Talbot Hospice, UM SRH Partner to Provide Inpatient Hospice Care

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and Talbot Hospice have established an agreement that enables inpatient hospice care to be provided at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. The agreement, which went into effect in early November, enables Talbot Hospice to provide General Inpatient Care (GIP), which is one of the four levels of hospice care, to patients in the Easton hospital. GIP for symptom management is a valuable tool that allows hospice staff to provide clinical services in a hospital setting. It is intended for specific circumstances and for a short duration of time.

According to Vivian Dodge, executive director, Talbot Hospice, GIP care is appropriate when a hospice patient’s pain and other symptoms cannot be effectively managed in his or her home or other residential setting and a higher level of skilled nursing care is needed. In this case, the patient is transferred to UM Shore Medical Center at Easton but remains in the care plan directed by Talbot Hospice medical and nursing care providers. The hospice team continues to follow the patient and interact with the family, and is responsible for the professional management of the patient’s care.

Photo: Left to right: Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge, UM SRH Chief Medical Officer and VP Medical Affairs Dr. William Huffner, Talbot Hospice Medical Director and UM SRH Cancer Center Medical Director Dr. Mary DeShields, Talbot Hospice Clinical Director Molly Kirsch, 2 East Clinical Nurse Coordinator Mary Collins, 2 East Staff Nurse Dawn Ruby, UM SRH Director of Acute Care and Emergency Services Diane Walbridge. 

“We are excited to expand our current hospice services that are already provided in Talbot County,” says Dodge. “This collaborative endeavor allows us to provide more convenient access to those in need of end-of-life services by having these general inpatient hospice services available. Our goal is always to find innovative ways to ensure end-of-life care is available in a variety of modalities and settings, while meeting the ever changing needs of the community. Talbot Hospice is an incredible asset to our community and with our partnership with Shore Regional Health, we can serve a broader community more capably and maintain patients in their spheres of care.”

GIP care may also be provided for patients who already are in the hospital but need continued pain control and/or other symptom management that cannot be feasibly provided in the home setting. While remaining in the hospital, these patients are discharged from inpatient care provided by UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and admitted to hospice care directed by Talbot Hospice.

“For eligible patients with terminal conditions and complex medical needs, this new process for the provision of hospice GIP level care at Easton Hospital, ensures the  timely and smooth transition to hospice care,” says Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, medical director, UM Shore Regional Health’s Palliative Care Program.

According to Bill Roth, regional director of Care Transitions and Palliative Care for UM SRH, “Hospice providers play an essential role health care planning and delivery as well as education and support for patients and their loved ones. Talbot Hospice is a key partner with UM Shore Medical Center at Easton in ensuring that all patients have access to ‘the right care, at the right place at the right time’.”

Pat Lewers Elected Londonderry on the Tred Avon Board President

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is proud to announce Pat Lewers as the current President of their Board of Directors. As a residential cooperative community, the Board of Directors represents the residents and oversees the operations and programming within the community.

“It was my honor to be selected to lead our Board,” said Lewers. “It’s an exciting time at Londonderry as we are bursting at the seams and embarking on expansion projects to accommodate our growing needs. Our new clubhouse will give us the space we need to host events, speakers, and the other programs our residents enjoy and rely on. We are also completing construction on the remainder of our building lots to meet the demand for homes in our community.”

Lewers moved to Londonderry in 2013 after living on Baileys Neck Road in Easton for 25 years with her husband, retired Necrologist, Dr. Ted Lewers. Together they have three daughters and four grandchildren. A native Washingtonian, Lewers is a graduate of the University of Maryland and taught fourth grade in Baltimore before raising her family full-time.

Lewers is an active member of the Mid-Shore community and has volunteered countless hours with the Easton Memorial Hospital, Talbot County Garden Club, Talbot County Historical Society and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. She is currently volunteering with organizations that support individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and over, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

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. 

Bells of the Bay to Present Christmas Concert at Brookletts Place

Bells of the Bay, a community handbell choir based in Easton, will present the A Christmas JuBellee! concert at Brookletts Place – Talbot County Senior Center in Easton on Saturday December 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM.

The concert includes traditional Christmas carols such as God Rest You Merry Gentleman and I Wonder as I Wander; Christmas songs such as Holly Jolly Christmas, Feliz Navidad, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Believe from the movie The Polar Express.

All the pieces in the concert showcase the wide range of beautiful music that can be played on handbells and hand chimes.

The concert is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

Contributions will be accepted to help the choir purchase and maintain the bells and chimes; and to purchase new music, equipment and supplies. All donations to Bells of the Bay are tax deductible through the Mid Shore Community Foundation.


The ringers in Bells of the Bay are a diverse group of talented musicians united by a passion for performing, promoting and advancing the musical and visual art of handbell music. Their mission is twofold — to present high quality handbell concerts that inspire, educate and entertain; and to present educational programs that recruit  non ringers to play bells, help current ringers learn new ringing techniques and improve their current ringing techniques and encourage churches/organizations to launch new or relaunch dormant bell choirs.  Bells of the Bay is deeply grateful to St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Quantico Maryland, which has allowed Bells of the Bay to serve as the permanent curator of donated handbells at  St. Phillips.

