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Caroline Hospice Foundation and Compass Regional Hospice Host Caroline Hospice Home Blessing

Caroline Hospice Foundation and Compass Regional Hospice
Denton, MD
August 5, 2015

On August 4, 2015 staff, board members and volunteers from Caroline Hospice Foundation and Compass Regional Hospice gathered with area clergy to bless the Caroline Hospice Home. The Caroline Hospice Home located at 613 S. 5th Avenue in Denton is scheduled to re-open this fall.

Clergy from all denominations in Caroline County were invited for breakfast and a tour of the three-bed residential hospice center. The blessing was led by Compass Regional Hospice chaplain Rev. Nancy Greenwell with a special prayer offered by Rev. Denzel Cheek, pastor of Church of the Brethern in Ridgely. Rev. Greenwell led the group in song with Betty Ballas, president of the Caroline Hospice Foundation.

Rev. Greenwell blessed the house and the people who will work and receive care there by saying, “By the Spirit of Grace, may those who give and receive pastoral and hospice care do so in the spirit of human and divine compassion.” The participatns responded, “We dedicate this House to all who abide here awhile, even to the close of their days.”

The Caroline Hospice Home, which is owned by the Caroline Hospice Foundation, was recently renovated with the help of members of the community, who donated time, labor and materials.

Compass Regional Hospice has been providing hospice services and grief support in Caroline County since September 2014. When the Caroline Hospice Home opens, Compass Regional Hospice will staff this facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and continue providing hospice care in private residences, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Learn more about Compass Regional Hospice at www.compassregionalhospice.org or call 443-262-4100. To become a hospice supporter in Caroline County, contact the Caroline Hospice Foundation, 410-479-3500, carolinehospice.com.

Photo:  Pictured at the blessing of the Caroline Hospice Home in Denton are (left to right), seated, Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief counselor, Compass Regional Hospice; Rev. Karen Handy, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton; Laney Tapponnnier, member, Calvary Baptist Church, Denton; Viola Gibbs, Union Bethel AME Church, Denton; Teresa Baumann, vice chair, Compass Regional Hospice board of directors; Rev. Nancy Greenwell, chaplain, Compass Regional Hospice; Janet Fountain, Union Bethel AME Church, Denton; and Wayne Larrimore, MEd, grief counselor, Compass Regional Hospice; standing, Rev. Denzel Cheek, Church of the Brethren, Ridgely; Sharon Loving, LSCW-C, support services supervisor, Compass Regional Hospice; Heidi Plutschak, director, Caroline Hospice Foundation; Betty Ballas, president, Caroline Hospice Foundation board of directors; Brandy Cathcart, human resources, Caroline Hospice Foundation; Courtney Williams, manager, volunteer and professional services, Compass Regional Hospice; Shelly Griffith, RN, nurse educator and Bridges clinical navigator, Compass Regional Hospice; Wanda Molock, volunteer, Compass Regional Hospice; Rev. George Clark; Archie Cawley, Greensboro Baptist Church; and Rev. David Griffin, Ames United Methodist Church, Denton.

Pictured at the blessing of the Caroline Hospice Home in Denton are (left to right), seated, Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief counselor, Compass Regional Hospice; Rev. Karen Handy, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton; Laney Tapponnnier, member, Calvary Baptist Church, Denton; Viola Gibbs, Union Bethel AME Church, Denton; Teresa Baumann, vice chair, Compass Regional Hospice board of directors; Rev. Nancy Greenwell, chaplain, Compass Regional Hospice; Janet Fountain, Union Bethel AME Church, Denton; and Wayne Larrimore, MEd, grief counselor, Compass Regional Hospice; standing, Rev. Denzel Cheek, Church of the Brethren, Ridgely; Sharon Loving, LSCW-C, support services supervisor, Compass Regional Hospice; Heidi Plutschak, director, Caroline Hospice Foundation; Betty Ballas, president, Caroline Hospice Foundation board of directors; Brandy Cathcart, human resources, Caroline Hospice Foundation; Courtney Williams, manager, volunteer and professional services, Compass Regional Hospice; Shelly Griffith, RN, nurse educator and Bridges clinical navigator, Compass Regional Hospice; Wanda Molock, volunteer, Compass Regional Hospice; Rev. George Clark; Archie Cawley, Greensboro Baptist Church; and Rev. David Griffin, Ames United Methodist Church, Denton. – Contributed Photo

