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"Mini-Med" Series Begins October 13

10/17/2014

"Currents in Medicine" is the theme of a six-part mini-medical school presentation set for October and November.

Sponsored by Central Maine Medical Center, the programs will be presented on successive Mondays beginning October 13 and concluding on November 17.

The series begins on October 13 with "Trends in Cardiac Valve Disease Treatment: Noninvasive Valve Surgery", a presentation by cardiothoracic surgeon Paul Weldner, M.D., of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute.

Other programs in the series are:

October 20 - "Battling Bugs" with S. Tyler O'Sullivan, D.O., a resident physician at the Central Maine Family Medicine Residency in Lewiston.

October 27 - "The Effects of the Environment on our Health" with: Steve Johndro, Executive Director of Healthy Androsocoggin; Kathy Low, clinical psychologist and professor at Bates College in Lewiston; and Rumbie Gondo, executive program assistant for the Environmental Health Strategy Center/Prevent Harm.

November 3- "The Big Picture: Where Do You Fit In?", a program about patient-centered medical homes, making wise healthcare choices, and maintaining an active role in the healthcare process. Family physician Edmund Claxton, M.D., will make the presentation.

November 10 - "Genetic Testing: How Much Do I Want to Know?" with Sandhya Tagaram, M.D., a hospitalist at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

November 17 - "Integrative Medicine and the Mind-Body Connection" with Greg Thibodeau, M.D., an expert in traditional Chinese medicine.

Each installment of the series will be presented from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Maine College of Health Professions, 70 Middle Street, Lewiston.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

Anyone wishing to register for any of the programs, or seeking more information, is urged to visit www.cmmc.org/events, call 795-8448 or email prevention@cmhc.org.

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Maine College of Health Professions to Host Open House on November 1

10/17/2014

The Maine College of Health Professions will hold an open house on November 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event will feature:

  • Student lead tours of the Lewiston campus

  • Demonstrations of nursing and medical imaging simulation equipment

  • Information about academic programs, financial aid, and the college's admission process


Light Refreshments will be served.

The Maine College of Health Professions provides the finest real-world education to future specialists through a progressive learning environment that includes exceptional hands-on clinical training, unparalleled access to professional and medical resources, small class sizes, and a highly supportive staff.

Degree programs are offered in nursing, radiologic technology, and nuclear medicine technology, as well as computed tomography (CT) and nurses' assistant certificate programs.

The college is located at 70 Middle Street in Lewiston.

For more information, visit www.mchp.edu.

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Lyme disease is Topic of October 20 Presentation

10/17/2014

"Battling Bugs: Lyme Disease and You" is the topic of the second in a series of six Mini-Medical School presentations being offered this fall by Central Maine Medical Center.

S. Tyler O'Sullivan, D.O., a resident physician at the Central Maine Family Medicine Residency in Lewiston, will discuss Lyme disease, its signs and symptoms, and what can be done to help prevent it. His presentation will include information about the possible effects of the disease, tips on preventing tick attachment, and strategies for minimizing tick attachment time.

The program will be offered on October 20 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Maine College of Health Professions, 70 Middle Street, Lewiston.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

Anyone wishing to register for any of the programs, or seeking more information, is urged to visit www.cmmc.org/events, call 795-8448 or email prevention@cmhc.org.

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Nurse Practitioner Joins Lisbon Family Practice

10/17/2014

Family nurse practitioner Kate Radlinski has joined the Central Maine Medical Center Associate Professional Staff. She is seeing patients at Lisbon Family Practice in Lisbon.

A registered nurse since 2004, Radlinski earned a master's degree in nursing this year from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, with a major in psychology and rehabilitation services. She received her associate degree in nursing from Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, Conn.

She has worked as a registered nurse at Midstate Medical Center in Meriden, Conn., and in Maine, including Maine Medical Center in Portland and Central Maine Medical Center. For the past four years, she worked at the CMMC Emergency Department.

From January 2013 to May of this year, Radlinski completed her family nurse practitioner clinical internships, working at various locations in central and southern Maine, including Norway Internal Medicine in Norway, Central Maine Sports Medicine and the CMMC Emergency Department in Lewiston, as well as Poland Community Health Center in Poland and Generations in Portland.

Radlinski is certified by the Maine State Board of Nursing. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association.

She lives in New Gloucester with her husband, two dogs and two cats.

Radlinski practices in association with Gregory F. Bianconi, M.D., Stephen A. Fairchild, M.D., Renee M. Powers, F.N.P., and Joanna E. Rulf, D.O. The practice can be reached at 353-6721.

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Pastoral Care Students Complete Study at CMMC

10/17/2014

The following individuals have completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, accredited through the U.S. Department of Education, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston: from left, front row: James Shenko, a Disciples of Christ seminarian from Florida studying at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville; and Matthew Gregory, a Roman Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Portland studying at Blessed John XIII National Seminary at Weston, Mass; second row, Caroline Bass, a United Methodist seminarian from Atlanta studying at Boston University School of Theology in Boston; and Shanon Cotta from Alna, a priest in the Anglican Church of North America and major in the Maine National Guard; third row, Nicholas Kostyk, a Ukranian Catholic from Chicago and seminarian at Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Ill.; and Rev. Jay W. Turner, an Accredited Clinical Pastoral Education supervisor and director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at CMMC. CMMC's clinical pastoral education program is one of only two such programs in Maine. Students in the graduate education program explore gifts for ministry, deepen self-understanding, develop skills in visitation, discern vocational direction, enhance leadership skills, and meet denominational and seminary requirements. In 400 hours of supervised ministry, CPE students learn through the action/reflection method of leaning to further integrate personal history, beliefs, and the behavioral sciences in their care of persons. The program includes visitation, individual and group reflection, didactics, written materials, and pertinent readings. For more information about CMMC's Clinical Pastoral Education program, contact Rev. Turner at 795-2291.

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Night golfers raise $10,000 for Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute

10/17/2014

Central Maine Medical Center's Associate Volunteers' recent Glow Golf Scramble at Martindale Country Club raised some $10,000 for the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute.

The Charles Day Glow Golf Scramble will become CMMC's fifth premier social event. This unique glow-in-the-dark tournament provides a fun and exciting experience while creating an opportunity to promote CMHVI, a valued resource within the region.

Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute is celebrating its eleventh year of service to the residents of central and western Maine with life-saving advanced cardiovascular surgical interventions and specialized nursing care. CMHVI has a dedicated chapter of Mended Hearts, a national and community-based peer support program that offers the gift of hope and healing to heart disease patients and their family of caregivers.

The volunteer committee that planned and organized the event included: Jim Day and Janice Anthoine, Co-Chairs, Martindale Country Club; Paul Beaudette, Leading Edge Business Strategies; Arnold Benak, CMHVI; Alina Burke, Bangor Savings Bank; Christine Girouard, Chrissy's Down Home Cleaning; Jessica Dumond, Corporate Intelligence; Gloria Hewey, Better Homes and Gardens/The Masiello Group; Shawn Holt, MassMutual Financial Group; and Katye Vachon, Camden National.

For more information about the event, CMHVI, or our CMMC Associates Volunteer Program, contact Central Maine Medical Center's Development Office at (207)795-2950 or email giving@cmhc.org

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General-Trauma Surgeon Joins CMMC Medical Staff

10/17/2014

Dale Dangleben, M.D., a general and trauma surgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with Central Maine Surgical Associates in Lewiston.

Dangleben comes to CMMC from the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa., where he has most recently served as a surgical specialist and as associate surgery residency program director.

Dangleben's professional experience includes an assistant clinical professorship at the University of Pennsylvania, seven years as the surgical clerkship director at Lehigh Valley Health Network, and work as a high school teacher on the island of Dominica. He was also an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Southern Florida's College of Medicine.

He is a graduate of Hunter College, City University of New York, and received his doctorate of medicine from Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine. He served his residency and fellowship at the Lehigh Valley Health Network between 2000 and 2006.

Dangleben has completed numerous special training programs. He is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Association of Surgical Education, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

He is certified in surgery and surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgery.

Dangleben has given dozens of presentations at forums and medical conferences around the country. His work has appeared in numerous publications. He is an editor or author of six books on medicine, and has presented lectures to the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, as well as other schools and organizations.

Among numerous accolades, Dangleben is the 2007 recipient of the Halsted Award in General Surgery Legacy of Excellence in Education and the 2002 winner of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation's Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award.

He practices in association with surgeons Christina M. Bertocchi, M.D., Nina K. Edwards, M.D., Shiraz Farooq, M.D., Rajeev N. Puri, M.D., James F. Reilly, M.D., Joseph R. Taddeo, M.D., Rosa E. Turcios, M.D., and Laura Withers, M.D., and certified physician assistants Sheila Boese, Sharon Brezinski, Timothy Brown, Kimberly Budd, and Jane Vanni. Central Maine Surgical Associates can be reached at 795-5767.

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Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Graduates Seven Family Doctors

07/23/2014

The Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency recognized seven third-year family medicine residents at its recent graduation program.

