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.

UM Shore Regional Health Offering Free Cardiac Care Educational Events

Health care professionals are invited to advance their professional practice by attending one of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s free seminars, “Advancing Cardiac Care at Shore Regional Health: Primary and Elective Angioplasty.” These educational presentations will be held on Wednesday, March 7 at Layton’s Chance Winery in Vienna, Md., and March 28 at Knoxie’s Table in Stevensville, Md.; both events begin at 5:30 p.m.

These events are designed to provide registered nurses with additional tools and knowledge to take their critical care practice to the next level. On hand to share his field expertise is University of Maryland Community Medical Group Cardiologist, Jeffery Etherton, MD. Dr. Etherton currently practices at UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton and was one of the key contributors to bringing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention to UM Shore Regional Health and to patients of the mid-shore.  Additional education will be provided by a member of UM Shore Regional Health cardiology team.

Healthcare professionals are encouraged to attend the event and network with leaders from critical care, emergency departments, patient experience and Magnet®& professional practice. Registered Nurses who attend the event are eligible to earn 1 CEU credit.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Kathy Freund at 410-822-1000, extension 5936 or

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.

Festival of Trees Raises $128,000 for Talbot Hospice

Pictured (l-r): Friends of Hospice Treasurer Dana McGrath, Talbot Hospice Director of Development Kate Cox, Friends of Hospice President Brenda Forbes-Butler, Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge, and Friends of Hospice Vice President Jackie Wilson.

The Friends of Hospice recently presented Talbot Hospice with a check for $128,000 representing proceeds from the 2017 Festival of Trees. It was a stellar year for this 32nd annual fundraiser which encompasses several events beginning in September with the Men in Heels Race and culminating Thanksgiving weekend with the Homes Tour, the display of trees at the Tidewater Inn and more.

According to Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge, the Festival of Trees event has generously given their financial support to help defray some of the costs of providing hospice services since its inception in 1985. “In addition to financial support, the Festival enhances public awareness of Talbot Hospice and its mission to provide exceptional care for patients at the end of life and their loved ones. We are honored to have their partnership,” said Dodge.

Multiple Myeloma Talk on March 3

Mr. Ray Wezik, Director of the Public Policy & Advocacy Program of the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), will speak at the quarterly meeting of the Chesapeake Multiple Myeloma Network (CMMN) on Saturday, March 3rd, at 4:00 PM in the Large Conference Room of the Eastern Shore Conservation Center (114 S. Washington St., Easton). Mr. Wezik’s talk, Multiple Myeloma: Public Policy, Advocacy, and You, is free and open to the public. He will discuss the IMF and its sister organizations’ legislative priorities and how they advocate at the state and federal levels on behalf of myeloma patients and their families on issues such as health care and drug insurance availability, coverage, & costs, myeloma clinical and research funding, the regulation of the development and approval of new treatments, and the availability of financial and other forms of support services for myeloma patients and their families. He also will discuss how members of the myeloma community may become more effective advocates on these issues.  Mr. Ray Wezik’s presentation also should be of interest to health care providers dealing with cancer, and to patients and families experiencing other blood cancers similar to myeloma such as leukemia and lymphoma.

The Chesapeake Multiple Myeloma Network is an informal Eastern Shore group of individuals and families affected by multiple myeloma, a bone marrow and blood cancer.  Its mission is “to provide ongoing resources of education, support, shared experiences, and hope for persons with multiple myeloma, their families, and friends.” CMMN partners with the University of Maryland’s Shore Regional Health Cancer Center’s Outpatient Oncology Support Program and it is an affiliate of the International Myeloma Foundation.

CMMN’s meetings are informal and last about an hour and a half. In addition to the speaker’s presentation, there is time for sharing and catching-up among members. Parking is available in the Conservation Center’s Washington St. lot and on Washington St. itself. The Center is handicapped accessible. For further information about CMMN, contact Bob Kelly at 410-226-5345 or or visit

Channel Marker to Host “The Greatest Party on Earth”

Channel Marker, Inc., will celebrate 35 years of service to the community with nothing less than “The Greatest Party on Earth,” Saturday, March 3 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Waterfowl Festival headquarters at 40 S. Harrison Street in Easton. In recognition that fun is good for mental health, the event promises to lift the winter doldrums with the high energy sound of Hot Tub Limo, fortune telling, magic, and a caricature artist.  Enjoy delicious food, wine, and Maryland craft beers featuring RAR Brewing, Evolution Craft Brewing Company, and the Eastern Shore Brewing Company. The event will also honor the family of Dr. David Hill, one of Channel Marker’s great families. Tickets are fifty-five dollars.

