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Concussion: traumatic brain injury

December 11th, 2014

Concussion program at Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Center can help



The Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Center at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast has treated many athletes and have now added concussion management to their list of services offered. In the past few years as the emphasis on concussions has increased, school nurses and coaches have gotten better at recognizing and testing for concussions. No longer do you hear “he just got his bell rung” and after sitting out for a play or two he is put back in to play again.


A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. It occurs when the brain is shaken into the skull, causing changes in the way the brain functions. A concussion may happen as a result of a direct blow to the head or an indirect force such as a whiplash.


Dave Orsmond, PT, CVT, works with a patient.

Dave Orsmond, PT, CVT, works with a patient.


Many times the symptoms disappear with rest. But no two concussions are the same and sometimes the symptoms last for weeks or even months. This is when a physical therapist or an occupational therapist can help. Either can perform an examination to assess the individual’s symptoms and limitations and then design an individualized treatment program.


Physical therapists or occupational therapists can help with:
•  Stopping dizziness
•  Improving balance
•  Reducing headaches
•  Decreasing neck/back pain
•  Helping them return to sport work.


No one should return to sport or vigorous activity while signs or symptoms of a concussion are present.  Experts recommend that an athlete with a suspected concussion not return to play until he or she has been medically checked out by a health care professional trained in evaluating and managing concussions.  Experts also recommend that all athletes with a concussion not return to play on the same day as the injury.


David Orsmond, PT, CVT and Moriah Grant, OT, CVT are the concussion treatment team at Waldo County General Hospital. They are both certified vestibular therapists who treat mild brain injuries. Grant is also finishing up her certification in craniosacral therapy, a light touch therapy that manipulates membranes within the nervous system to restore their normal function. Dysfunction of these membranes can contribute to headaches.


Moriah Grant, OT, CVT, does craniosacral therapy.

Moriah Grant, OT, CVT, does craniosacral therapy.


Among the other therapies available at the Concussion Management Program are manual therapy for neck and back pain and functional training which involves an individualized program of specific exercises that address the demands of your sport or work and help you regain your physical abilities as quickly as possible.


Patients in the Concussion Management Program have already seen some tremendous results, in some cases in only a few treatments. Ongoing therapy may be needed in other cases. The length of the treatment is affected by both the severity of the concussion, the patient’s history, and possible number of previous concussions suffered by the patient.


The Concussion Management Program only sees patients who have a referral from their doctor.           And they work closely with and make referrals, if necessary, to ear, nose and throat specialists, audiologists, speech therapists, neurologists, neuropsychologists and optometrists.
Concussions need to be taken seriously. Our therapists are available to speak to parents, coaches and athletic directors.


Call 338-4666 for more information.

Posted in Hospital News, Managing your health, Nov . 2014 InPulse, Uncategorized

Hospital Technology Provider Support Specialist hired

December 11th, 2014


Dianna Herbert has been hired as the Hospital Technology Provider Support Specialist. In her new role, Dianna will be working directly with providers to improve workflow efficiencies and help them optimize their use of the electronic health record. She will also be developing and providing ongoing provider education through individual and group sessions as needed. Dianna’s office is located in the Nursing Education Office and her phone extension is 4060. Please feel free to contact her if you have specific SeHR provider support needs.


Posted in Hospital News, Nov . 2014 InPulse

Annual recognition luncheon held

December 11th, 2014



Helping out as wait staff at the annual recognition luncheon for employees celebrating five-year anniversaries were, above from left, Dianna Wing, Angie Thomas, Vicci Babson RN, and Karen Littlefield. Below, Lee Woodward, President of the hospital board, congratulates Erica James, speech pathologist, on her ten years of employment at the hospital.



Posted in Hospital News, Nov . 2014 InPulse, Recognition and awards

Employee Recognition Week cookout

December 11th, 2014

To help celebrate Employee Recognition Week, Waldo County Healthcare administrators cooked for an employee barbecue. At left, Mark Biscone, CEO, keeps an eye on the chicken.

To help celebrate Employee Recognition Week, Waldo County Healthcare administrators cooked for an employee barbecue. At left, Mark Biscone, CEO, keeps an eye on the chicken.

Posted in Hospital News, Nov . 2014 InPulse

Annual campaign goal getting close

December 11th, 2014

The goal of the hospital’s annual campaign is $115,000, Through Nov. 21, we have raised $104,712. Thank you to everyone who untitledhas contributed and if you haven’t, please consider a gift before the end of the year.

Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, Nov . 2014 InPulse

Hospital Aid fall yard sale successful

December 11th, 2014

The Hospital Aid made $1,520 at its fall yard sale.

Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, Nov . 2014 InPulse

Maine Harvest Week

December 11th, 2014





To celebrate Maine Harvest Week, RSU 20 served locally grown food during the week, heard from some local farmers and enjoyed a literary buffet, where books were paired with either fruits or vegetables. On Monday, students at CASS elementary in Belfast enjoyed local beef, grown by Curtis Custom Meats in Warren and melon from Cross Patch Farm in Morrill for lunch. Students also heard from water buffalo farmers as part of a new program called lunch with a farmer. Then Mrs. Manning’s third grade class attended the literary buffet in the library where Lizzie was brave enough to eat an edible flower.



Posted in In the Community, Nov . 2014 InPulse

Belfast Public Health Nursing receives UMCC grant

December 11th, 2014

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United Mid-Coast Charities recently presented Belfast Public Health Nursing Association with a grant for $5,000. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Belfast Public Health Nurse Ginnie Fanelli RN, Elinor Klivans, a UMCC board member, and Shannon Robbins, RN, Community Health Manager at Waldo County General Hospital.


Posted in Hospital News, Nov . 2014 InPulse

Oncology Walk & Basket Raffle raises $7,500

December 11th, 2014

Despite the cancellation of the walk due to a snowstorm, the Oncology Walk & Basket Raffle raised $7,500. The funds go to the Oncology Patient Assistance and Mammography Fund, which helps cancer patients and those in need of biopsies.

Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, Nov . 2014 InPulse

Hospital Aid’s Silver Tea is Dec. 10

December 4th, 2014

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The annual Silver Tea, sponsored by the Waldo County General Hospital Aid, will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the home of Philip and Mary Carthage, 224 High Street (on the corner of Primrose and High Street), 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.


This year’s setting is 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.


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Guests will be welcomed by a dramatic entryway and original woodwork in the entry. In 2005, while the owners were away, a water pipe broke and flooded the kitchen area at the back of the house. This had 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.


Rooms on both floors will be open to tour. A built-in glass case on the second floor displays items found in the house, such as a Knights of Pythias uniform belonging to Col. Ben Lowe.


There is no admission charge to attend the tea, but donations will be accepted. All funds raised from the tea will benefit the hospital.


The winning tickets for the Aid’s holiday raffle “Spotlighting our Outlying Communities” will be drawn at the tea. The available prizes include gift certificates to stores, restaurants and entertainment venues in the towns where Waldo County Healthcare health centers are located. Tickets are on sale at $1 each or 6 for $5 at the hospital gift shop.


For more information, call 930-6739. The snow date for the tea is the next day, Thursday, Dec. 11, at the same time.

Posted in In the Community, Uncategorized

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