EASTON – The University of Maryland’s Shore Medical Center in Easton was recently renamed for five years as the primary stroke center for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.
“Our highly trained medical providers and clinicians strive to make our organization the regional leader in patient-centered care,” said Ken Kozel, president and CEO of UM Shore Regional Health. “The new designation of UM Shore Medical Center in Easton as a Primary Stroke Center demonstrates our team’s commitment to bringing innovative stroke treatments to patients as quickly and safely as possible when care is needed. are needed at the most critical time.”
“We are very proud to have earned this new designation,” said Dr. Rena Sukhdeo-Singh, Medical Director of the Primary Stroke Center. “This shows that our local emergency medical service providers, emergency department clinicians, critical care team members, neurology/telemetry unit staff, hospitalists, neurologists, Rehabilitation professionals and allied health professionals all work collaboratively to meet national standards for stroke care. The visitor was very pleased with our team’s efforts to treat strokes quickly and provide the best care to our patients.
A Primary Stroke Center designation is given by MIEMSS when standards are met to support better outcomes for stroke care. Certification standards include a dedicated program staffed 24/7 by specially trained healthcare professionals who provide prompt diagnostic services and optimal stroke care. The MIEMSS defines a primary stroke center as a facility capable of caring for patients with acute ischemic stroke through rapid assessment and imaging and the ability to administer intravenous thrombolytic therapy. The facility should also have an infrastructure to manage acute stroke patients and have an interdisciplinary team to support the medical, social and recovery needs of stroke patients.
As part of UM Shore Regional Health’s commitment to providing innovative stroke treatments, in March 2021, UM SRH launched a new program, offering RapidAI in its four emergency departments in Cambridge, Chestertown, Easton and queenstown. RapidAI software takes advanced photos of the brain, which are then sent to the stroke care team. With these photos, diagnosis and triage can be completed more quickly, which helps the healthcare team by speeding up the decision-making process regarding treatment.
This close relationship between UM SRH’s emergency services and the interdisciplinary stroke care team also results in more coordinated care for other patient needs. For example, a patient seen in a UM SRH emergency department for a seizure is guaranteed a follow-up appointment with a UM SMG-neurology and sleep medicine provider within 24 hours following his visit to the emergency room or his discharge from observation.
“Our community is fortunate to have a primary stroke treatment center in our five-county service area,” Sukhdeo-Singh said. “We are delighted to continue the solid work that our teams have already demonstrated and we strive to improve our care every day.”
UM Shore Regional Health is offering a Virtual Stroke Support Group, led by Stroke Coordinator Nicole Leonard, the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. For login credentials or to learn more, contact Leonard at 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.
UM SMG-Neurology and Sleep Medicine offers in-person and telemedicine appointments. For more information or to make an appointment, ask your primary care physician for a referral or call 410-770-5250. More information can be found at UMShoreRegional.org/stroke.
Additionally, UMSRH’s Cancer Program was granted a three-year reaccreditation by the Cancer Commission following a review of its programs, services, and facilities. The program first achieved CoC accreditation in 2015 and has maintained it continuously ever since.
The UM Shore Regional Health Cancer Program includes the UM SRH Cancer Center and the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center and is the only comprehensive cancer care program serving residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne and Talbot counties. Patients treated in the Cancer Program benefit from a team approach that includes professionals from multiple disciplines from UM SRH, UM Shore Medical Group, University of Maryland Cancer Network, and University of Maryland School of Medical. These specialties include experts in oncology/hematology, radiology, radiation oncology, pathology, nursing, nutrition, rehabilitation and social work. All patients receive a comprehensive treatment plan and have access to many support services.
The CoC accreditation review process takes place every three years. The process of preparing the Cancer Program involved a comprehensive effort by the Cancer Committee, a multidisciplinary team comprised of surgeons, physicians and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other oncology specialists.
“The committee has worked with staff at the UM SRH Cancer Center and the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, taking comprehensive cancer treatment and providing patients with support throughout their cancer journey,” said Emily Kowalski, MD, radiation oncologist at the Cancer Center. who served as chairman of the committee. “Our continued accreditation reflects our adherence to the highest standards of care and support for our patients.”
Conducted by an independent medical expert, the CoC Accreditation Review examined the Centre’s compliance with 38 quality care standards focusing on prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, lifelong monitoring of recurrent diseases and end of life. care. Other considerations in the review included the availability of clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and various patient-centered services, including support programs, a patient navigation process, and a care plan. survival.
As an entity within the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a national consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through the establishment of standards, prevention, research, education and monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.