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Oncology Walk & Basket Raffle raises $7,500

December 11th, 2014

Despite the cancellation of the walk due to a snowstorm, the Oncology Walk & Basket Raffle raised $7,500. The funds go to the Oncology Patient Assistance and Mammography Fund, which helps cancer patients and those in need of biopsies.

Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, Nov . 2014 InPulse

Open House in Liberty on Nov. 13

October 29th, 2014

Have you been looking for a provider in your area? There will be an open house at the Donald S. Walker Health Center, 43 West Main St., Liberty, on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 4 pm to 6 pm.


Walker building


Attendees will get to meet the current provider, Valerie Poulos, PA, and the new team member in Liberty, Julie Hurley, DO.


Also at the open house will be new Waldo County General Hospital cardiologist Zachary Trzaska, MD.


Besides meeting the team in Liberty, there will be free flu shots and blood pressure checks. Refreshments will also be provided.



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community

WCGH Oncology Walk is Sunday

October 29th, 2014



Waldo County General Hospital’s annual Oncology Walk will be held Sunday, Nov. 2. Registration begins at noon with the walk slated to head out at 1 p.m.


Registration is free; $10 with a t-shirt, and $25 with a fleece jacket.


Tickets for the basket raffle will be on sale in the hospital’s classroom from Oct. 27 to 31 and prior to the walk. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5 or 15 for $10.


All proceeds will go to the Oncology Patient Assistance and Mammography Funds. The Oncology Patient Assistance Fund helps patients defray the cost of cancer treatments at Waldo County General Hospital. The Mammography Fund helps pay for mammograms and breast biopsies for patients with no insurance or insurance with a high deductible.


The walk is also meant to support cancer patients undergoing treatment; honor patients who have survived cancer; and especially to keep close the memory of those lost to cancer.


For more information about this year’s walk or raffle, call 930-2555.



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community

WCGH Nutrition Services wins Empower Wellness Award

October 2nd, 2014


Sheila Costello, manager of nutrition services at Waldo County General Hospital, and her staff were honored recently with a 2014 Empower Award in Employee Wellness, one of only four such awards in the state.

The award came from the Wellness Council of Maine, whose mission is “to advance and promote good health among employees statewide so that the business community can maintain productive workforces to help them thrive and prosper.”

To achieve that the Wellness Council, a statewide organization, helps businesses develop workplace wellness programs.

The nomination for Costello and her staff was based on the healthy changes that have been made in the hospital cafeteria, including:

  • eliminating the sale of soda and high sugar drinks;
  • replacing the candy near the cash register with fresh fruit and nut bars;
  • reducing the size of the cookies;
  • cutting high sodium and nutrient lacking meals with healthier options;
  • implementing the “Check Plus” program, which includes calorie information on everything in the cafeteria;
  • adding a daily wellness meal, which the whole nutritional breakdown;
  • working with local farmers to include fresh and local produce and meat; and
  • expanding the selection included in the salad bar along with the hours it is available.

The award was accepted by Brooke Reed, the hospital’s dietitian, at the Maine Wellness Leadership Summit & Awards Luncheon.

Posted in Community Transformation Grant, Hospital News, In the Community

SeHR is in use at WCGH

September 16th, 2014

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Over the last nine months, Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH) employees, in collaboration with MaineHealth (MH), worked hard to prepare for the launch of the new electronic health record system called SeHR – the Shared Electronic Health Record (pronounced share).




• completed approximately 10,500 eLearn (computer) courses;


• attended successfully some 3,500 instructor-led classes;


• finished 10,000 chart abstractions (taking information from paper chart and putting it on the computer);


• validated more than 10,000 lab results and 1,000 radiology results (made sure the informa- tion from the paper charts was correctly recorded on the computer;


• transferred more than 7,500 patient appointments from other computer software to Epic;


• installed new hardware (computers and monitors) in room after room;


• spent time in login and personalization labs;


• visited the playground (practice area) in large numbers; and


• listened to a webinar about how the go-live process was going to take place.


Doing all that meant the Hospital was ready to go live with SeHR on August 9. Everyone understood, however, that it was the starting line for SeHR and many things would need to continue after go-live including stabilization of the build and then optimization of the system. We also knew we would have to continue to focus on education and training after the go-live to improve our staff’s comfort, efficiencies and productivity within the system.


But we also knew SeHR would benefit our patients by:


• putting all their health information in one place;


• allowing providers in different locations to see the same information, making it easier for them to work together;


• providing for more privacy and security of personal information;


• keeping the most up-to-date information in the patient’s record, meaning less need to complete duplicate forms;


• giving the provider the most current information to avoid duplicating tests that another provider ordered, saving time, money and worry; and


• allowing patients to view their health information online using MyChart, a secure patient portal that allows patients to renew prescrip- tions, request new appointments, view health history and communicate with their providers.


