Tough times are ahead

February 29th, 2012

Hospitals are facing tough times, even those such as Waldo County General Hospital that have been solidly in the black for years, Mark Biscone, Executive Director, told employees last week. Read more…



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Director of Quality named

February 29th, 2012

Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH) has a new member on its administrative team, Rob Fowler, RN, BSN. He was named to the new position of Director of Quality on Jan. 1. Read more…



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New Belfast Public Health Nurse hired

February 29th, 2012

Belfast has a new public health nurse, Shannon Robbins, RN, BSN, of Searsmont, who has worked in a wide-range of nursing positions. Read more…



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Hospital tackles noise issue

February 29th, 2012

One of the first initiatives of the new Director of Quality, Rob Fowler RN, BSN, is to reduce the noise level in the hospital, especially on the patient units. He says studies show that quiet environments promote patient healing and reduce staff and patient stress. Read more…



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AJCHC ambulance service has new officers, goals

February 29th, 2012

The Arthur Jewell Community Health Center (AJCHC) ambulance service has new leadership and goals for the upcoming year. Matthew Shaw is now the service captain with Keith Nealley serving as co-captain; Jeri Roberts, secretary; and Theona “Pony” Stubbs, treasurer. Read more…



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Hospital Aid donations put annual campaign over the top

February 29th, 2012

Once again, the Waldo County General Hospital Aid made two donations to the hospital’s annual campaign at the end of the year to put the campaign over the top. Lois Aitken, left, hospital gift shop treasurer, presented Mark Biscone, Executive Director of the hospital, with a check for $3,000 from gift shop sales. Judy Whitney-Blake, Aid treasurer, presented a check for $4,500 from the Aid’s general treasury, which includes profits from the Silver Tea and Christmas raffle. Contributions and pledges to the hospital’s annual campaign reached $122,000, surpassing the goal of $115,000, to support new services and preventive care programs.



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Healthcare scholarship applications available

February 29th, 2012

Residents of Waldo County pursuing their education in a healthcare field may be eligible for scholarships awarded by Waldo County General Hospital. Awards are made to graduating high school seniors; college undergraduates; and employees pursuing careers in healthcare-related fields, including but not limited to, nursing, laboratory technician, surgical technician, radiology, pharmacy, therapy services, and medical records coding/transcription. Read more…



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Hospital receives grant to help fight childhood obesity

February 29th, 2012

Naomi Anderson Schucker, MPH, Community Health Program Director for MaineHealth, presents a $50,000 check to Mark Biscone, Executive Director of Waldo County General Hospital, to continue implementation of Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0. Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program based on the 5-2-1-0 message: each day aim to eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables, engage in 2 hours or less of recreational screen-time, be physically active for 1 hour or more and drink 0 sugary drinks. The goal of Let’s Go! is to increase physical activity and healthy eating for children from birth to 18 through policy and environmental change. Let’s Go! works in six sectors to reach families where they live, study, work and play to reinforce the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. Obesity is one of six key priorities tracked through the MaineHealth Health Index Program, which measures progress in improving the health status of the people who reside in the MaineHealth service area.



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Hospital Aid’s Silver Tea shines

February 29th, 2012

 

The front parlor was a popular place to drink tea and enjoy the Christmas Tree.

 

The home of Caroline ‘Vicki’ Tarbell provided a beautiful, historical backdrop to the Waldo County General Hospital Aid’s Silver Tea in December. Built in 1843 Read more…



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Six RSU schools get mini-grants

February 29th, 2012

Pleased that RSU 20 receiving funding for all six of its mini-grant applications are, front row from left, Christina Ellis, principal of Frankfort Elementary School and Abby Hartford, principal of the Nickerson and East Belfast schools. In the back row from left are Supt. Bruce Mailloux, Laura Miller, principal of the Ames and Weymouth schools, and Linda Hartkopf, School Health Coordinator.

 

Hospital employees Andrea Walker,Community Services Manager and Linda Hartkopf, School Health Coordinator, have a perfect batting average when it comes to the latest round of mini-grants under the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program. Read more…



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