from starting.

“We all can invest in drug and alcohol prevention,” said Melanie Rodriguez, prevention coordinator for Caroline County. “Prevention really IS the best treatment.

For more information on the walk, please contact Duckery at 410-778-7918 for Kent County; Carter at 410-758-1306 ext. 4524 in Queen Anne’s and Rodriguez at 410-479-8164 in Caroline. The Tri-County Prevention Walk is a collaboration between the health department prevention offices of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties. The walk also is supported by SAMHSA and the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration.

Annapolis: Generic Drug Price Gouging could be Penalized In Bill Sent to Hogan

A prohibition on generic drug price gouging now heads to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk for signature after the House concurred in Senate amendments Monday morning.

The House voted 137-2 for the bill, HB631, and the Senate approved it on Friday 38-7 with a handful of Republicans joining the Democratic majority. All but a few GOP delegates supported the measure.

The legislation would be the first of its kind in the country to hold drug makers accountable for drastic spikes in prices that can’t be justified. Under the new law, the state Medicaid program will notify the attorney general of a spike in drug prices, who can seek civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation.

“Generic prescription drugs prices have been like the ‘wild’ west for many Americans” said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, moments before Friday’s vote. “There’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Attorney General Brian Frosh, who will protect Marylanders from price gouging, and this will also allow future AG’s to protect Marylanders.”

“Frosh will be able to take legal action to stop unconscionable price increases that hurt people without justification when there’s no competition in the market,” DeMarco said.

Subjective judgment

In floor debate Friday, Sen. Robert Cassilly, R-Harford, said the proper way to deal with price controls would be to set up a commission rather than allow the attorney general to make a “subjective” determination on what constitutes price gouging.

“If the state of Maryland wants to establish their own version of the FDA and engage in price controls we ought to do in the proper manner,” Cassilly said. “The proper manner would be set up some proper board or commission…or have it come under some aspect of our state bureaucracy.”

Senate Republican Whip Sen. Stephen Hershey. R-Queen Anne’s, said the law could actually harm competition.

“Generic drugs are one of the only indicators in the delivery of health care where prices are actually going down,” Hershey said prior to passage of the bill. “This bill is going to have a negative effect that could potentially eliminate some of the competition that is in Maryland and that is driving these costs down.”

The legislation was rolled out at a Jan. 10 rally in Annapolis three weeks after Maryland joined 19 other states in a lawsuit against six generic drug makers for market manipulation and anti-competitive behavior.

Frosh said a 2014 survey of pharmacists revealed that 25 “off patent” generic drugs saw price increases of 600% to 2000%.

He said normally prices “plummet” when patents expire and competition becomes “robust.” He said generic drugs have consistently run about 20% of the original patented price.

“What we allege is these companies conspired to fix prices.” Frosh said at the rally.

by Dan Menefee

AAMG Chesapeake Women’s Health Now Providing Breastfeeding Education and Support

Ginny Bowers

Moms often describe the hours, days and weeks following their babies’ arrival as a wonderful yet overwhelming time. It is also an important time to have helpful information and support for breastfeeding success.

Anne Arundel Medical Group (AAMG) Chesapeake Women’s Health now provides education and support to make the breastfeeding experience positive, rewarding and successful. It is the only OB-GYN practice on the Eastern Shore offering in-office breastfeeding support from a board-certified lactation consultant.

“Any way you choose to feed your baby is a loving act,” says Ginny Bowers, dually-boarded certified nurse midwife and lactation consultant with AAMG Chesapeake Women’s Health. “If you decide breastfeeding is the right choice for you and your baby, we are here to help with both the physical and emotional aspects of breastfeeding.”

“We are proud to provide comprehensive, personalized care to women on the Eastern Shore,” said Patrick O’Brien, MD, an OB-GYN who has been with the practice since 2006. “It is important women know all of the resources available to them at AAMG Chesapeake Women’s Health, to support them at every stage in life.”

Breast milk is a natural source of nutrition and provides the healthiest start for an infant, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). AAP recommends breastfeeding for one year or longer as mutually desired by mother and baby.

To learn more or to schedule a consultation, visit www.cwomenshealth.com or call 410-820-0038. Same-day appointments are available. AAMG Chesapeake Women’s Health has offices in Easton and Cambridge.

About Anne Arundel Medical Group
Anne Arundel Medical Group (AAMG), part of Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), is one of Maryland’s largest multi-specialty practice groups serving patients in five counties. With more than 160 providers in 42 offices, AAMG provides an array of healthcare services including primary care, women’s health and specialty care. As part of AAMC, medical providers have access to a network of health resources. AAMG practices use MyChart ®, an online medical records system that allows patients to view records, check results, request an appointment or prescription, or exchange email with their doctor. To learn more, visit www.MyAAMG.org.

Talbot Hospice will Hold Memorial Walk April 22

Talbot Hospice will hold its 2nd Annual Memorial Walk on Oxford Day, Saturday, April 22, beginning at 8 a.m.The public is invited to walk in memory or in honor of a loved one to benefit hospice programs and services in Talbot County.  A brief ceremony and dove release will be followed by a one-mile walk to the Strand, closing with another opportunity to remember loved ones who have passed. The funds raised from this event will help provide services and programs for the patients and families served by Talbot Hospice.

“We are so grateful to the Oxford Day Committee for including us in their annual Oxford Day event,” said Vivian Dodge, Executive Director, Talbot Hospice.  “We look forward to seeing our family members and anyone who would enjoy a chance to recognize and honor a loved one.”

Registration for adults is $25; students are $10, and children 12 and under are free.  The fee includes an adult t-shirt and light breakfast.  To register visit TalbotHospice.org/events or call 410-822-6681. For more information contact Katie Schroeder at kschroeder@talbothospice.org or 410-822-6681.

Radiology Department Among Others Honored as Every Day Heroes

Michael Fisher, MD, a gastroenterologist with Digestive Health Associates in Easton, recently made a donation to the University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation to honor of the Radiology Department in addition to other team members for the professional and excellent care he received while being treated at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton.

UM SMC at Easton staff pose with Dr. Fisher (L to R): Barbara Hooper, Penny Pink, Ashlie Deneau, Gary Bigelow, Stacy Smith, Cheryl Smith, Vivienne Ganter-Ritz, Sydney Milligan, Dr. Michael Fisher, Dr. Dale Johnson, Karen Fisher, Herman Higgins, Mary Mahoney, Nancy Brennan, Liz McKay, Wilma Miller, Bonnie Jenson, Terry Coleman, Debbie Mills and F. Graham Lee.

“In the midst of my fears, uncertainty and pain, I met the most caring team of professionals right here in my own back yard,” said Dr. Fisher in a letter written to the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation. “They want nothing more than to see you get healthy again, and that feeling transforms you.”

The Everyday Hero program provides patients, visitors and staff members with the opportunity to recognize and thank any member or team at UM Shore Regional Health, who made a positive difference in a visit or stay, by making a financial contribution of any size to the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation or the UM Chester River Health Foundation. Funds received through the Everyday Hero program are used for equipment, capital improvements and staff education for the departments in which the employees or team work.

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.