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Great greeting cards for less

October 11th, 2013

The WCGH Aid has some new greeting cards in the gift shop that sell for $1 or less.

The WCGH Aid has some new greeting cards in the gift shop that sell for $1 or less.



Posted in October 2013 InPulse

Disaster training

October 11th, 2013

 

 

The Safety and Security Department at the hospital recently staged a training session to be better able to handle hazardous materials. Far right, the shower that would be used if patients or staff were contamined, was put up and activated.

The Safety and Security Department at the hospital recently staged a training session to be better able to handle hazardous materials. Far right, the shower that would be used if patients or staff were contamined, was put up and activated.

 



Posted in Uncategorized

What’s with the blue folders?

October 11th, 2013

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Don’t be surprised if you soon start seeing lots of people with blue folders leaving Waldo County General Hospital and local doctors’ offices. Those blue folders should contain an up-to-date medication list (both prescription and over-the-counter medications), a plan of care document, and essential health information focused on actions the patient should be taking. Also in the folders being taken from the hospital for the first time should be a magnet to put on the patient’s refrigerator stating, “I have a medication list in my Blue Folder.” The blue folder is designed to be taken to every doctor’s or hospital visit and the magnet will let ambulance personnel know to look for the blue folder if they are called to your home in the case of an emergency.



Posted in Hospital News, InPulse, October 2013 InPulse

Making healthy food and exercise fun

October 11th, 2013

Learning about Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 doesn’t really sound like something fun to do at Searsport Elementary School’s summer school program, but it was. Waldo County General Hospital’s Barbara Crowley and Sarah O’Blenes, both health educators, spent two afternoons with the children getting exercise (disguised as playing games) and helping the children create a salad by cutting up fresh vegetables and then tasting it.

 

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Posted in In the Community, October 2013 InPulse

Get your flu shot! First 200 free!

October 7th, 2013

Get your flu shot and cross it off your to-do list. Belfast Public Health Nursing Association is offering flu clinics Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

As an added bonus, the first 200 people to get the flu shot will receive it free of charge. Once those doses are gone, the charge will be $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.

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

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

Get a mammogram; free ones available Oct. 19 for uninsured, underinsured

September 20th, 2013

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and a perfect reminder that early detection can save lives. Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests.

 

Get in touch with your doctor today to set up a mammogram. It’s especially important because these screenings may find tumors too small to feel.

 

Waldo County General Hospital is offering free screening mammograms for women who are uninsured or underinsured on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 930-2594 or 930-2553 for more information or to schedule your appointment.

 

Kimberly Lenfestey, the hospital’s breast navigator, will meet with those receiving the free screening mammograms to try to aid the women in finding a program to help pay for their mammograms.

 



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, Managing your health, Uncategorized

October Yard Sale

September 13th, 2013

A fall yard sale will be sponsored by the Waldo County General Hospital Aid on Saturday, October 12th, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, rain or shine, at the hospital’s education center, 118 Northport Avenue, Belfast.

This indoor sale offers a full room of bargains on holiday decorations, jewelry, books, puzzles, toys, clothing, craft items, furniture, dishes and ‘white elephant’ items. Donations of good quality items will be accepted the day before, on Friday, October 11th, at the education center from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers will check if items are usable for the sale. No computers, televisions or large appliances, please, and only good quality clothing.

Call Phyllis Gaul at 548-0232 or Geary Tibbetts at 338-2564 for more information or to arrange pickup of donations.



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community

Searsport students play games to learn healthy habits

September 12th, 2013

Learning about Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 doesn’t really sound like something fun to do in the afternoon enrichment portion of the Searsport Elementary School (SES) summer school program. But playing “Swim Fishies Swim,” cutting up the ingredients for a salad, or making an art project to put on your refrigerator at home—well, those do sound like fun. And the children in the SES summer school found those activities along with some others made for two interesting afternoons.

Health educator Sarah O’Blenes shows the children some different colored carrots from Village Farm and Bahner Farm. They were purchased through the hospital’s  Community Transformation Grant and the children got to take cucumbers home.

