PRMC’s Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute Hosts Lilly Oncology on Canvas Art Exhibition

Artwork from the Oncology on Canvas show on exhibit in the RIchard A. Henson Cancer Institute.

Artwork from the Oncology on Canvas show on exhibit in the RIchard A. Henson Cancer Institute.

Lilly Oncology on Canvas, an art exhibition honoring the physical and emotional journeys people face when confronted by a cancer diagnosis, will be on display at Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute during the month of July. This free public exhibit, which is touring communities nationwide, will showcase more than 50 select pieces of art submitted to Oncology on Canvas competition last year. Community members wishing to view the artwork are encouraged to stop by the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. any weekday in July.

Launched in 2004, Oncology on Canvas is a biennial art competition that invites people from the U.S. and Puerto Rico diagnosed with any type of cancer, as well as their families, friends, caregivers and healthcare providers, to express, through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give the cancer journey meaning. To date, more than 4,100 individuals touched by cancer have submitted artwork and narratives to Oncology on Canvas.

The themes explored in the entries ranged from hope, to fear, to the loss of individualism, to the support of family and friends, to the memory of those lost, to the perseverance of those who survive. The traveling exhibition of art from the 2014 competition has been touring hospitals, cancer centers, patient advocacy group meetings and other venues nationwide. The Salisbury stop will be the exhibit’s only Eastern Shore appearance and one of just two in Maryland.

Lilly Oncology on Canvas is presented by Lilly Oncology, dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that improve the care of people living with cancer, in partnership with the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, a nonprofit cancer organization that advocates for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer and provides tools that empower people to advocate for themselves. For more information, visit the NCCS website at http://www.canceradvocacy.org.

For further information about Lilly Oncology on Canvas, including official rules, entry forms and a gallery of previous entries, visit www.LillyOncologyOnCanvas.com, call 1-866-991-LOOC (5662) or email artdirector@mylooc.com.

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PRMC Receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

In the photo, Dr. Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, FACHE, President/CEO of Peninsula Regional Medical Center, and Tim Ward, RN and US Navy Reservist, display the Patriot Award presented recently to PRMC.

In the photo, Dr. Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, FACHE, President/CEO of Peninsula Regional Medical Center, and Tim Ward, RN and US Navy Reservist, display the Patriot Award presented recently to PRMC.

With the 4th of July approaching, here’s a terrific story of patriotism and the support of the men and women who protect our freedoms.

Timothy S. Ward of Salisbury finds serving and helping others to be a source of pride and pleasure. “I love it, I really do,” said Ward. “I thoroughly enjoy taking care of people and making their experience, whatever they’re facing, better.”

For 13 years that satisfaction came as a professional chef in places like Baltimore, Salisbury and Ocean City, but it wasn’t his life’s passion. Ward discovered that as a registered nurse, joining Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in March of 2014 following graduation from the nursing program at Salisbury University.

However, his ultimate act of service had already come a decade earlier in 2003 when he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve, motivated by the events of September 11, 2001. “As soon as I finished my undergrad work, I knew I had to do something more for my friends, family and my country,” he added.

Ward, 45, a Boatswain’s Mate Senior Chief Petty Officer and Expeditionary Warfare Specialist, is attached to a specialized Navy unit that protects the ports, harbors, rivers and shipping lanes of U.S. and U.S. allied waters. His reserve unit can be mobilized anywhere in the world within 72 hours. As a training officer and senior enlisted leader, the 109 men and women on his team expect him to be there, and that requires Ward to have the flexibility to leave his primary job at a moment’s notice.

He has that at PRMC. In fact, Ward has been so impressed with the above and beyond support of his healthcare family that he nominated PRMC for the Department of Defense Patriot Award, which was presented to Peninsula Regional and its President/CEO, Dr. Peggy Naleppa, in June.

