We wish you a very Merry Christmas.
December 19, 2011
The Boards of Directors of Chester River Health System and Shore Health System have authorized a joint exploration of the potential benefits of a regionalized approach to the delivery of health care services for residents of Kent, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline and Queen Anne’s counties.
The evaluation of regionalization opportunities is being led by a Regionalization Study Committee composed of an equal number of Board members from each health system.
“The Regionalization Study Committee is guided by the mutually agreed principles that both health systems must continue to meet the medical needs of their communities and must maintain the facilities and medical services that are essential to meeting those needs,” said Wayne L. Gardner, Sr., chair of the Board of Chestertown-based Chester River Health System.
“This includes our commitments to continuing to operate Chester River Hospital Center in Chestertown and Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge as acute care, inpatient hospitals and to build a new regional medical center to replace the current Memorial Hospital at Easton,” stated John Dillon, chair of the Board of Shore Health System, based in Easton. Both Board chairs emphasized that the only decision that has been made at this time is to conduct a thorough evaluation of the opportunities a regionalized approach to health care delivery might offer.
“As we survey the future landscape of health care, we recognize that health systems such as ours will face increasing challenges to enhancing clinical quality, assuring patient access and preserving financial strength,” explained Dillon
Gardner noted that “preserving the status quo is neither possible nor desirable. While we may not yet know exactly what tomorrow’s health delivery landscape will look like, we know that our responsibility as governing boards is to begin preparing for it today.”
Among the trends Chester River Health and Shore Health must address are the continuing shift of patient care from inpatient to outpatient settings, and the increasing challenge of maintaining specialized medical services and facilities in a rural setting. Other factors that affect how these systems operate include the implementation of national health care reform and changes in how Maryland hospitals are reimbursed for the services they provide.
The Regionalization Study Committee will focus on the challenges and opportunities of integrating clinical services, combining non-clinical and administrative services between the two systems. Among the topics to be examined is how patients and the communities where they live could benefit if the current focus on individual hospitals were to be replaced with a broader focus on how clinical services are aligned across multiple hospitals in the region.
Other questions to be answered by the Committee are whether a regional approach would better position Chester River Health and Shore Health to recruit the next generation of primary care physicians and specialists; what management and financial integration would be required to support regionalization of care delivery; and what form of integration might work best.
Among the possible solutions the Regionalization Study Committee will explore is how to realign various medical services regionally, especially medical services that require large volumes of patients in order to achieve the highest clinical outcomes. The evaluation will also focus on how to increase access for patients throughout the region to medical specialists, particularly in communities where some medical specialists are needed but not currently available. Consideration will also be given to future facility needs, including the renovation and expansion of the emergency department at Chester River Hospital Center. The Committee will also consider issues such as transportation and the impact on emergency medical services
As the Regionalization Study Committee pursues its work, it will consider the perspectives of Mid-Shore residents, who will be invited to participate through a variety of ways, including town hall meetings that are expected to be scheduled in locations throughout the region in February and March. Similarly, the health systems will gather the perspectives of their employees and medical staffs, as well as the perspectives of local and state elected officials, county health officers and emergency planners and EMS officials.
The Regionalization Study Committee’s recommendations are expected to be submitted for review by the respective Boards of the Chester River Health System and the Shore Health System by summer 2012.
About Chester River Health System
The Chester River Health System was formed in 1997 to offer state-of-the-art health care to the residents of Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. Chester River Health System, a member of the University of Maryland Medical System, includes Chester River Hospital Center, Chester River Home Care & Hospice, Chester River Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Chester River Health Lab Services and Chester River Health Foundation. The system provides health care through a network of community-based services and is recognized throughout the community for providing quality, compassionate care with a personal touch.
Chester River Hospital Center, established by community citizens in 1935, is a not-for-profit community hospital which provides inpatient services, 24-hour emergency care, surgical services, outpatient diagnostic services, rehabilitation services, maternity/birthing suites and oncology services. The hospital is staffed by more than 500 employees. The medical staff currently consists of more than 120 active and consulting physicians representing more than 25 specialties.
For more information, visit www.chesterriverhealth.org
About Shore Health System
Shore Health System was formed in 1996 through the affiliation of the Memorial Hospital at Easton, located in Talbot County, Maryland, and Dorchester General Hospital, located in the city of Cambridge in Dorchester County. Both hospitals have served their communities for over 100 years. Today, Shore Health System is a regional, not-for-profit network of inpatient and outpatient services with facilities in Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline and Queen Anne’s counties. Shore Health is staffed by more than 2000 employees and a medical staff of 200 primary care and specialty physicians.