Senior Nation: Updating Dixon House with Residents in Mind

For Don Wooters, co-owner of Dwelling and Design, taking on a large manor house’s interior and creating a totally new environment for its occupants is nothing new. For years, Don has traveled the country doing just that for dozens of clients who have purposely sought out his unique eye for design.

What is new is that one of his most recent clients, the historic Dixon House, the assisted-living residence on North Higgins Street in Easton, was seeking more than a fresh look. With most of its residents well over 90 years old, Dixon was asking to use a new design with colors, fabrics and textured wallpapers that were both comforting but also stimulating to the eighteen men and women that call it their home.

And now that the paint is dry and the work crews have left, the Spy thought it would be a good time to check in with Don, and with Dixon House’s director, Linda Elben, to talk about this particular project.  Challenged to ensure that the non-institutional feel of Dixon was preserved, Don and Linda speak in their interview about their selection of colors, getting feedback from residents, and how the new look has dramatically changed for this group-living space.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information about the Dixon House please go here

Inside the Sandwich: Muscular Dystrophy Carnivals and Annual Giving By Amelia Blades Steward

During the 1960s and 70s, it wouldn’t be summer if we didn’t hold a Muscular Dystrophy Carnival in my neighborhood near the high school in Easton. A group of about 10 kids from my neighborhood looked forward to these backyard carnivals, to benefit “Jerry’s kids.” The Muscular Dystrophy Carnival kits came in the mail and included tickets, posters and an idea pamphlet to help us raise the funds to help find a cure for the disease. It was an important and noble cause. We had watched for hours the Jerry Lewis Telethons on the television and wanted to do our part to help the kids we saw in the images on the screen. We didn’t have many children in wheelchairs in our school, so it seemed particularly important to reach out to those who were unfortunate enough to be in that situation.

We used each other’s backyards to host the carnivals and rotated from house to house each year, based on the parents who agreed to having their card tables placed in the grass outside and their clotheslines strung with sheets, providing backdrops to the games we played. The O’Briant family’s yard was the most popular one in which to hold the carnivals. We each had aluminum wash tubs to contribute for bobbing for apples or for the floating duck game, where you picked a duck and got a prize based on the number on the bottom of the duck. There were magic shows, fortune-telling booths, and Kool-Aid stands. Everything required a ticket and the tickets cost about five cents each.

We assembled our props and got the carnival set up, borrowing from each other’s households. An alley connected our backyards, so it was easy to get things from one place to another. There was Kool-Aid to be stirred, cookies to be baked, and we had to get out the word so people would come to our carnival. The nearby

Elks Club pool provided the perfect place to share our news. Word spread among the kids when the carnival would take place. Of course, we counted on our mothers coming – they helped fill out our numbers and usually donated extra money.

The carnival started around 11 a.m. and went until 1 p.m., when the pool opened. We didn’t like to miss our pool time. We took our carnival jobs seriously, whether running a game, performing, or selling drinks or food. We knew the more we smiled and encouraged our patrons, the more money we would make. As the day wore on, however, so did we. The sun shone high overhead and the humidity rose. Some of the excitement waned and my friends and I grew weary.

Once we had drunk the Kool-Aid and eaten the cookies, we were ready to pack up the games, return the tables, chairs and props and head to the pool. Before we did, however, it was exciting to see how much money we had raised. If we made over ten dollars, we were excited! We weren’t old enough to have checkbooks, so one of our parents would deposit the money and write a check to be mailed to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. We waited anxiously for the return “thank you” letter in the mail from Jerry. It confirmed our hard work had paid off and showed we did something meaningful with our summer. These backyard carnivals instilled in us a compassion for helping others, something that still rings true today as the annual appeal letters arrive in the mail. While I no longer get that personal letter from Jerry, I still find satisfaction in anticipating the “thank you” after my annual donations are made – a confirmation that we can still make a difference, no matter how small the gift.


Compass Regional Hospice hosts Hope & Healing for the Holidays Workshop

Compass Regional Hospice will host the workshop Hope & Healing for the Holidays on Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. Come for conversation and creative activities designed to help those grieving the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. The workshop fee is $10 and is open to anyone 18 and older.

Hope & Healing for the Holidays will be led by staff of the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center. The workshop begins with a light breakfast and will include art projects and opportunities to talk about how to remember loves ones while facing the grief that accompanies their memory.

For more information and to register for Hope & Healing for the Holidays, contact Ann OConnor or Linda Turner, 443-262-4100, aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.orglturner@compassregionalhospice.org.  Learn more about the Hope & Healing Center grief support programs at www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

About the Hope & Healing Center

The Hope & Healing Center is a collection of programs and services available for the family of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the death of a loved one. Services available in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties include, individual and family grief counseling, grief support groups, school‐based grief counseling, a grief retreat Camp New Dawn, and remembrance events and specialized workshops. Since most grief support programs are offered free of charge, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations to cover the cost of operating the Hope & Healing Center.