“Receiving the Patriot Award is truly an awesome honor,” said Dr. Naleppa. “In Tim and all of our other reservists, our patients benefit from those extremely positive behaviors and values like professionalism, leadership, and passion, and it demonstrates parallels, particularly in what we are looking for in our employees. It only reinforces why it’s so important for us to be as supportive of the reserves as we can be as a hospital and as a healthcare team.”

The Patriot Award was created by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who, like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve. PRMC and Dr. Naleppa were nominated by Ward for being highly supportive of the U.S. Navy Reserve and providing crucial support to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.

“PRMC has been very receptive to my military duty with absolutely no issues whatsoever. They’ve allowed me to get done whatever I’ve needed to get done,” added Ward, who hopes other Delmarva businesses will follow Peninsula Regional’s lead and be equally exemplary in their support for armed services reservists. “Reserve duty makes us better leaders and motivators of a diverse population of people, and in the Reserves we’re learning and honing those skills that can directly apply to our professional careers,” he added. “Best, employers are getting all of that for free when a reservist is given the time and the support required to serve their nation, and then bring home to their primary career that entire leadership package. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

To learn more about opportunities to support reservists in the workplace, please contact the Maryland chapter of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at 800-336-4590 or online at www.ESGR.mil.

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Free Coastal Cardiovascular Checks Offered in Ocean Pines

The Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center will be sponsoring its free Coastal Cardiovascular Checks on Tuesday, July 14, 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 Food Lion in Ocean Pines, at 11007 Manklin Creek Road, Berlin. 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 at the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute’s Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology Department at 410-543-7026.

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March of Dimes Recognizes PRMC for Giving Babies a Healthier Start

Photo Caption:  Members of the PRMC Women’s and Children’s team and executive leadership of the Medical Center proudly display the banner presented to them by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Maryland Patient Safety Center in recognition of the Peninsula Regional’s commitment to improving the quality of care of babies and mothers.

Photo Caption: Members of the PRMC Women’s and Children’s team and representatives of the Eastern Shore March of Dimes proudly display the banner presented to them by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Maryland Patient Safety Center in recognition of the Peninsula Regional’s commitment to improving the quality of care of babies and mothers.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD, has reduced the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. This will give more babies in Maryland a healthy start in life, as babies born too early may have more health problems at birth and later in life, according to the March of Dimes.

“We are proud of our expert team of physicians and nurses who tackle this issue in our community and established policies to avoid scheduling deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy, except when medically necessary,” said Diane Hitchens, BSN, RN, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at PRMC.

The achievement is made even more significant by the fact the PRMC delivers more babies annually than all other regional hospitals combined, averaging close to 2,000 births each year. It also features the Eastern Shore’s only Special Care Nursery for the treatment of newborns as young as 32 weeks gestation and/or weighing as little as 1,500 grams (3.49 pounds).

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than 450,000 babies each year and is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five. In Maryland, 8,914 babies are born too soon every year. Babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifelong health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and others. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants.

At the Maryland Patient Safety Center Conference on June 11, 2015, the March of Dimes partnered with the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Maryland Patient Safety Center to honor qualifying hospitals, including Peninsula Regional, with a banner to display indicating the hospital’s commitment to improving the quality of care for moms and babies.

The banner program is a component of the March of Dimes “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” campaign, which urges women to wait for labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy, rather than scheduling delivery before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy.

Additionally, PRMC is pleased to announce that its March for Babies team raised $11,477 at the Salisbury March of Dimes walk on April 26 to support local programs to prevent premature birth.

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Diabetes and Weight Management Classes Planned for July

Diabetes Education classes include helpful nutrition information for managing diabetes.

Diabetes Education classes include helpful nutrition information for managing diabetes.

The Diabetes Education Program at Peninsula Regional Medical Center is offering a Weight Management/Pre-Diabetes Program class session on three consecutive Wednesdays on July 8, 15 and 22, 2015 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Avery W. Hall Educational Center on the Peninsula Regional campus.

