New Provider Joins The Orthopedic Center

Nicholas Anastasio, MD

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and The Orthopedic Center have announced the addition of Easton-based orthopedic care provider Nicolas E. Anastasio, MD. Anastasio’s specialties include treating musculoskeletal and nerve-related conditions throughout the body and running-related injuries.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Nicholas Anastasio to our practice,” says Thomas Stauch, MD, president, The Orthopedic Center. “He provides a wide variety of nonsurgical techniques, including tailored physical therapy prescriptions, ultrasound guided injections and nerve conduction studies. He is also experienced with the newest regenerative medicine techniques, including Platelet-Rich Plasma and Prolotherapy injections. We look forward to having him available to provide these services to our community.”

“My emphasis is on treating the whole patient and maximizing function,” Dr. Anastasio says. “My training at the Runner’s Clinic of the University of Virginia has provided me with unique expertise in running-related injuries, orthotic and shoe evaluation, and running gait analysis. I am very excited to join the team at The Orthopedic Center and to be of service to the community.”

A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Anastasio interned with the University of Maryland-Mercy Medical Center. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Virginia.

The Orthopedic Center Physical Therapy (PT) and Performance Center is a collaborative venture between Shore Regional Health’s Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services and The Orthopedic Center in Easton, Md.

The Center offers specialized physical therapy and sports medicine services in conjunction with medical surgical specialists in bone and joint surgery, rheumatology and orthopedic rehabilitation medicine. The specialized professional therapy team works in close collaboration with the physicians to assure the most personalized and appropriate therapy plan of care to help patients avoid re-injury or setbacks.

Dr. Anastasio is seeing patients at 510 Idlewild Ave., Suite 200, Easton. Patients may make an appointment by calling 410-820-8226. For more information about The Orthopedic Center/Physical Therapy and Performance Center, please visit https://www.umms.org/shore/health-services/rehabilitation/services/orthopedics.

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.

SANE Nurses to Provide Continuum of Care for Sexual Assault Survivors

If you’ve experienced sexual assault, you do not have to go through it alone. University of Maryland Shore Regional Health now has 11 nurses who have completed the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner  (SANE) program and are available to survivors who seek emergency care following a sexual assault. SANE team members work closely with a team of trauma-certified advocates at For All Seasons, Inc., to provide a full continuum of care for sexual assault survivors on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

According to Karen Denny, SANE program coordinator, the training involves 80 hours of classroom and clinical instruction taught by law enforcement officers, survivor advocates, state’s attorney representatives and crime lab specialists. The training includes how to conduct a full medical exam, collecting a rape kit (if desired by the patient),providing treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and offering contraception, and connecting the patient with an advocate from the For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center. SANE nurses also are trained to testify in court as needed.

SANE nurses work to ensure whatever sense of control has been taken away from the sexual assault survivor is restored from the moment they step in the door.

“My hope is that if someone has been assaulted and wants to be seen, they know how to report or at least where to go to get help and receive medical attention,” Denny said. “The most important thing for a survivor to know is that the exam is run by the survivor — not the nurses, the advocate or the police. We complete the exam or any part of the exam when and if the survivor wants. We give the control back to survivors because they’ve been in a situation where they’ve lost control during the assault. And if the survivor wants to report to the police, I want to be there or have one of our nurses there to support that decision 100 percent.”

Survivors who don’t want to report the assault have the option to have a “Jane/John Doe” rape kit collected. If the survivor comes into an emergency room within 120 hours (five days) of the assault, a kit can be collected and saved in order to report when and if the survivor is ready at some point in the future.Shore Regional Health offers emergency treatment at the UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton, as well as the UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown.

UM SRH SANE nurses standing, from left, are Marcia Shapiro, Trish Rosenberry, Karen Denny and Leslie Collier. Seated, from left are Tiana Miller-Breland, Jessica Fluharty, Kim Seward and Shannon Temple. SANE nurses not pictured are Helen Foxwell, Carol Rogers and Lindsay Gellert.

The SANE program began at Shore Regional Health in 1988, but until now has only had a handful of participating nurses at any given time.

“It’s a huge accomplishment to have 11 SANE nurses who have completed the training program. All of our SANE nurses work full-time jobs in departments throughout the hospital system,” Denny said. “Completing the SANE training and being available 24/7 when someone who’s experienced a sexual assault needs you is a real commitment… our SANE nurses do this because they care.”

UM SRH SANE nurses also attend Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) meetings, held every other month in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. Denny coordinates these meetings, which also include survivor advocates, parole and probation officers, and representatives from law enforcement, the State’s Attorney’s Office and social services agencies.

