UM SRH Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings

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According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, with more than 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer treated annually in the United States. It is also the easiest to cure, if diagnosed and treated in its early stages.

To promote early detection of skin cancer, the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is working with various community partners to offer free skin cancer screenings throughout the region:

• Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Kent County Health Department, 125 Lynchburg Street, Chestertown. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Andrea Edwards, RN, at 410-778-7970.
• Thursday, May 31, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Easton Dermatology Associates, 403 Marvel Court, Easton. Pre-registration is required for this location; to schedule an appointment, call the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at 410-820-6800.
• Thursday, June 14, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Shore Dermatology, 100 Bramble Street, Suite 1, Cambridge. Pre-registration is required for this location; to schedule an appointment, call the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health at 410-820-6800.

All screenings are open to the public. Underinsured and uninsured are encouraged to participate.

Additional information about services and annual screenings offered by the Cancer Program at UM Shore Regional Health can be found by visiting UMShoreRegional.org/cancer_program.

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.

Free Seminars Offered in April for Cancer Patients, Caregivers

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The Cancer Program at UM Shore Regional Health has announced free informational and support programs scheduled this month to help patients and their families navigate cancer care and recovery. “Our goal is to help patients understand and manage their care for optimal recovery, and to assist them and their family members in meeting the medical, financial and lifestyle challenges that cancer can bring,” says Patty Plaskon, social work coordinator at the Cancer Center.

A new support group designed for caregivers, “Cancer Caregivers’ Coffee” will meet for the first time on Saturday, April 14, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Cancer Center and will include discussion of varied issues and challenges facing individuals and families assisting patients with cancer.

“Everything You Need to Know About Lymphedema” is the subject of a presentation by Jennifer Pierson, certified lymphedema therapist with UM Shore Regional Health’s Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services, set for Tuesday, April 17 at 4 p.m., at the Cancer Center.

On Friday, April 20, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center will host a Prosthesis Clinic for Breast Cancer Patients. An advance appointment for this clinic is required; call 410-822-1000, ext. 7156 for details.

Dental hygienist Amanda Ward will provide an overview of “Oral Care During and After Cancer Treatment,” on Wednesday, April 25 at 3 p.m. at the Cancer Center.

According to Plaskon, additional programs will be offered in the coming months on a variety of topics related to cancer treatment and recovery. To RSVP for these events or receive information about upcoming programs on cancer topics and UM SRH cancer support groups, call 410-820-6800, ext. 5361.

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.

SRH Physical Therapists Win Award from University of Delaware

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Physical therapists Margaret Wood (left) and Stephanie Stokes with their award from University of Delaware.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health physical therapists Margaret Wood and Stephanie Stokes were recently honored as recipients of the University of Delaware’s Cathy Doetzer Kohlenstein Clinical Educator’s Award.

Given annually to clinical educators who make outstanding contributions to the clinical education of University of Delaware (UD) students, this award recognizes the work that Wood, Stokes and other members of the UM SRH Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services team have done in recent years for and with students pursuing physical therapy studies at UD.

“Your group has consistently provided excellence in clinical education as based on student and faculty assessment of the program, and you continue to look for methods to improve your work with the students,” wrote Carrie Foeller, associate director of UD’s Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program, in a letter announcing the award. “While this is a small gesture in light of the enormity of the generosity you have extended to our students, we sincerely extend to you our congratulations on receiving this award.”

According to Teresa Blem, director, UM Shore Regional Health Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services, the rehab team conducts clinical education for students enrolled at a variety colleges and universities in the region. “The students are here for eight to 12 weeks, depending on the program they are enrolled in. In total, we take about 16 students every year,” Blem 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.

UM SRH Issues Request for Purchase Proposals for Poplar Hill Farm

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University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UMSRH) has issued a Request for Purchase Proposals for land which it owns known as “Poplar Hill Farm” located south of Oxford Road and west of the Easton Parkway.  The RFP solicits proposals for the land purchase, the proceeds of which will be allocated by UMSRH to the replacement of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton.  The site comprising approximately 126 acres is one of the largest undeveloped parcels in the Town of Easton and has direct access to both State roads and public utilities.

