Members of the Speech Pathology Department at Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH) recently returned from Orlando, Florida, where they made presentations to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual convention. This convention highlights the work of therapists across the country and WCGH was invited to present six workshop presentations following a peer review process. There were 26 presentations on telepractice and WCGH speech pathologists gave five of those.
Michael Towey, Director of Speech and Language services at Waldo County Healthcare, along with Wayne Secord and Robert Fox of Ohio State University and Elisabeth Wiig of the Knowledge Research Institute presented “School-Based Clinical Leadership Excellence: A top-10 List,” which centered on why some school clinicians are so successful and what they do that works so well. The presentation took a critical look at the nature of clinical leadership excellence in the schools and described a top-10 list of key skills, strategies, practices and perspectives used by outstanding school clinicians.
The other five presentations were:
Towey says being selected to make so many presentations “speaks remarkably well of WCGH that we have an environment that can grow this kind of professional quality that ultimately is reflected in better treatment of patients at WCGH, comparable to or better than anywhere in the country.”
He added that WCGH is recognized nationally as leading in the delivery of speech therapy telepractice (speech therapy by computer) and is the only accredited certification program providing telepractice training in the country. People attend regularly scheduled training from around the United States and internationally to learn how speech therapy by computer is done at WCGH.
The new delivery van at Waldo County Healthcare (WCH) is a constant reminder of the 5-2-1-0 message: eat 5 fruits and vegetable servings per day; don’t have more than 2 hours of recreational screen time; participate in at least 1 hour of physical activity; and have 0 sugary drinks.
Barbara Crowley, RN who oversees the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program at the hospital says, “The program aligns with the national recommendations for health promotion and we wanted to make the 5-2-1-0 message visible throughout our community.”
Chief Quality Officer Rob Fowler RN adds, “Waldo County Healthcare is seen as a leader in the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program and is doing amazing work to support the program’s principles. When we purchased a new van this year it gave me the idea that it could become a way for us to share our good work with the community. My hope is that people will see the van and ask questions about how WCH is promoting population health, a good example of course being the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program.”
It appears that this outreach effort may be working. Sandy Peaslee who drives the van said an older gentleman told her recently that due to health issues he has had to change his diet and increase his physical activity. He said he wishes 5-2-1-0 had been around when he was a kid so he would have been doing what he is doing now when he was younger.
The annual Silver Tea, sponsored by the Waldo County General Hospital Aid, was held Dec. 10 at the home of Phil and Mary Carthage, 224 High St., Belfast. The public enjoyed tours of the historic home, along with the sandwiches, desserts, punch, coffee and tea served by Aid members.
This year’s setting was a Greek-revival style home built in 1851 for Calvin Hervey, a watch maker and jewelry store owner. Mr. Hervey was one of the original trustees of the Belfast Free Library.
Guests were welcomed into a dramatic entryway adorned with original woodwork. In 2005, while the owners were away, a water pipe broke and flooded the kitchen area at the back of the house. This has been remodeled in a modern style although the fireplace surround is made of old doors that Mr. Carthage salvaged from another historical house in town. The kitchen floor boards were reused in the entryway.
Donations totaling $1,636 were collected during the event and the sale of raffle tickets for gift cards to businesses in the communities with health centers netted $1,301. All funds realized from the tea will benefit the hospital.