Ron Lewis Named Security Director of UM Shore Regional Health

Ron Lewis has joined UM Shore Regional Health as security director, Brian Leutner,  executive director, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester and UM Shore Regional Health Oncology Services, has announced.

Lewis comes to UM Shore Regional Health from Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System (MIEMSS), where he had served since August 2017 as associate regional manager for Region IV (Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester counties). Prior to joining MIEMSS, he spent 28 years in progressively responsible positions with Maryland State Police, including commander, Traffic Safety Division (2006-2007); commander, Special Operations Division (2007-2011); commander, Eastern Troop (2011-2015) and ultimately major-commander, Maryland State Police Southern Command (2015-2017).

A subject matter expert for medical emergency training programs, Lewis has vast experience working as a nationally registered paramedic program instructor He also over 20 years of flight paramedic experience in two separate Medevac programs and is a subject matter expert for medical emergency training programs.

Currently pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice with a concentration in homeland security from Liberty University, Lewis holds a B.S. degree in management studies and criminal justice from University of Maryland University College and an A.A. degree in criminal justice from Wor-Wic Community College.

“Ron Lewis is an experienced leader in law enforcement,” says Leutner. “His resume includes a full complement of law enforcement work including oversight of SWAT, K-9, incident command and control, search and rescue, major event emergency management and tactical medical unit management. We are very fortunate to have him at the helm of our security programs here at Shore Regional Health.”

As part of 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 Program Annual Report Published Online

UM Shore Regional Health’s 2018 Cancer Program Annual Report is now available for online viewing on the Cancer Center’s homepage, https://www.umms.org/shore/health-services/cancer

The report includes an introduction by Christopher Levey, MD, chair of the Cancer Committee, and highlights the following areas of accomplishment in the past year: Accreditations and Recognition, Services, Regional Screenings and Access to Preventive Care, Maintaining Follow-up, Cancer Registry Statistics, Support and Survivorship and Fundraising Highlights, including a list of donors whose gifts were designated to benefit the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center and/or the Cancer Center, July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. The research study, Breast Cancer Time to Treatment, authored by Roberta Lilly, MD, medical director, Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, also is featured in the report.

X-Ray Services at Denton Diagnostics Suspended Beginning January 1

Beginning after close of business on Monday, December 31, X-Ray services at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Denton Diagnostics, located at 838 S. 5th Avenue, will be unavailable until the practice opens at its new location in the UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Denton. The new Pavilion is slated to open for business on February 5, 2019.

Laboratory services along with all other diagnostic services offered at UM SRH Diagnostic will continue operating under normal business hours, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., during  this time.

For more information and to find other UM SRH diagnostic locations, visit umshoreregional.org/imaging or call 410-479-3510.

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.

Auxiliary of Dorchester General Hospital Announces New Officers for 2019

The Auxiliary of Dorchester General Hospital recently announced their new officers for 2019. The new officers are:

• President – Nancy Duvall
• 1st Vice President – Alexandria Snell
• 2nd Vice President – Joy Loeffler
• Recording Secretary – Michelle Mitchell
• Treasurer – Catherine Gullion
• Membership Dues Secretary – Karol Redline
• Corresponding Secretary – Nancy Linder
• Members-at-Large – Halyna Pagano, Barbara Weiss, Pat Wood

Back row (L-R): Alexandra Anderson-Snell; Catherine Gullion; Joy Loeffler. Front row (L-R): Karol Redline; Nancy Duvall; Michelle Mitchell; Nancy Linder

“We welcome our new and continuing Auxiliary officers and appreciate the many fundraising efforts they lead to support projects that advance the quality of patient care at Shore Medical Center at Dorchester,” says Brian Leutner, executive director, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. “Our volunteers make a wonderful difference in the day to day experience of our patients and also our care providers.”

In addition to their volunteer efforts at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, the Auxiliary generates income for programs, services, equipment and patient care at the medical center through the Hospitality Shop and the Robin Hood Shop in Cambridge.

For additional information about Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary projects or to become a volunteer, contact an Auxiliary member or call 410-228-0091.

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 Publishes 2018 Community Benefits Report Online

UM Shore Regional Health’s 2018 Community Health Improvement Report has been published online and is available for viewing at https://www.umms.org/shore/news/2018/um-shore-regional-healths-2018-community-health-improvement-2018.

UM Shore Regional Health’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), conducted in 2016, identified top health concerns in the region: chronic disease management (obesity, hypertension, diabetes, tobacco use), behavioral health, access to care, cancer, outreach and education (preventive care, screenings, health literacy).These are the same top health concerns and health barriers indicated by the overall Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene State Health Improvement Process (DHMH SHIP) county data.

