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Family Over Everything 7K Run and Walk Scheduled for June 10

The Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Foundation, Inc. and Hunter’s Seafood Market are teaming up to host the first Family Over Everything 7K Run & Walk to be held on Saturday, June 10 in Chester, MD. Proceeds from the run will directly benefit the Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Foundation.

The event will feature a scenic 7K run and a one-mile walk on the Cross Island Trail. Participants can walk both the 7K and the one-mile walk. Race participants will begin at the Kent Narrows Center, turning around at the Shore United Bank, and returning to the finish line at the Kent Narrows Center. Following the race, attendees will enjoy an awards ceremony, cookout, music, and other family friendly activities. People of all ages and agility are welcome.

Preregistration tickets are $35.00. Same day registration will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. These tickets will be $40, but be sure to register early to guarantee your Family Over Everything event t-shirt. Race start time is at 9:00 a.m.

The Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Foundation, Inc., was set up to honor the late Randy Drake Thrower of Queenstown, MD. Randy was killed on April 2, 2016, due to an automobile accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. He was 21.

Randy’s passions in life were his family, friends, sports, and health and fitness. He is remembered by most for his infectious smile and for the encouragement he showed to others. Randy’s motto was “family over everything,” and his family extended well beyond his own.

Through the Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Foundation, his family would like to carry on his passions by giving back to his Queen Anne’s County “family.” Our goal in raising money is to increase football and track scholarship amounts so that each year they can be given to local students at both Queen Anne’s and Kent Island High Schools, as well as to raise funds for families in need throughout the community.

We hope that you will join us and that we can count on your support to help us to continue to honor Randy and grow his “family.” To register, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/family-over-everything-7k-run-walk-tickets-32379001465

For additional information about the race, sponsorship opportunities or the foundation, contact Melody Thrower, 410-490-6069, mlynnthrower@gmail.com. To make a donation, make checks payable to Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Foundation, Inc., and mail to 200 Somerset Court, Queenstown, MD 21658.

Compass Regional Hospice Social Worker Wins Clinical Excellence Award

Compass Regional Hospice Social Worker Wins Clinical Excellence Award

Michelle Tuttle, MSW, is the 2016 winner of the Cynthia L. Nugent Clinical Excellence Award in Hospice and Palliative Care. The award is named in honor of the late Cynthia Nugent, a hospice nurse who dedicated eight years of her life to Hospice of Queen Anne’s, now Compass Regional Hospice.

After Cynthia Nugent died in 2009, her husband, Bob, wanted to honor her work as a hospice nurse and recognize the excellent care she received as a patient at the Hospice Center in Centreville. Bob Nugent proposed creating an annual award that would honor Cynthia’s memory by recognizing a staff member whose work meets high levels of excellence.

Tuttle, who lives in Queenstown, was nominated by her peers for this award, which recognizes a Compass Regional Hospice clinical care provider who has shown outstanding dedication and excellence in caring for terminally ill patients and assisting their families.

A hospice social worker experienced in caring for patients and their families, Tuttle has been a member of the Compass Regional Hospice clinical team for nine years. One of the award nominators wrote, “Michelle has touched many families lives including those of us who she works with. She cares about our organization and is true to our mission.”

Heather Guerieri, executive director, Compass Regional Hospice, says, “I had the honor to work alongside Cynthia at Hospice of Queen Anne’s for several years. She was one of the best hospice nurses’ I have ever worked with in my career. Cynthia would be proud that Michelle received the award in part because she exhibits the same passion that Cynthia did in caring for her patients.”

Guerieri adds, “I want to thank Bob Nugent for establishing this award, which includes a financial gift for the winner and recognizes the valuable work done by the Compass Regional Hospice nurses, hospice aides, social workers and grief counselors.”

Other Compass Regional Hospice staff who have earned the Cynthia L. Nugent Clinical Excellence Award in Hospice and Palliative Care include hospice nurse, Sarah Severs, nurse practitioner Lisa Adkins, social worker Sharon Loving, hospice aide Beverly Baynard, hospice nurse Melissa “Missy” Willis, bereavement counselor Rhonda Knotts, and hospice aide Melanie Glacken.

Photo #1: Pictured at the Compass Regional Hospice Cynthia L. Nugent Clinical Excellence Award in Hospice and Palliative Care awards ceremony are (left to right) Cynthia and Bob Nugent’s granddaughter Liz; Heather Guerieri, executive director; Cynthia and Bob Nugent’s daughter Rebecca Boglioli; award winner Michelle Tuttle, MSW; Michelle’s daughters Katharine and Annaliese Tuttle; and Michelle’s husband Lewis Tuttle.