Honored at the commencement exercises were family physicians Jaime Nemeth D.O., Cathy Krouse, D.O., Preethi Rajanna, M.D., Sandhya Tagaram, M.D., Marc Seeley D.O., Joanie Peter M.D., and John Lowerey, D.O., Ph.D. Donald Woolever, M.D., the residency program director, along with the Family Medicine Residency faculty, presented the graduates with their diplomas.

The Family Medicine Hospitalist Fellowship diplomas were presented by Claudia Geyer, M.D., fellowship director, and given to family medicine hospitalist fellows Deana George, M.D., and Talitha Sannes-Venhuizen, M.D.

The graduation ceremony was attended by the 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.

Nurse practitioner Jackie Fournier was invited by the residents to give the commencement address. CMMC President Tina Legere also congratulated the graduates. Deborah Taylor, Ph.D., served as graduation mistress of ceremonies.

Several awards were made during the ceremony. The Dr. Bruce Johnson Residency Teacher of the Year Award was given to Edmund "Ned" Claxton, M.D. This award honors the physician who, as voted by the graduating senior residents, made the most outstanding contribution to their family medicine residency education.

Other awards presented included:

Lewiston
Faculty Teacher of the Year - Bruce Kenney, D.O.
Hospitalist of the Year - Scott Cyr, D.O.
Community Preceptor of the Year - Norman Guay, D.O.
Mentor of the Year - Elizabeth Rothe, M.D.
Second-Year Family Medicine Resident of the Year - Erik "Seth" Kramer, D.O.
First-Year Family Medicine Resident of the Year - Gregory Thibodeau, M.D.
Family Medicine Center Nurse of the Year - Lorrie Champagne, R.N.
Family Medicine Center Clinical Staff of the Year - Tina Thompson, medical assistant

Swift River Rural Training Track
Rural Preceptor of the Year - Sean Callender, M.D.

The 2014 family medicine graduates will practice at the following locations:

Cathy Krouse, D.O., solo practice in Falmouth; John Lowery D.O., Ph.D., joining Mercy Primary Care in Yarmouth; Jaime Nemeth, D.O., palliative care fellowship at Maine Medical Center, Portland; Joanie Peter, M.D., joining Franklin Memorial Hospital Emergency Department, Farmington; Preethi Rajanna, M.D., joining Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Manchester, N.H.; Marc Seeley, D.O., pursuing an acupuncture course in Shanghai; and Sandhya Tagaram, M.D., joining adult hospitalists at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

CMMC created the Family Medicine Residency program in 1978 to support the training of family physicians in order to provide skilled family doctors to the Lewiston-Auburn area, as well as to other areas of Maine. Previous graduates of the CMMC Family Medicine Residency Program practicing locally include: Peter Beckel, M.D., Tom Bosma, M.D., Denise Cogle, D.O., Shannon Deschenes, D.O., Adam Duquette, D.O., Steve Fairchild, M.D., Swapna Gummadi, M.D., Manju Hilary, M.D., Shannon Kenney, D.O., Todd Kitchens, D.O., Alicia Koteles, M.D., Deborah A. Learson M.D., Shayna Lemke, D.O., Cortney Linville, D.O., Margaret Matthews, M.D., Lisa McAllister, D.O., Shauna McElrath, D.O., Steven Molnar-Gabor, M.D., Kurt Oswald, M.D., Nathan Raby, D.O., Gary Rivard, D.O., Sarah Skelton, M.D., Terry Ann Scriven, M.D., Ray Tardif, M.D., Fred Van Mourik, M.D., and Stephanie Sinclair, M.D.

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CMMC Ball Drop Raises Nearly $13,000

07/23/2014

Under whirling helicopter blades, golf balls dropped over a target offered excitement for potential winners at Central Maine Medical Center's 4th Annual Arbor House Helicopter Ball Drop. This unique fundraiser, hosted by the CMMC Associates Volunteer Program raised nearly $13,000!

Raffle tickets representing numbered golf balls were sold and then dropped onto a target from high above. Ticket levels were $100 for a chance in 50 to win $2,000; $50 for a chance in 100 to win $1,500; $20 for a chance in 400 to win $1,000; and $10 for a chance in 700 to win $500. The winners were: Ed Buschmann of Lewiston, $2,000; Melanie Blynn of Stow, $1,500; Jim and Jean Tyler of Rumford, $1,000; and Ryan Pomerleau of Lewiston, $500. We are pleased that two of the winners were previously guests of the Arbor House.

More than 120 guests enjoyed the wonderful hors d'oeuvres served by the staff of Martindale Country Club, as well as the social time highlighting a stunning Art Show/Sale hosted by the CMMC Woman's Hospital Association. Featured artists were: Claudia Diller, Portland; Irene Duplissis, Auburn; Bruce Habowski, Waterville; Dianne Hooper, Auburn; Scott Hunter, Turner; Oana Lauric, Kennebunkport; and Melanie Ness, Auburn.

The hospitalization of a family member is often an emotional, exhausting, and traumatic time. For patients and families from out of town, dealing with issues like housing, meals and transportation can become an expensive and trying burden. The CMMC Arbor House - at no cost to guests - is a place to call "home" while individuals and families struggle with unexpected challenges. To help us keep the dream alive, you can sponsor our event, purchase a golf ball, and/or join us for a fun evening at our 5th Annual Helicopter Ball Drop in June 2015!

For more information about CMMC events or to learn about our Associates Volunteer Program, please contact Central Maine Medical Center's Development Office at 795-2950 or email giving@cmhc.org.

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Central Maine Medical Center Junior Volunteers

07/23/2014

Some 29 young people are serving as junior volunteers this summer at Central Maine Medical Center. Among those giving their time at CMMC are: front center, Donna Hunt of Mechanic Falls; from left, first row, Shelby Peavey of Raymond; Elizabeth Michaud of Lewiston; Hunter McGlauflin of Lisbon Falls; Nathan Osgood of Lewiston; Christopher Hodgkins of Lewiston; student trainer Evan Wadsworth of Hiram; Kristen Morissette of Leeds; Taylor Crosby of Greene; and Izzy Bickford of West Gardiner; second row, Emilia Gagnon of Greene; Katelyn Cloutier of Sabattus; Cassidi Lebel of Turner; Allie Veinote of Auburn; Alexa Kesaris of Lisbon Falls; student trainer Elizabeth Perkins of Lewiston; and Olivia Rockvam of Falmouth. Also volunteering this summer at CMMC are:

Abbey Boucher of Lewiston; Jacob Charest of Lewiston; Andrew Davis of Sabattus; Hailey DeMascio of Greene; Wes Haire of Auburn; Jamie Harlow of North Turner; Carly Jordan of Turner; Ashley Jutras of Auburn; Brady Landry of Minot; Dylan Rasch of Cumberland; Jessica Soucy of Lewiston; and Damian Yoder of Auburn. The students spend two days per week volunteering on nursing units, in the laboratory, Emergency Department, healthcare provider offices, and various outpatient care areas. Student have the opportunity to interview clinicians in healthcare fields that they may have an interest in pursuing.

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CMMC Volunteer Honored for Service

07/23/2014

Batista Salvadore "Tony" Passalaqua was recognized recently for his dedication to the Central Maine Medical Center Health and Fitness Center, where he volunteers five days a week and even stops by on Saturdays to make sure all is well. Passalaqua also volunteers for the Veterans Administration by driving local veterans to Togus VA Hospital every Wednesday. While waiting for the VA patients to see care providers, he drives the Togus parking lot shuttle. Passalaqua has given over 6,000 hours of service to CMMC since 2008. CMMC is fortunate to have some 220 volunteers who donate more than 60,000 hours annually.

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Statewide Organization Recognizes CMMC Volunteer Director

07/23/2014


From left, Steve Michaud, president of the Maine Hospital Association, David Frum, president and CEO of Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital, and Susan Hedrich, director of volunteer services at CMMC.
Susan Hedrich, director of volunteer services at Central Maine Medical Center, is one of two winners of a coveted leadership award from the Maine Society Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services (MSDHVS).

Hedrich received the Director of Volunteer Excellence (D.O.V.E.) award at the Maine Hospital Association Summer Forum held at the Samoset Resort in late June, given for outstanding leadership in the field of healthcare volunteer management. The award is presented to a member of the Maine Association of Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services and is achieved by being nominated by a colleague.

Hedrich has been a MSDHVS member for 22 years and involved in volunteer management for 27 years. She has served MSDHVS as Hospitality Chair, Membership Chair, Secretary and Member at Large. She is also a member of the New England Association. Hedrich is constantly striving to improve the volunteer program at CMMC. In 2012 she received the New England Association's President's award for outstanding program development for the "Workforce- RX- Equipment Shopping" Program and has recently implemented a new cuddler program in NICU nursery. Hedrich was the 2010 Recipient of the Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award through the Maine Commission for Community Service. She is a strong advocate for recognition of CMMC's volunteers who contributed more than 64,000 hours in 2013. In both 2010 and 2012 a CMMC volunteer was honored as the State of Maine Volunteer of the Year. Hedrich is a charter member of the Androscoggin Volunteer Association. Hedrich has a long history of volunteer experience representing her hospital in the community as well as her own personal experiences as a volunteer in a wide range of causes and activities. With more than 2 dozen years experience, Hedrich is an advocate for volunteers and the volunteer profession.

