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Oncology Walk and Basket Raffle: a great success

January 8th, 2013

Some 200 people participated in the Oncology Walk and Basket Raffle held in October. The event netted $9.000 for the Oncology Patient and Mammography Assistance Fund.

Some 200 people participated in the Oncology Walk and Basket Raffle held in October. The event netted $9.000 for the Oncology Patient and Mammography Assistance Fund.



Posted in December 2012 InPulse, Hospital News, In the Community

Community Advisory Council meeting held

January 8th, 2013

Nearly 150 council members attended the annual Community Advisory Council meeting on Nov. 19.

Nearly 150 council members attended the annual Community Advisory Council meeting on Nov. 19.

 

Waldo County General Hospital held its annual Community Advisory Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 19, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.

 

The nearly 150 council members in attendance heard Dr. Vance Brown, the Chief Medical Officer at MaineHealth since 2008, talk about Accountable Care and what it means for the future. 

 

Dr. Vance Brown, the Chief Medical Officer at MaineHealth, talked about Accountable Care and what it means for the future.

Dr. Vance Brown, the Chief Medical Officer at MaineHealth, talked about Accountable Care and what it means for the future.

After talking about his uncles, Phil and Brad Brown, who were veterinarians in the area and known as “characters,” Brown said it’s time to get serious about increasing the value of health care that is provided. He said per capita healthcare spending in the United States is far greater than in any other industrialized country and yet we compare poorly on many indicators of health, especially adult obesity.Brown said studies of Medicare costs across the country have shown “an unbelievable amount of variance in how care is provided.” For example, the annual cost of care for a Medicare patient in Portland is around $6,000 while it is $12,500 in Dallas.

 

Brown broke healthcare system down into three levels:

 

   •   effective care: services which are of proven value, such as the use of  beta-blockers for a heart attack patient;

 

    •  supply sensitive care: services which seem to be based on capacity, such as an increased use of specialists when they are readily available; and

 

   •  preference sensitive care: services such as knee replacements, lumbar back surgery and hysterectomy for benign uterine conditions, which vary greatly from hospital to hospital, and have alternative treatments available.

 

Brown said there is “a huge need for change” and the healthcare system needs “to deliver value versus doing a service and getting paid for it.”

 

MaineHealth and Waldo County General Hospital are part of a program to see how Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) can be successful. Brown said the success of an ACO depends on four fundamental changes in how care is delivered. They are:

 

   •  comprehensive primary care: investing in primary care to build one-stop comprehensive services through the primary care doctors;

 

   •  more support for patients: having nurses and other trained professionals spend more time with patients to help them understand their healthcare needs and to access services;

 

   •  better information technology:  providing a “Shared Health Record,” so patients who have more than one doctor can have those doctors see   their full history and communicate with each other; and

 

   •  new quality improvement programs: having physicians and nurses work together to achieve specific quality goals, which will measure their success.

 

Brown used as an example a story from The Atlantic of how accountable care could work in the future. An 82-year-old widow who lives in Anaheim, Calif., got on her scale one morning, as she does every morning, and she had gained three pounds. A half  hour later, as she’s eating her breakfast, her doctor’s office calls, her scale is wired to a monitor in the office, and they noted her three-pound weight gain. The woman has congestive heart failure, and a weight gain like this could indicate a buildup of fluid in her lungs.

 

She saw her doctor that day. He adjusted her medications and she was monitored closely for a few days. This avoided potentially serious health complications and a stay in the hospital, and the care the doctor provided cost far less than what could have been.

 

Brown concluded by saying, while we’re not paid to provide care like this today, over time accountable care will change that. Accountable care has the potential to address the needs of people like that woman much more effectively than our current way of delivering healthcare. 

 

Executive Director Mark Biscone surprised Dr. Ralph and Mary Snyder with flowers to recognize their 50 years of service on the Community Advisory Council (formerly known as the Board of Incorporators).

Executive Director Mark Biscone surprised Dr. Ralph and Mary Snyder with flowers to recognize their 50 years of service on the Community Advisory Council (formerly known as the Board of Incorporators).

 

Also at the annual meeting,

 

Peter Haddock, third from right, was given a cake by the Board of Directors for having served on that body for 30 years

Peter Haddock, third from right, was given a cake by the Board of Directors for having served on that body for 30 years

 

 

    •  Lee Woodward, president of the Board of Directors of the hospital, said this has been a championship year with the hospital being honored as one of the 100 Greatest Community Hospitals in the country, He said Mark Biscone, executive director of the hospital, is clearly the most valuable player, but there are also tremendous position players, who make the team even better; and

 

After eight years on the Board of Directors and serving as its treasurer, Frank Morong is stepping down and was recognized for his service.

After eight years on the Board of Directors and serving as its treasurer, Frank Morong is stepping down and was recognized for his service.

