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Shore Health December Events

Blood Pressure
Every Monday through Wednesday, except holidays, 9am – noon, UM Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, 10 Martin Court, Easton. FREE.
Every Tuesday and Friday, 11am -1pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, main lobby, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. FREE.

Childbirth Education
UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton. FREE. Call 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.
Labor & Delivery I, II, III
Saturday, December 6, 8:30am – 4:30pm. An overview of pregnancy and birth. Spouses and birthing coaches encouraged to attend

New Mom, New Baby & Infant Safety
Saturday, December 13 9am- noon. Learn about post-partum care, pain management,nutrition and more.

Big Brother & Big Sister
Saturday, December 20, 9:30am – 11am. Designed to help children prepare for the arrival of a new baby.

Grief Management
Class designed for those who have lost a spouse or life partner. Six Thursdays, 2-3:30pm,beginning December 5 (skipping December 26), UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice, Chestertown. Pre-registration requested. Contact Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, Bereavement Coordinator, 410-778-1049 or aoconnor@washcoll.edu.

Diabetes Self-Management Training
Tuesdays, December 3, 10 and 12, 9am – noon; and Wednesdays, December 4, 11 and 18, 1:30-4:30pm, Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. This class provides detailed medical information and day-to-day strategies that enable patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. For more information or to register, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Support Groups
Tuesday, December 3, 10 – 11:30am, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Requard Social Center, 5th floor. Led by UM Shore Regional Health Lactation Consultants. Expectant and new mothers welcome. Call 410-822-1000, ext. 5700 for more information.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Monday, December 2, 7- 8:30pm, Talbot Hospice House, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton. FREE. Call Tina Basel, 410-463-9964.

Low Salties
“Pot Luck Holiday Salties,” Wednesday, December 11, 4 – 6 p.m., Shore Wound Care, 503A Dutchman’s Lane, Easton. Call 410-820-6500.

Mid-Shore Stroke
Thursday, December 12, 1pm, Talbot Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton. FREE. Call 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5068.

Cancer Survivors
Thursdays, December 5 and December 19, 5pm-7pm, UM Shore Regional Health Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.
Call 410-820-6800, ext. 2257.

US TOO Prostate Cancer
Tuesday, December 10, 6:30pm, Shore Regional Cancer Center. Dietician Christine Allen, RD,CSO,LDN, will speak on “Healthy Eating for Prostate Cancer Patients.” Potluck dinner included, participants should bring a healthy dish to share. Call
410-822-6800, ext. 2300.

Masquerade Sale
Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10, 8am – 4pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Stocking stuffers and small gifts. Sponsored by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary.

Jewelry & Electronics Sale
Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12, 7am – 4pm, Health Education Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Sponsored by the Memorial Hospital at Easton Auxiliary.

30th Annual Tree of Lights
Purchase lights in memory or in honor of a loved one or member of the uniformed services to illuminate the Tree of Lights, located in front of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton to support the funding of pediatric equipment. Contact Nancy Espenhorst, 443-746-3338 or nlehre@goeaston.net.

26th Annual Hospice Tree of Lights
Thursday, December 12, 5:30pm, Emmanuel Church in Chestertown. Purchase commemorative votives to remember or honor someone special. Sponsored by the UM Chester River Health Foundation to benefit community hospice services provided by UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice. Call 410-810-5660 or visit www.chesterriverhealth.org.


DBS Fine Jewelers of St. Michaels Supports Women’s Wellness; Proceeds From the Sale of the “Mermaid of the Chesapeake” Necklace To Benefit Shore Health’s Wellness for Women Program

DBS Fine Jewelers of St. Michaels has announced a partnership with Shore Health’s Wellness for Women program – an outreach initiative of the Shore Regional Breast Center.

DBS Fine Jewelers has created the beautiful “Mermaid of the Chesapeake” necklace, which is crafted with sterling silver, 14K gold, fresh water pearls and a faceted pink sapphire. The necklace will be sold exclusively at DBS and retails for $465.

For every “Mermaid of the Chesapeake” necklace sold, $50 will be donated to the Wellness for Women program at the Shore Regional Breast Center. This outreach program provides free monthly clinics where uninsured or underinsured women can receive clinical breast exams and screening mammograms.

