Fun Walk at Lunch on Feb. 17 at PRMC

Mile Walk SignPeninsula Regional Medical Center will host a one-mile walk around the hospital campus at noon on Wednesday, February 17. The public is welcome to join us for this special, free Heart Month activity. Everyone who participates can enjoy snacks, giveaways and live music. It only takes about 15 minutes, so you’ll have time for a quick, healthy activity that can be done on your lunch break. The walk starts and ends at the Avery W. Hall Educational Center on the corner of Waverly Drive and East Vine Street. Please join us!

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PRMC Adopts Philips Lifeline Predictive Analytics Engine to Monitor Fall Risk

Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland, has become the first one-source business model site in the nation to adopt CareSage, a predictive analytics engine from Philips Lifeline that helps to identify patients who are at risk for emergency room transport, allowing for clinicians to intervene before problems occur.

CareSage uses Philips Lifeline AutoAlert technology and a wealth of aging and health data to focus on senior patients when they return home after a hospital stay to help them remain safer at discharge, aiming to avoid hospital readmissions. Philips Lifeline is a leading medical alert service provider.

“Coming home after a hospital stay is a relief for seniors, but it also comes with a lot of risks,” said Greg Gordon, Head of Strategy, Philips Home Monitoring. “CareSage lets health care systems like Peninsula Regional Medical Center continue to monitor and care for patients, and provides the right data at the right time to enable timely interventions.”

“As we continue to work towards improving patient care, addressing the hospitalization rates of our at-risk elderly patients is a critical step,” said Chris Hall, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. “Working with Philips to implement predictive analytics into the home monitoring services that we offer our patients will help identify those in need of early invention and improve how we deliver care so patients can stay out of the hospital and live independently.”

For more information about CareSage or the Philips Lifeline Service at PRMC, contact Bevereley Stoakley, Lifeline Manager, at 410-543-4740 or 1-800-215-1031.

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PRMC Goes Red for Women

Peninsula Regional staff celebrated the 2016 Wear Red Day for women's heart health.

Peninsula Regional staff celebrated the 2016 Wear Red Day for women’s heart health.

Friday was National Wear Red Day, and we had lots of Peninsula Regional employees come out to support women’s heart health awareness. Heart disease is the no. 1 cause of death in women, and it’s important for them to recognize the signs and symptoms,. Find out your risk for heart disease here: https://www.goredforwomen.org/…/know-yo…/find-out-your-risk/

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ALS Association to Hold Walk Kickoff Celebration on Feb. 18

Our friends at the ALS Association are holding their annual kickoff celebration for the Walk to Defeat ALS on Thursday, February 18, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Evolution Craft Brewing, 201 E. Vine St., Salisbury (that’s right across the steret from PRMC!). We appreciate all they do for our patients with ALS, so please come out to their FREE, fun kickoff celebration to enjoy some light hors d’oeuvres while learning about their annual walk. We hear that everyone who registers is entered into a drawing for a 30-minute massage! RSVP by calling Brittany Garcia at 301-978-9855 or bgarcia@alsinfo.org.

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Helen Beauchamp Earns Educator of the Year Recognition

On January 15th, Helen Beauchamp, BSRC, RRT was recognized by the Maryland/District of Columbia Society for Respiratory Care as Respiratory Educator of the Year 2015. Helen is known by many as an exceptional clinician and educator, and this recognition is very well deserved. Helen received two nominations from PRMC staff; one nomination is below.

Helen Beauchamp is a Senior Therapist and educator at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury Maryland. She is a graduate of Salisbury University and has been employed at PRMC since September 1994. She has been a major contributor and participant in the Partners Conference at Salisbury University, sponsored by the university and Peninsula Regional Medical Center. She is our department and Patient Care Services educator for any and all things associated with respiratory care. Helen organizes and provides education on any new equipment or procedures that are introduced to our department. She recently formed an education committee and leads a team of five employees that help her with the education of the therapists in our department and professionals of other departments at PRMC. She manages our new employee orientation, our quarterly skills days and still manages the staff evaluations, one to ones and all other issues associated with the staff that report to her. Helen is our department representative for many committees including our patient and employee satisfaction team and the build and education associated with our new electronic medical record. She does all of this without really thinking that she is doing more than what anyone else would do. She, without a doubt, is a key member of our team and the contributions she makes to our medical center are priceless. Please consider this remarkable employee for educator of the year; she truly is incredible.

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Breastfeeding Class at Peninsula Regional on Feb. 25

Peninsula Regional Medical Center will offer a breastfeeding class from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016 in the Hallowell Conference Center at PRMC.

Join Peninsula Regional educators to learn the basics of breastfeeding, proper positioning of baby, how to avoid common problems and how to pump and store milk.  This class will prepare parents for a great breastfeeding experience.  Mothers are encouraged to bring support members with them, as studies show that breastfeeding is more successful when mom has loving, knowledgeable support.  Videos will also be shown to help demonstrate the proper techniques for successful nursing. The fee is $40 for mom to be and her coach.  Pre-registration is required.

For more information, call 410-543-7512, email lavern.henry@peninsula.org or visit the Classes and Events section of the Peninsula Regional Medical Center website at www.peninsula.org for online registration.

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Dr. Pathy Named Physician of Quarter

Dr. Pathy has been named a Physician of the Quarter at Peninsula Regional for her outstanding service.

Dr. Pathy has been named a Physician of the Quarter at Peninsula Regional for her outstanding service.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center has chosen Shashikala K. Venkatachalapathy, MD, as its Physician of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2015.

Dr. Venkatachalapathy, more familiarly known as Dr. Pathy among her colleagues, has been practicing psychiatry at Peninsula Regional since 2006. She was nominated for her exceptional dedication and willingness to go the extra mile for both staff and patients. On top of all of her professional duties within the United States, Dr. Pathy is helping with the opening of the Leena Multispecialty Hospital in India.

The physicians, staff and volunteers of Peninsula Regional congratulate Dr. Pathy on her selection as the Medical Center’s Physician of the Quarter.

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