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Auxiliary’s Holiday Tree Aglow at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton

2013 Tree of Lights (339 x 400)The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton recently kicked off its 30th Annual Tree of Lights Campaign with the lighting of the holiday tree in front of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. Contributions this year will support the funding of new Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) equipment for emergency pediatric airway management.

For a contribution of $5 or more, a red or gold light can be purchased for the holiday tree. Red lights are tributes to family members and friends, living or deceased. Gold lights honor loved ones serving in the military. A donation of $100 or more will purchase a white Life Light, which will be illuminated every year. The name of each person recognized through the purchase of any light will appear on scrolls displayed in the Medical Center throughout the holiday season.

The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton is a volunteer organization that raises funds to benefit programs and services at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. For additional information about the 30th Annual Tree of Lights, contact Nancy Espenhorst at 443-746-3338 or by e-mail at nlehre@goeaston.net.

 

Auxiliary Funds Medical Center’s Palliative Care Areas

The Palliative Care Suites at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton recently received a face lift thanks to a generous donation from the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton, a volunteer organization which raises funds to benefit programs and services at the Medical Center.

The Auxiliary contributed $10,000 to the purchase of new furniture and décor for the suites and the family lounge used by family members of palliative care patients being cared for at the Medical Center. The donation was funded by last year’s Tree of Lights Campaign, an annual holiday fundraiser sponsored by the Auxiliary.

“The men and women of the Auxiliary take great pride in our ability to support necessary programs and services at Shore Medical at Easton,” comments Nancy Espenhorst, Tree of Lights Chairman. “Through the generous support of our local community, last year’s 29th Annual Tree of Lights Campaign was able to fund upgrades to the Medical Center’s palliative care areas, which will provide patients and their family members much needed comfort during their hospital stay.”

According to Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, internal medicine and palliative care, UM Shore Regional Health, palliative care focuses on the quality of life and relief of suffering for patients facing advanced, chronic and life-limiting illnesses. In addition, palliative care addresses not only physical pain, but also emotional, mental, social and spiritual pain, all to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and their families.

“On behalf of the palliative care team at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, I thank the Auxiliary for their generous support of the palliative care program,” remarks Vaidyanathan. “In the palliative care suites at the Medical Center, patients receive comprehensive care at an important juncture in their lives and families receive much needed comfort and support.”

For additional information about the 30th Annual Tree of Lights Campaign, which kicks off on November 25 to benefit the funding of pediatric ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) equipment for the Emergency Department at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, contact Nancy Espenhorst, Tree of Lights Chairman, at 443-746-3338 or by e-mail at nlehre@goeaston.net.

Hospital Auxiliary Kicks of 30th Annual Tree of Lights Campaign

Tree of Lights (300 x 400)The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton will kick off its 30th Annual Tree of Lights Campaign on November 25.

According to Nancy Espenhorst, Tree of Lights Chairman, contributions this year will support the funding of new Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) equipment for emergency pediatric airway management. “Use of such specialized equipment is essential in treating pediatric patients in the Emergency Department at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton,” comments Espenhorst. “Our goal is to raise $12,000 for this ENT equipment which will provide our physicians with the latest technology when performing life saving procedures to clear pediatric airways.”

For a contribution of $5 or more, a red or gold light can be purchased for the holiday tree in front of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. Red lights are tributes to family members and friends, living or deceased. Gold lights honor loved ones serving in the military. A donation of $100 or more will purchase a white Life Light, which will be illuminated every year. The name of each person recognized through the purchase of any light will appear on scrolls displayed in the Medical Center throughout the holiday season.

The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton is a volunteer organization that raises funds to benefit programs and services at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. For additional information about the 30th Annual Tree of Lights, contact Nancy Espenhorst at 443-746-3338 or by e-mail at nlehre@goeaston.net.

In photo: The Tree of Lights, located in front of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, will be illuminated for its 30th year throughout this holiday season. This is an annual campaign sponsored by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton to benefit programs and services at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

 

 

 

Auxiliary Recognizes Service Award Recipients

MHE Auxiliary Awards Group 1 (400 x 288)The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently held its annual service awards luncheon at the Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford. The Auxiliary celebrated 216,750 hours of service volunteered by 100 members who reached service milestones in 2013.

