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Hospital Aid to hold Collectible Doll and Toy Sale in April

March 25th, 2015

doll show


A two-day collectible sale is planned for the lifetime collection of one owner to benefit the Waldo County General Hospital Aid. The large collection includes many dolls ranging from porcelain baby dolls to Shirley Temple dolls, Effanbee Patsy dolls, and dolls from around the world including Russia, Japan and Scandinavia, most in pristine condition.


Timeless Treasures collectibles include a large porcelain doll named Vanessa with long red hair, an elaborate light green evening dress with fur hat and stole from 2003. Katherine, from 2002, has long blonde hair with handmade clothes in a 1970s style. Accessories range from doll clothing, trunks and furniture to tea sets, marbles, Christmas and seasonal items.


Animals are represented by wooden cats and Barrington, Dakin and Paddington bears in various sizes. Six framed Christmas prints by Belfast folk artist, Misko Willis, are also for sale.


This sale will offer something for everyone from the beginner to the distinguished collector looking for that special item at a reasonable price. Also a great opportunity for the early Christmas shopper or the collector of Christmas related items such as snowmen.


The sale will be held on Friday, April 17, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 23 Mill Lane, in East Belfast.

Posted in In the Community, March 2015 InPulse

Zero-sort recycling has started at hospital

March 25th, 2015

Waldo County General Hospital instituted zero-sort recycling on March 2.


There are green bins around the hospital into which recyclable materials—cardboard, non-confidential paper, plastic, glass and cans—can be deposited.


The green bins are dumped into a 40-yard container that is picked up every other week or so and taken to the Casella plant in Lewiston where a big sorting machine automatically separates the recyclables. There are also blue bins for confidential paper (shredded) and small black bins for non-recyclable trash.


Rob Fowler RN, Chief  Quality Officer at the hospital, says options for recycling at the hospital have been discussed for the last several years with “single sort” always on the radar. “We could never seem to figure out the logistics as space for a compactor is not available. This year, we decided we were going to make it happen and we consulted Casella to figure out how.”


Fowler adds, “Implementing a hospital-wide recycling program is the right thing to do on so many levels and I was excited to be part of the launch in March and our staff is, too. As we all know, recycling plays an important role in protecting the environment and as a member of the community, we have a responsibility to participate and do our part.”

Posted in Hospital News, March 2015 InPulse

Fowler made a lifestyle change; named a superhero

March 25th, 2015

Rob Fowler RN, runs along the Belfast waterfront.

Rob Fowler RN, runs along the Belfast waterfront.



Rob Fowler RN, Chief Quality Officer at Waldo County Healthcare, has been named a Superhero by the MaineHealth WOW! program.


His decision to change his lifestyle came after viewing a video on the hospital website about two of his co-workers who started using a workout called T25. “They made a lifestyle change, and it was then that I realized I needed to make one, too,” he says.


Rob made the decision to start running: he lost more than 20 pounds when he started running three to six miles every day—for 95 straight days. The result, according to Rob, is that he has more energy and handles stress better and he’s been told that he looks better, too.


Rob isn’t running every day now but he is still exercising and on those days when he just doesn’t feel like doing it, his results keep him going, especially now that his three children have noticed. He says the kids asked his wife a few weeks ago, “What happened to Papa?” and that makes him happy.


Rob encourages others who want to lose weight to focus on making lifestyle changes that they can incorporate into their life rather than going with fad diets and short-term fixes, adding “It may be the best decision of your life.”

Posted in March 2015 InPulse

Visitor restrictions in WIHCU

March 25th, 2015

Due to the high level of flu and pertussis (whooping cough) in our community, Waldo County General Hospital is imposing temporary visitor restrictions in the Women and Infants Health Care Unit. Newborn babies are at high risk of serious illness from these diseases.


The restrictions are as follows:


•  Children under the age of 18 may not visit unless they are siblings of a newborn


•  Visitors who are feeling ill or have signs of a respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, fever) will not be able to visit.


•  Children, who are allowed to visit, are asked to not visit any other patient rooms.

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

Grant named to concussion board

March 25th, 2015

Moriah Grant


Moriah Grant, OT, CVT, an occupational therapist and the driving force behind the creation of the Concussion Management Program at Waldo County Healthcare, has been named to the board of the Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI).


Skip Philbrook, PT, clinical manager of Rehabilitation Services at Waldo County General Hospital, is pleased that Grant has been appointed to the MCMI board of directors. “She has done an exceptional job spearheading our Concussion Management Program, and her appointment will keep us up to date on the very latest research information and treatment techniques for patients with concussion. This allows our center to be at the forefront of treatment facilities in this fast changing and expanding field,” says Philbrook.


MCMI, now five years old, is dedicated to improving the safety of Maine’s youth by increasing awareness and education on concussion management and is a pioneer in concussion research and education outreach.


Grant is excited to be getting involved with MCMI. “I feel privileged to begin working directly with the founders and board members of the Maine Concussion Management Initiative. Through my research concerning concussion, I have become very passionate about recognition, management and treatment of people of all ages that suffer from concussion. I am so excited to assist with furthering our knowledge about these areas and to expand my abilities to help other professionals and my patients. As an occupational therapist, I feel like my perspective will assist in developing treatment strategies and promoting awareness. There is so much to learn about concussion. I feel like we are just scraping the surface and I am ready to help dig,” says Grant.


Grant and David Orsmond, PT, CVT, are the concussion treatment team at the hospital and are both certified vestibular therapists who treat mild brain injuries. Grant is also certified 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.


Grant and Orsmond treat patients who are referred to them because their concussion symptoms did not disappear with rest and have lasted for longer than expected. They can help to stop dizziness and improve balance; reduce headaches, decrease neck and/or back pain, and help patients return to work or sport. They also make referrals, if necessary, to various specialists.

