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Hospice Nurse Named Everyday Hero

Angela Fleetwood, RN, hospice nurse for Shore Home Care and Hospice, was recently honored as an Everyday Hero.

A grateful patient made a donation to Shore Health System to recognize the care she received from Fleetwood. In a note sent with her donation, the patient wrote, “Angela is my angel.”

The Everyday Hero Program provides patients, their families and the local community an opportunity to thank a Shore Health System physician, employee or volunteer by making a financial donation to the Memorial Hospital Foundation in their name. For more information, call Shelley Bell, 410-822-1000, ext. 5763.

In photo: Celebrating Angela Fleetwood’s Everyday Hero recognition (left to right) are Pat O’Shea, Director of Development for the Memorial Hospital Foundation; Trish Focht, RN, Hospice Manager; Angela Fleetwood, RN, hospice nurse; and Rita Holley, MS, BSN, Director of Shore Home Care and Hospice, an affiliate of Shore Health System.

Memorial Hospital Foundation Invests $325K Toward EMR Technology

Every year, the Memorial Hospital Foundation invests in technology and clinical services that enhance patient care around the region. The Foundation’s latest grant of $325,000 was used to purchase 47 Hewlett-Packard tablets for the staff of Shore Home Care and Hospice and Shore Wellness Partners.

The tablets, similar in size and capability to a small laptop computer, are used by field staff, including nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and a bereavement coordinator, who care for patients at home.

“When you get a call after hours from a patient’s family, having mobile access to patient information is so crucial in providing the most appropriate care in an efficient manner,” says Rita Holley, MS, BSN, RN, Director of Shore Home Care and Hospice.

According to Holley, nurses who work out in the field can have difficulty accessing patient information in “real time.” Thanks to the purchase of the tablets, nursing staff can get up-to-the-minute access to their patient’s electronic medical records 24 hours a day, no matter the location. This information includes medications, laboratory results, advanced directives and physician orders.

“This generous gift from the Memorial Hospital Foundation gets our nurses the information they need, especially after hours, to make critical patient care decisions,” adds Holley.

This investment in technology is already showing significant benefits for staff and patients.

Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, RN, Director of Shore Wellness Partners, adds, “In addition to improving document legibility, which translates into safe, effective care, the tablets provide us with a secure mobile tool for interacting and educating our clients in the field.”

To learn more about how you can make a gift to support technological investments for patient care provided by Shore Health System, contact the Memorial Hospital Foundation at 410-822-1000, ext. 5915.

In photo above: Melanie Hampton, MSN, RN, Community Case Specialist for Shore Wellness Partners, updates a patient’s medical record from her car. Thanks to a $325K grant from the Memorial Hospital Foundation, staff at Shore Wellness Partners and Shore Home Care and Hospice, have tablets that provide real time access to their patient’s records.

In photo: From left, Rita Holley, MSN, BSN, RN, Director of Shore Home Care and Hospice and Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, RN, Director of Shore Wellness Partners, provide an update to the Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors on how their newly purchased tablets have helped enhance patient care.

Shore Health Care and Hospice Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary, Honors Longtime Staff

November marks the 15-year anniversary of Shore Home Care and Hospice, an affiliate of Shore Health System that provides skilled home care services, hospice care and the “Lifeline” personal response system to Mid-Shore residents. The anniversary was recognized in conjunction with November’s National Home Care Month and Hospice Month with a special celebration breakfast held at Shore Home Care and Hospice’s offices on 121 Federal Street in Easton.

“Over the past 15 years, Shore Home Care and Hospice has evolved and grown to become an invaluable and essential asset to our community,” said Rita Holley, MS, BSN, RN, Director for Shore Home Care and Hospice. “We are working to ensure that we provide that important continuum of care for patients as they navigate from the hospital to home.”

Shore Home Care and Hospice professionals offer their skills, experience and caring support to patients when they require specialized medical services. Shore Home Care provides services to patients after they are discharged from the hospital, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes as well as to people who are ill at home.

Hospice care focuses on the quality of life rather than length of life. Under the medical direction of Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, who is board certified as a Diplomate in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the Shore Home Care Hospice team of nurses, social workers, hospice aides, and physical, occupational and speech therapists helps patients and families review their options when they are facing the end of life.

Shore Health System hospice services are provided to patients in their homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and in the guest wings operated by the Talbot and Caroline Hospice Foundations.

“This is not just a job for our staff – it is a lifestyle,” said Holley. “When you do this kind of work, it lives with you and stays with you. It is such an honor to provide this service to our community.”

