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Pre-Diabetes Lifestyle Change Program at Central Maine Medical Center

11/07/2017

Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) will offer a free Lifestyle Change Program starting December 4 at 11:00 a.m.

The PreventT2 curriculum, approved for the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), features multiple sessions over 12 months covering healthy, long-term changes to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Adults with a prediabetes diagnosis or who are at high risk for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes are welcome to join the program.

Participants meet in a small group led by a specially trained lifestyle coach. The program begins with weekly one-hour meetings for eight weeks. The group then meets bi-weekly for eight sessions and ends with monthly meetings for six months as participants move toward a lifetime of healthy living.

To register for the program please contact Louise Ingraham at 207-330-7769 or e-mail to preventdiabetes@cmhc.org before November 22. To learn more about the program visit the Central Maine Healthcare DPP website at www.cmmc.org/diabetes-prevention.

When: Begins at 11:00 a.m. on December 4, 2017 with an information session
Where: Central Maine Medical Center, 60 High Street, Lewiston, ME
What: Lifestyle Change Program to Prevent/Delay Type 2 Diabetes
Registration: Louise Ingraham, 207-330-7769, preventdiabetes@cmhc.org

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WHA's Rotating Gallery to Feature Painters Julia Nichols and Annette Lavallee in November

11/02/2017

The Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery will feature paintings by Julia Nichols and Annette Lavallee through the month of November. The gallery is located at 60 High Street in Lewiston, the main entrance to Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).

Nichols (pictured) draws her inspiration from the beauty of quiet places, especially in the woods and marshes of Yarmouth, Freeport, and Acadia National Park, where paints on location. Her passion for painting led her to leave the paper industry after 24 years to paint full-time. Nichols is a member of the Sebascodegan Artists Gallery in Harpswell.

"I choose to work in oils because the feel of the paint is a big part of the whole experience. It's a process involving all the senses and I like to compare it to playing with your food. I hope that all the things I feel, smell, and hear while outside painting are available to anyone who looks at my work," said Nichols of her art.

Lavallee, a long-time Auburn resident, chose to venture back to the "art world" upon her retirement. She enjoys exploring and using much of today's new technology. The recipient of three "Best in Show" awards for her work and multiple other accolades, Lavallee is also proud of her commercial work. Her current paintings feature watercolors and acrylic on canvas.

"I want to dedicate this show to all of my family who supported and believed in me. The future will be filled with my art and my family. I am a very blessed woman," said Lavallee.

The artists' work may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits CMMC.

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Chia-Jung Karen Lu, MD, Joins Central Maine Surgical Associates

11/02/2017

Chia-Jung Karen Lu, MD, has joined the staff at Central Maine Surgical Associates located at 12 High Street, Suite 401 in Lewiston.

Lu completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif. She earned her medical degree at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa.

She completed her general surgery residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Ark. and a fellowship in surgical critical care at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Lu is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

"I believe in treating my patients like how I would want my own family members to be treated. Listening and keeping an open communication is the best way to connect with my patients," said Lu of her healthcare philosophy.

Central Maine Surgical Associates is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-795-5767.

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Central Maine Healthcare Supports Medicaid Expansion

11/01/2017

Learn the facts about Question 2


This November, you have the opportunity to help your fellow Mainers gain access to healthcare when you vote yes on Question 2, which asks whether or not the state should expand its Medicaid health insurance program known as MaineCare.

Our mission is to improve the lives of patients and elevate the health of the communities we serve. An important part of this mission is supporting access to affordable, safe and high-quality healthcare for all. Passage of Question 2 would provide MaineCare to an additional 80,000 adults - more than half of whom are hard-working in restaurants and food service, construction, and grocery stores, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. This is why we're supporting its passage.

Who can be insured by MaineCare?

MaineCare helps children, seniors, low income families and people with disabilities the most. It provides insurance for one out of every three children in Maine, and pays for over 40 percent of births. For low-income working families, health insurance through an employer may be too expensive or not available, making MaineCare the only option for family health insurance, particularly in rural areas.

Why is this important?

For many Mainers, there's no other viable option for health insurance coverage than MaineCare. Without coverage, thousands of people delay obtaining care. As a result, their illnesses get worse, more complex, and more difficult and expensive to treat. It also causes patients to rely more on Emergency Departments for care, an expensive, short-term fix rather than the preventive, continuous care available to patients who have their own doctor. MaineCare also pays for routine checkups, prescription drugs and hospital stays, school-based services, mental health treatment, and home health.

What's the financial impact?

MaineCare is jointly financed by the federal government and the state. If MaineCare were expanded to additional adults, the federal government would pay up to 90 percent of the additional cost.

Expansion will provide affordable access to healthcare for uninsured Mainers. It will help reduce the bad debt patients incur when they can't pay for the healthcare services they've received--costs that are frequently passed on to consumers and businesses with insurance coverage. In addition, it helps hospitals reduce charity care costs--the cost of care written off when patients can't pay--costs that, for us, have risen 63 percent this fiscal year compared to FY 2015.

Expanding access is also good for the health of hospitals which play a critical role in their communities. Increases in charity care coupled with reductions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements healthcare systems currently face impacts ability to invest in facilities, new technology and clinical programs needed to meet evolving healthcare needs. Healthcare is the largest source of employment in Maine, with wages that are 17 percent above the state average, but the majority of hospitals in the state are currently operating at a loss, due in part to the loss of MaineCare coverage for thousands of families over the last few years.

Expanding Medicaid is also good for the health of Maine's economy. Because more people would have access to affordable healthcare under expansion increasing the demand for healthcare services, around $500 million would be injected into economy in the next two years and 6,000 new jobs would be created, according to the Maine Center for Economic Policy.

What we're doing

We're committed to working on the collective health of our communities in addition to focusing on individual patients. This way, we can reduce the cost of healthcare by identifying and preventing healthcare issues within entire communities. Almost one quarter of our rural neighbors are insured through MaineCare, compared to only 18 percent elsewhere. Because Central Maine Healthcare serves many rural communities, we're particularly dependent on MaineCare to allow us to continue providing prevention services and primary care at community health centers.

We also realize we're an important part of the solution. We too are evolving and leading the change in healthcare delivery in Maine by adopting a value-based healthcare delivery model based on cost, access, quality and service so that we can continue meeting the healthcare needs of our communities.

What can you do?

Support Medicaid expansion when you vote on Question 2. For thousands of Mainers, many of whom are your neighbors, your friends, your co-workers - their lives depend on it.

Dervilla McCann, M.D., FACC, MPH
Chief of Population Health
Central Maine Healthcare

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CMH Welcomes David Tupponce, M.D., Executive Vice President of CMH and President of CMMC

10/26/2017

We are excited to welcome David Tupponce, M.D., Executive Vice President of Central Maine Healthcare and President of Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).

Tupponce comes to CMH with an extensive clinical and administrative background. For the past five years, he served as CEO of Paradise Valley Hospital, part of Tenet Healthcare's Abrazo Community Health Network, in Scottsdale, Arizona. His clinical background includes service as a hospitalist and family practice physician. He received a Doctor of Medicine from George Washington University and was a family medicine chief resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Read more about Dr. Tupponce's in this exclusive interview by the Sun Journal.

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Central Maine Healthcare adds operations leaders to hasten its transformation

10/24/2017

Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) has added two healthcare operations executives to help position the health system as Maine's healthcare delivery innovator.

The two new senior leaders are David Tupponce, M.D., Executive Vice President of CMH and President of Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) and Lynn Budlong, Vice President of Physician Services.

Together, Tupponce and Budlong will oversee the system's operations and work with physicians to develop programs and set even higher standards of clinical quality and safety for CMH's patients. The appointments further solidify CMH's leadership roster to assist in transforming the system into the state's first value-based healthcare provider in terms of cost, access, quality and service.

Tupponce comes to CMH with an extensive clinical and administrative background. For the past five years, he served as CEO of Paradise Valley Hospital, part of Tenet Healthcare's Abrazo Community Health Network, in Scottsdale, Arizona. His clinical background includes service as a hospitalist and family practice physician. He received a Doctor of Medicine from George Washington University and was a family medicine chief resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Budlong has nearly 20 years of broad strategic leadership experience, and was most recently the Vice President, Primary Care and Strategic Business Operations at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Cambridge Health Alliance. While there, she provided strategic and operational leadership for an ambulatory network of 12 primary care centers. Prior to her role at Cambridge Health Alliance, she was a consultant in the human services and healthcare sectors in the areas of new business development, strategic planning and operations management.

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25th Annual CMMC Golf Tournament Raises Over $93,000 for Cancer Fund

10/17/2017

The Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) 25th Annual Fall Golf Classic held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Martindale Country Club in Auburn, raised $93,600 for the Cancer CARE (Clinical, Assistance, Resources, Education) Fund.

Foursomes comprised of 26 supporting sponsors took to the course for a day of competition and philanthropy. Tournament major sponsors included Presenting Sponsor, Kaufman Hall; Platinum Sponsor, UnitedHealthcare (UMR); Gold Sponsor, Cerner Corporation and Founding Sponsor, Cross Insurance. The tournament structure included a bag valet service, continental breakfast, barbecue lunch, hors d'oeuvres and a gift for each player. The tournament also featured an air cannon in which players could opt to shoot on a par 4, which raised nearly $1,000 for cancer care.

Jeff Brickman, President and CEO of Central Maine Healthcare (CMH), presented two employees in cancer care with the first Fall Golf Classic Iron Award, which recognizes any CMH employee who has demonstrated outstanding effort, excellence and contributions to CMH. Karen DeGrandpre and Kailie Sullivan are cancer care social workers who ensure each CMH cancer patient get the help they need, often through direct counseling or referrals to community resources. Both were honored for their work as the first Iron Award recipients.

The winners of the day were as follows: 1st Place Gross from Team Rodrigue & Son Painting, Inc.(pictured) - Steve Rodrigue, Kathy Rodrigue, Dylan Rodrigue, Cody Rodrigue; 2nd Place Gross from Team Royal Flooring Co., Inc. - Matt Hopkins, Glen Fillion, Tyler Tyburski, Mike Burian; 3rd Place Gross from BKD CPA's & Advisors - Justin Murphy, Mike Rossignol, Logan Rossignol, Nate Gould; 1st Place Net from Team Cerner Corporation - Brian Strok, Ray Wieczerzak; 2nd Place Net from Team Harvard Pilgrim - Amanda McAlister, Nicole Fairweather, Steve Connely, Steven Larrabee; 3rd Place Net - Team Androscoggin Bank - Paul Andersen, Jenny Arnold, Jay Menario, Steve Bonville.

Other winners include: Grand Raffle Prize - Bill Demianiuk; Air Cannon Closest to the Pin - Logan Rossignol; Grand Putt Off - Brian Erenen; Longest Drive Men - Dylan Rodrigue; Longest Drive Women - Amanda McAlister; Closest to the Pin Men - Paul Gosselin; Closet to the Pin Women - Amanda McAlister.

Funds raised from the golf tournament will benefit the Cancer CARE Fund, which was created to provide flexible support in cancer care to be used where the need is the greatest. The Cancer CARE Fund can be used in any area of cancer care including but not limited to clinics, programs, education, patient financial assistance, technology, equipment, space upgrades, and more--to provide the best care possible for cancer patients throughout central Maine.