“We come together to discuss past and current cases, what we’ve done right and things we can improve upon,” says Denny. “Is there something that a survivor needs that maybe someone else or a different agency may have a better handle on? Is there a witness who can be contacted by one of these agencies? And in terms of educating the public about the support and resources available to sexual assault survivors, are there community educational events where we can be getting the word out?”

For Denny and the SANE nurse team, an important goal is to make sure health educators and the community are aware of their options following a sexual assault, and more specifically, what to expect when a survivor comes to the hospital following a sexual assault, so people aren’t afraid to get care if and when they need it.

“I want to be there to be a resource for educators if they need information about care following a sexual assault,” Denny says. “With the trauma-certified advocacy team at For All Seasons, we are really trying to get the word out. We know rape and sexual assault are happening in our communities. It can happen to anyone.”

For All Seasons’ trauma-certified advocates are available 24/7, according to Ivy Garcia, director of victim services for the Easton-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer the five counties of the Mid-Shore comprehensive and integrated therapy, advocacy, education, and psychiatric care in a safe environment. The advocates stay with the patient at the hospital, if desired, arrange therapy for him or her, and attend court proceedings if needed. Garcia’s team of seven advocates includes men and women, five of whom are bilingual.

Advocates from For All Seasons also bring a Comfort Kit to the survivor in the Emergency Department and, in addition to making arrangements for therapy, ascertain any other needs the survivor may have, including housing and communicating with family members. The advocates work closely with the survivor and the SANE nurse to make sure all needs are met.

Denny said every year, SANE nurses complete additional training in order to maintain their SANE license with the Maryland Board of Nursing. In order to stay licensed as a SANE nurse, staff participants have to take three cases a year, take 200 hours of on-call duty for the program and have at least eight hours of additional education annually.

“This really is something we do because we care. These nurses are called out from their kids’ soccer games or called from bed in the middle of the night,” Denny said. “We care, and we want you to know that we’re here for you.”

“The collaboration between For All Seasons and Shore Regional Health to help survivors of sexual assault is essential to the community,” Garcia says.“One in four girls will be sexually assaulted and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted before the age of 17, with the majority of these assaults happening between the ages of 7 and 17. We want survivors to know —  we believe you, we are here for you, we support you and you are not alone.”

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.

Shore Kids Camp Focuses on Fun, Learning for Kids with Diabetes

UM Shore Regional Health’s Shore Kids Camp, an annual summer day camp that promotes the development of diabetes self-management skills through a positive environment, took place Monday, July 8, to Thursday, July 11, at Calhoun MEBA Engineering School on Rte. 33 in Easton. Eight children ages 7 to 12 took part in the camp, under the direction of Wynne Aroom, RN, and Joanne Faust, RN, as well as two junior campers who have attended in years’ past.

Standing, L-R: Brooke Coulbourne, Wynne Aroom, RN, Caroline Welte, Abbygale Emerson, junior counselor Catherine Wilson, junior counselor Kily Faust, and Joanne Faust, RN. Kneeling, L-R: Christopher Lynch, Logan Ragione and Nasir Miller.

Children with diabetes frequently miss the fun and memories a summer camp experience can bring. According to Aroom, Shore Kids Camp aims to change this. “The children learned more about managing their diabetes, but they also had fun playing group games, swimming, making crafts, taking walks, hearing from speakers, going to the movies and bowling,” Aroom 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.

Shore Medical Group – Pediatrics Welcomes New Provider

Ryan C. Davis, CPNP-PC

University of Maryland Shore Medical Group (UM SMG) announces the addition of a new pediatric care provider, Ryan C. Davis, RN, MSN, CPNP-PC, whose specialties include neonatal care and treatment of acute and chronic pediatric illnesses. With pediatricians Mark Langfitt, MD and Richard Fritz, MD, Davis is seeing patients at UM SMG – Pediatrics located at the Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 500 Cadmus Lane, Suite 210.

Davis joined UM SMG from Morristown, Tennessee where he served as a nurse practitioner for an outpatient clinic, Hamblen Pediatric Associates. In addition, he served at Pediatrix Medical Group, which provided newborn nursery rounding at Morristown Hamblen Hospital – Covenant Health.  Previously, he worked as an RN at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and at the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Pediatric Intensive Care Trauma Unit.

Davis earned his M.S. in Nursing – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Tennessee in 2017 where he received the award for Clinical Excellence – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.  He is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and in Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP).

“Thanks to his experience in neonatal care and pediatric acute care, as well as in outpatient pediatric practice, Ryan Davis is an excellent addition to the UM Shore Medical Group – Pediatrics team,” stated William Huffner, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president, Medical Affairs. “We are glad to have him on board with us.”

UM Shore Medical Group – Pediatrics may be reached by calling 410-822-8550.

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.