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Photography on Display at CMMC Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery

07/23/2014

The works of two photographers are on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery through July 31.

Photographs by Ben Roberts and Mike Casey are on display in the Main Lobby at CMMC, near the 60 High Street entrance.

Ben Roberts, a self-taught photographer and videographer, is a lifelong Mainer who grew up in Fryeburg and Auburn. His photography was featured in the recent production of "Night of the living Deb", a zombie-themed romantic comedy. His photographs on display at CMMC were taken of coastal Maine from Camden Harbor to Fort Gorges and Portland Head Light.

He lives in Portland and serves as the founder and director of Photography for Old Port Media Company. Old Port Media specializes in video productions for small businesses and weddings.

Mike Casey, also a self-taught photographer, grew up in Massachusetts but currently resides in Lewiston. Because he considers himself "quite quaint and old fashioned", he doesn't work with digital equipment, but prefers the traditional film process.

"Photography, for me, is form and tone. An inspiring sunset is only inspiring when the image's form is recognizable and the image's tones strike you or me as being particular from another image," Casey says. "Sometimes I shoot what I see immediately -- and it doesn't always turn out good! -- or I may take 24 hours to set-up one shot. Most of all I simply like taking a photograph, a moment frozen in time that I can enjoy over and over and hope others do too."

The artwork on display may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby corridor.

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July Yoga Workshops

07/03/2014

Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey will lead two 90-minute yoga workshops in July at Central Maine Medical Center.

"It's time for some gentle living in the heat of the summer," says Covey. "These workshops will offer participants a way of aligning with the bliss of a summer day, focusing on staying peaceful and calm on the inside."

Covey is owner of Dragonfly Healing Touch, a Thai Yoga Bodywork studio in Poland.

In the early 1990s she created the first wellness programs at CMMC, helping to design the CMMC Wellness Center, which she managed from 1995 through 2002. She presently facilitates educational support programs at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston.

The yoga programs will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 14 and 28 in the CMMC Health and Fitness Center, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building in Lewiston.

There will be a small fee for participation.

Those interested in attending the program must register in advance by calling 795-2473.

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New Group Fitness Schedule Begins at CMMC Health and Fitness Center

06/19/2014

Central Maine Medical Center's Health and Fitness Center is offering the following group exercise programs beginning June 30:

Cardio Sculpt - This ongoing series combines low-impact moves with weight training targeting major muscle groups while addressing hard to reach spots. The routine includes extensive floor work. Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Ian Barclay.

Core and Sweat - This ongoing series lead by Ian Barclay features weight training that targets major muscle groups while addressing hard to reach spots. The routine includes extensive floor work. Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Fit 'N' Fun - Entertaining exercise for the over-55 crowd! Join instructor Michele Lamare to improve aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination! This ongoing class is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Functional Fitness - Learn to increase both core and upper body strength and improve the stability of abdominal and low back muscles. Participants will discover how to prevent injury due to improper body mechanics and repetitive motion. Fridays from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Happy Hearts and Lungs - A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history or pulmonary disease who have completed a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program and are looking for a "maintenance" program. The class includes general supervision and individual, independent cardiovascular and strength training. It also incorporates group weight training and self-safety skills. The instructors are Sue Driscoll and Brandi Eastman. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Personal Fitness - Begins with a one-on-one evaluation and program development session with a personal health counselor, then progresses to a structured group exercise plan overseen by instructors Nanette and Brandi. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Power Plus - Functional weight and mobility training to increase flexibility and strength, resulting in lean muscle (not bulk). Build core strength and improve balance by incorporating every muscle group. Finish with a gentle cool down and stretch. This ongoing class is led by Rick Jalbert. Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sixty-Minute Shred - This new class is a full body workout featuring circuit resistance and interval training with instructor Brandi Eastman. The class concentrates on functional movements, strengthening the core, boosting metabolism, and multiple-muscle movements with high repetitions for lean, toned results. Check it out on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Step Aerobics - A heart-pumping, muscle-moving workout that alternates step with muscle work. Led by Sue Driscoll, this cardio workout is a head-to-toe body strengthener. Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Yoga - Discover the benefits of an alignment-based yoga practice for gaining strength and flexibility in body, mind and spirit. Learn how intelligent alignment principles and a positive, uplifting yogic philosophy can help you through yoga practice with grace, poise and ease. This is all-levels class, led by Tisha Bremner, will offer modifications to support each student through a safe and effective practice. Advance sign-up is required. Tuesdays from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Yoga: Relax and Restore - Reduce stress and gain a deeper sense of balance and calm. This gently paced class combines meditation, breath work, as well as therapeutic and restorative yoga poses to enhance a sense of calm, well-being. Open to all experience and ability levels. Held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. with instructor Tisha Bremner. Advance signup is required.

Zumba - This Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa, and reggaeton. Using principles of aerobic-fitness interval training and resistance training, Zumba is great for burning calories (up to 500 per class) while sculpting and toning the body. This six week program is led by Cynthia Nicholas. Mondays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning June 30. Advance sign-up is required.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Fitness Center, 12 High Street Medical Office Building, Lewiston.

Fees are assessed for participation in these programs and must be paid prior to beginning the program. Class registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Membership in the CMMC Health and Fitness Center is open to the public. In addition to group fitness, we also offer a large variety of fitness equipment, personal training services, massage therapy, and fitness evaluation.

Call 795-2473 to register or to obtain more information. Information is also available through the Events Calendar at www.cmmc.org

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Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions Graduates 51 Students

06/19/2014


Photo credit Dave Gondek. #591 Susan Baltrus, President of the College and Dora Mills, Guest Speaker.
The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions (CMMC CONHP) recently graduated 32 nursing and 19 radiography students.

Having successfully completed the College's education programs, the graduates were awarded associate degrees in the applied science of nursing or radiologic technology. 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. CONHP President Susan Baltrus welcomed the guests: Bill Webster, Board of Trustees of CMMC CONHP and Superintendent of Lewiston Public Schools; Sharon Poulin, CMMC Board of Trustees, and President of the Women's Hospital Association; Dr. Raj Woolever, Dr. Susan Schraft, Dorothy Crowley Noel, and Dr. Dora Anne Mills, Vice President for Clinical Affairs, University of New England. Sister Therese Demers, Assistant Chaplain of Pastoral Care at CMMC, offered the Invocation and Benediction. Phil House was pianist.

Vanessa Smith, member of the Class of 2014 - Nursing program, introduced speaker Dr. Mills. Mills quoted her 12-year old daughter when she said, "Doctors take care of patients. Nurses take care of people." Mills said, "Nurses and radiologic technologists got me through a terrible 36 hours; it was the relationships they formed with us. Our health care is better when we make a connection. Shine your light unto others."

Dr. Raj Woolever, Program Director of the CMMC Family Medicine Residency, presented the CMMC Medical Staff Awards for Excellence in Nursing. The awards were presented to the following graduates: Jamie Berube for medical nursing; Shannon Leydon, surgical nursing; Hashim Abdinasir, obstetrical nursing; Vanessa Smith, mental health nursing; and Stephanie Flagg, pediatric nursing.

Justin Babcock was the winner of the Central Maine General Hospital-CMMC College of Nursing Alumni Association Award. The winner of the Alumni Association Award is chosen by members of the graduating class as the person they would most like to care for themselves or their family. Dorothy Crowley Noel, President of the CMMC School of Nursing Alumni Association, presented this award.

Christy Lebel was honored with the CMMC Board of Trustees Award, conferred upon the student who exhibits excellence in delivering care. The recipient demonstrates gentleness, independence, understanding, caring, compassion, and love in communicating with and caring for people. Sharon Poulin presented this award.

Bill Webster presented the CMMC CONHP Board of Trustees Awards to Samantha Peczka. This award is given each year to the student who demonstrates leadership qualities, displays concern and understanding for others, makes decisions and assumes responsibility for his or her actions, and establishes trust in interactions.

Susan Baltrus presented the CONHP President's Award for the senior students attaining the highest academic achievements to Jamie Berube (nursing) and Christy Lebel (radiologic technology).

Cortney Reagan was presented the Charles E. Fortier Jr. Memorial Award, given to the student whose "behavior as a whole is indicative of a people-oriented person," who directs "his or her expression in action rather than denying its existence," and whose "sense of humor permeates all of his or her activities."

Gloria Reed was given the Samuel L. Singer and Ruth Small Award. This award is presented to a student who will become a credit to herself and her profession, who shows pride as a representative of the CMMC CONHP, and maintains good academic standing.

Susan Schraft, MD, Radiologist, CMMC, presented radiologic technology awards. Christy Lebel was awarded the Clark F. Miller Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, Jessyca Rankin was awarded the Clark F. Miller Award for Clinical Excellence, and the Joseph Leonardi Student Leadership Award was given to Anna Drew.