Community invited to tour Caroline Hospice Home on August 11, 2015

Caroline Hospice Foundation and Compass Regional Hospice
July 30, 2015

On Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 5:00pm, Caroline Hospice Foundation and Compass Regional Hospice are co-hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the re-opening of the Caroline Hospice Home at 613 S. 5th Avenue in Denton. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony guests are invited for tours until 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served and staff will be on hand to answer questions about hospice care and grief support services available in Caroline County.

The Caroline Hospice Home, a 3-bed residential hospice center owned by the Caroline Hospice Foundation, is scheduled to re-open this fall. Compass Regional Hospice staff will provide patient care and family grief support.

“Re-opening the Caroline Hospice Home allows us to expand the services we have been providing in Caroline County since the state approved us to be the sole provider of hospice services in 2014,” says Heather Guerieri, RN, BSN, CHPN, executive director, Compass Regional Hospice. “Now, in addition to providing hospice care in private residences, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, we will have a three-bed residential hospice center for people who choose this level of care.”

Guerieri adds, “We are grateful to the Caroline Hospice Foundation for the investment they have made in renovating this beautiful hospice center and for what they will continue to do to raise funds we rely on to provide exceptional patient care for the people of Caroline County.”

Heidi Plutschak, director of Caroline Hospice Foundation, says, “We thank the many people of our community who have donated their time, materials and expertise to make it possible for us to complete extensive renovations to the Caroline Hospice Home. What we have accomplished in the last year lives up to the work we have done for 30 years – ensuring that Caroline County families have access to the best and most compassionate hospice care.”

For more information about the August 11 Caroline Hospice Home celebration, contact Heidi Plutschak, Caroline Hospice Foundation, 410-479-3500, carolinehospicefoundation@gmail.com or Linda Mastro, 443-262-4100, lmastro@compassregionalhospice.org.

Photo: The Caroline Hospice Home in Denton has three private rooms that provide a homelike environment for patients and their families.

The Caroline Hospice Home in Denton has three private rooms that provide a homelike environment for patients and their families. – Contributed Photo

Stray Dogs and General Rabies Information; Rabies Found in Stay Dog

Caroline County Health Press Release —————————————————————————————————
Leland Spencer, M.D., MPH Attillio Zarrella, Th.D
Health Officer Deputy Health Officer
PRESS RELEASE January 8, 2015

From: Caroline County Health Department
Re: Stray Dogs and General Rabies Information
In late December, a stray puppy approximately 10 weeks old was found in the 3000 block of Seaman Road in Preston and later tested positive for rabies. The puppy exhibited classic symptoms of rabies: aggression, excessive salivation, vomiting, and slight paralysis. The Caroline County Health Department is currently investigating this incident. If you or anyone you know has any information relating to this incident, please contact the Health Department at 410-479-8045 as soon as possible.

Rabies is an acute, progressive viral infection that nearly always results in fatal encephalitis.

An exposure to the rabies virus may occur when a person is bitten by or exposed to saliva of a rabid animal. The disease is prevented with a four dose rabies vaccine series administered over a period of 14 days and a dose of rabies immunoglobulin given at the beginning of the series. Each year, approximately 900 Marylanders receive preventive vaccinations after exposure to a rabid or potentially rabid animal. Animals with rabies often show changes in behavior. Wild animals may act friendly, domestic animals may become aggressive, and animals that are active only at night may appear during the day.
Rabid animals may stagger, drool, or become paralyzed. The diagnosis of rabies is made by examining brain tissue from the suspected rabid animal.

