Peninsula Regional Weather-Related Closings/Delays for Feb. 26

snowy PRMCOur emergency department is open 24/7 and so is most of the rest of the hospital. However, due to the inclement weather, we have closed or delayed a few services for safety reasons.

  • Medical Oncology Services and the Outpatient Infusion Lab at PRMC’s Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute will open at 11AM on Thursday, February 26. Patients who cannot make their appointments are asked to call 410-543-1282 to reschedule.
  • Radiation Oncology Services at PRMC’s Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute will open at noon on Thursday, February 26. Patients who cannot make their appointments are asked to call 410-543-7006 to reschedule.
  • Breast Center at PRMC will open at 11AM on Thursday, February 26. Patients who cannot make their appointments are asked to call 410-543-7599 to reschedule.
  • Peninsula Partners’ Colors of New England Presentation scheduled for February 26 has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Peninsula Wound and Hyperbaric Center at PRMC is closed on Thursday, February 26.
  • Peninsula Regional Medical Group Family Medicine offices in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia are closed on Thursday, February 26.
  • All Labs within Peninsula Regional Medical Group Family Medicine offices are closed on Thursday, February 26.
  • All Peninsula Regional Medical Group Specialty Care practices are opening two hours late.
  • Diabetes Education Class schedueld for 1 p.m. today is canceled.
  • PRMC Cardiac Rehab in Berlin is closing at 10:30AM on February 26.
  • PRMC Cardiac Rehab on the hospital campus is closing at 12:30PM on February 26
  • Indoor Cycling Class is cancelled for February 26.

Keep up to date at www.peninsula.org/closings.

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PRMC Joins the Advanced Health Collaborative with 9 Other Maryland Hospitals

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Peggy naleppa, Peninsula Regional Medical Center President/CEO

A Message from Peggy Naleppa, Peninsula Regional Medical Center President/CEO:

I’m very happy to share that today Peninsula Regional Medical Center has entered into a new healthcare collaborative with four other leading Maryland health systems (nine other hospitals) to create the Advanced Health Collaborative, LLC, (AHC). PRMC joins Adventist HealthCare, LifeBridge Health, Mercy Health Services, and Trivergent Health Alliance (featuring Frederick Memorial, Meritus and Western Maryland Health System).

This alliance, much like the HealthPartners Delmarva collaboration we formed with Bayhealth of Dover this past summer to establish a Delaware partner, is not the purchase of one health system by any of the others, and it does not include any plans to downsize the workforce of any participating hospital.

A key benefit of AHC membership will be the opportunity for shared learning and collaboration, allowing partners to manage changes in healthcare more efficiently and effectively than any single organization could on its own.

With a unified focus on improving health for their patients and communities, AHC gives us the opportunity to go farther together while maintaining our independence and autonomy.

So why AHC and why now?

We are always exploring ways of working with other hospitals and community partners to benefit the Delmarva Peninsula with improved services and reduced costs, while still remaining independent and local.

The Advanced Health Collaborative combined with our HealthPartners Delmarva agreement with Bayhealth truly best positions PRMC to provide our communities with the ultimate healthcare experience, close to their homes and at the best possible cost (Healthcare’s Triple Aim).

Like our agreement with Bayhealth, the Western Shore institutions we have aligned with in the AHC are also very similar in size and very like-minded to PRMC in their commitment to exceptional patient care and in the way they run their hospitals.

Working with these other health systems also gives PRMC a much stronger collective and collaborative voice in discussions regarding the changing healthcare landscape in Maryland and Delaware.

The AHC and HealthPartners Delmarva alliances will also bring greater strength to the quality of care we provide residents of the Delmarva Peninsula, and we are already well into discussions around ways to share information on quality improvement initiatives to ensure that our patients continue to have the best possible care.

We can certainly benefit from the knowledge of other member systems’ experiences and share best practices on how to reduce health risks and deliver care where it is needed most. As the Affordable Care Act encourages better quality, better outcomes and lower cost, this alliance will help us reach those aims for all of our patients.

As we collaborate on population health and care coordination programs, we can expect to reduce cost (ours and those for the patient) through shared population health and care coordination resources or services. In our area, that will include some of those services desperately needed, like behavioral health.

Individually, we all have developed great population health programs and partnerships within our communities, with Karen Poisker leading ours here at PRMC. We can now share those best practices across the state to develop the best options for our friends and neighbors at all five health systems.

The bottom line in this collaboration, and our agreement with Bayhealth, is improved patient care. We must provide the most appropriate care, in convenient locations and at the best possible cost. And that’s something any of us who have the privilege of taking care of people should be striving for every day we come to work.

I’m excited that our new collaboration with these outstanding Maryland hospitals will provide us the opportunity to become even better and stronger, and to continue our journey from good to great.

If you’d like to learn more about the Advanced Health Collaborative, please visit the website www.ahcmaryland.org.

