Chester River Health Foundation to Host Advance Directives/Elder Law Seminar

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The University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation will host an informative seminar, “The Importance of Advance Directives, the MOLST Form and Their Relationship to Elder Law,” on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Chestertown Town Hall.

      

Photos: From left – Wayne D. Benjamin, M.D, Ann K. Goodman, Esq, and Madeline Steffens, BSN, RN, CHPN 

Guest presenters will be Wayne D. Benjamin, MD, a board-certified family medicine physician and a member of the medical staff at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown; Ann K. Goodman, Esq., a partner in the law firm of Parker Counts, whose practice focuses on estate and tax planning and estate administration with a special concentration in elder law, asset protection and planning for individuals with disabilities; and Madeline Steffens, RN, BSN, CHPN, palliative care nurse and Shore Regional Health’s Palliative Care Program Coordinator.

This informational seminar will explore the importance and implications of an Advance Directive, the Maryland MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) form, how they are different, what they mean “at the bedside,” and their legal utilization.  In additional, Attorney Goodman has been asked to provide a list of the “Top Five” suggestions for actions to take now in order to prepare for the future.  Ample agenda time has been scheduled for questions and answers.

To register for the seminar, please contact Debra Lauser at UM Chester River Health Foundation at (410) 810-5681 or by email at dlauser@umm.edu.  This event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited and therefore pre-registration is required.  Light refreshments will be served.

Shore Behavioral Health Wins Award for Clinical Program Excellence

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The UM Shore Regional Health Behavioral Health Services team has won a top award from Horizon Health, LLC. The award marked Behavioral Health’s selection as the most outstanding clinical program from five hospital behavioral health programs that were nominated in this category. The award was presented on February 21, 2017, at the Behavioral Health suite at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.

Horizon Health specializes in helping hospitals better serve patients by establishing safe, effective and financially stable psychiatric programs, managed to the highest standards of accountability. At present, the organization serves approximately 90 hospitals that have inpatient behavioral health programs.

Photo: Shore Behavioral Health Award Presentation (l. to r.): Melissa Budzinski, vice president, Clinical Services, Horizon Health, LLC; Jack DeVaney, president, Horizon Health, LLC; Corlette Fezzia, vice president, Operations, Horizon Health, LLC; John Mistangelo, program administrator, Shore Behavioral Health; Jacki Crawford, nurse manager, Shore Behavioral Health; Ida Jane Baker, president, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation; Brian Leutner, executive director, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, the Cancer Center and the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center; Eric Anderson, MD, medical director, Shore Behavioral Health; and Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM SRH

Horizon Health representatives Corlette Fezzia, vice president, Operations, and Jack DeVaney, president, presented the award and spoke glowingly of the great progress made by Shore Behavioral Health in enhancing its clinical programs and in developing a full staff of quality practitioners to provide psychiatric care to the Mid-Shore population.

On hand to accept the award and celebrate the honor were Ken Kozel, UM SRH president and CEO, Ruth Ann Jones, senior vice president, Nursing and Patient Care Services, and several members of the Shore Behavioral Health team, including Eric Anderson, MD, medical director, John Mistrangelo, program administrator and Jackie Crawford, nurse manager, Ida Jane Baker, chairman of the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation also attended and accepted the check that accompanied the award, thanking Horizon Health and congratulating the SBH staff on their achievement in receiving the award.

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.

Good Stuff: Yoga Helps YMCA in QAC

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Every Body Yoga will be offering a weekend of donation-based yoga classes March 17 – 19 at its Centreville Studio, 205 E. Water Street. All donations go to the Queen Anne’s County Family YMCA’s summer camp fund. Participants are asked to give whatever amount they feel is right.

Summer has many iconic associations: long, sticky days; catching fireflies at dusk; sunburns sitting poolside. Time at a summer camp ranks as one of the most memorable events of the three or so month hiatus from school. Camp provides a safe space for kids to experiment—to try out new things that are not in their comfort zone, under the supervision of a caring mentor—they make new friends, camp aids in helping them build social skills through teamwork based activities, it helps prepare them to lead brighter more focused lives as they grow.

This experience isn’t guaranteed to all kids. Many families are financially unable to send their children to camp. The Queen Anne’s County Family YMCA is stepping in to make sure kids who want to go to camp have that opportunity. In 2016, one out of four kids who attended their camps required financial assistance.

