CRHC Auxiliary Celebrates 60 Years and Installs New Officers

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The Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary celebrated 60 years of service to health care in Kent and northern Queen Anne’s counties at its 2019 Annual Meeting held at Heron Point in Chestertown on Tuesday, January 8. The occasion included a luncheon, remarks by Peggy Roca, manager of Perioperative Services at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, installation of new officers and recognition of individual members for reaching milestones in their volunteer hours accumulated.

Auxiliary President Sue Edson announced that during 2018, Auxiliary volunteers worked approximately 10,358 hours in the hospital gift shop, at the Nearly New Shop and on Board activities. According to the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, volunteer time is valued at $24.69 per hour, which brings the total value of CRHC Auxiliary members’ time volunteered during the year to $259,386.

“You are all a very important part of the team at our hospital here in Chestertown,” said Edson. “Thank you for all the time you have given this year and if you know anyone who has four hours a week available, we always need additional volunteers!”

Photo: CRHC Auxiliary “star volunteers” for 2018, l. to r.: Joanna Rash, Jane Hukill, Gwinn Derricott, Phyllis Brown, and Carol Droge. Not shown: Vicki Neal, Diane McAneny, Thelma Bright, Shirley Gaynor, Trish Harwood and Charlotte Slagle. 

Volunteers who had accumulated 500 hours of service or more were presented with a gold star pin. This year year’s honorees were: for the Nearly New Shop, Thelma Bright, Shirley Gaynor, Trish Harwood, Charlotte Slagle and Joanna Rash; in the hospital and the Gift Shop, Phyllis Brown, Gwinn Derricott, Carol Droge, Jane Hukill, Diane McAneny and Vicki Neal.

Installed as the Auxiliary’s new officers were Sue Edson, president; Jack Edson, vice president & immediate past president; Joann Bowdle, parliamentarian; Carol Droge, corresponding secretary; Kathy Ruge, secretary; and Jean Anthony, treasurer.

Peggy Roca provided an overview of the many kinds of surgery performed at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and thanked the Auxiliary for its many generous donations to help make possible all-new, state of the art equipment available to the surgical services team. “We have the best of the best equipment here to care for our patients’ surgical needs,” Roca said.

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.

Wellness Open House to Celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month

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The Chestertown Diabetes Support Group will celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month with an open-house style meeting featuring special presentations, demonstrations and displays from local purveyors of health-related products and services. The event is set for Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Presenting at the event will be Krista Lamoreaux of Herbal Alchemy. Based in Chestertown, Herbal Alchemy offers individual consultations and group classes empowering individuals with varied self-care strategies including nutrition, herbal medicine, stress management, wellness coaching and Reiki.

Gluten-free and refined sugar-free snacks will be provided by Chestertown’s popular Figg’s Ordinary Bakery and Cafe

Also on hand to meet and talk with participants will be Trish Gruber, proprietor of Chestertown Natural Foods; Beth McCloud of Melaleuca, a wellness company; and Amanda Parks, proprietor of FitFlock, a fitness training center headquartered in Chestertown.

The public is welcome to attend to learn more about diabetes, pre-diabetes and strategies for maintaining health and wellness. To RSVP, contact Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, chrissy.nelson@umm.edu.

Chestertown “SANE” Nurses Recognized During Forensic Nurses Week

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Forensic Nurses Week was November 5-9, 2018 and this year’s theme is Forensic Nurses – “In every hospital, For every community, The future of care.” Based in Elkridge, Maryland, the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) includes 4,300 members, who are often referred to by the acronym, SANE (sexual assault nurse examiners).

Forensic Nurses at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown are Shannon Temple and Kimberly Seward.

When sexual assault victims arrive at an emergency department, one of the first people they encounter is a forensic nurse who is trained to gather information from the crime. Forensic nurses follow scientific and legal procedures to collect evidence and ensure quality of care for the victims.

For SANEs, other goals of sexual assault and rape testing include assessing and treating injuries, preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, and offering psychological support. They work to address and validate patient concerns, minimize trauma and promote healing. They follow procedures set by local jurisdictions, the IAFN and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to collect information to be used in legal proceedings. A standardized process is imperative to ensuring victims get justice.

Safe Sitter® Class Set for November 17 in Chestertown

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The popular Safe Sitter® class, taught by pediatric nurses for youth ages 11-13, will be offered in Kent County one last time this year on Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m.to 3:30 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 is $45; some 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.

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.

Telemedicine Pilot Programs Expand Access to Care

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Telemedicine programs utilized in the delivery of emergency psychiatric care and palliative care have expanded access to care in these specialties for patients in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, thanks to a collaborative project of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UM SRH), University of Maryland Medical System, and University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM).

Telemedicine utilizes computer video and audio and related technologies that enable physicians and other care providers in one location to communicate with health professionals and patients in another.

Designed to overcome the limited availability of specialists in certain areas of  the five-county region served by UM SRH, the development of telemedicine applications to provide palliative care and emergency psychiatric care was supported by a $75,149 grant from the Maryland Health Care Commission and a 2:1 match from UM SRH.  Funds were used to purchase the needed technology and support the cost of a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the two programs.

That study indicated strong success for the use of telemedicine in both specialties. In emergency psychiatric care, wait times for patients needing assessment in Kent and Queen Anne’s county were reduced by nearly one-third. In palliative care, telemedicine facilitated a three-fold increase in the number of patients who were able to access and benefit from a palliative care consult and/or treatment.

