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WCGH on Becker’s list for second year

September 19th, 2016

For the second time, Becker’s Hospital Review has named Waldo County General Hospital to its 2016 edition of its “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” list.

 
The hospitals on this list serve a variety of regions across the United States. Due to their predominantly rural locations, these organizations play a crucial role in the health and well-being of their respective communities.

 
Becker’s selected critical access hospitals for inclusion based on rankings and awards from respected organizations, including iVantage Health Analytics,

 

Healthgrades, the National Rural Health Association, Truven Health Analytics, Women’s Choice Award and the Leapfrog Group.
WCGH was also named among iVantage Health Analytics’ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation for the sixth Add Newconsecutive year in 2016.



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

CEO also recognized

September 19th, 2016

Mark Biscone, president and CEO of WCGH and Pen Bay Medical Center, has been named to Becker’s “50 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know 2016.” The article cited his management of both hospitals and being named Citizen of the Year by the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce in 2015.

Mark Biscone, president and CEO of WCGH and Pen Bay Medical Center, has been named to Becker’s “50 Critical
Access Hospital CEOs to Know 2016.” The article cited his management of both
hospitals and being named Citizen of the Year by the Belfast Area Chamber of
Commerce in 2015.



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

Oncologist joins WCGH

September 19th, 2016

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William Fabricius, MD has joined the cancer care team at Waldo County General Hospital.

 
Dr. Fabricius graduated from the Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program at the University of Massachusetts. He completed Chief Residency and Residency training in Internal Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, a Yale University affiliated hospital, in Waterbury, CT.  Dr. Fabricius is American Board of Internal Medicine certified in Internal Medicine, and board eligible in Hematology and Medical Oncology.

 

 

He will join Elizabeth Connelly, DO, and will see patients at Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital. With the addition of Fabricius to the cancer care team, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital will each have a physician onsite four days a week.

 

To schedule an appointment at Waldo County General Hospital, call 930-2555. Dr. Fabricius will be at Waldo County Genera Hospital on Wednesdays.



Posted in Hospital News, New Staff, September 2016 InPulse

Grant writer helps expand healthcare for vulnerable area residents

September 19th, 2016

Over the past few months, WCGH has seen an influx of grant dollars to help sustain and expand access to healthcare services for vulnerable residents across Waldo County. With recent grant awards from over a dozen charitable foundations, WCGH has continued to strengthen safety net programs, such as Waldo County Dental Care, Belfast Public Health Nursing and CarePartners.

 

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Deborah Schilder, Regional Director of Grants and Foundation Relations for PBMC & WCGH, works with colleagues across both hospitals to match institutional need for funding with grant opportunities from charitable foundations.

 
As a key staff member of the newly expanded Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, Deb researches grant opportunities and helps write proposals to secure funds for our healthcare system’s new and on-going programs.

 
With the help of over a quarter of a million dollars in charitable donations over the past couple of years, Waldo County Dental Care has doubled its treatment
capacity, purchased critical equipment, expanded staffing and expedited treatment for high risk populations.

 
The clinic has received grants from a long list of foundations including the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, Bank of America, the Doree Taylor Charitable Trust, United Mid-Coast Charities, the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust, the Maine Women’s Fund, Northeast Delta Foundation, the American Dental Association Foundation, the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation and the Maine Health Access Foundation.

 
Other hospital initiatives have also benefited from grant awards. Most recently, with the help of a grant from the Bingham Program, WCGH is taking the lead on a regional program to improve care for sexual assault victims across Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties. Over the coming months, Deb, and the rest of the team at the Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation will be working to secure additional grants and charitable donations to support operations and initiatives.



Posted in Hospital News, September 2016 InPulse

Littlefield earns awards, certification

September 19th, 2016

Congratulations to Karen Littlefield, Human Resources Director at WCGH.

 
She has been chosen to receive the 2016 ASHHRA (American Society of Healthcare Human Resource Administration) Outstanding Chapter Officer Award for her contributions to the Maine Society of Healthcare Human Resource Administration as its president in 2015 and 2016. The purpose of the award is to recognize a chapter officer who has made a significant contribution to an ASHHRA chapter through excellence in chapter management and distinguished leadership.

 

She was also notified that the Maine chapter will receive a 2016 Chapter Management Recognition Award. Both awards will be presented at the ASHHRA 52nd annual conference and exhibition in Grapevine, Texas, on Sept. 24-27.

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Karen also successfully completed and passed her CHHR (Certified in Healthcare Human Resources) exam, becoming the second healthcare professional in Maine to obtain this certification. The certification is awarded to a professional, who is knowledgeable of the healthcare environment and healthcare workforce needs and is able to adapt this knowledge to his or her individual healthcare organization’s needs and goals.



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

Opening this Fall – 119 Northport Avenue

September 19th, 2016

Have you been wondering what  the hospital’s new building under construction on Northport Avenue is going to be used for?

 
In just a few short months, we’ll open the doors to our new Patient Centered Medical Home – Primary Care practice.  It will be home to four primary care physicians, including Ben Mailloux, MD; Matthew Molison, DO; Jeffrey Newsom, MD (who will join our staff November 1); and Steven Wilson, MD. Also four primary care advanced practice professionals, including Cheryl Deane, PA (who will join our staff November 1); Roberta Goff, NP; Chelsea Howard, NP; and Joanne Moesswilde, NP.

