For Valentine’s Day, Care for Your Heart with a Free Women’s Heart Screening at PRMC

heartValentine’s Day is a perfect time to think of your heart – and to stay healthy for those you love. The Women’s Heart Program at Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute is a free heart disease risk assessment that includes:

  • Cholesterol & HDL
  • Ankle/brachial index
  • Resting 12 lead EKG
  • Body fat
  • Body mass index
  • Waist to hip ratio
  • Blood pressure testing
  • Pulse oximetry testing
  • Coronary Risk Profile
  • Risk factor analysis
  • Review of current medications
  • Follow-up care plan
  • Exercise/nutrition recommendations

Women choosing to participate must not currently be under the care of a cardiologist or have a known history of heart disease. Appointments are available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Call 410-543-7026 to schedule your free Women’s Heart Screening appointment.

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Flu Season Visitation Changes Take Effect Today at Peninsula Regional

fluchangeThis flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst on record.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene now classifies the flu as widespread and at a high intensity level. In Delaware, the flu rate is running almost 10 times higher than a year ago.

At Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), there have been 121 positive flu tests this year alone compared to just 80 in all of 2013-2014’s flu season. The 26 confirmed inpatient flu cases are, at this point, already double what they were for all of last year’s flu season. Confirmed flu cases in the Emergency Department are also nearly double what they were last year with at least two months remaining in the traditional flu season here on the Delmarva Peninsula. (And if you haven’t had your flu shot, it’s not too late – click here to find out about our Jan. 14 flu clinic.)

PRMC’s number one priority is keeping everyone healthy. Joining many other hospitals in Maryland and across the Delmarva Peninsula, the Medical Center has instituted a modified visitor policy to help prevent exposure this flu season.

Peninsula Regional asks all visitors to keep patients and the community further protected from the flu by following these changes to the PRMC visitation policy, which go into effect today, January 8.

  • Only two adults are allowed to visit patient care areas such as patient rooms, therapy areas, outpatient services and Peninsula Regional Medical Center physician offices.
  • To protect the safety of patients, employees, volunteers,the elderly and those with chronic conditions (asthma, heart disease), people with active cases of upper respiratory illness (cough, fever, etc.)should not visit patients.
  • Children under the age of 18, unless they are a patient or the parent of a patient, are not allowed to visit patient care areas located on the Peninsula Regional campus such as patient rooms, therapy areas, outpatient service areas and Medical Center physician offices. Special accommodations will be made for end-of-life circumstances. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that young people are more at-risk as carriers and transmitters of the seasonal flu virus.
  • People with Peninsula Regional outpatient or physician appointments are asked to come to those appointments without their children under age 18, unless the appointment is for the child.
  •  Only two adult visitors are permitted to visit in Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby Units.
  •  To reduce the risk of exposure, it is recommended that pregnant women not visit unless seeking medical treatment.
  •  Parents of babies in the Special Care Nursery will still be able to visit for breastfeeding and bonding, unless the parents are exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
  •  In Pediatrics, parents are allowed to visit around the clock.
  •  Mask and hand hygiene stations will continue to be provided throughout the Medical Center and at all key entry points.
  •  Unit staff will work with families on an individual basis to accommodate special-needs circumstances.

“We understand the inconvenience this may cause some people, but as a healthcare institution, we need to make sure that we ensure the health of our patients, the visiting public and their families as best we can during this flu season,” said Karen Mihalik, RN, PRMC Infection Preventionist. “It’s also absolutely necessary to protect a healthcare team that needs to be here providing the care others will seek from us this flu season.”

Peninsula Regional will be constantly evaluating the impact of the flu and will continue to make the necessary modifications to its visitation policy over the next few months.

The Medical Center thanks the communities it serves for helping them to stop the spread of the flu, and reminds everyone to get their seasonal flu shot and to participate in good hygiene practices including sneezing or coughing into your sleeve and frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing.

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PRMC Nurse Stephanie Scott Earns Daisy Award

Peninsula Regional Nurse Stephanie Scott has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Peninsula Regional Nurse Stephanie Scott has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

It can be hard to overcome fear of medical procedures ─ especially when you’re 11 years old. One mom says Peninsula Regional Medical Center nurse Stephanie Scott, RN, went above and beyond to make sure her son was reassured, comfortable and well-cared for during an ultrasound guided biopsy. For her efforts, Scott has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses for the month of January.