To avoid being exposed to rabies:
Have your dogs, cats, ferrets, and livestock vaccinated against rabies

Keep your pet under your control at all times, especially when traveling

Enjoy wildlife from a distance and do not feed wildlife

Avoid sick animals and any that are acting in an unusual manner

Cover garbage cans securely and do not leave pet food outside

Do not relocate wildlife

Prevent bats from entering your home. If you find a bat in your home, do not touch it. Only let it go if you are sure no people or household pets have had any contact with it. If it is alive, you can catch it by placing a small box, bowl, or can over the bat once it has landed to
roost, and then slide a piece of cardboard under the container to trap the bat inside. Tape the cardboard to the container and contact Caroline County Health Department.

Report any suspected exposure immediately to the Caroline County

Health Department at 410-479-8045.

The schedule for Spring rabies clinics will be available in the coming months.

December 2014 Events Calendar at Shore Regional Health

Shore Regional Health
December 1, 2014

December 2014 EVENTS CALENDAR

Screenings, Classes, Support Groups, and Events

Free Blood Pressure Screenings – Every Mon & Tues, 9am-12pm, Diagnostic & Imaging Center, Easton; every Tues & Fri, 11am-1pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. (Excluding holidays).

Survivors Offering Support (SOS) – Program pairing women who have breast cancer with mentors who are breast cancer survivors. If you need support or would like to become a mentor, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Transition to Wellness Workshops – Ongoing workshops for breast cancer survivors and breast cancer patients who are ending treatment. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Carb Counting Class – Tues, 12/2, 1:30-3:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Overview of the most commonly-used method of meal planning for diabetics. Referral and advance registration required; contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Tues, 12/2, 6pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Topic: “Know Your Diabetes ABC’s.” Contact: 410-479-2161.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tues, 12/2 & 12/16, 10-11:30am, UM SMC at Easton, Requard Social Center. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Diabetes Self-Management Class – Tues, 12/2-9-16, 1-4pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Stroke Support Groups Holiday Luncheon – Thurs, 12/4, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. MidShore group and Queenstown group will convene for holiday event including a pot-luck luncheon and gift exchange; participants and guests are welcome. RSVP and inquiries for meal planning and gift exchange: 410-822-9962 or
midshorestroke@gmail.com.

Gestational Diabetes Classes – Thurs, 12/4, 12/11 & 12/18, 10am-12pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Single-session class addressing care during pregnancy and what to expect afterward. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Labor and Delivery Class I, II, III – Sat, 12/6, 8:30am-3pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Overview of pregnancy and birth for expectant mothers, spouses and birthing coaches. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Better Breathers Group – Wed, 12/10, 12:30-2pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Topic: Keeping Your Diet Under Control Over the Holidays. Presenters: Mary King, RD, CDE and Sherrie Hill, RN. Light refreshments. Free. RSVP: 410-778-7668 ext. 2222.

New Mom, New Baby: Safety and CPR – Sat, 12/13, 9am-1:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Learn about post-partum care, pain management, nutrition and more. Free. To register, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

Look Good … Feel Better – Mon, 12/15, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Free ACS program for women with cancer includes hair, skin and make-up tips, samples and a visit to the wig room. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Cancer and Prostate Cancer Support Groups Holiday Event
– Mon, 12/15, 6pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center. The two groups convene for a holiday event featuring a pot-luck dinner. Participants and their guests welcome; bring a covered dish. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thurs, 12/18, 6pm, UM Shore Nursing & Rehab Center at Chestertown. Contact: 410-778-4550.

Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation – Sat, 12/20, 9:30-11am, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Designed to help parents prepare their children for the arrival of a new baby. Free. Registration: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Mon, 12/22, 10am-12pm, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, UM SMC at Easton. For those who have completed diabetes education classes but want to take their self-care to the next level. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Please note: The next Safe Sitter class in Chestertown will take place Saturday, January 24. Registration is first come, first serve. Call 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Hospice of Queen Anne’s Changes Name to Compass Regional Hospice

Compass Regional Hospice
November 2014

Hospice of Queen Anne’s has a new name: Compass Regional Hospice. The name Compass Regional Hospice symbolizes that Hospice of Queen Anne’s is setting off on a new course, one that includes a larger geographic region and that builds on nearly 30 years as a respected provider of hospice care and grief support.