“I am very proud to be partnering with Shore Health to support the much-needed Wellness for Women program,” commented Aida Leisure, owner of DBS Fine Jewelers of St. Michaels. “In much of the world’s folklore, mermaids granted calm seas and safe passage to travelers. My hope is that the ‘Mermaid of the Chesapeake’ will support many safe passages for women traveling on life’s journey by providing access to critical breast cancer screenings and care.”

“We look forward to working with DBS Fine Jewelers,” says Roberta Lilly, MD, MPH, Medical Director at Shore Regional Breast Center. “We are so thankful to be beneficiaries of this partnership and also hope that this beautiful piece of jewelry will raise awareness and bring attention to the importance of breast exams and screening mammograms for all women.”

About DBS Fine Jewelers
For more than 20 years, DBS Fine Jewelers, located in historic St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, has offered exclusive jewelry collections from award-winning designers. DBS Fine Jewelers is committed to supporting local non-profits through events and fundraisers. Aida Leisure, owner, was named the 2011 Talbot County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Woman of the Year. Learn more at www.dbsjewelers.com or contact Aida Leisure at 410.745.2626 or dbsjewel@verizon.net.

Memorial Hospital at Easton Auxiliary Funds Technology to Enhance Patient Care

Denton Wireless Tablets (400 x 276)Shore Rehabilitation at Denton recently implemented the use of wireless electronic tablets used for documentation at the time of patient care. Funding for this technology, totaling $5,000, was made possible by the Memorial Hospital at Easton Auxiliary who raises funds to benefit hospital programs and services.

These devices provide therapists with real-time information from patients’ medical records enabling them to provide more efficient and effective medical care. In addition, this technology enables therapists to document at the time of care, a process which more effectively captures medical information pertaining to the patients’ therapy goals, progress and the types of care received. The goal of this type of technology is to increase the accuracy of documentation, providing increased accuracy in patient care analysis and treatment which ultimately facilitates better patient outcomes and overall satisfaction. The tablets are also being used for patient education.

Shore Rehabilitation at Denton, part of Shore Health, is located at 920 B Market Street in Denton, and provides comprehensive physical therapy to the residents of Caroline County. For more information about their services, contact them at 410-479-3300. For additional information about rehabilitation services at Shore Health or the Memorial Hospital at Easton Auxiliary, visit www.shorehealth.org.

In Photo: Pictured at Shore Rehabilitation at Denton are Bill Roth, Senior Director, Comprehensive Rehab Care, Shore Health; Charlie Moore, DPT, physical therapist, who is holding one of the wireless tablets; Pam Johnson, outpatient rehabilitation assistant; Paula Baker, MSPT, C/NDT, clinical specialist; and Alex Collins, President, Memorial Hospital at Easton Auxiliary.


Dr. Hugo Bonatti Joins Shore Surgical Care

Bonatti 5.20.13 (266 x 400)Hugo Bonatti, MD, has joined Shore Surgical Care, a Shore Health affiliate that is part of Shore Medical Group. Dr. Bonatti is a general surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is presently accepting new patients at his office in Easton. Dr. Bonatti’s surgical services include minimally invasive and laparoscopic abdominal surgery, hernia repair, gallbladder removal, colorectal surgery and peripheral vascular surgery.

Dr. Bonatti earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics and science in St. Johann in the Tyrol, Austria. His graduate degree and general surgical residency were both completed at Innsbruck Medical University in Austria. Additionally, Dr. Bonatti served as a Research Fellow of Transplant Surgery at Innsbruck Medical University in Austria and a Research Fellow with the Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also completed a Fellowship with the Department of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care at the University of Virginia Health System. Dr. Bonatti completed residencies in liver transplant surgical services at the Kings College Hospital in London and the Department of Surgery at Vanderbilt Medical University in Nashville, Tennessee. Most recently, he has been a Clinical Fellow in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore.

Dr. Bonatti has had multiple hospital appointments both in Austria and in the United States, at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida and the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville. He has published more than 250 articles relating to intensive care treatment, general surgery and transplantation. Dr. Bonatti is an editorial board member of European Surgery and Transplant International.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bonatti at Shore Surgical Care, located at 503 B Dutchman’s Lane in Easton, call 410-822-4553.


