Incoming President's Message

Hello from Joan Sullivan,

Over the past year Lisa Owens and I have switched back in forth in our roles to cover the open positions in the MAR. Lisa Owens has done an excellent job in providing leadership and direction for our region over this past year and will continue to do so as she will transition to the role of past President in January. Per the Bylaws I will begin my term as President in January. Keeping in mind succession planning, I am eagerly searching for a President-Elect for this year who then can take on the leadership of this great region after my term.

I attended the MAR conference in Ocean City, MD hosted by the Eastern Shore affiliate in September. I would like to express my sincere praise to this team led by Linda Arundel, Continuing Education Chair & Beth Laramore President of Eastern Shore affiliate and their team for an amazing conference. The caliber of the speakers and quality of the content covered rivaled a National Conference. It was delightful to see how as a region we are taking a more active role in recognizing the exceptional practitioners we have as 5 candidates were nominated for Nurse of the Year. It was a challenge to select just one winner as all the candidates were winners. I am proud to say that Dot Goodman, BSN, RN, CWOCN is our winner this year.

We will be having some changes in the members of the Board this coming year with some of our long-time members transitioning out of their roles. I would like to express my appreciation to Membership Committee Chair, Harriet Pilert and Nominations Committee Chair, Sue Currence for the dedication, direction and support they have provided our region over the past 4 years in these roles. Ann Roberts will be taking over the Membership Committee Chair & Tonnie Warfield will be assuming the Nominations Committee Chair. Colleen Simpson has accepted the Social Media Chair.

The MAR conference for next year will be held in the Baltimore area and details should be out by the end of October related to location and dates. Please reach out to the Baltimore Affiliate if you have ideas on topics you would like to see covered at this conference.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any ideas on ways we can improve opportunities, communication or anything else related to how the MAR can help you as a practitioner or affiliate. I look forward to working with all of you over the next year and beyond.

Joan Sullivan, MSN, MAS, RN, CWON

Nurse of the Year

Dot Goodman receiving AwardCongratulations, Dot Goodman!

Dot Goodman, CWOCN, received the Nurse of the Year Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region at this years’s conference held in Ocean City MD September 9/28-29. Dot has been employed at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital for 30 years and has been a mentor and preceptor to many nurses throughout her prestigious career. read more...

New Officers

New MAR Board Officers were installed at the conference for the 2019-2021 term. Joanne Biddix, from the Central Virginia Affiliate, will serve another term as Member at Large for Communications. Ferne Elsass, from the Hampton Roads Affiliate, will serve another term as Secretary.

Joan Sullivan moves from President-Elect to President as Lisa Owens vacates that seat. Thank you so much, Lisa, for all your hard work and dedication to the region over the years!!

The following members have accepted appointed positions on the board with terms beginning in Jan 2019:

  • Nominations chair: Tonnie Warfield, from Baltimore affiliate
  • Membership chair: Ann Roberts, from the Blue Ridge affiliate
  • Social media chair: Colleen Simpson, from the Baltimore affiliate

Outgoing Board Members

Thank you for all your years of service on the MAR Board.

Sue Currence
Nominations Chair

Harriet Pilert

Harriet Pilert
Membership Chair

  2019 Annual Conference

Mark your calendars!

October 11 & 12, 2019

Hunt Valley, MD

  2018 Conference Hightlights

2018 Conference Logo

Congratulations to the conference planning committee from the Eastern Shore for putting together a fabulous conference in Ocean City, MD 9/28-29/18.

There were 123 attendees and an excellent panel of speakers who imparted great information on a variety of topics related to wounds, ostomy and continence. We had wonderful support from our industry partners, without who, we could not provide this educational endeavor.

The Silent Auction raised $1212 part of which will go toward funding next year's conference.

New MAR Board Officers were installed at the conference for the 2019-2021 term. Joanne Biddix, from the Central Virginia Affiliate, will serve another term as Member at Large for Communications. Ferne Elsass, from the Hampton Roads Affiliate, will serve another term as Secretary.

Many thanks to Claudia Thomas MAR treasurer, for spearheading a project to get donated ostomy supplies collected at the conference. They were shipped to the Friends of Ostomates Worldwide. Part of the proceeds from the silent auction paid for shipping costs.

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Baltimore Affiliate

Ostomy Care: Best Practices 2018

Baltimore Affiliate group members who conducted Ostomy Conference in Baltimore on November 15th.

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Public Policy Update

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updated by Bernie Rock September 2018

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Our Mission:

Wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nursing is a multifaceted, evidence based practice incorporating a unique body of knowledge to provide excellence in prevention, health maintenance, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitative nursing care to persons with select disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary and integument systems. This complex, interdependent specialty encompasses the care of all patient populations across the continuum of care while providing a pivotal role as educator, researcher and resource throughout the healthcare community. WOC nursing directs its efforts at improving the quality of life for individuals with wound, ostomy and continence concerns.