Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, has been named director of a new community case management program that will be launched by Shore Health System later this year. In this role, Stagg will lead a staff of advanced practice nurses and a social worker who will be a resource for people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary artery disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The community case management team will work closely with their colleagues at Dorchester General Hospital, The Memorial Hospital at Easton and Shore Home Care. They will also consult with primary care physicians to identify people who need assistance with understanding their disease and medications and accessing services available to them in the community.
Stagg, who lives in Easton, has been a nurse and educator for over 30 years. Her experience includes orthopedics, neurology, telemetry, coronary care and surgical services. Her first Shore Health System assignment began in 1988 when she joined the Memorial Hospital surgical services team as an OR nurse.
Between 1991 and 1997, Stagg was an allied health instructor for Chesapeake College and a clinical instructor on the faculty of the Macqueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing. From 1995 to 1997, she was a nurse and administrative director for private orthopedic and surgical practices.
Stagg returned to Shore Health System in 1997 as a family nurse practitioner on the staff of Shore Works, a Shore Health System program that provides health services for Shore Health System employees and over 300 client companies. In this position she performed pre-employment physicals and examinations required for the Department of Transportation, United States Coast Guard, sports activities and child care providers. Her other duties included evaluation and treatment of worker’s compensation injuries and medical surveillance.
After graduating from Radford University in Virginia with a bachelor of science in nursing, Stagg earned a master of science in nursing from Salisbury University. She became a family nurse practitioner by completing a post master’s certificate at Catholic University of American in Washington, DC. Stagg continued her education at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where she earned a master of public health and a doctorate in nursing practice.
Stagg is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as an occupational health nurse specialist by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland and the Maryland Nurses Association, for which she is currently serving as secretary.
An active community volunteer, Stagg is a member of Soroptimist International of Talbot County, an organization for which she has been president and is currently a director. She has also been a volunteer for Friends of Hospice and actively supports the Waterfowl Festival.