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.



Using “Big and Loud” Therapies, Shore Health Rehab Staff Help Parkinson’s Patients

Reilly and Lorsong, Shore Health Rehab Staff (400 x 300)“The Science and Practice of LSVT ©BIG and LOUD” will be the subject of a free, informative presentation for Parkinson’s patients, their families and other caregivers on Tuesday, June 11, 5:30 pm at Shore Medical Pavilion in Queenstown, Maryland.

Led by Cordia Reilly, DPT, and Diane Lorsong, M.S., CCC/SLP, rehabilitation therapists for Shore Health’s Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services, this presentation will provide insights into the benefits of the Lee Silverman LSVT (©)BIG and LOUD rehabilitation programs for Parkinson’s patients.

According to the national Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, more than a million Americans are currently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, and another 60,000 are diagnosed every year. More than 90 percent of new cases are diagnosed in persons more than 50 years old, with men having a 50 percent greater risk than women for the disease.

Virtually all Parkinson’s patients experience speech problems, including reduced volume, hoarseness, monotone, imprecise articulation and vocal tremor, making communication with their caregivers increasingly difficult. Because of diminished perceptual abilities that also are caused by the disease, patients don’t realize that they cannot be properly heard or understood. LSVT LOUD © therapy trains them to regulate their volume and improve their articulation and intelligibility. As Lorsong explains, “Once patients realize the amount of effort they need to produce good voice clarity and volume, they practice it repeatedly to make it feel more natural. In time, they are amazed at the improvement in their ability to communicate again.”

Parkinson’s disease also diminishes movement, causing stooped posture, shuffling walk, episodes of “freezing” when trying to move, and poor balance. LSVT BIG © is a physical therapy program designed specifically for Parkinson’s patient that involves maximal daily tasks, and exercise moves that are constant, repetitive and require a high degree of whole body effort. Says Reilly, “I’ve seen patients who struggle with transfers, such as getting up and out of bed or a chair, make improvements in their ability and confidence as they incorporate the principles of the LSVT BIG © program into their daily routines.”

There is considerable research supporting the value of LSVT © therapies. Significant benefits (lasting up to two years) in speech intelligibility and motor performance are clearly documented in the studies on patients who have completed LSVT © BIG and LOUD therapies. In addition to these gains, these therapies seem to help patients delay the progression of some of the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s.

Refreshments will be served at the presentation. To RSVP, please email dlorsong@shorehealth.org, or call Shore Health Outpatient Rehab at Queenstown, 410-827-3818.

In photo: On June 11, 5:30 pm at Shore Medical Pavilion in Queenstown, Shore Health rehab therapists Cordia Reilly, DPT, and Diane Lorsong, M.S., CCC/SLP, will conduct a free seminar on LSVT © speech and physical therapies that help Parkinson’s patients maintain optimal mobility and communications skills. (Reilly and Lorsong, Shore Health Rehab Therapists)


Free Skin Cancer Screenings Available May 15

Begin your summer by getting a free skin cancer screening on Wednesday, May 15. This service for adults 18 and older is being offered by Shore Health System and the Talbot County Health Department. Appointments are available between 5pm and 8pm at the Talbot County Health Department, 100 S. Hanson Street in Easton.

To schedule an appointment for the May 15 skin cancer screening, call Shore Regional Cancer Center, 410-820-6800.

Shore Health Opens Comprehensive Continence Center

Cespedes. Duane 2010 (266 x 400)Area residents suffering with a variety of bladder and pelvic floor disorders will now have one convenient location for physician consultations, state-of the-art urodynamic studies, and advanced treatments at The Continence Center, a Shore Health outpatient facility opening April 1, 2013, at 505 Dutchman’s Lane in Easton.

Led by urologist R. Duane Cespedes, MD, Director of The Continence Center, the Center brings together a team of professionals – including a gynecologist, a continence nurse specialist, and a rehabilitation specialist – who are combining their expertise to provide patients with the best possible care, in a comfortable and sensitive environment to treat conditions related to bladder and bowel control. Together, they provide help for patients with all forms of bladder and pelvic support problems, including incontinence, urinary retention, pelvic prolapse and dysfunctional voiding. Most health plans, including Medicare, cover diagnosis and treatment.

