Winter is walloping Delmarva once again – did you know you can keep up with Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s closings online? Click here for the list. We’re here to provide care 24/7, no matter the weather, but we do want to spare people from journeys on treacherous roadways when possible. Visit www.peninsula.org/Closings to check if you should stay home. We’ll be here if you need us!
The Daily Record has named Cindy Lunsford, Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s (PRMC) Executive Vice President/COO, to its 2014 listing of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. The Daily Record began Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 1996 to recognize outstanding achievement by women demonstrated through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring.
Three hundred and seventy women were nominated for the statewide honor. Nominees were asked to complete an application outlining their educational and career history, professional and community involvement, corporate and nonprofit board memberships and mentoring experience. They were encouraged to submit letters of recommendation from those who are familiar with their accomplishments professionally, in the community and through mentoring.
In her nomination letter supporting Lunsford, PRMC President/CEO Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, DrM, FACHE, described her as “a leader with poise, confidence, constancy of purpose and always a role model for Peninsula Regional’s values.”
Lunsford joined Peninsula Regional in 2005 as its Vice President of Ambulatory and Professional Services, and became the Medical Center’s Executive Vice President/COO in 2010. In her current role she is responsible for the day-to day operations of PRMC. Throughout her nearly 35 year career in health care, Lunsford has provided senior executive leadership for multiple clinical programs, community outreach efforts and hospital-based services and departments. She holds a BS and MS in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia and an MBA from Augusta State University. She also brings to her executive role at Peninsula Regional clinical experience as a registered nurse.
A panel of judges comprised of business professionals and past Maryland’s Top 100 Women winners from throughout Maryland reviewed the applications and selected this year’s honorees.
In 2014, 63 women, including Lunsford, are first-time recipients. Fifteen women will be inducted into the Circle of Excellence. Circle of Excellence honorees will receive the award for a third and final time.
“Through Maryland’s Top 100 Women, The Daily Record recognizes 100 amazing leaders for stellar achievements in their careers, for their exemplary citizenship and for encouraging and shaping the lives of a younger generation through mentoring,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, Publisher of The Daily Record. “These women share an amazing talent for balancing many facets of their lives. And we’re pretty certain they mastered what we all desire—the ability to get 25 hours of daily work done in an allotted 24.”
The awards will be presented at a cocktail reception on Monday, May 5, at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., in Baltimore. Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the Friday, May 9, issue of The Daily Record and available online at www.TheDailyRecord.com.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center is working hard to bring our annual HealthFest to the community at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury on April 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All of our screenings, activities and demonstrations are 100 percent FREE! This year, we have some exciting new offerings:
On the screening side, we’ve added a blood test for kidney function, thanks to a partnership with the National Kidney Foundation. In addition, our laboratory professionals will again perform blood cholesterol and glucose testing (an 8-hour fast is required). Dr. Jason Tu of Azar Eye Institute and staff members are coming to perform glaucoma screenings. Peninsula Regional staff members will perform screenings for Lower Body Circulation, Balance, Bone Density, Stroke Assessment, Blood Pressure, Height, Weight, BMI/Body Fat, Hearing, Vision, Glaucoma, Pulse Oximetry, Mental Health, Foot Sensation, and Diabetes Risk Assessments.
We have some fun demonstrations lined up, too. New this year is the “Strollin’ Colon” – a giant inflatable colon that you can walk through to learn about colorectal cancer, polyps, Crohn’s disease and more. The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute will have informational tables around this area for anyone wishing to learn more about cancer, and the Wicomico Health Department will bring its DermaScan for skin cancer awareness (if you’ve never looked inside it to check your sun damage, you have to check it out!). We’ll have the Da Vinci Surgical System Robot – which you can actually take for a test drive to see how it works. Our Food & Nutrition department will be cooking up healthy, low-sodium turkey sausage omelettes as a healthy cooking demonstration (and you might get a sample if you’re lucky!). Other demos include Tae Kwon Do by Kickers, ballroom dancing by Ballroom Made Simple, and chair aerobics and Zumba by PRMC staffers.
If you’re bringing the kids, we have a Kids’ Corner for them, with healthy activities and demonstrations, plus visits from Wicomico Wagsters Murphy and Zeke (Salisbury’s favorite therapy dogs!), Sherman the Shorebird and Troo the Traumaroo. They can also visit our free moon bounce and rock climbing wall, and participate in a Fun Walk.
Dozens of exhibitors from the community and from Peninsula Regional will be on hand to share information about their health services, groups and more.
For a map, a list of the screenings and demonstrations and more, visit our HealthFest home page.
Thanks to the Wicomico County Board of Education for partnering with us and providing a great location at Bennett High School. The Bennett High Key Club will be raising funds by selling food and drinks at the event, so if you’re having blood drawn and want to break that 8-hour fast at the event, they will be ready to serve. Don’t miss this day of fun and health!
Peninsula Regional Medical Center Cardiovascular Laboratory located in Salisbury, MD has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Vascular Testing in the areas of Peripheral Venous Testing, Peripheral Arterial Testing and Extracra…nial Cerebrovascular Testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the country, with nearly 800,000 new strokes occurring annually. According to the American Heart Association, the total direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the U.S. for 2010 was an estimated $503.2 billion.
Accreditation by the IAC means that Peninsula Regional Medical Center Cardiovascular Laboratory has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.
Early detection of life threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases is possible through the use of Vascular Testing procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Vascular Testing. The skill of the technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.
IAC accreditation is a "seal of approval" that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Vascular Testing. When scheduled for a Vascular Testing procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/vascular/main/patients.htm.
Asthma is a huge health issue in the United States – 25 million people have been diagnosed. Medication can’t even control the scary symptoms for 10 percent of sufferers. As heard in a National Public Radio story today, a new treatment, bronchial thermoplasty, can help in these cases where medications aren’t working: http://n.pr/Nte2sm.
Peninsula Regional Pulmonary and Critical Care has recently begun offering this treatment to patients on Delmarva. To find out more, call Peninsula Regional Pulmonary and Critical Care at 410-543-7722.
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 February is Mey-Lie Salimian, RN, a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. The nomination, written by a patient’s family member, described how Salimian provided excellent care not just to her patient, but to his family as well, during a difficult time.
“She addressed every concern and question we had with care and tenderness. She encouraged my daughter and me to rest and to call any time, day or night, for updates. We felt so comforted by her; she explained everything that was happening and why, even when we were too upset and tired to formulate questions. Mey-Lie even called on her day off to see how my husband was doing, and called me at home when he was discharged. Mey-Lie is a nurse who goes above and beyond just doing her job ─ she gives her all to her patients and families.”
Extraordinary compassion and clinical skill, like that demonstrated by Mey-Lie Salimian, 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 http://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.”
Valentine’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.