Poplar Hill Farm was purchased by the hospital in February, 1979.  For years, it has been designated by the Town’s Comprehensive Plan as a potential site for a replacement hospital. However, UM Shore Regional Health is committed to its more recent plans to replace the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton on the large site it owns adjacent to the Talbot County Community Center.

A six-acre parcel of Poplar Hill Farm was subdivided from the farm last year and sold to the Temple B’Nai Israel Congregation of Easton, Maryland for construction of a new facility that is expected to open later this year.  The remainder of Poplar Hill Farm is no longer necessary for development of a UM Shore Regional Health facility and funds from its sale can be used to support the development of a replacement hospital north of the Easton Airport.

The deadline for responses to the RFP is April 30, 2018, after which UM Shore Regional Health will complete a thorough evaluation of all proposals.  UM Shore Regional Health reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals.  For information regarding Poplar Hill Farm, please contact Doug James or James Real Estate Services at (410) 310-1350 or dljcommercial@gmail.com.

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.

UM SRH Announces Free Events for National Nutrition Month

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UM SRH registered dietitian Mary King, center, will lead a “Food Shopping for Health” grocery store tour.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health dietitians and diabetes educators have planned a series of events for National Nutrition Month® which is observed annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s campaign, “Go Further with Food,” focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices as well as developing sound eating and physical activity habits, and also offers strategies to cut back on food waste.

“We are excited to help people in our region learn more about how to avoid health problems and maximize their quality of life through proper diet and nutrition,” says Katie Ewers, registered dietitian and nutrition associate manager for UM Shore Regional Health. “Simple changes in the way you shop for food and prepare meals and snacks can significantly reduce your risk – and your family’s risk — for chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The events we’re offering are designed to share nutrition information and dietary strategies that people of any age can employ to maintain their best health.”

“Food Shopping for Health” is a free, guided grocery store tour that teaches how to shop and plan meals for optimal health. Three tours are scheduled, as follows:

In Easton on Tuesday, March 13, 1:30 p.m., Giant Foods, 8223 Elliott Rd. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5188. Tour led by Karen Hollis, registered dietitian and diabetes educator, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology

In Chestertown on Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m., at Redner’s Market, 17 Washington Avenue. RSVP: 410-778-7668, ext. 2295. Tour led by Mary King, registered dietitian, UM SMC at Chestertown

In Cambridge on Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m., Walmart, 2775 Dorchester Square. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5351. Tour led by Katie Ewers, nutrition associate manager, Food and Nutrition Services, UM Shore Regional Health

In addition, the month-long observance will feature free nutrition education seminars in Cambridge and Chestertown, as follows:

Friday, March 23, 10 am-12 pm, “Learn about Diabetes and Nutrition,” presented by BK Eshete and Karen Hollis, diabetes educators, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, at the Food Pantry at Delmarva Community Services, 1000 Goodwill Avenue, Cambridge. Pre-registration required, call Brenda Fields, 410-901-2991, ext. 18.

Wednesday, March 28, 2 p.m. “The ‘Mind Diet’ and Healthy Weight Loss,” presented by Mary King, registered dietitian, in the Conference Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 410-778-7668, ext. 2295.

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 Adjusts Visitor Policy to Help Prevent Spread of the Flu

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Due to a high level of Influenza cases in the region and statewide, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is implementing a revised visitor policy to protect the health and safety of patients, staff, visitors and the community during flu season.

Effective Thursday, February 1:

• No one under the age of 18, except the parent of a patient, is permitted to visit inpatient units within UM Shore Regional Medical Centers.

• Do not bring children under 18 with you for emergency, outpatient or doctor visits, unless the appointment is for the child

• Only two (2) adult visitors are allowed per patient at a time.

• Visitors exhibiting flu symptoms — including fever, runny nose, cough or sore throat — are not permitted to visit patients in any UM Shore Regional Health facility.

“We appreciate the cooperation of our patients and visitors with these temporary measures, which are highly effective steps toward reducing the spread of the flu in our communities,” said Julie Bryan, RN, CIC, infection prevention coordinator for UM Shore Regional Health.

For more information and updates, please visit umshoreregional.org.

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.

