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Nana Sophie Gathers Support and Supplies for Hurricane Sandy Victims - Get Involved!

I love it when ordinary people do extraordinary things! Hurricane Sandy has brought us many heart rending stories of survival and rebuilding. Now a local celebrity and her family are gathering supplies and items for the hard hit folks of Staten Island, NY. 

I speak of Chesapeake City's own Nana Sophie Ferrara, who spent her 102nd year becoming the Nation's Nana and gathering more than 5,000 Facebook friends. For her 103rd birthday in October she was featured on a New York morning show (she's from Staten Island), and now she's gathering clothes, wipes, toiletries, shoes, blankets, diapers and more to send to her hometown. 

Sophie's granddaughter, Diane Scuderi, will be making as many trips as are needed to transport necessities to NY. Diane asks that everything be neatly placed in boxes or bags and dropped off at her home at 119 Manor Circle, Elkton MD.  Her number is 302 593 2016 if you need to coordinate things with her.  Please be respectful, and only call during daytime hours!

Let's pull together, Mid Shore, and help Nana help others! Contact your churches, civic groups, youth groups, etc. and get people collecting needed items! I know gas cans are in desperately short supply - Wal-Mart is selling out daily to folks driving south to find supplies. 

I know we all want to help but don't always know how.  We can do this! 

Let's work with Nana Sophie and make a difference! 

PS - I can help bring supplies from the lower counties to Cecil - email me! cyndi@midshorelife.com 

Dr. Vaidyanathan wins 2012 Cecil Award

Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, is the winner of the 2012 Arthur B. Cecil, Jr., MD Award for Excellence in Healthcare Improvement. Dr. Vaidyanathan was chosen from among five nominees for her work in developing a palliative care program for Shore Health System. Palliative care is a coordinated approach of physical, emotional and spiritual care with the goal to relieve suffering for patients with advanced illnesses.

The Cecil Award for Excellence in Healthcare Improvement is named for Arthur B. Cecil, Jr., MD, a surgeon who practiced at Memorial Hospital from 1950 until 1988. The award was established to recognize Dr. Cecil’s commitment to using grand rounds to share the latest developments in the field of medicine.

“Physicians are lifelong learners and they want to share what they learn with their colleagues,” says Michael Tooke, MD, chief medical officer for Shore Health. “Today, the Cecil Award recognizes physician leaders for their contributions to educating and engaging physicians and other members of the healthcare team in quality improvement initiatives that continuously enhance the care available to our patients.”

Dr. Cecil’s son, Arthur Cecil, III, presented the award to Dr. Vaidyanathan on October 18 at a special ceremony at the Tidewater Inn in Easton. Mr. Cecil, who serves on the Shore Health Patient Quality and Safety Committee, says, “Tonight we pay tribute to everyone who provides patient care at Shore Health. This award is one of many ways that Shore Health recognizes the teams of people who are committed to caring for patients.”

Rosa Mateo, MD, and Paul Monte, MD, were finalists for the Cecil Award along with Dr. Vaidyanathan. Dr. Mateo, an infectious disease specialist, was cited for her role in eliminating healthcare associated infections through the Target Zero initiative. Dr. Monte, a specialist in hospital medicine, was cited for leading the venous thromboembolism risk assessment and prophylaxis initiative.

New venture capital fund seeks entrepreneurs for downtown Cambridge

Local businesspeople offer entrepreneurs up to $50,000 in start-up capital

Dreaming of starting a business? Now may be just the time to do it, thanks to the new Cambridge Venture Capital Fund I, LLC, which is offering entrepreneurs up to $50,000 each in assistance in downtown Cambridge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The $250,000 fund has been established by local business people who want to invest in the core of downtown Cambridge.

“We want to give entrepreneurs some powerful incentives to open in Cambridge, Maryland,” said Brett Summers, Cambridge resident and developer of several downtown buildings, who spearheaded the creation of the venture capital fund. “If you have time, talent, and desire—but not enough capital—this is a great opportunity.”

The fund is limited to new retail businesses opening on certain blocks in the downtown core—the 300 block of High Street, the 500 block of Poplar Street, and the 400 or 500 blocks of Race Street.

CNB partners with Habitat for Humanity Choptank to provide financial seminars

Employees of CNB, member of Shore Bancshares family of companies, have been meeting quarterly with new Habitat for Humanity Choptank applicants to provide training tips on personal budgeting, ways to cut spending, how to save and the importance of balancing a checking account.  As part of the application process, new Habitat for Humanity Choptank applicant’s attend seminars to strengthen and broaden their financial skills  for home ownership. 

 CNB colleagues, Julia Morris, Branch Manager, Wanda Harmon, Asst. Branch Manager, and Dawn Parks, Customer Service Representative, of the CNB Denton office demonstrated tips about the power of budgeting, saving, cost cutting and how to balance a check book.  Immediately following each seminar, applicants are given the opportunity to discuss what they have learned and to ask questions. The CNB staff is also available to work one on one with a Habitat family who wants to receive more detailed instruction.  

Shore Health Welcomes Interns to Clinical Pastoral Education Program

Shore Health System’s fall session of the Clinical Pastoral Education Program includes five chaplain interns. This advanced clinical and pastoral education program prepares clergy and lay ministers for their work with the sick and their families.

