DAISY Award Honors Peninsula Regional Nurse Sandra Cohee

Sandra Cohee, RN, earned the October 2014 Daisy Award at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Sandra Cohee, RN, earned the October 2014 Daisy Award at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Surgery can be a scary thought ─ but when it’s a necessary treatment, having a great nurse on your side can make all the difference. Sandra Cohee, RN, of Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Same Day Surgery Department was recently honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses after she went above and beyond to ensure that a patient’s fears were completely quelled.

The patient’s wife thanked Cohee for going the extra mile for her husband, who was dreading the experience. Cohee coordinated a meeting with the patient, his family and the nursing staff, so he could meet everyone involved in his care before and after the surgery. She also came in early on the day of his surgery to accompany him to his pre-operation preparation, and walked him through the process, assuring him that friendly faces would be there when he woke up. “She proceeded smoothly and professionally, explaining everything she was doing so that he actually participated with her,” the patient’s wife wrote. She said that he “cried with gratefulness and relief that his fears were not realized and his experience went so smoothly.”

The DAISY Award is a national program to recognize the outstanding efforts of nurses in their daily work. Cohee was honored in a ceremony before her colleagues, receiving a certificate commending her 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.” She was 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 www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward 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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Reminder: Drive-Thru Flu Clinic Is Coming Up Oct. 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 $10.00 per vaccination is requested (cash only; exact amount is appreciated). The flu shot is 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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Free Skin Cancer Screening at Peninsula Regional Medical Center on October 23

Free skin cancer screenings will be held at the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center on October 23, 2014 from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, call 410-543-7006.

The screenings are part of a Peninsula Regional’s campaign to encourage wellness, including early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer. More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. “The key to successful treatment of most types of skin cancer is early detection and treatment,” said Thomas M. DeMarco, MD, Medical Director of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute. Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and those rates are higher on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Skin self-examinations consist of periodically looking over your body for any changes in color, shape or texture of a mole, the development of a new mole or any other unusual changes in the skin. Any of these signs should be reported to a dermatologist right away. A survey commissioned by the Academy showed that less than one-third of Americans currently examine their skin for signs of melanoma and more than half don’t know the signs of melanoma. Dermatologists want to change this because when treated in its earliest stages, melanoma can be cured. If not treated early, the disease can quickly spread to other parts of the body and be fatal.

“Screening is the first step in the process to stop the skin cancer in its tracks. We want to educate the community that examining your skin on a regular basis can be a life-saving habit,” said dermatologist Luette Semmes, MD with Peninsula Dermatology Associates, PA.

The free screenings will be held on the second floor of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at PRMC. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 410-543-7006.

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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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