 

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Insulin Pump Club Meeting at PRMC on March 19

The Insulin Pump Club meeting that was postponed due to last week’s weather has been rescheduled. Please join the group on Thursday, March 19, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the CQI2 room of the AVery W. Hall Educational Building at PRMC. The meeting will feature a special talk by speakers from the UMES dietitian intern program on the topic of “Why? Same Amount of Carb, But Really Different Blood Sugars.” Please call the Diabetes Education Program at Peninsula Regional Medical Center at 410-543-7061 for questions.

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PRMC Offers Free Heart and Vascular Screenings

Coastal Cardiovascular Checks Offered in Accomack County on March 10

The Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center will be sponsoring its free Coastal Cardiovascular Checks on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The heart and vascular health screenings will be performed by Peninsula Regional medical professionals inside the Wagner Wellness Van, which will be parked at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, located at 26036 Lankford Hwy., Onley, Virginia. Screening sessions are open to men and women over the age of 18 and are available on a first-come basis.

The screening will include blood pressure, grip strength, body mass index and body fat measurements. No pre-registration is required. For more information on the free Coastal Cardiovascular Check, please call the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute’s Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology Department at 410-543-7026.

Free Vascular Screenings at Peninsula Regional for 55+ on March 12

 The Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center will be sponsoring free vascular screenings for people 55 or older on Thursday, March 12, 2015.  All screenings will be performed by Peninsula Regional medical professionals in the Medical Center’s Vascular Lab between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  A total of 14 half-hour screenings sessions are available on a first-come basis.  Appointments are required.

The free screenings will include testing for carotid artery blockage, peripheral artery disease and also abdominal aortic aneurysm.  The screening will be offered to individuals who exhibit at least three prominent risk factors or one symptom.  Risk factors for vascular disease include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, heart disease and a family history of vascular disease.  Symptoms include leg pain when walking, numbness in the leg or foot, stroke-like symptoms (numbness, weakness, dizziness and difficulties with speech or vision), a family history of aneurysm and unexplained abdominal or back pain.

Those currently under a physician’s care for vascular or arterial health issues and those who have participated in this screening in the past are not eligible to participate.

If you are 55 or older, please call the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at 410-543-7123 to find out if you qualify for the free vascular screenings and to reserve a date and time.  Those who are unable to register for an appointment on this screening date may inquire about future screenings, which will be held the second Thursday of every other month at the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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Kids And Teens Diabetes Support Group Meets March 10

Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Kids and Teens Diabetes Support Group will meet on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the CQI2 Room of the Avery W. Hall Educational Center at PRMC. The topic this month will be “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle: National Nutrition Month focus for 2015″ with speakers Rachel Anderson and Olive Newman, UMES dietetic interns.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call the Peninsula Regional Diabetes Education Program at 410-543-7061 to register.

The Kids and Teens Diabetes Support Group meets every other month from September to May and is sponsored by the Peninsula Regional Diabetes Education Program. The group provides an opportunity for kids and teens who have diabetes, as well as family members and friends, to interact and talk about diabetes plus gain new information through special speakers and educational topics.

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Dr. Shrestha Joins Peninsula Regional Medical Center

Dr. Ajit Shrestha has joind Peninsula Regional Pain Management.

Dr. Ajit Shrestha has joined Peninsula Regional Pain Management.

Ajit Shrestha, MD, was recently granted active staff membership with clinical privileges in the Department of Anesthesiology, in the specialty of pain management, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Shrestha received his medical degree at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. He completed an internship and residency in anesthesiology at Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan, and a fellowship in pain management at Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Shrestha is board certified in pain medicine and anesthesiology. He has joined the Peninsula Regional Pain Management practice. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Pain Society and the International Spine Intervention Society.

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Weather-Related Closings at PRMC

Peninsula Regional Medical Center announces the following weather-related cancellations/closings/delays for Monday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

  • Peninsula Wound and Hyperbaric Center at PRMC is closed on Tuesday, February 17
  • The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at PRMC is closed on Tuesday, February 17, including all services at the Cancer Institute. PRMC Berlin Medical Oncology is closed on Tuesday, February 17. The PRMC Thoracic Oncology Clinic is cancelled for Tuesday, February 17.
  • All Peninsula Regional Family Medicine Offices and Specialty Care Practices in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia are closed on Tuesday, February 17. All PRMC Labs within those offices are also closed on Tuesday, February 17.
  • All Peninsula Regional offsite Outpatient Labs are closed on Tuesday, February 17. Anyone needing Lab Services may visit the Outpatient Lab at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in the Hanna Outpatient Center.
  • PRMC Cardiac Rehabilitation in Salisbury and Berlin will be closed on Tuesday, February 17.
  • PRMC Outpatient Pediatric Clinic will be closed on Tuesday, February 17.
  • PRMC Spin Class is cancelled for Tuesday, February 17.
  • PRMC Behavioral Health Partial Hospitalization Program is closed for Tuesday, February 17.
  • PRMC PLUS Volunteer orientation is cancelled for Tuesday, February 17 and rescheduled for March 17.

Stay safe, Delmarva!

Keep up to date at the closings page on the PRMC website.

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