“We are pleased to see that the use of the technology is widely accepted by physicians and patients,” says UM SRH Chief Medical Officer William Huffner, MD. “We are now in the process of refining and expanding telemedicine services in palliative care, emergency psychiatric care and other subspecialties.”

Free Events Planned for Respiratory Care Week in Chestertown

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National Respiratory Care Week occurs this year, October 21 to 27, and the pulmonary care professionals at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown are taking the opportunity to provide free training and education events that can help save lives and improve the quality of life  for people in Kent and northern Queen Anne’s counties.

“We have a fairly high incidence of pulmonary disease in our area,” says Philomena Leon, respiratory therapist at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. “The most common conditions we see and treat are COPD, asthma and obstructive sleep apnea. In many cases patients get diagnosed while in the hospital but need more information once they get home, for example: How can their condition and symptoms be managed and treated? Are there lifestyle changes they need to make? If there is a family member experiencing and acute episode, what can they do?”

The first event, “Friends and Family CPR Training,” is set for Tuesday, October 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Education Center. Designed for people who want to learn CPR, but do not need a CPR course completion card for their job, this two-hour training (offered consecutively at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.) is ideal for family members and friends of persons with medical problems as well as those interested in learning how to save a life.  Refreshments will be provided. Advance registration (first come-first served) is required and maybe accomplished by calling Leon, 410-778-3300, ext. 2170.

On Wednesday, October 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., an open house-style event called “About Pulmonary Disease,” will be offered in the UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Conference Center. According to respiratory therapist Philomena Leon, this event is open to all who would like to come and talk with pulmonary care physicians and rehab therapists about various pulmonary conditions including COPD and asthma, how to stop smoking and the benefits of pulmonary rehab.

For more information, please contact Philomena Leon, 410-778-3300, ext. 2170 to register.

UM SRH & Shock Trauma Center Provide Stop The Bleed Training

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UM Shore Regional Health and Shock Trauma Center will provide hands-on Stop the Bleed training for Kent County health professionals and first responders. The training will be held at Kent County Health Dept. – 125 S. Lynchburg St., Chestertown on September 21, 9 am – 12:30 p.m. (Three sessions: 9 am – 10 am, 10:15 am – 11:15 am, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The sessions are divided between classroom lecture – first 30 minutes- and hands-on training – second 30 minute block)Stop the Bleed training will teach people how to stop bleeding in the event of traumatic injuries. Participants will be instructed how to apply tourniquets and pack a wound.

More than 50 people are signed up to be trained, including Kent County Health Dept staff, paramedics and EMTs with Kent County volunteer fire companies, members of the Kent County Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition (HERC), and Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corp Volunteers.

Dr. Habeeba Park, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Critical Care Surgeon at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and STC physician lead for the Stop the Bleed Initiative, will lead the training. Assisting Dr. Park with the hands-on training will be Adam Brown, EMS Captain for Millington Volunteer Fire Company, and Charlene Perry, RN, Public Health Emergency Planner for Kent County Health Dept.

Stop the Bleed is a national campaign sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and Hartford Consensus to train people to assist in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly in a situation where a medical response is delayed, can result in death. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, it is important for the public to learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings and tourniquets. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding — within five to 10 minutes — if the bleeding is not stopped.

Using mannequins, participants will be working hands-on to learn the appropriate ways to control bleeding. Interviews will be available with participants and trainers.

For more information:

www.umms.org/ummc/health-services/shock-trauma/patient-information/stop-the-bleed
www.bleedingcontrol.org
https://www.umms.org/shore

Free Prostate Cancer Screening and Forum Scheduled in Worton

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men in the United States aside from non-melanoma skin cancer. To promote early detection of prostate cancer, the Cancer Program at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has scheduled a free screening and forum to be held in Worton.

A prostate cancer screening and forum will be held on Monday, September 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Mount Olive AME Church, 24852 Lambs Meadow Road in Worton.  The free prostate cancer screenings will be provided by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and Christopher Parry, DO, of UM Community Medical Group – Urology. To register for the forum, dinner and screening at the Worton location, call Andrea Edwards, RN, at 410-778-7970.

“Thanks to our various community partners including University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Dr. Parry, Citizens Against Tobacco Smoke, MOTA and Mount Olive Church, our local health department is once again able to provide these free screenings to the men of Kent County and its surrounding areas,” says Edwards, a nurse with the Kent County Health Department. “We would like to encourage wives and daughters to bring their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers to this event, not just for the screening, but for the useful information about prostate cancer that will be shared. Everyone is welcome!”

Those interested in being screened are encouraged to discuss the testing with their primary care providers to determine if the PSA blood test will benefit them in the early detection of prostate cancer and other prostate health issues.

The screening is open to the public, uninsured and underinsured are welcome to participate.  Pre-registration is required for screening as space is limited.

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.

Safe Sitter® Class Set for August 24 in Chestertown

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The popular Safe Sitter® class, taught by pediatric nurses for youth ages 11-13, will be offered one last time this summer on Friday, August 24, 9 a.m.to 3:30 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 is $45; some scholarships are available. Because seating is limited, advance registration is required. Two more classes will be held on Saturdays in the fall, September 22 and November 17. For more information or to register, call Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

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.