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Shore Health ICU Units Recognized

Dec 12, 2012 ● By Anonymous

Shore Health’s ICU units at Memorial Hospital and Dorchester General were honored by the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) for their Target Zero efforts as part of a state and national collaborative to reduce healthcare associated infections. MHA, in partnership with the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care and the Maryland Patient Safety Center, is part of the largest national voluntary effort to reduce the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). The ICU units at Memorial Hospital and Dorchester General are two of 78 units in 44 Maryland hospitals participating in the collaborative. Maryland’s “On the CUSP: Stop BSI” effort had one of the nation’s highest hospital participation rates, 90 percent, compared to the average hospital participation rate of 24 percent in states across the country. Central line-associated bloodstream infections are a leading cause of health care-associated infections in acute care hospitals. They are usually linked to a central line or central venous catheter — a long thin tube inserted into a large vein and used to provide medicine, fluid, nutrients or blood over an extended period of time to the sickest patients. Those patients, especially the elderly and very young, may have fragile immune systems, making them more susceptible to infections. “It is remarkable to see the efforts of our staff to reach Target Zero continue to get state and national recognition and as a result, help save more lives,” says Julie Bryan, BS, RN, CIC, Infection Prevention Coordinator.

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AAMC Awarded Elite Distinction as a 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospital

Dec 12, 2012 ● By Anonymous

December 11, 2012—The Leapfrog Group’s annual list of Top Hospitals was recently announced in Baltimore, Maryland and included Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in Annapolis, Maryland for the second consecutive year. Only two other hospitals in Maryland have the distinction of being a Top Hospital. The announcement came at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting, focusing on transparency as the key to improved hospital safety, and Top Hospital Awards. “This award recognizes the high standards of our hospital across all services with a particular focus on patient safety, quality and effective use of resources.  Anne Arundel Medical Center is among an elite group of hospitals to earn this distinction. I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished here!” says Tori Bayless, president and CEO of AAMC. “The Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction is by far the most competitive award a hospital can receive.  Leapfrog holds hospitals to the highest standards on behalf of our purchaser members and their employees. By achieving the Top Hospital accolade, Anne Arundel Medical Center has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. This hospital stands out as one consistently providing safe, high quality care, and I would be comfortable sending my family to AAMC for care,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. AAMC was selected as a Top Hospital out of nearly 1,200 hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. This year, the Top Rural Hospital list includes a record 13 hospitals. Additionally, there are 67 Top Urban Hospitals and 12 Top Children’s Hospitals. Other hospitals reaching this achievement include academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings. The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use, and management structures in place to prevent errors.  The results of the survey are posted on a website (http://www.leapfroggroup.org/cp) open to patients and families, the public, employers, and other purchasers of healthcare.

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BWWHA is Offering a New Model of Care to Pregnant Women

Dec 05, 2012 ● By Anonymous

Baltimore Washington Women’s Health Associates (BWWHA) is offering a new model of care to pregnant women. CenteringPregnancy™ takes women out of exam rooms and into groups for their prenatal care. Women complete their conventional medical history and physical exam privately and then join a group of eight to 12 women with similar due dates. Each group completes their prenatal care together, with a facilitator and provider at ten sessions. Women not only track the health of their pregnancy, but also discuss a variety of educational topics. “This is not one-stop prenatal care shopping,” said nurse midwife and Centering provider Paula J. Greer, CNM. “There is a synergistic effect to what we are doing so you get a set of value-added services, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It's bundling for the mother-to-be!” Groups—which are formed between 12 and 16 weeks gestation—meet regularly throughout the pregnancy. The groups continue to meet after delivery, meeting every month for four months and then bi-weekly. Approximately 8 to 12 women comprise each group. CenteringPregnancy was piloted in the early 1990s by a nurse midwife, Sharon Schindler Rising. Now there are over 300 Centering sites in almost all 50 states and some foreign countries. Centering groups promote: Better birth outcomes More provider and patient contact Patient empowerment and learning Self-care Support and friendship among group members The groups have scheduled appointments and discuss health concerns and expectations in a supportive setting. Healthy snacks and refreshments are served. For more information about CenteringPregnancy or to sign up, please call 410-553-8260.