Health educator Sarah O’Blenes shows the children some different colored carrots from Village Farm and Bahner Farm. They were purchased through the hospital’s Community Transformation Grant and the children got to take cucumbers home.

Waldo County General Hospital’s Barbara Crowley and Sarah O’Blenes, both health educators, spent one afternoon with the children playing games, both inside and outside, and another teaching them about some of the fun things to do with fruits and vegetables.

On the first afternoon, the women asked the children what 5-2-1-0 stood for. After one child thought it was the phone number for the hospital, they narrowed the question down to what the “5” stood for. “Five hours of exercise,” said one boy. “Five servings of fruits and veggies a day,” correctly answered another child.

How about the “2”? “Two hours of exercise,” said the same little boy who had answered five hours of exercise earlier. “Two hours or less of screen time,” was the correct response from another child.
What about the “1”? “One hour of exercise,” was the correct answer from the same little boy this time.
And the “0” stands for no sugary drinks, the children replied.

Cole finishes up the magnet he plans to put on his home refrigerator while Kevin checks it out.

Cole finishes up the magnet he plans to put on his home refrigerator while Kevin checks it out.

“Let’s play now,” suggested Sarah as she had the children get into a circle. She threw the first colored ball to one of the children, saying the child’s name at the same time. Then that child threw it to another, also saying the child’s name. After everyone had received the ball once, she threw the ball to the same child she threw it to the first time. Then as that child tossed the ball to the same child he had thrown it to before, she introduced more balls and the children were supposed to throw them in the same order as before. Soon there were balls going in every direction and names being yelled out.
“That was a fun game,” said one child. “Let’s play it again,” added others. Little did they realize they were working toward getting their one hour of physical exercise.

The children loved cutting up veggies for a salad and getting to taste them, too.

The children loved cutting up veggies for a salad and getting to taste them, too.

Next came a game of “Swim Fishies Swim.” One child was designated as the shark and was placed in the middle between two lines. The shark would say, “Come little fishies, come to my sea,” and the children would try to run to the other side without being tagged. If the child was tagged, he or she became a sea ameba, who couldn’t move in the center.

After having fun with that game, the children moved inside and played “See Ya.” There were hula hoops on the floor, which represented a safety zone but only one child at a time could be inside the hoop and had to move when “see ya” was yelled. If you got tagged outside the hula hoop by a shark, you had to do five jumping jacks. Again the children were having so much fun that they didn’t realize they were exercising.
After playing that game several times, the children were each given a water bottle, which they filled with cold water and then added an orange or lemon slice to flavor it, instead of having a sugary drink.
A couple of weeks later, Sarah and Barbara returned. This time, Sarah brought lots of colorful vegetables for the children to use to create a salad they would later eat. The children were delighted to be able to cut and chop the veggies with plastic knives and to sample whatever they wanted.

After a while, the children ended up chasing colored balls and having fun.

After a while, the children ended up chasing colored balls and having fun.

“I don’t like any of this,” said one girl as they cooking segment started and Sarah pulled lots of vegetables out of a bag. Later, that same girl was raving about the taste of a slice of fresh green pepper dipped in some humus, while another child decided he really liked fresh scallions.
By the time the salad was ready, all of the children were ready to taste some—well on their way to five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Meanwhile, Barbara was doing an arts and crafts project with another group. The children were given scissors, paste and lots of pictures of fruits and vegetables to put on a paper plate and then were given a magnet to put keep their creation on their home refrigerator to remind them to eat healthy foods.
Many made their creations in the shape of a heart and added phrases such as, “Fruits and veggies are good for your heart.”

Cole tries to get by shark Aden .

Cole tries to get by shark Aden .

And so is learning how to meet the 5-2-1-0 guidelines while having fun.



Posted in In the Community

Prescription Drug Abuse – how it is affecting our community and what we can do to prevent it

September 11th, 2013

Prescription Drug Abuse – how it is effecting our community and what we can do to prevent it from Waldo County General Hospital on Vimeo.



Posted in In the Community

Fall 2013 Journey to Health Classes

September 11th, 2013

Fall 2013 Journey to Health Classes from Waldo County General Hospital on Vimeo.



Posted in Exercise, In the Community, J2H TV


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