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Oncology Walk & Basket Raffle 2015

January 21st, 2016

Oncology Walk 2015

 

The annual Waldo County General Hospital Oncology Walk & Basket Raffle was held Sunday, Oct. 18. More than 75 walkers participated.

 

Following the walk, the raffle tickets were drawn for baskets put together by area businesses and hospital departments.

 

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 supports cancer patients currently undergoing treatment; honors patients who have survived cancer; and allows an opportunity to
memorialize those lost to cancer.



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

Mini-grants help spread 5-2-1-0 message

January 21st, 2016

At the end of 2014, the Let’s Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0 program had $4,000 in mini-grants available to fund projects that would meet the 5-2-1-0 goals (5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day; a maximum of 2 hours of recreational screen time; at least 1 hour of physical exercise; and 0 sugary drinks) put in place to fight childhood obesity.

 

 

The students at Monroe Elementary School are thrilled with their new greenhouse.

The students at Monroe Elementary School are thrilled with their new greenhouse.

 

With the help of a $750 grant, the Monroe Elementary School added a permanent greenhouse, donated by Iris and Dennis Hooper and constructed by Ken Ryder and four new raised beds. The raised beds were built last spring just in time for the children to plant garlic and carrots.

 

School Principal Matthew Houghton says the new greenhouse will also be used as an outdoor classroom for nutrition education and will provide fresh vegetables for the school. Any excess food will be donated to the “Food for All,” food pantry.

 

Linda Hartkopt, Let's Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0 coordinator, points out the new water bottle filling station at Searsport District Middle/High School.

Linda Hartkopt, Let’s Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0 coordinator, points out the new water bottle filling station at Searsport Middle/High School.

 

 

Another $250 grant went to Searsport Middle/High School. They used the grant to upgrade their drinking fountains to include water bottle filling stations. This change encourages students to drink more water; allows students and faculty to save money and the environment by eliminating the need to purchase disposable plastic water bottles.
•  $250 to the Cornerspring Montessori School in Belfast to help their children get various forms of exercise every day. Their project was to offer yoga, Tae Kwon Do and swimming lessons taught by a certified instructor at the Waldo County YMCA.

 

•  $250 to the Islesboro Central School to sustain the outdoor classroom project. The outdoor classroom has a large garden area, a natural obstacle course and a nature trail.

There are also two awards to out-of-school programs:

 

•  $1,000 to the five 21st Century afterschool sites in Searsport,
Belfast, East Belfast, Searsmont and Morrill. Their project was to highlight the message of 5-2-1-0 and to create an active learning environment for children and
through “Family Fitness Night.”  They also used the funds to purchase equipment for exercise stations.

 

•  $250 went to The Game Loft in Belfast to help create “The Hobbit Live Action Adventure.” The goals of the Hobbit adventure were to help young people master healthy outdoor cooking and role playing skills while learning the value of physical activity and of inter-generational educational fantasy role playing.

 

The last two grants went to early childhood programs:

 

This bike taxi allows older children at the First Steps Daycare in Belfast to peddle around the younger children.

This bike taxi allows older children at the First Steps Daycare in Belfast to peddle around the younger children.

 

•  $1,000 to First Steps Daycare in Belfast to implement “Active Play Outdoors.” The money was used to purchase quality tricycles, bike helmets and a “construction taxi” that allows older children to peddle around the younger children. There is also a bike and helmet lending program to expand access fun outdoor activities.

 

•  $250 to the Belfast Area Children’s Center in Waldo and the Starrett Children’s Center in Belfast. They used the money to purchase outdoor winter equipment.

 

 



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

BOA donation to dental care

January 21st, 2016

BOA dental check

 

Waldo County Dental Care was recently awarded a $7,500 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. to purchase dental instruments for restorative dental services for the underserved. On hand for the presentation of the grant were, from left, Dale Kuhnert, Waldo County General Hospital board member; Scott Cunningham DDS, the clinic dentist; Brian King, Vice President and Site Director for Belfast’s Bank of America; Dan Bennett, Chief Operating Officer at Waldo County General Hospital and Mandie Hood, a dental tech.



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

Moonlight snowshoeing set

January 21st, 2016

Waldo County General Hospital’s Journey to Health will sponsor a free full moon snowshoe hike on the Belfast Rail Trail on Monday, Feb. 22 at 6 pm. For more information or to reserve free snowshoes for the event, call Hester Kohl at 930-2514. Pre-registration is required. For Feb. 22 registration: http://bit.ly/1PbaA02.



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

Hospital Aid holds annual Silver Tea, makes donations

January 21st, 2016

Dental

 

At its annual Silver Tea, the Waldo County General Hospital Aid donated $8,100 to Waldo County Dental Care, bringing its total 2015 contributions to the dental clinic to $33,100. Geary Tibbetts, manager of the gift shop, far right, makes the donation to, from left, dental tech Mandy Hood, dentist, Scott Cunningham, DDS, and Dan Bennett, Chief Operating Officer for WCGH.

 

cardiac

 

Waldo County General Hospital Aid President, Sally Milhorn, presents a check for $2,400 to the Cardiac Rehab Scholarship Fund.  Mark Biscone, President and CEO of Waldo County General Hospital and Mary Hanrahan, Cardiac Rehab manager were on hand to accept the gift.



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

Fundraiser for Belfast Public Health Nursing

January 21st, 2016

Anglers check

 

Sheila Hall, left, manager of Anglers in Searsport, presents Belfast Public Health Nurse Ginnie Fanelli, RN, with a check for $300. The funds were raised at an event in which Anglers donated a percentage of its proceeds from meals served.



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

Celebration of 45 years

January 21st, 2016

Diane NickersonThe Women & Infants Health Care Unit hosted a surprise celebration recognizing Diane Nickerson, CNA, for her 45 years of service at Waldo County General Hospital.



Posted in Hospital News, January 2016 InPulse

Hospital honored for hiring veterans

January 21st, 2016

Veteran award 2015

 

Waldo County General Hospital was cited by American Legion District 11 for “exemplary service in employment of veterans.” On hand for the presentation of the award were, from left, Dave Carlson and Jake Hanley, veterans and employees of Waldo County General Hospital, Judy Otis, also a Waldo County General Hospital employee, veteran and member of the American Legion and Lance Weddell, Commander of American Legion District 11.



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

Tobacco award

January 21st, 2016

2015 MTFCN GSSE Award Celebration 039

 

Maine Tobacco Free Hospital Network honored Waldo County General Hospital at the gold level, during a recognition event at the Maine Hospital Association. The program cites Maine hospitals for creating a tobacco free environment and supporting tobacco free lifestyles. The hospital won the gold level by meeting all 10 standards of excellence.  Accepting the award from Breathe Easy Coalition Program Coordinator Sarah Mayberry, right, are David Inman, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services, and Barbara Crowley, Health & Wellness Coach.



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

Doc4aDay comes to WCGH

January 21st, 2016

Doc4aDayStudents from Belfast Area High School, Islesboro Central School, Mt. View High School and Searsport High School recently took part in Doc4aDay. The program seeks to ignite interest in promising high school students who might not have considered a career in medicine. The teachers in the program are all medical students, residents or simulation center specialists. They lead the students in simulated patient scenarios utilizing a mannequin and in hands-on activities in a skills lab, such as taking vital signs. Above, students practice their suturing skills.



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


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