The image of a compass reflects the organization’s mission of helping patients and families set their own direction as they choose how to live with a life-limiting illness.

Compass Regional Hospice Executive Director Heather Guerieri says, “Now that we are the sole provider of hospice services in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties, we need a name that describes our wider geographic reach in the community.”

Guerieri adds, “A compass is a navigational tool that anyone can use to set a course and change direction in the same way that we help patients and families receive care on their terms. Also, a moral compass guides every member of our staff and each volunteer to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right person, every day of the year.”

In July, the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) approved Hospice of Queen Anne’s as the hospice provider in Kent County. The MHCC added Caroline County to HQA’s service area in September. At the same time the MHCC approved Hospice of Queen Anne’s to provide hospice care in Talbot County.

“We will partner with Talbot Hospice until they become a fully licensed and independent hospice agency,” Guerieri explains. “Compass Regional Hospice will continue to be an approved hospice provider in Talbot County for specific referrals, such as hospice care for children.”

Guerieri adds, “As we take on a new name we do so with great respect for our heritage in Queen Anne’s County and with appreciation for the people who will be welcoming us into their homes in Kent, Caroline and Talbot Counties.”

Kathy Deoudes, chair of the Compass Regional Hospice Board of Directors, says, “As Compass Regional Hospice we pledge to retain our roots in Queen Anne’s County while we build new relationships in the communities that we now serve. This expansion of our services has been a long and carefully considered process. With every step along the way we have focused on two things – the memory of the patients we have served for almost 30 years and the well-being of the people for whom we will continue to provide the highest level of hospice care and bereavement services.”

For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, call 443-262-4100 or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org.

UM Shore Regional Health announces “Ask the Expert” events in November

UM Shore Regional Health
October 20, 2014

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health announces several dates for its “Ask the Expert” series offered throughout the region in November. “Ask the Expert” offers area residents access to the most current information on relevant health care topics, presented by clinical experts who live and work here on the Eastern Shore:

Beat the Bug — Staying Healthy by Preventing Infection: Julie Bryan, RN, CIC, Infection Prevention Coordinator for UM Shore Regional Health, discusses the latest information on various infections and ways to avoid them, whether at home, traveling or even in a health care facility.
• 2 p.m., November 7, Brookletts Place — The Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton
• 10 a.m., November 12, Caroline County Senior Center, 407 S. Seventh St., Denton
• 2 p.m., November 19, Grasonville (Queen Anne’s County) Senior Center, 4802 Main St., Grasonville

Palliative Care: What Everyone Should Know: Madeline Steffens, RN, BSN, HPCN, Nurse Coordinator of UM Shore Regional Palliative Care Program, gives an overview and outlook of how palliative care works for patients, families and caregivers.
• 10 a.m., November 5, Caroline County Senior Center, 407 S. Seventh St., Denton
• 2 p.m., November 17, Grasonville Senior Center, 4802 Main St., Grasonville
• 2 p.m., November 21, Brookletts Place — The Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton

Relieve Pain through Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Khalid Kurtom, MD, of Chesapeake Neurological Surgery, an affiliate of UM Shore Medical Group, continues his popular discussion on the latest in minimally invasive surgery for pain relief.
• 7 p.m., November 20, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Conference Center, 100 Brown St., Chestertown

Staying Ahead of Diabetes: Kenneth Patrick Ligaray, MD and Faustino Macuha, MD, of the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, provide enlightening facts about one of the region’s most prevalent health issues, including how to control risk factors — such as diet — and how to manage your care and medication if you’re diagnosed.
• 7 p.m., November 18, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, third floor classroom, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge

Attendees are asked to RSVP to Cathy Wright, 410-822-1000, ext. 5222.