 

   •  35 individuals were elected to the Community Advisory Council. They are Brian Beaulieu, David and Judy Beebe, Philip Carthage, Syrena Gatewood, Carol Good, Kevin Johnson, Traci Kirkpatrick, Carol Knight, Amy Marnecheck, Ryan Otis, Sharon Romanow, Eric Sanders, J.B. Turner, and Christine and Dennis Urick, all of Belfast; Dora and Roscoe Pinkham of Belmont; David Felton of Brooks; Skip Bates, Rebecca Greene, and Douglas Hise of Camden; Iris Hooper of Frankfort; Kathleen and William Maseychik of Jackson; Andrew O’Brien and Virginia Yarnell of Lincolnville; Thomas Flacke, Norman Schultz, and Rebecca and William Vachon of Morrill; Sarah Tomalty of Northport; Eric Belley of Rockport; Elizabeth Bowen of Swanville; and Charles Pray of Waldo.

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Posted in December 2012 InPulse, Hospital News

Oncology fund gets donation

January 8th, 2013

Oncology was recently presented $329 from the cafeteria where they had been collecting in their money jar all year. This was donated by lots of employees a penny, nickel, even a dollar at a time. Thank you to the BEST Café and to all employees who donated from the Oncology Department. This money will go into the Patient Assistance Fund.



Posted in December 2012 InPulse

Donations made to Soap Closet

January 8th, 2013

 

Mathew Bros soap closet

 

Anne Cleveland of Mathews Bros., left, recently delivered a large boxful of items for good hygiene and cleanliness to Belfast Public Health Nurse Shannon Robbins, RN, who delivered them to the newly formed Soap Closet. Waldo County General Hospital, Bangor Savings Bank, and a number of other local businesses collected more than 500 pounds of items used to aid hygiene and cleanliness. Locations where donations were collected, besides the hospital, Bangor Savings Bank, and Mathews Bros., included Hamilton Marine, Searsport Town Office, New Wave Salon, Belfast Coop, Belfast City Hall, Weaver’s Bakery, The Good Table, The Uppercut, Out of the Woods, Traci’s Diner, Belfast Pediatrics and Rollie’s Bar and Grill.



Posted in December 2012 InPulse, In the Community

Husson honors WCGH nurse

January 8th, 2013

Husson University Nursing Professor Jeanne-Ann Ouellette, left, presents Erin Bellaire, with the Clinical Education Award from Husson University. Looking on at right is Teri Young-Hise, Director of Nursing at Waldo County General Hospital, who along with Bellaire is a Husson University graduate.

Husson University Nursing Professor Jeanne-Ann Ouellette, left, presents Erin Bellaire, with the Clinical Education Award from Husson University. Looking on at right is Teri Young-Hise, Director of Nursing at Waldo County General Hospital, who along with Bellaire is a Husson University graduate.

 

Erin Bellaire, RN, recently received the Clinical Education Award from Husson University. The award recognizes someone who has gone above and beyond to assist students in their clinical learning.



Posted in December 2012 InPulse, Hospital News, Recognition and awards

Program given for those with diabetes

January 8th, 2013

DSC_3131On Nov. 26, Ruth Charne, who has diabetes herself and understands the challenges diabetics face, presented a free program entitled, “Take Control and Live Well with Diabetes.” She discussed some of the ways to control blood sugar, which may help reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications.



Posted in December 2012 InPulse, Hospital News, In the Community

Free screenings given

January 8th, 2013

Oct. 27 in celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, 22 women who could not afford a screening mammogram received on free at the hospital. Then in November to celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month, Waldo County General Hospital provided 50 free cholesterol and glucose screenings.



Posted in December 2012 InPulse, Hospital News, In the Community

Fruit and Veggie Challenge winners announced

January 8th, 2013

October was Fruit & Veggie Challenge month at the hospital. Participants kept track of the number of fruits and veggies they ate each day for the whole month. Everyone who submitted a fruit and veggie log was entered in a random drawing for prizes. The winners were Donna Roberts and Maureen Foye, who each received a $25 gift card to the Belfast Co-op.



Posted in December 2012 InPulse

Tower wins gift basket

January 8th, 2013

mammo basket winner

Inez Tower of Swanville, right, is the winner of this large gift basket of  beauty products that the imaging department at Waldo County General Hospital raffled off for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The products in the basket were donated by The Upper Cut in Belfast. At left is Ann Hooper, the manager of the imaging department.



Posted in December 2012 InPulse, Hospital News, In the Community

It’s not too late to get your flu shot

January 7th, 2013

Maine Centers for Disease Control is already reporting that influenza in Maine is widespread and peak season is not until February, but there is still time to get your flu shot. Belfast Public Health Nursing Association is offering a flu clinic Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The cost per flu shot is $20, with cash and checks accepted.

The shots will be given in the Education Center, the small white building to the left of the hospital.

Individuals interested in attending the clinics do not need to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, call Shannon Robbins RN, Belfast Public Health Nurse, at 338-3368.

Peak Month of Flu Activity
1982-83 through 2011-12
flu peak graph
*Flu activity peaked twice during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, once in the Spring following the 2008-09 season when the 2009 H1N1 virus first emerged, and again in October 2009, when the country went through its regular 2009-10 flu season. CDC is considering October to be the peak of the 2009-2010 season because the April peak occurred outside the regular flu season (after the 2008-2009 flu season had ended).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Belfast Public Health Nursing Association’s mission is to promote and strengthen individual, family and community health through health education and services, prevention, early intervention, referral and collaboration within the Belfast community.



Posted in In the Community, Managing your health


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