Dianne Hill Awarded NCCAP Certification

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Stu Seitz, director, UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, with Dianne Hill, activities director at the Center.

Dianne Hill, of Chestertown, activities director at UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown, has achieved certification as an activities director by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP). NCCAP is national organization that exclusively certifies activity professionals who work with the elderly in primarily long-term care settings.

According to Stu Seitz, director, UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hill joined the administrative team of the nursing and rehab center two years ago. The many social, cultural and celebratory activities and events she manages at the Center have included drum circles with Latin percussion instructor Michael Bryant; monthly cookouts with live music by Earle Teate of Dover, Delaware; monthly themed painting events with local artist Joyce Prickett; and an annual “senior prom,” complete with a DJ and king and queen designations.

“Since her arrival as our activities director, Dianne has done a fantastic job of building our activities program and engaging our residents and their family members, as well as our staff and members of the community,” Seitz comments. “Thanks to Dianne and also our two activity aides, Annie Hill and LaShonda Newnam, there’s always something interesting and fun going on at the Center. Dianne worked hard to obtain NCCAP certification and we are all really proud of her accomplishment.”

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Julia Belanger, Family Medicine Specialist, Opens Practice

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Julia Belanger MD

University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), on Aug. 30, announced the addition of Chestertown-based family medicine specialist Julia Belanger, MD. Her clinical interests include disease prevention, health maintenance and counseling and diagnosis of acute and chronic illnesses. She is seeing patients at 126 Philosophers Terrace in Chestertown. Patients may make an appointment with Dr. Belanger by calling 410-778-1878.

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. Belanger is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health.

Dr. Belanger is a graduate of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Florida Hospital Center for Family Medicine.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Belanger join our team at the University of Maryland Community Medical Group in our Primary Care practice,” said Michele Wilson, vice president of operations for UM CMG. “Dr. Belanger brings with her a vast amount of compassion and knowledge that will benefit our primary care patients of all ages 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 http://docfind.umms.org/cmg.

Pink Polar Bear Golf Tourney Raises $2,550 for the Women’s Center

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Pink Polar Bear Tournament participants paused for a group photo after coming in from the links at Chestertown Yacht and Country Club.

The sixth annual Pink Polar Bear Golf Tournament, held August 6 at the Chester River Yacht & Country Club, raised $2,550 to benefit patient care in the Eleanor & Ethel Leh Women’s Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

According to tournament co-chair Gwinn Derricott, who also is a hospital volunteer, 66 members and guests of the club, which is located just outside Chestertown, participated in this year’s event. “Everyone says that this is the most fun tournament they play in because of the format and the camaraderie,” Derricott said. “We’ve come a long way from a group of nine and 18-hole lady golfers and we’re looking forward to many more tournaments.”

Jane Hukill, tournament co-chair and also a hospital volunteer said, “We call it the Pink Polar Bear tournament because early on, it was explained to us that finding breast cancer can be like trying to find a polar bear in a blizzard.  When we saw the capabilities of the tomosynthesis in mammography, we had to do our part to support the continued availability of this technology in Chestertown.”

Kelly Bottomley, regional manager, Imaging, for UM Shore Regional Health, said that mammography is the medical “gold standard” to identify breast cancer. The Eleanor & Ethel Leh Women’s Center, which opened in October 2013, was the first facility on the Delmarva Peninsula to offer 3-D digital mammography with tomosynthesis, which can identify breast cancer at the earliest possible stage; in 2016, the Center performed 2,643 mammograms.

“On behalf of both the staff of the Leh Women’s Center and the patients who come to us for treatment, I am humbled to thank everyone who helped make the Pink Polar Bear tournament such a great success this year as in the past – in fact, their support grows larger every year. Their generosity and commitment is making a positive difference for women’s health here in Kent County and beyond, and we are proud to have them as part of our family of care,” Bottomley stated.

The Leh Center also offers bone density testing. A plastic surgeon is on site at the Center two days a week for breast surgery, reconstruction, consultation and other services.

Safe Sitter Class Set for August 22 in Chestertown

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The popular Safe Sitter babysitting class, for youth ages 11-13, will be offered on Tuesday, August 22, 9 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Education Center.

Safe Sitter is a national, non-profit organization that provides programs to teach youth life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Over 175 lives have been saved by Safe Sitter graduates using the skills learned through the Safe Sitter training. More information about the program may be found at www.safesitter.org.