UM SRH determined that the greatest transformation in population health in the five-county region would be achieved by focusing on chronic disease management, behavioral health and cancer screenings. An implementation plan was developed for each priority, with key activities to improve care coordination and health education in community settings.

As detailed in the new report, the total value of UM Shore Regional Health’s community health improvement initiatives during 2018 exceeds $40 million. According to Ken Kozel, UM SRH president and CEO, and Kathleen McGrath, regional director, Outreach and Community Health, the document “reflects UM Shore Regional Health’s commitment to building community partnerships that help foster better health outside the walls of our hospitals and outpatient facilities, while enhancing access to care and the overall quality of life in the five counties we serve.”

As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members, and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Hosts Donor Appreciation Event

Appreciation was the theme of evening on November 29, 2018 at Talbot Country Club, as University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation hosted its annual event for donors. Gathered for the occasion were donors and friends who supported various fundraising drives and events during the past year to benefit programs and services of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, the Cancer Center and UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown.

The program was led by Moorhead Vermilye, vice chairman of the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Board. Vermilye introduced other Foundation board members who were in attendance, including Joe Schultz, Jacque Smith Hook, Mark Freestate, Steve Ochse and Keith McMahan, and read a letter he had received from recent hospital patient extolling the excellent care she had received at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Vermilye also thanked everyone for their efforts and support for the Foundation’s fundraising events and appeals, noting that as of October 31, 2018, the Foundation had provided $1,340,436 in support for hospital programs and technology needs, patient care services and nursing scholarships.

Ginny Biondi – Claws for Cause Committee, Mark Freestate – UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Board member, Graham Lee – vice president, Philanthropy.

Shore Regional Health CEO and President Ken Kozel took the podium after Vermilye to offer his profound gratitude, on behalf of the UM SRH Board and Senior leadership, for the “time, talents and financial support” the Foundation, its donors and volunteers commit to enhancing patient care in the hospital and its outpatient locations. In particular, he expressed thanks to the Easton hospital auxiliary, led by Liz Hannegan, for the Auxiliary’s recent gift of $100,000 to support the Foundation’s year-end appeal, which will benefit the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center. Kozel closed by reading a letter from UM Memorial Hospital Foundation supporter Tim Kagan regarding the excellent care received by his wife at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

Speaking about the Foundation’s support for nursing scholarships was Ruth Ann Jones, senior vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer. Jones noted that scholarship support enables hospital nurses to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, advancing their knowledge and competencies and enhancing the care they provide. She also thanked members of the scholarship committee, led by Keith McMahan, for their efforts throughout the year. UM SRH nurses Lisa Lisle and Jeannine LeMieux shared their stories illustrating the difference nursing scholarship support has made in their nursing careers and their contributions to patient care.

Michael Weise, owner of Pensel & Walker Opticians and committee member of the Foundation’s 2018 Sporting Clays Classic held in June at the Point at Pintail in Queenstown, thanked the event’s committee members, sponsors and participants for their success in helping to raise $79,248 to benefit the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center’s Wellness for Women (WFW) outreach program. WFW provides uninsured and underinsured women with age- and risk-specific mammography screenings and breast exams at no charge.

Mary Alice Vanhoy, Ed Lisle, Lisa Lisle, Gary Jones and Ruth Ann Jones.

UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown Manager Mary Alice Vanhoy reported on the success of this year’s Claws for a Cause Crab Feast, held in July at Fisherman’s Crab Deck on Kent Island. Thanking event chairs Heather Comegys and Holly Rhodes and their fellow committee members, Vanhoy noted that the event raised $36,462 to support the purchase of ceiling-mounted patient lifts in the Center.

The success of the 2018 UM Memorial Hospital Foundation golf tournament was discussed by Martha Clark, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Telemetry manager at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Held in September at Talbot Country Club, the tournament attracted 32 foursomes and 43 sponsors, and netted $91,749 for the hospital’s ICU. The proceeds will be placed in the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation’s ICU Fund to purchase new equipment.

A special highlight of this year’s donor appreciation event was a testimonial offered by Easton-based gastroenterologist Michael J. Fisher, MD, a cancer survivor who undertook his treatment at the Cancer Center at Shore Regional Health. Dr. Fisher expressed his gratitude for the Cancer Center’s state-of-the-art treatment technologies and the outstanding professionalism and expertise of its treatment providers and support staff. He also shared his appreciation for being able to receive quality care locally, rather than having to travel to Baltimore, and thanked all donors whose support for the Foundation has helped make this possible.

Christopher Levey, MD, Cancer Committee chair, Kate Levey, Karen Fisher and Jacque Smith.