The program has been designed to provide participants information on developing healthy eating habits and leading a more active lifestyle. The program is taught by registered dietitians and registered nurses of the PRMC Diabetes Education Program. The fee is $50.00.

For more information concerning this class session or if you have questions about diabetes, please call the Diabetes Education Program at Peninsula Regional at 410-543-7061. Register online at www.peninsula.org/classesandevents.

Also being offered is a Diabetes Self-Management course. The five-week series covers healthy eating, being active, medications, monitoring, problem solving and reducing risks. Classes run for five weeks starting on Wednesday, July 8 for the evening series, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, July 9 for the day series, 1 to 3 p.m. To register, call 410-543-7061.

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ALS Clinic Patient’s Son Steps Up to Shorebirds Pitch

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Sharon Jernigan of Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s ALS Clinic shared this story about one of our best-known patients in recent years and his family. Thanks, Sharon!

Lou Gehrig, probably the most famous person to have ALS, was a baseball player. Not just any baseball player – a Hall of Fame baseball player. Although it has been 75 years since Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with ALS and gave his famous ‘LUCKIEST MAN ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH” speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, many people still call ALS “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” Lou Gehrig died at the age of 37 approximately 2 years after diagnosis. ALS is an incurable, fatal, neuromuscular disease with a prognosis of 3-5 years after diagnosis. All of these years later, researchers are still trying to find a way to slow it down.

In 2012, Robert Ortiz, ALS patient and great friend to all, said “Let’s have a Shorebirds ALS night every May.” May is National ALS month and he felt that no one knew what ALS was and that was unacceptable. He was adamant that the public be made aware of the disease and he was willing to put himself out in the public and become the most recognizable, well-known, verbal ALS patient Salisbury, MD had ever seen. He was on TV so many times I lost count – but he knew. A student at Salisbury University made a documentary about him that is still on You Tube. He had articles in the newspaper. He knew all of Salisbury or at least he knew someone that knew someone that knew all of Salisbury. His loyal friends took him many places that most ALS patients would not even think they could go. He kept our spirits up even when his were not. His wife, Amy, and his family were probably shaking their head sometimes – I know I was. That was Robert for you!

I remember well the day that Robert and I went to the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium to talk to the Shorebirds about ALS night. When we walked out – it was a done deal. 2012 and 2013 Robert himself threw out that first ball on Shorebirds ALS night in May. On June 7, 2014, Robert’s flame was snuffed out at the young age of 50. He will never be forgotten! Fast-forward to 2015. Robert’s son Ethan has continued his Father’s legacy on Shorebird ALS night. May he continue for many more years! Good job Ethan!

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Delmarva Shorebirds Donate to PRMC’s Henson Cancer Institute

From left, Joan Daugherty, Executive Director of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute; Kathy Foxwell, Breast Center Nurse Navigator; Jimmy Sweet, Assistant General Manager of the Delmarva Shorebirds; and  Tina Hovis, Supervisor of the Breast Center.

From left, Joan Daugherty, Executive Director of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute; Kathy Foxwell, Breast Center Nurse Navigator; Jimmy Sweet, Assistant General Manager of the Delmarva Shorebirds; and Tina Hovis, Supervisor of the Breast Center.

On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, the Delmarva Shorebirds presented a check for $4,396.85 to the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, the results from the Shorebirds’ PRMC Pink Pitch Night.

The 2015 PRMC Pink Pitch Night was held on May 9 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium when the Delmarva Shorebirds faced off against the Augusta GreenJackets. Cancer survivors took the field with Shorebirds players prior to the game, stadium staff wore special t-shirts to raise awareness, and Shorebirds players and coaches also wore special pink jerseys that were auctioned off during the game, with the funds raised being presented to the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute.

The Shorebirds donated one of the special jerseys to PRMC; visitors may see it hanging in our Breast Center soon. PRMC thanks the Shorebirds for their incredble generosity in helping people on Delmarva who have been affected by cancer.

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