To view a slideshow of photos from the event, or to learn more about the Cancer CARE Fund, please visit www.cmmcgiving.org or contact the Development Office at (207) 795-2950.

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James "Kip" Gravel, BSN, RN, Receives Central Maine Medical Center's DAISY Award

10/12/2017

James "Kip" Gravel, BSN, RN, has been recognized as a Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) DAISY Award recipient.

The DAISY Award is sponsored by the DAISY Foundation and recognizes nurses who consistently demonstrate in their work the following attributes: compassion; critical thinking skills; passion about life; patient- and family-focused care; patient advocacy; support of all healthcare team members; and nursing profession role model.

Gravel joined the CMMC nursing staff in 2016. He was nominated by a fellow co-worker. The nomination story also had many quotes from his patients and their families.

Compassionate, positive and caring are just some of the words co-workers use to describe Gravel, who is also a strong patient advocate for those in his care. When asked about what keeps him as a CMMC team member he responded, "I enjoy the patients, and I care about those I work with. It's not always about money, but it is working with all of these people that makes me want to stay."

One patient said, "As I gained strength [Gravel] encouraged my independence. He took me down to my labs to expedite my health. He treated everyone with dignity. [Gravel] used humor to ease frustrating times and thought outside the box while staying safe."

Gravel's compassionate care and upbeat attitude make him a wonderful addition to the Central Maine Healthcare team.

The DAISY Award was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. DAISY is an acronym for "diseases attacking the immune system". The foundation is headquartered in Glen Ellen, Calif.

The DAISY Award was created to show gratitude to the nursing profession, because the Barnes family believed that nurses are truly "unsung heroes". The DAISY Foundation says the program "honors the super human work nurses do at the bedside each and every day." The foundation also funds research for the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects.

Patients, visitors, physicians, and co-workers can nominate nurses who they feel deserve to be recognized with the DAISY Award.

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Julie Booker, NP, AONP, Acknowledged for her Patient Care by CMMC

10/10/2017

Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) presented its inaugural Larry Hopperstead Award for Excellence in Patient Care to Julie Booker, NP, AONP.

Booker, a nurse practitioner at Hematology-Oncology Associates in Lewiston, was nominated for the award by the entire staff of the infusion center for her professionalism and selfless efforts to ensure that her patients receive top-quality, compassionate care.

The nomination spoke of her commitment to provide patients with seamless continuity of cancer care by working with other providers, creating symptom management and survivorship classes, exhibiting patience and compassion, being a constant presence of support, never rushing through care, and often being heard saying, "because it is what is best for our patients."

The nomination also provided one specific example of Booker's dedication to her patients:

"[Booker] had been frequently checking in on a young patient with terminal cancer, meeting with her family, communicating on a regular basis with providers in Boston, and tending to their every need. After many rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and extensive surgery, [Booker] followed the patient and made regular visits with her in rehab to ensure she was healing both physically and mentally. Once home, she once again made frequent calls to both the patient and family to ensure everything was going well. When the patient's cancer once again progressed, [Booker] worked her magic to ensure the patient could be granted one last wish. She heard Patrick Dempsey was at the Dempsey Center for meetings and took hours out of her schedule that day to search the Dempsey Center and plan a meeting with the patient. When she arrived back at the office she was beaming with joy. She relayed to us that the patient had been able to meet Patrick and take pictures with him. She was thrilled. [Booker's] hard work and compassion gave that patient one last reason to smile, and that is what made her smile."

Her dedication to cancer treatment and care goes beyond her patients and into the community. Each year, Booker participates in the cycling portion of the Dempsey Challenge and the Tri for a Cure. Her participation in these events provides inspiration and comfort to her patients. In addition, she dedicates time to coaching youth soccer and hockey in her community.

The Larry Hopperstead Award for Excellence in Patient Care is named in honor of long-time Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) surgeon Dr. Larry Hopperstead, FACS. In his tenure at CMMC, he was instrumental in creating and building the hospital's trauma program as Trauma Director, as well as, bringing Lifeflight of Maine to the Lewiston campus. In 2011, Hopperstead joined the Rumford Hospital Surgical Associates' staff and brought his knowledge, surgical prowess, and patient-centered care to the River Valley until his retirement earlier this year. Throughout his career, Hopperstead never forgot that treating patients and team members with respect and compassion is the foundation of high-quality healthcare.

In honor of all that Larry Hopperstead brought to CMH, providers must:
  • Model altruism, competence, trustworthiness, and humility
  • Receive exemplary patient and family feedback
  • Demonstrate success in improving the patient experience and reducing patient and caregiver suffering


Booker exemplifies CMH's dedication to touching patients' lives and elevating the communities it serves.

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Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Gallery to Feature Photographers Lisa Bryant and Alana Ranney in October

10/06/2017

The Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery will feature photography by Lisa Bryant and Alana Ranney through the month of October. The gallery is located at 60 High Street in Lewiston, the main entrance to Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).

Bryant's photography is inspired by the Imogene Cunningham quote, "Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow." With a passion for capturing the tiny, everyday miracles of her surroundings in western Maine she is rarely without her camera. Her other favorite subjects to photograph are family, animals, and travel locations.

For Ranney, photography has been a life-long journey and creative outlet, allowing her to explore light and form. In addition to her photography skills, Ranney enjoys adding textures and overlays to her images transforming them into unique works of art. She has studied with top professionals at New England Institute of Professional Photography and through the Maine Professional Photographers Association. Ranney also keeps her skills up-to-date through online learning and forums. Her hard work has resulted in receiving many awards and having photographs published in local magazines, calendars, and publications. She is the owner of A Fine Photo, a boutique photo studio, and is available for commissions and assignments throughout Maine. To get into contact with Ranney log on to: www.afinephoto.com or www.mainefineartphotography.com.

"My art allows me to travel and explore the back roads of Maine looking for unique places and things to photograph. I enjoy nature and landscape photography and macro, and anything old and rusty! Maine has such a wide selection of things and unique places to photograph," said Ranney.

The artists' work may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits CMMC.

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Melissa Mathon, Tech, Receives Central Maine Medical Center's Sunshine Award

10/06/2017

Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) presented its most recent Sunshine Award to Melissa Mathon, Tech.

The Sunshine Award was established to reward and celebrate the extraordinary skills and compassionate care given by technical support staff. Sunshine Award recipients consistently demonstrate compassion, patient- and family-focused care, passion about life, patient advocacy, and their support of all healthcare team members.

Co-workers describe Mathon as dedicated, extremely hardworking, and professional. She often goes above and beyond for her the patients in her care and does anything she is asked to do without hesitation.

The nomination story highlighted one such time when Mathon's dedication shined. There were two babies admitted to the unit that required constant monitoring in addition to their normal needs. Mathon was assigned to be the CNA sitter in the room for a 12-hour shift. During her shift, she proceeded to feed, bathe, and console the babies while keeping up the strict records needed for their care. Not only did Mathon provide top-quality care but also provided some rest for the parents by helping take care of the tiny patients.

Mathon's dedication to caring for her patients and their families personifies Central Maine Healthcare's vision of touching the lives of its patients and elevating the communities it serves every day.

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Lifestyle Change Program at Central Maine Medical Center

09/05/2017

Central Maine Medical Center will offer a free Lifestyle Change Program starting September 21.

The PreventT2 curriculum, approved for the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), features multiple sessions over 12 months covering healthy, long-term changes to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Any adults with a pre-diabetes diagnosis or at high risk for pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes are welcome to join the program.

Participants meet in a small group led by a trained lifestyle coach. The program begins with weekly one-hour meetings for eight weeks. After the initial meetings the group will meet bi-weekly for eight sessions and end with monthly meetings for six months as participants move toward a lifetime of healthy living.

To register for the program please contact Louise Ingraham at 207-330-7769 or e-mail to preventdiabetes@cmhc.org. To learn more about the program visit the Central Maine Healthcare DPP website

When: Begins on September 21, 2017 with an information session, followed by Session 1 on September 28, 2017 (22-24 sessions over 12 months)
Where: Central Maine Medical Center, 60 High Street, Lewiston, ME
What: Lifestyle Change Program to Prevent/Delay Type 2 Diabetes
Registration: Louise Ingraham, 207-330-7769, preventdiabetes@cmhc.org

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Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Gallery to Feature Kathy Cain and Kenneth Harvey in September

09/05/2017

The Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery will feature photography and paintings by Kathy Cain and watercolor paintings by Kenneth Harvey through the month of September. The gallery is located at 60 High Street in Lewiston, the main entrance to Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).

Cain, a native New Englander and member of the Western Maine Art Group, has dedicated much of her life to art. With degrees in art education and nursing, she has had her medical illustration work featured in highly regarded medical journals and textbooks. Though her early works focused on painting and drawing, her models often came from photographs leading her to develop a creative interest in photography. She has since taken a photography course and added photos into her exhibits.

"I find it rewarding to discover the 'every day' beauty that surrounds us, which is so often overlooked in today's busy lives," said Cain of her work. Her exhibit features landscapes and still lifes.

Harvey, a self-taught painter, has been in love with watercolors for more than 30 years. He is a member of the "Plein Air Painters of Maine" Midcoast Chapter and can be found in the Boothbay area with his fellow painters every Wednesday from April through November. Harvey hopes his paintings share the joy he felt while painting the pieces.

"The first time I saw the incredible flow of the colors mingling on the paper and realized the endless creative possibilities that were available to me, I was hooked," said Harvey of his passion for watercolors.

The artists' work may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits CMMC.

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Evan Dunn, M.D., Joins Central Maine Urology Center

08/29/2017

Evan Dunn, M.D., has joined the staff at Central Maine Urology Center located at 287 Main Street, Suite 404 in Lewiston.

Dunn attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. receiving his Bachelor of Science in Biology. He earned his medical degree from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn.

He completed his general surgery internship and urology residency at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn. Dunn is certified by the American Board of Urology. He is a member of the American Urological Association, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

As a general urologist, Dunn provides many urological services both in the office and in the operating room. One of his specialty services includes the surgical treatment of kidney stones, providing his patients with prompt relief from a very painful condition.

"My role as a provider is to be an aggressive advocate for my patient's health and wellbeing. I encourage my patients to take an active role in their care. I strive to cure the diseases I can and mitigate those I cannot," said Dunn of his role. "My health care tenets arise from my time spent in the Air Force - 'Integrity first, Service before self and Excellence in all we do.'"

Central Maine Urology Center is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-795-2171.

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Renee Fagone, N.P. Joins Central Maine Internal Medicine

08/29/2017

Renee Fagone, N.P. has joined the staff at Central Maine Internal Medicine located at 12 High Street, Suite 400 in Lewiston.

Fagone received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

"My great-grandmother was the 'medicine woman' in her village in Italy, my grandmother was a healer, and my mother still has a keen interest and practices in herbal remedies and alternative medicine. I believe healthcare is in my bloodline. I also grew up in a multi-generational home where taking care of others was modeled for me," said Fagone about why she works in healthcare.

"I am drawn to care for and hopefully improve the human experience," she continued.

Central Maine Internal Medicine is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-795-5700.

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CMMC Family Medicine Residency Welcomes University of New England Medical Students

08/15/2017

The CMMC Family Medicine Residency welcomed eight third year medical students from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM). The residency program serves as the coordinator for the CMMC "Clinical Campus" for UNECOM.

