Over the past nine months, employees of Waldo County General Hospital, in collaboration with our partners at MaineHealth, have been working hard to prepare for the launch of our new electronic health record system called SeHR – the Shared Electronic Health Record (pronounced share). In early August, we will take part in the largest healthcare IT project that has taken place in our state by launching SeHR at all our sites (Waldo County General Hospital, practices, and clinics).
At Waldo County General Hospital, we believe that SeHR will dramatically improve patient care and the health of the communities we serve, and the benefits to our patients will be significant.
Many may think that an electronic health record means your information is out there on the web for all to see. With SeHR, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The privacy and security of our patients is very important to us and we have taken every precaution to ensure that only those providing you care can see your personal health information.
While employees at Waldo County General Hospital have undergone significant training on this new system, we do anticipate that our patients may encounter some delays as we go live. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the month of August.
In conjunction with our talented medical staff and dedicated employees, SeHR will allow us to continue to provide safe, high quality care for our patients. We look forward to meeting all of your future healthcare needs and can’t wait to “SeHR” our new system with you.
For more information, please contact Toni Mailloux, Community Relations Coordinator, at (207) 930-6763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Waldo County General Hospital was recently 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.
Quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency are among the 66 different performance metrics measured by iVantage. “Rural healthcare deserves the same performance analysis as all provider performance. It plays a vital role for community across America, serving nearly 80 million people…These top 100 Critical Access Hospitals exhibit a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay,” said John Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.
Becker’s Hospital Review compiles its list of great community hospitals from hospitals with fewer than 550 beds and a minimal teaching program. They take into consideration a community hospital’s accolades, quality and service to their communities. “Whether independent or part of a larger health system, (these hospitals) have continually worked to provide the quality of care and the experience patients deserve and expect,” Becker’s Hospital Review stated.
This is the third consecutive year that the Hospital has been named to the “Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals” in the United States and the second time on the “100 Great Community Hospitals” list.
Only four hospitals in Maine were listed on the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals. Along with Waldo County General Hospital, they are Millinocket Regional Hospital, Redington Fairview General Hospital and Stephens Memorial Hospital.
iVantage is described as having the most comprehensive rating of US acute care hospitals, and the only one to include the country’s 1,300 Critical Access Hospitals. The company is an advisory and business analytic services company that combines technology, content and expert advisory services to accelerate decision-making for the new healthcare arena.
Becker’s Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems.
Location is former Anne Crosby Johnson manor
A Summertime Silver Tea is being held Thursday, July 17, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the former Anne Crosby Johnson manor at 18 Bayside Drive, Belfast. Attendees will be able to see how this beautiful historic home has been restored by the present owners George and Marcia Smith.
The Smiths have owned their summer home, “Lucky Stars,” for nine years. The spacious first floor, which will be open to view, includes the entry, family room, dining room, the “lobster room”, the back porch with a view to the ocean, pantry, kitchen, a side garden and more.
Ice tea, lemonade and light refreshments will be served and donations will be accepted in a silver bowl near the entrance with all proceeds to benefit the Waldo County General Hospital Aid.
Local residents will recognize the home as the Anne Crosby Johnson manor, which was built in 1910 by Miss Anne Crosby who later married Ralph Johnson. She used the home only in the summer, wintering in Boston or New York City.
Mrs. Johnson was the granddaughter of Governor William G. Crosby of Maine. She became a great benefactor to Belfast and the surrounding area. She donated the Captain’s House for the start of the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport; contributed $40,000 toward the construction of the Crosby High School; built the first swimming pool at City Park; and made numerous other gifts.
For part of Mrs. Johnson’s life, her mother lived with her at the estate. Anne Crosby Johnson was born in 1874 and lived to be 84 years old.
The current house owners have a scrapbook of information on the Crosby and Johnson families, which will be on display at the tea. They have restored features in many of the rooms, such as brass window fittings and original dark woodwork and uncovered the original sink in the pantry. The owners have balanced rooms with elegant chandeliers and fireplaces, while others exhibit a casual motif of seashells, lobsters or boating accessories.
Winners will be drawn at the tea for the collection of gift cards that comprise the Aid’s current raffle titled “Have You Visited These Places?”
The Summertime Silver Tea is taking the place of the Aid’s usual summer Garden Walk.
Recently the staff in the Hospital’s Imaging Department was asked to x-ray a woman who had fallen and was believed to have a broken hip. Before June of this year, the tech would have had to move the woman off the stretcher onto the x-ray table and then turn the woman on her side to do the x-ray. Not now.
The Imaging Department at Waldo County General Hospital has new equipment which can do lateral images without moving the patient off the stretcher (or out of a wheelchair) and without turning patients on their side. It makes the whole process less painful, especially for trauma patients, and much safer for the patient and the x-ray technologists.
It’s also more efficient since one technologist can do the x-rays, especially at night, instead of having to call someone in to help move the patient from the stretcher to the board.
But not only does the x-ray board move out of the way to make room for the stretcher or wheelchair, but the images are direct capture. That means no imaging plates or cassettes. The digital image shows up on the computer in a matter of seconds.
And the set-up is much more ergonomically correct for the technologists. Instead of having to move heavy equipment, this unit moves automatically with the push of a button to the correct location to take the image.
Megan Farris, RT(M) went to Cleveland to train to use the equipment and she and the Imaging Department Manager, Ann Hooper, are thrilled with it. “There’s less moving of the patient, which makes it safer, it’s ergonomically better for the techs, and we get the images much faster,” Hooper says. She adds all future imaging equipment purchases will be direct capture.
The Breast MRI unit at Waldo County General Hospital has been awarded a three-year renewal of its accreditation through the American College of Radiology’s Committee on Breast MRI Accreditation. That renewal means “your facility provides this essential service to your community at the highest standards of the radiology profession.”
The Breast MRI Accreditation Program provides facilities performing breast MRI procedures with peer review and constructive feedback on their staff’s qualifications, equipment, quality control, quality assurance, MRI safety policies and image quality.
Waldo County General Hospital is pleased to announce the awarding of 27 scholarships totaling $20,090 for the academic year beginning September 2014 as follows:
Nursing: Karrah Armstrong (Mary S. Enk Scholarship), Candy Cook (Nancy Drinkwater Memorial Scholarship), Maddison Cummings (Nancy Drinkwater Memorial Scholarship), Paige Emerson (Alice Pattershall Memorial Scholarship), Rhonda Fowlie, Monica Furrow (Gil Lord Memorial Scholarship), Patricia Gourde (Gil Lord Memorial Scholarship), Melissa Ingraham (Thelma Hayward Memorial Scholarship), Andrea Jarrett, Sherri Littlefield, Carrie Milner, Andrew Moran, Birgitta Polson, Carrie Ponte, Brenda Prisco, Jordan Ray, Maggie Raymond (Thelma Hayward Memorial Scholarship), Katie Roberts, Ellie Simmons, Lori Thomas, Sierra Warner (Thelma Hayward Memorial Scholarship);
Medical Assistant: Catherine Ciofolo (John C. Enk Scholarship);
Pharmacy: Chantelle Whitcomb (John C. Enk Scholarship);
Physical Therapy: Lauren Richards, Curtis Warren (John C. Enk Scholarship);
Speech/Language: Katherine Hannan;
Radiology: Meggie Simmons.