Peninsula Regional Medical Center to Anchor New Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines

Photo: Helping to break ground for the new Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines are, from left, Dr. Thomas M. DeMarco, vice president of Peninsula Regional Medical Group; Bill Badger Jr., director of Worcester County Economic Development; Debbie Abbott, secretary of Peninsula Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees; Monty Sayler, vice chairman of the PRMC Board of Trustees; Peggy Naleppa, CEO/President of PRMC; William McCain, Chairman of the PRMC Board of Trustees; Dr. Angela Gibbs, Peninsula Regional Family Medicine Berlin; Dr. William Gunn, Peninsula Regional Family Medicine Berlin, Dr. Jeff Sceirer, Peninsula Regional Family Medicine Ocean Pines; Bob Thompson, general manager of the Ocean Pines Association; Dwight Miller, President of Gillis Gilkerson; and Palmer Gillis, Chairman/CEO of Gillis Gilkerson.

Photo: Helping to break ground for the new Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines are, from left, Dr. Thomas M. DeMarco, vice president of Peninsula Regional Medical Group; Bill Badger Jr., director of Worcester County Economic Development; Debbie Abbott, secretary of Peninsula Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees; Monty Sayler, vice chairman of the PRMC Board of Trustees; Peggy Naleppa, CEO/President of PRMC; William McCain, Chairman of the PRMC Board of Trustees; Dr. Angela Gibbs, Peninsula Regional Family Medicine Berlin; Dr. William Gunn, Peninsula Regional Family Medicine Berlin, Dr. Jeff Sceirer, Peninsula Regional Family Medicine Ocean Pines; Bob Thompson, general manager of the Ocean Pines Association; Dwight Miller, President of Gillis Gilkerson; and Palmer Gillis, Chairman/CEO of Gillis Gilkerson.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center in cooperation with Gillis Gilkerson, a leading Delmarva development firm, broke ground on Thursday, September 25, 2014, for a new medical complex, the Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines, on Route 589 (Racetrack Road) near the North Gate of the Ocean Pines residential community. Peninsula Regional Medical Center, in a 20,000 square foot building, will anchor the complex and be its initial tenant.

PRMC, which has been providing medical care in the community for over 25 years, is pleased to continue to expand and advance regional healthcare services in the Ocean Pines, Maryland area. It will consolidate its Ocean Pines and Berlin Family Practices at the new Ocean Pines medical complex, bringing along the laboratory services currently available at the existing Berlin location.  Peninsula Regional will also provide cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation from its Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute team, home health services through Peninsula Home Care, and a full service community pharmacy to be called Peninsula Home Scripts Ocean Pines.

“This is a continuation of Peninsula Regional’s commitment to population health management and to offer services for the entire Delmarva Peninsula in the locations that provide our communities exceptional healthcare options that are close to their homes, the greatest value for that care and the delivery of those services in the most appropriate setting,” said Christopher C. Hall, PRMC’s Vice President for Strategy and Business Development and Ambulatory Services.

The new Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines is being designed, conceptually, to complement the Gillis Gilkerson/PRMC Delmarva Health Pavilion collaboration in Millsboro, Delaware.  The Maryland complex will offer Ocean Pines and Worcester County residents a similar one-stop location for a majority of their healthcare needs.

“As medical center builders and developers, we have constructed over one million square feet of medical facilities on Delmarva and we’ve enjoyed a strong working relationship with PRMC for over 20 years,” said partner Palmer Gillis, the chairman and CEO of Gillis Gilkerson. “The Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines will provide convenient access for Ocean Pines residents as well as all of Worcester County.  This medical complex will be an important asset providing construction jobs as well as employment opportunities in a convenient location for this community.”

Peninsula Regional expects to have its new Ocean Pines family practice office, lab, cardiac rehab, home health and pharmacy services open by the spring of next year.  “We continue to refine our focus more in local neighborhoods where we can best and most conveniently provide these types of healthcare services that help people to become healthy, discover how to stay healthy and live well,” Hall said.  “You can expect to see PRMC working with contractors to develop similar health pavilions and medical complexes in growing population areas across Delmarva and also in underserved communities where healthcare services are needed.”

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Free Women’s Heart Screenings in Berlin on Oct. 14

heartPeninsula Regional Medical Center’s Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute will be offering free Women’s Heart Program screening assessments on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Appointments are required. All screenings will be performed by Peninsula Regional medical professionals inside the Wagner Wellness Van, located in the parking lot of Peninsula Regional’s Maintenance Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation & Preventive Cardiology Program office (in the Berlin Shopping Center located at the intersection of Routes 50 and 346 in Berlin, Maryland).

The Women’s Heart Program offers cholesterol and HDL test, ankle/brachial index, resting 12-lead EKG, coronary risk profile, body fat measurement, body mass index, waist to hip ratio, blood pressure and pulse oximetry testing, a review of current medications, a risk factor analysis, exercise and nutrition suggestions and a follow-up care plan. Appointments and an 8-hour fast are required. The free tests are funded through the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Love Your Heart Luncheon, coming up on November 12.

Women choosing to participate must not currently be under the care of a cardiologist or have a known history of heart disease.  To learn more about the Women’s Heart Program, qualification requirements or to set up an appointment, please call 410-543-7026.

