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WCGH doctors cited for “quality delivery”

April 18th, 2014

  Five Waldo County General Hospital doctors have been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for providing “quality delivery” of diabetes care as well as “quality delivery” of cardiovascular and/or stroke care. Honored were Drs. Benjamin Mailloux, Matthew Molison, Richard Read, Stephen Sprague and Steven Wilson.

 

   NCQA developed the Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) to provide clinicians with tools to support the delivery and recognition of consistent high quality care. This voluntary program is designed to recognize clinicians who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes. Those who achieve DRP recognition are part of an elite group that is publicly recognized for their skills in providing the highest-level diabetes care.

 

   The Heart Stroke Recognition Program (HSRP) was launched in 2003 to recognize clinicians who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to persons with cardiovascular disease or who have had a stroke.

 

   Dr. James Delehanty, who also practices at Waldo County General Hospital and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hospital, was honored with both designations in 2012.



Posted in April 2014 InPulse, Hospital News, Recognition and awards

Diabetes has another accreditation

April 18th, 2014

Waldo County General Hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Education program has received accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Education (AADE). Founded in 1973, AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. With more than 13,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients. The mission of AADE is to “Empower healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver exceptional diabetes education, management and support.” Pictured above, from left, are Sue Maxwell, RN, CDE, the manager of Diabetes Services at the Hospital; Phyllis Havens, MS, RD, LCSW, CDE, the outpatient Registered Dietitian; and Dr. Linda Tyer, the Medical Director for Diabetes Services.

Waldo County General Hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Education program has received accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Education (AADE). Founded in 1973, AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. With more than 13,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients. The mission of AADE is to “Empower healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver exceptional diabetes education, management and support.” Pictured above, from left, are Sue Maxwell, RN, CDE, the manager of Diabetes Services at the Hospital; Phyllis Havens, MS, RD, LCSW, CDE, the outpatient Registered Dietitian; and Dr. Linda Tyer, the Medical Director for Diabetes Services.



Posted in April 2014 InPulse, Hospital News

“The Beat Goes On” helps you live with heart failure

April 18th, 2014

It’s frightening when a health professional diagnoses you with heart failure. For most people, the words “heart failure” bring on fears of an imminent death. But once you realize the diagnosis doesn’t mean your heart is going to stop beating immediately, you need to learn skills to better manage your condition and you may also want to connect with others who have the same problem.

 

If so, a series of five free classes known as “The Beat Goes On” will be offered by Waldo County General Hospital on Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. beginning May 1. These classes will be held in the classroom (on the ground floor of the Hospital).

 

The five classes and the instructors are:

 

• Thursday, May 1: You can do this: Self-Management Skills for Living Well with Heart Failure by Deb Czuchra FNP;

 

• Thursday, May 8: Ahhh: Managing the Stress of Heart Failure by Joanna Whiting RN, the hospital’s case manager;

 

• Thursday, May 15: Pump it Up: Exercising with Heart Failure by Teri Mace, physical therapy aid;

 

• Thursday, May 22: Pills and Me: Understanding the World of Heart Failure by Nancy Nystrom PhD, RPh, a pharmacist at the hospital; and

 

• Thursday, May 29: Eating Well with Heart Failure: Get the Low Down on Salt by Brooke Reed, Registered Dietician.

 

While the course is free, space is limited so register early by calling Barbara Crowley at 930-2650 or emailing her at bcrowley@wcgh.org.



Posted in April 2014 InPulse, In the Community, Managing your health

Are you concerned about falling?

April 18th, 2014

   Spectrum Generations and Waldo County General Hospital are teaming up to offer “A Matter of Balance,” an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. It is an eight-session workshop held once a week for two hours.

 

   The next workshop will be held Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., beginning April 24. The sessions will be held in the Education Center at Waldo County General Hospital.

 

   The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls, including making changes to reduce fall risks at home, exercises to increase strength and balance and setting goals to increase activity.