The students will spend their entire third year of medical school within the Central Maine Healthcare system to complete their core clinical rotations in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine (inpatient and outpatient), Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Surgery. The students will also have the opportunity for one Psychiatry rotation at St. Mary's Health System and one community health/rural medicine rotation.

One of the most unique aspects of the program involves introducing the students to Maine's rural and community health needs through a clinical rotation often completed at Swift River Family Medicine in Rumford. As the need for healthcare providers in the state continues to increase, it's important for future providers to experience the work and see if it's a good fit for their career.

When the students finish out the year, they will have a great general understanding of all aspects of healthcare and the career options their medical degrees provide for them.

Pictured: (First Row) Cashel O'Brien, Danielle Beard, Ula Lewandowski, Masina Wright, Tahlia Wolfgang, and Emily Boone (Second Row) Andrew Bressler and Ethan Duane

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Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Gallery to Feature Paintings by Linda DeSantis and Sheila Patrick in August

08/04/2017

The Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery will feature paintings by Linda DeSantis and Sheila Patrick through the month of August. The gallery is located at 60 High Street in Lewiston, the main entrance to Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).

DeSantis, a New Jersey native, attended Trenton State College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in music and a master's in teaching. For 34 years she worked in the Auburn School District as a secondary school art teacher. Her courses covered fundamentals of art, drawing, painting, 2D and 3D design, collage, and art history. Even in retirement DeSantis found time to teach, including a past course offering of observational drawing at the Senior College through the University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College.

Though her current work focuses on watercolors and fluid acrylics with elements of collage, DeSantis also enjoys paper sculpture and draws her inspiration from nature.

"One of the great pleasures of being retired is having the time to pursue my love of the visual arts and in developing my own personal artistic style. I have studied with Linda Murray, an artist in Bath. She has helped me learn how to access the power of imagination and how to trust one's inner voice," said DeSantis.

Patrick began her art journey in Brookline, Mass. through an adult education course featuring oil painting. Many of her works are inspired by her home country, Newfoundland, featuring sweeping coastal landscapes and ships conquering stormy seas. Many of her paintings also hold stories from her family's seafaring history, including one of Iceburg Alley (pictured left) where her grandfather pulled the last debris from the wreck of the RMS Titanic in 1912.

"I love our universe and, especially, our Earth," said Patrick whose paintings cover seascapes, landscapes, and every day moments. She enjoys sharing her gift of art and connection with the world.

The artists' work may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits CMMC.

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Forbes Names Maine College of Health Professions to Top Trade Schools List

08/02/2017

Forbes recently ranked the Maine College of Health Professions (MCHP) in Lewiston 15th on its Top 30 Two-Year Trade Schools list. The recognition comes at a great time of growth and opportunity for the health professions college.

The ranking reflects MCHP's dedication to affordable education for in-demand, high-paying healthcare jobs. Nationally and in Maine, the impending nursing shortage has Registered Nurses listed as a top profession. According to the Maine Department of Labor, Radiologic Technologist is listed as the 11th most in-demand, high-earning job that doesn't require a four-year degree with an entry wage of over $20 per hour. MCHP offers a comprehensive Radiologic Technology program that includes a positioning simulation lab and a heavy emphasis on clinical practice that provide students with more hands-on experience in a variety of clinical settings than other programs.

"We specialize in healthcare education," said MCHP President Dr. Monika Bissell. "Our faculty understand and apply effective learning theory, which allows them to create course content and activities based on real-world clinical scenarios. We are intent on preparing students as well as possible for life after graduation."

In addition to learning theory, MCHP offers Interprofessional Education (IPE) opportunities that allow students to work on their interdepartmental collaboration skills. In 2016, Johns Hopkins University found that the third leading cause of death in the United States was medical error, much of which can be attributed to communication breakdowns. Getting students familiar with collaboration through IPE helps them to communicate effectively with other clinical areas, paving the way for enhanced patient care and reduced error.

This spring, the State of Maine Board of Education granted approval for MCHP to offer bachelor's degrees. The college is awaiting final approval from its regional accreditor, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The initial bachelor's degree offering will be for current Registered Nurses and will offer students flexibility by featuring many online courses. MCHP is aiming for a January 2018 launch, pending accreditor approval.

The bachelor's degree offering is only the beginning of a great time of growth for MCHP, which plans additional health-related bachelor's degree programs in the future. Ultimately, according to Bissell, the college would like to offer master's degrees in various health professions.

The college is also continuing to strengthen its relationship with Central Maine Healthcare to further expand practical, hands-on learning opportunities and stay on top of emerging healthcare trends. The relationship can also help students have an easier transition from student to work life through increased clinical experience and familiarity with a healthcare system.

"It's a very exciting time for MCHP. There's a lot of change, but in the midst of this change, we will stay true to what we do best - delivering the highest quality healthcare professions education," said Bissell.

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Jessica McNaughton, N.P. Joins Central Maine Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Staff

07/27/2017

Jessica McNaughton, N.P. has joined the staff at Central Maine Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine located at 76 High Street in Lewiston.

McNaughton attended The University of Maine in Orono and University of Southern Maine in Portland receiving her Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a Minor in Neuroscience and Bachelor of Science in Nursing, respectively. She received her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner degree from St. Joseph's College of Maine in Standish.

Prior to joining Central Maine Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, McNaughton worked was a Registered Nurse, Level II on the Pediatrics and Adult Medical Unit. Her time as an RN included roles as a charge nurse and new hire preceptor. She brings her knowledge of nutrition and compassionate care to patients with sleep disorders.

"I find Sleep Medicine very rewarding as sleep disorders have a pervasive effect on health, productivity, quality of life and enjoyment of waking hours. Eliminating any barriers and helping a patient achieve the most they can out of life is very gratifying," said McNaughton of her specialty.

Central Maine Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-795-5544.

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Gretchen Pianka, MD, MPH Joins Central Maine Pediatrics

07/24/2017

Gretchen Pianka, MD, MPH has joined the staff at Central Maine Pediatrics located at 12 High Street, Suite 301 in Lewiston.

Pianka attended Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. and earned her medical degree at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. She also holds a Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of New England in Biddeford, Me.

She completed her Pediatrics residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Pianka is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"I believe that my role is to listen with an open mind and then to offer the family what western medicine has to help them. I will also listen to non-western medicine ideas and work with the family on incorporating other strategies to help their children. My role as their pediatrician means that I am only one of many people helping to make important decisions about a child's health and well-being, and I always endeavor to be 100% present during those interactions," said Pianka of her role as a pediatrician.

Central Maine Pediatrics, part of Central Maine Healthcare, is accepting new patients and can be reached by calling 207-795-5730.

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Central Maine Medical Center Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

07/20/2017

Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

"A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely," said Peter Tilney, D.O., CMMC Emergency Department Co-Medical Director. "Central Maine Medical Center continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team's hard work."

"The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Central Maine Medical Center for its commitment to stroke care," said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. "Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program."

Get With The Guidelines-S puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

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CMMC Family Medicine Residency Welcomes First-Year Residents

07/20/2017

CMMC Family Medicine Residency welcomes seven new medical graduates this June. Pictured - (Front Row): Terra Wilkins, MD, Jennifer Couture, DO, Olivia Simpson, MD; Christopher Decker, DO; (Back Row) Ross Watson, MD; Justin Quinlan, DO; Bryan Stanley, MD. This class of residents is the 39th class to join the residency and we are so excited to have them join us.

The CMMC Family Medicine Residency attracts resident physicians who are bright, enthusiastic and who want to make a positive difference in the lives of their patients. All of these physicians are required to complete a three-year post graduate residency in their chosen specialty of Family Medicine in order to become board certified Family Physicians.

Since its inception in 1978, the Family Medicine Residency has been a leader in innovations in healthcare at CMMC. It operates out of the Oscar Treat Turner Family Medicine Center located at 76 High Street, an outpatient health center adjacent to the medical center complex. Family physicians offer care to entire families across the lifespan. The Family Medicine residents pictured here will provide care to a group of patients and families at all stages of life including: pregnancy, delivering babies, baby/child/teenager care, adults, and elder adults including end of life care. In addition, they will spend time caring for patients in the hospital under the supervision of primary care doctors and sub-specialist physicians.

The mission of CMMC's Family Medicine Residency is to provide a progressive and stimulating environment in which to learn and to develop the skills necessary to be highly competent family physicians. Many of the residency's graduates continue to practice in the Lewiston-Auburn area or in Maine after graduation.

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Central Maine Healthcare Names New VP of Strategy and Managed Care

07/19/2017

Central Maine Healthcare (CMHC) has named Ryan McKeown as its Vice President of Strategy and Managed Care. He started July 3.

McKeown will develop CMHC's strategy to position the system for long-term success as a regional healthcare innovator and patient experience leader. Initially, he'll focus on exploring strategic partnerships and markets, strengthening the system's payer and employer relationships, and developing a vision to reshape how CMHC measures and delivers quality healthcare and value in central and western Maine.

A native Mainer, McKeown's healthcare leadership experience began at Martin's Point Health Care where he was responsible for driving programs and provider partnerships, ultimately achieving Medicare's highest rating for quality and member satisfaction. Most recently he served as Vice President of Strategy and Business Integration for Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. While there, he executed multiple strategic partnerships and investments resulting in new market opportunities and capabilities driving revenue growth and expanded payer and provider relationships and physician engagement.

"I'm excited to continue my work in healthcare leadership. Central Maine Healthcare has been providing high-quality healthcare in central and western Maine for more than 125 years, and I'm looking forward to creating strategies that will allow CMHC to serve this region for another 125 years," said McKeown.

McKeown's efforts to help drive revenue growth and set new patient experience standards at CMHC will allow it to innovate, grow and continuously exceed the expectations of the communities it serves.

McKeown, his wife Lynne, an elementary school teacher, and their two dogs return home to Maine from Nashville, Tennessee.

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Catherine Clement, N.P. Joins Central Maine Family Medicine Residency Staff

07/11/2017

Catherine Clement, N.P. has joined the staff at Central Maine Family Medicine Residency located at 76 High Street in Lewiston.

Clement attended Ann May School of Nursing in Neptune, N.J. and began practicing as a Registered Nurse. She chose to return to school to pursue a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing focusing on Family Nurse Practitioner studies from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

With more than 41 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and 11 years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner, Clement is a true advocate for all of her patients helping represent and guide them through their medical care.

"Everyone should be treated as individuals, influenced by different beliefs, nationalities, family, financial and living situations, education, and eating habits. I try to consider these things when treating illness and providing education about illness and healthy living. I try to provide an environment of acceptance where anyone is comfortable to discuss anything," said Clement of her healthcare philosophy.

Central Maine Family Medicine Residency is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-795-2800.

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Lisa Kelsen, F.N.P. Joins Central Maine Medication Management Clinic

07/10/2017

Lisa Kelsen, F.N.P. has joined the staff at Central Maine Medication Management Clinic located at 10 High Street, Suite 103 in Lewiston.

Kelsen attended the University of New England in Portland, Maine, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She received her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in family practice from Simmons College in Boston. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Kelsen is also a member of the Northeast Regional Telehealth Council Board and the ALS Consortium Board.

