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Regional healthcare system is formed

January 21st, 2016

In December 2015, Waldo County General Hospital and Pen Bay Medical Center began operating together as one system in an alliance for a healthy Maine.

 

The combined entity includes Waldo County General Hospital and Pen Bay Medical Center; the practices of Pen Bay Physicians and Associates and Waldo County Medical Partners; Kno-Wal-Lin and Waldo County Home Health and Hospice; the Sussman House; retirement and assisted living at Quarry Hill and Penobscot Shores and long term care at Knox Center for Long Term Care.

 
Together these two health systems represent one of the largest employers in the Midcoast with over 2,300 colleagues throughout Knox and Waldo counties.

 

The two hospitals are currently collaborating in more than 40 areas.  Mark Biscone, president and CEO of the two hospitals, said he would like to double that figure and it will be easier to do when Pen Bay Medical Center has finalized installation of Epic, scheduled to take place in 2016.

 

Biscone said a subcommittee made up of representatives from both medical staffs is meeting regularly to create a long term clinical plan to work together more efficiently.

 

Along with the combined Board of Directors, Biscone said there is now one administrative team running both facilities. “We are sharing overhead and personnel as much as possible,” he said. “We want to keep the high quality specialty services while managing costs.”



Posted in Hospital News, January 2016 InPulse

Dermatologist seeing patients at WCGH

January 21st, 2016

MaineHealth-20150930093056Waldo County General Hospital and Pen Bay Medical Center announce the arrival of Kerry Lavigne, MD.  Dr. Lavigne is a board-certified dermatologist with advanced training in skin cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstructive surgery.

 

Dr. Lavigne received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. She completed both an internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Dermatology at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. She completed her fellowship in Procedural Dermatology/Mohs Micrographic Skin Cancer Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

 

Dr. Lavigne is a Fellow in the American Academy of Dermatology.  Prior to her arrival in the Midcoast, Dr. Lavigne practiced for two years with Dermatology Associates in Portland and Biddeford. She provides general dermatology patient care, in addition to the treatment of skin cancer.

 

 

Dr. Lavigne sees patients at Waldo County on Thursdays and at Pen Bay on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Call 921-3750 to schedule an appointment.



Posted in Hospital News, January 2016 InPulse, New Staff

Biscone retiring

January 21st, 2016

MaineHealth-20150918084220-EditMark Biscone, president and CEO of Coastal Healthcare Alliance has announced his plans to retire at the end of 2016.  Details on the search and his transition will be shared as they are available.



Posted in Hospital News, January 2016 InPulse

WCGH welcomes midwives

January 21st, 2016

From left, Certified Nurse Midwives Katie McCormick, Carissa Swiatek, and Stephanie Cole

From left, Certified Nurse Midwives Katie McCormick, Carissa Swiatek, and
Stephanie Cole

 

 

Three certified nurse midwives have joined the staff at Waldo County General Hospital.

 

More details about the midwives are available online at wcgh.org under the specialty of gynecology and obstetrics.

 

Benjamin Mailloux, MD, a primary care provider, said, “I believe the midwives are a great addition to the WCGH family; they provide Waldo County families with additional options for care.”

 

Their offices are in the Women’s Health Office with Dr. Michael Lavender, Suite 108, Cobb Medical Building, 16 Fahey St., Belfast. Appointments may be made by calling 338-9939.

 

 

 

 



Posted in Hospital News, January 2016 InPulse, New Staff

Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition is received

January 21st, 2016

 

PCMHWaldo County General Hospital’s (WCGH) Primary Care Practices have received NCQ Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition.

 

The primary care practices include Family Practice, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Stockton Springs Regional Health Center, Arthur Jewell Community Health Center, Donald Walker Health Center, Lincolnville Health Center and Searsport Health Center.

 

“Recognition shows that WCGH practices have the tools, systems and resources to provide patients with the right care, at the right time,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.



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

Daisy Award recipient named

January 21st, 2016

Kim Blanchard RN, an operating room nurse, is Waldo County General Hospital’s second Daisy Award winner.

 

Daisy Award 2
She is described as someone who “always walks around with a smile on her face and ready to take on anything that comes her way.”
Daisy Award nominations are made by patients and their families, staff or physicians, with the winner selected by the Patient and Family Advisory Council.
A goal of the Daisy Award is to recognize extraordinary nurses who make an enormous difference in the lives of people by the work they do every day.



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

Partnership with Dana-Farber

January 21st, 2016

MaineHealth, has formed a partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston that will support and enhance the MaineHealth system-wide oncology service line.

 
The system-wide approach to cancer care, in development since 2013, will provide the best, evidence-based care to patients of MaineHealth member and affiliate hospitals as close to home as possible.