The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary service award program recognizes members’ volunteer milestones. During the ceremony Marion Miller and Julie Wojcik were each honored for volunteering 18,000 hours. Other distinguished honorees were Pauline Lane and Elizabeth Lechthaler for 13,000 hours, Dolores Mothershead for 11,500 hours and Margaret Blair for 11,000 hours.

Other service awards were presented to Carolyn Behr, Codie Codispoti, Ernest Fisher, Joyce Kent, Ellicott McConnell, Sabine Simonson and Bertha Wilson (4500 hours); Else Ross (4000 hours); Iris Fricker, Janet Granger and Edith Hayman (3500 hours); Doralice Cassidy, Joyce Cohee, Alex Collins, Williams Jenkins, Carol O’Hare and Frances Sloane (3000 hours); Virginia Blades, Barbara Brown, Lorraine Kelly, Nan Newcomb, Irene Phillips and Mary Turkington (2500 hours); Janette Black, Juanita Haddaway, Virginia Lemon, Jackie Martino, Beverly Micklus and Barbara Reinhardt (2000 hours); Celia Bodmer, Bill Bruckner, Ruth Cecil, Karalene Councell, Sandle Engle, Nancy Espenhorst, Regina Holland, Valery Miller, Dorothy Palmer, Anita Rowan and Nancy Wolf (1500 hours); Anna “Polly” Carroll, Sonja Eades, Carolyn Gillman, Audrey Luetters and Florence Tarleton (1000 hours); Gail Black, Thomas Cronshaw, Joyce Doebler, Alice Engle, Lillian Hall, William Hough, George King, Christina O’Hara, Edna Pettit, Joan Sellers, Susan Silver and Noel Slattery (750 hours); Myrna Darragh, Pauline Figliozzi, Cecelia Laufert, Leslie Leadbeater, Joe Murphy, Ethel Palmer, Robert Savoie, Mary Seiter, Bernadette Serie, Joyce Wilhelm, Penny Womack and Eleanor Woolford (500 hours); Kathy Busen, Sandra Dunker, Elaine Eveland, Robert Gretzinger, Jean Hobbs, Norman Klug, Eileen Kornas, Mary Elizabeth Lacy, Annabel Lesher, Muriel Murphy, Barbara Runz, Eleanor Spurry, Elmira Weber, Ronald Weber and Gracie Wilson (250 hours); and Anna Brennan, Diane Daffin, Richard Douma, Erin Fee, Virginia Ann Harvey, Jane Hopkins, Mary McArtor, Genenieve Murray, Barbara Nickerson and Gretchen Smith (100 hours).

Since its establishment, the Auxiliary has been instrumental in raising funds for various hospital projects and services at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. Auxiliary funds are primarily raised through sales at Maggie’s Gift Shop, located at the hospital, and at the Bazaar at 121 Federal Street, which accepts donations of gently used clothing, accessories and small household items that are resold at reasonable prices. Both retail establishments are managed and staffed by auxiliary volunteers. In addition, auxiliary volunteers are a resource in clinical areas both at the hospital and offsite, providing assistance to staff members, patients and visitors in multiple areas. Free blood pressure screenings are also provided to the community by Auxiliary volunteers every Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. until Noon at the Diagnostic and Imaging Center located at 10 Martin Court in Easton.

For additional information about volunteer opportunities with the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, visit www.shorehealth.org or call 410-822-1000, extension 5839.

In photo: The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently celebrated those members who reached service award milestones. 100 volunteers were recognized for 216,750 hours of service at the annual awards luncheon.

 

Two Day Bag Sale at The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street

The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street in Easton will hold a Bag Sale on Wednesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 25 from 10am to 4pm. During this two-day shopping event, customers will be able to fill a bag with shop merchandise for either $5 or $10. Bags will be provided by the Bazaar and can be filled with previously discounted merchandise (punched tickets) including clothing and soft house wares. Certain merchandise exclusions do apply; please see a shop volunteer for details.

