If you suffered a stroke or heart attack or were in a serious accident that left you unable to communicate with medical personnel, would your family know what your wishes are about end-of-life care? Would you want to be resuscitated? Put on a respirator? Have a feeding tube inserted?
Or what if the medical personnel couldn’t reach a family member? Would they or your primary care provider know what you want?
There is a way to ensure that your wishes are followed even if you can’t communicate them. On Wednesday, March 25, from 10 am to 2 pm, there will be an Advance Care Planning Open House at the Lincolnville Health Center on Route 1.
At the open house, you will be able to ask questions and get the assistance you need to make your healthcare wishes known. There will be free on-site assistance to fill out your advance directives, which will allow your family to know and honor your wishes, if you are unable to communicate.
There will also be light refreshments.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Holly Emerson, 338-2500, ext. 4181, and email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view the presentation.
Stephanie Lash MD, a neurologist at Pen Bay Healthcare, will talk about the use of medications in treating this disease on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 10 am to 11 am, at the Education Center next to Waldo County General Hospital. The free presentation is open to anyone interested in Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Lash treats adult patients with the full range of adult neurologic conditions, including Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s-like syndromes. After receiving her education at Dartmouth College and the University of Washington in Seattle, she practiced in Bangor for 18 years and has been at Pen Bay for the past five years.
For more information, call Margie Spencer-Smith at 322-5445.
Waldo County General Hospital is pleased to announce the arrival of three new specialty providers.
• Alexander Abess, MD, an anesthesiologist
• Hanna Zetterstrand-Robinson, PA-C, who is working with orthopedic surgeons, Owen Nelson, MD and Daniel Hebert, MD
• Katrina Tozier, FNP, who is working in medical oncology
After his service in the Navy, he did a residency in anesthesiology at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he was chief resident. Then he served as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Dartmouth Medical School for two years. He followed that up with staff anesthesiologist positions at Pen Bay Medical Center and Maine Medical Center.
In her role as a breast care support nurse, she helped patients undergoing diagnostic mammograms, biopsies, and diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. She also educated patients on the disease process; the treatments available; the side effects and assisted patients with their financial concerns. She also helped the hospital receive certification as a breast center from the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program.
Daniel J. Hebert, MD has joined Owen Nelson, MD, in his orthopedic practice at Waldo County General Hospital.
He also completed a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery from the Florida Orthopedic Institute during 2007-2008 and in 2010 was part of a team that published a study “Reverse shoulder arthroplasty in patients with rheumatoid arthritis” in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.
Dr. Hebert is now a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons.
During his military career, Hebert served among other places in Washington DC; Asadabad, Afghanistan; Bethesda, Maryland; Naples, Italy; Bahrain/Persian Gulf; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Kingdom of Tonga. He also did volunteer work in Haiti.
Among the honors and recognitions he received were two Meritorious Service Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, Outstanding Staff Teaching Award, USO Commitment to Care Award for Operational Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom War Casualty Care, Navy Achievement Medal and Best Research Paper Award.
Dr. Hebert is currently accepting new patients. Appointments may be made by calling 930-6746.
Members of the Speech Pathology Department at Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH) recently returned from Orlando, Florida, where they made presentations to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual convention. This convention highlights the work of therapists across the country and WCGH was invited to present six workshop presentations following a peer review process. There were 26 presentations on telepractice and WCGH speech pathologists gave five of those.
Michael Towey, Director of Speech and Language services at Waldo County Healthcare, along with Wayne Secord and Robert Fox of Ohio State University and Elisabeth Wiig of the Knowledge Research Institute presented “School-Based Clinical Leadership Excellence: A top-10 List,” which centered on why some school clinicians are so successful and what they do that works so well. The presentation took a critical look at the nature of clinical leadership excellence in the schools and described a top-10 list of key skills, strategies, practices and perspectives used by outstanding school clinicians.
The other five presentations were:
Towey says being selected to make so many presentations “speaks remarkably well of WCGH that we have an environment that can grow this kind of professional quality that ultimately is reflected in better treatment of patients at WCGH, comparable to or better than anywhere in the country.”
He added that WCGH is recognized nationally as leading in the delivery of speech therapy telepractice (speech therapy by computer) and is the only accredited certification program providing telepractice training in the country. People attend regularly scheduled training from around the United States and internationally to learn how speech therapy by computer is done at WCGH.
The new delivery van at Waldo County Healthcare (WCH) is a constant reminder of the 5-2-1-0 message: eat 5 fruits and vegetable servings per day; don’t have more than 2 hours of recreational screen time; participate in at least 1 hour of physical activity; and have 0 sugary drinks.
Barbara Crowley, RN who oversees the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program at the hospital says, “The program aligns with the national recommendations for health promotion and we wanted to make the 5-2-1-0 message visible throughout our community.”
Chief Quality Officer Rob Fowler RN adds, “Waldo County Healthcare is seen as a leader in the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program and is doing amazing work to support the program’s principles. When we purchased a new van this year it gave me the idea that it could become a way for us to share our good work with the community. My hope is that people will see the van and ask questions about how WCH is promoting population health, a good example of course being the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program.”
It appears that this outreach effort may be working. Sandy Peaslee who drives the van said an older gentleman told her recently that due to health issues he has had to change his diet and increase his physical activity. He said he wishes 5-2-1-0 had been around when he was a kid so he would have been doing what he is doing now when he was younger.