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Pain Specialist to Discuss Diabetic Neuropathy

On Wednesday, February 17, the diabetes educators from the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Shore Health System are hosting a presentation about nerve damage associated with diabetes, commonly referred to as diabetic neuropathy. The guest speaker is pain specialist Jennifer Marks, DO, who will discuss the causes and treatments available for diabetic neuropathy.

The session will be held from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Joslin Diabetes Center at Memorial Hospital, 219 S. Washington Street in Easton. The program is free and open to individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes and the family and friends who support them.

Board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Dr. Marks practices pain management at Shore Comprehensive Pain Care at Memorial Hospital.

For more information about the Joslin Diabetes Center presentation and to register, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5185 or 5186. 

Emergency Center Fills Pressing Need in Queen Anne’s County

Imagine that you are having a heart attack or that your child has a broken arm. How quickly would you want to receive medical attention?

That’s what Mareen Waterman asks his friends and neighbors when they want to know why he needs their help to raise money for the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center.

“For many patients who are seen in an emergency room, it’s not a life or death situation,” Waterman says. “But for a number of people, a few minutes will make the difference between living or dying because of a medical emergency.”

Waterman, who lives in Queenstown, heads the community fundraising effort for the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center scheduled to open in Grasonville later this year. He and his wife, Marian, donated $25,000 and are encouraging their friends and neighbors to support the cause.

Unique Therapeutic Riding Program

Timber Grove Farm in Preston, MD is partnering with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), with funding from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Aquatic Resources Educations Grants program, to offer a unique educational experience to people with developmental disabilities in the mid-shore counties.   REINS (Riders in the Environment Improving Native Shorelines) will combine therapeutic riding with hands-on learning about the connections between our local ponds and streams and the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  Other partners in the project include scientists (DNR, NOAA, UMd, Horn Point), parents, science teachers, special education teachers, wetlands experts, the ROTC and their naval instructors, equitherapy experts, and community volunteers.
Participants will be paired with school age volunteers who will act as companions/mentors.  Kim Hopkins and trained volunteers will provide therapeutic riding instruction and support to complement the aquatic studies led by environmental education specialist, LeeAnn Hutchison.

Through various activities, including crafts, mounted games, and a trail ride to ponds at Timber Grove Farm to collect samples, participants will learn about the aquatic environment, the wildlife in and around the Bay and its tributaries, and what we can do to improve and maintain the health of this important water system which will in turn protect the health of our horses and ourselves. In addition, both volunteers and participants will earn service learning hours.

The experience will be offered once each season – fall, winter, spring, and summer – with the next session scheduled for Saturday, March 6th, 2010 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The cost of the camp is $35 per rider, and scholarships are available on a first-come first-served basis.

Nothing says "I Love You" like a Singing Valentine!

Give your love something different this year! Sign up now to have a talented barbershop quartet (from the Bay Country Chorus) deliver a long-stemmed rose and a romantic serenade (two songs)!

The romantic treat is available Friday, February 12 & Saturday, February 13 for only $45! Limited Sunday spots are still available for a higher fee. Contact Ed Wadley for details or to purchase, 410-770-9672 or email him.

Bay Country Chorus website.

What One (local) Man Can Do! (for Earthquake victims)

Denton pastor Billy Johnson had just arrived in Haiti when the earthquake struck. For days his family and friends anquished over his survival. Thankfully, he's back on the Mid Shore - but not for long. He is leading an emergency relief effort to get food and supplies to a small town outside of Port au Prince, where help has NOT arrived. Join me as we show our community and our children what love, faith and determination can do! Here is his story:

I was there. by Billy Johnson          

Approximately 3 miles from the epicenter of the 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti last week. I was working with local churches and preachers through Christianville, a mission located between Gressier and Leogone.

Worldwide support for Haiti is pouring into the airport at Port au Prince. Everyone is noticing. And for that I am thankful.

But, as with any effort, there are hitches. Most of the support is getting bottle-necked in Port au Prince, and not reaching many of the outlying areas, including Christianville.

What I am trying to do is get some food DIRECTLY to Christianville for them to distribute to the local Haitians through the area churches. This is a 2 step process:

We secure an airplane. This is the HUGE expense. We are currently working with Sky Limo out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, who can send a load of 3,000 pounds. But it will cost approximately $5,000.

Second, we buy bulk beans and rice. This is what the missionaries at Christianville requested. The cost is still not confirmed, but we are guessing another $1,000.

This will be flown into the airport at Port au Prince, where representatives from Christianville will be waiting to take materials back to the mission. From there they will distribute the food through the Haitian preachers.

As of this moment, all funds are being processed through Discovery Christian Church in Easton, MD.(10441 Hiners Lane, Easton, MD 21601, Memo Line: Christianville) We are working on online giving options and a dedicated account. If this seems thrown together quickly, it is! But time is a luxury the people of the Gressier/Leogone area do not have.


Find Billy Johnson on Facebook to follow his efforts: http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#/billyjohnsonlive?ref=nf As of 10am today (Thursday) he had already raised almost $3000. Please join in a LOCAL relief effort!!

Jason's Hearts: Local boy leaves legacy of love and support for special needs children!

Mid-shore Mom, Kendra Sanders, turns her grief into gratitude as she establishes a foundation to support local special needs children.