Operated by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton which raises funds for University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, The Bazaar is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. For more information about the Bazaar at 121 Federal Street or volunteer opportunities call 410-822-2031.

Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Gathers for Annual Meeting

MHE Auxiliary 1 (400 x 218)Members of the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton gathered recently at the Talbot Country Club for their annual meeting. The Auxiliary’s 190 volunteers have dedicated more than 40,000 hours of service over the past year. Shore Health services that benefited from monies raised by the Auxiliary over the past year, totaling $116,000, included, but were not limited to the Shore Regional Breast Center, the Birthing Center, Shore Regional Cancer Center and Shore Rehabilitation at Denton.

Pictured at the luncheon are Auxiliary volunteers (from left to right) Betsy Wieland, Doralice Cassidy and Carol O’Hare. For additional information about the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton or becoming a volunteer, call (410)822-1000, extension 5839, or visit www.shorehealth.org.

Shore Health Recognizes the Value of Volunteers

Robin Hood Volunteers (400 x 178)The need for medical care is a need that most everyone will experience at some point throughout the course of a lifetime. Whether it is routine, preventive care, diagnostic testing or specialized medical care required in a more serious or emergent situation, receiving quality medical care and treatment is the expectation of most people when such a need arises.

Rightfully so, most people correlate quality medical care with the medical professionals providing it or perhaps the facility in which the care is provided; however, it is rare that one stops to think about the community members who make that care possible through their support of local health care programs and services, both financially and through their dedicated efforts of volunteerism. In most local community hospitals, such support is provided by auxiliary members, often referred to as “The Pink Ladies” for the bright pink jackets they wear while on duty, although most hospital auxiliaries presently have both male and female members, volunteers and representation on their boards of directors. Shore Health takes pride in the support of its two very active hospital auxiliaries whose members work tirelessly to help achieve the System’s mission to deliver exceptional care, every day, which is why various volunteer appreciation events have taken place in recent weeks, in celebration of National Volunteer Month, annually observed in April.

Since its establishment, the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton, MD, Inc. has been instrumental in raising funds for various hospital projects and services. Auxiliary funds are primarily raised through sales at Maggie’s Gift Shop, located at the hospital, and at the Bazaar at 121 Federal Street, which accepts donations of gently used clothing, accessories and small household items that are resold at reasonable prices. Both retail establishments are managed and staffed by auxiliary volunteers. In addition, auxiliary volunteers are a resource in clinical areas both at the hospital and offsite, providing assistance to staff members, patients and visitors in multiple areas. Free blood pressure screenings are also provided to the community by Memorial Hospital at Easton Auxiliary volunteers every Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. until Noon at the Diagnostic and Imaging Center located at 10 Martin Court in Easton.

The Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary has worked to raise funds for Dorchester General Hospital since its founding, primarily through retail sales at the Hospitality Shop, located at the hospital, and The Robin Hood Shop, a thrift shop located at 416 Race Street in Cambridge, which recently celebrated its 56th year as a presence in the community. Auxiliary volunteers manage and staff both retail establishments. Auxiliary members also provide free blood pressure screenings at the hospital twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers can also be seen assisting staff, patients and visitors in multiple areas of the hospital.

It was once said that “The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” For more information about volunteer commitment opportunities at either Dorchester General Hospital or the Memorial Hospital at Easton, visit www.shorehealth.org.

Maggie's Volunteers (400 x 300)In photo at left:  Memorial Hospital at Easton Auxiliary volunteers Joyce Kent and Edith Hayman greet shoppers at Maggie’s Gift Shop.

In photo above (From left to right): Ida Jane Baker, President of the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary, with Robin Hood Shop volunteers Jean Baker, Shirley Moore, Helen Travers, Clara Evans, Joann Dixon, Agnes Hurley, Vera Block, Debbie Thomas and Peggy Anderson.

 

 

One Day Bag Sale at The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street

The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street in Easton will be holding a One Day Bag Sale on Friday, May 24 from 10 am to 4 pm. During this one-day shopping event, customers will be able to fill a bag with shop merchandise for either $5.00 or $10.00. Bags will be provided by the Bazaar and can be filled with previously discounted merchandise (punched tickets) including clothing and soft house wares. Certain merchandise exclusions do apply; please see a shop volunteer for details.

