OT Aide George Orestis won our MaineHealth Beach to Beacon 10k free entry.
In June, Kathy Bean, Director of Waldo County Home Health and Hospice reported that “Our two surveyors just completed our Federal Home Health survey and stated “no deficiencies”—at this time. They still have to have the interim supervisory review but they anticipate no problems. They were complimentary of our staff and that our patients feel well cared for. There were no documentation issues or HR concerns.” Congrats to Kathy and her staff.
Waldo County General Hospital is lucky to work with so many wonderful farmers! Below, you’ll find Farm Fresh Recipes from CSAs through-out the county! These recipes are also part of farm newsletters and if you’re interested in what a farm is growing, please feel free to contact them!
Waldo County Dental Care was honored April 16 by the Daniel Hanley Center of Health Leadership with an award for Exceptional Leadership and Service in Health Equity and Health Disparities. The presentation of the prestigious Hanley Center Honors was made to four individuals, organizations or collaboratives, who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in addressing health disparities and ensuring greater equity here in Maine.
Waldo County Dental Care was introduced as “an innovative collaborative effort of Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH), committed members of its Board of Directors, and private dentists in the Waldo County area to address the health disparity in dental care for low income and uninsured individuals in their community.” Prior to the initiation of this project, WCGH’s Emergency Department reported that for 18-45 year olds the most common reason for emergency care was acute dental pain and infection, which could not be definitively managed in the ED and often led to the need for extraction.
After planning in 2012, the Waldo County Dental Care program began providing services in August 2013. The goal of the collaborative has been to create a self-sustaining and replicable model where a community comes together to take care of its own.
The Registered Dental Hygienist at Waldo County Dental Care does dental cleanings, x-rays, screenings, fluoride treatments, sealants, temporary fillings, oral health instruction, and a referral for further care by a dentist, if needed.
To qualify, an individual must:
• not have seen a dentist in the past 12 months;
• live in Waldo County;
• meet federal income guidelines (for family of four that is $41,213); and
• be at least age 18.
Depending on the family’s income level, there is a sliding copay of between $10 and $20.
Also honored at the Hanley Recognition Dinner were the Maine Migrant Health Program, United Somali Women of Maine and Marjorie Withers of the Community Caring Collaborative in Washington County.
The award was presented at a dinner and reception held at the Portland Marriott At Sable Oaks in South Portland.
The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership is a nonprofit, independent, statewide organization dedicated to supporting the transformation of Maine’s health and healthcare sectors.
Coastal Maine Center for Breast Health, part of the radiology department at Waldo County General Hospital, is now a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence, the highest level of certification by the National Quality Measures for Breast Cancer (NQMBC).
“This is a marker for us; a recognition for the community,” says Dr. Nancy Webb, a radiologist who has specialized in women’s breast health for the past 15 years. “We wanted the community to know that we do quality work.”
Getting that designation was the result of efforts and support by a number of people. First, there was the task force of all those involved with breast health, including surgeons, primary care doctors and oncology staff. That formed four years ago. The goal was to coordinate efforts and to get recognition for the quality work that was taking place.
The group wanted to compare its efforts with those of similar sized hospitals and NQMBC seemed the way to do that based on its mission “to empower breast centers of all types and sizes with the ability to measure and improve quality of care provided to breast center patients.” They do that by identifying quality care measures, providing immediate access to information and allowing breast centers to compare their performance with other centers across the United States.
In January 2007, Dr. Webb returned to WCGH where she was a staff radiologist from 1995-1998. She had spent several of the intervening years as Director of Women’s Imaging for The Breast Care Center and Cape Cod Radiology Associates in Hyannis, Mass. In March 2007, the Imaging Department upgraded its mammography to digital. That was done, not because of the task force which hadn’t even formed yet, but because, according to Ann Hooper RTR(M), head of the Imaging Department, “We were keeping up with good techniques and standards of care.”
Ann Hooper and Dr. Webb recognized that the department was “already doing most of the things it needed to do to be a Center of Excellence” so they pushed to increase the quality a little bit and to get the recognition the department deserved.
In March 2011, Ann Hooper RTR(M) and Dr. Webb headed to the 21st annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference in Arizona. When they returned, Hooper was a certified Breast Cancer Navigator and Dr. Webb had completed an Assuring Quality Breast Program.
In June 2011, Kim Lenfestey, LMSW, was hired as the Hospital’s first Breast Care Navigator. In that position she helps breast cancer patients and their families to navigate through the maze of healthcare options, from diagnosis to survivorship. She is also available for support to women who are fearful of developing breast cancer based on family history. She has been instrumental in providing Telegenetic counseling for all oncology patients at the Hospital.
Another member of the mammography team is Danielle Wight, RTR(M), the radiology team leader for mammography. She is responsible for keeping the necessary data for NQMBC and making sure all state regulations are adhered to. Mammography is heavily regulated and a recent state inspection found absolutely no problems, which is unusual. Hooper says. “Not even any little dings. That’s Danielle. It really is a team.”
For her part, Danielle says, “I’m proud to be part of a team that does such a good job and is recognized for quality care.” She helps Dr. Webb coordinate education sessions with the nine registered mammography technicians in the imaging department to keep them up to date on any proposed changes and to reinforce good techniques.
Other members of the team include Radiologists Dr. Gregory Grotz and Dr. Tom Jones, the general surgeons and the oncology department. Hooper says they are also fortunate to have the support of the administration to work toward becoming a Center of Excellence.
“I’m proud to have this certification,” says Hooper. “It reinforces that we provide a community service and gives us good accountability.”