About Jason's Heartby glass artist Brent Graber

Jason's Heart is a foundation set up in loving memory of our son Jason Philip Sanders. Our goal is to help provide funding and support for Special Needs Children. Jason was unable to walk, talk, eat or even sit up during his 7 years of life. In spite of these limitations, Jason was able to create an instant bond with countless people. This bond helped people who may have felt intimidated by the severely disabled. Jason made everybody feel comfortable and they reached out to him. Jason was an incredible gift. Not only to our family, but to the entire community. Jason is a constant reminder that no matter how frail, how weak or how “not normal”, every life has value. His smile was genuine, his laugh was contagious and his heart was pure. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to know him, came away a better person. Jason has the ability to touch hearts and change perceptions without saying a single word. We could never have given him as much as he has given us.

We would like for Jason's spirit to live on. Your purchase will help support Camp Lazy Days, a summer camp for disabled children, like Jason. This camp provides opportunities for recreation, growth and development, that they might not otherwise have. Our goal is simple. We want every child, regardless of their handicap or ability to pay, to have a chance to experience camp. These are Jason’s friends and we feel certain that he would be excited, knowing that nobody was left out.

Jeff and Kendra Sanders and Family
In Memory of Jason Philip SandersJason's Hearts
June 26, 2002 – October 18, 2009

These hearts were designed specifically for the Jason's Heart Foundation. This will be a limited edition run of 200 pieces. They are signed and numbered. We will release them as they are completed and ready to ship. Each one will be unique... the jump rings are sterling silver, the ribbons are custom hand died silk by Julie Mitchell, the slider bead that makes them adjustable is also hand made to match and they come packaged with great care. Absolutely every thing was done to honor the life of a special soul and I am grateful to do work with such purpose.

The first run of Jason's Hearts is ready. VERY VERY limited quantities at this point, with a total of only 200 available in 2010. If they are sold out, please send an email to kendra1966@yahoo.com with "Jason's Heart" in the subject line and you will receive an email as new batches become available.

To order click link below:

Brent Graber is known world wide for his boro glass artistry, he is the author and creator of tutorial DVD's as well as a nationally known instructor.

Green Solutions For Body, Home, and the Environment!

            Energy Solutions LLC, owned by Felicia and Dean O’Donnell, is all about wellness and the Environment,   Felicia stresses educating people so they can make informed decisions about these issues. and what we can do to merge them together. Whether the issue is clean water & air, relief from aching joints or sore muscles, safe technologies to a “greener” home, Felicia is passionate about sharing her research and the benefits of Energy Solutions LLC’s products.

            Nikken products address concerns in air and water treatment and filtration. “It just makes sense,” Felicia says, “if you can purify the water we take in, it can help clean out the impurities in the body. You’re trying to restore natural energy fields from earth and sun back into the home.” Nikken Wellness products,  the leader in  world that market magnetic & far infrared products, are non-invasive, chemical free and have no side effects while boosting the body’s self-healing features. An ex-athlete, Felicia was experiencing physical discomfort as a result of her sport; however, by using Nikken magnetic technology products, her discomfort has been alleviated. “I found a better way to help my body heal,” she says. 

Shore Health System Honors Denton Volunteers

Volunteers from the Denton Unit of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary were recognized for their many years of service and fundraising efforts at the Auxiliary’s luncheon held on November 3 at the Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford.

The Denton Unit of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was founded in August, 1947 as an outlet for charitable service to the hospital by ladies – and later, gentlemen—who lived a distance from the Easton-based hospital. Even though the Denton Unit’s primary focus was raising funds in Caroline County for the hospital, many of the Unit’s members were also active volunteers for hospital based services such as the Nightingale Gift Shop and Snack Bar, the Commission Shop (now The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street) and other projects. 

Topping Out Ceremony Planned for Queen Anne’s Emergency Center

Shore Health System will celebrate an important milestone in the construction of the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center with a Topping Out ceremony on Tuesday, November 24 at 11:00 a.m. The community is invited to participate in this historical event at the construction site on Nesbitt Road and US Rt. 50 in Grasonville at 11:00 a.m.
In the tradition of the construction industry, placement of the last steel beam during a building project is referred to as “topping out.” Before it is raised and set in place on the building, the last steel beam of the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center will be signed by employees, physicians, volunteers and members of the community. The beam will be decorated with an American flag as an expression of patriotism. A small evergreen tree, a symbol that has its roots in ancient timber construction, will be attached to the beam. The ancient topping out celebration honored the trees used to construct the building and was believed to bring good luck to the new structure.

November is National Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Month

 During November, Shore Health System is honoring the professionals who offer their skills, experience and caring support to patients and families when they require specialized medical services.

Rita Holley, MS, BSN, RN, Director for Shore Home Care and Hospice, says, “Although we officially celebrate our accomplishments in November, the work we do to make a difference in the quality of life for our patients and their families happens all year long.”

Simply being at home can be a comfort for individuals recovering from an illness or injury. Sometimes, though, the challenges of recovery may go beyond what even the most independent-minded person and well-prepared caregivers can manage.

“Shore Home Care provides services to patients discharged from the hospital, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes and for patients who are ill at home,” Holley explains. “Family members and patients can call us directly to discuss available services and to coordinate care with their primary care physician.”

The type and length of time that home health care services are provided is determined based on the severity of the illness or injury, in coordination with the patient’s physician. Members of the Shore Home Care team teach the patient and caregivers what steps to take to ensure progress and to create a safe environment at home. Shore Home Care consistently receives top scores for patient satisfaction and quality care from patients who have received the organization’s services. 

Home health nurses provide medication and dietary instruction, wound care and education on specific diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. Social workers maintain a comprehensive network of community resources for other medical, financial and social services that may be needed.

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