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Medical Assistants earn certifications

April 6th, 2016

 

group MAs

 

After nearly a year of work and passing a state exam, 12 medical assistants at Waldo County General Hospital earned their certifications. Graduating March 18 were, front row from left, Rapunzel Baughman, Heather McLaughlin, Cassie Carpenter, Kathy Chambers, Polly Temple and Danielle Littlefield. In the back row from left are Jen Schofield, Amy Bonin, Cheryl Hibbard, Mary Wardwell, Denise Harriman and Leanne Temple. Dan Bennett, Chief Operating Officer, in back, was the speaker at the celebration. He said it is very important for the hospital to have certified Medical Assistants and they are a real plus for patients, co-workers,
physicians and nurse practitioners. “We need a highly skilled, qualified work force. We thank you very much for working on this.”



Posted in Hospital News, In Pulse March 2016, Recognition and awards

Going to North Carolina without leaving the gym

April 6th, 2016

The 2016 World Heart Games will take place in Charlotte, NC in May. Although none of the Waldo County General Hospital rehab patients will be in attendance, they wanted to figure out a way to participate.

 

Since January 5, attendees in the outpatient supervised exercise program have been keeping track of the distance they have walked on the treadmill,
pedaled on the stationary bike and climbed on the stair steps.

 

Those miles have been recorded on a map with the route from Belfast to Charlotte. So far participants have traveled 1,378 miles and are on the return trip to
Belfast. The program, created and monitored by Mary Hanrahan, RN and Sue Driscoll, RN has helped to motivate their patients.

 

“It gives me a short-term goal,” said one participant, adding that the ultimate goal is to “lose weight, stay healthy and not have another heart attack.”



Posted in Hospital News, In Pulse March 2016

Driving evaluations being offered to the community

April 6th, 2016

Waldo County General Hospital is offering driving evaluations to members of the community. Anyone with a doctor’s referral is eligible to have an evaluation conducted at the hospital.

 

The program is managed by Skip Philbrook, PT, Director of Rehab Services. The O.T. Driver Off Road Assessment Battery (OT-DORA) is completed by occupational therapists on staff. After a brief interview, the following areas are evaluated: range of motion, strength, visual skills, balance, coordination, reaction time and awareness of road laws. Collected data is then submitted for review by the requesting doctor in order to assist in determining if a person is safe to drive or is ready for an on the road test. The assessment lasts about 90 minutes.

 

“After working with patients for a few years in this community, I have heard multiple individuals and family members express concern about loved ones ability to drive,” said Moriah H. Grant, OTD, OTR/L. “This assessment process is helpful and easy for all those involved. The results of the evaluation will be explained to the patient and family so if they have any questions, they can be answered right away. I hope that this makes this very difficult decision easier for the providers, patients and families.”

 

“The decision to stop someone from driving can be a very difficult and emotional one for all those involved. This assessment will offer some objective data which can be used to help that process move forward or to show that someone may actually be safe to continue,” said Philbrook. “Either way, it prevents the decision from being totally a judgment call.”

 

A limited number of insurance providers cover this evaluation. Potential patients or family members should contact their insurance provider to see if the evaluation is covered. Office personnel are able to answer questions about the cost of the evaluation.

 

For more information, contact the Waldo County General Hospital Rehab Department at 338-9316.



Posted in Hospital News, In Pulse March 2016, In the Community

Social Worker in ED

April 6th, 2016

Social Worker Ashley Hoffman is now providing social services to patients in the Emergency Department (ED) from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday.

 

She is helping patients to find primary care providers, connecting homeless patients with social services, initiating Home Health Services and collaborating with Care Coordinators on frequent visitors to the ED.  She will also be assisting with extended stay psychiatric patients and helping patients with insurance and medication coverage.

 

ED Nurse Manager Kim Spectre says, “Ashley’s kind and caring approach combined with her easy going personality, makes her a perfect addition to our team as well as an effective support person to patients in the ED who are in desperate need of her services.”



Posted in Hospital News, In Pulse March 2016

Daisy Award winner: Teri Blackadar RN

April 6th, 2016

Teri Blackadar RN, an emergency room nurse, is the most recent Daisy Award recipient at Waldo County General Hospital.

 

Teri
A patient, who called Teri his “Nightingale,” wrote: “Teri was the first person I saw when I arrived at your emergency room…and practically the last person I saw when I left…From the time she helped me through the admission paperwork, she was quite simply a wonderful human being, whether setting my mind at ease with small talk about home remedies, checking my vitals and my IV drip or bringing me another cup of ice water. You are so lucky to have her on your staff.”