All the work that was completed prior to August 9 really showed. At a MH board meeting just before go-live, Andy Crowder said WCGH was the best-prepared site he’d ever worked with. Crowder is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for MH and Maine Medical Center. In his role, Crowder is responsible for leading the MH Information Services Division and implementing the SeHR project across the entire MH system.


As we knew beforehand, implementing SeHR resulted in delays in some areas, but most of our patients were understanding of the situation, which quickly improved.


Deb Flint, who was working in cardiopulmonary, said “I have done conversions in my job all over the country and this one here at Waldo is the smoothest one I have ever done.”


Posted in Hospital News, Sept. 2014 InPulse

Three providers join WCGH

September 16th, 2014

Three new primary care providers came onboard Sept. 2.

Dr. Carins


Dorothy Carin, MD, is working at the Arthur Jewell Community Health Center in Brooks. She comes here after practicing for six years with the Adventist Health Medical Group in Portland, Oregon and serving for nine years at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Regional Hospital in Bethel, Alaska.


Dr. Carin graduated from Williams College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She did her residency in Family Medicine at the University of California, Davis Family Medicine Program from 1996 to 1999. She has also completed a four-year training program in Chinese Acupuncture for Physicians sponsored by the University of Southern California.


Dr. Carin is board certified in Family Medicine and has received the degree of Diplomate from the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.


Dr. Carin says she has been visiting friends in the area for years and decided to settle down here. She enjoys fishing, gardening and cross country skiing.


Julie Hurley


Julie Hurley, DO, is working at the Donald S. Walker Health Center in Liberty. A resident of Lincolnville, she has most recently worked at the MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta as a Hospitalist and previous to that was at Penobscot Bay Family Medicine.


Board Certified through the American College of Osteopathic Family Medicine, Dr. Hurley received her medical education at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also completed a residency and internship at the Maine Dartmouth Family Practice in Augusta where she served as co-chief resident in her second year.


Dr. Hurley also served for a year as a research fellow at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.


Jenny Davis


Jenny Davis, FNP, resident of Belfast, has been a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Lovejoy Health Center, Albion for the past two years. She graduated from Harvard University and received her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Yale School of Nursing in 2012.


Davis has a particular clinical interest in diabetes care and is practicing in Dr. Paul Mazur’s office in the Cobb Medical Building in the Hospital.


Davis is also a world-class athlete who trains for and competes in CrossFit.


Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, New Staff, Sept. 2014 InPulse

Dental Clinic awarded $50,000 grant

September 16th, 2014

Doree Taylor


Waldo County General Hospital’s dental clinic was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation for which Bank of America is the trustee.


On hand for the presentation of the check were, standing from left, Miki Akimoto, Senior Vice President and Market Philanthropic Director of Bank of America; Dr. John Lewis, one of the dentists who supports the clinic; Shannon Robbins, RN, WCGH Community Health Manager; Dan Bennett, WCGH Director of Operations and Dale Kuhnert, WCGH Hospital Board of Directors.


Seated is Becky Woods, who along with her husband, received treatment at the clinic. Missing from the photo are Dr. Kim Turner, Dr. John Slaughter, Dr. Loren Baldus, and Dr. Cynthia Battel, area dentists who are working with the Waldo County Dental Clinic.

Posted in Hospital News, Sept. 2014 InPulse

Summertime Silver Tea a success

September 16th, 2014


The Aid’s Summertime Silver Tea, held at the former Anne Crosby Johnson manor, was a huge success. Above, Aid member Marie Underwood pours the ice tea while bottom right are the owners of the home, Marcia and George Smith. Attendees enjoyed touring the extensively renovated first floor of the manor and walking on the grounds, which have a wonderful view of the bay. Donations at the tea were $2,116 while the raffle proceeds were $1,584. Winners of the raffle gift certificates were Yo Mamma’s Home – Jean Russell; WCGH Gift Shop – Lorna Woodward; Left Bank Books – Ed Lord; Bennett’s Gems – Mary Mortier; Katwalk – Peter Tidd; Colonial Theatre and Alexia’s Pizza – Morris Slugg.



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, Sept. 2014 InPulse

Raffle winners

September 16th, 2014

We had three winners in the raffle among MaineHealth employees who signed up for Cash for Your Card in June. Receiving $25 Hannaford gift cards were Lindsay Faulkingham, Michael Steele and Pauline Temple.


Winners of the $25 gift card for Stride with Pride were Mary Ellen Blanchard, Ann Hooper, Jessica McGuire and Ethel Whitcomb. The grand prize winner of a $100 sneaker gift card was Susan Driskell.


Posted in Hospital News, Sept. 2014 InPulse

Waldo County General Hospital Ice Bucket Challenge

September 4th, 2014

We challenge other Maine Hospitals to join in the fun! Hospital employees

donated $157!

Posted in Hospital News, In the Community

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