In 2006, Shore Health System merged with the University of Maryland Medical System to expand clinical programs and facilities, and to facilitate physician recruitment. The two Shore Health System hospitals have 188 inpatient beds, including the 20-bed Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation at Memorial Hospital and a 16-bed inpatient behavioral health unit for adults at Dorchester General Hospital. The Queen Anne’s Emergency Center near Grasonville, which opened in 2010, operates 24 hours a day, every day, to respond to minor injuries and illnesses as well as to strokes, heart attacks, and traumatic injuries, with seamless coordination when patients need to be transported by ambulance or helicopter to a hospital. The Shore Health System regional network of outpatient services includes primary and specialty physician practices for people of all ages along with diagnostic testing, medical rehabilitation, cancer care, diabetes management, digestive health, home health care and hospice.
For more information, visit www.shorehealth.org.
Santa Claus is coming to town!!
This Sunday, December 18, 2011 Breakfast with Santa is back at the Federalsburg Fire House! Attending children get their free picture taken with Santa. All You Can Eat Breakfast starts at 7:00am until 10:00am. $7 per person.
Menu includes, eggs cooked to order, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, scrapple, hominy, home fries, sausage gravy, english muffins and toast.
December 10 – 31, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Enchanted Campground Driving Tour
Martinak State Park, 137 Deep Shore Road, Denton
Take a relaxing ride through the festive twinkling lights around Martinak’s campground. Donations of canned goods are being accepted for St. Martin’s Barn, and cash donations are being collected for Hospice of Caroline County. Contact: (410) 820-1668
The four legislators from the local 36th District will discuss the upcoming 2012 General Assembly session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13. The event is open to the public and is free of charge and will be held in the second floor meeting room in the Chestertown Town Hall, 118 N Cross Street.
The event is sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters for Queen Anne’s and Kent counties.The speakers will be State Senator E. J. Pipkin and Delegates Steve Hershey, Jay Jacobs and Michael Smigiel.
After relating their plans and predictions for the legislature, the lawmakers will answer questions from the audience. The Maryland legislature will begin its session January 11.
The 36th District consists of the entire counties of Kent and Queen Anne’s as well as portions of Caroline and Cecil.
December 8, 2011
Shore Rehabilitation at Denton added a highly versatile training machine to its collection of physical therapy tools thanks to a donation from the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
The Keiser® Infinity Trainer is a multi-functional machine that can be used to exercise any part of the body in a variety of ways. With two adjustable arms to accommodate high and low positions and an assortment of attachments, the equipment gives patients the ability to work on range of motion, strength training, building muscle and power training.
The Infinity Trainer uses air-pressurized resistance, which the physical therapist can adjust by one-tenth of a pound within a range from zero to 106 pounds.
“All of our patients use this machine,” says physical therapist Lamont Thompson, DPT. “It’s called an infinity trainer because what you can do with it is limitless. Patients can work their arms, legs or torso. They can walk forward, backward or laterally with resistance. We use it a lot for post-stroke rehabilitation, following total joint replacements and for sports-specific training. There’s rarely an hour that goes by when we don’t use this machine. We’re grateful to have it.”
Shore Rehabilitation at Denton located at 920 Market Street offers physical, occupational and speech therapy for children and adults. For more information, call 410-479-3300 or visit www.shorehealth.org/services/rehabilitation/index.shtml.
Tourism Industry Leaders Honored
More than 200 tourism professionals met recently at the 31st annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit to network, learn, and be recognized for outstanding achievements.
At the Summit, the Maryland Tourism Council (MTC) presented 5 Professional Awards and 10 Marketing Awards. In addition to the awards given by MTC, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development honored members of the state’s tourism industry with 4 awards and the Maryland Destination Marketing Organization presented their Annual Award.
This year’s MTC recipients are:
Tourism Person of the Year — Liz Fitzsimmons with the Maryland Office of Tourism
Tourism Advocate of the Year — Rachelina Bonacci, Howard County Tourism and Promotion
New Tourism Professional of the Year –Kathy Mackel, Caroline County Office of Tourism
Audrey Davenport Hospitality Person of the Year –Melanie Pursel, Greater Ocean City Chamber
Promotion — Continuing Campaign — Harbor Queen Cruises in Annapolis
Promotion — One Time Campaign — The Conference & Visitors Bureau of Montgomery Co.
Best New/Improved Product or Event —-Talbot County Office of Tourism
Best Printed Promotional Material Award –Allegany County Department of Tourism
Best Electronic Marketing Award– Prince George’s County Conference & Visitors Bureau
Best Visitors Guide –Tourism Council of Frederick County
Educational Development Award from the Maryland Tourism Education Foundation — Heather Skipper, Director of Guide Operations for Watermark Journey.
Best Shoestring Budget Program — Cecil County Tourism
Industry Partnership Award — Ocean City Hotel – Motel – Restaurant Association; Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, Worcester County Tourism and Ocean City
Impact Award — Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties
Judge’s Award — Frederick County Office of Tourism
Recipients of the state tourism office’s annual awards are:
Green/SustainableTourism Award — Savage River Lodge
Visit Maryland Award — The Tourism Council of Frederick County
Cultural Heritage Tourism Award — Caroline County Tourism and Dorchester County Tourism
Economic Engine Award — The Preservation Society
Recipient of the Maryland Destination Marketing Organization Annual Award is:
Dan Patrell — Maryland Life Magazine
For more information on the award winners and their campaigns, read the Maryland Insights newsletter at www.visitmaryland.org.
