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Frederick named regional chief operating officer

December 1st, 2016

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In October, Waldo County General Hospital welcomed Erik Frederick, MHA as regional chief operating officer.

 

Frederick has been chief operating officer at Pen Bay Medical Center since October 2013 and assumed the regional position at PBMC and WCGH on October 1. While at PBMC he was instrumental in developing the new Community Wellness Trail, a 1.66 mile health and wellness trail with nine fitness stations that runs through the PBMC campus with views of Penobscot Bay. Frederick is also responsible for bringing Lean daily management to PBMC and helping to launch it at other MaineHealth member hospitals.

 

Prior to arriving at PBMC, he served in a number of operating roles for the for-profit Vanguard Health Systems including the director of operations at the 627-bed Baptist Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas and the chief operating officer at the 220-bed Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Frederick also served as regional director of Lean operations for the four-hospital Vanguard market in Chicago and is a US Army combat veteran. He lives in Appleton with his wife Sonya, an RN and their four children.

 

Erik has been named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s Top 100 COOs to know, received a Vanguard Health Systems Mission Award, IASIS Healthcare
President’s Award and received several medals as a military intelligence specialist in the US Army.



Posted in Hospital News, November 2016 InPulse

Damm, MD named regional chief medical officer

December 1st, 2016

Christopher Damm, MD has been selected as the new regional chief medical officer for Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital.

 

Damm received his medical degree from Columbia University and a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Damm completed his residency and internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and completed a three-year fellowship in the Cardiovascular Division of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He also taught at Drexel University College of Medicine and at the University of Pennsylvania, both in Philadelphia.

 

He has worked as a per diem hospitalist at Waldo County General Hospital several times since August 2015 and is currently on the hospital’s courtesy staff.



Posted in Hospital News, November 2016 InPulse

Fowler named associate chief operating officer

December 1st, 2016

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Rob Fowler, RN, BSN, is now the associate chief operating officer with primary responsibilities over Waldo County General Hospital operations.

 

Prior to beginning his new role, Fowler served as WCGH’s chief quality and support services officer and then became the regional officer.

 

He has also served as WCGH’s infection control nurse and worked in nursing positions.

 

Fowler’s latest project has been overseeing the construction of the new medical office building at 119 Northport Ave. Fowler, his wife
Jasmine and their three children, live in Morrill.



Posted in Hospital News, November 2016 InPulse

New building named for Biscone

December 1st, 2016

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Waldo County General Hospital broke ground January 8 for the new medical office building to be constructed at 119 Northport Avenue. Top, the ribbon for the new building was cut Saturday, November 12. Doing the honors were, from left, Rob Fowler, associate chief operating officer, Lee Woodward, chair of the board of directors, Mark Biscone, CEO and Senate President Mike Thibodeau. The 20,000 sq. ft. building will house eight primary care providers and associated services on the first floor. On the second floor will be diabetes services, the anticoagulation clinic, some administrative offices, an educational lab and training areas. The building will be open to patients in early December.

 

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Posted in Hospital News, November 2016 InPulse

Daisy Award winner: Stacy Keating

December 1st, 2016

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Congratulations to our 4th quarter Daisy Award winner, ICU RN, Stacy Keating.  The Daisy Award recognizes the extraordinary work nurses do for patients and their families every day.

 

Daisy Award nominations are accepted from patients and their families, staff and physicians. The winner is selected by the Patient & Family Advisory Council.

 

The family who nominated Stacy wrote: “Our Dad is in Waldo County General Hospital once or twice a year for pneumonia. Stacy enjoys her work, shows compassion and is a good listener.

 

When the patient’s family learned that Stacy had won, they replied, “Stacy is very deserving of the award and we need more nurses like her. Hospitals can be scary for those of us who do not understand all of what is happening, having someone take the time to explain and reassure us is important.”

 

Congratulations to the other two nominees this quarter: Curt LeMay and Jamie Messier.



Posted in Hospital News, November 2016 InPulse

Gail Dudley, RN, BSN named to state board

December 1st, 2016

Congratulations to Gail Dudley, RN, BSN, perioperative services director, who has been named to the Maine State Board of Nursing. The mission of the Board of Nursing is to protect the public health and welfare in the area of nursing practice. She was sworn in by Dedimus Justice Irene Blood, shown at right in the photo above.

Congratulations to Gail Dudley, RN, BSN, perioperative services director, who has been named to the Maine State Board of Nursing. The mission of the Board of Nursing is to protect the public health and welfare in the area of nursing practice. She was sworn in by Dedimus Justice Irene Blood, shown at right in the photo above.



Posted in Hospital News, November 2016 InPulse

Waldo County Dental Care receives $5,000

December 1st, 2016

Waldo County Dental Care would like to thank athenahealth for a $5,000 grant in support of providing dental care to our community. The grant was awarded as part of the athenaGives program, now in its sixth year, which aids innovative nonprofits exhibiting athenahealth’s mission to “unbreakhealthcare.” The winners of the athenaGives grant funds are voted on by their employees.