Located at The Gunston School, the Queen Anne’s County YMCA’s summer camp offers a wide array of activities from field and water sports to arts, academics, environmental and cultural experiences. The YMCA, as a whole, has a philosophy that they don’t turn anyone away. With this idea in mind, Every Body Yoga, has decided to try and help raise some funds for this important program.

The weekend kicks off with Foundations of Yoga, on Friday, March 17 at 6:30 PM. Saturday offers three classes Chakra Opening at 9:00 AM, Yoga Flow at 10:30 and Chair Yoga at 1 PM. Rise-n-Shine yoga class will take place at 9:00 AM on Sunday morning. Each class will be an hour long and will be taught by one of Every Body Yoga’s Teacher Trainees.

Every Body Yoga offers group and private instruction, stress management and wellness workshops as well as a Yoga Teacher Training Program(RYT). It is the only Registered Yoga School on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Instruction is provided by Yoga Teacher Trainer, Phyllis Johnston M.Ed, E-RYT. Ms. Johnston has 30 years of yoga experience and Every Body Yoga has been serving the mid-shore since January 2000. More information available at www.everybodyyoga.biz or contact Phyllis Johnston at info@everybodyyoga.biz or 410-310-6803.

Free Seminar on Healthy Eating and Weight Reduction

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Mary KingHealthy Eating and Weight Reduction is the topic of an “Ask the Expert” presentation set for Wednesday, March 22, at 10 a.m. in the Conference Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Offered in celebration of March as National Nutrition Month, the presentation will be given by Mary King, RD, LD, CDE, director of Nutrition Services at the hospital.

“With our Shore Regional Health Mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together, we are happy to help residents of our community learn more about how to maintain good health and reduce or control their weight,” says King. “Knowledge is power — people of all ages can really benefit by improving their understanding of the impact of dietary habits and lifestyle, and what changes they can make to improve their health.”

Topics covered in the March 22 presentation will include: health risks caused by excess weight and obesity; the role of sugar in health issues; the difference between good fat and bad fat; understanding the new food labels; and how physical activity benefits health.

The presentation is offered free of charge; however, persons interested in attending are encouraged to call Mary King, 410-778-3300, ext. 2295 or email her, mary.king2@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.

UM SRH Comprehensive Rehabilitation Team Member Receives Autism Specialist Certification

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Diane LorsongDiane Lorsong, of Queen Anne’s County, was recently certified by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) as a Certified Autism Specialist. Lorsong is a speech-language pathologist for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Comprehensive Rehabilitation and currently sees patients at the UM Shore Medical Pavilion in Queenstown.

Lorsong completed the IBCCES Autism Competency exam along with meeting rigorous professional standards, demonstrating experience and education in autism. A Certified Autism Specialist has a minimum of a Master’s degree and 2 years of experience or a Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience. The Certified Autism Specialist obtains 14 continuing education hours in Autism every two years in order to stay up to date in the field.

“I love the variety and the different ways that I get to help people communicate,” says Lorsong. “I have a passion for working with those diagnosed with Autism; not every patient is the same and each one is a puzzle that requires me to think outside the box often.”

Prior to joining UM Shore Regional Health, Lorsong gained valuable experience working with children in a school setting focusing on developmental delays including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Stuttering, Apraxia, and articulation disorders.  Diane has been trained in picture exchange communication system (PECS) and is also fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).

As a speech-language pathologist, certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the state of Maryland, Lorsong identifies, evaluates, and treats those with communication and related disorders.  She provides a customized treatment plan for a broad range of disorders including:  loss of speech and/or cognitive impairments due to stroke or brain injury, language comprehension, swallowing dysfunction and voice disorders.  In addition, Lorsong is certified in Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation and Vital Stim Therapy as well as Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT), a program that was developed to help individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

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.

Compass Regional Hospice Offers Adult Grief Support Group in Caroline County

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Compass Regional Hospice is offering a grief support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S 5th Avenue in Denton. The group will meet every Tuesday through May 23. Participants are asked to commit to attending all or most of the 10 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group. 

The grief support group will be co‐facilitated by Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C, and Wayne Larrimore, MEd, bereavement counselors for Compass Regional Hospice.