“My son had a lot of worries coming into the appointment for his biopsy,” Scott’s nominator wrote. “But from the second Stephanie took charge of his care, my son told me he felt safe. Stephanie prepped him for the procedure with a calm demeanor, handled incoming phone calls, and coordinated care with the ultrasound tech and doctor. She looked him in the eye and told him that she was here for him, and that if something was scary or hurting him too much, to let her know. She gave him the expectation that yes, it was going to hurt, but they would do their best to make sure he is the most comfortable that he could be. Her calm voice, assertive, yet gentle manner was just what he needed. She is a wonderful advocate for the patient, but all while working fluently with the staff and their needs. I also need to mention that she also took care of me after my son’s procedure, as I needed a little attention myself, after not have been taking care of myself with sleep, and eating and drinking, I needed a ‘moment’, and she was there for me too.”

Scott was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before her colleagues, and received a certificate commending them for being extraordinary nurses. 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.” They were also given fresh daisies, and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate an exceptional nurse, visit and share a story.

“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 firsthand 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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Peninsula Regional to Hold Walk-In Flu Clinic on January 14

Fight-FluWith significant increases in confirmed flu cases being reported by health departments and hospitals on Delmarva, and with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifying U.S. flu levels as epidemic this year, it’s more important now, than ever, to get a flu shot.

If you, a loved one, friend, neighbor or relative still needs their seasonal flu shot, Peninsula Regional Medical Center invites them to attend a Walk-In Flu Clinic on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the Avery W. Hall Educational Center Auditorium on the PRMC campus. Participants may park in Garage B or at the Educational Center, which is located at the intersection of Waverly Drive and Vine Street.

“Although there is an H3N2 strain of the flu that this year’s vaccine does not prevent from spreading in its mutated form, we are recommending that people still get their flu shot because it is their best defense against getting sick,” said PRMC Infection Preventionist Karen Mihalik, RN. “Even if they do come down with the flu, having the vaccine in their system may make the illness milder.”

PRMC is requesting a $10.00 donation per vaccination, cash only please, and a physician’s order is not necessary, however you must be at least 13 years of age (13-17 please bring a parent to sign consent). Advance registration is not required but vaccine supplies are limited. Please wear a short-sleeved shirt for easier access to the upper arm.

Please direct all questions to the PRMC Community Relations Department at 410-543-7139.

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First Baby of 2015 Born at Peninsula Regional

 Joanne Perry holds her new daughter, Keelyn, who made her debut on January 1, 2015 to be Peninsula Regional’s first baby of 2015.

Joanne Perry holds her new daughter, Keelyn, who made her debut on January 1, 2015 to be Peninsula Regional’s first baby of 2015.

It’s a girl! Little Keelyn Perry had a punctual start in life ─she arrived right on her due date, Thursday, January 1, 2015, making her the first baby born at Peninsula Regional Medical Center this year. Close to 2,000 babies are born at PRMC every year. Keelyn’s mother, Joanne Perry, said her daughter’s big brothers Tristan, 3, and Liam, 20 months, have been excited to meet their new sister. Along with a memorable birth date, Keelyn earned a gift basket filled with goodies and necessities from the Junior Auxiliary Board at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Junior Auxiliary Board President Joanne Jackson represented the volunteer group and presented the basket to the Perry family on Friday.

The Junior Auxiliary Board, in 2015, is celebrating its 91st year of service to the physicians, staff and volunteers of Peninsula Regional Medical Center and the people of the Delmarva Peninsula. Since 1924, it has donated more than $8,000,000 to expansion projects, medical equipment, supplies and services at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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Diabetes Support and Education in January at PRMC

The new year is a great time for new starts. Have you been hoping to manage your weight, or your diabetes? Peninsula Regional Medical Center has several programs coming up that might help.

Weight Management/Pre-Diabetes:

The Diabetes Education Program at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) is offering a Weight Management/Pre-Diabetes Program class session on three consecutive Tuesdays on January 20, 27 and February 3, 2015, 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.