"Healthcare is no longer disease management and prevention. We need to look at our patient as a whole prior to making our treatment choices, that requires us to look at financial, physical and emotional aspects that make up each individual. I believe that we need to treat patients in a patient centric environment. No two patients are alike, therefore we cannot provide cookie cutter disease management," said Kelsen.

"I love being part of the solution and enabling patients to function at the fullest level they can," she continued.

The Central Maine Medication Management Clinic is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-795-2310.

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Brandy Jenkins, C.N.A. Receives Central Maine Medical Center's Sunshine Award

07/06/2017

Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) presented its most recent Sunshine Award to Brandy Jenkins, C.N.A.

The Sunshine Award was established to reward and celebrate the extraordinary skills and compassionate care given by technical support staff. Sunshine Award recipients consistently demonstrate compassion, patient- and family-focused care, passion about life, patient advocacy, and their support of all healthcare team members.

Jenkins, who is also a nursing student, was nominated for the Sunshine Award by a patient's family member for her compassionate care of the patient who died unexpectedly.

The nomination story covered a small moment where the patient wanted to use the bathroom and was determined to get up to make the trip. Knowing the patient's condition, Jenkins danced with the patient to assist in the trip across the room. The story mentioned how she remained herself and provided compassionate care to a very sick patient.

"It is that one little comment or thing that they do that stands out to those that are hurting and sick. They are unaware they are going above and beyond, and just being themselves," said the nomination.

The story continued, "She came in while I was saying goodbye to say her goodbyes, just being herself, not knowing I was watching. She cried, said goodbye, and told him what a sweet man he was. Again, being natural, no acting, just being compassionate and herself."

Jenkins' impact on the patient and family exemplifies the compassionate, patient-centered care Central Maine Medical Center strives to provide to every patient every day.

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WHA's Rotating Gallery to Feature Art by Richard "JR" Pelletier and Joan Cyr in July

07/05/2017

The Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery will feature found item art by Richard "JR" Pelletier and photography by Joan Cyr through the month of July. The gallery is located at 60 High Street in Lewiston, the main entrance to Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).

Pelletier, a Lewiston native and resident of Sabattus, sees pieces of art all around him. His unique vision has led him to create found item art which transforms often forgotten items from yard sales and antique shops into creative pieces of art. His studio is small and his use of tools consists of hand tools, a drill press, and a band saw. Pelletier's workspace and vision leads him to leave surfaces of items as they are found. He hopes that his artwork will inspire others to view items differently, have their mind stirred, and plant a seed of encouragement that they too can create art. The exhibition will feature photography of Pelletier's work taken by Jose Leiva.

"I enjoy presenting everyday items in interesting ways. I use a wide variety of materials including metals, wood, glass, leather, stone, cloth and clay. I find it key that parts "flow" together and I enjoy the challenges of layering the different materials used. I must add I'm also pleased and excited about having an endless supply of materials, said Pelletier.

Cyr, a lifelong Mainer, resides in Auburn and has enjoyed photographing landscapes, nature and wildlife for over twenty-five years. She has exhibited at area galleries and businesses, neighborhood art walks and at Maine's premier juried photography show at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation (BRAF) Gallery. Her work has also been featured in Down East, a Maine magazine. In addition to photography, Cyr enjoys working with her husband Jude in her extensive flower gardens, which are often the subject of her work.

The artists' work may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits CMMC.

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Lewiston Farmers' Market Kids Club

07/05/2017

Every Sunday throughout the months of July and August, Healthy Androscoggin and the Lewiston Farmers' Market will be hosting a "Lewiston Farmers' Market Kids Club".

During market hours (10am - 1pm), children ages 5 to 13 accompanied by an adult, will be offered free nutrition education! Fun activities such as arts and crafts and scavenger hunts will be taking place, along with snack samples! Any kid that partakes in that days activity will be given a $2 token to spend at the market.

This is supported by Maine SNAP-ED in partnership with the University of New England.

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CMMC Family Medicine Residency Recognizes Residents and Fellows at Graduation Program

06/29/2017

Central Maine Medical Center's (CMMC) Family Medicine Residency recognized six third-year family medicine residents and six fellows at their recent graduation program on Friday, June 23, 2017. Honored at the commencement exercises were family physicians: (Seated, Front Row, Left to Right) Frank "Zach" Mazone DO, Shayna Shackford DO, Ben Kamin MD, Nupur Nagrare MD, Clare Alexander MD, and Tony Chan MD.)

Donald "Raj" Woolever, MD, Program Director, gave the welcome address with Deborah Taylor, PhD, serving as graduation mistress of ceremonies. In attendance were Family Medicine Residency faculty, residents and residency staff, hospital- and office-based CMMC physician teachers, family doctors who serve in the Family Medicine Center as preceptors for residents and medical students, as well as graduating residents' families and special invited guests.

William Lee, MD, Chief - Division of Primary Care, was invited to speak on behalf of the CMMC Administration.

The graduating resident class awarded the following:

Lewiston

Family Medicine Residency Clinical Staff of the Year - Melissa Robbins, LPN
Community Preceptor of the Year - Doug Ertman, MD
Faculty Teacher of the Year - Eileen Cloonan, MD
Bruce Johnson Award - Mike Moffatt, MD. The Dr. Bruce Johnson Residency Teacher of the Year Award honors the physician who, as voted by the graduating senior residents, made the most outstanding contribution to their Family Medicine Residency education.

Swift River Rural Training Track

RT Clinical Staff of the Year - Sootie Gauvin, LPN
RT Faculty of the Year- Stephanie Sinclair, MD

The resident graduates were honored by their faculty advisors:

Clare Alexander, MD Presented by Bethany Picker, MD
Tony Chan, MD Presented by John Lowery, DO, PhD
Benjamin Kamin, MD Presented by Tom Hattan, MD
Frank "Zach" Mazone, DO Presented by Hunter Sharp, DO
Nupur Nagrare, MD Presented by Bethany Picker, MD
Shayna Shackford, DO Presented by Dieter Kreckel, MD

The following Fellows were honored:

NMM/OMM Plus One Resident graduates were honored by their faculty advisors:

Joshua Garfein, DO Presented by Hunter Sharp, DO
Amber Hayden, DO Presented by Josie Conte, DO

Joshua Garfein, DO will be practicing at Dakota Ridge Family Medicine, Boulder Community Health, Boulder CO; Amber Hayden, DO will be a faculty member at Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency, Harrisburg, NC.

Family Medicine Sports Medicine Fellowship graduates were honored by Elizabeth Rothe, MD:
Jason Losee, MD and Everett Hayes, MD.

Losee will be practicing at Family Medicine/Sports Medicine, Unity Point Clinic, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa and Hayes will be practicing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Sports Medicine Division, Boston, MA

The Family Medicine Hospitalist Fellowship graduates: Nicole Boutaugh, DO, Kara Callahan, MD and Daniel Matta, MD. Boutaugh and Matta will be Adult Hospitalists at CMMC and Callahan will be a faculty member at CMMC Family Medicine Residency.

Dr. Woolever presented the following awards:

Residency Chiefs - Clare Alexander, MD, Nupur Nagrare, MD and Shayna Shackford, DO
Resident Teacher of the Year - Ben Kamin MD
Professionalism Award - Susan Miller MD, Jennifer Hanson, MD and Shayna Shackford, DO
Resident Research Award - Clare Alexander, MD

Dr. Woolever, along with the Family Medicine Residency faculty, presented the graduates with their diplomas. Deborah Taylor, PhD, gave closing remarks.

The family medicine graduates will be practicing at the following locations:

Clare Alexander, MD, REACH Community Health Center. Vancouver, BC; Tony Chan, MD, University of Toronto Hospital Medicine Clinical Fellowship, Mount Sinai Hospital/University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario; Ben Kamin, MD, Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Maine General Medical Center, Augusta, ME; Frank Zach Mazone, DO, Day Spring Family Wellness, Integrative Direct Primary Care Practice, Bath/Brunswick, ME; Nupur Nagrare, MD, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, New York; Shayna Shackford, DO, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency, Augusta, ME; Joshua Garfein, DO, Dakota Ridge Family Medicine, Boulder Community Health, Boulder CO; Amber Hayden, DO Faculty, Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency, Harrisburg, NC.

CMMC's Family Medicine Residency was founded in 1978 to support the development of a primary care foundation and provide well trained family physicians for the Lewiston-Auburn area and beyond. We are proud to have these former graduates of the CMMC Residency practicing in the area: Drs. Nicole Boutaugh, Leslie Bradbury, Kara Callahan, Shannon Deschenes, Adam Duquette, Steve Fairchild, Margo Goodman, Trisha Gushue, Manju Hilary, Todd Kitchens, Alicia Koteles, Cathy Krouse, Gerry Lachance, Shayna Lemke, John Lowery, Jeff Lynds, Margaret Matthews, Lisa McAllister, Shauna McElrath, James Ostrander, Kurt Oswald, Joanie Peter, Nathan Raby, Gary Rivard, Sarah Skelton, Stephanie Sinclair and Ray Tardif.

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Maine College of Health Professions Graduates 73

06/27/2017


Photo credit Dave Gondek Photography Graduation Photo Caption: Kay Rand, Graduation Speaker, Kersti Bayne, Samantha Bourassa, and Dana Hallisey, Class President and Student Speakers.
The Maine College of Health Professions (MCHP) graduated 2 Nuclear Medicine Technology, 52 Nursing, and 19 Radiologic Technology students in a ceremony at the Lewiston Middle School.

Faculty and administration awarded Associate Degrees in the Applied Sciences of Nuclear Medicine Technology, Nursing, and Radiologic Technology, and a number of graduating students received awards during the ceremony.

Graduates, friends, and family gathered with faculty, staff, administration, and honored dignitaries to celebrate commencement. MCHP President Dr. Monika Bissell welcomed the guests: Dr. Pamela Baker, Chair, MCHP Board of Trustees; and Kay Rand, Chief of Staff for Senator Angus King. Rev. Jonathan Vogel, Assistant Chaplain of Pastoral Care at CMMC, offered the Call for Reflection and Benediction. Phil House was pianist.

Susan Poulin, Faculty and Coordinator of General Education, served as Master of Ceremonies. Ms. Poulin introduced Kay Rand, who provided the graduation address. Ms. Rand encouraged graduates to live like a tree by keeping roots to stay securely grounded and having the ability to bend and adjust in changing conditions.

Providing reflections of the class were Kersti Bayne, Nuclear Medicine Technology Student Representative; Dana Hallisey, Nursing Class President; and Samantha Bourassa, Radiologic Technology Class President.

Dr. Pamela Baker, Chair of the Board of Trustees, presented the MCHP Board of Trustees Award to Cheryl Morin (Nursing graduate), and Emma Schalk (Radiology graduate). This award is given each year to the students who demonstrate leadership qualities, display concern and understanding for others, make decisions and assume responsibility for their actions, and establish trust in their interactions with others.

Dr. Bissell presented the MCHP President's Awards for the senior students attaining the highest academic achievements to Jennifer Mitchell (Nuclear Medicine Technology), Lindsey Rose Maines (Nursing), and Samantha Bourassa (Radiologic Technology). This award is given to the students with the highest GPA in each program of study.

