The annual Silver Tea, sponsored by the Waldo County General Hospital Aid, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 2 pm to 5 pm at the newly renovated Belfast Breeze Inn, 192 Northport Avenue, Belfast. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the sandwiches and desserts served by Aid members. Drinks will include punch, coffee and tea served from silver services.
The property was purchased by Jane Liedtke and extensively renovated over the winter and spring of 2015. It reopened at the end of May, and is now known as the Belfast Breeze Inn and Music by the Bay.
Rooms that are not rented out on Dec. 9 will be available to tour. The snow date for the tea is Thursday, Dec. 10, at the same time.
There is no admission charge to attend the tea, but donations will be accepted. All funds raised from the tea will benefit the hospital.
At any age, a medical crisis could leave someone too ill to make their own healthcare decisions, leaving those decisions to family members and loved ones. Making one’s wishes known with an advance directive is an important step toward ensuring they are honored.
Join Waldo County General Hospital on December 9 for an Advance Care Planning open house at the Lincolnville Health Center. The open house will focus on advance care planning, advance directives and assistance with completing advance directives will be available.
The Advance Care Planning Open House will be held at the Lincolnville Health Center at 2399 Atlantic Highway in Lincolnville from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9.
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1½ inch chunks
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1½ inch chunks
½ cup low-fat milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon brown sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Place potatoes and sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until very tender when pierced with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes.
Drain the potatoes, then mash them in the pot to the desired consistency. Place milk and butter in a small bowl and microwave on high until the butter is mostly melted and the milk is warm, 30 to 40 seconds (alternately, place in a small saucepan and heat over medium until the milk is warm). Stir the milk mixture, sugar, salt and pepper into the mashed potatoes until combined.
Makes six servings, about 2/3 cup each, 151 calories
Waldo County General Hospital has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s first list of “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” in the United States. The list features critical access hospitals that have “demonstrated excellence in caring for their communities.”
The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team looked at hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, the National Rural Health Association’s list of Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, patient satisfaction scores from CMS’ Hospital Compare and various Healthgrades awards.
The staff wrote “In addition to having a four-star rating from CMS’ Hospital Compare based on patient satisfaction scores, it has been named a Top Critical Access Hospital four times by iVantage Health Analytics, most recently in 2015.”
Waldo County General Hospital was also named to the list of Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals by the National Rural Health Association.
Charles Kava, DO, has joined the Otolaryngology team. He is working with Dr. Karen Miller to assess and treat the needs of our Ear, Nose and Throat patients. Dr. Kava has a special interest in obstructive sleep apnea patients.
He will see patients on Fridays from 8:30 am to 1 pm in Suite 207 of the Cobb Medical Building. Call 338-4211 to schedule an appointment.
Susan Hage, DO, has joined the Pain Management program. She works with Dr. Jonathan Herland.
Dr. Hage graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and after doing an internship at Garden City Osteopathic Hospital in Michigan, completed her residency at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Dr. Hage is a physiatrist, which is the specialty involving physical medicine and rehabilitation to restore optimal function to people with injuries and/or pain to the muscles, bones, tissues and nervous system.
Dr. Hage will be at Waldo County General Hospital every other Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, starting Friday, Oct. 2 in Suite 207 of the Cobb Medical Building. Call 338-4211 to schedule an appointment.
$100,000 will be used to expand services
With the help of the Hospital Aid and generous contributions from the community, Waldo County Dental Care successfully raised the funds necessary to receive a $50,000 challenge grant from the Doree Taylor Fund.
In order to receive the matching grant, the Clinic had to raise $50,000 in contributions. The Aid kicked off the fund-raising effort by
Community organizations including Bangor Savings Bank and United Midcoast Charities also stepped in to help, contributing $5,000 and $10,000 respectively. The remaining funds were raised from members of the community committed to the success of the dental program.
The $100,000 will be used to expand the clinic and bring additional dental students from the University of New England to help serve more uninsured adults who may not otherwise have access to high quality dental care.
Scott Cunningham, DDS, the dentist at the clinic stated “We are so grateful to members of the Hospital Aid and the community who recognized the value of this important program by making charitable contributions. Their support helps to strengthen and grow this program for years to come.”
Waldo County Dental Care is one of seven nonprofit dental care providers to be selected to participate in the DentaQuest Institute’s Safety Net Solutions (SNS) program to help increase access, improve quality and strengthen their financial viability.
Waldo County Dental Care is just two years old but it has had a big impact in the lives of low income, uninsured adults living in Waldo County. The clinic is taking care of urgent dental needs, while also stressing the importance of dental prevention.
Maine’s nonprofit oral health safety net is made up of a number of independent clinics operating in underserved and often rural areas of the state. These clinics provide critical services to children and adults who live in dental shortage areas; have limited means to pay for dental services and rely solely on the safety net to get the care they need.
“Time and again the data shows that Maine people across income levels face barriers to getting affordable dental care,” said MeHAF President and CEO Dr. Wendy Wolf. “This is particularly true for low and middle-income people who cannot afford necessary dental care. These nonprofit clinics are one place where people can go to get affordable, high quality dental care.”