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Advance Care Planning Open House is March 25

March 10th, 2015

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: hemerson@wcgh.org.

 

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community

Governor’s Budget Impact

March 5th, 2015

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Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, Uncategorized

Talk on Parkinson’s disease and the use of medications Feb. 25

February 19th, 2015

Dr. Stephanie Lash

Dr. Stephanie Lash

 

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.

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community

Three new specialty providers at hospital

January 30th, 2015

Waldo County General Hospital is pleased to announce the arrival of three new specialty providers.

 

They are:

 

•  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

 

Dr  Abess.
Dr. Abess received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2001, followed by an internship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California in 2002 and work toward a U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon designation at the Naval Operational Medicine Institute in Pensacola, Florida in 2003.

 

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.

 

Hanna
Zetterstrand-Robinson, PA-C, received her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies from the University of New England in Portland in 2013. Before coming to WCGH, she worked as a Hospitalist and in the emergency department at Redington Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan. While attending college at the State University of New York at Geneseo, she participated in a medical mission trip to Honduras. Also while in college, she was part of the student medical response team and a first responder.

Katrina
Tozier, FNP, received her degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2014 from St. Joseph’s College in Standish. In 2009, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of New England in Portland.  After becoming an RN, she worked at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington as a medical/surgical staff nurse, nurse educator and breast care support nurse.

 

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.



Posted in Hospital News, January 2015 InPulse, New Staff

Orthopedic surgeon welcomed as well

January 30th, 2015

Daniel J. Hebert, MD has joined Owen Nelson, MD, in his orthopedic practice at Waldo County General Hospital.

 

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After graduating from the United State Naval Academy in 1988, Dr. Hebert received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in 1992. He completed an internship in 1993 at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth. From 1997–2001, he returned to that location to do a residency in orthopedic surgery and became board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 2003.

 

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.



Posted in Hospital News, January 2015 InPulse, New Staff

Speech staff presents at ASHA conference

January 30th, 2015

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.

 

Making presentations at the national speech-hearing conference were WCGH speech pathologists, Nathan Curtis, seated, and standing from left, Amy Reid, Mike Towey and Jennifer Whitcomb.

Making presentations at the national speech-hearing conference were WCGH speech pathologists, Nathan Curtis, seated, and standing from left, Amy Reid, Mike Towey and Jennifer Whitcomb.

 

 

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:

  • “Expand Your Horizons: International Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology” by Towey with colleagues from Teachers College, Columbia University and Kent State University. This panel was invited by the special interest groups of Global Issues in Communication Services and Related Disorders and Telepractice to be part of this session. The panelists were selected because they are practitioners who are providing speech-language and audiology services internationally.
  • “Creating Telepractice Partnerships to Maximize Client Outcomes” by WCGH speech pathologists Amy Reid and Nathan Curtis. The presentation outlined the legal, ethical and clinical considerations in using e-helpers (facilitators) in telepractice sessions and provided practical strategies for working with individuals to create partnerships and maximize client outcomes.
  • “Top 20 Telepractice Techniques & Materials: Bridging Table-Top Skills with Telepractice Competencies to Engage Clients” by WCGH speech pathologists Nathan Curtis and Amy Reid. This presentation provided a step-by-step method to structure telepractice sessions to fully engage clients. Videos showed how to develop routines using authentic materials and repurposed web-based resources. Innovative engagement techniques were also demonstrated.
  • “Telepractice for the Non-Techie: Journey of a Digital Immigrant” by WCGH speech pathologist Jennifer Whitcomb. This presentation acknowledged that while telepractice has grown in recent years, many self-imposed barriers remain for the non-techie speech-language pathologist. As a self-proclaimed non-techie, Whitcomb showed how and why telepractice can work effectively and offered strategies she has learned during her six years of telepractice experience.
  • “Telepractice for the 21st Century: The View from Two Countries” by Towey and Curtis and Robyn Henderson of Kids Uncomplicated in Alberta, Canada. This presentation offered multiple video examples from telepractice sessions to demonstrate the unique features of two established telepractice programs in Canada and the United States. Included were outcome and cost data, demonstrations of therapeutic competencies and how to access low-cost/no-cost telepractice platforms and web-based treatment.