The cost for this one-day class, taught by pediatric nurses, is $45 (scholarships are available). Because seating is limited, advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Nearly New Shop Father’s Day Raffle

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Beginning May 30, the Nearly New Shop will be selling tickets for their Father’s Day raffle. The raffle prize will include a dark gray, cashmere men’s sweater, with retail tags attached for $300, and a $25 gift certificate to Lemon Leaf Café.

Tickets are priced at $2.00 and may be purchased at the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary Gift Shop at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and the Nearly New Shop, located at 320 High Street in Chestertown. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the UM Shore Medical Center in Chestertown.

The drawing for the sweater and gift card will be on June 30.For more information, call Molly Streit, manager, at 410-778-7668, ext. 2351 or Sue Edson, president, Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary, 410-348-2159.  All sales conducted by the Chester River Hospital Auxiliary are for the benefit of programs, services, equipment and patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

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.

Nearly New Shop Father’s Day Raffle

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The Nearly New Shop is selling tickets for their Father’s Day raffle. The raffle prize will include a dark gray cashmere men’s sweater, with retail tags attached for $300, and a $25 gift certificate to Lemon Leaf Café.

Tickets are priced at $2.00 and may be purchased at the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary Gift Shop at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and the Nearly New Shop, located at 320 High Street in Chestertown. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the UM Shore Medical Center in Chestertown.

The drawing for the sweater and gift card will be on June 30. For more information, call Molly Streit, manager, at 410-778-7668, ext. 2351 or Sue Edson, president, Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary, 410-348-2159.  All sales conducted by the Chester River Hospital Auxiliary are for the benefit of programs, services, equipment and patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

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UM Shore Regional Health: Cancer Program Volunteers Recognized

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The Cancer Program at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health recently celebrated its volunteers at a luncheon held in their honor.

Volunteers of the Cancer Program at UM Shore Regional Health were celebrated at the recent recognition luncheon hosted by Cancer Program team members.

Volunteers support the Cancer Program by performing various tasks to assist patients at the Cancer Center and the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, both located in Easton. Additionally, volunteers offer support through the Look Good Feel Better program – offered by the National Cosmetology Association and the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association in conjunction with the American Cancer Society to teach patients techniques that help them cope with hair loss and skin changes during cancer treatment – and the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, through which volunteer drivers provide transportation to patients having issues getting to and from cancer treatments.

“The patients we care for at the Cancer Center and the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center often come to us during times of great distress,” remarks Brian Leutner, MBA, executive director, Oncology Services, UM Shore Regional Health. “Our volunteers – whether offering a ride to life-saving treatments, a word of support or an encouraging smile – are instrumental in our program’s ability to provide a quality health care experience, and above all, a caring and welcoming environment to the patients who entrust us with their cancer care.”

To learn more about volunteer opportunities within the Cancer Program, call the Cancer Center at 410-820-6800.

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 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

Kathy Elliott to Succeed Mary Jo Keefe as Nursing Director for UM SMC

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Kathy Elliott, MSN, NEA-BC, RN

Kathy Elliott, regional director of Professional Nursing Practice/Magnet Program, has been named director of Nursing for University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and will assume the position on June 30, 2017 when current the current nursing director, Mary Jo Keefe, retires. According to Ruth Ann Jones, senior vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, UM Shore Regional Health, Elliott will succeed Keefe as nursing director while also retaining her current position.

A member of the Chestertown nursing team since she joined the hospital staff in 1988 as an LPN, Elliott has taken on progressively responsible roles at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and UM Shore Regional Health. In 1990, she earned her RN from Wor-Wic Community College and over the next decade, served on the hospital’s Medical Surgical, Critical Care and Same Day/PACU nursing teams. In 2001 she assumed the role of nurse manager for Same Day Surgery and PACU, and in 2006, was promoted director of Acute Care, overseeing Medical Surgical, Pediatrics, Infusion Clinic, and Same Day Surgery/Post Anesthesia Care.  Along the way, she earned her MSN from Walden University and became certified as a Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC).

Until 2013, Elliott worked in various director positions at Chestertown and subsequently became Shore Regional Health’s Magnet Program director. In January 2016, she assumed leadership of UM Shore Regional Health’s Professional Practice Development and Magnet Program.

In making the announcement, Jones commented, “Kathy’s leadership in her new role in nursing administration will help UM Shore Regional Health to achieve our mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together, and our vision to be the Region’s Leader in Patient Centered Health Care.

For her part, Elliott is excited to be returning to Chestertown on a more full-time basis. “I feel like I am coming back home, but with much broader knowledge and many excellent contacts and resources that I have gained in the past few years through my Magnet responsibilities. I’m also grateful to have the next few months to work side-by-side with Mary Jo as a transition to assuming the nursing director role.”

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.