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Bereavement counselors Wayne Larrimore, MEd (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C (right) will co‐facilitate a new grief support group beginning March 21.

In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, many end up feeling alone, which makes navigating through their grief journey difficult.  Participation in our adult grief support group offers companionship and understanding from others who “get it,” and are experiencing the similar challenges that living with grief brings.

“Our grief groups are a combination of education and support,” says OConnor. “In this confidential and intimate setting participant’s will have a chance to share their stories openly and guilt-free, while learning ways to cope with their changed lives.”

For more information about the adult grief support group, call Compass Regional Hospice, 443‐262‐4100, or email Ann OConnor, aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.org or Wayne Larrimore, wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org. To learn more about other grief support programs available through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

UM Shore Regional Health Announces Nominees for 2017 Nursing Awards

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University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has announced the 56 nominations for the 2017 Nurse Excellence Awards program, set for May, 8, 2017 at the Rufus M. and Loraine Hall Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College.

According to Ruth Ann Jones, senior vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer for UM Shore Regional Health (UM SRH), the annual nursing awards ceremony, now in its sixth year, will as a kick-off event for the celebration of National Nursing Week, May 8-15, 2017. “The Nurse Excellence Awards recognize nursing excellence and serve as a great tribute to their hard work and commitment to our patients and to Shore Regional Health,” Jones said.

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2017 Nurse Excellence Awards Committee, L to R: Kathy Elliott, RN, Jackie Moriarty, Elizabeth Todd, RN (chair), Jean Volz, RN, Jamie Riley, RN, Jane Flowers, RN, Tara Smith, RN and Kathy Cvach, RN. Not shown are Eden Kinser, RN, Dawn Ford, RN and Bill Shertenlieb, RN.

There are six categories in the Nurse Excellence Awards program — five awards given to individual nurses and one to the nursing staff of a unit or department. Nominations are submitted through an online process that is open to all staff throughout UM SRH and managed by the Nurse Excellence Awards Committee.

Nurses nominated this year for the award, Commitment to Others, are: from Chestertown, Michael Parker, Kimberly Seward and Marjorie Shaffer; from Dorchester, Tonya Barker; and from Easton, Alyssa Baker, Robin Ford, Dannielle Fretterd, Dawn Ruby, Amy Saia, Emily Uyttewaal, Karen Van Trieste, Dorothy Waters and Taffie Wilson.

Professional Nursing Practice award nominees are: from Chestertown, Jeanette Mooday-Walsh; from Easton, Alyssa Baker, Renee Edsall and Gretchen Maans; and regional, Hope Honigsberg.

Nominated for the Leadership award in nursing are: from Chestertown, Rebecca King, Kellee McLean and Cindy Simmons; from Dorchester, Tammy Bradshaw; and from Easton, Kim Brice, Lisa Eisemann, Grace Gonzalez, Dawn Ruby, Melissa Smith, Vernon Usilton, Dorothy Waters and Jason Weaver.

An award for the most “Promising Professional” is new to the Nurse Excellence Awards this year. First-ever nominees for this honor are; from Chestertown, Sarah Postles; from Dorchester, Lashon Adams and April Ewing; and from Easton, Joseph Brun, Heather Downes, Ashley Higgs, Rebecca Lyons, and Kelsey Mills.

The 2017 nominees for the nurse excellence award in Mentorship/Advocacy are: from Chestertown, Debbie Fulton and Melanie Iacona; from Dorchester, Tonya Barker; from Easton, Dianne Baxter, Connie Collins, Dawn Ruby, Dyshekia Strawberry, Keri Tucker and April Venables; and regional, Madeline Steffens.

Several nursing inpatient units and outpatient services were nominated for the unit award for excellence in Empirical Outcomes, as follows: from Chestertown, Chester River Home Care and the Infusion Clinic at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown; from Easton, the Birthing Center, the Emergency Department, and the 2 East and 3 East units of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; from Queenstown, the Ambulatory Surgery Center; and regional, the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program.

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.

Compass Regional Hospice Patient Volunteer Training Scheduled for March

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In March Compass Regional Hospice will offer two training options for individuals interested in becoming a patient care volunteer. The first session will be held on March 7, 8 and 9 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, 905 Gateway Drive in Chestertown from 9:00 am to 3:00pm. The second session will be held on March 21, 22 and 23 at Compass Regional Hospice’s Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Attending all three days of one of these sessions is required for volunteers who wish to work directly with hospice patients and their family members in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties.