Not in Caroline County, but would guess that many in the county go to Easton:
Dec. 5, 2011
How many days ‘til Christmas? Make the countdown easier with help from Chick-fil-A. Chick-fil-A at Easton is celebrating with twelve days of special holiday offers, Dec. 12-24, to help get you through the busy holiday season. And remember, Chick-fil-A is closed on Sunday.
The week of December 12-17:
• 1st Day Dec. 12 – Free chicken sandwich with purchase of medium waffle fries, 11AM-2PM
• 2nd Day Dec. 13 – Free 8-count nuggets with purchase of any milkshake, 11AM-2PM
• 3rd Day Dec. 14 – Free spicy chicken sandwich with purchase of a medium drink, 11AM-2PM
• 4th Day Dec. 15 – Free fudge nut brownie with purchase of an adult meal, 11AM-2PM
• 5th Day Dec. 16 – Free Kid’s Meal with purchase of an adult meal, 11AM-2PM
• 6th Day Dec. 17 – Free breakfast entrée of your choice with purchase of a side item, 6-10:30AM
Week of December 19-24:
• 7th Day Dec. 19 – Free chicken sandwich or spicy chicken sandwich with cow calendar purchase, 5-8PM
• 8th Day Dec. 20 – Free chicken sandwich with purchase of a milkshake, 5-8PM
• 9th Day Dec. 21 – Free Kid’s Meal with purchase of an adult meal, 5-8PM
• 10th Day Dec. 22 – Free hot chocolate or coffee with purchase, 5-8PM
• 11th Day Dec. 23 – Free gallon of tea with purchase of any party tray order, all day
• 12th Day Dec. 24 – Free chicken biscuit with purchase of Simply Orange Juice, 6-10:30AM
For more information on Chick-fil-A at Easton offers and events, become a fan of Chick-fil-A at Easton on Facebook or visit www.CFAeaston.com.
Program continues to make early intervention for young children with disabilities and their families a priority in Maryland
December 2, 2011
Since February 1, 2010, Maryland has offered families the choice to continue to receive infants and toddlers services through an Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) beyond age three until their child is eligible to enter kindergarten. This Extended IFSP Option opportunity was made possible for Maryland’s families through an awarded federal incentive grant. With the closing of this stimulus grant on November 30, 2011, Maryland is required to revise the age of eligibility for participation.
Over the past five months, the Early Childhood Intervention and Education Branch at the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services collected stakeholder input regarding the age of eligibility for future participation in the Extended IFSP Option. Revised policies and procedures were posted on the MSDE web site for public comment this fall, and a public hearing was held for further input. As a result, the decision was made to continue to offer the Extended IFSP Option until a child’s fourth birthday.
Starting this month, families will have the choice to continue early intervention services through an IFSP beyond age three until their child’s fourth birthday. This Option is available for a family if a child has a current IFSP and is determined eligible for preschool special education and related services as a child with a disability. By a child’s 4th birthday, they must transition to services through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
The Extended IFSP Option will continue to promote school readiness for young children with disabilities by fostering educational proficiency, while at the same time, providing families with the training and support they need to promote their children’s development. “School readiness is the ultimate goal as we continue to expand the possibilities for children with disabilities and their families,” said Interim State Superintendent Bernard Sadusky. “Extending early intervention services provides the opportunity to incorporate the strength of our early childhood education system, along with the existing infants and toddlers family center service model.”
For more information about the Extended Individualized Family Service Plan Option for children with disabilities age three to age four, visit the Maryland State Department of Education website at www.MarylandPublicSchools.org and click on the Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services and under Branches click on the Early Childhood Intervention Education Branch.
CCCAs 2012 Literary Supper Celebrates J.R.R. Tolkien!
Celebrate the life and works of English writer J.R.R. Tolkien on Saturday January 21, 2012 at the Caroline Country Club. The event kicks off at 6pm!
Guests will be treated to a fun-filled evening of good food, fellowship, music, words, and wit. The principal speaker is local Tolkien enthusiast, E.J. Oesterle. In addition to being the band director for Lockerman Middle School, Mr. Oesterle has dedicated a good part of his life to the study of J.R.R. Tolkien and his complete body of work. The evening will also include Tolkien-inspired toasts, songs, and trivia, as well as a ceremonial nod to the Scottish hero and poet, Robert Burns who was the subject of last year’s Literary Supper.
Tickets are $35 per person and include a four-course Tolkien-inspired menu, featuring:
Bilbo Baggins Relish Tray
Niggle’s Roasted Root Salad
Gamgee’s Pork Pot Pie with Shire Biscuits
Beorn’s honey nut pastries
Space is limited so be sure to reserve your seat today! For reservations and information, call the CCCA office (410) 479-1009, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit arts council programs.