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Carroll, Miles Named Shore Health 2012 Director, Manager of the Year

Nov 30, 2012 ● By Anonymous

Shore Health System announces that Robert Carroll, MBA, Director of Director of Performance Measurement and Improvement is the 2012 Director of the Year. Jennifer Miles, BS, RN, Nurse Manager for, 2 East Multi-Specialty Care Unit at Memorial Hospital, is the 2012 Manager of the Year. The 2012 honorees were chosen by their peers based on their commitment to delivering the Shore Health mission of Exceptional Care, Every Day. The nominees were selected based on their demonstrated service, relationship building, initiative, systems thinking, vision, teamwork and overall commitment to the patients, families, physicians and staff of Shore Health. Carroll, who lives in Preston, has nearly two decades of healthcare management experience. He is responsible for Shore Health’s performance measurement and improvement and serves as a resource for physicians, nurses and other clinical staff as they work together to measure how well we are serving our patients and identify opportunities for improvement. He works with the Shore Health Quality Team as well as leaders on the medical and nursing staffs to achieve the highest levels of quality and patient safety. A graduate of Rutgers University, Carroll received a Masters of Business Administration program at Wilmington College with a concentration in Health Care Administration. He is a Certified Professional in Health Care Quality, and a Motorola® Certified Six Sigma Green Belt. His professional affiliations include memberships in the National Association for Healthcare Quality, American College of Healthcare Executives and the Maryland Association for Healthcare Quality. Commenting on Carroll’s contributions to Shore Health System, one of his peers said, “Rob has a true knack for building relationships and supporting the clinical areas. He identifies issues before we even know they are issues.” Another person writes, “Rob’s communication techniques and presentation methods always help staff and community leadership understand the workings of our organization and what we have accomplished and need to accomplish. He always has a positive attitude no matter what the situation. He is 150 percent committed to what he is responsible for and strives to deliver the exceptional care every day.” Miles, who lives in Easton, began her career at Memorial Hospital’s Surgical Unit in 1988. She received her nursing degree from the Macqueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing in 1992. She worked as a staff nurse in the Surgical Unit and Same Day/Short Stay/PACU for 11 years before taking a role as clinical coordinator for the Multi-Specialty Care Unit. She was named Nurse Manager for the unit in 2005. Miles earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Wilmington College in 2003. She is certified in Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Administration by the Oncology Nurses Society and a CPR instructor. One colleague who nominated Miles for manager of the year wrote, “Doing what is best for the patient is paramount. She always advocates for the needs of the patient, putting in whatever time is needed to meet their needs and assure that the most appropriate care is delivered.” Another nominator wrote, “Jenn brings innovative, system and process related ideas that are rooted in the real processes of care delivery and nursing practice to the teams that she works on. She is quick to grasp the organization’s goals, her team’s part and her own part in helping us to achieve those objectives.” Congratulations to Rob Carroll and Jennifer Miles for this much deserved recognition and for their continued commitment to provide exceptional care, everyday.

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Hearthstone Health and Fitness Teams with the Maryland Chapter of the American Diabetes Association to Host Leading Diabetes Licensed Clinical Social Worker During American Diabetes Month

Nov 20, 2012 ● By Anonymous

Dr. Joseph Napora to Present Discussion on Stress and Metabolism Easton, Maryland – November 8, 2012 – Hearthstone Health and Fitness announces that it has teamed with the Maryland Chapter of the American Diabetes Association to host Joseph Napora, PhD, LCSW-C of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Center to present a discussion on stress and metabolism on November 15, 2012 at Hearthstone. The discussion is entitled, "Stress and Your Metabolism: Practical Advice for Mastering the Stress Demons That Affect Your Health and Happiness." Dr. Napora is a clinical social worker who was in private practice in Baltimore for over 38 years specializing in coping with trauma and chronic illness. He has been on the staff of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Diabetes Center since it opened in 1984 and the Suburban Hospital Diabetes Center in Bethesda, Md. since it opened in 1999. The enthusiasm of participants in these programs led to his writing “Stress-Free Diabetes: Your Guide to Health and Happiness”, published in April 2010 by The American Diabetes Association. In recent years, the conceptualization and practice of mindfulness has been highly regarded in the field of mental health; and in this work, living mindfully is taken to a new and dynamic level. Dr. Napora has presented numerous workshops and talks to professional and lay audiences. The value of humor in reducing stress and in determining quality of life has been of special interest to him both professionally and personally. He has also written several magazine articles, and he was the coauthor of three chapters in “A Core Curriculum for Diabetes Educators," 4th Edition, American Association of Diabetes Educators, Chicago, 2001. Hearthstone’s President and CEO, Dave Tuthill says, “We are honored to have teamed with the Maryland Chapter of the American Diabetes Association in presenting Dr. Napora to our Hearthstone audience. We thank Kathy Rogers, the executive director of the Maryland Chapter for her ongoing help in elevating the local awareness of the ever- widening reach that diabetes has within Talbot County.”   Kathy Rogers, the executive director for the American Diabetes Association, Maryland Chapter remarks, “The group at Hearthstone does remarkable work on many levels but it is their special interest in helping those with diabetes that makes them stand out. As November is American Diabetes Month, we wanted to make sure we brought a leading Maryland speaker on this disease to the eastern shore.” Hearthstone will be awarding copies of Dr. Napora's book to selected attendees that evening. This lecture will be free to all Hearthstone members and also to members of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as well as to riders of the 2012 ADA Tour de Cure bike ride. All other proceeds from the evening will be donated to the American Diabetes Association. Contact Hearthstone at 410.690.3838 to reserve a space at the discussion. About Hearthstone Health and Fitness Hearthstone Health and Fitness, Inc. (“Hearthstone”) is the mid-Shore’s pre-eminent health and fitness facility offering programs for every type of person from those athletes seeking to improve their performance to those who have never exercised and are looking to improve their health and fitness. The Hearthstone concept is a “lifestyle” concept with the facility striving to touch the lives of their clients on a 24/7 basis through the employment of fitness training, life coaching, nutritional coaching, meals-to-go and other health-related educational opportunities. Hearthstone’s credentialed staff will work with members to help them achieve their health goals. The facility provides state-of-the-art equipment and the latest in technology to help members see how their body responds, from the inside out, to focused exercise and a regimen of healthy eating. To learn more about Hearthstone, please visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.hearthstonehealthandfitness.com" http://www.hearthstonehealthandfitness.com or contact Dave Tuthill, president at  HYPERLINK "mailto:Dave@HearthstoneHealthandFitness.com" Dave@HearthstoneHealthandFitness.com or 410.690.3838.