Photo #2: Michelle Tuttle, MSW, (right) the 2016 winner of the Compass Regional Hospice Cynthia L. Nugent Clinical Excellence Award in Hospice and Palliative Care, was joined in her celebration by Heather Guerieri, executive director; and Cynthia and Bob Nugent’s daughter Rebecca Boglioli.

Rommel’s Ace stores hold campaign for Disabled American Veterans over Veterans Day Weekend

Rommel’s Ace stores hold campaign for Disabled American Veterans over Veterans Day Weekend.

Rommel’s Ace dedicated the past Veterans Day weekend to raise funds for the Disabled American Veterans organization. The fundraiser took place Nov.11th through the 13th and they were able to raise $5,441 for the DAV. Rommel’s Ace mailed the check into the mid-Atlantic regions headquarters where it will be distributed and sent to local DAV groups in all of the areas that our stores are located; Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. We chose the DAV because 97% of our donation is given to the programs for disabled veterans, and we would be able to directly help veterans in all of our local store locations.

The promotion featured American Flag engraved YETI cups in which $5 from each purchase would be donated to the DAV, and the customer would receive 20% off their transaction. Also, customers were able to donate $5 and receive 20% off their entire transaction without the purchase of a cup as well. We received great feedback from our customers and many knew of someone or were members of the DAV themselves. We thank all the customers that came to support this event and fundraiser to help this great organization and the members that have given so much.

“We have many employees and customers who have been a part of the service and who have been affected by their time in the service whether it’s physically or mentally. We would like to give our time and resources back to an organization that can provide the support they need to help them and their families get back to a positive lifestyle,” stated Bob Weber, Vice President of Rommel’s Ace.

Rommel’s Ace Home Centers, with 11 stores in MD, VA, and DE, are locally owned.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Susan Skirta at 410-749-3600 x 110, or email at sskirta@rommelusa.com.

Compass Regional Hospice Hosts Grief Support Group To Begin In the New Year

Compass Regional Hospice Hosts Grief Support Group To Begin In the New Year

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 Wednesday, January 11, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 508 High St in Chestertown. The group will meet every Wednesday through March 15. 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.

“Our grief groups are a combination of education and support,” says OConnor. “The group becomes a place for people to meet others who have experienced the death of a loved one.”

OConnor adds, “In this confidential and intimate setting participant’s will have a chance to say things they might feel uncomfortable saying to family and friends. Together, with facilitation from the leaders, the group members share ways to cope with their changed situation, realizing that grieving and adjusting to new ways of living take time.”

Each group session will revolve around topics such as, normal grief, sharing memories, and adjusting to and finding meaning in your loss. Including activities, teachings, and open discussions.

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.

Photo: Bereavement counselors Wayne Larrimore, MEd (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW-C (right) will co-facilitate a new grief support group beginning January 11.

University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Neurology & Sleep Medicine Announces Addition of Rahel Alemu, CRNP, MSN

University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Neurology & Sleep Medicine Announces Addition of Rahel Alemu, CRNP, MSN

 University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), announces the addition of Eastern Shore-based neurology nurse practitioner Rahel Alemu, CRNP, MSN. Her clinical interests include the treatment of brain, spinal cord and nerve disorders. Rahel is seeing patients at three different locations:

  • 490 Cadmus Lane in Easton; Appointments: 410-770-5250
  • 400 Byrn Street in Cambridge; Appointments: 410-221-0448
  • 125 Shoreway Drive in Queenstown; Appointments: 410-770-5250

UM CMG is a University of Maryland Medical System-owned network of more than 300 primary care physicians, specialists- and advanced practice clinicians. As part of this UM CMG, Rahel is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health.

Rahel earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Wilmington University, then pursued further education with a Master’s of Science in Nursing at Salisbury University. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Rahel join our team at the University of Maryland Community Medical Group in our Neurology and Sleep Medicine practice,” comments Michele Wilson, vice president of operations for UM CMG. “Rahel brings with her more than 15 years of experience of compassionate, comprehensive patient care.”

UM CMG consists of community-based provider practices affiliated with UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, UM Charles Regional Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus and UM Shore Regional Health. A list of UM CMG providers is available at http://docfind.umms.org/cmg.