Kids and Teens Diabetes Support Group:

Children and teenagers with diabetes can kick off the new year with a healthy start and kind support in Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Kids and Teens Diabetes Support Group. The group will meet on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the CQI room of PRMC’s Avery W. Hall Educational Center. Rita Meadows, MSN, FNP-BC, Medial Staff Director for Camp Possibilities, and Katie Rimel, mom of a camper, will talk about summer diabetes camp options. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call the PRMC Diabetes Education Program at 410-543-7061 to learn more.

Diabetes Support Group:

The Peninsula Regional Medical Center Diabetes Education Department’s Diabetes Support Group will meet from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 12, in the Avery W. Hall Educational Center on the Peninsula Regional campus. Speaker Robert M. “Mike” Hooper, PhD, LGSW, will talk on the topic of “Managing the Cards We Are Dealt.” 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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Peninsula Regional Medical Center Honors Retiring Cardiologist Donald M. Wood, MD

Salisbury cardiologist Dr. Donald Wood, left, is presented with a silver plate that proclaims him a recipient of the George W. Todd Memorial Award, in honor of the founder of Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Presenting the plate is William Todd, MD, a great-grandson of George Todd.

Salisbury cardiologist Dr. Donald Wood, left, is presented with a silver plate that proclaims him a recipient of the George W. Todd Memorial Award, in honor of the founder of Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Presenting the plate is William Todd, MD, a great-grandson of George Todd.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center recently celebrated the 42-year career of Donald M. Wood, MD, a cardiologist who was responsible for a great amount of growth and progress in cardiology on the Eastern Shore. Wood was presented with a plaque and portrait that will hang in PRMC’s Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute in his honor. He earned proclamations from the City of Salisbury and the Maryland House of Delegates, and many of his colleagues were on hand to pay tribute to his work and life as he retires from practice. He was also honored with the George W. Todd Memorial Award for his contributions, an award named for the founder of Peninsula Regional that has only been bestowed twice previously.

Wood was an Eastern Shoreman by birth, but after his cardiology fellowship at the University of Maryland, he could have gone anywhere. “I had my interview in the Morgan Wing,” he recalled, “And I looked out the window and saw people fishing on the river. And I thought, that’s what I want to see.”

Dr. Nevins Todd recruited Wood to help build Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s cardiology program. He came in 1972, when cardiology breakthroughs were changing the scene.

“The concept of coronary artery bypass became popular in the 1960s, and the hospital here had the foresight to see it was going to be big,” Wood said. “We opened the first cardiac cath lab here in 1972; it was the first in the state outside of a university-affiliated hospital. Previously, only Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland had done them.”

That first year, Dr. Wood was on call for 365 straight days and nights. “I was the only cardiologist on Delmarva,” he said. But when his young daughter pointed out that he had been the only parent not present at a school event, he knew it was well past time to start recruiting more cardiologists to fill the growing need. The first person he recruited was Dr. John Green, whom he had met at the University of Maryland. “He stayed in my home when he first moved here. I was so glad to have help, I was happy to have him stay,” Dr. Wood said. Today, Peninsula Cardiology is a busy practice with 10 physicians.

Wood was at Peninsula Regional for the first open heart surgery. “I remember the feeling of satisfaction seeing everything that we had worked for come to fruition.” That was just the first step in a remarkable transformation at PRMC that Wood was instrumental in engineering.

“To see a humble community hospital become a top-notch heart program – it’s like watching a child grow up,” Wood said.

After a 42-year career here, Dr. Wood has accrued wisdom in how to treat his patients. “Some doctors just see heart patients. But every patient is a person. When they come to see me, they often have fears, which I try to put at ease. I want them to feel they can depend on me. Remember the golden rule, and take your time with them, sit down and talk to them. Every patient has a story. If you can be a good listener, you can be a good doctor.”

His reassuring, calm manner has made a difference to many patients over the years. Now, not a day goes by that a patient isn’t dropping off baked goods and thank-you notes at his office.

During his well-deserved retirement, he plans to stay active, spending time with his family and enjoying hikes – and they won’t be gentle slopes. Just recently, Wood hiked five mountains in seven days, and ran a 10K in Boulder, Colorado.

Wood is not a spotlight seeker, but his quiet wisdom has made an immense difference, not just at Peninsula Regional but for our whole community. Ever humble, Wood says: “I’ve gotten more out of this than I put into it. The friendships, the great people I have worked with – it’s been a wonderful life.”

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