Members of the CMMC CONHP Class of 2014 are: Hashim Sharif Abdinasir, Alison Jean Maillet, and Olivia T. Cluff of Auburn; Brooke L. Raymond, Arundel; Colin B. Mulhern and Martina Josefine Krueger, Bath; Ashley Mariah Nason of Buxton; Julie Frances Arbogast and Katherine Boucher of Biddeford; Shannon Kathleen Leydon, Bridgton; Monique Kay Thiboutot of Brunswick; Chelsea Anne Warren and Dylan Robert Hall, Buckfield; Jessyca Marie Rankin of Cornish; Kristie Lee Wilson of Dayton; Stephanie Jean Flagg, Falmouth; Alison Rose Jones and Stephanie N. Perry, Freeport; Alexis Crystal Hamlin, Gorham; Marcy Danielle Pepin, Greene; Gary M. Pagel, Harrison; Sandra Emily Sawyer of Harpswell; Cassandra Joy Lowell of Lee; Jessica R. Duncan, Anna Elizabeth Drew, Myranda Marie Tichy, and Nikita Rae Yonuss of Lewiston; Lisa Marie Schwarz, Limerick; Justin Michael Babcock of Lisbon Falls; Scott D. Austin of Lisbon; Amanda S. Fortier of Livermore Falls; Alexandra Paige Ray and Krysta Marie Martin of Minot; Chelsea Louise Brochu of Manchester; Cortney Anne Reagan of Naples; Hannah Gloria Collins, Nobleboro; Danielle Marie Slocum of North Yarmouth; Amanda Sheryl Roberts, Parsonsfield; Francesca Arduini, Lindsey A. Belair of Portland; Christy Lebel and Chelsea Nicole Sullivan of Richmond; Amber Christine Leach of Sabattus; Lori Jean Cohoon, Sebago; Jamie S. Berube of South Paris; Samantha Aline Peczka of South Portland; Gloria Earline Reid, Strong; Gretchen S. Baade-Kons of Topsham; Michelle Anne Ring, Wells; Vanessa Bernice Smith, Wilton; and Tana J. Catlin, Winthrop.

The College offers associate degree programs in nursing, radiologic technology, and nuclear medicine technology. Certificate programs are available in computed tomography, Reiki, and nursing assistant. General education courses are offered each semester and are open to the public.

For more information about programs at CMMC CONHP, please visit our website at www.cmmcCOLLEGE.edu or call 207-795-2840. On July 1, 2014, the College's name will change to Maine College of Health Professions.

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General-Trauma Surgeon Joins CMMC Medical Staff

06/13/2014

Joseph R. Taddeo, M.D., a general and trauma surgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with Central Maine Surgical Associates in Lewiston.

He recently worked as a trauma-general surgeon at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. While serving with the U.S. Navy, he was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he served as chief of trauma. His earlier U.S. Navy assignments included service in Japan, Sri Lanka, Iceland, and Antarctica.

His professional experience also includes several years in a private general surgery practice in Waterville.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, he earned his medical degree at Hahnemann University, also in Philadelphia. He completed a surgical internship at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md., and then entered a flight surgeon training program at Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Fla. He later served a surgical residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, N.J.

Taddeo returned to the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 to serve a two-year fellowship in trauma surgery and surgical critical care.

He has completed many special training programs covering a wide range of subjects, including a number of clinical-surgical topics. His military service has been distinguished by several awards, including the Navy Air Medal for Single Action.

Taddeo is certified in surgery and surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgery, and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Eastern Association of Trauma Surgeons, and Society for Critical Care Medicine.

He is fluent in Italian.

He practices in association with surgeons Christina M. Bertocchi, M.D., Nina K. Edwards, M.D., Shiraz Farooq, M.D., Rajeev N. Puri, M.D., James F. Reilly, M.D., Rosa E. Turcios, M.D., and Laura Withers, M.D., and certified physician assistants Sheila Boese, Sharon Brezinski, Timothy Brown, Kimberly Budd, and Jane Vanni. Central Maine Surgical Associates can be reached at 795-5767.

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Genetics and Cholesterol is Subject of June 25 Program at CMMC

06/13/2014

"Familial Hypercholesterolemia: Is High Cholesterol In Your Genes?" is the subject of a Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentation set for June 25.

Dervilla M. McCann, M.D., a cardiologist affiliated with the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, will discuss familial hypercholesterolemia, an inherited disorder that causes high LDL cholesterol ("bad cholesterol"). The condition begins at birth and can cause heart attacks at an early age. McCann will discuss recommended screenings and treatment options.

A graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, McCann earned her medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She completed residency training at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital, New York City, and served a cardiology fellowship at the Naval Hospital in San Diego. She is certified in cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

McCann has done considerable research on the "founder effect", a phenomenon that can arise when genetic variation is limited because a new population has been established by a small number of individuals. French-Canadians in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada have shown a higher frequency of high LDL because of such genetic factors.

McCann will provide information about blood cholesterol screening and will discuss treatment options for those with high LDL levels.

The program will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 25 in Conference Room H, located on the lower lever of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building in Lewiston.

There is no cost for the presentation.

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

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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Two Photographers Featured for Month of June at CMMC Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery

06/09/2014

The works of two photographers are on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery through July 3.

Photographs by Lisa Davis and Roger Belanger are on display in the Main Lobby at CMMC, near the 60 High Street entrance.

Roger Belanger is a U.S. Navy veteran who began working as a photographer while serving aboard aircraft carrier U.S.S. Kearsarge during the Vietnam War. He later attended photography school and was assigned to the Combat Camera Group, an elite photography unit. He worked with different branches of the military, photographing military exercises, relief operations, and secret military development programs.

Belanger now limits his work primarily to nature. Using a digital camera, he attempts to complete all compositions and corrections at the time of exposure, rather than with computer applications.

Lisa Davis, an emergency nurse at Central Maine Medical Center, is a self-taught photographer who "enjoys photography as a hobby and as a way of connecting with nature."

"Photography is a great way to escape the stresses of the world by just concentrating on your subject. Many of my images are taken from my home ... or from my kayak on various small rivers and streams. Some are taken from fields that are rich with birds and butterflies," Davis says.

The artwork on display may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby corridor.

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CMHVI Earns Top Quality Recognition for Heart Surgery

06/03/2014

A national professional organization has awarded its highest rating to the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute's cardiac surgery program.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has awarded a three-star rating to CMHVI for the quality of its heart surgery program for 2013. The STS comprehensive rating system compares the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals nationwide. "Only 10 to 15 percent of all hospitals that perform open heart surgery receive the three star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality" said Carmine Frumiento, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon at CMHVI.

In a recent analysis of national data covering the 2012-2013 period, CMHVI's cardiac surgery performance was in the highest quality tier, earning the Lewiston-based program the STS three-star rating.

"This top ranking designation demonstrates that patients who undergo cardiac surgery at CMHVI receive outstanding clinical care by a dedicated team of professionals in the caring environment of our single stay unit," said CMHVI Executive Director Susan Horton.

The STS comprehensive rating system allows for nationwide comparisons of cardiac surgery quality among some 750 hospitals. The system considers many categories of cardiac surgery data on an annual basis. The data in the STS analysis includes avoidance of mortality, avoidance of major complications, use of arteries as bypass grafts, and the administration of all appropriate pre- and post-operative medications.

The STS developed a national database in 1989 as part of an effort to improve quality and patient safety in cardiothoracic surgery. The STS database focuses on three cardiothoracic surgery subspecialties: adult cardiac, general thoracic, and congenital heart surgery. The STS has developed 11 measures of quality divided into four broad categories or domains. These individual measures and the overall composite measure methodology used by STS are endorsed by the National Quality Forum and have received careful scrutiny by national quality measure experts.

"This top ranking reflects the commitment of the surgeons and the cardiovascular support team involved in the care of our patients to provide the highest level of excellence to the surgical patients," said Paul Weldner, M.D., a cardiac valvular heart surgeon at CMHVI.

The STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database is the largest registry of its kind in the world. It includes some 4.5 million cardiothoracic surgical records from 1,100 surgical groups in the United States.

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Shoulder Problems are Topic of June 5 Presentation at CMMC

06/03/2014

"Surgical Treatment of Shoulder Problems" is the subject of a special presentation set for June 5 at Central Maine Medical Center.

Orthopaedic surgeon Matt Bush, M.D., will discuss shoulder replacement, reverse shoulder replacement, and shoulder arthroscopy, all surgical options for repairing shoulder problems resulting from rheumatoid arthritis or injury.

Shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure in which all or part of the shoulder joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. The procedure is usually done to relieve arthritis pain or fix severe joint damage.

Bush will talk about the two primary methods for shoulder replacement: total shoulder replacement and reverse shoulder replacement. Total shoulder replacement involves a replacement of the ball and socket joint. A metal ball replaces the head of the upper arm bone and a plastic socket replaces the cartilage on the cavity. A reverse shoulder replacement involves the insertion of a metal ball section to the ball of the joint and a socket section being added to the upper arm bone. A reverse shoulder procedure, which is used to treat those with severe damage or arthritis involving the shoulder joint, allows the arm to be moved by different muscles.