Members of the MCHP Class of 2017 are: Holly Denman of Appleton; Cody Leavitt, Joshua Mosher, Kenneth Romero, and Larissa Montminy of Auburn; Terri Bono of Arundel; Alyssa Stanley of Biddeford; Dana Hallisey and Josie Tanguay of Brunswick; Carly Grass of Bridgewater; Miranda Smith of Eliot; Hannah Parlin of Fairfield; Maria Barton of Falmouth; Kelsey Baril, Monica Beaule, Jillian Hutchinson, and Dillon Lyons of Greene; Victoria Clemons of Harpswell; Hannah Chaney of Jay; Katrina Gosselin of Kennebunkport; Christie-Jo VanAmburg of Hartford; Jaymi Sullivan of Gray; Sarah Breton, Tyler Croman, Elizabeth McArthur, Rachel McElravy, Cheryl Morin, Rudy Pandora, Elisha Perez, Katherine Pushee, Kaszi Smith, Tia St. Pierre, Vanessa Swett, Courtney Belanger, Evan Bourassa, and Steven Small of Lewiston; Emma Blethen and Emily Gilbert of Lisbon; Heather Nickerson of Litchfield; Alexa Jackman of Livermore; Chelsey Walker of Lovell; Emily Ridley and Morgan Vellaro of Mechanic Falls; Brielle Embrey and Kylie Kemp of Monmouth; Dawn Collette of Mexico; Tara Hadsell, Lindsay Ryan, and Sara Sands of Minot; Shannon Storman of North Waterboro; Diana Libby of Norway; Shannon Buzzell of Oakland; Gina Criado of Old Orchard Beach; Paula Berube, Samantha Berube, and Darcy Rodriguez of Oxford; Jennifer Mitchell of Phillips; Lindsey Maines of Poland; Hannah Lloy of Raymond; Emma Schalk of Sabattus; Lauren Boucouvalas and Felicia Manson of Saco; Kersti Bayne of Standish; Emily Lemieux and Shirley Pouliot of South Portland; Rylie Turner of Steep Falls; Stephanie Jones of Turner; Steven LeClair of West Gardiner; Mandy Moore of Whitefield; Samantha Bourassa of Wilton; Mary Darcy and Kathleen Holbrook of Windham; and Kevin Schuller of Leominster, MA.

Maine College of Health Professions offers fully-accredited associate degree programs in nuclear medicine technology, nursing, and radiologic technology. Certificate programs are available in computed tomography, nurses' assistant, and phlebotomy. General education courses are offered each semester and are open to the public.

For more information about programs at MCHP, please visit our website at www.MCHP.edu or call 207-795-2840.


Photo credit Dave Gondek Photography

Graduation Photo Caption: Kay Rand, Graduation Speaker, Kersti Bayne, Samantha Bourassa, and Dana Hallisey, Class President and Student Speakers.

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Central Maine Healthcare Welcomes New Chief Nursing Officer

06/26/2017

Mary-Anne Ponti has joined Central Maine Healthcare's (CMH) senior leadership team as its Chief Nursing Officer. She started June 20.

Ponti is an important part of CMH's strategic transformation. She will support the health system's strategic plan by focusing on patient care and service excellence by providing direction for nursing throughout the system, including regulating credentialing and developing a nursing governance structure. Her expertise in leadership development, strategic planning and change management will help establish CMH's nursing department strategy as the system continues to position itself as a healthcare leader and innovator in central and western Maine.

With more than 30 years of experience in nursing and healthcare executive leadership, Ponti not only understands what it takes to be a staff nurse, but also how to lead and manage staff while establishing high standards of patient care and quality of service.

"I'm excited to return to Maine and join Central Maine Healthcare's leadership team. In healthcare, top-quality patient care begins at the bedside with nurses. I'm looking forward to guiding CMH's nursing departments towards new levels of care and quality," said Ponti.

Prior to CMH, Ponti provided coaching and guidance for healthcare leadership and management through her consulting business. She was also the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at McLaren Northern Michigan (MNM)where she was responsible for the overall hospital, physician practices, and ambulatory care financial performance andclinical operations. MNM served approximately 450,000 residents in rural northern Michigan.

Ponti's hiring is part of CMH's ongoing strategic change as the system works on strengthening its operations and patient experience and service levels as it navigates an ambiguous healthcare landscape at both the state and Federal levels.

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Woman's Hospital Association Donates $38,000 to CMMC

06/22/2017

The Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) at Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) held its 130th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 20.

The meeting began with donations presented to CMMC in the sum of $38,853.25. The Maine College of Health Professions for nursing and radiology and the Clinical Pastoral Education program received scholarship donations totaling $3,000. The Arbor House, CMMC's hospitality house, received $1,460. Special Funds at the Bennett Breast Care Center, The Cynthia Rydholm Center, and the Dempsey Center received a total of $9,393.25 for services to cancer patients. The Information Services Department received the largest check of $25,000 to purchase new laptops for nurses to use at patient bedsides.

The meeting concluded with a presentation by Connie Benwitz on the role of quilt patterns in the Underground Railroad.

Anyone interested in learning more about the WHA should call 207-795-2295 or email at wha@cmmc.org.

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Mark Kolasa, M.D. Joins Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute Staff

06/14/2017

Dr. Mark Kolasa has joined the staff at Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute (CMHVI) located at 60 High Street in Lewiston. He will lead the Electrophysiology Department and continue to expand the service capabilities of CMHVI.

Kolasa attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando after which he began graduate studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. He earned his medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD and is a 31-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He completed his Internal Medicine residency and Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. Kolasa also completed a Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. Kolasa is also a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the Heart Rhythm Society.

"Electrophysiology brings to bear a unique blend of science, technology, and medical knowledge to benefit those with heart rhythm problems. It is a field that has rapidly advanced over the past 20 years. In many cases, these advancements have provided curative therapies for numerous arrhythmias and in doing so can make a significant difference in a patient's life," Kolasa explained of his chosen speciality.

Kolasa comes to CMHVI from David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in California where he served as Department Chief of the Heart Lung, and Vascular Center.

"I enjoy taking care of patients one by one but also through involvement in a healthcare delivery system that can impact the care of many," said Kolasa of his role as a Cardiac Electrophysiologist. "I enjoy delivering patient-centered care and treat patients like I would like my own family and loved ones taken care of."

Kolasa sees patients at Central Maine Heart Associates (CMHA) and is currently accepting new patients. Central Maine Heart Associates, part of Central Maine Healthcare, is located at 60 High Street in Lewiston and can be reached by calling 207-753-3900.

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Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Gallery to Feature Artwork by Ian Ormon and Mike Casey in June

06/02/2017

The Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery will feature paintings by Ian Ormon and photography by Mike Casey through the month of June. The gallery is located at 60 High Street in Lewiston, the main entrance to Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).

A Maine resident for over 50 years, Ormon taught art in public schools for 39 years, including 15 years as the head of the Fine Arts Department at Edward Little High School and a Fulbright year in England. In addition to his work in schools, Ormon taught classes in drawing, design, printmaking, silversmithing, and art history. He considered himself a plein air landscape painter, someone who paints outside instead of in a studio, and drew inspiration from his home at Coffin Brook Farm in Leeds.

During his life, Ormon described the inspiration for his work by saying, "Coffin Brook Farm is surrounded by fields, pastures, woods and wetlands, all of which provide much of the subject matter for my work. A particular attraction is this seemingly commonplace material that is suddenly transformed by seasonal changes, time of day or merely through paying attention. My work is an attempt to share what has attracted my attention by selecting and heightening the aspects that have provided visual pleasure through the elements and principles of design."

For Mike Casey, photography is a life-long hobby that allows him to capture moments. His upcoming exhibit will feature the theme of "color." Though he acknowledges that the vibrant colors of autumn in Maine are great, sometimes a "lazy summer river scene" can provide color and movement to a photo. He also will "make color" through sepia toned black and white photos.

"I shoot pictures because I enjoy capturing the moment. The interplay of light and form; of shadows and lines; of color or even the lack of color, these are the elements I look for when I capture the moment," said Casey of his photographs.

The artists' work may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits CMMC.

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Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Honors Central Maine Healthcare Oncology Social Workers

05/31/2017

The Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center announced that Central Maine Healthcare Oncology Social Workers Karen DeGrandpre, LCSW, OSW-c and Kailie Sullivan, LCSW, OSW-c have been selected as honorees of the one hundred 2017.

the one hundred is an awareness and fundraising initiative created and supported by the Mass General Cancer Center celebrating hope in the cancer community by honoring 100 Everyday Amazing individuals who are making a difference in the fight against cancer in inspiring and often revolutionary ways. Being selected as part of the one hundred is one of the highest forms of recognition from the Mass General Cancer Center.

"[DeGrandpre] and [Sullivan] are central to ensuring each patient and family get the help they need, often through direct counseling or referrals to community resources. We serve a socioeconomically disadvantaged and large, rural population with patients often traveling an hour or more to their treatments. [DeGrandpre] and [Sullivan] take the lead in providing a transportation plan and hands on management of insurance, financial, and work-related issues, often serving as the liaisons between the patients, their care team, and the financial counseling program.," said Courtney Jensen, M.D., Medical Director of Radiation Oncology.

In addition to their work as liaisons, DeGrandpre and Sullivan have integrated distress management into the center's cancer program to track the impact of distress and outcomes in the cancer population. "[DeGrandpre] and [Sullivan] are truly one-in-a-million for the work they do every day helping to meet the needs of cancer patients in central Maine," continued Jensen.

DeGrandpre and Sullivan will be recognized at the one hundred 10th annual dinner on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston. The evening's events will feature a selection of honoree stories and highlight the groundbreaking work that will contribute to conquering cancer. The funds raised through the one hundred support Mass General Cancer Center's research into immunotherapies, targeted therapies and early-detection technologies, as well as innovative supportive care programs.

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Maine College of Health Professions Announces First Annual Wellness Conference

05/04/2017

The Maine College of Health Professions' (MCHP) First Annual Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the MCHP building located at 70 Middle Street in Lewiston.

"MCHP is launching this conference because we want to educate students, healthcare providers, and the public about the many pathways to health. Presenters will offer interactive workshops on movement, sound, nutrition, emotional health, energy work, living with chronic illness, and many other topics. There are so many educated and experienced health practitioners in our community, and so many people looking for ways to improve their health. We hope that this conference will be the first of many opportunities for people to learn more about healthy practices," said Meredith Kendall, MSN, RN at MCHP, author of Reiki Nurse, and conference creator.

This year's conference features many workshops including:
  • Aromatherapy
  • Hiking in New England
  • Integrative Wellness & Medicine in Maine
  • Living with Lyme Disease
  • Mindful Movement as Medicine

Presenters include local nurses, a reverend, authors, and integrative practitioners. All nurses, students, healthcare providers, and members of the public are invited to attend.

"We are eager and proud to provide opportunities for people to learn more about some of the many ways that wellness can be pursued. The medical model is ever-changing, and this conference is a way for us to deliver some important information to our supportive community. They provide for us, and we see this as one way to return the favor!" said MCHP President Monika Bissell.

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Where: Maine College of Health Professions, 70 Middle St., Lewiston
What: Wellness Conference

For More Information and to register visit MCHP Wellness Conference or call 207-795-2649

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Central Maine Medical Center Celebrates Volunteers

05/04/2017

To mark the end of National Volunteer Week, Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) hosted a luncheon and celebration for the hospital's volunteers on Friday, April 28. Central Maine Healthcare's System Director of Volunteer Services Sue Hedrich spoke about the importance of volunteerism and how CMMC's volunteers ensure the hospital provides high-quality service to everyone who walks through the doors. Anyone interested in volunteering should call 207-795-2472.

