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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 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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Talk on Parkinson’s disease and the use of medications Feb. 25

February 19th, 2015

Dr. Stephanie Lash

Dr. Stephanie Lash


Stephanie Lash MD, a neurologist at Pen Bay Healthcare, will talk about the use of medications in treating this disease on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 10 am to 11 am, at the Education Center next to Waldo County General Hospital. The free presentation is open to anyone interested in Parkinson’s disease.


Dr. Lash treats adult patients with the full range of adult neurologic conditions, including Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s-like syndromes. After receiving her education at Dartmouth College and the University of Washington in Seattle, she practiced in Bangor for 18 years and has been at Pen Bay for the past five years.



For more information, call Margie Spencer-Smith at 322-5445.


Posted in Hospital News, In the Community

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.


Posted in Uncategorized

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.


Posted in Uncategorized

“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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Three new specialty providers at hospital

January 30th, 2015

Waldo County General Hospital is pleased to announce the arrival of three new specialty providers.


They are:


•  Alexander Abess, MD, an anesthesiologist


•  Hanna Zetterstrand-Robinson, PA-C, who is working with orthopedic surgeons, Owen Nelson, MD and Daniel Hebert, MD


•  Katrina Tozier, FNP, who is working in medical oncology


Dr  Abess.
Dr. Abess received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2001, followed by an internship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California in 2002 and work toward a U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon designation at the Naval Operational Medicine Institute in Pensacola, Florida in 2003.


After his service in the Navy, he did a residency in anesthesiology at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he was chief resident. Then he served as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Dartmouth Medical School for two years. He followed that up with staff anesthesiologist positions at Pen Bay Medical Center and Maine Medical Center.


Zetterstrand-Robinson, PA-C, received her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies from the University of New England in Portland in 2013. Before coming to WCGH, she worked as a Hospitalist and in the emergency department at Redington Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan. While attending college at the State University of New York at Geneseo, she participated in a medical mission trip to Honduras. Also while in college, she was part of the student medical response team and a first responder.

Tozier, FNP, received her degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2014 from St. Joseph’s College in Standish. In 2009, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of New England in Portland.  After becoming an RN, she worked at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington as a medical/surgical staff nurse, nurse educator and breast care support nurse.


In her role as a breast care support nurse, she helped patients undergoing diagnostic mammograms, biopsies, and diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. She also educated patients on the disease process; the treatments available; the side effects and assisted patients with their financial concerns. She also helped the hospital receive certification as a breast center from the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program.

Posted in Hospital News, January 2015 InPulse, New Staff

Orthopedic surgeon welcomed as well

January 30th, 2015

Daniel J. Hebert, MD has joined Owen Nelson, MD, in his orthopedic practice at Waldo County General Hospital.


After graduating from the United State Naval Academy in 1988, Dr. Hebert received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in 1992. He completed an internship in 1993 at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth. From 1997–2001, he returned to that location to do a residency in orthopedic surgery and became board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 2003.


He also completed a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery from the Florida Orthopedic Institute during 2007-2008 and in 2010 was part of a team that published a study “Reverse shoulder arthroplasty in patients with rheumatoid arthritis” in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.


Dr. Hebert is now a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons.


During his military career, Hebert served among other places in Washington DC; Asadabad, Afghanistan; Bethesda, Maryland; Naples, Italy; Bahrain/Persian Gulf; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Kingdom of Tonga. He also did volunteer work in Haiti.


Among the honors and recognitions he received were two Meritorious Service Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, Outstanding Staff Teaching Award, USO Commitment to Care Award for Operational Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom War Casualty Care, Navy Achievement Medal and Best Research Paper Award.


Dr. Hebert is currently accepting new patients. Appointments may be made by calling 930-6746.

Posted in Hospital News, January 2015 InPulse, New Staff

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