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Speech staff presents at ASHA conference

January 30th, 2015

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.

 

Making presentations at the national speech-hearing conference were WCGH speech pathologists, Nathan Curtis, seated, and standing from left, Amy Reid, Mike Towey and Jennifer Whitcomb.

Making presentations at the national speech-hearing conference were WCGH speech pathologists, Nathan Curtis, seated, and standing from left, Amy Reid, Mike Towey and Jennifer Whitcomb.

 

 

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:

  • “Expand Your Horizons: International Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology” by Towey with colleagues from Teachers College, Columbia University and Kent State University. This panel was invited by the special interest groups of Global Issues in Communication Services and Related Disorders and Telepractice to be part of this session. The panelists were selected because they are practitioners who are providing speech-language and audiology services internationally.
  • “Creating Telepractice Partnerships to Maximize Client Outcomes” by WCGH speech pathologists Amy Reid and Nathan Curtis. The presentation outlined the legal, ethical and clinical considerations in using e-helpers (facilitators) in telepractice sessions and provided practical strategies for working with individuals to create partnerships and maximize client outcomes.
  • “Top 20 Telepractice Techniques & Materials: Bridging Table-Top Skills with Telepractice Competencies to Engage Clients” by WCGH speech pathologists Nathan Curtis and Amy Reid. This presentation provided a step-by-step method to structure telepractice sessions to fully engage clients. Videos showed how to develop routines using authentic materials and repurposed web-based resources. Innovative engagement techniques were also demonstrated.
  • “Telepractice for the Non-Techie: Journey of a Digital Immigrant” by WCGH speech pathologist Jennifer Whitcomb. This presentation acknowledged that while telepractice has grown in recent years, many self-imposed barriers remain for the non-techie speech-language pathologist. As a self-proclaimed non-techie, Whitcomb showed how and why telepractice can work effectively and offered strategies she has learned during her six years of telepractice experience.
  • “Telepractice for the 21st Century: The View from Two Countries” by Towey and Curtis and Robyn Henderson of Kids Uncomplicated in Alberta, Canada. This presentation offered multiple video examples from telepractice sessions to demonstrate the unique features of two established telepractice programs in Canada and the United States. Included were outcome and cost data, demonstrations of therapeutic competencies and how to access low-cost/no-cost telepractice platforms and web-based treatment.

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.



Posted in Hospital News, January 2015 InPulse, Recognition and awards

New delivery van carries a message

January 30th, 2015

 

Shown here with Waldo County Healthcare’s new van are, from left, Barbara Crowley,RN, director of the hospital’s Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program, Chief Quality Officer Rob Fowler, RN, and seated in the van is Sandy Peaslee.

Shown here with Waldo County Healthcare’s new van are, from left, Barbara Crowley,RN, director of the hospital’s Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program, Chief Quality Officer Rob Fowler, RN, and seated in the van is Sandy Peaslee.

 

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.

 

 

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, January 2015 InPulse

Dental clinic awarded BOA grant

January 30th, 2015

Bank of America (BOA) recently presented Waldo County Healthcare’s (WCH) Waldo County Dental Care with a 2014 Critical Needs grant of $7,500. This is the second year the clinic, which serves low-income, uninsured adults, has been awarded this grant. The grant funds will be used to purchase equipment for the clinic’s part-time dentist. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Dan Bennett, Chief Operating Officer for WCH, Jason Lundy, Vice President at Bank of America, Shannon Robbins, Community Health Manager at WCH, Dale Kuhnert, a WCH Board of Directors member and Brian King, Senior Vice President and Site Director for Belfast’s BOA.

Bank of America (BOA) recently presented Waldo County Healthcare’s (WCH) Waldo County Dental Care with a 2014 Critical Needs grant of $7,500. This is the second year the clinic, which serves low-income, uninsured adults, has been awarded this grant. The grant funds will be used to purchase equipment for the clinic’s part-time dentist. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Dan Bennett, Chief Operating Officer for WCH, Jason Lundy, Vice President at Bank of America, Shannon Robbins, Community Health Manager at WCH, Dale Kuhnert, a WCH Board of Directors member and Brian King, Senior Vice President and Site Director for Belfast’s BOA.



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, January 2015 InPulse

Silver Tea held in historic home

January 30th, 2015

The Aid's Marie Underwood serves some tea.

The Aid’s Marie Underwood serves some tea.

 

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.

Phil and Mary Carthage

Phil and Mary Carthage

 

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.

 

The fireplace is surrounded by old doors that Phil Carthage salvaged from another historical house.

The fireplace is surrounded by old doors that Phil Carthage salvaged from another historical house.

 

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.

 

Sally Millhorn, president of the Aid, left, and Judy Whitney, treasurer of the Aid, present Mark Biscone, CEO at Waldo County Healthcare, with donations from Aid fundraisers and from gift shop sales.

Sally Millhorn, president of the Aid, left, and Judy Whitney, treasurer of the Aid, present Mark Biscone, CEO at Waldo County Healthcare, with donations from Aid fundraisers and from gift shop sales.

