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Providers sign on at WCGH

December 20th, 2013

Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH) has a new Chief of Anesthesiology onboard. And in the next few months, we will also add a new leader for our Hospitalist Program, a rheumatologist, and a general surgeon, along with a new provider for the Donald S. Walker Health Center in Liberty.

 

  Dr. Curtis Smith, who currently lives and works as a hospitalist in Lancaster, N.H., will begin overseeing the Hospitalist Program at Waldo County March 1. Prior to moving to New Hampshire, Dr. Smith worked in this area and at one time was on the full time faculty for the Family Practice Residency Program at Eastern Maine Medical Center. He was on the emergency room staff at Waldo County from 2003-2005.

 

Dr. Sidney Block of Northport, a rheumatologist, will begin practicing here at the first of the year and he will be joined in mid-January by Dr. Shane Lydon of Lincolnville, a general surgeon.

 

Two Physician Assistants are also joining the staff. Valerie Poulos, PA-C, of Rockport, will be the new provider at the Donald S. Walker Health Center in Liberty. She has been working in emergency medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland and on a per diem basis at Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta.

 

Adam Barnard, PA-C, of Belfast, will be working as a hospitalist. He has been working as a physician assistant at the Lovejoy Health Center in Albion since graduating from the Duke University Physician Assistant Program.

 

Dr. Michael Gowesky

Dr. Michael Gowesky

The Hospital’s new Chief of Anesthesiology is  Dr. Michael Gowesky.  He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and comes to WCGH from Eastern Maine Medical Center and Pen Bay Medical Center.



Posted in December 2013 InPulse, Hospital News, New Staff

The sleep lab has changed location, look

December 20th, 2013

The sleep lab has moved from the main floor of the Hospital to the new building across the street and the difference in appearance is unbelievable. And in the February InPulse, you can read about the  new state-of-the art equipment  in the lab.

The sleep lab has moved from the main floor of the Hospital to the new building across the street and the difference in appearance is unbelievable. And in the February InPulse, you can read about the
new state-of-the art equipment
in the lab.

 

 

old sleep lab

 



Posted in December 2013 InPulse, Hospital News, In the Community

A meal to celebrate the birth of their baby

December 20th, 2013

Kristen Leavitt and Joe Dorval enjoy their celebration meal before taking their newborn son, Nathan, home.

Kristen Leavitt and Joe Dorval enjoy their celebration meal before taking their newborn son, Nathan, home.

 

Lobster Ravioli. Baked sole stuffed with crabmeat and scallop stuffing. Tender sautéed sirloin beef tips in a bourbon infused sauce. Fresh mozzarella & tomato salad with olive oil & fresh basil.

 

Tiramisu.

 

Doesn’t really sound like offerings you’d find at your local hospital, does it?
But those items and more are on the celebration dinner menu for new parents of babies born at Waldo County General Hospital. And they aren’t served on a plastic tray. Before the new parents take the newest member of their family home, they are invited to sit down to a gourmet meal at a table with a tablecloth and flowers in the center in the Women & Infants Health Care Unit.

 

Many of the new parents, especially those with children at home, realize this may be the last fancy meal they are able to have with each other for a while.

 

With two boys at home, 8 years old and 22 months, Kristen Leavitt knows there aren’t going to be a lot of quiet, sit down together meals after she and Joe Dorval take newborn Nathan home to Stockton Springs.

 

That knowledge seems to make Joe and Kristen enjoy their meal even more.

 

And if tiramisu isn’t your cup of tea, the chocolate indulgence cake and New York style cheesecake with fresh seasonal berries look delicious, too.



Posted in December 2013 InPulse, Hospital News, In the Community

Aid makes donation to Hospital

December 20th, 2013

At the Silver Tea, Judy Whitney-Blake, treasurer of the Hospital Aid, left, presented Mark Biscone, Executive Director of the Hospital, with a check for $7,500 for the annual campaign. And Lois Aitken, treasurer of the Hospital Gift Shop, gave him another $2,500 from proceeds at the gift shop.