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.



Posted in Hospital News, January 2015 InPulse, Recognition and awards

New delivery van carries a message

January 30th, 2015

 

Shown here with Waldo County Healthcare’s new van are, from left, Barbara Crowley,RN, director of the hospital’s Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program, Chief Quality Officer Rob Fowler, RN, and seated in the van is Sandy Peaslee.

Shown here with Waldo County Healthcare’s new van are, from left, Barbara Crowley,RN, director of the hospital’s Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program, Chief Quality Officer Rob Fowler, RN, and seated in the van is Sandy Peaslee.

 

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.

 

 

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, January 2015 InPulse

Dental clinic awarded BOA grant

January 30th, 2015

Bank of America (BOA) recently presented Waldo County Healthcare’s (WCH) Waldo County Dental Care with a 2014 Critical Needs grant of $7,500. This is the second year the clinic, which serves low-income, uninsured adults, has been awarded this grant. The grant funds will be used to purchase equipment for the clinic’s part-time dentist. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Dan Bennett, Chief Operating Officer for WCH, Jason Lundy, Vice President at Bank of America, Shannon Robbins, Community Health Manager at WCH, Dale Kuhnert, a WCH Board of Directors member and Brian King, Senior Vice President and Site Director for Belfast’s BOA.

Bank of America (BOA) recently presented Waldo County Healthcare’s (WCH) Waldo County Dental Care with a 2014 Critical Needs grant of $7,500. This is the second year the clinic, which serves low-income, uninsured adults, has been awarded this grant. The grant funds will be used to purchase equipment for the clinic’s part-time dentist. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Dan Bennett, Chief Operating Officer for WCH, Jason Lundy, Vice President at Bank of America, Shannon Robbins, Community Health Manager at WCH, Dale Kuhnert, a WCH Board of Directors member and Brian King, Senior Vice President and Site Director for Belfast’s BOA.



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, January 2015 InPulse

New Year’s Baby at WCGH

January 30th, 2015

Thatcher Shane Thibodeau of Belfast is the 2015 New Year’s Baby at Waldo County General Hospital. Shown here with his mother, Shelly Gould, his father, Shane Thibodeau and one of his big sisters, Isabella, he was born Jan. 4 at 10:45 pm. Thatcher’s family, which includes siblings Brandon, Michael, Matthew and Sophia in addition to Isabella, was presented with a New Year’s Baby basket from the hospital.

Thatcher Shane Thibodeau of Belfast is the 2015 New Year’s Baby at Waldo County General Hospital. Shown here with his mother, Shelly Gould, his father, Shane Thibodeau and one of his big sisters, Isabella, he was born Jan. 4 at 10:45 pm. Thatcher’s family, which includes siblings Brandon, Michael, Matthew and Sophia in addition to Isabella, was presented with a New Year’s Baby basket from the hospital.



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, January 2015 InPulse

Robbins makes presentation

January 30th, 2015

 Shannon Robbins, RN, Director of Community Health for Waldo County General Hospital, made a presentation about Waldo County Dental Care at the New England Rural Health Conference on Oct. 1. She was a co-presenter with Julian Kuffler, MD, MPH, Director of Care Management at Mt. Desert Island Hospital. Their subject was “Hospital Linked & Community Focused Oral Health Programs--Two Initiatives in Maine.”

Shannon Robbins, RN, Director of Community Health for Waldo County General Hospital, made a presentation about Waldo County Dental Care at the New England Rural Health Conference on Oct. 1. She was a co-presenter with Julian Kuffler, MD, MPH, Director of Care Management at Mt. Desert Island Hospital. Their subject was “Hospital Linked & Community Focused Oral Health Programs–Two Initiatives in Maine.”



Posted in Hospital News, January 2015 InPulse


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