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Student tested…and approved

June 9th, 2014

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Recently, Linda Hartkopf, the RSU 20 5-2-1-0 School Health Coordinator, whose position is funded by Waldo County General Hospital, challenged the Belfast Co-op to come up with a recipe using beans as an alternative protein that was economical, could be easily made by the RSU 20 food service, meet the My Plate standards (a majority of fruits, vegetables, protein and grain on the plate with a side of dairy) and would be enjoyed by students.

 

The Co-op developed a Mexican Lasagna made with beans, a corn tortilla, veggies and a light cheese on top. Then she visited the Captain Albert Stevens School and East Belfast School in Belfast, and the Drinkwater School in Northport and had the students taste test the dish.

 

After hearing about My Plate and what they should be eating for a balanced diet, the students gave the dish a try.

 

Top photo, first grader Sam Kirkpatrick of Belfast toys with the lasagna a little before taking a taste. Then after discussing it with some of his tablemates, Sam gives the dish a thumbs up. He was joined in voting to ask that the dish be put on the school lunch menu by 90 percent of the students.

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, May 2014 InPulse

WCGH at the YMCA Triathlon

June 9th, 2014

 

WCGH had two teams of first-time triathletes competing. They are from left in front,Hannah Holland, Kate Fagan,Erica Staples, and George Orestis. In the back are Gary Moline and Cathy Ciofolo.

WCGH had two teams of first-time triathletes competing. They are from left in front,Hannah Holland, Kate Fagan,Erica Staples, and George Orestis. In the back are Gary Moline and Cathy Ciofolo.

 

Joanne Moesswilde NP finishes her run.

Joanne Moesswilde NP finishes her run.

 

Pharmacist Brooks Hurley heads out on his bike

Pharmacist Brooks Hurley heads out on his bike

 

Dr. Andy Dixon directs George orestis to the bike parking location.

Dr. Andy Dixon directs George orestis to the bike parking location.

 

Erica Staples heads out for her run.

Erica Staples heads out for her run.

 

 

Hannah Holland relaxes with daughter Willow after completing her swim.

Hannah Holland relaxes with daughter Willow after completing her swim.

 

Speech therapist LaNae Moline’s husband was on the Hospital team, her elder son Brendan Moline won the junior competition and younger son Gary finished sixth.

Speech therapist LaNae Moline’s husband was on the Hospital team, her elder son Brendan Moline won the junior competition and younger son Gary finished sixth.

 

Physical Therapy Aide Tammy Sanderson works on young Gary Moline’s leg.

Physical Therapy Aide Tammy Sanderson works on young Gary Moline’s leg.

 

Darrel Smith receives his medal from Olympic gold medatist Seth Westcott.

Darrel Smith receives his medal from Olympic gold medatist Seth Westcott.

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, May 2014 InPulse

Cardiac Rehab 5K raises scholarship money

June 9th, 2014

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The third annual Cardiac Rehab 5K was held May 3 with some 65 walkers taking part. Proceeds will benefit the Phase III scholarship fund. Below are the volunteers who turned out to help. An estimated $700 was raised at the annual event.

 

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Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, May 2014 InPulse

Historic photos on display

June 9th, 2014

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The Penobscot Marine Museum nowhas four historic photos on display at the Hospital. Shown with the photos are Kevin Johnson, Photo Archivist at the musuem, and Rob Fowler RN, Director of Quality at the Hospital. The photos will rotate every quarter.

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, May 2014 InPulse

Family Wellness Fair: a huge success

June 9th, 2014

 

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The 30th annual Family Wellness Fair was a huge success with good attendance and lots of individuals taking advanage of the free health screenings. Above, Community Health Manager Shannon Robbins tests Joanna Schmieder’s cholesterol level.

 

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, May 2014 InPulse

Biscone named CEO for Pen Bay

April 18th, 2014

He will lead both Pen Bay, WCGH for six months

 

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Mark Biscone, the longtime CEO at Waldo County General Hospital, has been named to also fill in as the interim CEO for Pen Bay Medical Center for approximately the next six months.

 

“I will continue with my responsibilities as Executive Director at Waldo County General Hospital allocating my time appropriately between the two facilities,” he wrote in a memo to WCGH staff and the Board of Directors.

 

“Both Hospital Boards feel as I do that this is a great opportunity to continue working together on a regional basis and meeting the mission of the MaineHealth system. This is especially true in light of the changing reimbursement systems by our governments and commercial insurers as well as the realization that 60 percent of our state Hospitals are currently incurring operating losses,” Biscone continued.