Bonnie Hilghman Cancer Fund Continues Support for Wellness for Women Program

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University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation received a donation of $9,000 from the Bonnie Hilghman Cancer Fund, in support of its 2017 golf tournament benefiting the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health. Proceeds from the tournament, which took place in September, 2017, support the Wellness for Women community outreach program, which promotes screening and patient education for early detection of breast cancer.

Front row: Wellness for Women community outreach workers Maria D’Arcy, Mattie Fountain and Jane Escher, community outreach workers; back row, Duane Hilghman, Brian Leutner, executive director, UM SRH Oncology Services, and F. Graham Lee, UM SRH vice president, philanthropy.

The mission of the Bonnie Hilghman Cancer Fund is to help nonprofit organizations that provide services to cancer patients, including chemotherapy, necessary medications, transportation costs, child care, housekeeping and nursing care. Since 2005, the Fund has given more than $100, 000 in grants to help residents in the five-county region served by UM Shore Regional Health who are fighting cancer.

“We cannot overstate the importance of the Bonnie Hilghman Cancer Fund’s ongoing support for cancer screening services and patient education,” said Graham Lee, vice president, philanthropy, for UM Shore Regional Health. “Annual contributions from the Fund have helped thousands of women benefit from early detection screenings and patient education that are so important to survival.”

For more information, contact Duane Hilghman, 410-310-7696 or dhilghman@verizon.net.

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 Shore Regional Health Shines Light on Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services team members recently teamed up with community partners from local health departments to Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Awareness Month by decorating and lighting a tree in UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton. UM SRH joins the estimated 200 communities to hold a “Shine the Light” event in partnership with the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA).

Photo: Back row: (L-R) Katie Dadds, practice manager, Pulmonary Care at Easton & Chestertown, Greg Oliver, MD, Pulmonologist, Leigh Marquess, RN, director of Wellness Promotions, Caroline County Health Department, Brian Leutner, MBA, executive director, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester and UM Shore Regional Health Oncology Services, Gary Bigelow, regional director of Imaging, Cheryl Ruff, University of Maryland Community Medical Group, senior director of Operations, UM SRH, Timothy Shanahan, DO, regional medical director for Physician Services, UM Community Medical Group, Maranda LeCompte, RN, Tobacco Cessation Program –Dorchester County. Front row: Kristen Moore, Community Health Educator-Talbot County, Michele Williams, DNP, Oncology Nurse Practitioner and program coordinator, Lung Cancer Screening, Julie Jones, program coordinator, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program – Dorchester County. Not pictured: Amanda James, RN, Cessation Nurse –Talbot County.

In July 2017, UM SRH Cardiovascular and Pulmonary services launched a new lung cancer screening program overseen by Greg Oliver, MD, pulmonologist, and Michelle Williams, DNP, who is board-certified in oncology. Named a LCA Screening Center of Excellence, this program uses low-dose computed tomography scanning to find disease at the earliest possible stage.

For more information on UM SRH’s Lung Cancer Screening program please visit umshoreregional.org/lungcancerscreening

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 Honored as “Everyday Heroes”

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Photo: Fifteen members of the Cancer Center team – some in full superhero attire – were on hand to be honored by F. Graham Lee, UM SRH vice president of philanthropy (back row, left) as “Everyday Heroes” were: Lauren Douglass, Nichole Hill, Ashley Kirn, Kathleen Stalfort, Robin Ford, Victoria Glessner, Christa Tindall, Jeanie Scott, Robin VanSchaik, Stephanie Phillips, Diane Soone, Carol Flamer, Debbie Hood, Brian Leutner and Paula Larrimore.

The University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation received a donation from Sylvia Jeanne Carroll to support the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health. As the wife of a patient treated at the Cancer Center, Carroll made the donation in appreciation of the “Everyday Hero” health care providers – John Mastandrea , MD and Robin Ford, and “all who participated in her husband’s care from the front desk and radiation crew.”

The Everyday Hero program provides patients, visitors and staff members with the opportunity to recognize and thank any UM SRH staff member or team who has made a positive difference in a visit or stay by making a financial contribution of any size to the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation or the UM Chester River Health Foundation. Funds received through gifts to the Foundations’ Everyday Hero programs help pay for equipment, capital improvements and staff education for the departments in which the employees or team work.

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.