He will also discuss shoulder arthroscopy, a surgical approach that uses a tiny camera and surgical tools to examine and repair the tissues inside or around the shoulder joint. Arthroscopic surgery can be used to repair a damaged rotator cuff, relieve impingement syndrome, and correct shoulder instability, among other things.

Bush is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also a fellow for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and was recently named to Becker's Top 100 Physician Leaders to Know in the ASC Industry.

He practices with Central Maine Orthopaedics at 690 Minot Avenue, Suite 1, in Auburn.

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

The presentation will be offered on June 5 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building in Lewiston.

To register or for more information, call 783-1328. Registrations can also be made via email at rsvp@cmogroup.org

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CMMC Ball Drop Set for June 17 at Martindale

06/03/2014

Central Maine Medical Center will present its 4th Annual Arbor House Helicopter Ball Drop on June 16 at 5 p.m. at Martindale Country Club in Auburn.

This unique fundraiser, hosted by the CMMC Associates Volunteer Program, will benefit the CMMC Arbor House.

Numbered golf balls will be dropped onto a target from a helicopter. The individual who has purchased the raffle ticket corresponding with the ball that lands closest to the target will win a cash prize. Participants do not have to be present to win.

Ticket levels are: $100 for one chance in 50 to win $2,000; $50 for one chance in 100 to win $1,500; $20 for one chance in 400 to win $1,000; and $10 for one chance in 700 to win $500. Up to 1,250 golf balls will be dropped.

An art show and sale, hosted by the CMMC Woman's Hospital Association, will feature local artists: Claudia Diller, Irene Duplissis, Bruce Habowski, Neiley Harris, Oana Lauric, Melanie Ness, Patricia Ritzo, and Nancy Trider.

Ticket stubs will admit guests to the art show/sale and reception where light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

The hospitalization of a family member is often an emotional, exhausting, and traumatic time. For patients and families from out of town, dealing with issues like housing, meals and transportation can become an expensive and trying burden. The CMMC Arbor House - at no cost to guests - is a place to call "home" while individuals and families struggle with unexpected challenges.

Sponsorships are also available at various levels. Visit www.cmmcgiving.org to learn more about supporting the Arbor House Helicopter Ball Drop.

For more information, contact Central Maine Medical Center's Development Office at 795-2950 or email giving@cmhc.org

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Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Honors Central Maine Medical Center Infusion Center Nursing Staff

06/03/2014

The Central Maine Medical Center Infusion Center nursing staff has been selected by the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center as an honoree of "The One Hundred" for 2014.

"The One Hundred" recognition celebrates individuals and organizations that are leading the fight against cancer and have dedicated themselves to making a difference. "The One Hundred" were selected from some 1,000 nominations from around the world. The CMMC Infusion Center team will be honored at an awards ceremony in Boston on June 10.

The Central Maine Medical Center cancer program serves a large and rural population of Maine -- an underserved demographic in need of comprehensive and compassionate care. Hematology-Oncology Associates, CMMC's outpatient medical oncology service, supports an infusion center staffed by 10 registered nurses and nurse practitioners who provide the highest quality multidisciplinary care. Working with medical staff, social workers, financial counselors, patient representatives and myriad community resources, oncology nurses are often the center of the patient experience.

The outpatient medical oncology team is dedicated to education and training so that its members can continue improving the care they provide to patients. Several staff nurses serve on one or more internal committees and actively participate in the department's Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) accreditation through the American Society of Clinical Oncologists.

"In the last two years, two nurses working in the CMMC cancer program were diagnosed with advanced stage cancer. They both chose to have their initial course of treatment at CMMC, entrusting their colleagues with their care. The team assumed its role in this challenging and emotional task with compassion, professionalism and strength, honored to care for two of its own," said CMMC Oncology/Infusion Center Clinical Coordinator Renee P. Courtemanche.

"The team's dedication to creating the best environment for patients, families, and colleagues is perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the nursing team in the medical oncology and infusion center. It's an honor to know and work with every one of them," Courtemanche said.

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CNAs Earn Certification

06/03/2014

The following students successfully completed the Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing Assistant course and subsequently passed the state competency examination: beginning second from left, Rae Brushwein and Jeffrey Gousse, both of Lewiston; Emily Marshall of New Gloucester; Rebecca King of Limington; Adria Hughes of Raymond; Michelle Lessard of Lisbon; and Cecily Hurst of Lewiston. The course instructor was registered nurse Evawn Young, far left. The nursing assistant class consists of 90 hours of classroom instruction, 20 hours of laboratory experience, and 70 hours of clinical experience at Marshwood Center and CMMC, both in Lewiston. Upon successful completion of the 180 hours of course work, students are eligible to take the state certification exam. After successful completion of this exam, students are placed on the Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants and may be employed as certified nursing assistants in Maine. The College offers associate degree programs in nursing, radiologic technology, and nuclear medicine technology. Certificate programs are available in computed tomography, Reiki, and nursing assistant. General education courses are offered each semester and are open to the public. For more information about classes and programs at the College, visit www.CMMCcollege.edu

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New Group Fitness Schedule Begins at CMMC Health and Fitness Center

05/08/2014

Central Maine Medical Center's Health and Fitness Center is offering the following group exercise programs beginning May 12:

Cardio Sculpt - This ongoing series combines low-impact moves with weight training targeting major muscle groups while addressing hard to reach spots. The routine includes extensive floor work. Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Ian Barclay.

Core and Sweat - This ongoing series lead by Ian Barclay features weight training that targets major muscle groups while addressing hard to reach spots. The routine includes extensive floor work. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Fit 'N' Fun - Entertaining exercise for the over-55 crowd. Join instructor Michele Lamare to improve aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. This ongoing class is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Functional Fitness - Learn to increase both core and upper body strength and improve the stability of abdominal and low back muscles. Participants will discover how to prevent injury due to improper body mechanics and repetitive motion. Fridays from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Happy Hearts and Lungs - A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history or pulmonary disease who have completed a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program and are looking for a "maintenance" program. The class includes general supervision and individual, independent cardiovascular and strength training. It also incorporates group weight training and self-safety skills. The instructors are Sue Driscoll and Brandi Eastman. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Personal Fitness - Begins with a one-on-one evaluation and program development session with a personal health counselor, then progresses to a structured group exercise plan overseen by instructors Michele Lamare and Brandi Eastman. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Power Plus - Functional weight and mobility training to increase flexibility and strength, resulting in lean muscle (not bulk). Build core strength and improve balance by incorporating every muscle group. Finish with a gentle cool down and stretch. This ongoing class is led by Rick Jalbert. Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sixty-Minute Shred - This new class is a full body workout featuring circuit resistance and interval training with instructor Brandi Eastman. The class concentrates on functional movements, strengthening the core, boosting metabolism, and multiple-muscle movements with high repetitions for lean, toned results. Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning May 14.

Step Aerobics - A heart-pumping, muscle-moving workout that alternates step with muscle work. Led by Sue Driscoll, this cardio workout is a head-to-toe body strengthener. Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Step Express - Stop in for some sensationally scintillating and stimulating step aerobics. Twenty five minutes of fun, fancy footwork following with five fabulous minutes of functional flexibility finishers. Mosey in on Monday and join instructor Rick Jalbert from noon to 12:30p.m.

Tone-N-Tighten - Instructor Lin Bourque leads this 60-minute total body workout that utilizes a combination of dumbbells, bands, aerobic bars, and stability balls to tone the hips, gluteals, abdominals, legs, and upper body. This ongoing class will be held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Yoga - Discover the benefits of an alignment-based yoga practice where you will gain strength and flexibility in your body, mind and spirit. Learn how intelligent alignment principles and a positive and uplifting yogic philosophy can help you soar through your practice with grace, poise and ease. This is an all-levels class and instructor Tisha Bremner will offer modifications to support each student through a safe and effective practice. Tuesdays from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Yoga: Relax and Restore - Reduce stress and gain a deeper sense of balance and calm. This gently paced class combines meditation, breath work, as well as therapeutic and restorative yoga poses to enhance a sense of calm well-being. Open, release and relax the body in a nurturing way; feel your mind, heart and spirit renewed. Open to all experience and ability levels. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. with instructor Tisha Bremner.

Zumba - This Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa, and reggaeton. Using principles of aerobic-fitness interval training and resistance training, Zumba is great for burning calories (up to 500 per class) while sculpting and toning the body. This six week program is led by Cynthia Nicholas. Mondays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning May 12.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Fitness Center, 12 High Street Medical Office Building, Lewiston.

Fees are assessed for participation in these programs and must be paid prior to beginning the program. Class registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Membership in the CMMC Health and Fitness Center is open to the public. In addition to group fitness, the center features fitness equipment and offers personal training services, massage therapy, and fitness evaluations.

Call 795-2473 to register or to obtain more information.

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Works of Two Photographers on Dispay at CMMC Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery

05/02/2014

The works of two photographers are on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery through June 5.

Photographs by Timothy Amero and Renee D'Alessandro are on display in the Main Lobby at CMMC, near the 60 High Street entrance.