At the Silver Tea, Judy Whitney-Blake, treasurer of the Hospital Aid, left, presented Mark Biscone, Executive Director of the Hospital, with a check for $7,500 for the annual campaign. And Lois Aitken, treasurer of the Hospital Gift Shop, gave him another $2,500 from proceeds at the gift shop.



Posted in December 2013 InPulse, Hospital News

Silver Tea is great success

December 20th, 2013

Alicia and Tom Stevenson opened their home for this year’s Silver Tea.

Alicia and Tom Stevenson opened their home for this year’s Silver Tea.

 

The annual Silver Tea, sponsored by the Waldo County General Hospital Aid, was held Dec. 4 at the home of Tom and Alicia Stevenson, 58 Church Street, Belfast. The public enjoyed touring the magnificent home, along with the sandwiches, desserts, punch, coffee and tea served by Aid members from silver services.

Tea and coffee were served in the beautiful dining room.

Tea and coffee were served in the beautiful dining room.

 

The setting was a three-story house built in 1875 for George Pote, a Civil War veteran, who manufactured men’s vests. The house has Italianate influences with a capped decorative portico and bay windows.

The fireplaces in the house were all decorated tastefully.

The fireplaces in the house were all decorated tastefully.

 

The current owners have lived at the house for the past four years and have carefully restored certain rooms and modernized others. Open to be toured were twin parlors, a dining room, sunroom, kitchen, master bedroom and guest room on the first floor. A large map of Belfast from 1855 hangs in the front parlor. The front stairway has the original bannister, dentate-type wall molding and leads to the four bedrooms on the second floor.

Larry Quinn enjoys punch served by Aid member Jean Russell.

Larry Quinn enjoys punch served by Aid member Jean Russell.

 

A silver bowl located near the entrance for donations contained $2,163 and the raffle of gift cards to local restaurants netted nearly $1,700. All funds realized from the tea will benefit the hospital.

Tim Woitowitz gets a cup of tea from Aid member Marie Underwood.

Tim Woitowitz gets a cup of tea from Aid member Marie Underwood.

 

Winners of the Aid’s holiday raffle “Bon Appetit” were Leslie Lavender, Lucy Ledien, Ed Lord, Norma Sweigert, Geary Tibbetts and Judy Warren.

 



Posted in December 2013 InPulse, In the Community

Hospital is moving forward with SeHR

December 20th, 2013

Waldo County Healthcare has re-engaged with our colleagues at MaineHealth, and we are moving forward with our plans to implement SeHR (Shared Electronic Health Record).

 

Last week we oriented nearly 80 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) at WCHI. These employees will be providing information on our current workflows to be used during the project Analysis and Design Phase. This phase will likely continue through the end of the year. At the conclusion of the Analysis and Design phase, we will be able to more accurately determine a specific timeframe for going live with SeHR. The Analysis and Design is a critical activity to bringing “One Patient, One Record” online at our Hospital and one that will require a great deal of staff cooperation.

 

Over the past several months, the MaineHealth SeHR Project Team has been working to stabilize and optimize SeHR and increase customer satisfaction with the system at Maine Medical Center, which will help us with our implementation.

 

We will be holding SeHR employee informational meetings to update co-workers on the process and to give them an opportunity to ask questions in the classroom on Dec. 18th at 7:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. There will also be demonstrations of Epic for providers on the 18th at noon and 5 p.m. Providers will receive invitations.



Posted in December 2013 InPulse, Hospital News

Let’s Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0 recogntion dinner held

December 20th, 2013

Let’s Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0 held a recognition dinner recently to “celebrate the accomplishments and contributions to the community” of 48 childcare, school, afterschool and healthcare sites in Waldo County. Of those sites, 31 were designated as sites of distinction and 17 were honored for being well on their way to becoming sites of distinction.

 

The ultimate goal of the program is to reduce obesity among young people by advocating for children to eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day, limiting recreational screen time to 2 hours a day, providing for 1 hour or more of physical activity per day and cutting out all sugary drinks.

 

In the healthcare field, those receiving awards were Drs. Ben Mailloux, Matt Molison and Steven Wilson, the Donald S. Walker Health Center in Liberty, the Searsport Health Center and the Lincolnville Regional Health Center.

