Over the last nine months, Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH) employees, in collaboration with MaineHealth (MH), worked hard to prepare for the launch of the new electronic health record system called SeHR – the Shared Electronic Health Record (pronounced share).
• completed approximately 10,500 eLearn (computer) courses;
• attended successfully some 3,500 instructor-led classes;
• finished 10,000 chart abstractions (taking information from paper chart and putting it on the computer);
• validated more than 10,000 lab results and 1,000 radiology results (made sure the informa- tion from the paper charts was correctly recorded on the computer;
• transferred more than 7,500 patient appointments from other computer software to Epic;
• installed new hardware (computers and monitors) in room after room;
• spent time in login and personalization labs;
• visited the playground (practice area) in large numbers; and
• listened to a webinar about how the go-live process was going to take place.
Doing all that meant the Hospital was ready to go live with SeHR on August 9. Everyone understood, however, that it was the starting line for SeHR and many things would need to continue after go-live including stabilization of the build and then optimization of the system. We also knew we would have to continue to focus on education and training after the go-live to improve our staff’s comfort, efficiencies and productivity within the system.
But we also knew SeHR would benefit our patients by:
• putting all their health information in one place;
• allowing providers in different locations to see the same information, making it easier for them to work together;
• providing for more privacy and security of personal information;
• keeping the most up-to-date information in the patient’s record, meaning less need to complete duplicate forms;
• giving the provider the most current information to avoid duplicating tests that another provider ordered, saving time, money and worry; and
• allowing patients to view their health information online using MyChart, a secure patient portal that allows patients to renew prescrip- tions, request new appointments, view health history and communicate with their providers.
All the work that was completed prior to August 9 really showed. At a MH board meeting just before go-live, Andy Crowder said WCGH was the best-prepared site he’d ever worked with. Crowder is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for MH and Maine Medical Center. In his role, Crowder is responsible for leading the MH Information Services Division and implementing the SeHR project across the entire MH system.
As we knew beforehand, implementing SeHR resulted in delays in some areas, but most of our patients were understanding of the situation, which quickly improved.
Deb Flint, who was working in cardiopulmonary, said “I have done conversions in my job all over the country and this one here at Waldo is the smoothest one I have ever done.”
Three new primary care providers came onboard Sept. 2.
Dorothy Carin, MD, is working at the Arthur Jewell Community Health Center in Brooks. She comes here after practicing for six years with the Adventist Health Medical Group in Portland, Oregon and serving for nine years at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Regional Hospital in Bethel, Alaska.
Dr. Carin graduated from Williams College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She did her residency in Family Medicine at the University of California, Davis Family Medicine Program from 1996 to 1999. She has also completed a four-year training program in Chinese Acupuncture for Physicians sponsored by the University of Southern California.
Dr. Carin is board certified in Family Medicine and has received the degree of Diplomate from the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.
Dr. Carin says she has been visiting friends in the area for years and decided to settle down here. She enjoys fishing, gardening and cross country skiing.
Julie Hurley, DO, is working at the Donald S. Walker Health Center in Liberty. A resident of Lincolnville, she has most recently worked at the MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta as a Hospitalist and previous to that was at Penobscot Bay Family Medicine.
Board Certified through the American College of Osteopathic Family Medicine, Dr. Hurley received her medical education at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also completed a residency and internship at the Maine Dartmouth Family Practice in Augusta where she served as co-chief resident in her second year.
Dr. Hurley also served for a year as a research fellow at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Jenny Davis, FNP, resident of Belfast, has been a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Lovejoy Health Center, Albion for the past two years. She graduated from Harvard University and received her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Yale School of Nursing in 2012.
Davis has a particular clinical interest in diabetes care and is practicing in Dr. Paul Mazur’s office in the Cobb Medical Building in the Hospital.
Davis is also a world-class athlete who trains for and competes in CrossFit.
Waldo County General Hospital’s dental clinic was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation for which Bank of America is the trustee.
On hand for the presentation of the check were, standing from left, Miki Akimoto, Senior Vice President and Market Philanthropic Director of Bank of America; Dr. John Lewis, one of the dentists who supports the clinic; Shannon Robbins, RN, WCGH Community Health Manager; Dan Bennett, WCGH Director of Operations and Dale Kuhnert, WCGH Hospital Board of Directors.
Seated is Becky Woods, who along with her husband, received treatment at the clinic. Missing from the photo are Dr. Kim Turner, Dr. John Slaughter, Dr. Loren Baldus, and Dr. Cynthia Battel, area dentists who are working with the Waldo County Dental Clinic.