"For me retirement has been an opportunity to return to my roots and explore nature through the lens of my camera. By displaying pictures of birds, insects, reptiles, arachnids, and mammals, I hope to create an appreciation for all forms of life. Furthermore, rivers, streams, brooks, ponds, lakes and even beaver dams provide the ecosystems necessary for these critters to thrive, so I also spend a lot of time taking photos of these," says Amero.

D'Alessandro is a self-taught photographer who enjoys portraiture, especially of pets, as well as landscape and nature photography.

"What started as a way to document life with children transformed into a passionate and gratifying hobby and creative outlet," says D'Alessandro. "Pet photography, particularly dogs, is of great interest to me because pets are fun to work with, it's challenging, and it enables me to relay their emotion and energy. As much as I enjoy landscape and nature photography, my goal was to hone my pet photography skills in order to communicate and bring more attention to pets' personalities and attributes."

Her work may be viewed at www.rdportraits.com

The artwork on display may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby corridor.

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Rachael Lewis named DAISY Award winner

04/25/2014

Registered nurse Rachael Lewis has been recognized as a Central Maine Medical Center's 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.

Lewis works on the fourth floor Memorial Wing (M4) Pediatrics/Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing Unit, recently relocated from the third-floor Thompson Wing (T3).

M4 Nurse Manager Alison Dehetre nominated Lewis for the award after a family noted the exceptional care she provided for a family experiencing the passing of a loved-one.

Shortly before Christmas, Danny Libby brought his wife Marjorie to CMMC with symptoms of confusion, weakness and shortness of breath. "I stopped what I was doing and walked with Danny to Marjorie's room, a short trip I would take every day until January 16 at 11:13 a.m., when Marjorie passed away," recalls M4 Nurse Manager Alison Dehetre.

"It was easy to see from all of her visitors that she was loved by many, but none loved her more than Danny. Understandably, his grief was severe as he watched his partner of 42 years slip away from him. Rachael Lewis would come in on her days off to visit, and both Marjorie and Danny loved to see her. They spoke of Rachael constantly," Dehetre says.

After Marjorie passed away, her family said the nursing care they witnessed at CMMC was outstanding. They mentioned several nurses and highlighted particular acts of kindness, and Danny said he found it difficult to identify a single nurse for special recognition. "He chose Rachael because she demonstrated her passion for nursing in the caring approach that she should care not only for the patient but for the family," Dehetre says.

Lewis began work at CMMC in July 2012 after graduating from nursing school. She is presently pursuing her bachelor's degree in nursing. She is very active in her church.

"We are very fortunate to have the level of nursing expertise that Rachael, and many other nurses at CMMC, have to offer our patients and their families. The compassion and dedication of our nurses is very evident in all they do each shift. Having worked at CMMC for just under two years, Rachael compassion and holistic approach to patient care have already been an example for all that have worked with her, especially on the night shift that Rachael works. Patient care is 24/7 in a hospital setting and during the night is a time when some patients and their families may feel their most vulnerable. Rachael instills safety, calm and confidence in her approach to caring for others. We have so much to look forward to from Rachael in her future years here at CMMC," said CMMC Vice President for Nursing Sharron Sieleman

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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Knee Problems Topic of May 1 Presentation

04/18/2014

"Surgical Treatment of Knee Problems" is the subject of a special presentation set for May 1 at Central Maine Medical Center.

Orthopaedic surgeon Paul Cain, M.D., will discuss options for the surgical repair of knee disorders and injuries.

A long-time member of the central and western Maine medical-surgical community, Cain practices in various specialty areas, including sports medicine, arthroscopic and open surgery of the shoulder and knee, knee ligament reconstruction, and cartilage restoration.

He is certified in orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He practices with Central Maine Orthopaedics (CMO) at 690 Minot Avenue, Suite 1, in Auburn. Since the inception of CMO's sports medicine program in 1987, Cain has expanded the service into a comprehensive program that includes prevention, community education, game coverage, and involvement with local teams at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels.

"Surgical Treatment of Knee Problems" will be offered on May 1 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building in Lewiston.

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

He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

There is no cost for attending the presentation.

To register or for more information, call 783-1328. Registrations can also be made via email at RSVP@cmogroup.org

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CMMC Gala raises $95,000 for CMHVI

04/18/2014


Rose Sheline, D.D.S., from Center Street Dental, speaks to attendees at Central Maine Medical Center's 18th Annual Spring Gala. Center Street Dental was one of the event's sponsors. The event raised nearly $100,000 for the Central Maine Heart & Vascular I
Central Maine Medical Center recent annual dinner-dance event raised $95,000, according to Chuck Gill, vice president for public affairs at Central Maine Healthcare.

CMMC's 18th Annual Spring Gala, presented this year with the theme "The Heart of the City", was held at the Kora Shrine Center in Lewiston. Funds raised through the event will support the Central Maine Heart & Vascular Institute's 10th Anniversary Capital Campaign Fund.

"CMMC is honored to again recognize and thank Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare as the presenting sponsor and CareTech Solutions as the Gala's event sponsor. Joining us as our Heart of the City Sponsor was Center Street Dental. The generosity of these sponsors, as well as the support of 15 other major sponsors, including many from businesses in the greater Lewiston-Auburn area, made the event a complete success and supported the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute's mission," said Gill.

The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute offers advanced cardiac and vascular diagnostic and treatment services. CMHVI's cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and other skilled professionals provide specialty care to inpatients and outpatients at CMHVI and from offices at a number of locations in central, western, and mid-coast Maine.

For more information about CMMC fundraising events and activities, call the CMMC Development Office at 795-2950 or email giving@cmhc.org. A summary of CMMC's Spring Gala sponsors and photos of the event are available at www.cmmcgiving.org

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Coastal Plastic Surgery Opens Topsham Office

04/18/2014

Coastal Plastic Surgery, a team of cosmetic surgeons and skin care specialists, is seeing patients from a newly opened office suite in Topsham.

Located at 4 Horton Place, just off Route 196 in Topsham, Coastal Plastic Surgery (CPS) offers an array of cosmetic services provided by experienced cosmetic surgeons and skin care experts.

The CPS cosmetic services team is comprised of three board-certified plastic surgeons, a certified physician assistant, and a certified medical aesthetician/laser technician. CPS services range from surgical and laser procedures to skin care treatments. Also available are premium skin care products.

CPS surgeons Sarah W. Holland, M.D., Charles E. Foley, M.D., and Alan S. Harmatz, M.D., are all certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Licensed surgical physician assistant Sarah P. Greven is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Kate Connor is a certified medical aesthetician, certified laser technician, and certified massage therapist.

Cosmetic surgery procedures performed by CPS surgeons include breast procedures, body contouring, and facial, head and neck procedures.

Breast procedures include: breast augmentation, lift and reduction; removal and replacement of breast implants; and male breast reduction. Tummy tuck, liposuction, and upper arm, thigh and buttock lift are body contouring surgeries provided by CPS surgeons. Facial, head and neck procedures include facelift, brow, eyelid and neck lift, lip enhancement, cheek implant, chin enlargement, ear pinning, and earlobe repair and reduction.

Non-invasive cosmetic laser procedures available at Coastal Plastic Surgery include:
Laser Genesis for correcting redness and stimulating collagen production; LimeLight Facial treatments for pigmentation and vascularity; ProWave permanent hair reduction; and Titan nonablative skin tightening

Other cosmetic procedures for enhancing skin appearance are Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Sculptra and Radiesse.

CPS's physician assistant and medical aesthetician provide clinical facials, chemical peels, facial waxing, eyebrow waxing and shaping, and microdermabrasion. They also assist customers in selecting appropriate skin care products such as Obagi Skin Care, Latisse Lash Treatment, and Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics.

To learn more about Coastal Plastic Surgery, or to schedule a cosmetic procedure, including a cosmetic surgery consultation, call 207-798-6262.

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Radiologic Student Named to National Leadership Group

04/07/2014

Tara Manns of Portland, a radiologic technology student at the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing & Health Professions, has been selected to participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists 2014 Student Leadership Development Program.

Manns will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the ASRT Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting in June in Orlando, Fla. She will attend two educational courses specifically designed for students and be assigned a professional mentor during the House of Delegates meeting.

She was one of 75 radiologic science students from around the country chosen to participate in the program.

Manns is a 28-year-old single mother who works as a phlebotomist while attending the College of Nursing & Health Professions Radiologic Technology Program.

"Despite the many challenges that Tara faces daily, she remains upbeat, determined to excel, and is a positive role model for her four-year old daughter," says Judy Ripley, director of the Radiologic Technology Program. "We are all proud to have Tara represent Maine, serving as an ambassador of goodwill."

The ASRT represents more than 152,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy treatments. The organization also provides radiologic technology students with the tools, services and support they need to prepare for careers in medical imaging and radiation therapy.

"The Student Leadership Development Program provides medical imaging and radiation therapy students with insight into the ASRT governance process," said ASRT President Julie Gill. "While in Orlando, students will network with radiology leaders, participate in educational activities and learn from seasoned radiologic technologists. It's a great way for students to get involved early."