Brian Leutner, executive director, Oncology Services and Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, summarized the difference Foundation support has made in cancer care at UM SRH. He noted that the 2017 end of year appeal funded the purchase of a digital portable x-ray machine for radiology and the current year-end appeal will fund the purchase of a second 3-dimensional tomosynthesis mammography machine for the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center. Having the second machine, he noted, will reduce patient wait times and anxiety.

Leutner also described how the Breast Center’s services have grown in the past five years. The number of patients seen has increased by 100 percent, the number of biopsies by 64 percent, and the number of breast cancers diagnosed by more than 200 percent.

Before closing the program, Graham Lee, vice president, Philanthropy for UM Shore Regional Health provided updates on the current year-end appeal, expressing his gratitude for donors who have made major gifts: the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, the Meoli Companies/McDonald’s Restaurants, the employees of Tri-Gas & Oil, the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton, the Ferree Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Health Foundation, and Bob and Ruth Carmean.

Lee also thanked the sponsors of third party events that have supported the Cancer Program in the past year: Gary and Janet Wright and the Prostate Cancer Golf Tournament which supports the David Whitby Cancer Fund; Victor and Teresa Michael and the Lowes Wharf Fundraiser for the Peggy Rosato Cancer Fund; and Ken and Emma Jean Morgan of Robin’s Nest Floral & Garden Center, creators of  the Winter Design Showcase in support of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center.

To make a gift to UM Memorial Hospital Foundation, contact Graham Lee, 410-822-1000, ext. 5509, grahamlee@umm.edu. For more information, visit the Foundation website at http://ummhf.org.

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.

Regional Diabetes Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Doris Tate, CRNP with Tamra Sanders, a former patient of the Center who shared her story at the event.

UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology celebrated its 10th anniversary at an open house event on Friday, November 16 in the Health Education Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

The event featured a timeline display highlighting the Center’s growth and development since its founding in 2008 and a brief program featuring remarks by Ken Kozel, president and CEO, Bayan Mesmar, MD, the Center’s medical director; Tamra Sanders, a longtime patient of the Center; and Trish Rosenberry, regional director, Specialty Clinics, Rosenberry offered special recognition for staff members Michelle Gomez and Carolyn Crist, both of whom have been with the Center since its inception.

Those in attendance, including a host of present and former patients of the Center, enjoyed a demonstration and sampling of a diabetes-friendly food preparation demonstration by Michelle Gomez and Karen Hollis, nurse diabetes educator.

Kozel noted that each year, the Center now provides care to more than 5700 patients and offers 48 three-session Diabetes Self Management programs in Chestertown and Easton. In addition, diabetes nurse educators provide one-on-one nutritional counseling and treatment support, lead monthly support groups in Cambridge, Chestertown, Denton and Easton, and participate in various community health events around the five county region.

“The Center’s 10th Anniversary is certainly an occasion to celebrate – and on behalf of Senior Leadership and our Board members, I thank all of you who have helped it grow and develop over the past decade and those more recently arrived who are now part of the team,” Kozel said. “Your expertise and dedication are helping UM Shore Regional Health achieve our Vision to Be the Region’s Leader in Patient Centered Care.”

Chestertown Wellness Providers Offer Tips at Diabetes Awareness Open House

UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology celebrated its 10th anniversary with two open house events, one on Friday, November 16 in the Health Education Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, and a second on Tuesday, November 27 in the Conference Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Chrissy Nelson, diabetes nurse educator at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown (left) with Trish Gruber of Chestertown Natural Food

Each year, the Center now provides care to more than 5700 patients and offers 48 three-session Diabetes Self Management programs in Chestertown and Easton. In addition, diabetes nurse educators provide one-on-one nutritional counseling and treatment support, lead monthly support groups in Cambridge, Chestertown, Denton and Easton, and participate in various community health events around the five county region.

In Chestertown, the Diabetes Support Group welcomed guests for a wellness-themed open house that featured representatives from local health-related businesses and services. Krista Lamoreaux, of Herbal Alchemy, offered a presentation on holistic approaches to managing Type 2 Diabetes, and representatives of Chestertown Natural Foods, Melaleuca and Fit Flock were on hand to provide information about their wellness services. Figg’s Ordinary Bakery and Cafe provided food samples.

“There was a lot of really useful information presented to the group,” says Chrissy Nelson diabetes nurse educator and group leader. “Everyone appreciated learning about local resources to help maintain their best health.”

 

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UM SRH Implements New Electronic Health Record System

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s continuing commitment to improve the patient experience attains another milestone in December when the entire health care network transitions its medical records system to Portfolio, a state of the art electronic medical health record system.

