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Waldo County Dental Care receives $5,000

December 1st, 2016

Waldo County Dental Care would like to thank athenahealth for a $5,000 grant in support of providing dental care to our community. The grant was awarded as part of the athenaGives program, now in its sixth year, which aids innovative nonprofits exhibiting athenahealth’s mission to “unbreakhealthcare.” The winners of the athenaGives grant funds are voted on by their employees.

 
Waldo County has half the dentists per capita as the state average. Waldo County General Hospital opened Maine’s first hospital-owned dental safety-net clinic, in 2013. Since then, they have helped more than 1,400 local individuals get the dental care they need to be healthy. Today, the clinic has an active caseload of 1,113 low-income, uninsured patients and since it opened, the emergency department has reported a 36 percent reduction in dental patients.



Posted in Hospital News, November 2016 InPulse

Community Health & Wellness Briefs

December 1st, 2016

Registration required for all events, please visit
http://journeytohealth.coursestorm.com or call 921-3950

 

Embrace the Season: Winter
Want to stay healthy and happy this season? Join Rhonda Feiman, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, to learn Chinese medicine practices and Qi-gong movements that can help strengthen the immune system and support emotional and
physical balance.
Tuesday, November 29
6:30 — 8:30 p.m.
Free
Camden Public Library
55 Main St., Camden

 

Dancing for Health
Bring your dancing shoes to this healthy celebration and experience many styles of dance. Healthy refreshments will be served.
Thursday, December 1
5:30 — 7:30 p.m.
Free
Belfast Boathouse
34 Commercial St., Belfast

 

Restoring Balance with Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is a guided deep relaxation meditation that helps reduce stress and heal physical, mental and emotional imbalance. Krishna Peter Perry, co-founder of ShivaShakti School of Yoga and Healing Arts, will lead students as they lie down to rest their bodies and minds in the deep restorative practices of Yoga Nidra.
Tuesdays, December 6 & 13
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Registration fee is $12
First Congregational Church
55 Elm St., Camden

 

Be Tobacco Free with Hypnotherapy
This three-session group tobacco cessation program uses hypnotherapy to help you take charge of your health and your life. You will explore and identify what personal needs are satisfied by tobacco and how to overcome your triggers.
Wednesdays, December 7 — 21
5:30 — 7:00 p.m.
Registration fee is $50
Lincolnville Central School
523 Hope Rd., Lincolnville

 

Stretch Around
Come join this gentle, interactive class designed for older adults and those with physical limitations. This class utilizes Matter of Balance, chair yoga and Brain Gym® exercises to help maintain strength, balance and coordination.
Facilitated by Marshall Mittnick and Carolyn Pressley.
Drop-in class, no registration required.
Mondays & Fridays (no holidays)
1:00 — 2:00 p.m.
Free
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
95 Court St., Belfast

 

Meditation Series
Practice the art of meditation and learn to use it to help manage stress and quiet your mind. No experience necessary and no registration required.
Wednesdays until December 28
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Free
WCGH Classroom, downstairs in Ludwig Medical Building
116 Northport Ave., Belfast



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, Managing your health, November 2016 InPulse

United Mid-Coast Charities supports programming

December 1st, 2016

Special thanks to United Mid-Coast Charities (UMCC) for their generous support. With gifts totaling $15,000, UMCC is strengthening vital community programs and services like  CarePartners, Public Health Nursing and Waldo County Dental Care.

 

A $2,500 check from UMCC will help provide services through the public health nursing association, which helps Belfast residents who otherwise might fall through the cracks from newborns to the elderly.

 

A $2,500 grant check was also received for CarePartners, which helps those without adequate insurance coverage to be hooked up with a primary care provider.

 

A third donation of a $10,000 was given to Waldo County Dental Care, which provides  uninsured and under-insured adults with dental services.

 

UMCC is dedicated to the support of charities which provide social services and care to those most deserving, including medical, physical, social, psychiatric or
community educational services.



Posted in Hospital News, November 2016 InPulse

MaineHealth, WCGH cited for healthier food options

December 1st, 2016

Food service directors from across the MaineHealth system each worked to create a culture of health at their organizations. Front row: Lawrence Soler, PHA President and CEO, and Sheila Costello (Waldo County General Hospital); Middle row: Mike Sabo (Southern Maine Health Care) and Jeffrey Space (Pen Bay Medical Center); Back row: Alex Gingrich (Spring Harbor Hospital) and Kevin O’Connor (Maine Medical Center).