 

Daisy Award nominations are accepted from patients and their families, staff and physicians. The winner is selected by the Patient and Family Advisory Council. Nomination forms are available at hospital departments, medical offices, the lobby and the café. Or contact Lindsey Faulkingham, RN, BSN, Daisy Coordinator, 338-2500 x4139 or email lfaulkingham@wcgh.org.

 

The Daisy Award recognizes the extraordinary work nurses do for patients and their families every day.

 

Congratulations to all nominees: Candy Decesere, RN – ICU, Pat Kelley, RN – MSU; Abigail Sears, RN – MSU;  and Ashley Valliere,
RN – MSU.



Posted in Hospital News, In Pulse March 2016, Recognition and awards

Six hospital practices are honored

April 6th, 2016

Six Waldo County General Hospital practices have been recognized for their commitment to excellence in childhood immunizations. They are:

 

•  Waldo County Medical Partners Family Practice

 

•  Waldo County Medical Partners Family Medicine

 

•  Donald S. Walker Health Center

 

•  Stockon Springs Regional Health Center

 

•  Arthur Jewell Community Health Center

 

•  Searsport Health Center

 

The practices earned this distinction based on the standards in the MaineHealth Childhood Immunizations Program.



Posted in Hospital News, In Pulse March 2016, Recognition and awards

Congratulations

April 6th, 2016

Congratulations to Jeff Davis, who has been named regional security director and Denise Needham, who will become regional director of pharmacy. Congrats also to Lindsay Miles Garton, who received her degree in nursing from St. Joseph’s College.



Posted in Hospital News, In Pulse March 2016, Staff Education, Staffing Changes and retirement

Wound and Ostomy Care available at WCGH

April 6th, 2016

Did you know that we now provide wound and ostomy care to patients in all departments? Wound and Ostomy Care nurses are
available here on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9 am and 2 pm.

If you contact Kim Metcalf, RN, CWON, at 207-462-3553 or x4486, they will come to your office to see your patient.



Posted in Hospital News, In Pulse March 2016

Baby Fair seeks participants

March 14th, 2016

The annual Spring Baby Fair will be held on Saturday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 11a.m. at the Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Avenue, Belfast.

 

Vendors are needed. Sell your used baby and children’s items. Acceptable sale items: Clothes, up to size 12, toys, books, furniture, etc. DO NOT BRING recalled furniture, or car seats that have an expired use date

 

Tables for exhibitors are available to rent at $25 each. If you bring large clothes racks or displays, you may be charged an additional fee as space is limited. The fee is non-refundable and must be paid in advance to secure your space. Proceeds from table rental fees benefit the Belfast Public Health Nursing Association, but all other profit is yours to keep.

 

Set up will be from 7 a.m. until the fair starts, and cleanup will be immediately following the event. There is an admission fee of $1 for adults.

 

To book a table or for more information, call Lois Dutch of Waldo County General Hospital’s Education Department at 930-6713.

 

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community

Regional healthcare system is formed

January 21st, 2016

In December 2015, Waldo County General Hospital and Pen Bay Medical Center began operating together as one system in an alliance for a healthy Maine.

 

The combined entity includes Waldo County General Hospital and Pen Bay Medical Center; the practices of Pen Bay Physicians and Associates and Waldo County Medical Partners; Kno-Wal-Lin and Waldo County Home Health and Hospice; the Sussman House; retirement and assisted living at Quarry Hill and Penobscot Shores and long term care at Knox Center for Long Term Care.

 
Together these two health systems represent one of the largest employers in the Midcoast with over 2,300 colleagues throughout Knox and Waldo counties.

 

The two hospitals are currently collaborating in more than 40 areas.  Mark Biscone, president and CEO of the two hospitals, said he would like to double that figure and it will be easier to do when Pen Bay Medical Center has finalized installation of Epic, scheduled to take place in 2016.

 

Biscone said a subcommittee made up of representatives from both medical staffs is meeting regularly to create a long term clinical plan to work together more efficiently.

 

Along with the combined Board of Directors, Biscone said there is now one administrative team running both facilities. “We are sharing overhead and personnel as much as possible,” he said. “We want to keep the high quality specialty services while managing costs.”



Posted in Hospital News, January 2016 InPulse


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