 
Waldo County has half the dentists per capita as the state average. Waldo County General Hospital opened Maine’s first hospital-owned dental safety-net clinic, in 2013. Since then, they have helped more than 1,400 local individuals get the dental care they need to be healthy. Today, the clinic has an active caseload of 1,113 low-income, uninsured patients and since it opened, the emergency department has reported a 36 percent reduction in dental patients.



Posted in Hospital News, November 2016 InPulse

Community Health & Wellness Briefs

December 1st, 2016

Registration required for all events, please visit
http://journeytohealth.coursestorm.com or call 921-3950

 

Embrace the Season: Winter
Want to stay healthy and happy this season? Join Rhonda Feiman, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, to learn Chinese medicine practices and Qi-gong movements that can help strengthen the immune system and support emotional and
physical balance.
Tuesday, November 29
6:30 — 8:30 p.m.
Free
Camden Public Library
55 Main St., Camden

 

Dancing for Health
Bring your dancing shoes to this healthy celebration and experience many styles of dance. Healthy refreshments will be served.
Thursday, December 1
5:30 — 7:30 p.m.
Free
Belfast Boathouse
34 Commercial St., Belfast

 

Restoring Balance with Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is a guided deep relaxation meditation that helps reduce stress and heal physical, mental and emotional imbalance. Krishna Peter Perry, co-founder of ShivaShakti School of Yoga and Healing Arts, will lead students as they lie down to rest their bodies and minds in the deep restorative practices of Yoga Nidra.
Tuesdays, December 6 & 13
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Registration fee is $12
First Congregational Church
55 Elm St., Camden

 

Be Tobacco Free with Hypnotherapy
This three-session group tobacco cessation program uses hypnotherapy to help you take charge of your health and your life. You will explore and identify what personal needs are satisfied by tobacco and how to overcome your triggers.
Wednesdays, December 7 — 21
5:30 — 7:00 p.m.
Registration fee is $50
Lincolnville Central School
523 Hope Rd., Lincolnville

 

Stretch Around
Come join this gentle, interactive class designed for older adults and those with physical limitations. This class utilizes Matter of Balance, chair yoga and Brain Gym® exercises to help maintain strength, balance and coordination.
Facilitated by Marshall Mittnick and Carolyn Pressley.
Drop-in class, no registration required.
Mondays & Fridays (no holidays)
1:00 — 2:00 p.m.
Free
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
95 Court St., Belfast

 

Meditation Series
Practice the art of meditation and learn to use it to help manage stress and quiet your mind. No experience necessary and no registration required.
Wednesdays until December 28
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Free
WCGH Classroom, downstairs in Ludwig Medical Building
116 Northport Ave., Belfast



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, Managing your health, November 2016 InPulse

United Mid-Coast Charities supports programming

December 1st, 2016

Special thanks to United Mid-Coast Charities (UMCC) for their generous support. With gifts totaling $15,000, UMCC is strengthening vital community programs and services like  CarePartners, Public Health Nursing and Waldo County Dental Care.

 

A $2,500 check from UMCC will help provide services through the public health nursing association, which helps Belfast residents who otherwise might fall through the cracks from newborns to the elderly.

 

A $2,500 grant check was also received for CarePartners, which helps those without adequate insurance coverage to be hooked up with a primary care provider.

 

A third donation of a $10,000 was given to Waldo County Dental Care, which provides  uninsured and under-insured adults with dental services.

 

UMCC is dedicated to the support of charities which provide social services and care to those most deserving, including medical, physical, social, psychiatric or
community educational services.



Posted in Hospital News, November 2016 InPulse

MaineHealth, WCGH cited for healthier food options

December 1st, 2016

Food service directors from across the MaineHealth system each worked to create a culture of health at their organizations. Front row: Lawrence Soler, PHA President and CEO, and Sheila Costello (Waldo County General Hospital); Middle row: Mike Sabo (Southern Maine Health Care) and Jeffrey Space (Pen Bay Medical Center); Back row: Alex Gingrich (Spring Harbor Hospital) and Kevin O’Connor (Maine Medical Center).

Food service directors from across the MaineHealth system each worked to create a culture of health at their organizations. Front row: Lawrence Soler, PHA President and CEO, and Sheila Costello (Waldo County General Hospital); Middle row: Mike Sabo (Southern Maine Health Care) and Jeffrey Space (Pen Bay Medical Center); Back row: Alex Gingrich (Spring Harbor Hospital) and Kevin O’Connor (Maine Medical Center).

 

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA),  which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier, has recognized MaineHealth with the Healthier Future Award.

 

Nearly 10 percent of hospitals in the U.S. have joined PHA’s Hospital Healthier Food Initiative. As one of the first hospital systems to join in October 2012, MaineHealth has delivered healthier options for patients, visitors and employees eating at 10 of its facilities across the state.

 

MaineHealth has made significant strides in the effort to create an overall culture of health at its 10 hospitals, developing a special logo to designate better-for-you food options in order to drive customers to make healthier choices. WCGH was one of MaineHealth
members involved in the initiative.



Posted in Hospital News, November 2016 InPulse


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