Channel Marker staff prepare to celebrate 35 years of service to the community with “The Greatest Party on Earth.”

Proceeds will go toward Channel Marker’s Capital Campaign for the recently purchased Regional Wellness Center, allowing the agency to provide a wider variety of integrated health care services and accommodate the overall health, safety and well-being of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. “Renovations to our new facility will offer the convenience of multiple services all under one roof, including case management, and health and wellness services,” said Debbye Jackson, Executive Director.

In addition to raising funds, Eddie Bishop, event chair, said it’s important to raise awareness of the impact this nonprofit organization has on the community. “Channel Marker offers help and hope for families, youth, and adults on the mid-shore, reducing rates of homelessness, addiction, suicide, hospitalization, and unemployment. I am honored to help celebrate 35 years of service to the community.”

Channel Marker provides mental health services and supports to approximately 400 youth and adults on the mid-shore and reduces the stigma of mental illness through programs that enhance the functioning of individuals recovering from severe mental illness. To purchase tickets to “The Greatest Party on Earth,” be a sponsor, or learn more contact Shakia Linthicum at 410-822-4619, or go to, and click on the “Fun is Good for Your Mental Health” tab.

Turkish Doctor Studying Rural Access to Transplant Care Visits UM SMC

Trish Rosenberry, regional director, UM Shore Regional Health Specialty Clinics, recently hosted a visit from representatives of the International Transplant Nursing Society (ITNS) at the Multispecialty Clinic in the Freeman Outpatient Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

The International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) promotes the education and clinical practice excellence of nurses who are involved in the care of solid organ transplant patients. A leading respected transplant organization with active members worldwide, ITNS offers nurses a forum for learning about the latest advances in transplantation and transplant patient care.

Shown are Penny Keaney, Wendy Greenwood, Karen Davies, Debora Evans, Laura Taylor, Dr. Yaprak Ordin, Trish Rosenberry and Sandra Cupples.

According to Rosenberry, who is president emeritus of the local Greater Chesapeake Chapter of ITNS, the honored guest at the meeting was Yaprak Ordin, PhD, MD, RN, a faculty member at Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey and a clinician in the liver transplant clinic at Dokuz Eylul University Hospital. Dr. Ordin has been involved in a variety of activities to advance transplant nursing in Turkey and was traveling to different sites in the U.S. as part of a post-doctoral study on how hospitals in rural communities meet the needs of transplant patients.  During her time in the states, she visited the National Institutes of Health, Kaiser Permanente and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the Transplant Clinic at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

During her visit to the Transplant Clinic at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Dr. Ordin was accompanied by Penny Keaney, ITNS president and transplant coordinator at Kaiser Permanente in Rockville, Maryland; Laura Taylor, president elect, ITNS, and professor Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Uniformed Services University; Sandra Cupples, president emeritus, ITNS, and national director, Clinical Services, U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Joining Rosenberry at the meeting were UM SRH transplant coordinators Wendy Greenwood, RN, Karen Davies, RN, and Debora Evans, RN.

“Our meeting included a fascinating exchange of information,” Rosenberry says. “For example, in Turkey, 75 percent of the kidney transplants are from living donors, and in the United States this number is closer to 35 percent. Another interesting fact shared was that the Turkish government pays for all health care needs for patients with kidney disease and cancer. So transplants and follow-up care including medications are completely covered.”

The Transplant Clinic at UM Shore Regional Health evaluates patients for kidney and/or pancreas transplantation 16 times a year. The clinical team case manages about 150 patients at any given point in time, and the average number of transplanted organs is 30 per year. As Rosenberry explains, “We provide care for patients in the pre-transplant phase, as well as see patients with the surgeon post-transplant. Our team also travels four times a year to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury to expand access to care for pre-transplant workup.”

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.


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