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Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Gallery to Feature Nancy Clark and Windows to Nature Artwork in May

05/03/2017

The Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery will feature artwork by Nancy Clark and Windows to Nature, owned by Paul and Susan Boucher, through the month of May. The gallery is located at 60 High Street in Lewiston, the main entrance to Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).

Born and raised in rural Maine, Clark draws inspiration from the magnificent landscapes that Maine offers. Clark's exhibition will feature her new "Sea and Sky" series. The series focuses on the horizon line and the effects of changing light, allowing the audience to contemplate the mystery and calling of distant spaces.

"Sometimes when painting, it feels like a dance, and I find myself swaying back and forth as I blend the paints directly onto the canvas with sweeping brushstrokes," said Clark of her "need" to paint.

Lewiston residents Paul and Susan Boucher are both artists and owners of Windows to Nature. Their avid love of Maine's outdoors inspires their work and lives. (Pictured: "Chickadees")

For Paul Boucher art has been an integral part of his essence for almost 40 years. Though he has studied under various artists he is primarily self-taught. His work combines a sense of realism with his own unique form of imagination, especially when working with his favorite subjects New England scenes and Maine birds, including Loons.

Susan Boucher has been interested in some kind of art for most of her life. She paints predominantly in watercolor utilizing her own photographic images. Boucher's endless fascination with her surroundings often draws her to capture the undulating shapes of flowers, children, and woodland scenes.

Together they welcome their audience to experience their Windows to Nature.

The artists' work may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits CMMC.

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Maine Commission for Community Service Recognizes Androscoggin Area Youths with the Governor's Awards for Service & Volunteerism

04/24/2017

Maine youth are volunteering at a rate that has earned the state recognition in national reports. It's time to shine a spotlight on the young people who are serving and changing their communities. This recognition program shows appreciation and encouragement to volunteers 18 years of age and younger. The week of April 24th is National Volunteer Week.

Nine local young people have met the criteria to receive the Governor's Award for Service & Volunteerism by volunteering time at Central Maine Medical Center through the Junior Volunteer program over the past year and have been nominated for the award by Susan Hedrich, System Director of Volunteer Services for Central Maine Healthcare which is the parent company of Central Maine Medical Center, Rumford Hospital, and Bridgton Hospital. Students must complete at least 50 hours of volunteer service and be under 18 years of age. The students will each receive a certificate of recognition from the Governor's Office, a President's Volunteer Service medallion, and a ticket to a Maine Red Claws basketball game in honor of youth volunteerism.

The nine local students are:

Alexa Kesaris of Lisbon Falls 118 hours of service done at Central Maine Medical Center.

Nolan Downs of Dixfield with 108 hours of service done at Central Maine Medical Center.

Emily French of Lewiston with 85 hours of service done at Central Maine Medical Center.

Nick Aripez of Sabattus with 79 hours of service done at Central Maine Medical Center.

Jayden Carpenter of Greene with 64 hours of service done at Central Maine Medical Center.

Donna Hunt of Mechanic Falls with 60 hours of service done at Central Maine Medical Center.

Hunter Young of Auburn with 60 hours of service done at Central Maine Medical Center.

Brea Gagnon of Auburn with 55 hours of service done at Central Maine Medical Center.

Hanna Mougin of Lewiston with 52 hours of service done at Central Maine Medical Center.

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Rebecca Greenleaf, F.N.P. Joins Central Maine Family Medicine Residency

04/17/2017

Rebecca Greenleaf, F.N.P. has joined the Central Maine Family Medicine Residency located at 76 High Street in Lewiston.

Greenleaf received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Connecticut College in New London, CT. She also attended Columbia University School of Nursing in New York, NY where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner degrees.

She completed her clinical hours at Hoboken University Medical Center in Hoboken, NJ. Greenleaf is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Greenleaf has been a practicing F.N.P. for six years. Prior to joining Central Maine Family Medicine Residency she worked at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY and the Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in Augusta, ME.

"As a primary care provider, I serve as an educator, advocate and companion to help guide the patient toward optimal health," said Greenleaf of her role as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

The Central Maine Family Medicine Residency is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-795-2800.

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Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association Annual Easter Bake Sale

04/07/2017

Ethan San Pedro, a 6th grader at Fairview Elementary School in Auburn, prepares to take a big bite out of a Rice Crispy Bunny made for his Oma, June van Mourik, by her good friend Sharon Poulin. Van Mourik and Poulin, with the help of many others, will be selling items like this, as well as, pastries, pies, chocolates and other delectable Easter-themed delights at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association Annual Easter Bake Sale. This sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 13th, at 60 High Street, on the Mezzanine level, located just above the main entrance to the hospital. All proceeds will go to The Sam and Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center. The fund, created in 2009, for the last eight years has financially helped patients who either do not have insurance or do not have adequate insurance coverage to have screening mammograms, ultrasounds and/or breast biopsies. The program is called "O'Momma Care." If you would like to help or want more information, please contact the WHA at wha@cmmc.org or call 207-782-6084.

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T.J. Maxx Auburn Donates Bears to Central Maine Medical Center

04/05/2017

T.J. Maxx in Auburn donated 25 bears to Central Maine Medical Center's (CMMC) Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) "Cuddles" program. The program has been a staple at CMMC for over 25 years and provides plush animals for patients to help them through their hospital stay. Building and donating the bears was part of a team building exercise for the store's staff. CMMC and the WHA would like to thank the Auburn T.J. Maxx store for their generous donation.

Pictured in photo: Back Row: (L to R) Sam Roberge, Staci Remillard, Danielle Gray, Carlee Long, and Stacey Bowden Middle Row: (L to R) Sharon Poulin, WHA President; June van Mourik, WHA Vice President; Mercedes Lane, Katrina Ellis, Diane Goulet, Robin Garland, and Robin Jarvas, RN Front, Center: Brenda Ross, Manager of T.J. Maxx Auburn (Not Pictured: Miss Central Maine Shanisa Bowden and Elia Cervantes)

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Arun Thukkani, M.D. Joins Central Maine Heart Associates

03/31/2017

Arun Thukkani, M.D. has joined the staff at Central Maine Heart Associates located at 60 High Street in Lewiston.

Thukkani attended Duke University in Durham, N.C. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Medicine at Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center in St. Louis. He is board certified in Interventional Cardiology through the American Board of Cardiology.

He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowships in general cardiology and cardiovascular molecular imaging at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Thukkani continued his specialized training at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston with fellowships in coronary interventional and structural heart disease interventional cardiology.

"Patients with structural heart problems can be quite complex and their specific treatment can be as well. Oftentimes, the most appropriate therapy requires a multidisciplinary evaluation between interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and cardiac imagers. This team-based approach to treat complex cardiovascular disease is something I enjoy," Thukkani said of his chosen specialty.

He continued, "I connect best with patients through taking my time and thoroughly explaining many of the complex issues they may be facing. I sincerely try to inject humanity and empathy into my conversations with patients."

Central Maine Heart Associates is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-753-3900.

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Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Gallery to Feature Sergei Bachkovsky and Julie Breau in April

03/29/2017

The Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery will feature a new series by Sergei Bachkovsky and oil paintings by Julie Breau through the month of April. The gallery is located at 60 High Street in Lewiston, the main entrance to Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).

Bachkovsky is a multifaceted artist working in photography, sculpting, scrimshaw, painting, and culinary arts. His exhibit features his new series entitled "Horse Spirit." Outside of his art he is known as the "Dog Whisperer of Greene" and is co-owner of Dog Temple - Dog Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary of Maine.

As a lifelong creative, Breau's art captures the beauty that is all around her. She spends as much time as possible outside with her camera and her dog photographing her surroundings and translating her photos into paintings. Though she has worked in other mediums, oil painting has become her passion. Breau enjoys painting dramatic skies, ocean and snowy scenes, old barns, beautiful flowers, and even miscellaneous objects such as benches and old trucks. She has been in several juried exhibitions and is proud to be a part of the local art movement in central Maine.

The artists' work may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits CMMC.

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Central Maine Healthcare Recognizes Certified Nurses Day, March 19th

03/19/2017

"Certified Nurses Day honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty. A registered nurse (RN) license allows nurses to practice. Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing." - ANCC, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Central Maine Healthcare wants to thank the 163 Nurses who have sought this designation for your professionalism and leadership in achieving and maintaining national board certification in your nursing specialty.

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Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Gallery to Feature Bob Drewal and Jose Leiva in March

03/08/2017

The Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery will feature paintings by Bob Drewal and "light paintings" by Jose Leiva through the month of March. The gallery is located at 60 High Street in Lewiston, the main entrance to Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).

Drewal, a native of Brooklyn, New York, holds degrees in graphic art and fine art from two City Universities of New York. After graduation he spent four years working in graphic arts in Manhattan, N.Y. Drewal moved to Lewiston in 1974 where he taught art at Lewiston High School for 28 years. He is now "living the good life" in retirement.

Drewal's acrylics and watercolors depict his vision of land and sea in Maine and Northern New England.

Leiva, a native of Laredo, Texas, has had a life-long passion for photography. He started his art in Brindisi, Italy while serving in the U.S. Air Force and continued his service as a lab technician for the FBI in Washington, D.C. After, Leiva took on corporate photography with IBM and NASA in Houston, Texas. When his travels brought him to the northeast, Leiva became a photojournalist and commercial photographer.

Leiva's works on display are "light paintings" inspired by his passion for the Dutch Masters and their understanding of light. Though a departure from photographing people and documenting lives, the "light paintings" feature the "way light interacts with objects and the transformation of mundane into beauty," wrote Leiva in his artist's statement.

The artists' work may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits CMMC.

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Massachusetts General Hospital's Chief of Trauma Speaks at Central Maine Medical Center's Trauma Education Day

03/06/2017

Dr. George Velmahos, Division Chief of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass General), presented a lecture to Central Maine Medical Center's providers about severely damaged extremities on March 3rd.

The lecture was part of Trauma Education Day one in a series of regular lectures featuring Mass General providers as part of Central Maine Healthcare's clinical affiliation with Mass General and CMMC's Level II Trauma Center verification. The series also supports CMMC's commitment to providing education to trauma team members and EMS providers.

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Reza Rahbar, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S., Joins Central Maine Surgical Associates

03/02/2017

Reza Rahbar, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.S.C.R.S., has joined the staff at Central Maine Surgical Associates (CMSA) located at 12 High Street, Suite 401 in Lewiston.

Rahbar completed his undergraduate studies and received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his general surgery training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed his fellowship in colorectal surgery at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, La.

Rahbar comes to CMSA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he has been in academic surgery practicing colorectal surgery for the last seven years. He is board certified in both general and colorectal surgery. Rahbar is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colorectal Surgery and serves as the co-editor of the World Journal of Colorectal Surgery.

He specializes in surgery for benign and malignant diseases of the colon and rectum with a focus on minimally invasive surgical techniques using advanced laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and surgical endoscopy. Within the various colorectal diseases Rahbar holds a strong interest and experience in surgical management of Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis.