The shop, operated by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton, is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. For more information about the Bazaar at 121 Federal Street or volunteer opportunities call 410-822-2031.

Alex Collins Named President of Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Alex Collins of Easton, a member of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, was recently elected as its president. Collins, who has served in a number of capacities for the Auxiliary since moving to the area in 1994, has a lengthy record of community service. Before being elected President, Collins served as a patient escort at Memorial Hospital and Vice President for the Auxiliary.

“I enjoy my time with the Auxiliary and look forward to working with my fellow volunteers to do what we can to help the hospital,” says Collins. “We are fortunate to have a very dedicated group of people who are passionate about what they do. I look forward to what we can accomplish together.”

A graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Collins received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1963. A member of the Michigan and Colorado bar, Collins spent four years working in a Denver-based law firm before deciding to pursue his real passion of working in the outdoors. Collins had his own apple orchard in Michigan. He then served as president of two companies related to the fruit business. A member of the Army Infantry, Collins completed his military service in 1965 as Captain, receiving a commendation medal for his efforts.

In addition to his service with the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Collins was a past commodore of the Cruising Sailors of St. Michaels and past president and first vice president for the Michigan Horticultural Society. His current community service also includes volunteer work for Talbot Hospice. He also spent approximately 10 years as a crew leader with Habitat for Humanity Choptank.

“People like Alex are truly an inspiration to work with. Alex has quietly served the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and stepped up to help in whatever way he can,” says Patti Willis, Senior Vice President for External Relations, Communications and Marketing. “Mainstays like Alex Collins are truly at the heart of what we do as organization.We are so grateful for his continued service.”

Collins and his wife, Joan, have four children.

The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was established in 1947 at the suggestion of the Hospital Board and its staff,. Fifteen civic minded women formed the nucleus of the then Junior Auxiliary. During the same year, units of the Auxiliary formed in Denton and Federalsburg. These units are now part of the main volunteer corps. Auxiliary volunteers have been instrumental in raising funds for many hospital projects.

Numerous volunteer opportunities are available with the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call the Auxiliary Office at (410) 822-1000, extension 5839. You can also visit www.shorehealth.org/volunteers.

Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Funds Cancer Care Equipment

The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s 28th Annual Tree of Lights fundraiser met its goal to purchase equipment for the Requard Radiation Oncology Center of Shore Regional Cancer Center in Easton. Donations made to the auxiliary during the holiday season were used to fund a $5,800 quality assurance radiation monitor that calibrates the equipment used to deliver radiation therapy to patients.

The monitor is used by specially trained staff at the Requard Radiation Oncology Center to check the amount of radiation being generated from the machine that is used to treat cancer patients. The monitor also measures the shape and energy of the radiation beam that will penetrate the targeted tumor.

“By law we are required to take daily measurements that validate the performance of our two linear accelerators, the machines we use to deliver radiation treatments for cancer patients. Every morning, before we treat the first patient, we take a series of technically complex measurements to ensure that treatments are both safe and effective for each person who comes to our center,” says Phillip Sawyer, MS, lead medical physicist for the Requard Radiation Oncology Center. “Having this data helps us define even more precise dosage calculation and treatment delivery so that we can help ensure that the radiation received by our patients is the most effective dose possible.”

The new monitor also tracks the performance of the radiation machines and gives the physicists an early warning sign that service may be required.

“This monitor really helps us keep our linear accelerators in working order so we are less likely to have downtime and unnecessary appointment rescheduling for our patients,” says Brian Leutner, director of oncology services for Shore Health System. “We are grateful to the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for their continued generosity to the Cancer Center.”

For more information about Shore Regional Cancer Center, call 410-820-6800 or visit www.shorehealth.org/services/cancercenter.

In photo: Memorial Hospital Auxiliary volunteer Julie Wojcik looks on as Phillip Sawyer, MS, lead medical physicist for the Requard Radiation Oncology Center, reviews the daily data measurements collected by the quality assurance radiation monitor. The monitor was purchased by the Auxiliary through the 2011 Tree of Lights campaign.