“One thing is certain, and that is, these conditions do not get better over time, so it’s important to receive appropriate diagnosis and treatment, and make informed decisions that help prevent complications from arising,” says Dr. Cespedes.

Dr. Cespedes is an experienced clinician and fellowship trained urologist. Prior to joining Shore Comprehensive Urology in 2011, he was an associate professor and the assistant program director for the department of urology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Dr. Cespedes was also the co-director of the Women’s Pelvic Floor Center at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, and performed his urology residency training at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonia, Texas. He completed a fellowship in female urology, urodynamics and voiding dysfunction at the University of Texas in Houston. Dr. Cespedes is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of urology and women’s urinary health through his involvement in research, clinical trials, publications, speaking and teaching. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology.

Improving and Restoring Continence and Pelvic Health
The Continence Center specializes in diagnosing and treating pelvic floor disorders—problems related to the muscles, ligaments and connective tissues that support the pelvic floor in both women and men. These muscles and the surrounding tissues keep all of the pelvic organs in place and help the organs function correctly. Many of these problems are very sensitive and personal, such as disorders of the bladder, vagina, uterus, penis and rectum, urinary or fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain. The Center cares for patients with a range of these conditions, including urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, voiding dysfunction, fecal incontinence and defecatory dysfunction. Among these conditions, urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are most common.

There are many types of incontinence, but it is a treatable problem that can be managed, significantly improved, or often cured. Incontinence is classified by both causes and symptoms:
• Stress Incontinence occurs when there is an increase in abdominal pressure, such as when you laugh, exercise, dance, sneeze, or cough, and urine leaks due to weakened pelvic floor muscles and tissues.
• Urge Incontinence, often referred to as “an overactive bladder,” is when you have an urgent need to go to the bathroom and may not get there in time. Causes of overactive bladder include damage to the bladder’s nerves or muscles, as well as conditions such as bladder infections, MS, diabetes, stroke, and the use of certain medications.
• Mixed Urinary Incontinence describes patients who have both of these types.
• Overflow Incontinence results when you are not able to empty your bladder appropriately, and leakage occurs. This is more common in men, and may result from intrinsic weakness, nerve injury or blockage to flow. It is also associated with post-surgical or radiation changes in men following prostate cancer treatment.
• Other conditions such as urinary tract fistulae (an opening), stroke, spinal cord injury and other neurologic diseases can also cause incontinence and voiding problems.

The Continence Center utilizes the latest technology, such as advanced urodynamics to determine the precise physiologic cause of the problem, and to ensure that each patient receives the proper diagnosis. Urodynamic testing is a series of tests and x-rays that provide a detailed look at the functioning of the bladder, urethra and sphincters, and helps to diagnose problems with storing urine or voiding. The entire test takes approximately 45 minutes – 1hour, and providing this technology on-site allows the delivery of results faster, and gets patients started with proper treatment as soon as possible.

According to Dr. Cespedes, pelvic organ prolapse occurs when one or more organs in a woman’s pelvis—the uterus, vagina, urethra, bladder or rectum—shifts downward and bulges into or even out of the vaginal canal, making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. A pelvic exam, and other lab or imaging tests are done to determine pelvic organ prolapse and which organs are involved.

The team of specialists at The Continence Center is trained in a variety of approaches to offer both men and women comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment that is personalized to each patient to be most effective, from medications, behavioral changes and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, to injection therapy, minimally invasive surgery, and more extensive procedures. As part of Shore Health and the University of Maryland Medical System, the Center will also provide patients access to any related services they may need.

“No two patients are alike but there are many successful ways to treat those who have the simplest problem, to others who have had prior surgery or radiation, as well as those with neurologic disorders such a multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injuries,” says Dr. Cespedes.

The Continence Center is located in a newly-remodeled facility at 505-A Dutchman’s Lane in Easton, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 410-820-0560, or visit www.shorehealth.org.

The Continence Center is a member of Shore Medical Group, a Shore Health System affiliate that provides medical management services for employed physician practices. Shore Medical Group physicians provide primary and specialty care to people of all ages throughout the Mid-Shore region.