About the University of Maryland Community Medical Group        

The University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG) is a multi-hospital, multi-specialty, community-based physician-led group, and part of the University of Maryland Medical System. With more than 300 primary care physicians, specialists, and advanced practice clinicians in more than 65 locations across the state, UM CMG offers patients a vast network of highly experienced providers, delivering care right in their neighborhood. For more information, visit www.umcmg.org.

Compass Regional Hospice’s Camp New Dawn Director Receives Hospice Caregiver Award

Compass Regional Hospice’s Camp New Dawn Director Receives Hospice Caregiver Award

Rhonda Knotts, Compass Regional Hospice’s Bereavement Coordinator and Camp New Dawn Director, is the most recent recipient of the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Hospice Caregivers Award. Knotts was nominated by a member of the community to recognize her dedication to Compass Regional Hospice’s Camp New Dawn, a grief retreat for children, teens and families.

Each staff member is committed to the mission of Compass Regional Hospice, which is to provide “Care on your terms” to individuals, families, and the community through comprehensive, professional and compassionate end-of-life care and grief support.

“Under Rhonda’s leadership, we can insure that Camp New Dawn is bigger and better with each and every year,” wrote The Hospice Caregivers Award nominator. “Her dedication and passion deserve to be recognized throughout the community, as so many unseen things happen to make this annual event a success.”

The Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Hospice Caregivers Award is open to physicians, nurses, social workers, bereavement counselors, hospice aides, chaplains, administrative staff and volunteers of Compass Regional Hospice who care for patients in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties. To nominate a hospice caregiver, contact Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 408 S. Liberty Street in Centreville, 410‐758‐1151, info@fhnfuneralhome.com.

PHOTO: Compass Regional Hospice Bereavement Coordinator and Camp New Dawn Director, Rhonda Knotts (center), the most recent recipient of the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Hospice Caregivers Award, is pictured with (left to right) Kirk Helfenbein, Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam; and Heather Guerieri, Executive Director, Compass Regional Hospice.

QUEENSTOWN BANK COMMITS $5,000 TO THE CHESTERWYE FOUNDATION

QUEENSTOWN BANK COMMITS $5,000 TO THE CHESTERWYE FOUNDATION

Created in 1982, The Chesterwye Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Chesterwye Center and The Chesterwye Adult Day Medical Care Program. Queenstown Bank of Maryland has been a contributor for over 34 years and has supported the efforts of the Chesterwye Center in Grasonville, Maryland.

Chesterwye was founded in 1967 by a group of concerned citizens interested in aiding and providing services to children with Intellectual Disabilities. Later, as the children grew older and as services were needed in the county, the focus of support was directed towards adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Currently, Chesterwye provides a variety of services for over 70 adults with Intellectual Disabilities and employs more than 100 staff.

The ages of their Individuals receiving services, ranges from 21 years old to 73 years of age. All Individuals living in Queen Anne’s County are transported to and from their Day Center by Chesterwye owned handicapped vans and vehicles.

The management staff of Chesterwye averages 15 years of experience in the Intellectual Disabilities field. The medical needs of their Individuals are provided by a full-time nursing staff.

Chesterwye recognizes each Individual is different in their level of ability in the workplace and with proper supervision, counseling and “real life” experience, adults with intellectual disabilities can contribute significantly in the working community. Chesterwye provides many opportunities in its Vocational program for their Individuals to gain confidence, self-esteem and independence while also earning a paycheck. Whether its full time, part time, in their Day Center or at a local business, they believe in the value of productive work. After job training and an evaluation procedure, their Individuals have the opportunity to choose where to work. They currently provide cleaning services to over 20 locations in Queen Anne’s and Talbot County. Chesvend, a vending machine company owned and operated by the Individuals of Chesterwye, services over 60 soda and snack machines in three different counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Other job locations include Safeway, Real Estate companies, Acme Supermarkets, Queen Anne’s County School System, Senior Citizen Homes, Day Nurseries, Greenhouses and Hotels.

Respiratory Care Leadership Recognizes Every Day Heroes

Respiratory Care Leadership Recognizes Every Day Heroes

The Respiratory Care Leadership team at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton recently recognized, Priscilla Berkey, RRT, respiratory therapist, as well as Amy Forrest, RN, and Judy Barrow, RN, from the Birthing Center as “Everyday Heroes” for their collaborative team effort to quickly achieve a positive outcome during a neonatal resuscitation.