 

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.

 

 

Among the Aid members helping out at the tea were, from left, Ida Jean Tyer, Jean Russell, Lucy Ledien, Lois Dutch (in back), Geary Tibbetts, Sandra Gordon (in back), Phyllis Gaul, Sally Millhorn, Jane Doak (in back) and Clare Tresham

Among the Aid members helping out at the tea were, from left, Ida Jean Tyer, Jean Russell, Lucy Ledien, Lois Dutch (in back), Geary Tibbetts, Sandra Gordon (in back), Phyllis Gaul, Sally Millhorn, Jane Doak (in back) and Clare Tresham.



Posted in In the Community, January 2015 InPulse

New Year’s Baby at WCGH

January 30th, 2015

Thatcher Shane Thibodeau of Belfast is the 2015 New Year’s Baby at Waldo County General Hospital. Shown here with his mother, Shelly Gould, his father, Shane Thibodeau and one of his big sisters, Isabella, he was born Jan. 4 at 10:45 pm. Thatcher’s family, which includes siblings Brandon, Michael, Matthew and Sophia in addition to Isabella, was presented with a New Year’s Baby basket from the hospital.

Thatcher Shane Thibodeau of Belfast is the 2015 New Year’s Baby at Waldo County General Hospital. Shown here with his mother, Shelly Gould, his father, Shane Thibodeau and one of his big sisters, Isabella, he was born Jan. 4 at 10:45 pm. Thatcher’s family, which includes siblings Brandon, Michael, Matthew and Sophia in addition to Isabella, was presented with a New Year’s Baby basket from the hospital.



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, January 2015 InPulse

Anglers donated to Aid

January 30th, 2015

Sheila Hall, manager of Anglers in Searsport, recently presented Sally Millhorn, president of the Waldo County Hospital Aid, with a check for $300. Anglers held a Dine for a Cause night  with a percentage of their proceeds to go to the Aid.

Sheila Hall, manager of Anglers in Searsport, recently presented Sally Millhorn, president of the Waldo County Hospital Aid, with a check for $300. Anglers held a Dine for a Cause night
with a percentage of their proceeds to go to the Aid.



Posted in In the Community, January 2015 InPulse

Robbins makes presentation

January 30th, 2015

 Shannon Robbins, RN, Director of Community Health for Waldo County General Hospital, made a presentation about Waldo County Dental Care at the New England Rural Health Conference on Oct. 1. She was a co-presenter with Julian Kuffler, MD, MPH, Director of Care Management at Mt. Desert Island Hospital. Their subject was “Hospital Linked & Community Focused Oral Health Programs--Two Initiatives in Maine.”

Shannon Robbins, RN, Director of Community Health for Waldo County General Hospital, made a presentation about Waldo County Dental Care at the New England Rural Health Conference on Oct. 1. She was a co-presenter with Julian Kuffler, MD, MPH, Director of Care Management at Mt. Desert Island Hospital. Their subject was “Hospital Linked & Community Focused Oral Health Programs–Two Initiatives in Maine.”



Posted in Hospital News, January 2015 InPulse

New provider in Liberty

January 30th, 2015

The Donald S. Walker Health Center in Liberty recently hosted an open house where attendees had an opportunity to meet the newest member of the team; Julie Hurley, DO, and her twins, Oren and Eva.

The Donald S. Walker Health Center in Liberty recently hosted an open house where attendees had an opportunity to meet the newest member of the team; Julie Hurley, DO, and her twins, Oren and Eva.



Posted in In the Community, January 2015 InPulse

Hospital given tobacco award

January 30th, 2015

The Maine Tobacco Free Hospital Network, a program of the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine, recently recognized Waldo County General Hospital for achieving the silver level of the Gold Star Standards of Excellence program.  The program encourages and awards Maine hospitals for creating a tobacco free environment and supporting tobacco free lifestyles.  Accepting the award for the hospital was Health Educator Barbara Crowley RN, right.

The Maine Tobacco Free Hospital Network, a program of the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine, recently recognized Waldo County General Hospital for achieving the silver level of the Gold Star Standards of Excellence program. The program encourages and awards Maine hospitals for creating a tobacco free environment and supporting tobacco free lifestyles. Accepting the award for the hospital was Health Educator Barbara Crowley RN, right.



Posted in Hospital News, January 2015 InPulse

Basket raffle winner

January 30th, 2015

The Imaging Department at Waldo County General Hospital held a basket raffle to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The winner of the raffle was Carol Carr. Picking up the basket for her sister-in-law was Sally Carr of Belfast, center. Left to right, Ann Hooper, Director of the Imaging Department and Danielle Wight, who leads the mammography team.

The Imaging Department at Waldo County General Hospital held a basket raffle to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The winner of the raffle was Carol Carr. Picking up the basket for her sister-in-law was Sally Carr of Belfast, center. Left to right, Ann Hooper, Director of the Imaging Department and Danielle Wight, who leads the mammography team.



Posted in In the Community, January 2015 InPulse


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