 

The practice will consist of 14 patient exam rooms, offices for integrated behavioral health counselors, our public health nurse and care managers, on-site lab services and a community conference facility.

 

Rob Fowler, Chief Quality Officer, noted on a recent tour, “This building and practice was designed collaboratively with providers and care team members. We made site visits to patient friendly facilities and put a focus on incorporating the various aspects of our greater Belfast community with a Farm to Table theme in its design. It’s a prime example of our focus on positive patient experiences and putting our patients first!”

 

The second floor will be the new home to the Diabetes Services and Anticoagulation Clinics, along with operational departments for Physician Practice Management, Central Scheduling, the Central Referrals and Prior Authorization Team, a new Educational Simulation Lab, a conference room and two employee computer training rooms.
As these moves occur, the hospital will look to expand service lines in the vacated space in the Ludwig Medical Building and the Cobb Medical Building; all with a focus on improving our overall patient experience.

 

The ribbon-cutting for the new building is tentatively scheduled to take place in early November.



Posted in Hospital News, September 2016 InPulse

Jeff Boal, RN is latest Daisy Award honoree

September 19th, 2016

Jeff Boal, RN, with Paula Delahanty, chief nursing officer, left, and Kim Spectre, NP, emergency room nurse director.

Jeff Boal, RN, with Paula Delahanty, chief nursing officer, left, and Kim Spectre, NP, emergency room nurse director.

 

Emergency Room Nurse Jeff Boal has been selected as the latest Daisy Award winner.
The family that nominated him for the prestigious award wrote: “One of your employees stood out most particularly. The ER RN that worked the front desk on this night truly went above and beyond. This RN was exceptionally responsive to those of us waiting in the wait room. In between seeing patients, he would run through to bounce an infant while her mother retrieved belongings from her vehicle, cleaned vomit off the floor and even assisted a woman who entered the wait room looking for someone with jumper cables. My husband and I watched as he demonstrated compassion to even those who were unable to be patient during the process.”
The Daisy Award was created to recognize extraordinary nurses who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the work they do every day.

 

Congratulations to the other two nominees this quarter: Monica Loring and Bettina-Jo Trap.



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, Recognition and awards, September 2016 InPulse

Community Health & Wellness Briefs

September 19th, 2016

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

 

Healthy Snacks for Kids

Are you and your child looking for some new and fun lunch and snack ideas? Then bring your whole family to this hands-on snack making workshop with Adrienne Gallant, Let’s Go! Knox County coordinator. You’ll learn ways to organize your child’s lunchbox and create healthy snacks that are fun to make and eat.
Monday, September 12
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
$5/child, family discount available
Lincolnville Central School
523 Hope Road, Lincolnville

Introduction to Meditation

Are you interested in Meditation but don’t know where to begin? Learn about meditation in this 3-session class: what it is; the physical, mental and spiritual health benefits of practicing; and how to incorporate it into your life.
Mondays, September 12, 19, 26
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
$15
East Belfast Elementary School
14 Swan Lake Avenue, Belfast

SUP for Beginners

Want to try stand up paddle boarding (SUP)? Join us on scenic Megunticook River with Maine Sport Outfitters to learn basic SUP skills including strokes needed to control the board and how to get on and off the board safely. Weather permitting.
Wednesday, September 14
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
$20, includes all gear
Shirt Tail Point, Megunticook River, Route 105, Camden

Align & Shine FREE Demo

Did you know that aches and pains are often caused by poor posture? Join personal trainer Mirja Pitkin for this 2-week demo class that will bring your body into balance while strengthening your muscles and leaving you feeling ready to shine each day.
Thursdays, September 15 & 22, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Free
East Belfast Elementary School
14 Swan Lake Avenue, Belfast

Embrace the Season: Fall

Join Rhonda Feiman, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, to learn Chinese medicine practices and simple Qi-gong movements that can help strengthen the immune system and support emotional and physical balance as we transition from summer to fall.
Tuesday, September 20
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Free
Belfast Free Library
106 High Street, Belfast

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 in Knox and Waldo counties. Walks are scheduled for Tuesdays in Waldo County and Thursdays in Knox County, weather permitting. All are welcome. Free and no
registration required.
Tuesday, September 13 & 27
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Belfast City Park, starting by the helipad at WCGH



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

WCGH Aid holds summer tea, retro style show

September 19th, 2016

The WCGH Aid held its Summer Tea & Retro Style Show at the former Anne Crosby Estate in Belfast. Above, former president Sally Millhorn poses with the antique car parked outside.

The WCGH Aid held its Summer Tea & Retro Style Show at the former Anne Crosby Estate in Belfast. Above, former president Sally Millhorn poses with the antique car parked outside.



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

Car seats donated for new program

September 19th, 2016

The Belfast Public Health Nursing donated three 5-point harness car seats to Broadreach Family & Community Services to help support its new SPROUTS program. Pictured above are, from  left, Deb Hensley, Director of Early Children Programs; Roxanne Eggen, Director of Early Childhood Operations; and Samantha Paradis, Belfast Public Health Nurse.

The Belfast Public Health Nursing donated three 5-point harness car seats to Broadreach Family & Community Services to help support its new SPROUTS program. Pictured above are, from left, Deb Hensley, Director of Early Children Programs; Roxanne Eggen, Director of Early Childhood Operations; and Samantha Paradis, Belfast Public Health Nurse.



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


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