Much like a compass, the priorities of the Charting Our Course Together capital campaign points the way toward the future of Compass Regional Hospice. In order to meet the unmet and growing needs of our community, the existing Hope & Healing Center located at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville needs to be renovated so that we can continue to expand our grief support services. The planned renovations will create the additional space needed to accommodate new support services and healing modalities. For more information about the Charting Our Course Together capital campaign or how you can donate, contact Kenda Leager, Development Officer, 443‐262-4106, kleager@compassregionalhospice.org or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/otherwaystogive/campaign

Londonderry on the Tred Avon Residents Inducted into Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

Larraine “Lari” Caldwell, and James and Patricia Bradley.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon residents, Larraine “Lari” Caldwell, and James and Patricia Bradley were three of fifty honorees inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame (MSCH) this year. They were recognized at an induction ceremony on Thursday, October 26th at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Md. Founded in 1987, the MSCHF is a private, all-volunteer organization that publicly recognizes and honors Maryland senior citizens for outstanding service in their communities.

“We are proud to count these wonderful individuals as our neighbors at Londonderry,” said Irma Toce, Londonderry CEO. “Our residents pride themselves on community engagement and Lari, James and Patricia exemplify the great impact seniors can make by sharing their talents and experiences with the causes and organizations they care about.”

Lari Caldwell is a retired Licensed Certified Social Worker and is currently Vice-President of Care and Share, an organization that raises money for vulnerable adults and children who do not qualify for other forms of assistance. She serves on the Londonderry on the Tred Avon Board of Directors as well as on the board of the Friends of the Dorchester County Library. She is also active with the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester and the Dorchester County Adult Public Guardianship Review Board.

James and Patricia Bradley are retired educators and founders of the Caroline County affiliate of Rebuilding Together, an organization that provides free homeowner services to the elderly, disabled, veterans and families with children facing necessary, but unaffordable, repairs to their homes. They also volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Voice of the Homeless – Winter Haven Cold Weather Shelter, St. Martin’s Ministries and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and over, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Mid-Shore Food: Finding the Balance between a Restaurant and the Family Kitchen Table

Bill Lynch might be one of the few chefs in America that works in the home kitchen of approximately 180 people every day. While it is true that Bill doesn’t get in his car to visit each one, the metaphor works in describing what it is like to direct the food service at the Londonderry on the Tred Avon community just off Port Street in Easton.

And that is where the challenge begins for Bill as he and his crew as they navigate the expectations of sophisticated residents with significant international culinary experiences but who also seek out simpler food options for their day to day meals.

That’s not an easy task for any chef, but with Bill’s own culinary background, starting with learning to cook from his Italian grandmother in Philly, to progressing through the hierarchy of professional kitchens, including some of the best in the Mid-Atlantic region, he has found himself very much at home himself is the new and satisfying change from what a traditional restaurant faces daily.

A few weeks ago, the Spy sat down with Bill to talk about this unique balancing act.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about Londonderry on the Tred Avon please go here

Local Agencies Collaborate to Offer Financial, Legal, Healthcare, and Estate Planning Services

A new workshop called “Suddenly Solo? What Next?” is designed to help individuals answer the question, “What would you do if you found yourself in charge of finances because your spouse suddenly passed away or became disabled?” This workshop is the collaboration of several local agencies and individuals whose desire is to help individuals or couples with the process of household finances, legal documents, and healthcare planning, either following the death or disability of a spouse or as part of the overall planning process. The workshop is free of charge and open to the public and will be held Wednesday, November 15, 3-5 p.m. at Brookletts Place, Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Avenue in Easton.

Photo: The Suddenly Solo planning committee includes (l-r) Talbot Hospice Director of Marketing & Communications Caron James, Talbot County Register of Wills Patti Campen, Brookletts Place, Talbot County Senior Center Program Director Teresa Greene and Executive Director Childlene Brooks, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director Sandy Brown and local estate planning attorney Sharon Ritter Beall. Not pictured, Glenn Fleureton of Fleureton Financial Solutions.

The idea came from local attorney Sharon J. Ritter-Beall whose work assisting clients with their estate planning led her to understand the need for these types of services in Talbot County. “In many families, for example, the husband handles all the finances,” said Ritter-Beall. “If the husband dies suddenly or becomes disabled, the wife is often at a loss as to what assets there are and how to pay bills. We want to help individuals who may currently be in this situation, but we also want to be proactive and help individuals and couples prepare in advance so they don’t end up being at a loss.”

Agencies and individuals involved with planning the service include Childlene Brooks and Teresa Greene of Brookletts Place, Talbot County Senior Center, Sandy Brown of Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Patty Campen of Talbot County Register of Wills, Glenn Fleureton of Fleureton Financial Solutions, and Caron James of Talbot Hospice. Other agencies participating in the workshop include the Social Security Administration, the Veterans Administration, the Talbot County Department of Social Services, and the Maryland State Health Insurance Program (SHIP).

Participants at the workshop will be able to go from station to station to get help with understanding finances, Medicare, long-term care, legal documents, the state health insurance program, and more.

To register for the workshop, call Brookletts Place Talbot County Senior Center at 410-822-2869 or email brookletts@uppershoreaging.org.