 

In addition to the awards to sites, Barbara Crowley, RN, a Waldo County General Hospital employee who oversees Let’s Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0, awarded four special awards to those who have gone over and above with the program in each of the four categories. Among the special award winners was Chris Walker, NP, of the Donald Walker Health Center in Liberty.



Posted in December 2013 InPulse, In the Community

Hospital getting close to annual campaign goal

December 20th, 2013

 

Waldo County General Hospital’s annual campaign has reached 92% of its goal as of late November. The campaign began in September and will end Dec. 31. The response from employees, physicians and the community has been very rewarding. Thank you to all who have contributed to the campaign to help fund preventive care, wellness programs and charitable care to make our community healthier. You can still help take us over the top! Donations may be sent to: Community Relations, Waldo County General Hospital, P.O. Box 287, Belfast, ME 04915.

Waldo County General Hospital’s annual campaign has reached 92% of its goal as of late November. The campaign began in September and will end Dec. 31. The response from employees, physicians and the community has been very rewarding. Thank you to all who have contributed to the campaign to help fund preventive care, wellness programs and charitable care to make our community healthier. You can still help take us over the top! Donations may be sent to: Community Relations, Waldo County General Hospital, P.O. Box 287, Belfast, ME 04915.

 

 



Posted in December 2013 InPulse, Hospital News, In the Community

WCGH gets contribution for Let’s Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0

December 20th, 2013

MaineHealth recently presented Waldo County General Hospital with a contribution of $40,000 to its Let’s Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0 program. The goal of the program is to reduce and prevent obesity among young people.  Let’s Go! Waldo works in five community sectors: early child care, schools, afterschool programs, healthcare and in the community. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Emily Kain of MaineHealth, Program Manager, MaineHealth Community Partners; Mark Biscone, Executive Director, Waldo County General Hospital; Deb Deatrick of MaineHealth, Vice President of Community Health, and Naomi Anderson Schucker, Program Director Community Health, MaineHealth Health care and Community Partners.

MaineHealth recently presented Waldo County General Hospital with a contribution of $40,000 to its Let’s Go! Waldo 5-2-1-0 program. The goal of the program is to reduce and prevent obesity among young people. Let’s Go! Waldo works in five community sectors: early child care, schools, afterschool programs, healthcare and in the community. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Emily Kain of MaineHealth, Program Manager, MaineHealth Community Partners; Mark Biscone, Executive Director, Waldo County General Hospital; Deb Deatrick of MaineHealth, Vice President of Community Health, and Naomi Anderson Schucker, Program Director Community Health, MaineHealth Health care and Community Partners.



Posted in December 2013 InPulse, Hospital News, Uncategorized

Waldo County Dental Care gets grant from BOA

December 20th, 2013

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $7,500 grant to Waldo County Dental Care. On hand to make the presentation were, from left, Brian King, Site Executive for Bank of America in Belfast; Jason Lundy, Business Banker at Bank of America in Belfast; Dan Bennett, Director of Operations at Waldo County General Hospital; Dale Kuhnert, a member of the Hospital Board of Directors and Shannon Robbins RN, Community Health Manager at the Hospital. Bennett, Kuhnert and Robbins were behind the creation of Waldo County Dental Care. In announcing the grant award, Bank of America said, “Providing support to organizations like (Waldo County Dental Care), that are providing critical services and programs is just one of the ways we are helping improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.”

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $7,500 grant to Waldo County Dental Care. On hand to make the presentation were, from left, Brian King, Site Executive for Bank of America in Belfast; Jason Lundy, Business Banker at Bank of America in Belfast; Dan Bennett, Director of Operations at Waldo County General Hospital; Dale Kuhnert, a member of the Hospital Board of Directors and Shannon Robbins RN, Community Health Manager at the Hospital. Bennett, Kuhnert and Robbins were behind the creation of Waldo County Dental Care. In announcing the grant award, Bank of America said, “Providing support to organizations like (Waldo County Dental Care), that are providing critical services and programs is just one of the ways we are helping improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.”



Posted in February 2013 InPulse, Hospital News, In the Community


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