Nicole Kenney BSN, RN, ICU nurse director at Waldo County General Hospital, was honored nationally with a 2016 I SEE YOU CARE award.
Recognition was given in four categories: hospital, administrator, doctor and nurse. Nicole was one of three nurses recognized. In addition to a celebration held at the hospital, a donation was made to the hospital in Nicole’s name.
Lou Silverman, CEO of Advanced ICU Care, said, “Achieving peak success in almost any meaningful endeavor requires expertise, a willingness to contribute
“Nicole exemplifies the commitment to team and purpose in the tele-ICU collaboration that saves lives and improves patient outcomes,” he concluded.
One of the guiding principles in the MaineHealth strategic plan, “we recognize that a highly-qualified, engaged and committed workforce is essential to delivering high value care” is also the mission that the Employee Engagement Committee at Waldo County General Hospital has been working on since 2014.
Karen Littlefield, committe member and director of human resources says, “Engaged employees are people who want to work here, are loyal, take pride in their work and are continuously learning how to do their jobs better.”
Each year in September, employees complete a survey about their job satisfaction. The MaineHealth goal for this year is to rank among the nation’s top 25th percentile in system-wide employee engagement. Last year, Waldo County General Hospital was one of only three MaineHealth organizations to reach that goal. In addition to employee appreciation and recognition the Committee also reviews the survey results to identify areas of improvement.
The Employee Engagement Committee has been working hard on many projects including the improvement of employee appreciation week; hosting monthly colleague breakfasts with Mark Biscone, CEO; supporting the Daisy Award for nurses and creating a retirement reception policy. The Committee has also hosted a winter barbecue, spa days, a plant sale, hired a harpist to play during the holidays, worked with the WOW committee on the “Walk to Arlington” and hosted an apple fest.
The Committee has also developed tools for managers to improve communication and promote employee engagement.
Additional members of the Committee include Jeff Davis, Holly Emerson, Laurie Ginn, Stacey Hall, David Inman, Sarah O’Blenes, Lisa Sirois, Donna Stevens and Ruth Shute.
The Waldo County General Hospital Aid held its annual meeting, celebrating its 115th anniversary.
Mark Biscone, CEO of Waldo County General Hospital and Pen Bay Medical Center, thanked the Aid members for their contributions of both time and money to the hospital.
Twenty-four members were recognized for reaching a new level of service during the past year, including Ed Kelley with 6,500 hours and Sally Millhorn and Jean Russell with 3,500 hours. Wilma Moses continued to be the highest achiever with 8,855 lifetime hours.
Elected as officers for the upcoming year were Wilma Moses and Ellen Kenney, co-presidents; Sally Millhorn, vice-president; Jane Doak, secretary; Peter Tidd, treasurer; Clare Tresham, gift shop treasurer and Phyllis Gaul, corresponding secretary.
The Aid’s next fundraiser will be a Summer Tea & Retro Style Show on Thursday, August 4, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the home of George and Marcia Smith, 18 Bayside Drive, Belfast, the former Anne Crosby Johnson estate.
During the annual meeting, Sandy Gordon, the staff liaison to the Aid, told two short stories about receiving praise for Aid members.
A doctor recently called Sandy to commend Ed Lord for his quick actions when a woman looked like she was going to give birth in the parking lot. He took her by wheelchair in the birthing center, where she gave birth to a healthy baby girl less than a half hour later.
Aid member Ida Jean Tyer got up from behind the cashier’s desk and gave the woman a hug. The woman stopped crying, thanked Ida Jean and said this was the first Mother’s Day since her mother had passed.
Barb and Mark Biscone, CEO of Waldo County General Hospital, hosted a “Mad Hatter Tea Party” for members of the Hospital Aid at their Lincolnville home June 15. Mark thanked Aid members, past and present, for their donations of time and money after the past 115 years.
“For those who don’t know, the Hospital Aid was formed January 1901 by Mrs. Charles Pilsbury with just six members; they immediately started raising money to create our hospital. If we just look at the last 38 years, the hours given would exceed 225,000 and the money donated would exceed three-quarters of a million. Together it’s several millions worth of support to Waldo County General Hospital. As you know, it takes a team to accomplish all the important goals. Personally, I have truly been blessed to have had the support of the Aid and have enjoyed working with all of you over these past decades especially at the Silver Teas. Thank you for all your support.”
The Hospital Aid will hold its Summer Tea & Retro Style Show on Thursday, August 4, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the home of George & Marcia Smith, 18 Bayside Drive, Belfast.
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Journey to Health Walking Club
Looking for a group activity for that extra support to get up and go? Join Community Health & Wellness staff for weekly walks around Knox and Waldo counties. July walks are scheduled on Tuesdays in Knox County and Thursdays in Waldo County, weather permitting. All are welcome. Free and no registration is required.
• Thursday, July 7
• Tuesday, July 12
• Thursday, July 21
• Tuesday, July 26
Quiet your mind
Bringing mindfulness into our natural activities can be extremely relaxing. Join Health & Wellness Coach Barbara Crowley to practice taming the wandering mind while walking.
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Celebrate summer with fresh, easy and satisfying side dishes that bring a healthy pop of color to your table.
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Are you looking to impress your friends during this picnic season with a healthy, cool, refreshing drink? Learn a few new recipes that will quench your thirst and keep your taste buds happy.