“Volunteering for hospice is like being a good neighbor,” says Courtney Williams, Manager of Volunteer and Professional Services for Compass Regional Hospice. “It is all about helping others and being there when they need you. Direct patient care volunteers provide companionship and support to our patients and their loved ones.”

Topics for these volunteer training sessions include an overview of hospice; the process of dying; spiritual care and its place in hospice care; the stages of grief; effective communications techniques; family dynamics; stress management; and self-care for caregivers.

Compass Regional Hospice relies on more than 300 volunteers of all ages to support its mission of “Care on your terms.” These individuals volunteer their time in a variety of ways. Whatever your motivation to volunteer, there is a place for you at Compass Regional Hospice.

For more information about becoming a volunteer for Compass Regional Hospice, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/volunteers or contact Courtney Williams, 443-262-4112, cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org.

New Easton Center for Nutritional Microscopy Offers Window into How Nutrition Affects Health

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A new business has opened in Easton which can help individuals gain a window into their health. Easton Center for Nutritional Microscopy at 10 S. Hanson Street in Easton offers its clients individual nutritional live blood assessments.

According to Aniello Costagliola, the certified nutritional microscopist with the Center, comments, “We are living in stressful times – with fast-paced lifestyles and toxins in our air, water, and daily environments. Diabetes, digestive disorders, and poor immune system function are among the top health issues in America today.”

He adds, “By gathering one drop of blood through nutritional microscopy, I can help determine such health risks indicators as vitamin and enzyme deficiencies, fat and sugar disorders, mineral and electrolyte imbalances, and air contamination.”

He further explains that when we contaminate our blood through what we eat, what we drink, or what we breathe, we can bring disease to our bodies. The Center’s goal is to provide individual assessments and proper education to help clients make important nutritional and lifestyle changes that can improve health and prevent sickness and disease.

The process is a simple one. Once the sample of a drop of blood is taken, Costagliola is able to show his clients live blood through a microscope. By using a Darkfield Microscope with a large computer monitor, he can show clients the properties of individual blood cells, including live white blood cells, which can be indicators of a functional immune system. By examining layered dry blood cells, he can gain a more historic view of conditions that have been developing over some time. Some of these indicators cannot be found using the traditional method of blood analysis.

The advantages of Live Blood Cell Microscopy are that many of these disorders and chemical changes can be detected earlier than standard blood tests, which look only at dead cells. Live blood analysis enables the client to see how his or her blood behaves in the body. Nutritional microscopy can help clients discover how the choices they make every day affect their overall health and well-being; see the effects of certain foods, drinks, and environmental toxins have on their bodies and blood; detect and prevent underlying sickness and disease; learn how to take responsibility for their health; and balance their systems by giving them the nutrition they need.

Costagliola, who used to be a massage therapist, has always been interested in helping people better understand their health. He adds, “I saw this technology and got interested in learning more about it. I was trained by Dr. Sandy Corlett of the Center for Nutritional Medicine in Buford, GA and became certified as a nutritional microscopist.”

His own health status has been improved by the information he has learned through the testing. Diagnosed in 1988 with diabetes, he has struggled with regulating his blood sugar levels. Since evaluating his blood, he has been able to lower his A1c, which paints a picture of his average blood sugar level. By simply introducing a series of cleanses into his life, he was able to bring his A1c level down and keep it regulated.

Costagliola states, “I realized that this simple monitoring could help people get well. Our body is a great machine. When God created it, he also created a way for us to heal ourselves.”

Among the changes the Center recommends upon review of a client’s blood are parasite and candida cleanses, liver cleanses, and changes in diet. In some cases, clients can add enzymes, supplements and probiotics to help balance their systems and enhance overall health.

To learn more about nutritional microscopy and the Easton Center for Nutritional Microscopy, call Costagliola at 410-253-9197.

Caption: Pictured is Aniello Costagliola, certified nutritional microscopist, with the new Easton Center for Nutritional Microscopy. The new business can help individuals gain a window into their health by seeing the effect nutrition has on their cells and how the choices they make each day can affect their overall health and well-being.