For more information about the ASRT and opportunities for radiologic science students, visit www.asrt.org/students. For more information about the medical imaging programs at the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing & Health Professions, visit www.CMMCcollege.edu or call 207-795-2649.

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CMMC Sponsoring Diabetes Fair

04/02/2014

Central Maine Medical Center will sponsor a Diabetes Fair on April 5.

The event will feature presentations by a doctor who specializes in providing care for those with diabetes, and a registered nurse with special expertise as a wellness coach.

Laura E. Trask, M.D., an endocrinologist who practices with Central Maine Endocrinology and Diabetes Center in Lewiston, will discuss "'When to Consider an Insulin Pump", focusing on factors that make the technology beneficial for some people with diabetes.

Insulin pumps are small devices that are programmed to deliver insulin doses in a way that closely mimics the body's normal release of insulin. For some people with the disease, insulin pumps offer advantages over conventional insulin delivery methods.

Trask completed fellowship training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H She is certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the Endocrine Society, and the American College of Physicians.

Following a light lunch that will be provided at no charge, registered nurse Rhyanna Larose will talk about "Healthy Nutrition On a Budget", offering sound advice about how a someone living with diabetes can improve his or her diet at a reasonable cost.

Larose is an occupational health and safety nurse and wellness coach at Geiger in Lewiston.

The Diabetes Fair will also feature a brief talk by an "A1C champion" who is successfully managing diabetes with an insulin pump.

Students from the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing will provide blood pressure screenings, and the CMMC Health and Fitness Center will offer cholesterol screenings.

Diabetes management device exhibitors at the fair will include:

  • Medtronic - maker of the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel insulin pump, the Guardian REAL-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, and the new MiniMed 530 G with Enlite system.


  • Insulet - maker of the Omnipod Insulin Management System.


  • Tandem - makers of the T-Slim insulin pump.


Representatives from the office of ophthalmologist Sirus Hamzavi, M.D., will be on hand to provide information about visions services for those with diabetes.

The Diabetes Fair will be presented in the Chairmen's Room on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building in Lewiston. Exhibitors will display their wares nearby in Room I. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and the program will conclude about 1 p.m.

There is no cost for participating in the Diabetes Fair.

Those interested in attending the day's events are urged to register in advance by calling 795-8448, emailing prevention@cmhc.org, or registering online at www.cmmc.org

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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CMMC Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery Features Work of Three Photographers

03/25/2014

The works of three photographers are on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery through April 3.

Photography by Alana Ranney, Jim Walker and Lisa Bryant are on display in the Main Lobby at Central Maine Medical Center, near the 60 High Street entrance.

Alana Ranney of Farmington has been a landscape and nature photographer for more than 25 years. She is the owner of Alana's Fine Art Photography in Farmington. Her work can be viewed at www.afinephoto.com

Jim Walker is a member of the Capital Area Camera Club and participates in the club's exhibitions, juried shows, and other activities. His photos have been shown at Gallery5 in Lewiston, and at several restaurants, art shows and galleries around the state. His work can also be seen at www.jimwalkerphotography.com

Lisa Bryant is a member of Professional Photographers America and Maine Professional Photographers of America. Although she took up the art relatively late in life, it became her passion. She lives and works in Jay.

The artwork on display may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby at CMMC. A percentage of sale proceeds benefit CMMC.

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Hepatitis C is subject of April 10 CMMC Program

03/25/2014

"Hepatitis C Virus Infection" is the subject of a Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentation set for April 10.

Imad H. Durra, M.D., an infectious diseases specialist who practices with Central Maine Medical Center Infectious Diseases Associates in Lewiston, will provide an introduction to the basics of hepatitis C transmission and prevention, the disease's effect on the liver and other organs, and how it is treated.

Prior to relocating to the Lewiston-Auburn area several years ago, Durra practiced for nine years at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he provided inpatient consultation services and managed outpatient care for patients living with HIV, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases. He also directed a hepatitis C clinic sponsored by Acadia Hospital in Bangor

He earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut Medical School in Beirut, Lebanon. He completed an internal medicine residency at State University of New York, Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, N.Y., where he served as chief resident. He completed an infectious diseases fellowship at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, N.J.

He is certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

The program will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 10 in the Chairmen's Rooms, located on the lower lever of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building in Lewiston.

There is no cost for the presentation.

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

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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Foot and Ankle Pain is topic of April 3 Presentation

03/25/2014

"Your Guide to Foot and Ankle Pain" is the subject of a special presentation set for April 3 at Central Maine Medical Center.

Orthopaedic surgeon James Timoney, D.O., of Central Maine Orthopaedics and the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine, will discuss options for treatment and prevention of common causes of foot and ankle pain and discomfort.

Timoney specializes in sports medicine, with a special emphasis on foot and ankle surgery. He has experience diagnosing and treating a broad spectrum of orthopaedic issues, ranging from sports and occupational injuries to developmental and degenerative problems. He is skilled in both surgical and non-operative treatments that can help individuals experience an optimal return to function.

He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

"Your Guide to Foot and Ankle Pain" will be offered on April 3 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building in Lewiston.

There is no cost for attending the presentation.

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

To register or for more information, call 783-1328. Registrations can also be made via email at RSVP@cmogroup.org

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2nd Annual Purple Night for Cancer Awareness presented by Central Maine Medical Center is March 28th

03/25/2014

The Portland Pirates will host the 2nd annual Purple Night for Cancer Awareness presented by Central Maine Medical Center on Friday, March 28th at 7 PM at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. The Pirates will wear special purple jerseys to raise awareness for cancer research as they host the Providence Bruins for the final time during the 2013-14 regular season. The special jerseys will be auctioned off on eBay at a later date, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The Pirates will donate all proceeds from their 50/50 raffle during that night's game to the Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center to support the center's work in providing care for the region's cancer patients. In addition, a Pirates practice jersey signed by movie and television star Patrick Dempsey will be raffled off, with all proceeds benefiting the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing's Maine Fund for Cancer Patients, which helps fund the immediate needs of patients experiencing hardships while undergoing cancer treatment.

"We are pleased to be part of the Pirates Purple Night, increasing awareness about the important services and programs we provide to anyone impacted by cancer. The funds raised will help us to continue to provide all of our services at no cost to cancer patients, as well as their families and friends." said Dempsey Center Executive Director Wendy Tardif.

"Cancer is an issue that affects each and every one of us in one form or another. Central Maine Medical Center and the Pirates are proud to work together to raise awareness for cancer related research and treatment through Purple Night," said Brad Church, Pirates COO. "We encourage our fans to wear purple and participate in the night's fundraisers in the hopes that our efforts support Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in their missions to provide care, and eventually a cure."

Fans are encouraged to wear purple to the game and to get their tickets early. Tickets are available by calling the Androscoggin Bank Colisee Box Office at (207) 783-2009 ext. 525 or online at thecolisee.com.

The Pirates have announced eight guaranteed dates for the 2014-15 season as the Pirates return to the Cumberland County Civic Center! Group tickets are available for all eight of the announced dates and flex and season tickets for the 2014-15 season are now on sale! For more information on the guaranteed dates, click here and for more information on ticket plans, call 207-828-4665.

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March of Dimes Ambssadors Visit CMMC

03/14/2014

The March of Dimes 2014 National Ambassador family visited Central Maine Medical Center recently to kick off the greater Lewiston-Auburn area March to Help Babies fund-raising walk. Six-year-old Aidan Lamothe, accompanied by his parents, Dave and Jill, is traveling the country spreading the word about the important work being done by the March of Dimes to reduce the number of premature babies born in the United States. Aiden was born 12 weeks early, weighing just three pounds, and it was never determined why he arrived so soon. Aiden spent seven weeks in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. After his discharge from the hospital, his parents sought a way to help prevent others from undergoing the same experience. The family connected with the March of Dimes chapter in Manchester, N.H., and have been volunteering ever since. The greater Lewiston-Auburn area March to Help Babies will be held rain or shine on May 10. The walk will begin at the Lewiston Armory, 65 Central Avenue, Lewiston. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will commence at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.marchforbabies.org

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Apron Tea Set for April 6 at Woman's Literary Union

03/07/2014

Dotti Adams (pictured) and her sister, Norma Salway, will host "The History of Vintage Aprons", a display set for April 6 at 2 p.m. at the Woman's Literary Union, 19 Elm Street, Auburn. Sponsored by the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association, the fund-raising event will feature a collection of some 50 hand-made aprons. Light refreshments and tea will be served. Any voluntary "entrance fees" contributed at the event will benefit the CMMC Cancer Immediate Needs Fund. Those attending the event are urged to bring any special aprons they might wish to display. To make reservations for the Apron Tea, call June at 782-6084.

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Migraines Topic of March CMMC Accenting Your Health Presentation

03/07/2014

"Oh, My Aching Head . . . What Is a Migraine Headache?" is the subject of a Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentation set for March 20.

Katarina Latkovich, M.D., of Central Maine Internal Medicine, will discuss migraine headaches. Her presentation will cover what triggers the sometimes severe headaches, what might prevent them, and what can be done to make them subside.