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

Celebrating the goals of 5-2-1-0

March 25th, 2015


Jon leading participants on a Hobbit adventure/

Jon leads participants on a Hobbit adventure.


Jon Landers of Belfast has been volunteering at the Game Loft for about a year and in October he helped children in grades 3-6 with a hobbit adventure. He enjoyed being outside with the youngsters, running around and assisting them to complete the quests they were presented with. What he didn’t know was that he was helping those participants meet the goals of Let’s Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0.


That changed when Jon attended a celebration dinner Let’s Go! Waldo was having at the Waldo County Technical Center. At that dinner, as he described the hobbit adventure, he realized he had been helping the children get at least 1 hour of physical exercise, limiting their recreational screen time to less than 2 hours, keeping them from drinking sugary drinks and helping them get toward the goal of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.


Jon says he had heard of the 5-2-1-0 slogan before; he and the participants were doing what they should be doing; and the principles are something he agrees with, but he hadn’t really thought of the hobbit adventure in that way.


Jon enjoyed the vegetarian meal at the 5-2-1-0 celebration. Seated across from him are the founders and facilitators of the Game Loft, Ray and Patricia Estabrook.

Jon enjoyed the vegetarian meal at the 5-2-1-0 celebration. Seated across from him are the founders and facilitators of the Game Loft, Ray and Patricia Estabrook.



He also didn’t know when he agreed to go to the dinner with Ray and Pat Estabrook, the creators and facilitators for the Game Loft, that the food was going to be all vegetarian. But the high school freshman says the meal was delicious and he asked for the recipes so he could duplicate the meals at home. Among the dishes was roasted spaghetti squash, flavored with garlic, olive oil and parmesan cheese; roasted beets and carrots with cardamom and pepper; and maple poached pear with spiced syrup reduction.


The experience has gotten Jon excited about possibly attending the Tech Center in the culinary program. He’s also pleased to know that without really intending to, the children who attended the hobbit adventure were working toward developing healthier habits.


The fact that Game Loft programs met the goals of 5-2-1-0 isn’t really surprising when you consider their mission is to provide “a safe, supervised location for local youth to play games with friends, engage with the community, and eat a healthy meal.” In fact, the Game Loft is a registered Let’s Go! Waldo out of school site.


Receiving awards at the dinner for their work with Let’s Go! were:
•  Child care: gold level–Waldo CAP Early Head Start in Unity, Belfast Area Children’s Center, Grammie’s Child Care, Jim & Bon’s Daycare, First Steps,  Cindy’s Daycare; silver level–Broadreach Services, Walker Pre-K
•  Schools: silver level—Mt. View Elementary, Mt. View High School, Monroe Elementary, Troy Elementary, Walker Elementary, Captain Albert Stevens School, Searsport Elementary; bronze level—Islesboro Central School, Cornerspring Montessori, Ames Elementary, Kermit Nickerson Elementary
•  Out of School: gold level—Ames/Weymouth 21st Century program, Searsport Elementary 21st Century program, Searsport Middle School 21st Century program, East Belfast 21st Century program, Captain Albert Stevens 21st Century program
• Healthcare sites of distinction: Belfast Pediatrics, Belfast Natural Medicine, Donald Walker Health Center, Lincolnville Regional Health Center, Searsport Health Center, Stockton Springs Regional Health Center, Arthur Jewell Health Center, Waldo County Medical Partners Family Medicine and Belfast Family Practice.

Posted in In the Community, March 2015 InPulse

Fat Tuesday fundraiser nets $1,300

March 25th, 2015



Darby’s held a fundraiser for the Waldo County General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Phase 3 Scholarship Fund on Fat Tuesday. Above, enjoying their dinner were, from left, Gail Dudley RN, operating room director; Nicole Kenney RN, ICU nursing director; Donna Poulin RN, informatics; Pam Sprague RN, MSU nurse director; and Lisa Sirois, MSU clinical coordinator. At left, handing out Mardi Gras beads as diners entered were, from left, Mary Hanrahan RN, nurse manager

DSC_9618for cardiac rehab and Susan Driskell RN, who works in cardiac rehab. A total of $1,300 was raised from 10 percent of the proceeds from the meals, a silent auction, and donations.

Posted in In the Community, March 2015 InPulse

A big day for Nancy Soule

March 25th, 2015


Nancy Soule, seated,  with some of the nurses who have worked with her over the years.

Nancy Soule, seated, with some of the nurses who have worked with her over the years.


Nancy Soule of Liberty recently celebrated her 100th infusion of Tysabri, which helps her lessen the effects of her multiple sclerosis. It was also a big day for a young woman about half Soule’s age. After Nancy’s celebration broke up, the young woman entered the infusion therapy center for her first dose of Tysabri. With all the warnings she’d been given about the drug, the woman was clearly nervous. Talking with Nancy about her positive experience (no relapses or new lesions on her brain), clearly made the woman feel better.

Posted in In the Community, March 2015 InPulse

A new Nurse Practitioner

March 25th, 2015

Congratulations to Kim Spectre, ER Nurse Director, who now has new initials after her name. She completed her schooling and passed the examination to become a Nurse Practitioner.

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

“Chilly” outside Chili Cookout held

March 25th, 2015



The “Chilly” outside Chili Cookout for employees was held Feb. 18 in the maintenance garage. At right, Linda Withee casts her vote in the snowman building contest.

The winning snowman, “Sanibel” at left, was built by HR staff and the medical staff coordinator.  DSC_9639



Posted in Hospital News, March 2015 InPulse

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