The University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown is taking a significant step in its plans to become a designated Age Friendly Health System with the addition of Katherine Selman, MD, to the hospital’s Emergency Department. Dr. Selman comes to UM Shore Regional Health from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where she completed a Geriatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship.
Previously, Dr. Selman served as Chief Resident and Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. She earned her medical degree at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia and her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Dr. Selman’s role in Chestertown will support achieving the hospital’s goal of official designation by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement as an Age Friendly Health System. This designation requires adopting a set of four evidence-based elements of high-quality care, known as the “4Ms,” for older adults in our care: What Matters (the goals of the patient), Medication, Mentation, and Mobility. Specific goals in this initiative include reducing hospital admissions and repeat Emergency Department (ED) visits among the elderly population. She also will be working with ED providers and nurses to enhance awareness of care needs and protocols specific to the geriatric population.
“Dr. Selman’s unique set of skills and knowledge will be of great benefit to the community,” said Dennis Welsh, Vice President, Rural Health Transformation and Executive Director, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. “In the United States, the percentage of people aged 65 and older continues to grow at a rate faster than the general population, and the percentage of those over 85 is increasing almost three times as fast. In addition to supporting our mission to become an Age Friendly Health System, Dr. Selman’s experience with the unique needs of seniors will be a great asset to our goal of achieving designation as a Geriatric Emergency Department. This level of expert care in our Chestertown Emergency Department will set the stage for subsequent patient care with a view to enhancing overall quality of life for those we serve.”
About University of Maryland 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 2,200 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.
About the University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a university-based regional health care system focused on serving the health care needs of Maryland, bringing innovation, discovery and research to the care we provide and educating the state’s future physician and health care professionals through our partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore professional schools (Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Dentistry) in Baltimore. As one of the largest private employers in the State, the health system’s more than 29,500 employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians provide primary and specialty care in more than 150 locations, including 13 hospitals and 9 University of Maryland Urgent Care centers. The UMMS flagship academic campus, the University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore, is recognized regionally and nationally for excellence and innovation in specialized care. Our acute care and specialty rehabilitation hospitals serve urban, suburban and rural communities and are located in 13 counties across the State. For more information, visit www.umms.org.
Letters to Editor
Sandra Dunn says
I welcome Dr.Selman and help her knowledge of geriatric care. I am a 76years old female..have COPD,A-fib,high BP,bad panic attacks,anxiety, depression..I am a widow. Been treated many times in your ER.After several bad experiences in the ER,I will not go there again to be disrespected and told “you are just older now” as the diagnosis. They preformed many tests,but failed as humans. The nurses are uncaring and not polite ever.The respiratory care is not quality care, the second floor staff is rude.I have a primary, a cardiologist, a pulmonologist.Easton is too far in an emergency.. so I will welcome Dr.Selman to address the elderly patients needs and “shape up”the ER.
Barbara Harrison says