5th Annual Sporting Clays Raises More than $77,000

The recent 5th annual Sporting Clays Classic was a great success, netting $77,227 to benefit the breast imaging and biopsy equipment and program needs of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

Offered by UM Memorial Hospital Foundation at The Point at Pintail in Queenstown on June 9, 2019, the Sporting Clays Classic attracted 226 registered shooters who enjoyed morning competition, lunch for participants, various prizes, raffles and a silent auction of items donated by local businesses and community members.

“It was really a perfect day, sunny and breezy, and we had a great group of competitors,” said F. Graham Lee,vice president for philanthropy at UM SRH. “I am very grateful to this year’s Sporting Clays Committee and to our sponsors, both the businesses and the individuals who stepped up to support the event.”

Sponsorships from community members and businesses played a vital role in the success of the event. Key sponsors included Auxiliary of the Memorial Hospital at Easton, Paul and Joanne Prager, Preston Automotive Group, Jack and Susan Stoltz, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Doug James Real Estate Services, Attraction Magazine, The Point at Pintail, APG Chesapeake, Willow Construction, Bullock Construction, Inc., CBIZ MHM, LLC and BSC Group, LLC, Chaney Enterprises, Gillis Gilkerson, Roberta Lilly, MD, Nancy Morton, R. Scott and Courtney Clark Pastrick, Shore Radiology, Shore United Bank and Tidewater Anesthesia Associates, PA.

Last year, the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center team provided breast care to more than 2,100 patients, diagnosing more than 100 new cases of breast cancer and performing 452 breast biopsies. These numbers reflect a significant increase in patient volumes over previous years.

The goal of the 2019 Sporting Clays Classic was to raise $85,000 for an MRI Breast Coil, which will be used to fully image breast patients and perform MRI-guided breast biopsy. The $77,227 raised during the event means the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation is well on the way to reaching that $85,000 goal.

“All of us at The Clark Comprehensive Breast Center appreciate the continued support of our local community,” says Roberta J. Lilly, MD, medical director, Clark Comprehensive Breast Center. “Diagnostic and treatment technologies in cancer care are continually evolving, and we are very grateful to the Foundation, the volunteers and participants in the Sporting Clays Classic for their help in ensuring that we have state-of-the-art equipment to provide the best possible care for our patients.”

Prizes were given to each of the winners of the highest overall (HOA) score in their category, as follows:  Mike Parkhurst (men’s), Diane Sorantino (women’s), Jackson Eschelman (juniors’) and Team Jack Stoltz #1 (team). The top three of each Lewis class also received prizes, as follows: Lewis Class One, 1st place – David Collins, Sr., 2nd place – Bruce Jones, and 3rd place – Joseph Carroll; Lewis Class Two, 1st place – Mark Helmick, 2nd place – Daniel Carroll and 3rd place – Richard Blanchard; Lewis Class Three, 1st place – Carter Stanton, 2nd place – Lee Hurd, and 3rd place-Chris Wright.

Other winners were Ferris Butler, gun raffle winner; Jesse Hammett, game prize winner; and Dennis Green, Clay Conservation Award winner.

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 Shore Regional Health Takes Next Step in State Application Process

Shore Regional Health has announced that it will prepare a modified Certificate of Exemption (COE) application to the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) to move inpatient behavioral health beds and services in 2021 from UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester to UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. If submitted and approved, the move would occur when the freestanding medical facility (FMF) opens in Cambridge in summer 2021.

Preparation of the modified COE is anticipated to take 60 to 90 days, with possible final approval by the Shore Regional Health and University of Maryland Medical System Boards to submit the COE in September 2019. After approval by the MHCC, construction of the inpatient unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown could begin, toward a 2021 opening.

The modified COE will affect only the behavioral health beds; plans remain in place for the Dorchester hospital’s medical-surgical beds to be relocated to Easton when the FMF opens in summer 2021.

This timeline also enables UM Shore Regional Health leaders and behavioral health providers to develop a staffing transition plan and work with community partners to develop an expanded network of outpatient community-based support services throughout the five-county region.

“We are grateful for the physicians, advanced practice providers and team members at Shore Behavioral Health who provide such compassionate, quality care for our patients,” said Ken Kozel, CEO.  “Their dedication and healing work benefits patients under the most challenging circumstances.”

“Shore Regional Health’s Service Delivery Plan includes a commitment to join with our community partners to create a robust behavioral health continuum of integrated inpatient and outpatient services to serve the region. We are enthusiastic about the prospect of this plan and the positive impact it will have on health care in all five counties, including this opportunity, among others that may emerge in support of rural health care,  to enhance the stability of  inpatient services at Shore Medical Center at Chestertown,”said Kozel.

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.

Cancer Center Team and SRH Partners Provide Free Screenings for Skin Cancer

Dermatology physicians, advanced practice providers and volunteers from the Kent County Health Department, Easton Dermatology Associates and Shore Dermatology in Cambridge, along with staff and volunteers from the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health screened 119 people for skin cancer during screenings held during May and June.

