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Governor’s Budget Impact

March 5th, 2015

Click here to view the presentation.

Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, Uncategorized

Learn about collaboration between Pen Bay and Waldo County General Hospitals

February 25th, 2015

collaboration  meetings poster


In a move designed to streamline the provision of care, meet community needs and maintain the highest level of quality, the Pen Bay / Waldo Collaboration formed in the fall of 2014. This committee, made up of equal representation from the Executive Boards of both systems, is tasked with defining the scope of services to be provided in Knox & Waldo Counties.


Changes in healthcare are transforming how care is delivered today and in the future. Pen Bay and Waldo want to be proactive in the management of this change and believe that a collaborative approach that provides opportunities for all stakeholders to participate will produce the best overall results.


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Visitor restrictions in baby area at WCGH

February 24th, 2015

Due to the high level of flu and pertussis (whooping cough) in our community, Waldo County General Hospital is imposing temporary visitor restrictions in the Women and Infants Health Care Unit. Newborn babies are at high risk of serious illness from these diseases.

The restrictions are as follows:

  • Children under the age of 18 may not visit unless they are siblings for a newborn
  • Visitors who are feeling ill or have signs of a respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, fever) will not be able to visit. Staff will ask visitors if they have any of these symptoms or are feeling ill
  • Children, who are allowed to visit, are asked to not visit any other patient rooms.

While we understand it is disappointing when people cannot visit their loved ones especially at such a happy time, our first concern is for the health and safety of our patients. We thank everyone for their patience and cooperation.



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Talk about Parkinson’s disease CANCELLED

February 24th, 2015

The presentation by Stephanie Lash MD, a neurologist at Pen Bay Healthcare, on the use of medications in treating Parkinson’s disease set for Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 10 am to 11 am has been cancelled due to concerns about an expected snow storm.

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Dance Fest is Saturday, March 7

February 11th, 2015

Dance Fest 2015


Journey to Health’s annual Dance Fest has been set for Saturday, March 7, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Belfast Dance Studio. This is a free event and children are welcome to attend with an adult.


There will be two dance classes offered at the top of each hour. They include:

  • 1 pm to 1:45 pm: Family Carnival Samba with Lisa Newcomb or Beginner Intro to Ballet with Michelle Cox
  • 2 pm to 2:45 pm: Beginner Zumba with Nicki Dunbar or Kripalu Yoga Dance with Judi Erickson
  • 2 pm to 3:45 pm: Creative Movement for All with Shana Bloomstein or Dance Party—warm up and free dance with Mirja Pitkin


For more information, contact Hester Kohl at 930-2514, email: or visit: In the case of inclement weather, March 14 has been scheduled as a snow date.


Journey to Health is community health program offered by Waldo County Healthcare.


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Enjoy Fat Tuesday at Darby’s and help others

February 11th, 2015

mardi-gras2Darby’s in Belfast is partnering with Waldo County General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab program to raise funds for its scholarship fund.


On Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras), February 17, from 5 p.m. to closing, Darby’s will donate 10% of its proceeds to the Cardiac Rehab Fund for Phase III patients whose insurance policies do not cover that care. Reservations are suggested and may be made by calling Darby’s at 338-2339.


Mardi Gras themed giveaways and silent auction are planned as well!


Phase III cardiac rehab is a supervised exercise program designed for those with known risk factors for heart problems and those with existing heart issues. Examples of those risk factors are high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and a waist size above 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men.


During phase III, cardiac rehab trained nurses will supervise and monitor your exercise to make sure you are within the best heart rate range to strengthen your heart and body as you exercise.


The cost of the program is $40 per month and is not covered by most insurance policies so the scholarship fund was established for those who cannot afford the monthly fee.


Classes are offered Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm. Call 930-2545 for more information.


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“Jewelry is Fun” sale Feb. 12 and 13

February 11th, 2015

BraceletsThe Waldo County General Hospital Aid will host a “Jewelry is Fun” sale just in time for Valentine’s Day. Thursday, Feb. 12, from 10 am to 4 pm, and Friday, Feb. 13, from 7 am to 2 pm, downstairs in the Hospital Classroom.

There will be rings, necklace sets, earrings, purses, handbags, children’s items and gift items on display and all for sale for $5.99.


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Mark Biscone: 2014 Citizen of the Year

December 11th, 2014

Biscone receives his award from Dorothy Havey, Executive Director of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce.

Biscone receives his award from Dorothy Havey, Executive Director of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce.



Mark Biscone, President & Chief Executive Officer of Waldo County Healthcare and Pen Bay Healthcare, was honored recently by the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce as the 2014 Citizen of the Year. The award is voted on by the community.


Biscone has been with Waldo County Healthcare for more than 35 years. He was named the Executive Director of Waldo County General Hospital in March 1983, after working for nearly five years as the controller. Prior to that, he had worked at a hospital in Schenectady, NY.


Biscone oversaw a major expansion of services and specialty practices, from a renal dialysis unit to an in-hospital Hospice wing along with five rural health centers; building Penobscot Shores; and taking over the Belfast Public Health Nursing Association. More recently he completed a new operating suite; a sleep lab; a helicopter landing pad and an anticoagulation clinic.


All of this was accomplished at a time when federal regulations were leading to increased consolidation in the healthcare field and the closure of many small hospitals across the country. Waldo County was one of only a few Maine hospitals to consistently maintain a black bottom line.


