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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

Dermatologist seeing patients at WCGH

January 21st, 2016

MaineHealth-20150930093056Waldo County General Hospital and Pen Bay Medical Center announce the arrival of Kerry Lavigne, MD.  Dr. Lavigne is a board-certified dermatologist with advanced training in skin cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstructive surgery.


Dr. Lavigne received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. She completed both an internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Dermatology at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. She completed her fellowship in Procedural Dermatology/Mohs Micrographic Skin Cancer Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.


Dr. Lavigne is a Fellow in the American Academy of Dermatology.  Prior to her arrival in the Midcoast, Dr. Lavigne practiced for two years with Dermatology Associates in Portland and Biddeford. She provides general dermatology patient care, in addition to the treatment of skin cancer.



Dr. Lavigne sees patients at Waldo County on Thursdays and at Pen Bay on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Call 921-3750 to schedule an appointment.

Posted in Hospital News, January 2016 InPulse, New Staff

Biscone retiring

January 21st, 2016

MaineHealth-20150918084220-EditMark Biscone, president and CEO of Coastal Healthcare Alliance has announced his plans to retire at the end of 2016.  Details on the search and his transition will be shared as they are available.

Posted in Hospital News, January 2016 InPulse

WCGH welcomes midwives

January 21st, 2016

From left, Certified Nurse Midwives Katie McCormick, Carissa Swiatek, and Stephanie Cole

From left, Certified Nurse Midwives Katie McCormick, Carissa Swiatek, and
Stephanie Cole



Three certified nurse midwives have joined the staff at Waldo County General Hospital.


More details about the midwives are available online at under the specialty of gynecology and obstetrics.


Benjamin Mailloux, MD, a primary care provider, said, “I believe the midwives are a great addition to the WCGH family; they provide Waldo County families with additional options for care.”


Their offices are in the Women’s Health Office with Dr. Michael Lavender, Suite 108, Cobb Medical Building, 16 Fahey St., Belfast. Appointments may be made by calling 338-9939.





Posted in Hospital News, January 2016 InPulse, New Staff

Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition is received

January 21st, 2016


PCMHWaldo County General Hospital’s (WCGH) Primary Care Practices have received NCQ Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition.


The primary care practices include Family Practice, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Stockton Springs Regional Health Center, Arthur Jewell Community Health Center, Donald Walker Health Center, Lincolnville Health Center and Searsport Health Center.


“Recognition shows that WCGH practices have the tools, systems and resources to provide patients with the right care, at the right time,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.

Posted in Hospital News, January 2016 InPulse, Recognition and awards

Daisy Award recipient named

January 21st, 2016

Kim Blanchard RN, an operating room nurse, is Waldo County General Hospital’s second Daisy Award winner.


Daisy Award 2
She is described as someone who “always walks around with a smile on her face and ready to take on anything that comes her way.”
Daisy Award nominations are made by patients and their families, staff or physicians, with the winner selected by the Patient and Family Advisory Council.
A goal of the Daisy Award is to recognize extraordinary nurses who make an enormous difference in the lives of people by the work they do every day.

Posted in Hospital News, January 2016 InPulse, Recognition and awards

Partnership with Dana-Farber

January 21st, 2016

MaineHealth, has formed a partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston that will support and enhance the MaineHealth system-wide oncology service line.

The system-wide approach to cancer care, in development since 2013, will provide the best, evidence-based care to patients of MaineHealth member and affiliate hospitals as close to home as possible.


The model for system-wide cancer care calls for an advanced cancer referral center for specialty referrals and treatment of rare and complex cancers, as well as
enhanced academic focus and translational research. This new partnership will expand patient-centered care and program-development opportunities with the support of Dana-Farber’s nationally recognized, top-ranked cancer team.


For our patients, their families, and the community, this partnership will:
• Enhance access to services and clinical research
• Support seamless transition for patients moving between care sites

Posted in Hospital News, January 2016 InPulse

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