Hospital has new eICU

April 18th, 2014

   In mid-March, the Hospital began its partnership with Advanced ICU Care. After an exhaustive search, the Hospital chose Advanced ICU Care to provide eICU intensivist and RN monitoring and coverage for our ICU patients.

 

   Advanced ICU Care is the single largest independent company providing eICU services in the nation. Director of Medical Affairs Dr. Kent Clark, said, “We chose to partner with this company because of their excellence in clinical outcomes, ability to provide 24/7 intensivist monitoring and coverage, and their collaborative approach to patient management. Advanced ICU Care is dedicated to providing our clinicians with high quality consultative services while working to complement your approach to patient care.”

 

He also thanked the medical staff for their patience and support over the past six months as the Hospital worked to find the best eICU solution for us, our clinicians, staff, and ICU patients.



Posted in April 2014 InPulse, Hospital News, Uncategorized

Good Health, Good Choices

April 18th, 2014

These students ran a relay race carrying a heavy backpack, wearing a mouth guard, and carrying weights to see how a smoker struggles to breathe.

These students ran a relay race carrying a heavy backpack, wearing a mouth guard, and carrying weights to see how a smoker struggles to breathe.

 

Fourth graders in RSU 20 recently attended “Good Health, Good Choices,” a program focused on keeping young people tobacco free for life.
RSU 20 teachers and community volunteers shared information with the children about tobacco.
The program was sponsored by RSU 20 and Waldo County General Hospital.



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WCGH gets contribution for Let’s Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0

December 20th, 2013

MaineHealth recently presented Waldo County General Hospital with a contribution of $40,000 to its Let’s Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0 program. The goal of the program is to reduce and prevent obesity among young people.  Let’s Go! Waldo works in five community sectors: early child care, schools, afterschool programs, healthcare and in the community. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Emily Kain of MaineHealth, Program Manager, MaineHealth Community Partners; Mark Biscone, Executive Director, Waldo County General Hospital; Deb Deatrick of MaineHealth, Vice President of Community Health, and Naomi Anderson Schucker, Program Director Community Health, MaineHealth Health care and Community Partners.

MaineHealth recently presented Waldo County General Hospital with a contribution of $40,000 to its Let’s Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0 program. The goal of the program is to reduce and prevent obesity among young people. Let’s Go! Waldo works in five community sectors: early child care, schools, afterschool programs, healthcare and in the community. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Emily Kain of MaineHealth, Program Manager, MaineHealth Community Partners; Mark Biscone, Executive Director, Waldo County General Hospital; Deb Deatrick of MaineHealth, Vice President of Community Health, and Naomi Anderson Schucker, Program Director Community Health, MaineHealth Health care and Community Partners.



Posted in December 2013 InPulse, Hospital News, Uncategorized

WCGH Aid blood drive is Friday

October 22nd, 2013

The Waldo County General Hospital Aid will sponsor its annual blood drive on Friday, Oct. 25, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge Hall (behind the Shrine Club) on the corner of Northport Avenue and Wight Street, Belfast.

 

All donors will be entered into a raffle for a $200 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

 

To donate, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health, and show a valid I.D. You must also provide a list of any medications you are taking.

 

After donating, you will be provided with free snacks and a place to rest for about 15 minutes. The complete process from registration to relaxing at the canteen usually takes about an hour.

 

To make an appointment for the Oct. 25 blood drive or for more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

 



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Learn about “kitchen shares”

October 22nd, 2013

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Would you like to enjoy Maine-grown organic fruits and vegetables all year long? Learn how you can with “kitchen shares.”

 

Based on the Community Supported Agriculture model, with kitchen shares you receive a share each month that includes an assortment of nine items from Cheryl Wixson’s Kitchen. She purchases farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from more than 40 Certified Organic Maine Farmers during the harvest season and then creates small batches of pasta and pizza sauces, condiments, jams, pickled vegetables, marinades, dressings and dry mixes.

 

There are currently pick-up locations in Bangor, Belfast, Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Ellsworth, Freeport, Portland, Rockport, Unity, Waterville and Yarmouth. And others can be added with a minimum of five shares per location.

 

The cost of the November to April kitchen share is $300 if you pick up and $390 for mail orders in Maine only.
To learn more about getting more Maine food on your plate, attend an informational meeting on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Waldo County YMCA, 157 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast.



Posted in Healthy Eating, Hospital News, In the Community, Uncategorized

Disaster training

October 11th, 2013

 

 

The Safety and Security Department at the hospital recently staged a training session to be better able to handle hazardous materials. Far right, the shower that would be used if patients or staff were contamined, was put up and activated.