"Surgery really is a calling, it requires a lot of you, but if you love it like I do, it gives back so much more," said Rahbar. "I enjoy being a sub-specialist caring for benign and malignant problems. People come to colorectal surgeons with problems they want fixed. I get to help them and in return I get to meet and care for many wonderful people."

"I realize that what I do as a surgeon is routine work for me, however, undergoing an operation or seeing a doctor in the office is anything but routine for a patient. Remembering that every day helps me keep at my best and connect with my patients," continued Rahbar.

Rahbar practices at Central Maine Surgical Associates in collaboration with Nina Edwards, M.D., Rajeev Puri, M.D., James Reilly, M.D., David Burke, M.D., Laura Withers, M.D., Anna Royer, M.D., Kimberly Caldwell, P.A.-C., Rebecca Gardina, P.A.-C., Kate Grygiel, P.A.-C., Rebecca Pare, F.N.P., Elizabeth Pavao, F.N.P., and Sara Reeder, P.A.-C.

Central Maine Surgical Associates is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-795-5767.

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Gillian Miller, P.A.-C. Joins Central Maine ENT Head and Neck Surgery Staff

03/02/2017

Gillian Miller, P.A.-C. has joined the staff at Central Maine ENT Head and Neck Surgery located at 12 High Street, Suite 102 in Lewiston.

Miller received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine in Orono and completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of New England in Portland. As a recipient of the Maine Primary Care Scholarship she was able to return to her hometown of Bangor to complete her clinical training. Miller is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and The Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery.

"I chose Otolaryngology because I was looking for a new challenge. The anatomy of the head and neck is very complex, the diversity of problems that can occur in this area is intricate, and restoring function is integral to our daily living. I enjoy not only the diversity of medical problems but the diversity among my patients. In any given day I will see patients from 10 months to 90 years old," said Miller of her new role.

Miller practices at Central Maine ENT Head and Neck Surgery in collaboration with Robyn Brown, P.A.-C., Norris Lee, M.D., and Robert Warner, D.O.

Central Maine ENT Head and Neck Surgery is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-784-4539.

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Zachary Mueller, D.O. Joins Central Maine Medical Center Staff

03/02/2017

Zachary Mueller, D.O. has joined the staff at Central Maine Medical Center located in Lewiston.

Mueller attended Bates College after which he began graduate studies at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME where he graduated as part of the first Hospitalist Track class. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

"I'm interested in general medicine and particularly in critical care because managing acutely sick patients is the most rewarding aspect of the job for me," Mueller said. "I also feel it is important for patients and families to understand the reason why things are done. I enjoy spending a little extra time to explain the thought process behind any decision or action (testing and treatment) that is undertaken while in the hospital," he continued.

Central Maine Medical Center and can be reached by calling 207-795-0111.

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Jennifer Flynn, N.P. Joins Central Maine Pediatrics Staff

02/22/2017

Jennifer Flynn, N.P. has joined the staff at Central Maine Pediatrics which is located at 12 High Street, Suite 301 in Lewiston.

Jennifer attended the Maine College of Health Professions (Lewiston, Me.) and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Ma.). She completed her Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner from Simmons College (Boston, Ma). She completed her Pediatric clinical training at Central Maine Pediatrics.

"I enjoy the fun spirited nature that children bring to the table, every day is different. Children are so willing to learn and want to have fun with you," said Flynn about working in a pediatric environment. Her role goes beyond healthcare provider. She looks forward to educating the children and their families to improve their lives through healthy habits at a young age.

Jennifer further defines her role, "I work best with patients through play and fun. I want my patients to understand that I am their advocate and will always be there to help them with their healthcare needs. The pediatrics office should feel warm and nurturing".

Flynn practices at Central Maine Pediatrics alongside Stephen Jacobs, M.D., and in collaboration with Kathleen Bain, M.D., David Baker, D.O., Brianna Boutin, N.P., Lawrence Losey, M.D., Teri Schrock, P.A.-C., and Heidi Toews, P.N.P.

Central Maine Pediatrics is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-795-5730.

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Cora Reny, F.N.P. Joins Twin Pines Family Medicine Staff

02/21/2017

Cora Reny, F.N.P. has joined the staff at Twin Pines Family Medicine located in Oakland.

Reny completed her associate degree in Nursing through the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professionals in Lewiston. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maine at Fort Kent and her Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) from the University of Maine (Orono). Reny is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

"I chose Family Medicine because of the great need for primary care providers and the importance for all ages to receive preventative care services," Reny said of her choice of practice. "I believe the most important role I play as a provider is an educator and advocate for the patient," she continued.

Reny practices at Twin Pines Family Medicine in collaboration with Eric Caccamo, D.O., Katharine McNutt, F.N.P., Rachel Pracher, P.A.-C, and Kassie Reutlinger, P.A.-C.

Twin Pines Family Medicine, part of Central Maine Healthcare, is accepting new patients and offers same day appointments. The practice can be reached by calling 207-861-9355.

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Kassie Reutlinger, P.A.-C. Joins Twin Pines Family Medicine Staff

02/08/2017

Kassie Reutlinger, P.A.-C. has joined the staff at Twin Pines Family Medicine located in Oakland.

Reutlinger received her Bachelor of Arts in Medical Biology and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of New England in Biddeford. During her schooling, she completed eight clinical rotations including General Surgery, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

In addition to being a Physician Assistant Certified, Reutlinger is also a licensed EMT and NREMT. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Maine Academy of Physician Assistants.

"I chose Family Medicine because I wanted to be a long-term participant in my patient's care and promote preventative medicine. I appreciate the ability to develop a lasting relationship with my patients and provide them with the tools and information to actively participate in their healthcare," said Reutlinger.

Reutlinger practices at Twin Pines Family Medicine in collaboration with Eric Caccamo, D.O., Katharine McNutt, F.N.P., Rachel Pracher, P.A.-C., and Cora Reny, F.N.P.

Twin Pines Family Medicine, part of Central Maine Healthcare, is accepting new patients and offers same day appointments. The practice can be reached by calling 207-861-9355.

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Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Gallery to Feature Paintings and Photography in February

02/06/2017

The Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery will feature paintings by Elisabeth Salberg and photography by Lisa Parker through the month of February. The gallery is located at 60 High Street in Lewiston, the main entrance to Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).

Salberg began painting four years ago after retiring from a life-long career as a Registered Nurse. A resident of Auburn, her work has been on display in Portland, Kennebunkport, Belfast, Brunswick, Falmouth, and Lewiston. Salberg is also a member of Maine Women in the Arts. Her other work can be viewed on her website www.oilpaintingsofmaine.com

"I fell in love with the world of art many years ago when I studied art history at Duke University, but life took me down an altogether different path. It was not until I retired that I allowed myself the luxury and the hard work of striving to become an artist and work with oils. The beauty I see in Maine is a constant inspiration, and quite a challenge, as I try to transform my world of color, shape and light into a painting," said Salberg of her work.

Parker started her journey to photography as a hobby, until a friend complimented her photos and suggested she share her talent. In that moment she realized photography was more than a hobby for her. Parker hopes that the audience finds as much pleasure in looking at the photos as she gets from taking them.

"I enjoyed taking pictures evidencing my adventures, the simplistic beauty of my surroundings, and the intricacies of nature. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit a few incredible sites from Maine to the Big Island of Hawai'i. While it isn't possible to capture the feeling I felt when in Hawai'i, I am able to share the beauty with you. When I see those photos, all of those feelings come to the surface," shared Parker.

The artists' work may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits CMMC.

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Katharine McNutt, F.N.P. Joins Twin Pines Family Medicine Staff

02/06/2017

Katharine McNutt, F.N.P. has joined the staff at Twin Pines Family Medicine located in Oakland.

McNutt received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT and Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy with a Concentration in Children from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. She received her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Track from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, ME.

She completed her clinical experiences at Midcoast Primary Care Center in Brunswick, Midcoast Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Brunswick, Southern Maine Healthcare Center (pediatrics) in Biddeford, Maine Medical Partners in Portland, Maine General Express Care in Augusta and Waterville, and Cote Family Practice in Waterville. McNutt is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Maine Nurse Practitioner Association.

"I like to help people improve their quality of life and work with my patients on the concerns that are most important to them," said McNutt of her healthcare philosophy. She chose to practice Family Medicine because of the diversity of patients and the focus on "preventive care to help people feel their best and work to avoid issues in the future."

McNutt practices at Twin Pines Family Medicine in collaboration with Eric Caccamo, D.O., Rachel Pracher, P.A.-C., Cora Reny, F.N.P., and Kassie Reutlinger, P.A.-C.

Twin Pines Family Medicine located in Oakland., part of Central Maine Healthcare, is accepting new patients and offers same day appointments. The practice can be reached by calling 207-861-9355.

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Pump it Up: Living with Heart Failure - Two Part Class

01/31/2017

"Pump It Up: Living With Heart Failure" is the subject of a two-part Accenting Your Health presentation set for February 14th and 21st at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston.

These educational sessions are for those who have been diagnosed with heart failure, as well as for those who provide support for someone with the condition.

Session 1: February 14 - What Is Heart Failure and How Do You Manage It?
Session 2: February 21 - Keys to Healthy Eating, Staying Active and Coping Effectively

Both sessions will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in first-floor conference room in the Young Wing, located at 60 High Street in Lewiston. Participants may attend one or both programs.

There is no cost for the presentation, which is being offered in collaboration with Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and United Ambulance Service. For assistance with transportation by United Ambulance, call 795-8448 by February 10th.

Those interested in attending the program are urged to register in advance by calling 795-8448, or emailing prevention@cmhc.org

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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Central Maine Healthcare Hires New Chief Financial Officer

01/27/2017

David C. Thompson will join Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) as the system's new Chief Financial Officer on Monday, January 30.

Thompson comes to CMH from Centura Health in Englewood, CO, where he's served as a Chief Financial Officer since 2003. During his tenure at Centura, he also worked alongside Jeff Brickman, CMH's new President and Chief Executive Officer.

"Central Maine Healthcare has a long history of providing top-quality care for residents of central and western Maine. With the ongoing changes to healthcare in the United States, systems such as CMH face many challenges and opportunities. I'm looking forward to working again with Jeff to ensure that CMH's finances and operations are ready to move the system forward," said Thompson of his new role.

Prior to Centura Health, Thompson worked in various finance leadership roles with Tenet Healthcare in Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.

Thompson replaces Phil Morissette, who will now serve as CMH's Vice President of Finance and Controller.

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Central Maine Medical Center One of Six Baby-Friendly Birth Facilities in Maine

01/25/2017

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. announced that Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) has received prestigious international recognition and been re-designated as a Baby-Friendly birth facility.

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative ("BFHI"), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

CMMC has a "Breastfeeding Matters Program" which offers the services of Lactation Consultants--certified health professionals who specialize in educating and supporting breastfeeding mothers--to inpatients and outpatients. CMMC also provides:

  • Prenatal education about breastfeeding

  • Weekly Breastfeeding Support Group

  • Lactation Consultant support phone line: 207-795-2528

  • Newborn office visits at Central Maine Pediatrics

  • Pump rental and sales


As part of CMMC's Baby-Friendly practices, the hospital features 24-hour rooming in, where the baby stays in the mother's room during the full hospital stay. CMMC also promotes mother and infant bonding by encouraging skin-to-skin contact.

