Ciotola, Ransom named to Ru­ral Health Care Work­group

Ru­ral Health Sum­mit set Aug. 30

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BAL­TI­MORE — Queen Anne’s County Health Of­fi­cer Joseph Ciotola has been se­lected to co-chair the Ru­ral Health Care Work­group that was cre­ated dur­ing the 2016 Leg­isla­tive Ses­sion. The work­group on ru­ral health care de­liv­ery was de­vel­oped by the Mary­land Health Care Com­mis­sion to over­see a study of health care de­liv­ery in the Mid­dle Shore re­gion and to de­velop a plan for meet­ing the health care needs of the five coun­ties — Caro­line, Dorch­ester, Kent Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Mary­land State Med­i­cal So­ci­ety Gene Ransom and mem­ber Richard Col­gan were also se­lected as mem­bers of the work­group. Col­gan is with the Univer­sity of Mary­land School of Medicine.

Ciotola is also the med­i­cal di­rec­tor for the county’s Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices. Un­der Ciotola’s lead­er­ship, Queen Anne’s County be­gan op­er­at­ing a pilot pro­gram called the Mo­bile In­te­grated Com­mu­nity Health Pro­gram in Au­gust 2014. The MICH pro­gram cre­ates a team com­posed of a pub­lic health nurse and a paramedic who can jointly visit in­di­vid­u­als in their home and link pa­tients to com­mu­nity re­sources to im­prove health out­comes and re­duce trips to hospi­tal emer­gency de­part­ments.

Ransom, a former Queen Anne’s County com­mis­sioner, ex­pressed ex­cite­ment for the op­por­tu­nity. “This task force al­lows the Eastern Shore to de­ter­mine and re­quest its health care needs for gen­er­a­tions to come,” he said.

Now that the new board has been se­lected, the Mary­land Health Care Com­mis­sion is plan­ning to host a Ru­ral Health Sum­mit on ru­ral health care de­liv­ery at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, 100 Col­lege Cir­cle, Wye Mills, on Tues­day, Aug. 30, from 1 to 5 p.m.

In­for­ma­tion about the meet­ing, in­clud­ing any meet­ing ma­te­ri­als, will be posted to the com­mis­sion’s web­site: http://mhcc.mary­land.gov/mhcc/pages/ home/work­groups/work­group­s_ru­ral_health.aspx.

MedChi is a non-profit mem­ber­ship as­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land physi­cians. It is the largest physi­cian or­ga­ni­za­tion in Mary­land. The mis­sion of MedChi is to serve as Mary­land’s fore­most ad­vo­cate and re­source for physi­cians, their pa­tients and the pub­lic health of Mary­land. For more in­for­ma­tion, vis­its www.medchi. org.

GENE RANSOM

DR. JOSEPH CIOTOLA

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