The Shore Health System's commitment to Exceptional Care, Every Day dates back over 100 years. A century of support from the community and a partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System ensure that area residents have access to the country’s finest health care providers and the latest developments in medical science.
The regional health care network serving Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties includes The Memorial Hospital at Easton (1907) and Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge (1898), which merged in 1996 to form Shore Health System. In 2006, Shore Health System became part of the University of Maryland Medical System. Shore Health's hospitals connect residents and visitors to primary care and specialty physicians, emergency medical services, and a coordinated system of prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Services address the general, emergency and acute care needs of the community, and provide specialized care for heart disease, stroke, cancer, joint replacement, sleep disorders, diabetes education, pain management, breast disease and wound healing.
The Requard Radiation Oncology Center and the Shore Regional Cancer Center offer state-of-the-art oncology services and cancer treatment focused on treating the whole person. Shore Regional Breast Center provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options and, through a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Maryland, facilitates community outreach to educate minority women about the importance of regular mammograms.
The Joint Replacement Center has earned national recognition for its quality patient care and outcomes. Memorial Hospital is a designated Primary Stroke Center for the State of Maryland. The Pain Management Center collaborates with primary care and specialty physicians in treating patients experiencing acute and chronic pain.
Cardiac care consists of a full range of services to diagnose chest pain, shortness of breath and other symptoms of heart disease. Cardiac catheterization is performed in a new facility at Memorial Hospital. Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP®), a course of non-invasive treatment designed to increase the flow of blood to the heart by creating “bypasses” around narrowed or blocked arteries, is also available at Memorial Hospital.
The Shore Health System CardioPulmonary Fitness and Wellness program serves Mid-Shore residents through centers at Memorial Hospital and Dorchester General Hospital. Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, the medically supervised program of exercise and lifestyle modification begins in the hospital following a cardiac event and continues through ongoing maintenance.
The Vascular Center brings together several medical disciplines, from vascular technology and surgery to interventional radiology and cardiology, to offer patients the most timely diagnosis and best treatment.
The Regional Sleep Disorders Center located at Memorial Hospital conducts sleep studies, which assist physicians in diagnosing conditions that contribute to unhealthy sleep patterns affecting a patient’s overall well-being.
Shore Rehabilitation Services offers comprehensive physical, occupational and speech therapy at both hospitals and extends care through outpatient centers around the region and at the Center for Integrative Medicine. The Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation is the Mid-Shore’s only facility where inpatients are inspired to regain hope and independence and achieve their optimum level of function following trauma, injury or disease.
Shore Home Health and Hospice builds a bridge between the hospitals and outpatient services for individuals and their families.
Staying ahead of the demand for top-notch nurses is a priority for Shore Health System. Memorial Hospital is home to the Chesapeake College School of Nursing. Both hospitals provide opportunities for clinical training for nursing students. Following graduation, nurses prepare for careers in emergency medicine, surgical nursing, and other specialty areas by attending Critical Care University or Graduate University, nationally acclaimed programs designed and delivered by experienced nurses.
State-of-the-art imaging services are available at both hospitals and at outpatient centers in Easton, Cambridge, Denton and Centreville. Digital images produced through MRI, CT and other digital devices are accessible within minutes anywhere in the world, helping physicians make quick and accurate treatment decisions. Memorial Hospital has added PET/CT as an additional tool for determining the appropriate course of care for many forms of cancer.
In the OR, sophisticated brain and spine surgery is performed with image-guided surgical navigational equipment usually found only at academic medical centers. Minimally invasive procedures are performed at both hospitals for a wide range of medical conditions. An ambulatory surgery center offers convenience for patients who are able to return home or to work following surgery.
Shore Health System collaborates with other health care providers and social service agencies to ensure that underserved individuals gain access to medical care. One such collaboration, the Children’s Advocacy Center located at Memorial Hospital, brings together a multi-disciplinary team of medical, human services and law enforcement professionals to investigate and prosecute cases of child abuse while supporting children and their non-offending family members.
Staff and physicians present free educational programs for the community, such as labor and delivery classes led by nurses from the Birthing Center. Nurses and social workers lead support groups that help patients and their families manage diabetes, cancer, and other diseases. The popular “Ask the Doctor” series and regular community forums cover a host of topics such as arthritis, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke.