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Health educator presents in Massachusetts

July 3rd, 2014

Sarah O'Blenes

Sarah O’Blenes

Sarah O’Blenes, a health educator who oversees the Community Transformation Grant “Farm to Institution” recently made a presentation at Health Care without Harm: Healthy Food in Health Care Program put on by the Massachusetts Hospital Association. It included all New England states and she represented the Maine Workgroup. She talked about the different food initiatives that are going on in six Maine hospitals.

 



Posted in Community Transformation Grant, Hospital News, July 2014 InPulse

And the winner is…

July 3rd, 2014

OT Aide George Orestis won our MaineHealth Beach to Beacon 10k free entry.

 



Posted in Hospital News, July 2014 InPulse

Feds give Waldo County Home Health & Hospice a good report

July 3rd, 2014

In June, Kathy Bean, Director of Waldo County Home Health and Hospice reported that “Our two surveyors just completed our Federal Home Health survey and stated “no deficiencies”—at this time. They still have to have the interim supervisory review but they anticipate no problems. They were complimentary of our staff and that our patients feel well cared for. There were no documentation issues or HR concerns.” Congrats to Kathy and her staff.

 



Posted in Hospital News, July 2014 InPulse

Second graders tour Hospital

July 3rd, 2014

 

 

Second graders in RSU 20 recently toured the Hospital as they have for years. Top photo, Al Blackadar NP, who works in the emergency department, shows the children how he sews up cuts on Health Educator Hester Kohl. Below, Jeremy LaBonte RRT uses an animal’s lungs to show students how lungs inflate and deflate as we breathe.

Second graders in RSU 20 recently toured the Hospital as they have for years. Top photo, Al Blackadar NP, who works in the emergency department, shows the children how he sews up cuts on Health Educator Hester Kohl. Below, Jeremy LaBonte RRT uses an animal’s lungs to show students how lungs inflate and deflate as we breathe.

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

Cash for Your Cart

July 3rd, 2014

Representatives were at the Hospital recently to help our employees sign up for Cash for Your Cart, which offers cash rewards for healthy grocery shopping. FMI, visit: www.mainehealth.org/WOW.

Representatives were at the Hospital recently to help our employees sign up for Cash for Your Cart, which offers cash rewards for healthy grocery shopping. FMI, visit: www.mainehealth.org/WOW.



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

Books donated to Hospital

July 3rd, 2014

The parent group from the Belfast site of Waldo County Head Start recently donated more than 150 children’s books and large print adult books for patients at Waldo County General Hospital.

The parent group from the Belfast site of Waldo County Head Start recently donated more than 150 children’s books and large print adult books for patients at Waldo County General Hospital.



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

Waldo County Dental Care cited

June 9th, 2014

Accepting the award were, from left, Dan Bennett, Director of Operations; Shannon Robbins RN,Community Health Manager; and Dale Kuhnert, VP of the Board of Directors for Waldo County General Hospital.

Accepting the award were, from left, Dan Bennett, Director of Operations; Shannon Robbins RN,Community Health Manager; and Dale Kuhnert, VP of the Board of Directors for Waldo County General Hospital.

 

 

Waldo County Dental Care was honored April 16 by the Daniel Hanley Center of Health Leadership with an award for Exceptional Leadership and Service in Health Equity and Health Disparities. The presentation of the prestigious Hanley Center Honors was made to four individuals, organizations or collaboratives, who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in addressing health disparities and ensuring greater equity here in Maine.

 

Waldo County Dental Care was introduced as “an innovative collaborative effort of Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH), committed members of its Board of Directors, and private dentists in the Waldo County area to address the health disparity in dental care for low income and uninsured individuals in their community.” Prior to the initiation of this project, WCGH’s Emergency Department reported that for 18-45 year olds the most common reason for emergency care was acute dental pain and infection, which could not be definitively managed in the ED and often led to the need for extraction.

 

After planning in 2012, the Waldo County Dental Care program began providing services in August 2013. The goal of the collaborative has been to create a self-sustaining and replicable model where a community comes together to take care of its own.

 

The Registered Dental Hygienist at Waldo County Dental Care does dental cleanings, x-rays, screenings, fluoride treatments, sealants, temporary fillings, oral health instruction, and a referral for further care by a dentist, if needed.

 

To qualify, an individual must:

• not have seen a dentist in the past 12 months;

• live in Waldo County;

• meet federal income guidelines (for family of four that is $41,213); and

• be at least age 18.

 

 

Depending on the family’s income level, there is a sliding copay of between $10 and $20.

 

 

Also honored at the Hanley Recognition Dinner were the Maine Migrant Health Program, United Somali Women of Maine and Marjorie Withers of the Community Caring Collaborative in Washington County.

 

The award was presented at a dinner and reception held at the Portland Marriott At Sable Oaks in South Portland.

 

The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership is a nonprofit, independent, statewide organization dedicated to supporting the transformation of Maine’s health and healthcare sectors.

 

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, May 2014 InPulse, Recognition and awards

Imaging Dept: Breast Center of Excellence

June 9th, 2014

Coastal Maine Center for Breast Health, part of the radiology department at Waldo County General Hospital, is now a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence, the highest level of certification by the National Quality Measures for Breast Cancer (NQMBC).

 

“This is a marker for us; a recognition for the community,” says Dr. Nancy Webb, a radiologist who has specialized in women’s breast health for the past 15 years. “We wanted the community to know that we do quality work.”

 

Getting that designation was the result of efforts and support by a number of people. First, there was the task force of all those involved with breast health, including surgeons, primary care doctors and oncology staff. That formed four years ago. The goal was to coordinate efforts and to get recognition for the quality work that was taking place.

 

The group wanted to compare its efforts with those of similar sized hospitals and NQMBC seemed the way to do that based on its mission “to empower breast centers of all types and sizes with the ability to measure and improve quality of care provided to breast center patients.” They do that by identifying quality care measures, providing immediate access to information and allowing breast centers to compare their performance with other centers across the United States.

 

In January 2007, Dr. Webb returned to WCGH where she was a staff radiologist from 1995-1998. She had spent several of the intervening years as Director of Women’s Imaging for The Breast Care Center and Cape Cod Radiology Associates in Hyannis, Mass. In March 2007, the Imaging Department upgraded its mammography to digital. That was done, not because of the task force which hadn’t even formed yet, but because, according to Ann Hooper RTR(M), head of the Imaging Department, “We were keeping up with good techniques and standards of care.”

 

Ann Hooper and Dr. Webb recognized that the department was “already doing most of the things it needed to do to be a Center of Excellence” so they pushed to increase the quality a little bit and to get the recognition the department deserved.

 

In March 2011, Ann Hooper RTR(M) and Dr. Webb headed to the 21st annual National  Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference in Arizona. When they returned, Hooper was a certified Breast Cancer Navigator and Dr. Webb had completed an Assuring Quality Breast Program.

 

In June 2011, Kim Lenfestey, LMSW, was hired as the Hospital’s first Breast Care Navigator. In that position she helps breast cancer patients and their families to navigate through the maze of healthcare options, from diagnosis to survivorship. She is also available for support to women who are fearful of developing breast cancer based on family history. She has been instrumental in providing Telegenetic counseling for all oncology patients at the Hospital.

 

Another member of the mammography team is Danielle Wight, RTR(M), the radiology team leader for mammography. She is responsible for keeping the necessary data for NQMBC and making sure all state regulations are adhered to. Mammography is heavily regulated and a recent state inspection found absolutely no problems, which is unusual. Hooper says. “Not even any little dings. That’s Danielle. It really is a team.”

 

For her part, Danielle says, “I’m proud to be part of a team that does such a good job and is recognized for quality care.” She helps Dr. Webb coordinate education sessions with the nine registered mammography technicians in the imaging department to keep them up to date on any proposed changes and to reinforce good techniques.

 

Other members of the team include Radiologists Dr. Gregory Grotz and Dr. Tom Jones, the general surgeons and the oncology department. Hooper says they are also fortunate to have the support of the administration to work toward becoming a Center of Excellence.

 

“I’m proud to have this certification,” says Hooper. “It reinforces that we provide a community service and gives us good accountability.”

 



Posted in Hospital News, May 2014 InPulse, Recognition and awards, Uncategorized

RNs, CNAs honored

June 9th, 2014

CNA Paige Emerson receives a hug from Chief Nursing Officer  Heather Quesnel after being honored for her excellent work.

CNA Paige Emerson receives a hug from Chief Nursing Officer Heather Quesnel after being honored for her excellent work.

 

 

 

An Intensive Care Unit charge nurse and a CNA from the Women and Infants Healthcare Unit at Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH) were honored May 6 with the 2014 Nurse and CNA Excellence Awards.

 

The Nurse Excellence Award was won by Rebecca Slaughter RN, who has been at WCGH since September 2008 while Paige Emerson CNA, who recently finished her second year at WCGH was named the 2014 CNA Excellence Award winner.

 

Rebecca Slaughter with her parents and sons,Zeke and Eli.

Rebecca Slaughter with her parents and sons,Zeke and Eli.

 

 

In announcing the 2014 Nurse Excellence Award winner, Chief Nursing Officer Heather Quesnel RN, said of Slaughter: (She) was nominated by a peer who said she “is a calm, confident caregiver who enables patients and their families to become calmer and less frightened. She is able to teach patients and families, at their level of understanding, the things they need to know and do to facilitate their plan of care and make their hospital stay a positive experience. She treats all patients and peers with respect and maintains the Waldo County culture of BEST.”

 

Nominated by several of her coworkers, Slaughter was described as someone who frequently volunteers for committees, teaches classes, and is always ready to help a fellow nurse.

 

Another wrote, “As charge nurse in ICU, Becky has always shown the utmost respect for patients and their families. If there are four patients in ICU, she is constantly aware of what is going on with all the patients. Becky has had to work with very challenging patients in ICU and she treats everyone with equal respect regarding their care, safety and dignity.”

 

Another colleague wrote: “Becky exemplifies the saying ‘lead by example.’ She is patient, kind, and knowledgeable. She is willing to share her knowledge and is inclusive towards her co-workers.” And another said, “She will advocate for patients.”

 

 

Paige Emerson, right,with her sister Libby and mother, Holly.

Paige Emerson, right,with her sister Libby and mother, Holly.

 

 

In making the announcement of the CNA Excellence Award winner, Quesnel said Emerson had been described as “a bright, thoughtful, caring and hardworking CNA. She goes beyond her expected duties and is always looking for projects to do when the unit census is low.

 

She is going to school fulltime to become an RN and seems to be fully committed to this goal. She will make a great RN someday!”

Another co-worker wrote, “Paige is well organized, anticipates what’s needed and is a team player. She is articulate and professional yet very engaging and smart. The details matter for Paige, so she’s intuitively committed to patient safety and family centered care. Paige will be a great nurse.”

 

 

 

Nominees for the 2014 CNA Excellence award were,from left, Janice Boetsch, Misty Moulton and Paige Emerson.

Nominees for the 2014 CNA Excellence award were,from left, Janice Boetsch, Misty Moulton and Paige Emerson.

 

 

 

Nominees for the 2014 Nurse Excellence Award were, from left, Marilyn Knowlton,Rebecca Slaughter, Chelsea Howard, and Kim Blanchard. Not present for the photo were Frankie Gillett,Kitty Higgins and Denise Lindahl.

Nominees for the 2014 Nurse Excellence Award were, from left, Marilyn Knowlton,Rebecca Slaughter, Chelsea Howard, and Kim
Blanchard. Not present for the photo were Frankie Gillett,Kitty Higgins and Denise Lindahl.

 

The other nominees for the 2014 Nurse Excellence Award were Kim Blanchard, Frankie Gillett, Kitty Higgins, Chelsea Howard, Denise Lindahl, and Marilyn Knowlton. The other nominees for the CNA award were Janice Boetsch, and Misty Moulton. These nominees were recognized by their co-workers as outstanding in their field.

 

The criteria for the awards are:

  • demonstration of leadership at the bedside;

 • commitment to professional development; and

 • dedication to high quality,safe patient and family-centered care.

 

This is the third year that Waldo County General Hospital has awarded the Nurse and CNA Excellence Awards. Previous winners include Carol Knight LPN, Sandra Weagle RN, Cheryl Lucas CNA and Taylor Garcelon CNA.

 

 



Posted in Hospital News, May 2014 InPulse

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


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