Waldo County General Hospital has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s first list of “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” in the United States. The list features critical access hospitals that have “demonstrated excellence in caring for their communities.”
The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team looked at hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, the National Rural Health Association’s list of Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, patient satisfaction scores from CMS’ Hospital Compare and various Healthgrades awards.
The staff wrote “In addition to having a four-star rating from CMS’ Hospital Compare based on patient satisfaction scores, it has been named a Top Critical Access Hospital four times by iVantage Health Analytics, most recently in 2015.”
Waldo County General Hospital was also named to the list of Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals by the National Rural Health Association.
Charles Kava, DO, has joined the Otolaryngology team. He is working with Dr. Karen Miller to assess and treat the needs of our Ear, Nose and Throat patients. Dr. Kava has a special interest in obstructive sleep apnea patients.
He will see patients on Fridays from 8:30 am to 1 pm in Suite 207 of the Cobb Medical Building. Call 338-4211 to schedule an appointment.
Susan Hage, DO, has joined the Pain Management program. She works with Dr. Jonathan Herland.
Dr. Hage graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and after doing an internship at Garden City Osteopathic Hospital in Michigan, completed her residency at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Dr. Hage is a physiatrist, which is the specialty involving physical medicine and rehabilitation to restore optimal function to people with injuries and/or pain to the muscles, bones, tissues and nervous system.
Dr. Hage will be at Waldo County General Hospital every other Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, starting Friday, Oct. 2 in Suite 207 of the Cobb Medical Building. Call 338-4211 to schedule an appointment.
$100,000 will be used to expand services
With the help of the Hospital Aid and generous contributions from the community, Waldo County Dental Care successfully raised the funds necessary to receive a $50,000 challenge grant from the Doree Taylor Fund.
In order to receive the matching grant, the Clinic had to raise $50,000 in contributions. The Aid kicked off the fund-raising effort by
Community organizations including Bangor Savings Bank and United Midcoast Charities also stepped in to help, contributing $5,000 and $10,000 respectively. The remaining funds were raised from members of the community committed to the success of the dental program.
The $100,000 will be used to expand the clinic and bring additional dental students from the University of New England to help serve more uninsured adults who may not otherwise have access to high quality dental care.
Scott Cunningham, DDS, the dentist at the clinic stated “We are so grateful to members of the Hospital Aid and the community who recognized the value of this important program by making charitable contributions. Their support helps to strengthen and grow this program for years to come.”
Waldo County Dental Care is one of seven nonprofit dental care providers to be selected to participate in the DentaQuest Institute’s Safety Net Solutions (SNS) program to help increase access, improve quality and strengthen their financial viability.
Waldo County Dental Care is just two years old but it has had a big impact in the lives of low income, uninsured adults living in Waldo County. The clinic is taking care of urgent dental needs, while also stressing the importance of dental prevention.
Maine’s nonprofit oral health safety net is made up of a number of independent clinics operating in underserved and often rural areas of the state. These clinics provide critical services to children and adults who live in dental shortage areas; have limited means to pay for dental services and rely solely on the safety net to get the care they need.
“Time and again the data shows that Maine people across income levels face barriers to getting affordable dental care,” said MeHAF President and CEO Dr. Wendy Wolf. “This is particularly true for low and middle-income people who cannot afford necessary dental care. These nonprofit clinics are one place where people can go to get affordable, high quality dental care.”
Two Waldo County General Hospital executive team members have recently taken on regional positions.
Rob Fowler, RN has taken on the role of Regional Chief of Quality and Support Services. In his expanded role Fowler manages quality, the switchboard, privacy/risk and security at both facilities.
The Belfast Public Health Nursing Association will hold two free flu clinics for adults.
• Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 6:00 am to 8:30 am
• Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
The clinics take place at Waldo County General Hospital, 118 Northport Avenue, Belfast, in the classroom. The hospital classroom is located on the lower level of the hospital.
For more information, contact Belfast Public Health Nurse Ginnie Fanelli at 338-3368.
FREE flu shots, A1-C testing, blood pressure and hearing screenings, bra fittings and giveaways will highlight Waldo County Healthcare’s Fall Health Fair on Saturday, Oct. 24. The first 24 attendees who have fasted for since midnight will also receive a free cholesterol test.
Free taste-testing of healthy, easy-to-make food items; fitness classes; instruction on proper hand-washing technique; assistance with MyChart signups; advanced directives forms and CarePartners and Waldo County Dental Care applications will also be available.
The health fair will be held on the hospital campus, 118 Northport Ave., Belfast from 9 am to noon.
The Waldo County General Hospital Aid is looking for new members. Have you ever wondered what they do and how you can help?
On Thursday, Oct. 22, from 10 am to 11:30 am, the Aid will hold an informational get-together for potential new members. Learn about volunteer opportunities and meet with current volunteers to ask questions. Volunteers provide a variety of services in the hospital and participate in several fundraising events throughout the year. Membership is open to any person over the age of 18.
The New Member Coffee will be held at Waldo County General Hospital, 118 Northport Ave., Belfast, in the hospital classroom on the lower level. Refreshments will be served.
For more information on the event or becoming a volunteer, contact Sandy Gordon at 930-6739.