Ask a child in Waldo County what 5-2-1-0 stands for and most of them know: 5 – eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day; 2 – limit recreational screen time (TV, computers, iPads, etc.) to 2 hours a day; 1 – get 1 hour of physical activity a day; and 0 – for 0 sugary drinks a day.
They’ve most likely been exposed to 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! Waldo at school, their daycare or their doctor’s office.
To help children and their parents remember 5-2-1-0 this summer, a banner with drawings for each of the four messages has been created. Known as “Where in Waldo is the 5-2-1-0 banner?,” the banner was hung in various locations that provide opportunities to live the message.
The first location was Belfast City Park; a place where the whole family can have fun and get that hour of physical activity for free. Children and their families can swim in the pool, play basketball, horseshoes or a tennis game, walk along the beach, go for a swing, slide and climb on the playground to name a few.
But the 5-2-1-0 banner won’t stay at Belfast City Park all summer. It will travel to other locations where one of the four messages can be met. So keep your eyes open and see “Where in Waldo is the 5-2-1-0 banner?”
To learn more about 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go, visit www.letsgo.org.
A second banner has popped up
A second Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 banner has popped up in Waldo County. That banner can be found at the Walker Elementary School in Liberty where children are learning to grow their own vegetables.
Christine Gall, FoodCorps Coordinator for RSU 3, is leading the five-week Walker Elementary Garden Summer Camp. The 24 campers are growing vegetables and herbs, taking cooking classes with health educator Beth Chamberlain, learning about nutrition, and playing active games.
Each camper is also producing a cookbook, in which they color and record the recipe for each new snack or lunch they help create. Those recipes include the veggies and herbs from their greenhouse and raised bed gardens.
Just pulled carrots are the campers’ favorite and they ask to be able to eat them. One day they made a snack of fragrant basil and crackers and rated the taste with thumbs up, middle, or down. Four of the 11 campers gave the basil a thumb ups with such comments as “epic,” “very tasty” and “fantastic.” Some of the others were less sure they liked the strong herb flavor.
In addition to attending the Summer Garden Camp, two of the campers are operating a farm stand in front of the school on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. They sell fresh vegetables on a “pay what you can” method to help provide fresh food to their community. The farm stand, which is run by students Sophia King and Madison Paradis, grew out of the service learning project they participated in during the school year and their understanding of the value of eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
The Aid’s Summertime Silver Tea, held at the former Anne Crosby Johnson manor, was a huge success. Above, Aid member Marie Underwood pours the ice tea while bottom right are the owners of the home, Marcia and George Smith. Attendees enjoyed touring the extensively renovated first floor of the manor and walking on the grounds, which have a wonderful view of the bay. Donations at the tea were $2,116 while the raffle proceeds were $1,584. Winners of the raffle gift certificates were Yo Mamma’s Home – Jean Russell; WCGH Gift Shop – Lorna Woodward; Left Bank Books – Ed Lord; Bennett’s Gems – Mary Mortier; Katwalk – Peter Tidd; Colonial Theatre and Alexia’s Pizza – Morris Slugg.
Waldo County General Hospital was well represented in the Best of the Best competition conducted by The Republican Journal. Under Physician; Dr. Dana Whitten, finished 1st; Dr. Deb Peabody was 2nd; and Dr. Steve Wilson was 3rd. In the category of Nurse Practitioner/RN, 1st-Al Blackadar, NP; 2nd-Kim Spectre, RN; tied for 3rd: Mary Elsa Theobald NP, Catie Wilson NP and Ron Cormier, NP. WCGH PT was first and Orthopedics and Sports PT was second in the Physical Therapy category. WCGH Home Health & Hospice was first in Home Care Provider. In the category of best medical office/health facility, WCGH finished 2nd and Lincolnville Regional Health Center was 3rd.
WCGH had a number of participants in the recent Beach to Beacon, including, shown above from left, Shannon Robbins, Community Health Manager, George Orestis, PTA, and Kim Spectre, WICHU & ED nurse manager.
Congrats to Denise Harriman, a Medical Assistant at Stockton Springs Regional Health Center, and a volunteer EMT with the Stockton Springs Ambulance, who won the EMT of the Year award from the American Legion, Department of Maine.
We had three winners in the raffle among MaineHealth employees who signed up for Cash for Your Card in June. Receiving $25 Hannaford gift cards were Lindsay Faulkingham, Michael Steele and Pauline Temple.
Winners of the $25 gift card for Stride with Pride were Mary Ellen Blanchard, Ann Hooper, Jessica McGuire and Ethel Whitcomb. The grand prize winner of a $100 sneaker gift card was Susan Driskell.