 

The model for system-wide cancer care calls for an advanced cancer referral center for specialty referrals and treatment of rare and complex cancers, as well as
enhanced academic focus and translational research. This new partnership will expand patient-centered care and program-development opportunities with the support of Dana-Farber’s nationally recognized, top-ranked cancer team.

 

For our patients, their families, and the community, this partnership will:
• Enhance access to services and clinical research
• Support seamless transition for patients moving between care sites



Posted in Hospital News, January 2016 InPulse

Oncology Walk & Basket Raffle 2015

January 21st, 2016

Oncology Walk 2015

 

The annual Waldo County General Hospital Oncology Walk & Basket Raffle was held Sunday, Oct. 18. More than 75 walkers participated.

 

Following the walk, the raffle tickets were drawn for baskets put together by area businesses and hospital departments.

 

All proceeds go to the Oncology Patient Assistance and Mammography Funds. The Oncology Patient Assistance Fund helps patients defray the cost of
cancer treatments. The Mammography Fund helps pay for mammograms and breast biopsies  for patients with no insurance or
insurance with a high deductible.

 

The walk supports cancer patients currently undergoing treatment; honors patients who have survived cancer; and allows an opportunity to
memorialize those lost to cancer.



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

Mini-grants help spread 5-2-1-0 message

January 21st, 2016

At the end of 2014, the Let’s Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0 program had $4,000 in mini-grants available to fund projects that would meet the 5-2-1-0 goals (5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day; a maximum of 2 hours of recreational screen time; at least 1 hour of physical exercise; and 0 sugary drinks) put in place to fight childhood obesity.

 

 

The students at Monroe Elementary School are thrilled with their new greenhouse.

The students at Monroe Elementary School are thrilled with their new greenhouse.

 

With the help of a $750 grant, the Monroe Elementary School added a permanent greenhouse, donated by Iris and Dennis Hooper and constructed by Ken Ryder and four new raised beds. The raised beds were built last spring just in time for the children to plant garlic and carrots.

 

School Principal Matthew Houghton says the new greenhouse will also be used as an outdoor classroom for nutrition education and will provide fresh vegetables for the school. Any excess food will be donated to the “Food for All,” food pantry.

 

Linda Hartkopt, Let's Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0 coordinator, points out the new water bottle filling station at Searsport District Middle/High School.

Linda Hartkopt, Let’s Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0 coordinator, points out the new water bottle filling station at Searsport Middle/High School.

 

 

Another $250 grant went to Searsport Middle/High School. They used the grant to upgrade their drinking fountains to include water bottle filling stations. This change encourages students to drink more water; allows students and faculty to save money and the environment by eliminating the need to purchase disposable plastic water bottles.
•  $250 to the Cornerspring Montessori School in Belfast to help their children get various forms of exercise every day. Their project was to offer yoga, Tae Kwon Do and swimming lessons taught by a certified instructor at the Waldo County YMCA.

 

•  $250 to the Islesboro Central School to sustain the outdoor classroom project. The outdoor classroom has a large garden area, a natural obstacle course and a nature trail.

There are also two awards to out-of-school programs:

 

•  $1,000 to the five 21st Century afterschool sites in Searsport,
Belfast, East Belfast, Searsmont and Morrill. Their project was to highlight the message of 5-2-1-0 and to create an active learning environment for children and
through “Family Fitness Night.”  They also used the funds to purchase equipment for exercise stations.

 

•  $250 went to The Game Loft in Belfast to help create “The Hobbit Live Action Adventure.” The goals of the Hobbit adventure were to help young people master healthy outdoor cooking and role playing skills while learning the value of physical activity and of inter-generational educational fantasy role playing.

 

The last two grants went to early childhood programs:

 

This bike taxi allows older children at the First Steps Daycare in Belfast to peddle around the younger children.

This bike taxi allows older children at the First Steps Daycare in Belfast to peddle around the younger children.

 

•  $1,000 to First Steps Daycare in Belfast to implement “Active Play Outdoors.” The money was used to purchase quality tricycles, bike helmets and a “construction taxi” that allows older children to peddle around the younger children. There is also a bike and helmet lending program to expand access fun outdoor activities.

 

•  $250 to the Belfast Area Children’s Center in Waldo and the Starrett Children’s Center in Belfast. They used the money to purchase outdoor winter equipment.

 

 



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

BOA donation to dental care

January 21st, 2016

BOA dental check

 

Waldo County Dental Care was recently awarded a $7,500 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. to purchase dental instruments for restorative dental services for the underserved. On hand for the presentation of the grant were, from left, Dale Kuhnert, Waldo County General Hospital board member; Scott Cunningham DDS, the clinic dentist; Brian King, Vice President and Site Director for Belfast’s Bank of America; Dan Bennett, Chief Operating Officer at Waldo County General Hospital and Mandie Hood, a dental tech.



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


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