To see upcoming Childbirth Education events and courses log on to: CMMC Events & Classes.

CMMC joins an elite list of only six Baby-Friendly hospitals in Maine including Bridgton Hospital, a Central Maine Healthcare critical access hospital. Currently there are 403 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States and more than 20,000 designated institutions worldwide. The re-designation is given after a rigorous survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.

About Baby Friendly USA, Inc.
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA) is the accrediting body and the national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States. In this capacity, BFUSA is responsible for coordinating and conducting all of the activities necessary to confer the Baby-Friendly designation.

BFUSA is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1997 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since 2011, the corporate headquarters has been located in Albany, NY. Learn more at: www.babyfriendlyusa.org or by calling 518-621-7982.

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Fourth Annual Her Heart Luncheon Scheduled for February 8

01/19/2017

Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute's Exercise Physiologist and Heartmath educator Monica Dawe will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Her Heart Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn.

The event is called "A Resilient Heart: Nourishing yourself first for once" and will feature Sharon Rose Vaznis as the emcee. Attendees will learn how to care for their hearts while eating a heart healthy meal.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at Maine Women's Network and all proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.

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Jeffrey Wall, D.O. Joins Family Health Care Associates Staff

01/03/2017

Jeffrey Wall, D.O. has joined the staff at Family Health Care Associates located in Auburn.

Wall attended Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Ithaca, NY. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY.

He completed his residency through the Middlesex Family Practice Residency Program in Middletown, CT where he served as Chief Resident from May 2004 through June 2005. Wall is board certified in Family Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Wall is also an Outpatient Community Preceptor for the Central Maine Medical Family Medicine Residency program where he provides guidance and education for the Family Practice residents and supervises residents' office-based procedures. He was selected as the 2015-16 Community Preceptor of the Year for his work with the residency program.

Wall practices at Family Health Care Associates in collaboration with Amy Bergeron, D.N.P., Taylor Butterfield, P.A.-C., Adam Duquette, D.O, Amy Ouellette, F.N.P., Dianne Paine, F.N.P., Michael Rifkin, M.D., Sarah Skelton, M.D., Raymond Tardif, M.D., Jeri Wade, F.N.P, Paul Lipman, L.C.S.W., and Becca Reed-Smith, L.C.S.W.

Family Health Care Associates is part of Central Maine Medical Group and can be reached by calling 207-784-7388.


About Family Health Care Associates
Family Health Care Associates (FHCA), part of Central Maine Medical Group, specializes in family medicine for people of all ages. As primary care providers, the group focuses on not only on treating illness, but also on helping people maintain their physical, social, and emotional well-being. The practice features an on-site bone density scan machine and dietitian-certified diabetic educator to help patients with chronic conditions improve their diet. The practice has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for diabetes management. FHCA is located at 190 Stetson Road in Auburn.

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Kate Preston, RN, Receives DAISY Award

01/03/2017

Registered nurse Kate Preston has been recognized as a Central Maine Medical Center DAISY Award recipient.

The DAISY Award is sponsored by the DAISY Foundation and recognizes nurses who consistently demonstrate in their work the following attributes: compassion; critical thinking skills; passion about life; patient- and family-focused care; patient advocacy; support of all healthcare team members; and nursing profession role model.

Preston works in the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center located on the third floor of the Chalke (formerly Memorial) Wing. She was nominated for the award by the family of a patient in her care.

"Kate was so very attentive to the needs of not only my daughter but to her husband. What stands out the most is that they used laughter when my daughter and son-in-law needed it, yet when compassion was needed they flipped over and were quiet and attentive to my daughter's needs," remarked the nomination story. "[She] is very much a patient advocate, she listened closely to what my daughter said and her facial expressions for pain and discomfort. [Preston] has the ability to focus on many tasks at once and make the patient feel confident in her care."

Preston was also helping orient a new nurse to the unit during the delivery, and maintained a high standard of patient care along with her teaching. The patient's family noted, "Kate guided, taught, and mentored [the new nurse] all the while keeping the patient updated."

The DAISY Award was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. DAISY is an acronym for "diseases attacking the immune system". The foundation is headquartered in Glen Ellen, Calif.

The DAISY Award was created to show gratitude to the nursing profession, because the Barnes family believed that nurses are truly "unsung heroes". The DAISY Foundation says the program "honors the super human work nurses do at the bedside each and every day." The foundation also funds research for the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects.

Patients, visitors, physicians, and co-workers can nominate nurses who they feel deserve to be recognized with the DAISY Award.

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Danielle Stout, F.N.P. Joins Minot Avenue Family Medicine Staff

01/02/2017

Danielle Stout, F.N.P. has joined the staff at Minot Avenue Family Medicine located in Auburn.

Stout attended St. Joseph's College of Maine in Standish earning her Bachelors degree in Nursing. While working as a Registered Nurse for Central Maine Medical Center, she completed her graduate studies at St. Joseph's College of Maine earning a Master of Nursing Studies, Family Nurse Practitioner degree.

She completed her Clinical Practicum in Family Medicine at Winthrop Family Medicine. Stout also completed Clinical Practicums in Women's Health at Women's Specialty Center (Lewiston, Me.) and Pediatrics at Brunswick Primary Care, Bridgton Pediatrics, and Freeport Pediatrics.

"My background is bedside nursing so I incorporate that philosophy into my care. I am present with my patients and able to connect with them," said Stout who also sees her role as, "educating patients, encouraging good health care/healthy choices, preventative medicine and being an integral team member to patients' care."

Stout practices at Minot Avenue Family Medicine in collaboration with Margo Goodman, D.O., Kema Kassalaba, N.P., Gerald Lachance, D.O., Dana Little, M.D., Cheryl Noe, F.N.P., and James Ostrander, D.O.

Minot Avenue Family Medicine is part of Central Maine Medical Group and can be reached by calling 207-795-8475.



About Minot Avenue Family Medicine
Minot Avenue Family Medicine (MAFM), part of Central Maine Medical Group, provides care for people of all ages, including newborns and seniors. The practice offers preventative care such as physicals and gynecological exams along with management of acute and chronic diseases. MAFM participates in March of Dimes March for Babies, American Heart Association walk-a-thon, Harold Alfond College Challenge, and Raising Readers providing every child with one book per year until age five. MAFM has been recognized by National Committee for Quality Assurance for diabetes management and Bridges to Excellence which identifies physicians who deliver high-value care to patients with specific chronic diseases.

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Central Maine Medical Center Renames Building Honoring Past CEO

12/08/2016

The Central Maine Healthcare Board of Directors and Central Maine Medical Center Board of Trustees renamed the Memorial Wing at Central Maine Medical Center to the Peter E. Chalke Wing in a ceremony held Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.

Peter Chalke served the Central Maine community for more than 30 years, working in leadership positions including President of Central Maine Medical Center and President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Maine Healthcare.

During the ceremony held at Central Maine Medical Center, hospital president, Tina Legere unveiled a portrait of Mr. Chalke and presented him with a plaque affirming the renaming of the wing. Additionally, Central Maine Healthcare Board Chair, Deborah Dunlap Avasthi, praised Chalke for his innovative approach and commitment to the community.

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Mother-Daughter Artists on Display throughout December at CMMC Art Gallery

12/07/2016

The Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery features paintings by Anita F. Poulin of Auburn and Shalimar A. Poulin of Augusta. This mother-daughter team is exhibiting their work throughout the month of December at 60 High Street in Lewiston--Central Maine Medical Center's main entrance.

A self-taught artist and proud Franco-American, Ms. Anita Poulin has lived in Maine all her life. Her artwork is influenced by the Pine Tree State and its four seasons. "If an artist is patient, Maine offers painting opportunities beyond expectation" she says.

Ms. Poulin also teaches drawing, painting, and zentangle to adults at Hobby Lobby in Auburn.

With a BFA in painting and graphic design and a master's in art education, Ms. Shalimar Poulin is an artist and educator. She currently teaches high school art in Wiscasset, Maine. While teaching consumes much of her time, Shalimar looks to summers and shorter vacations for personal creating. Much of her recent work includes house portraits, Maine sights, pet portraits, floral studies, and landscapes.

This mother-daughter pair enjoys painting together, and they are building a body of work for local sidewalk art shows. The collection currently on display at CMMC features landscapes, seascapes, and plein air paintings that highlight the natural beauty of Maine.

The artists' works may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits CMMC.

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Blood Drive Held in Honor of Pint-Sized Inspiration

12/06/2016

On Friday, December 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., LifeFlight of Maine and the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at Central Maine Medical Center.

The event is held in honor of the bright, beautiful, and resilient Kinzie Frey of Auburn, Maine, a 6-year-old girl dependent on blood therapy during an acute treatment related to Neuroblastoma, a cancer that starts in early nerve cells. Kinzie inspires others through her fearless determination, bravery and tenacity in the face of illness.

"During Kinzie's treatment in Boston, there was a period of time when she received blood and blood products almost every day," said Lori Metayer of LifeFlight of Maine. "People feel so helpless when a little one is sick like this. She was an inspiration for this drive to 'Give a Real Gift This Holiday Season, the Gift of Life.'"

What: Blood Drive in Honor of Kinzie Frey
Hosted by LifeFlight of Maine and American Red Cross
When: Friday, December 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: CMMC Conference Center
12 High Street, Lewiston
(Conference rooms A, B and C)
Details: Interested donors can make appointments for donation online at www.redcrossblood.org and entering the sponsor code: LifeFlight. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Although all blood types are encouraged to donate, event coordinators are requesting people with blood types O-, O+, A- and B- consider a "Power Red" donation to support LifeFlight trauma patients. A "Power Red" donation by qualifying donors collects two units of blood at one time, ultimately helping more people who may be in need.

LifeFlight of Maine carriers two units of blood at all times. "We believe some patients would not have survived if not for the administration of blood in the helicopter," said Metayer, adding to the gravity of the need for donations at the Dec. 16 blood drive.

About Kenzie Frey
Kinzie Frey is a 6-year-old girl who was diagnosed with severe Neuroblastoma in 2015. She lives in Auburn, Maine, with her family. For more information, visit:
www.facebook.com/KinzieStrong

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Orthopaedic Specialist to Talk About Shoulder Pain

11/28/2016

Central Maine Orthopaedics, a division of Spectrum Medical Group, and the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine will host a free community seminar focused on shoulder pain, possible causes and what you can do about it. The discussion will be led by Dr. Paul R. Cain, MD, and is designed for anyone suffering from various shoulder problems including; osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, rotator cuff tears, osteonecrosis, as well as other injuries such as; gout, infections, bursitis, torn cartilage, frozen shoulder and heat injuries.

Cain is a board-certified sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon, who practices at Central Maine Orthopaedics (Auburn) with many areas of specialty, including sports medicine, and arthroscopic and open surgery of the shoulder and knee. He will discuss what to expect, how the procedure is done, when it's time to call your physician, and also answer your questions to hopefully ease your concerns.
This free community seminar will be held on December 13 from 6:00-7:00pm in the ABC Conference Room at Central Maine Medical Center, 12 High Street in Lewiston.

There is no cost for attending the presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

The presentation is being sponsored by the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine, a partnership of Central Maine Medical Center - CMMC and Central Maine Orthopaedics.

To register or for more information, call 207-835-2860. Registrations can also be made via email at josea9@spectrummg.com.

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