T idewater Trader December 23, 2020 Page A44 Home Care Heroes Celebrate National Home Care Month November was National Home Care Month and for the staff of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s two home care entities, UM Shore Home Care and UM Chester River Home Care, there has been much to cel- ebrate. This year more than ever, the 50 staff members went out of their way to make a difference in the health and well-being of their patients, providing a full range of services in homes, group homes and residential care facilities. The team served more than 1,111 number of patients and made more than 16,200 individual home visits in and around our five- county region - all during the CO- VID-19 pandemic that has tested the strength and flexibility of our region’s health care workers. “Our teams continue to rise to the chal- lenges created by Covid-19,” said Rita Holley, director of Home Care Services for UM SRH. At the start of the pandemic, a Covid-19 team of volunteers was formed to help care for those bat- tling the virus at home, said Hol- ley. This skilled team has cared for more than 60 Covid-19 patients during their in-home recoveries. “An important new service that the home care team began offer- ing during the pandemic was as- sisting patients with physician appointments via telemedicine,” said Kathryn Davis, clinical man- ager of UM Chester River Home Care. “Our nurses helped facilitate the telemedicine visits and spoke directly with physicians to report important medical data such as blood pressure and heart rate.” “This has been of tremendous val- ue to both the patient and the phy- sician - home care team members help ensure providers have the in- formation they needed to treat pa- tients, all while keeping them safer at home,” said Davis. Shore Home Care and Chester River Home Care have served patients in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties for more than 20 years. The two agencies provide a full range of services, including skilled nursing; physical and occupation- al therapy; medical social work; and home health aide assistance. Their shared goal is to help each patient maintain optimal health and independence in his or her home setting. “The nurses and therapists are the most marvelous group of people you can imagine,” said Michael Ambrose, a Chester River Home Care patient. “They are extremely capable - true hero- ines and heroes - and they genu- inely care about helping me re- cover.” The home care team has been monitoring and evaluating Ambrose’s recovery from multiple surgeries and hospitalizations that began in September 2019. As part of the UMMS, Univer- sity of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care servic- es for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot coun- ties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,200 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together. GOOD NEWS PAGE Newsworthy Notes From You The Readers UM Chester River Home Care: UM Chester River Home Care patient Michael Ambrose thanks his “heroes” - Lauren Killeen, OT, Brooke Maier, PT, Sarah Reynolds, PTA and Amanda Sutton, RN. Shore United Bank Donates to Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign Shore United is honored to help kick off the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign to the Eastern Shore. According to Lt. Wendy Parsons of the Cambridge branch, the call for help has tripled this year. With fewer kettles out in front of stores due to the pandemic, the Salvation Army is hoping for corporate donations like the one from Shore United. “During this season of joy, we understand the increased demands with more people who become unemployed and have limited resources, the demand for food assistance will reach critical levels. As a local community bank, we understand the importance of responding to the needs of our community during this difficult time,” says Chris Honeman, Relationship Manager at Shore United Bank. “Helping the people in the communities we serve is our highest priority.” To assist with the food supplies to local communities, Shore United Bank has generously donated $2,000 to help purchase and distribute food to those in need. For more information about Shore United Bank, please visit www.ShoreUnitedBank.com Pictured left to right are: Chris Honeman Shore United Bank, Relationship Manager, Lt. Wendy Parson, Lt. Bo Parsons. National Music Festival Sets 2021 Dates for 10 th Anniversary Season The National Music Festival will celebrate its 10 th Anniversary Au- gust 1 st -14 th , 2021 in Chestertown. NMF will feature music to suit vir- tually every taste – from sympho- nies and chamber music to hints of jazz. More than 30 concerts and over 200 open rehearsals are scheduled throughout the festival. In its first nine seasons, the Festi- val has provided almost 1,000 tu- ition-free apprenticeships to gift- ed young professional musicians, hailing from every U.S. state and six continents. “We are thrilled to be able to mark our 10 th Anniversary Season with our friends, audiences, and mu- sic lovers of all ages,” said Execu- tive Director Caitlin Patton. Out of concern about the COVID-19 pan- demic, arts organizations world- wide had to cancel events in 2020. In 2022, the festival will resume its normal annual June schedule. Patton and her husband, conduc- tor Richard Rosenberg, founded the festival in 2011 in rural Floyd, Va. The couple moved the festival to Chestertown the following year to take advantage of its more ac- cessible location. “The Festival has been magical from the start,” said Rosenberg, the Festival’s artistic director and principal conductor. “It’s magi- cal that the community embraced it so wholeheartedly. Magical that bonds have been formed that en- dure, and that so many of our musicians are winning important jobs, in great part because of what they have taken with them from their time in Chestertown.” Marzena Diakun, a conducting ap- prentice in 2012 and 2103, will be the guest conductor this year. Earlybird festival season passes are on sale now for $225 through December 31 st , increasing to $250 beginning January 1 st , 2021. Pass- es guarantee admission and pre- ferred seating at ticketed Mu- sic Festival concerts, a Festival Guide, and invitations to special events. They can be purchased online at www.nationalmusic.us/ events-and-tickets/tickets/. The National Music Festival will celebrate its 10 th Anniversary August 1 st -14 th .