 

He said he will generally be at Waldo County on Mondays and Fridays and in Rockport at Pen Bay on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; however, he will always be available by email with both hospitals.

 

In a meeting with employees, Biscone said WCGH and Pen Bay are already sharing some physicians and his service at Pen Bay might result in more opportunities for collaboration. For example, he said it might be beneficial to have an oncology center in Lincolnville, about half way between the two facilities.

 

   As for the state of the healthcare industry, Biscone said he is very concerned about a bill that proposes to repeal the Sales Tax Exemption for hospitals. He said the impact to WCGH will exceed $667,000 per year at a time when there are already major reductions in payments to the hospital, along with an increased hospital tax.

 

   Biscone has written to the local state delegation and suggested a better solution to the state budget shortfall would be to increase the tobacco tax. He said that would be a win-win situation for the State financially and from a public health prospective.



Posted in April 2014 InPulse, Hospital News, In the Community

Chief Nursing Office onboard

April 18th, 2014

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When Heather Quesnel RN, BSN, MS, saw the advertisement from Waldo County General Hospital looking for a Chief Nursing Officer, she did her research and liked what she saw. “I was looking for an organization that had positive energy and it was love at first sight. I found the Hospital has a strong financial position and wonderful quality care,” she says.

 

Quesnel is now the new Chief Nursing Officer at the Hospital. She has already shared with nursing staff that she operates from a platform of servitude. “I am here to serve the staff so they can best serve the patients. Together, we will determine our vision, which will be founded on the principles of collaboration, unity and fueled by their passion. My belief is that I should have the smallest voice thereby giving the staff the ability to speak their minds and share their opinions. They are at the bedside and that is most important,” she says.

 

“My goal is to create a solid shared governance model; that is, giving the power to the bedside nurse as long as we follow best practices and evidence-based nursing practices. I believe in the nurses at Waldo and trust them to participate in decision-making that affects their work environment and the patient experience. There is so much good happening. I plan to just make it shine a little brighter,” she says.

 

She also believes in the nurses being partners with the providers while remembering that the patient is the main partner. “The patient is in the middle and the rest of us work together to meet the goals of the patient,” Quesnel says.

 

Quesnel, who has been a nurse for 23 years, says being in a leadership position doesn’t ever mean she is not a nurse. “I am still a nurse in my soul. You will see me at the bedside. I’m a hands-on leader and my nurse cup still needs to be filled by caring for patients. That’s where I get my energy and my juice.”

 

Quesnel and her family have already purchased a home in Hope. She lives there with her husband, who will be flying for Penobscot Island Airways; her three children, Noah, 11, Amelia, 7 and Gabriel, 4; and her mother, along with a dog and six chickens.

 

Quesnel concludes “I am absolutely grateful to have this opportunity. I am honored to serve the staff at Waldo and to lead from the heart. I want to create an environment that is nurturing, professional and open to opinions and feedback. I value everyone’s contributions.”

 

Quesnel’s past experience includes four years as Director of Nursing and Administrator in Training at a healthcare and rehabilitation center in Middlebury, Vermont; two years as a clinical instructor and faculty member of Castleton State College and Community College of Vermont; three years as a community health nurse, two years as a birthing center nurse; four years as a pediatric nurse; seven years as a school nurse; one year with AmeriCorps as the coordinator of the Chittenden County’s Healthier Communities Movement; three years as a Director of Community Outreach and Employee Health in Maryland; and nearly five years in the US Army Nurse Corps.

 

Quesnel received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Vermont and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Maryland.



Posted in April 2014 InPulse, Hospital News, New Staff

Dental clinic awarded grant

April 18th, 2014

   Waldo County Dental Care has received a grant for $35,000 from a Maine-based foundation to purchase dental equipment. The funds will be used to cover the one-time cost of small equipment and routine start-up supplies so the clinic can hire a part-time dentist.

 

   In June of 2013, Waldo County General Hospital launched Waldo County Dental Care, Maine’s first hospital-owned dental “safety net” clinic. The purpose of the clinic is to provide low-income, uninsured adults with access to affordable oral hygiene and dental services.

 

   Before that, many uninsured adults in the community were unable to access critically needed preventative care and treatment. Yet oral health plays an important role in overall health and the chronic pain and disfigurement of oral disease can be a barrier to obtaining and maintaining employment. The clinic thus holds the promise of helping low-income adults achieve both increased wellness and self-sufficiency, according to the grant application.