“Assisting in the delivery of a newborn is one of the most stressful yet rewarding opportunities we have as a Respiratory Therapist,” says Wayne Dyott, RCP, Sr. Clinical Specialist, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services. “The collaborative efforts demonstrated by this team of professionals shows the positive impact we have on many lives every day, assuring a great patient experience.”

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

Photo: Pictured L-R: Luanne Satchell, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager, Women’s & Children’s Services, Amy Forrest, BA, BSN, RN, Birthing Center, Judy Barrow, RN, Birthing Center, Priscilla Berkey, RRT, Wayne Dyott, RCP, Sr. Clinical Specialist, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services, F. Graham Lee, VP for Philanthropy UM MH Foundation.

Project Linus Makes Donations to UM Shore Regional Health Facilities

Project Linus Makes Donations to UM Shore Regional Health Facilities

Gregory Couch, of Kent Island, recently donated handmade blankets to UM Shore Regional Health’s Shore Emergency Center in Queenstown and Shore Medical Center in Chestertown through his newly opened chapter of Project Linus. These blankets will be used primarily for young children who come in to medical facilities under harsh circumstances and need comfort.

The 11-year old 5th grader at Bayside Elementary School began looking for ways he could help his community through volunteer work. He and his mom, Kimberly Couch, looked at different charities in which children can be involved. They soon found Project Linus and realized there was not a chapter for the mid-shore of Maryland.

In April 2016, with the help of his mom, Gregory opened a chapter that covers Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties where they support blanket drives and donate their homemade blankets. Gregory has given presentations to all four County Councils and has also met with local Girl Scout leadership to engage them in getting involved with Project Linus.

“We are gracious for the hard work and effort Gregory puts into helping out the community through Project Linus,” says Mary Alice Vanhoy, manager of the UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown and the ED at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. “We have many frightened children come through our emergency departments after unfortunate circumstances and these blankets offer a sense of comfort when they really need it.”

Project Linus is a non-profit organization represented by chapters covering all 50 states. Volunteers or “blanketeers” create blanket drives, make the blankets and then donate them to healthcare facilities where there may be children in need of warmth and comfort.

“My goal is to bring comfort to kids around the area that are in need,” said Gregory. “I am happy to have helped out my community and thank anyone who has helped us along the way.”

More information about Project Linus and volunteering with the mid-shore chapter may be obtained by visiting www.projectlinus.org, or calling Kimberly Couch at 410 924-2488.

Photos:

Shown with UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown staff members is Gregory Couch (center), who delivered Project Linus blankets for use by children who come to the Emergency Center and UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Gregory Couch delivering blankets to UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Chesapeake Charities offers free workshop for rural health care providers

Chesapeake Charities offers free workshop for rural health care providers

A free workshop, “Development Strategies for Rural Health Care Providers” is being offered by Chesapeake Charities in cooperation with the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (“ESAHAC”) for local health and fitness organizations. The workshop takes place on Tuesday, December 6 at the ESAHEC facility in Cambridge, Maryland. Participants will learn new strategies to maneuver the changing dynamics of business in the health field.

The course will be led by Mary Ann Gleason, Grant and Evaluation Specialist and Linda Kohler, Executive Director. Gleason said “We’re happy to assist rural health care providers identify additional resources. After this hands-on course, they will have what they need to make a case to potential funders.”

Course content will include tips on:

  • Identifying rural health resources and opportunities
  • Effective strategies to make the case for funding
  • Diversifying your funding base and impacting sustainability
  • Partnering with the community
  • Connecting with local government officials
  • Modifying business/strategic plans to address new market opportunities in population health and preventive care

The free workshop runs from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Online registration is available on Chesapeake Charities website at https://chesapeakecharities.org/events. For questions, please call Mary Ann Gleason at Chesapeake Charities (410) 643-4020 or send an email to info@chesapeakecharities.org.

Chesapeake Charities is a local community foundation with over a decade of success in obtaining funding for local programs and initiatives and supports a wide range of charitable causes including arts, education, health and human services, animal welfare, and the environment. All of
our 75 component funds have a common cause – a passion for making a difference in their communities. Together we have invested more than $9 million in the Chesapeake Bay region since 2005.

For more information, contact Chesapeake Charities at (410) 643-4020 or linda@chesapeakecharities.org, or visit www.chesapeakecharities.org. Chesapeake Charities is accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

 

Photo: Linda Kohler, Chesapeake Charities Executive Director and Mary Ann Gleason, Grants and Evaluation Specialist lead workshop for rural health care providers.