Palliative Care at UM Shore Regional Health is delivered by specially-trained interdisciplinary team of experts that includes

  • Physicians
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Pharmacists
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains

These specialists work together with a patient's other health care providers to provide an extra layer of support to the patient.

Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, Medical Director

Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. A member of the UM Shore Regional Health medical staff since 2001, Dr. Vaidyanathan’s clinical experience includes hospital medicine, perioperative medicine and hospice care. Her goal is to align medical care with the goals and values of patients and their families, and improve quality of life while providing comprehensive support for patients with serious illnesses. Contact: 410-822-1000.

Joseph F. O’Neill, MD, Physician

Joseph F. O’Neill is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He studied Palliative Medicine at the University of Cape Town and completed a clinical fellowship in Palliative and Hospice Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has served on the advisory boards for several international organizations, as director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, and as professor of medicine and director of global initiatives for the University of Maryland. Contact: 410-822-1000

Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, RN, Nurse Practitioner

Sharon Stagg’s nursing experience includes critical care, surgery, orthopedics, occupational health, community case management, nursing education and palliative care. She works collaboratively to

deliver palliative care and related services, which include assisting with diagnosis, treatment and management of serious and/or chronic conditions; symptom management; advance care planning and care coordination. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5043

Donald F. D’Aquila, PharmD, RRT, Pharmacist

Don D’Aquila earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland where he completed specialized training in pain management, palliative and hospice pharmacotherapy. Now specializing in palliative care and pain management services, he also provides pharmacy consulting for Talbot Hospice Foundation and teaches at Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Contact: 410-430-2836

Maggie Mayo, MSW, LCSW-C, Associate Clinical Chaplain

Maggie Mayo worked for 38 years as a clinical social worker and mental health counselor and is certified as an associate clinical chaplain by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychology. She is dedicated to meeting the spiritual and emotional needs of her patients and their loved ones by providing comfort and support. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5045.

Sarah Postles, BSN, RN, Palliative Care Nurse

Sarah Postles joined the team in 2016 as the palliative care nurse at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Her role is to guide and support patients and families in expressing and reaching their health care values and goals. A graduate of Wesley College in Delaware, Sarah completed UM Shore Regional Health’s Critical Care University program and has experience in the acute care setting. Contact: 410-778-3300, ext. 2081

Madeline Steffens, BSN, RN, CHPN, Program Coordinator

Madeline Steffens provides support, education and development for the Palliative Care program by collaborating with hospital staff and community resources to provide quality palliative care to our inpatient population. She also speaks to organizations and clubs to educate local citizens about palliative care. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5041, or 410-708-4177.

Kimberly Fogle, MSW, LCSW-C, Social Worker

Kim Fogle brings more than three decades of experience in retirement communities, sub-acute nursing and rehabilitation centers, and inpatient and home hospice programs to the Palliative Care team. Her commitment to patients’ rights in making their own health decisions and her understanding of how serious illness affects individuals and their families make her a key resource to patients and their loved ones. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5044.