Food service directors from across the MaineHealth system each worked to create a culture of health at their organizations. Front row: Lawrence Soler, PHA President and CEO, and Sheila Costello (Waldo County General Hospital); Middle row: Mike Sabo (Southern Maine Health Care) and Jeffrey Space (Pen Bay Medical Center); Back row: Alex Gingrich (Spring Harbor Hospital) and Kevin O’Connor (Maine Medical Center).

 

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA),  which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier, has recognized MaineHealth with the Healthier Future Award.

 

Nearly 10 percent of hospitals in the U.S. have joined PHA’s Hospital Healthier Food Initiative. As one of the first hospital systems to join in October 2012, MaineHealth has delivered healthier options for patients, visitors and employees eating at 10 of its facilities across the state.

 

MaineHealth has made significant strides in the effort to create an overall culture of health at its 10 hospitals, developing a special logo to designate better-for-you food options in order to drive customers to make healthier choices. WCGH was one of MaineHealth
members involved in the initiative.



Posted in Hospital News, November 2016 InPulse

Change in Best Café jar adds up

December 1st, 2016

Thanks to our colleagues and visitors for contributing change to our patient care services jar in the cafeteria. With your support, the Best Café was able to contribute $465 to the patient care fund in oncology and $464 to patient care services in hospice.



Posted in Hospital News, November 2016 InPulse

Oncology Walk & Basket Raffle

December 1st, 2016

More than $9,000 was raised for the Oncology Patient Assistance and Mammography funds from the Oncology Walk and Basket Raffle. The Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation thanks all who  participated. Also In  recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the hospital’s imaging department gave away twelve free screening mammograms.

More than $9,000 was raised for the Oncology Patient Assistance and Mammography funds from the Oncology Walk and Basket Raffle. The Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation thanks all who participated. Also In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the hospital’s imaging department gave away twelve free screening mammograms.



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, November 2016 InPulse

Nurses honored

December 1st, 2016

Nurse Practice and Education is congratulating the 2016 Clinical Nurse III Award recipients. This program recognized nurses who illustrate a commitment to professional excellence,professional development and services to the departments of WCGH.

 

The 21 award winners are Maureen Foye, Anticoagulation Clinic; Christine Beguin, Emergency Department; Rebecca Slaughter, ICU; Carolyn Connor, Farrah Mullins, Natalie Bowden and Patricia Kelley, MSU; Bettina Jo Trap, Danielle Millay, Kim Blanchard, Lindsay Miles Garton, Megan Harvey, Robin Parker, Stephanie Guerry, Vicki Keller and Beth Eldridge, PeriOperative Services; and Brenda Latham,Krystal Brouty, Lori Doolen, Melissa Lord and Sharon Curtis, WIHCU.



Posted in Hospital News, November 2016 InPulse

Medical Building Dedication & Ribbon Cutting

November 3rd, 2016

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Posted in Hospital News, In the Community

Annual Oncology Walk & Basket Raffle scheduled

September 29th, 2016

The annual Waldo County General Hospital Oncology Walk & Basket Raffle has been set for Sunday, Oct. 16. Registration begins at noon in the classroom (downstairs in the hospital), 118 Northport Ave., Belfast, with the walk slated to begin at 1 pm.

 

 

Registration is free.

 

 

Tickets for the basket raffle will be on sale in the hospital’s classroom beginning Monday, Oct. 10, until the walk. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5 or 15 for $10.

 

 

All proceeds go to the Oncology Patient Assistance and Mammography Funds. The Oncology Patient Assistance Fund helps patients defray the cost of cancer treatments. 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 to keep close of the memory of those lost to cancer.

 

For more information, call 930-2555.

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community

WCGH offering free screening mammograms Oct. 22

September 29th, 2016

Are you uninsured or underinsured and need a mammogram?

 

On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 am to noon, Waldo County General Hospital will be offering a limited number of free screening mammograms.

 

Appointments are required and can be made by calling 930-2594 or 930-2553.

 

The hospital’s breast care navigator, will be present to talk about programs that could help you get an affordable mammogram in future years.



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community


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