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Beware of telephone phishing scam

March 20th, 2017

MaineHealth is aware of telephone phishing scams from scammers posing as hospital or medical office officials. The callers try to get people to reveal confidential or sensitive financial information or credit card numbers. This may also be through an automated call.

 

If you receive a request to provide confidential information or to take specific actions from what appears to be a MaineHealth representative, please do not provide any financial or account information. Hang up immediately.

 
MaineHealth does not use automated calls for billing. Appointment reminders may be automated.

 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact MaineHealth Patient Financial Services at 207-887-5100.



Posted in In Pulse March 2017

Waldo County General Hospital named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

March 15th, 2017

For the sixth straight year, Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast has been named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

 

“This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best health care possible to our community, while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said Mark Fourre, MD, President and CEO of Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital.

 

Waldo County General Hospital scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers. It provides the data foundation for the annual Rural Relevance Study and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. The list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at www.iVantageINDEX.com.

 

The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures them across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives, and Financial Stability.

 

“It’s more important than ever that rural hospitals proactively understand and address performance in the areas of cost, quality, outcomes and patient perspective. iVantage’s INDEX was designed to serve as this industry model,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Across the spectrum of performance indicators, there are rural providers that are writing the blueprint for success as they transition to value-based healthcare. Our analysis shows that this group of top performers exhibits a focused concern for their community needs.”

 

 



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Posted in Hospital News, In the Community

Emergency Department expansion planned

February 10th, 2017

  Rob Fowler, associate chief operating officer, recently outlined plans for expansion of the Waldo County General Hospital Emergency Department at the annual Coastal Healthcare Alliance Community Advisory Council meeting.   

 

   Fowler indicated that several options were explored; the most efficient being to add on to the current emergency department.

 

   The newly designed emergency department will enhance quality of care, patient privacy, expand treatment space, upgrade medical equipment, improve infection control and increase security. These upgrades will provide the medical treatment team with a facility that gives them the tools and the space to best care for patients.  

          
   Currently, nearly 16,000 patients are treated in the Waldo County General Hospital Emergency Department each year, which is a significant increase in patient volume from when the original department was built 20 years ago.



Posted in Hospital News, January 2017 InPulse

Shared values adopted by MaineHealth system

February 10th, 2017

   In 2016, MaineHealth had a goal of developing a common set of values across the entire MaineHealth system. Through the work of the MaineHealth
Values Committee, which included representatives from each of the member organizations, the values listed below were recommended to and approved by the MaineHealth Leadership Team.

 

   Once the shared values were approved, 200+ delegates across the system began gathering input at their respective organizations regarding behaviors that best reflect these values. At a system-wide caucus in November 2016, the delegates from across the system shared their findings and worked together to finalize the behavior expectations to be associated with each individual value.

 

      As of January 2017, Pen Bay Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital and all MaineHealth member organizations will begin incorporating these
values into our daily work. We look forward to bringing them to life in our hospitals and throughout the Midcoast community.   
 
 



Posted in Hospital News, January 2017 InPulse

Two primary care providers join staff

January 23rd, 2017

Jeffrey Newsom, MD and Cheryl Deane, PA-C, have recently joined Waldo County Medical
Partners Primary Care.  Dr. Newsom and Ms. Deane previously practiced at Seaport Community Health Center in Belfast.

 

They join Benjamin Mailloux, MD, Matthew Molison, DO, Steven Wilson, MD, Roberta Goff, NP, Chelsea Howard, NP and Joanne Moesswilde, NP in the practice.

 

Waldo County Medical Partners Primary Care office located in the Biscone Medical Building at 119 Northport Avenue in Belfast (across the street from the hospital) is currently accepting new
patients.          

 
To make an appointment, please call 930-6708.



Posted in Hospital News, January 2017 InPulse, New Staff

Palliative care education grant awarded

January 23rd, 2017

The Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation recently received a grant to support important conversations between patients and their doctors in the Midcoast region.  The “Educating a Community to Talk about End of Life Care” project, funded by the Davis Foundation, will begin in January 2017.

 

Launching this project expands upon the regional initiative to support the development of palliative care services at Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital.

 

Project partners Pen Bay Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital, MaineHealth Care at Home and MaineHealth will work together to implement the initiative across multiple health care and community settings within the Midcoast region. The program will begin with trainings for healthcare providers, nurses and community health and wellness staff on how to initiate conversations with patients around their preferences for end-of-life care.

 

Several national curriculums will be used in these trainings including Respecting Choices®, the Serious Illness Care Program (developed in collaboration with Atul Gawande, MD, author of Being Mortal, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School) and Vital Talk, an initiative out of the University of Washington, Seattle. These curriculums all share a mission to improve communication between patients and providers.  

 

Lauren Michalakes, MD, medical director of palliative care at Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital is on the national faculty for all three curriculums and said, “I look forward to bringing these tools and resources to local community members and providers. The curriculums will prepare staff with the necessary tools and skills needed to facilitate successful care planning conversations with patients and families living with a serious or life threatening illness.”  

 

For more information on the “Educating a Community to Talk about End of Life Care” project, please contact Sarah Dwelley, palliative care program coordinator at 921-8301.



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, January 2017 InPulse

WCGH Aid Silver Tea

January 23rd, 2017

 

The WCGH Aid recently held its annual Silver Tea at the home of Manley Rogers on Church St. in Belfast. Attendees were served refreshments in the historical home, which was beautifully decorated for the holidays.

 

 

 

 

At the Tea, the Aid donated $5,000 from the gift shop proceeds to WCGH Charity Care. They also gave $2,400 to the Cardiac Rehab Phase III scholarship fund and $600 to the Cardiac Rehab Department to purchase scales for patients who cannot afford the cost. Presenting the checks to associate chief operating officer, Rob Fowler, are Aid officers Phyllis Gaul, left, and Sally Millhorn.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, January 2017 InPulse


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