Rabies Clinics hosted by The Caroline County Humane Society

Caroline Humane Society, Ridgley, MD
September 2014

The Caroline County Humane Society in Ridgley, MD hosting four rabies clinics this fall.

Goldsboro Fire Department Sunday September 28th, 2 pm – 4 pm700 Old Line Road Goldsboro, MD 21636

Caroline County Humane Society on Saturday October 4th, 1 pm – 3 pm.407 West Bell Street Ridgely, MD 21660

Preston Fire Department on Sunday October 19th from,2 pm – 4 pm 3680 Choptank Road Preston, MD 21655

Federalsburg Fire Department on Wednesday November 19th from 6 pm – 8 pm.208 North University Avenue Federalsburg, MD 21632

Rabies Vaccines are just $5.00 per pet. Microchipping will be available for $25.00 ( dogs only ) Caroline County dog’s license will also be available to be purchased. All dogs must be on leash at all times. Cats and Ferrets must be in carriers at all times.

Contact
Amanda Showell Cook
407 West Bell Ave
Ridgely, MD 21660
410-820-1600
info@carolinehumane.org

Caroline County Humane Society Community Meeting – September 24, 2014

Caroline County Humane Society
September 2014

Please join The Humane Society of the United States and the Caroline County Humane Society for a FREE community meeting to discuss current issues and learn how you can help animals.

This meeting will focus on animal cruelty and animal fighting and how citizens can help crack down on these illegal activities. We’ll give an overview of existing laws, hear about the work of the Caroline County Humane Society and local animal control officers to combat animal cruelty and fighting in the community. You’ll learn how to recognize dogfighting and animal cruelty and how to help your local law enforcement. If you’re concerned about animal cruelty, animal fighting or just generally creating a more humane community, please attend this free meeting!

RSVP today (tsantelli@humanesociety.org or 240-731-7862) and hope to see you there!
September 24, 2014, 6pm-8pm
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
100 Market Street
Denton, MD 21629

Ask the Expert Series Continues with Women’s Health Talk at Caroline County Library

October 11, 2013

Dale Jarari, MSN, FNP-BC, MD, of UM Shore Women’s Care, will give a free educational talk about “Women’s Health: When Should I Be Screened?” The talk takes place on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Caroline County Public Library in Denton. Jafari has more than 30 years of experience in women’s health.

Other dates and locations for the Ask the Expert series include:
· Dr. Anna Ahn – “Living Well with Obstructive Lung Disease” — Thursday, October 24, 2 p.m., Talbot Senior Center;
· Dr. Duane Cespedes – “Fixing the Leaky Faucet: Evaluation and Treatment of Urinary Incontinence” — Tuesday, November 5, 7 p.m., UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown;
· Dr. Christopher Parry – “Urology Today: Treating Urilogical Conditions” –Thursday, November 7, 2 p.m., Kent County Library;
· Jackie Weston, BSN, BN-BC – “Stress, Depression and the Holidays: Keeping it Together During the Season” — Monday, November 11, 2 p.m., Dorchester County Library;
· Dr. Frederick VanDusen – “Facts About the Flu” — Thursday, November 14, 2 p.m., Kent County Library

“Ask the Expert,” is a free community health program sponsored by UM Shore Regional Health. The “Ask the Expert” series is an ongoing program that will be offered throughout the year. The next seminar series takes place in early 2014. Seating is limited; please RSVP to Cathy Wright at 410-822-1000, ext. 5222 or cwright@shorehealth.org.

Free Talk on “Keeping Your Kids Healthy This Season” at Talbot County Library

Um Shore Regional Health
Easton, MD
October 1, 2013

Do you have kids and want to keep them healthy? The cold and flu season is upon us and there are many ways to keep your kids (and YOU) healthy! Richard Fritz, MD, a pediatrician with Shore Pediatrics will give a free talk on “Keeping Your Kids Healthy This Season.”

It takes place next Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library.

It is free and open to the public but reservations are requested. Please RSVP to Cathy Wright at 410-822-1000, ext. 5222 or cwright@shorehealth.org.