For more information about Shore Home Care and Hospice, call 410-820-6052 and visit www.shorehealth.org/services/shc.

In photo: Rita Holley, MS, BSN, RN, Director for Shore Home Care and Hospice, is pictured with the Shore Home Care and Hospice and employees who have 15 or more years of service: from left, Penny Deshields, Clinical Information Processor; Roxie Palmer, Home Health Aide; Carolyn Duvall, OTRR, Lifeline Coordinator; Lisa Glessner, RN, Hospice Nurse; Caren Grant, RN, Customer Service Intake Nurse; Kelly Lord, Home Health Supervisor; Trish Focht, RN, Hospice Supervisor; and Pete Fox, RN, Hospice Nurse

Shore Health System Celebrates National Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Month

During November, Shore Health System is honoring the professionals who offer their skills, experience and caring support to patients and families when they require specialized medical services.

Rita Holley, MS, BSN, RN, Director for Shore Home Care and Hospice, says, “Although we officially celebrate our accomplishments in November, the work we do to make a difference in the quality of life for our patients and their families happens all year long.”

Holley adds, “Home health, hospice and palliative care providers can play an especially critical role in the lives of military veterans who served our country and who may be entering challenging chapters of their lives.”

In the most recent fiscal year, Shore Home Care logged in 1,500 admissions for service and made nearly 25,000 patient visits. For this same period, admissions to the Shore Health System hospice program were 230 with 272 patients served.

Simply being at home can be a comfort for individuals recovering from an illness or injury. Sometimes, though, the challenges of recovery may go beyond what even the most independent-minded person and well-prepared caregivers can manage.

“Shore Home Care provides services to patients discharged from the hospital, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes and for patients who are ill at home,” Holley explains. “Family members and patients can call us directly to discuss available services and to coordinate care with their primary care physician.”

The type and length of time that home health care services are provided is determined based on the severity of the illness or injury, in coordination with the patient’s physician. Members of the Shore Home Care team teach the patient and caregivers what steps to take to ensure progress and to create a safe environment at home. Shore Home Care consistently receives top scores for patient satisfaction and quality care from patients who have received the organization’s services.

Home health nurses provide medication and dietary instruction, wound care and education on specific diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. Social workers maintain a comprehensive network of community resources for other medical, financial and social services that may be needed.

Shore Home Care’s physical therapists use exercises and equipment to help relieve pain, maintain flexibility, and increase mobility and strength. Occupational therapists provide patients with meaningful instruction on activities of daily living and on the use of adaptive equipment to help them gain greater independence while remaining safe at home. Speech-language therapists can help those with impaired speech regain the ability to communicate clearly and to overcome swallowing impairments common to stroke and other illnesses.

Home health aides help individuals with basic personal needs such as getting in and out of bed, bathing, dressing and grooming. Shore Home Care also offers Philips Lifeline®, a medical alert system that provides life-saving response and monitoring 24 hours a day.

Hospice care focuses on the quality of life rather than length of life. Under the medical direction of Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, who is board certified as a Diplomate in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the Shore Home Care Hospice team of nurses, social workers, hospice aides, and physical, occupational and speech therapists helps patients and families review their options when they are facing the end of life.

Shore Health System hospice services are provided to patients in their homes, in the guest wings of residential facilities operated by the Talbot and Caroline Hospice Foundations, and in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

“Wherever home is – whether a skilled nursing facility, a residential hospice home, a friend or family member’s home or the house you’ve been living in for many years, we want to help each person make the most of each day, surrounded by friends and family in a familiar, supportive environment,” says Shelley Stone, MS, BSN, RN, Shore Health System’s Hospice Program Manager.

Palliative care is an option at any point in a patient’s course of illness from diagnosis onward, and may even be delivered alongside curative treatments to alleviate suffering, whatever the prognosis.

Consultations by physicians and nurses specialized in palliative care may benefit anyone with an advanced, debilitating or chronic illness, such as heart disease, Parkinson’s, kidney failure, lung disease or cancer. This specialized care is offered to patients at The Memorial Hospital at Easton and Dorchester General Hospital by nurses trained to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of a serious illness.

In addition to tending to the medical needs of seriously ill and dying patients, hospice staff and palliative care providers encourage family members to discuss financial and legal matters, living wills, advance directives as well as their emotional and spiritual concerns. The goal is to help families make decisions that will guide them through a peaceful and comfortable transition.

For more information about Shore Home Care and Hospice, call 410-820-6052 and visit www.shorehealth.org/services/shc.