 

   The development of Waldo County Dental Care was prompted by the following data. According to the grant application, over the past three years, the top reason for visits to the hospital’s Emergency Department among 18 to 49 year olds has been dental pain and infection. Since 2010, 19 percent of all emergency patients in this age range—that’s nearly one in every five—came to the hospital seeking relief from acute dental pain. From Jan. 1, 2013 to Nov. 20, 2013, a total of 439 people visited the Emergency Department for that purpose. The Emergency Department providers can assist with short-term pain relief and infection control, but the infection simply returns in time and the cycle continues until the teeth and gums become so badly eroded that the tooth has to be extracted.

 

   Waldo County Dental Care currently has a part-time dental assistant, a part-time hygienist and a voluntary network of five local dentists. Dentists receive a discounted fee when they serve clinic patients and are paid by Waldo County Healthcare. With their generous support, we have begun to address the oral health crisis in our community.

 

   However, it is clear that Waldo County Dental Care needs to dramatically increase access to restorative care. Thus, in June 2014 the clinic is looking to hire a part-time dentist.  A portion of that cost will be paid by the low-income patients covered for some types of dental treatment under Medicaid and subsidized by the hospital, which should experience a decreased use of the Emergency Department for dental issues.

 

   Thus, the grant application stated, the primary barrier to employing the part-time dentist is the one-time cost of small equipment and routine start-up supplies, estimated at nearly $35,000.

 

   In addition to this latest grant, Waldo County Dental Care has received $50,000 from the Doree Taylor Foundation, $10,000 from athenahealth and $7,500 from Bank of America. Waldo County Healthcare Inc. Board of Trustees provides financial support to the clinic’s operations.



Posted in April 2014 InPulse, Hospital News, In the Community

Waldo County Dental Care helps Seamus Kiernan avoid ER

April 18th, 2014

Seamus Kiernan smiles to show the location where he has been getting the abscesses, which resulted in two trips to the emergency room and the use of a needle at home to drain it.

Seamus Kiernan smiles to show the location where he has been getting the abscesses, which resulted in two trips to the emergency room and the use of a needle at home to drain it.

 

Seamus Kiernan is a prime example of why we created Waldo County Dental Care. Twice in the last two years, Kiernan, 34, of Belfast, has found himself in the emergency room at Waldo County General Hospital from the pain of an abscess in his gums. In one case, the infection had traveled up into his face and into his sinuses.

 

   Each time, a sharp blade was “stabbed” up into his gums to lance the abscess, which brought almost instant relief except for the area where the knife went in, Kiernan says.

 

A few nights ago, the abscess swelled up again. Instead of going to the Hospital’s emergency room again, Kiernan sterilized the point of a needle and poked it into the abscess himself. It was not a pleasant experience.

 

   Kiernan knew the trips to the Hospital and poking the needle into the abscess were short term solutions but he couldn’t afford a trip to a dentist.  He’d had surgery for diverticulitis in August and January and wasn’t allowed to lift more than five pounds, which made it impossible for him to return to his prior job as a landscaper and builder of seawalls.

 

   Through his recent time at the Hospital, he learned about Waldo County Dental Care and made an appointment to see Registered Hygienist Michelle Gallant. During that visit, the hygienist took the time to clean his teeth and gums and explain how serious it is to have an infection in his mouth.

 

   Then she made a referral to a participating dentist for Kiernan to receive the additional care he needed a few days later

 

And Kiernan couldn’t be more pleased. “I’ve been dealing with bad teeth for years. I’m happy to be able to get checked out and it will be good to get some things taken care of for good instead of just getting a quick fix.”



Posted in April 2014 InPulse, Hospital News, In the Community

Hospital has new eICU

April 18th, 2014

   In mid-March, the Hospital began its partnership with Advanced ICU Care. After an exhaustive search, the Hospital chose Advanced ICU Care to provide eICU intensivist and RN monitoring and coverage for our ICU patients.

 

   Advanced ICU Care is the single largest independent company providing eICU services in the nation. Director of Medical Affairs Dr. Kent Clark, said, “We chose to partner with this company because of their excellence in clinical outcomes, ability to provide 24/7 intensivist monitoring and coverage, and their collaborative approach to patient management. Advanced ICU Care is dedicated to providing our clinicians with high quality consultative services while working to complement your approach to patient care.”

 

He also thanked the medical staff for their patience and support over the past six months as the Hospital worked to find the best eICU solution for us, our clinicians, staff, and ICU patients.



Posted in April 2014 InPulse, Hospital News, Uncategorized


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