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ICU nurse director Nicole Kenney is honored

July 13th, 2016

 

 

Nicole Kenney

Nicole Kenney

 

 

Nicole Kenney BSN, RN, ICU nurse director at Waldo County General Hospital, was honored nationally with a 2016 I SEE YOU CARE award.
The award given by Advanced ICU Care, recognizes collaboration between bedside care providers and remote critical care teams. Nicole was one of only eight award recipients from 65 hospitals in 22 states.

 

 

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
meaningfully to a team and a commitment to pursuing outcomes of consequence. Achieving peak success in the demanding environment of the ICU requires these attributes in quantity.”

 

“Nicole exemplifies the commitment to team and purpose in the tele-ICU collaboration that saves lives and improves patient outcomes,” he concluded.



Posted in Hospital News, July 2016 InPulse, Recognition and awards

Employee Engagement Committee working hard

July 13th, 2016

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.
The Employee Engagement Committee, led by Rob Fowler, regional chief quality officer, has been charged with helping to create and maintain “an adaptable, engaged and talented workforce that aspires to provide and support the highest level of patient care in a safe, respectful and learning environment.”

 

 

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.



Posted in Hospital News, July 2016 InPulse

New building coming along

July 13th, 2016

 

Construction of the Waldo County General Hospital Medical Office Building is expected to be completed in October.

Construction of the Waldo County General Hospital Medical Office Building is expected to be completed in October.



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Hospital Aid celebrates 115th anniversary

July 13th, 2016

 

At their annual meeting, the Waldo County General Hospital Aid donated $8,000 to Waldo County Dental Care. Above, Clare Tresham, gift shop treasurer, and Peter Tidd, Aid treasurer, right, each presented $4,000 checks to Mark Biscone, CEO for Waldo County General Hospital.

At their annual meeting, the Waldo County General Hospital Aid donated $8,000 to Waldo County Dental Care. Above, Clare Tresham, gift shop treasurer, and Peter Tidd, Aid treasurer, right, each presented $4,000 checks to Mark Biscone, CEO for
Waldo County General Hospital.

 

The Waldo County General Hospital Aid held its annual meeting, celebrating its 115th anniversary.
During its fiscal year, Aid members donated 6,791 volunteer hours and $36,000 to the dental clinic, the hospital, the cardiac rehab scholarship fund and Belfast Public Health Nursing.

 

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.

 

The new co-presidents of the Aid are Wilma Moses, left, and Ellen Kenney.

The new co-presidents of the Aid are Wilma Moses, left, and Ellen Kenney.

 

 

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.



Posted in Hospital News, July 2016 InPulse

Making a difference

July 13th, 2016

 

Ida Jean Tyer and Ed Lord

Ida Jean Tyer and Ed Lord

 

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.
Sandy noted that those were only two examples, adding “All of you deserve a heartfelt thank you for your service.”



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, July 2016 InPulse

Mad Hatter Tea Party held

July 13th, 2016

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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.

 

 

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“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.”



Posted in In the Community, July 2016 InPulse

Summer Tea & Retro Style Show

July 13th, 2016

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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.
Lemonade, iced tea and light refreshments will be served. There will be a fun fashion show of low-cost outfits and accessories available for purchase.
Donations to the Aid will be accepted.



Posted in In the Community, July 2016 InPulse

Pizza party celebration

July 13th, 2016

 

Nurses from omen’s Health, Oncology, the Emergency Room and ICU held a pizza party to celebrate the large number of jars of peanut butter and jelly that were collected during Bangor Savings Bank’s 2016 Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive.

Nurses from omen’s Health, Oncology, the Emergency Room and ICU held a pizza party to celebrate the large number of jars of peanut butter and jelly that were collected during Bangor Savings Bank’s 2016 Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive.

 



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Will you help?

July 13th, 2016

 

Tom Woitowitz

Tom Woitowitz

 

Wanted: An adult member of our community who is willing to listen to teenagers whenever they need to talk and is willing to share their home phone number in case the teens are ever in crisis. Confidentiality is a must and the individual must be willing to actively respond as needed.

 
Tim Woitowitz is retiring from the group he formed, “Making Change,” which held meetings at the hospital. Making Change has been a safe place where young people could go to talk about what they were dealing with. Tim says it’s about friendship and helping kids who are in danger of falling through the cracks, especially those with substance abuse issues. Those who encounter young people when they are in crisis say the end of Making Change is going to leave a big gap for the at-risk community. They are hoping that someone will respond to meet the community’s need.



Posted in In the Community, July 2016 InPulse

Community Health & Wellness Briefs

July 13th, 2016

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

 

 

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
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Belfast Harbor Walk, starting at the bottom of Main Street,
Belfast

 

•  Tuesday, July 12
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wellness Trail at Pen Bay
Medical Center, starting
outside Pen Bay Urology,
Rockport

 

•  Thursday, July 21
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Little River Trail, starting Walsh
Field, Lincolnville Ave., Belfast

 

•  Tuesday, July 26
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wellness Trail at Pen Bay
Medical Center, starting
outside Pen Bay Urology,
Rockport

 

      Quiet your mind
with walking meditation

Bringing mindfulness into our natural activities can be extremely relaxing.  Join Health & Wellness Coach Barbara Crowley to practice taming the wandering mind while walking.
Monday, July 11
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Free
Belfast Free Library
106 High Street, Belfast

 

      Learn to make
delicious summer sides

Celebrate summer with fresh, easy and satisfying side dishes that bring a healthy pop of color to your table.
Wednesday, July 20
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Registration Fee: $10
Waldo County YMCA
157 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast

 

Quench your thirst

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.
Monday, July 25
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Registration fee: $5
Waldo County General Hospital
Classroom, 118 Northport Ave.,
Belfast

 



Posted in In the Community, July 2016 InPulse


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