Set to “go live” on December 2, Portfolio will enhance clinical decision making and collaboration throughout UM Shore Regional Health by providing physicians, nursing and other clinicians with timely, comprehensive medical information that is secure, standardized, and easily shared by colleagues to better coordinate care.  This coordination includes those outside of the UMMS network, integrating information from nearly every touchpoint of a patient’s care.

“Portfolio will improve patient safety and outcomes across Shore Regional Health and everywhere within the University of Maryland Medical System,” says William Huffner, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president, Medical Affairs. “The new system provides exceptional service to the patients and clinical staff, creating a better experience for everyone.”

According to Dr. Huffner, clinicians and support staff in UM SRH locations throughout the five county region have dedicated months to training and education on the new system and are prepared for the transition. “As with any major information technology change such as this, however, patients and visitors may experience a slight wait as staff familiarize themselves with all aspect of the system.

“Using Portfolio provides a common foundation for patients to access and engage with all clinical programs, providers and services at Shore Regional Health and the University of Maryland Medical System,” says Ruth Ann Jones, chief nursing officer and senior vice president, Nursing and Patient Care Services. “An additional benefit of Portfolio is that it eliminates the need for patients to register multiple times and allows the patient to be the keeper of his or her overall health record from encounters at different entities within UMMS.”

Many people are already familiar with Portfolio, which is in use now at most physician and provider offices affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health as well as other health systems. Portfolio, created by Epic Systems Corporation, is the one of the most widely used electronic medical records systems in the U.S. and around the world.

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 Welcomes New Board Members

Two local community leaders, Robert D. Rauch, P.E., of Easton and Samuel T. Shoge, of Chestertown, have recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

Talbot County native Robert D. Rauch has spent his career in professional engineering, construction management and commercial real estate. Presently, he is owner and president of A/E Consultant, Robert D. Rauch and Associates, RDR Commercial, LLC, RDR Environmental, LLC and Rauch Investments, LLC.

Rauch’s professional accomplishments and contributions to his community include serving as the first coordinator for Maryland’s Flood Insurance Program and as consultant to the World Bank for Critical Path Scheduling and Project Management Training to International Engineers. He has been honored as recipient of the Sussex, Delaware Conservation District Governor’s Conservation Award, the Talbot County Small Business of the Year Award (2016) and the Talbot County Businessman of the Year Award (2017).

A graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Rauch pursued continuing education in Finite Element Modeling Advance Training at Princeton University.

In addition to his membership on UM Shore Regional Health’s Board of Directors, Rauch serves on the University Systems of Maryland Board of Regents, the University of Maryland Medical Systems Board of Directors, the University of Maryland College of Civil and Environmental Engineering Board of Visitors and the University of Maryland School of Architecture Colvin Institute Board of Advisors. Previously, he served on the boards of the Harry Hughes Center of Agro-Ecology, the Talbot County Historical Society, Friends of Northeast Sports Park, St. Mark’s Methodist Church and the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce.

Robert D. Rauch and Samuel T. Shoge

Samuel T. Shoge, a native and current resident of Kent County, is the economic development coordinator for Talbot County’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism. Previously, he was  admissions counselor and Assistant Director in the Admissions Office at Washington College in Chestertown.

Shoge is a graduate of Elon University in Elon, N.C., where he pursued environmental studies, public administration, political science and geographic information systems.

Shoge is involved in Kent County community affairs, serving as firefighter with the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company and as an elected member of the Chestertown Town Council, Chestertown Main Street and Arts and Entertainment District Advisory Board, Chestertown Marketing Committee, Kent School Marketing Committee, and Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s. He also is a co-founder of the Kent County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and has helped lead its growth to include up to 250 members.

Speaking on behalf of the UM SRH Board, John Dillon, chairman, stated,“We are very pleased to have Bob Rauch and Sam Shoge join us in ensuring that University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will successfully navigate the changing landscape of health care. Their strong personal commitment to the communities we serve, as well as their outstanding professional expertise and accomplishments, make them valuable assets to our efforts going forward.”

In addition to Robert A. Chrencik, CEO, University of Maryland Medical System, and Kenneth Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health, current UM SRH Board members are: John W. Ashworth, Charles Capute, Art Cecil, Joseph J. Ciotola, Kathleen Deoudes, John Dillon, Marlene Feldman, Wayne L. Gardner, Sr., Wayne Howard, Richard Loeffler, Charles B. MacLeod, Keith McMahan, David Milligan, Charles B. Noll, Geoffrey F. Oxnam, Robert D. Rauch, Stephen Satchell, Samuel T. Shoge, Thomas Stauch, MD and Glenn L. Wilson.

“Our board members live and work in our communities“, says Kozel.“I believe their diverse knowledge and perspectives position us well to achieve our vision of being the region’s leader in patient centered health care,” says 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 2,300 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers work with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.