“It is really gratifying to work with our community partners, including the physicians and advanced practice providers and their staff, to provide these potentially life-saving screenings every year,” said Jeanie Scott, Cancer Center manager. “This year, the screenings resulted in 37 recommendations for biopsies or other follow up and two cases of melanoma were diagnosed, which really shows the value of taking advantage of screening opportunities.”

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.

Bench Installed in Memory of Harry Burton

The Chester River Health Foundation hosted its 25th annual golf fundraiser on Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Chester River Yacht & Country Club.

“The Foundation’s event chair, Mary Burton, has donated a lot of time over the past 10 years to confer with and advise the staff in preparation for each and every one of our events,” said Maryann Ruehrmund, Foundation executive director. “Mary’s husband, Harry Burton, was an unofficial member of the Foundation’s Golf Committee, and provided guidance and expertise as the event was put together each year. Those of us planning the event don’t play golf and there were many times that Harry jumped in to explain things or help negotiate a discussion.”

Mary Burton (seated), with Barrie Meima, CRHF Board chair, and Jim Harbeson, Chester River Yacht & Country Club MISGA representative.

Harry passed away in October 2018. He had never missed a single Foundation event. In his memory and with very special thanks to Mary, the Chester River Health Foundation board and staff, and the Chester River Yacht & Country Club’s MISGA members, got together and purchased a bench and bronze plaque in Harry’s memory, which was presented to Mary and installed on the tee at Hole #1, at the Foundation’s tournament.

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.

Shore Kids Camp for Children with Type 1 Diabetes Set for July 8-11

Summer camps for children abound on Maryland’s Mid-Shore. For many local children with Type 1 diabetes, however, enrollment in most summer camps is not possible because needed specialized nursing attention and supervision is not included. Thanks to Shore Kids Camp, a day camp offered each summer at MEBA Engineering School (located on Route 33, the Oxford Road) by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, children with diabetes can enjoy a wonderful day camp experience while also learning about the diseases in a safe and healthy environment. The camp program is designed for children with diabetes, 7-12 years of age, who are able to fully participate in age-appropriate activities with no restrictions other than those related to diabetes. The camp is managed by pediatric nurses with experience in diabetes who are assisted by high school and college students as volunteers.

Offered this summer beginning Monday, July 8 through Thursday, July 11, Shore Kids Camp includes activities like swimming, basketball, arts and crafts, boat rides, and visits to local attractions such as organic farms and museums. Complementing these recreational experiences are on-site, educational presentations about diabetes and interactive games that teach them about their condition and how to manage it safely.

“There’s other camp like this on the Eastern Shore,” says Wynne Aroom, UM SRH patient education specialist who directs Shore Kids Camp. “The diabetes camps across the Bay Bridge are overnight camps, and often parents are reluctant to a young child with a chronic illness that far away from home or the cost may be more than they can afford. Overall, the children who attend Shore Kids Camp have a great time and many return to the camp for multiple years.”

An additional benefit for those who attend is shared experience. Aroom explains, “In many cases, they are the only child in their school class with diabetes, and this can be very challenging for them. The camp provides networking for both the children and their parents, so they don’t feel alone in the challenges they face daily. ”

Increased independence is one of the key goals of the camp. “The activities help boost the children’s confidence that they can survive without their parents,” says Aroom. We provide healthy food and snack options and help the campers in keeping track of what they eat and in trying new foods.”

The Shore Kids Camp cost is $75 at registration and a $10 fee, required in advance for application materials. Some need-based scholarships are available. Registration is limited to 15 children.  The deadline for registration is July 1, 2019.

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.

Free Seminar on Creating a Will Set for June 18

Patrick J. Fitzgerald

“Your Will, Your Way,” a free seminar focusing on the importance of creating a will and what to consider in that process, is set for Tuesday, June 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Nick Rajacich Education Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. The seminar is hosted by UM Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Guest presenter Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Esq., attorney at law with Charles T. Capute LLC will review the major considerations involved in writing a will, including: estate taxes, joint assets, coordinating beneficiary designations with overall estate planning, the Register of Wills, the cost of writing a will, and what happens in the case of  dying without a will.

A native of Talbot County, Fitzgerald is a junior partner at the Easton law firm of Charles T. Capute LLC, representing individuals and families in the areas of trust and estate planning, trust and estate administration, and related taxation. He received undergraduate degrees in business administration and economics from the University of Pittsburgh, and Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Taxation degrees as well as a Certificate in Estate Planning from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

The seminar is free but seating is limited; to reserve your space, contact Janet Andrews, 410-822-1000, ext. 5792 or janet@umm.edu.

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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