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AAMC Foundation Names New Officers, Board Members for 2012-2013

Nov 20, 2012 ● By Anonymous

November 5, 2012 – The Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) Foundation Board of Directors has named new officers and five new members for the upcoming year. The new Foundation officers are: JoAnn DeCesaris, of the Geaton & JoAnn DeCesaris Family Foundation, chair; Theodore Pincus, executive vice president and CFO, FTI Consulting, Inc., (Retired), vice chair; Judy Zazulia Wahl, community leader, secretary; Laura Westervelt, vice president of CBRE-CB Richard Ellis, treasurer.  New additions to the Foundation board include: Joseph Baldwin  Richard Franyo  Todd Mohr  James Roberts Lesly Sajak Joseph (Jay) Baldwin serves as President and CEO of Reliable Contracting Company. Baldwin also manages several residential and commercial real estate development companies and has been involved in some of the area's most successful projects. He is involved in many charitable and philanthropic activities and generously supports Anne Arundel Medical Center, Hospice of the Chesapeake and the University of Maryland.  Richard (Dick) Franyo is the proprietor of Boatyard Bar & Grill. In 2002, he retired from a 30-year career as an investment banker and managing director for Deutsche Bank Alex Brown in Baltimore. He is actively involved as a board member of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, National Sailing Hall of Fame (president), the Ocean Race Chesapeake, and the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau in addition to other community and civic organizations. He is a donor to AAMC. Todd Mohr is the president of Aerotek Inc., an operating company of Allegis Group Inc. He started his career at Aerotek as a technical recruiter in 1995 and has continued to expand his role into various areas of leadership. Mohr is a member of the Sellinger School Board of Sponsors, the business school of Loyola University Maryland. He also serves on the board of The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB), and the non-profit organization “Ready to Give.”  James (Jim) Roberts retired as Chairman and CEO of Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc. in 2009. A veteran of the coal and energy sector, prior to his role with Foundation Coal, he served as president & CEO of RAG American Coal Holding, Inc. Roberts currently serves on the board of Alpha Natural Resources. He is a former director and a former chairman of the National Mining Association, a former director of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a former member of the executive committee of the National Coal Council, and the former vice-chair of the Coal Utilization Research Council.  In addition to generously supporting AAMC, Roberts also donates to the Hospice of the Chesapeake.  Lesly Sajak grew up in Gambrills and graduated from the University of Maryland College Park, with a degree in Radio, Television and Film. Upon graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career. It was there that she met her husband, Pat Sajak. As supporters of AAMC, Sajak and her husband generously donated toward the Breast Center in 2001 and the Sajak Pavilion was named in recognition of their gift. Sajak was a member of the AAMC Foundation Board from 2002 to 2009 and also served on the board of Severn School.  Other members of the AAMC Foundation Board of Directors are: Catherine Adelman; Pamela Batstone; Victoria W. Bayless, president and CEO of Anne Arundel Health System; Brendan Gill, chair of the Building Traditions Society; John Kopkoswki, president of the AAMC Auxiliary; Martin L. Doordan, CEO Emeritus of Anne Arundel Health System; Doug Mitchell, M.D., past president of the AAMC medical staff;  Michael G. Foundos, Sr.; Philip Gibbs; Barry Gossett; Anthony Izzo; Henry Libby; Charles Moore, Jr.; Patricia McManus; Thomas J. Mulrenin; Cullen Murray; James Myers; Maria C. Scott, M.D.; Richard C. Springer; and Jerry South. Lisa Hillman is president of the Foundation.

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