 

   Past participants say the class taught them how to make their home safer and was “very supportive and helpful.”

 

   There is a suggested donation of $10 for the eight classes, which covers the cost of the Matter of Balance manual each participant will receive, but no one will be turned away.

 

   For more information or to register for the class, call Tina DeRaps at 620-1657 or email her at: tderaps@spectrumgenerations.org.



Posted in April 2014 InPulse, In the Community

Cardiac Rehab 5K ahead

April 18th, 2014

  The third annual Cardiac Rehab 5K will be held Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at the Belfast Area High School Track.

 

   The walk is a wellness celebration for patients’ successes. There is no entry fee but donations will be accepted and t-shirts will be on sale for $5 each, free for current and former Cardiac Rehab participants.

 

Proceeds will be used to fund Phase III scholarships. To register, call 930-2545.



Posted in April 2014 InPulse, In the Community

Good Health, Good Choices

April 18th, 2014

These students ran a relay race carrying a heavy backpack, wearing a mouth guard, and carrying weights to see how a smoker struggles to breathe.

These students ran a relay race carrying a heavy backpack, wearing a mouth guard, and carrying weights to see how a smoker struggles to breathe.

 

Fourth graders in RSU 20 recently attended “Good Health, Good Choices,” a program focused on keeping young people tobacco free for life.
RSU 20 teachers and community volunteers shared information with the children about tobacco.
The program was sponsored by RSU 20 and Waldo County General Hospital.



Posted in Uncategorized

Peanut Butter & Jelly Collected

April 18th, 2014

During the month of March, employees at Waldo County General Hospital collected 268 jars of peanut butter and jelly to help Bangor Savings Bank with its collection for local food cupboards and soup kitchens. On hand to receive the donations were, from left, Cathy Reynolds, VP Mid-Maine Senior Relationship Manager; Ann Hooper, manager of the imaging department at the hospital who co-facilitated the collection with Shannon Robbins, manager of the community health department (not present for the photo); Carrie Ward, teller; and Chris Lobley, AVP Belfast Branch Manager.

During the month of March, employees at Waldo County General Hospital collected 268 jars of peanut butter and jelly to help Bangor Savings Bank with its collection for local food cupboards and soup kitchens. On hand to receive the donations were, from left, Cathy Reynolds, VP Mid-Maine Senior Relationship Manager; Ann Hooper, manager of the imaging department at the hospital who co-facilitated the collection with Shannon Robbins, manager of the community health department (not present for the photo); Carrie Ward, teller; and Chris Lobley, AVP Belfast Branch Manager.

 



Posted in April 2014 InPulse, In the Community

Wandering Database

April 18th, 2014

Do you have someone in your family who is prone to wander? The Belfast Police Dept. with help from several other agencies and Linda Lee, the mother of an autistic child, have created a client wandering database. The database will help get your loved one home if he or she is found wandering and can’t communicate. You can get a form online at:http://www.cityofbelfast.org/index.aspx?nid=177 or call Chief McFadden at 338-5255.



Posted in April 2014 InPulse, In the Community

Take Care of Your Teeth

April 18th, 2014

Registered Dental Hygienist Michelle Gallant and her assistant, Amanda Hood, from Waldo County Dental Care, recently visited some RSU 20 to talk about taking care of your teeth.

Registered Dental Hygienist Michelle Gallant and Dental Assistant, Amanda Hood, from Waldo County Dental Care, recently visited some RSU 20 schools to talk about taking care of your teeth.



Posted in February 2014 InPulse, In the Community

Music for Moms and Babes a hit

April 18th, 2014

Thirteen children enjoyed “Music for Moms and Babes” with Jess Day at The Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library recently. The event was sponsored by WCGH’s Welcome to Motherhood and La Leche League of Greater Belfast.

Thirteen children enjoyed “Music for Moms and Babes” with Jess Day at The Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library recently. The event was sponsored by WCGH’s Welcome to Motherhood and La Leche League of Greater Belfast.



Posted in April 2014 InPulse, In the Community


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