Biscone with his wife Barb, oldest and youngest daughters, Kerensa, far right, and her husband Don and Erica, who were present to see Mark receive the award.

Biscone with his wife Barb, oldest and youngest daughters, Kerensa, far right, and her husband Don and Erica, who were present to see Mark receive the award.



But being in the black didn’t come from cutting the quality of patient care. Waldo County was awarded the prestigious Leapfrog Award in 2009 and in this year alone was named to iVantage’s 2014 “Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals” in the United States and also as one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2014 “100 Great Community Hospitals” nationally.


When asked earlier this year to add to his duties at Waldo County by becoming the interim Chief Executive Officer of Pen Bay Healthcare, he didn’t hesitate. More work, certainly, but also a challenge and an opportunity to collaborate to provide the highest quality care in the region.


Biscone isn’t all work and no play. He enjoys working on the farm that he and wife Barb are creating. He is also actively involved with Rotary, especially with the 100 Fund Project, which provides clothing and toys to the 100 neediest children in the area each Christmas.

Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, Nov . 2014 InPulse, Recognition and awards, Uncategorized

Concussion: traumatic brain injury

December 11th, 2014

Concussion program at Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Center can help



The Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Center at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast has treated many athletes and have now added concussion management to their list of services offered. In the past few years as the emphasis on concussions has increased, school nurses and coaches have gotten better at recognizing and testing for concussions. No longer do you hear “he just got his bell rung” and after sitting out for a play or two he is put back in to play again.


A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. It occurs when the brain is shaken into the skull, causing changes in the way the brain functions. A concussion may happen as a result of a direct blow to the head or an indirect force such as a whiplash.


Dave Orsmond, PT, CVT, works with a patient.

Dave Orsmond, PT, CVT, works with a patient.


Many times the symptoms disappear with rest. But no two concussions are the same and sometimes the symptoms last for weeks or even months. This is when a physical therapist or an occupational therapist can help. Either can perform an examination to assess the individual’s symptoms and limitations and then design an individualized treatment program.


Physical therapists or occupational therapists can help with:
•  Stopping dizziness
•  Improving balance
•  Reducing headaches
•  Decreasing neck/back pain
•  Helping them return to sport work.


No one should return to sport or vigorous activity while signs or symptoms of a concussion are present.  Experts recommend that an athlete with a suspected concussion not return to play until he or she has been medically checked out by a health care professional trained in evaluating and managing concussions.  Experts also recommend that all athletes with a concussion not return to play on the same day as the injury.


David Orsmond, PT, CVT and Moriah Grant, OT, CVT are the concussion treatment team at Waldo County General Hospital. They are both certified vestibular therapists who treat mild brain injuries. Grant is also finishing up her certification in craniosacral therapy, a light touch therapy that manipulates membranes within the nervous system to restore their normal function. Dysfunction of these membranes can contribute to headaches.


Moriah Grant, OT, CVT, does craniosacral therapy.

Moriah Grant, OT, CVT, does craniosacral therapy.


Among the other therapies available at the Concussion Management Program are manual therapy for neck and back pain and functional training which involves an individualized program of specific exercises that address the demands of your sport or work and help you regain your physical abilities as quickly as possible.


Patients in the Concussion Management Program have already seen some tremendous results, in some cases in only a few treatments. Ongoing therapy may be needed in other cases. The length of the treatment is affected by both the severity of the concussion, the patient’s history, and possible number of previous concussions suffered by the patient.


The Concussion Management Program only sees patients who have a referral from their doctor.           And they work closely with and make referrals, if necessary, to ear, nose and throat specialists, audiologists, speech therapists, neurologists, neuropsychologists and optometrists.
Concussions need to be taken seriously. Our therapists are available to speak to parents, coaches and athletic directors.


Call 338-4666 for more information.

Posted in Hospital News, Managing your health, Nov . 2014 InPulse, Uncategorized

Hospital Aid’s Silver Tea is Dec. 10

December 4th, 2014

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The annual Silver Tea, sponsored by the Waldo County General Hospital Aid, will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the home of Philip and Mary Carthage, 224 High Street (on the corner of Primrose and High Street), Belfast. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the sandwiches and desserts served by Aid members. Drinks will include punch, coffee and tea served from silver services.


This year’s setting is a Greek-revival style home built in 1851 for Calvin Hervey, a watch maker and jewelry store owner. Mr. Hervey was one of the original trustees of the Belfast Free Library.


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Guests will be welcomed by a dramatic entryway and original woodwork in the entry. In 2005, while the owners were away, a water pipe broke and flooded the kitchen area at the back of the house. This had been remodeled in a modern style although the fireplace surround is made of old doors that Mr. Carthage salvaged from another historical house in town. The kitchen floor boards were reused in the entryway.


Rooms on both floors will be open to tour. A built-in glass case on the second floor displays items found in the house, such as a Knights of Pythias uniform belonging to Col. Ben Lowe.


There is no admission charge to attend the tea, but donations will be accepted. All funds raised from the tea will benefit the hospital.


The winning tickets for the Aid’s holiday raffle “Spotlighting our Outlying Communities” will be drawn at the tea. The available prizes include gift certificates to stores, restaurants and entertainment venues in the towns where Waldo County Healthcare health centers are located. Tickets are on sale at $1 each or 6 for $5 at the hospital gift shop.


For more information, call 930-6739. The snow date for the tea is the next day, Thursday, Dec. 11, at the same time.

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