In photo: R. Duane Cespedes, MD

Shore Health System Celebrates Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Lab Week DGH 2013 (400 x 300)Shore Health System will celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals Week this year from April 22 through April 26. This celebratory week is an annual recognition of the greater than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals and pathologists across the country that are essential to the success of the health care industry, performing more than 10 billion laboratory tests annually nationwide. Another purpose of this celebratory week is to inform and educate members of the local community and other medical professionals about medical laboratory services and the impact that having such dedicated and knowledgeable professionals has on providing quality patient care, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Because laboratory professionals typically work behind the scenes of any health care setting, the crucial testing that they perform each day often goes unnoticed; however, they play a vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease.

In addition to the full-service laboratories at Dorchester General Hospital, Memorial Hospital at Easton and the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center, Shore Health System also provides outpatient laboratory services at 15 Sunburst Center in Cambridge; the Centreville Diagnostic Center at 2540 Centreville Road in Centreville; Denton Diagnostics at 838 S. 5th Avenue in Denton; the Diagnostic and Imaging Center at 10 Martin Court in Easton; and the Shore Medical Pavilion at 125 Shoreway Drive in Queenstown. “Thus far in 2013,” commented Michael D’Arcangelo, MT (ASCP), DLM, MS, MBA, Director of Laboratory Services, “Shore Health System laboratory sites have performed a total of 243,910 tests on members of the local community.”

All Shore Health System laboratories are accredited and licensed by The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the American Association of Blood Banks, The Joint Commission, CMS and the State of Maryland.

Shore Health laboratory staff members work diligently to meet the needs of the community by offering early morning and weekend hours at various locations. In addition, lab staff participates in community health fairs, providing vital health information and free screening tests that can provide valuable information to patients’ physicians. Shore Health Laboratories provide services to many local skilled nursing facilities in addition to drawing specimens and performing STAT testing for other local lab service providers.

“Our laboratory professionals,” remarked D’Arcangelo, “are extremely proud of the quality care and customer service provided to members of our local communities at all of our service sites. The knowledge and professionalism of our staff is unparalleled and provides benefit to our patients in the timeliness and accuracy of our testing.”

For more information about laboratory services offered by Shore Health System, visit www.shorehealth.org.

In photo: (Lab Week DGH 2013) Laboratory professionals at Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge include (front row, left to right) Beverly Ferguson; Jessica Adkins; Kim Elliott; JoAnn Phillips; (back row) Belinda Wixon; Lori Ferko; Rachel Budd; Linda Foss; Lori Huber; Joyce Coleman; Meredith Coulby; and Mike D’Arcangelo, Director of Laboratory Services, Shore Health System.

Shore Health Honors Service Awards Recipients

45 Years (266 x 400)Shore Health System honored its employees reaching service milestones recently with an annual service award banquet at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge. Recognized for their service were 301 employees who were honored for contributing a total of 4,050 years of service to Shore Health, including 56 who have been with Shore Health 25 years or more.

For 2012, the honoree with the longest employment with Shore Health was Lillian Kewer, who celebrated 45 years of service to the organization. Kewer arrived at Memorial Hospital at Easton (MHE) in 1968 to take a job as a nurses’ aide. She was later promoted to senior aide, and stayed in that position until she became unit secretary in the Intensive Care Unit, where she now works part-time. “It’s just been a joy to work at Memorial Hospital,” Kewer comments. “In the early years, I worked just about everywhere with all kinds of patients. I can remember when men and women patients were on different halls in the old part of the hospital.” She adds, “The keys to success in health care are one, you have to love the work and really want to help people, and two, you have to be willing to work when and where you are needed.”

Says Cynthia Beemer, MSN, CCRN, NEA-BC, manager of MHE’s ICU, “I have never questioned Lillian’s commitment to Shore Health System nor her dedication to the Intensive Care Unit, which she considers part of her ‘family.’ She has truly been an asset to Shore Health System for 45 years of dedicated service.”

In photo: Cutline: Lillian Kewer, unit secretary in the Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hospital, was among the 301 employees recently honored for their service to Shore Health. Kewer has worked for the hospital for 45 years.