The Safety and Security Department at the hospital recently staged a training session to be better able to handle hazardous materials. Far right, the shower that would be used if patients or staff were contamined, was put up and activated.

 



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Get a mammogram; free ones available Oct. 19 for uninsured, underinsured

September 20th, 2013

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and a perfect reminder that early detection can save lives. Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests.

 

Get in touch with your doctor today to set up a mammogram. It’s especially important because these screenings may find tumors too small to feel.

 

Waldo County General Hospital is offering free screening mammograms for women who are uninsured or underinsured on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 930-2594 or 930-2553 for more information or to schedule your appointment.

 

Kimberly Lenfestey, the hospital’s breast navigator, will meet with those receiving the free screening mammograms to try to aid the women in finding a program to help pay for their mammograms.

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, Managing your health, Uncategorized

Ride for Oncology adds colored ribbons to honor cancer patients

August 28th, 2013

Kristin Aldus, left, of the imaging department at Waldo County General Hospital made the posters with the large ribbons while Sheldon Mitchell of the maintenance department built the easels that the posters rest on. Attendees at the Waldo County Ride for Oncology will have the opportunity to purchase a smaller ribbon, put the name of a loved one on it, and then pin it to one of the posters to ride in honor of, or in memory of, a family member or friend who did or is fighting cancer.

Kristin Aldus, left, of the imaging department at Waldo County General Hospital made the posters with the large ribbons while Sheldon Mitchell of the maintenance department built the easels that the posters rest on. Attendees at the Waldo County Ride for Oncology will have the opportunity to purchase a smaller ribbon, put the name of a loved one on it, and then pin it to one of the posters to ride in honor of, or in memory of, a family member or friend who did or is fighting cancer.

 

 

On Sunday, Sept. 22, motorcyclists will gather at the Waldo County Shrine Club for the 2013 Waldo County Ride for Oncology. It’s a fun event and all proceeds benefit the Oncology Patient Assistance Fund at Waldo County General Hospital.

 

There will be a little extra twist this year as participants will have an opportunity to purchase a ribbon and ride in honor of a family member who is fighting cancer currently or in honor or memory of a loved one who fought it in the past.

 

There will be different color ribbons to represent different types of cancer, including pink for breast cancer, dark blue for colon cancer, orange for leukemia, yellow for bladder cancer, white for lung cancer, teal for ovarian cancer, light blue for prostate cancer, purple for pancreatic cancer, or lavender for all cancers.

 

Ann Hooper, manager for the imaging department at Waldo County General Hospital, and Gary Collins, organizer of the motorcycle ride, came up with the idea after hearing from participants that they wanted a way of honoring their family members who they are riding for.

 

Sheldon Mitchell of the hospital’s maintenance department constructed the easels that the large posters will sit on, while Kristin Aldus of the imaging department made the large ribbons on the posters. The small ribbons will be pinned on the larger ones after the names of those people who are being honored are written on them.

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, Uncategorized

Hospital awards $18,000 in scholarships

August 7th, 2013

  Waldo County General Hospital has awarded $18,000 in scholarships to 19 residents of Waldo County who are pursuing further education in a healthcare-related field. Awards are made to graduating high school seniors, college undergraduates, and employees pursuing careers in healthcare-related fields.

   Selected to receive scholarships and the area of study he or she plans to pursue are Jennifer Cook, nursing, Paige Emerson, nursing, Rhonda Fowlie, nursing, Ashland Hall, speech & language, Sherri Littlefield, nursing, Alexis Morse, pre-med, Brenda Prisco, nursing, Jordan Ray, nursing, Maggie Raymond, nursing, Killyan Richards, nursing, Katelyn Ross, nursing, Kaitlyn Schweikert, healthcare administration, Janelle Scott, nursing, Julia Spieldenner, nursing, Theresa Spieldenner, nursing, Sierra Warner, nursing, Chantelle Whitcomb, pharmacy, Starlyn Whitcomb, nursing, and Candace Work, nursing.



Posted in August 2013 InPulse, Hospital News, In the Community, Uncategorized

Want to see Belfast from the bay?

August 7th, 2013

Waldo County General Hospital’s Journey to Health program again this summer has been sponsoring sea kayaking for beginners. Here is your opportunity to see Belfast from the bay! Among the remaining trips are two 75-minute trips on Aug. 27. There will be trips at 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per paddler. There are some scholarships available. On Aug. 13, the trip will be to Bayside from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The cost of the 2.5-hour trip is $30 per paddler and again there are some scholarships available. Pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register, call Sumer Higgins at 338-9359 or email: shiggins@wcgh.org with your name, preferred day and time and the number in your party. Children are welcome. You can ask about scholarship availability when you register.



Posted in August 2013 InPulse, In the Community, Uncategorized


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