Shore Health Systems
Shore Health System
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About Shore Health System

Shore Health System was formed in 1996 through the affiliation of two community hospitals that have served their communities for over a century - The Memorial Hospital at Easton, located in Talbot County, and Dorchester General Hospital, located in the city of Cambridge in Dorchester County. Today, Shore Health System is a regional, not-for-profit network of inpatient and outpatient services with facilities in Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline and Queen Anne's counties.

On July 1, 2006, Shore Health System merged with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) to enhance clinical programs and facilities, and to facilitate physician recruitment. As a member of UMMS, and through partnerships with the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Shore Health System is bringing world class medical care to residents of Maryland's Mid-Shore and the Delmarva Peninsula.

With over 1,900 employees, a medical staff consisting of over 200 attending, consulting and associate staff members, and a corps of over 500 volunteers, Shore Health System possesses the talent, technology and services to meet the healthcare needs of the more than 100,000 people who live in the Mid-Shore region. Looking to the future, the system's strategic plan envisions expanding services and facilities to address the Eastern Shore's growing need for healthcare services into the next century.

The Memorial Hospital at Easton

Memorial Hospital has 140 licensed beds. The hospital's primary service area includes Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot counties; its secondary service area includes Queen Anne's and Kent counties. Hospital services span a broad range of primary and secondary inpatient acute care services, including acute rehabilitation; medical and surgical; obstetrical/gynecological; pediatrics; oncology; renal; neuroscience; and critical care. Memorial Hospital earned designation as a primary stroke center from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System in 2007. That same year, the hospital opened a new Emergency Department designed to accommodate 60,000 visits a year.

The Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation is a 20-bed "hospital within a hospital," whose staff provides acute nursing care, medical supervision by specially trained physicians, and a comprehensive program of physical, occupational and speech therapy for adults recovering from injuries, surgery and illnesses.

Memorial Hospital provides a full array of diagnostic and therapeutic inpatient and outpatient services, including comprehensive imaging services, laboratory testing, same-day surgery, and neurological, cardiovascular and pulmonary diagnostic testing. Diagnostic imaging services include the most advanced technology available for hospitals using digital mammography, Computed Tomography (CT), positron emisson tomography (PET) CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine and interventional radiology.

The Edward B. and Mildred H. Freeman Outpatient Center at Memorial Hospital, the main entrance to the hospital for outpatient and surgical services, is also the headquarters for the Shore Comprehensive Pain Care clinic, an Infusion Center and a Short Stay Unit. Memorial Hospital is also the home to the Center for Cardio-Pulmonary Fitness and Wellness, the Joint Replacement Center, the Regional Sleep Disorders Center, the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Shore Health System, the Kidney Transplant Clinic and the Dialysis Vascular Access Clinic

Dorchester General Hospital

Dorchester General Hospital is a 38-bed adult medical/surgical community hospital, providing 24-hour emergency services. The hospital's primary service area is Dorchester County; its secondary service area includes Caroline and Talbot counties. The Dorchester General Hospital Emergency Department handles over 18,000 visits a year. Inpatient services include medical, surgical, gynecological, orthopedic, acute rehabilitation and critical care. The hospital also has a 16-bed adult behavioral health inpatient unit, which provides acute psychiatric care for patients from the Mid-Shore region and the lower counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Dorchester General Hospital provides a full-array of diagnostic and therapeutic services, including same day surgery, endoscopy and lab testing. Diagnostic imaging services include digital mammography, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine as well as cardiovascular and pulmonary testing.

Dorchester General Hospital operates a Center for Cardio-Pulmonary Fitness and Wellness. Shore Health System's Comprehensive Rehabilitation Care operates the region's only Balance Center at Dorchester General Hospital. This specialty service is staffed by physical therapists, who diagnose and treat balance disorders. The hospital conducts overnight sleep studies at the Dorchester General Hospital Sleep Center.

Maryland ExpressCare Transport, a service provided in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System, provides ambulance and helicopter transport from Memorial Hospital and Dorchester General Hospital to tertiary healthcare facilities.

Outpatient Services Around the Region

Shore Health System operates a regional network of outpatient services with facilities in Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline and Queen Anne's counties. Comprehensive Rehabilitation Care provides physical, occupational and speech therapy at outpatient centers located in Easton, Cambridge, Centreville and Denton. A full range of outpatient diagnostic and testing services are available in Easton, Denton, and Centreville, including digital mammography, cardiovascular testing, and X-ray, ultrasound, CT, PET, MRI and bone density scans.

In Easton, the Digestive Health Center performs endoscopic procedures, colonoscopies and other procedures for gastrointestinal health care. Shore Home Care and Hospice is a regional network of home health and hospice providers, who travel around the Mid-Shore to provide nursing care and physical and occupational therapy. The hospice team supports families facing the end of life in their homes and at residential hospice facilities operated by the Talbot County and Caroline County Hospice Foundations.

World Class Cancer Care

Shore Regional Cancer Center and the Requard Center for Radiation Oncology provide state of the art cancer care for the Mid-Shore region. Shore Health System's cancer services also include outpatient chemotherapy at both hospitals. Shore Regional Breast Center, which is based at Memorial Hospital, is staffed with a nurse navigator and two surgeons who offer diagnostic services, genetic testing, counseling and treatment for women living with breast cancer and for the family members who support them. A grant from the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure funds outreach workers who travel throughout the community to educate women about prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

Social workers, dietitians, financial counselors, complementary medicine services, palliative care, lymphedema services, exercise therapy and a host of support groups provide encouragement and assistance for patients and families coping with cancer. Clinical trials offer the best hope for a cancer cure. Since 2001, Shore Regional Cancer Center has actively participated in a variety of cancer clinical trials. The cancer center annually enrolls patients in many trials for breast, colon, kidney, gynecological and esophageal cancer.