Rev. David G. Berg of Annapolis is the program supervisor. Interns include Vinton Fisher, Stevensville; Emanuel Johnson, St. Michaels; Maggie Mayo, Easton; Ray Rogers (chief intern), Delmar; and Holly Wright, St. Michaels.

The national standard for certification as a hospital chaplain requires a minimum of four units of clinical pastoral education. A unit consists of 400 hours of supervised ministry, didactic education and group process. The chaplain interns consult with patients and their families at all Shore Health facilities, including the Memorial Hospital at Easton, Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge and Shore Regional Cancer Center in Easton. The trainees apply their learning in religious congregations out in the community.

Ordained ministers and lay people who participate in clinical pastoral education receive specialized training that augments their general education in ministry. The program is scheduled so that local clergy may study while still serving their own congregations.

Delegate Addie Eckardt presents new flags to the skipjack, Nathan of Dorchester

Delegate Addie Eckardt, right, recently presented a new state flag to Capt. Frank Newton for the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, recognizing the boat’s activities as an ambassador promoting the local heritage throughout the Chesapeake Bay.

The boat also received a new City of Cambridge flag, presented earlier by Clerk-Treasurer Ed Kinnamon. Eckardt joined members of the Dorchester Skipjack Committee at its reception welcoming the captains and crews of the skipjacks participating in the 2012 Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race. The Nathan placed third in the race, behind the H. M. Krentz and Rebecca T. Ruark.

For more information, to charter the boat or to volunteer, contact the Dorchester Skipjack Committee at 410-228-7141 or visit its website, www.skipjack-nathan.org.


What's So HOT About Power Yoga?

by Brenda Lain
Eastern Shore Yoga co-owner/instructor

It’s summer and 100 degrees in Easton, MD and the studio at Eastern Shore Yoga is beginning to fill up for its evening, hot yoga class.  The studio is a muscle limbering 88 degrees and the students are chatting, rolling out mats, preparing for a sweaty, vigorous class—looking forward to going to their edge.  So what brings people of varying genders, ages, and bodies to yoga in general and Eastern Shore Yoga (ESY) in particular?

I know what brought me to yoga, and anyone with an angst-ridden, 16-year-old, teenage daughter would understand completely, stress release.  It was 2000 and I had just moved with my husband and two daughters to Pittsburgh, PA.  My teenage daughter left behind her high school, friends, and “the boy she loved” in Georgia.  She hated life and especially me.  So when a newfound friend of mine suggested I take a yoga class with her, I reluctantly agreed, thinking a group of women sitting around chanting and stretching was not going to cure my ills.  I needed something stronger, like military school for girls, or a bottle of scotch for me.  What I found was something that changed my life, my relationship with my daughter, and my body.

Walk, Run And Fun At Expanded Bark In The Park

Talbot Humane’s third annual Bark in the Park family festival will feature even more activities for people and pets as it continues to grow in popularity as a community event. The free festival takes place on Saturday, October 20th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Idlewild Park in Easton.

New this year, Annapolis Volvo is sponsoring a 10K run and a 5K fun run/walk for human participants, starting at 9 and 9:15 a.m., respectively, from Easton Middle School, one block from Idlewild Park. Registration for the races opens there at 8 a.m.

The Dog Walk returns for the canines, along with the Fun Dog Show, which allows owners an opportunity to match their dogs against others in ten categories including talent, looks, size and costumes. L.P. Palmer and his Yorkshire Terrier, Jake, won both Best Look Alike and Best in Show at last year’s Bark in the Park Dog Show.

Registration fees apply for the runs, Dog Walk and Dog Show, with registration available in advance through the Talbot Humane website, www.talbothumane.org. Registration for the 10K and 5K also is available through Active.com.

Mason Recognized as Everyday Hero

Richard Mason, MD, was recently recognized as an Everyday Hero. A grateful patient made a donation to Shore Health System after receiving a joint replacement from Dr. Mason.

The Everyday Hero Program gives patients and their families an opportunity to thank a Shore Health physician, employee or volunteer by making a financial donation in their name. For more information, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5915.

Cutline: Michael Tooke, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Shore Health, congratulates Richard Mason, MD, (center) for his Everyday Hero recognition. Also pictured (right) is Pat O’Shea, Director of Development for Shore Health.

Ferry Cruise Guests Enjoy Evening For Mentors

About fifty guests embarked on a two-hour sunset cruise aboard the Oxford Ferry on September 9th in support of Talbot Mentors. Passengers enjoyed music by blues guitarist Rick Forrest, appetizers and refreshments while the ferry cruised the Tred Avon River.

Talbot Mentors Program Coordinator Jessika Best thanked Captains Tom and Judy Bixler for providing their vessel for the fundraiser. “The sky was absolutely beautiful,” she said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better setting for a sunset cruise.” She added her appreciation to Forrest for the entertainment and Al Smith for spearheading the event.

Funds raised will support Talbot Mentors’ program of matching volunteers with children who can benefit from additional adult friendships in their lives.

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visit www.talbotmentors.org.

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