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Diabetes Support Group Meets October 13

The Peninsula Regional Medical Center Diabetes Education Department’s Diabetes Support Group will meet from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 13, 2014 in the Avery W. Hall Educational Center on the Peninsula Regional campus.

Whether you, a member of your family or a friend has diabetes, participating in a support group can and will assist you in coping with the concerns the disease brings. Presentations include information on how to better manage and live with diabetes. Topics vary from month to month, and the group provides an excellent opportunity for all participants to share beneficial ideas and experiences. There are no dues or fees to attend.

For more information about the support group meetings or if you have questions about diabetes, please call the Diabetes Education Program at Peninsula Regional at 410-543-7061.

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Free Sneakers & Creepers 5K Run/Walk on October 26

 

Son't forget to come in costume at this year's Sneakers & Creepers 5K at PRMC.

Son’t forget to come in costume at this year’s Sneakers & Creepers 5K at PRMC.

The Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center invites runners and walkers of all skill levels to participate in their free Sneakers & Creepers 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

The event will start and finish at the Avery W. Hall Educational Center on the Peninsula Regional campus. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the run/walk begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Baby joggers and pets are welcome but please no rollerblades, skateboards or bicycles. There will be no official timing. Registration is free and the first 100 registrants will receive a long-sleeve dry-fit shirt (must be present to claim shirt).

A post-race party will be held in the Avery W. Hall Educational Center at approximately 10:00 a.m. and will include bagels, fruit and water. Drawings will also be held for some wonderful prizes including a FitBit fitness tracker, gift certificates to Vernon Powell and Dick’s Sporting Goods and more. This year, there will also be a costume contest – the best-costumed pet, kid (12 and under) and adult will each claim a prize.

To register online, click here. To request a paper registration form, please call the Fitness Plus department at Peninsula Regional Medical Center at 410-543-7028.

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PRMC’S Drive-Thru Flu Clinic Is October 16 & 17

Fight-FluPeninsula Regional Medical Center’s “Drive-Thru” Flu Clinic is returning on Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17, 2014 at Arthur W. Perdue (Shorebirds) Stadium at the intersection of Route 50 and Hobbs Road in Salisbury, Maryland.  Vaccinations will be administered to individuals 13 years of age or older.  A physician’s order is not necessary.  A donation of $15.00 per vaccination is requested (cash only; exact amount is appreciated) and PRMC, for the first time, will be offering the quadrivalent vaccine this year.
“We chose to offer the quadrivalent flu vaccine for our Drive-Thru Flu Clinic because it’s designed to provide broader protection against the flu,” said Karen Mihalik, RN, Infection Prevention Specialist at PRMC.  “The quadrivalent vaccine, which is more readily available this year than in years past, protects against two influenza type A and two influenza type B viruses.”
Previously flu vaccines were trivalent, and made to protect against two type A viruses but only one type B.   The quadrivalent flu shot, like the trivalent, is still an inactivated vaccine meaning it protects you against the flu but it cannot cause the flu.

PRMC’s Drive-Thru Flu Clinic will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on both days.   Flu vaccinations are encouraged for persons over the age of 65, people with heart or lung disorders, immunosuppressant diseases or diabetes.  Participants are encouraged to wear a short sleeved shirt that will provide easy access to the upper arm.  For additional information, please visit the PRMC website at www.peninsula.org.

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Peninsula Regional Offers Weight Management/Pre-Diabetes Program Starting October 7

The Diabetes Education Program at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) is offering a Weight Management/Pre-Diabetes Program class session on three consecutive Tuesdays, October 7, 14 and 21 from 6:30 to 8:00 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 in the Classes and Events section of http://www.peninsula.org.

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DAISY Award Honors Peninsula Regional Nurse Jane Rones

Peninsula Regional nurse Jane Rones, RN, has been honored with the Daisy Award for September 2014.

Peninsula Regional nurse Jane Rones, RN, has been honored with the Daisy Award for September 2014.

Nurses at Peninsula Regional Medical Center are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national program to recognize the outstanding efforts of nurses in their daily work.

The award recipient for September is Jane Rones, RN, a mobile nursing unit nurse. Nurses on the mobile nursing unit go wherever patients need them most. The physician who nominated her said, “What sets Jane apart is that she listens to the patient and is able to read between the lines.” Rones is also an excellent communicator. “When she cared for a patient who was debilitated by a significant stroke, she spent an extraordinary amount of time with the patient and family making sure that all six children of the patient were kept informed. She also kept me up to date on the patient’s ever-changing ability to swallow, which had a huge impact on the patient’s ability to take her medications. She is an excellent bedside nurse and has the clinical acumen to care for the sickest patient. No matter what area she may be assigned, she will be up for the challenge. She truly is an outstanding nurse and I know her patients and their families agree.”

Extraordinary compassion and clinical skill, like that demonstrated by Rones, are what the DAISY Award is intended to honor. Every month, a nurse will be selected by Peninsula Regional’s nursing administration to receive the DAISY Award.  At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”  The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” The honoree will also be given a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate a nurse, visit www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward.

“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day,” said PRMC Chief Nursing Officer Mary Beth D’Amico. “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at PRMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

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