Latkovich earned her medical degree at the University of Belgrade in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and completed residency training at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The program will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 20 in the Chairmen's Rooms, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building in Lewiston.

There is no cost for the presentation.

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

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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Surgeon Joins Lewiston Practice

02/26/2014

Nina K. Edwards, M.D., a general surgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. She is practicing with Central Maine Surgical Associates in Lewiston.

She specializes in minimally-invasive surgery, also called laparoscopic surgery. Minimally-invasive surgery involves very small incisions that allow the use of tiny video cameras and specially designed surgical instruments to perform procedures. Minimally-invasive surgery usually results in less blood loss, less postoperative pain, fewer and smaller scars, and a faster recovery than open surgery.

Before joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, Edwards worked for more than eight years at York Hospital in York. As part of her work at York Hospital, she served as chairperson of the Breast Committee and was medical director of Breast Care.

Her practice experience also includes some three years as a general and bariatric surgeon at Battle Creek Health Systems and Brookside Surgery Center, both in Battle Creek, Mich., Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Mich., and Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. In 2013 she completed a medical-surgical mission with Project Help Haiti at Pierre Peyen Hospital (now Victor Binkley Hospital) in Pierre Peyen, Haiti.

Edwards is a member of the Clinical Adjunct Faculty at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford.

A graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, she earned her medical degree at Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. She completed her internship and residency training at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. She has completed the American Society of Breast Surgeons Basic Breast Ultrasound Course and Intensive Breast Ultrasound Post Graduate Course.

Edwards is certified by the American Board of Surgery, and a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Society of General Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, Maine Medical Association, and Maine State Medical Society.

She practices in association with surgeons Joseph Bedway, M.D., Christina M. Bertocchi, M.D., Shiraz Farooq, M.D., Rajeev N. Puri, M.D., James F. Reilly, M.D., Joseph Taddeo, M.D., Rosa E. Turcios, M.D., and Laura Withers, M.D., and certified physician assistants Sheila Boese, Sharon Brezinski, Kimberly Budd, and Jane Vanni. Central Maine Surgical Associates can be reached at 795-5767.

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CMHVI and Dempsey Center Co-Sponsor Nutrition Program

02/24/2014

The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope & Healing will present a five-part nutrition and cooking class series in March.

"Nutrition for Life" will offer participants the opportunity to explore the benefits of good food for disease prevention, treatment and general wellness, according to Mary Doyle, program manager at the Dempsey Center.

"Participants will finish the series with quick and healthy recipes that will increase the intake of protective nutrients for participants and their families," Doyle said.

The program will be presented at the Dempsey Center, 29 Lowell Street (fifth floor) on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. beginning March 3 and concluding on March 31. The final installment of the series will be a "grocery store tour" at the Lewiston Hannaford with dietitian Hillary Pride on March 31.

Topics for the classroom setting are "Get Your Greens" (March 3), "Meatless Meals Made Easy" (March 10), "Immune Boosting Foods" (March 17), and "Meal Planning for Better Health" (March 24). Registration is limited to 25 people.

The classes will be presented by registered, licensed dietitian Amanda Ettinger.

Ettinger graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with bachelor's degrees in accounting and applied human nutrition. She completed an integrated dietetic internship. Her background includes work in diabetes education, long-term care, bariatric surgery, food service management, and as a clinical dietitian in a number of small, rural hospitals. She works with cancer patients at Central Maine Medical Center and through the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope & Healing.

For more information or to register for the five-part program, call the Dempsey Center at 795-8250.

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Doctor of the Day Focuses on Heart Attack Care

02/24/2014

Physician anesthesiologist Aaron A. Tebbs, M.D., a specialist in anesthesia for patients with heart disease, will serve as Doctor of the Day at the Maine State Capitol Building on February 27. As part of his volunteer service and in observance of American Heart Month, he is focusing attention on the importance of recognizing the signs of heart attack and quickly seeking care.

"Addressing the symptoms of a heart attack as soon as possible may not only be life-saving, but it impacts the success of treatment. The more quickly blood flow to the heart is restored, the better the outcome for the patient," says Tebbs.

There are a number of symptoms that may indicate a heart attack, but two primary signs are chest pain and unexpected shortness of breath. Tebbs says anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical care as soon as possible.

He also advises that anyone experiencing these symptoms, or anyone assisting someone with symptoms, seek transportation by an emergency medical service. "Do not drive yourself. Call 9-1-1," he says.

Tebbs says recent studies have emphasized the importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in cases in which someone has collapsed from a heart attack. Further, he explains, these studies show that "hands-only CPR" is the most essential component of the resuscitation process. "The really critical pre-hospital treatment is chest compressions. Studies have found that doing mouth-to-mouth is much less important than chest compressions and getting defibrillation as soon as possible," he says.

Finally, getting a heart attack patient to the closest heart center where blood flow to the heart can be restored by angioplasty or open-heart surgery is crucial. "In many cases, stents placed during an angioplasty procedure in a cardiac catheterization lab will restore blood flow. Sometimes patients' require open-heart surgery. In either case, the objective is to restore blood flow to the heart as soon as possible," Tebbs says.

The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston is fortunate to offer the services of two outstanding cardiothoracic surgeons and several interventional cardiologists who perform cardiac angioplasty. "CMHVI has established a record of outstanding response times in restoring cardiac blood flow in heart attack patients. This record not only means that lives are saved, but that disability related to heart attack is minimized," Tebbs says.

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Valentine's Day Yoga Offered at CMMC Health and Fitness Center

02/10/2014

Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey will lead a 90-minute yoga workshop on Valentine's Day at Central Maine Medical Center.

"Love Starts Within" is the theme of this gentle yoga workshop led by certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey.

Covey is owner of Dragonfly Healing Touch, a Thai Yoga Bodywork studio in Poland.

In the early 1990s she created the first wellness programs at CMMC, helping to design the CMMC Wellness Center, which she managed from 1995 through 2002. She presently facilitates educational support programs at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston.

The yoga program will be offered from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on February 14 in the CMMC Health and Fitness Center, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building in Lewiston.

There will be a small fee for participation.

Those interested in attending the program must register in advance by calling 795-2473.

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CMMC Physician Earns Endocrine Certification

02/10/2014

Wesley P. Fairfield, M.D., a specialist in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, has earned Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound from a national professional organization.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has certified that Fairfield successfully demonstrated his skills at using both diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided neck ultrasonography to evaluate thyroid and parathyroid disorders through fine needle aspiration.

These diagnostic procedures are used in the diagnosis and management of thyroid disorders, thyroid growths, thyroid cancers and other disorders affecting the front of the neck.

The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the front lower neck. The thyroid gland plays a major role in the body, influencing the function of many organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. Ensuring that the thyroid gland is healthy and functioning properly is vitally important to the body's overall well-being.

Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease, affecting as many as 30 million Americans. More than half of those affected are undiagnosed. Women are five times more likely than men to suffer from hypothyroidism (when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone). Thyroid nodules and enlarged thyroid glands are common problems, and they can harbor cancers within them. They require proper evaluation and treatment. When detected, patients with these thyroid disorders are usually referred for further work-up to an endocrinologist.

A member of the Central Maine Medical Center for more than a decade, Fairfield was the region's first board-certified endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism specialist. He practices at Central Maine Endocrinology and Diabetes Center in Lewiston.

A native of Biddeford, Fairfield graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick and earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed internal medicine residency training, a clinical fellowship in endocrinology and a research fellowship in neuroendocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a clinical fellow, research fellow and a full-time faculty member at Harvard Medical School.

He is certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of The Endocrine Society, the American Thyroid Association and The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Central Maine Endocrinology and Diabetes Center provides specialty care for patients 15 years of age or older with diabetes, thyroid disease, pituitary disease, reproductive disorders, adrenal tumors, hyperparathyroidism, and metabolic bone disorders, including osteoporosis. The office is located at 287 Main Street Plaza, Suite 301, in Lewiston, and can be reached at 795-7520.

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Nurse Practioner Joins Lisbon Family Practice

02/07/2014

Family nurse practitioner Renee M. Powers has joined the Central Maine Medical Center Associate Professional Staff. She is practicing at Lisbon Family Practice in Lisbon.

She recently completed an externship training program at Brunswick Family Health in Brunswick. She has worked as a registered nurse for over 14 years, most recently at Midcoast Hospital in Brunswick. Her professional experience also includes work at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Coastal Women's Healthcare in Scarborough, and as a traveling nurse in locations throughout the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Powers graduated with honors from the University of Maine in Orono with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She earned a master's degree in nursing from Husson University in Bangor.

She is certified by, and a member of, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is also a member of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association.

She lives in Brunswick.

Powers practices in association with Gregory F. Bianconi, M.D., Denise M. Cogle, D.O., Stephen A. Fairchild, M.D., and Joanna E. Rulf, D.O. The practice can be reached at 353-6721.

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CMMC Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery Features Painter and Photographer

02/07/2014

The works of a photographer and a painter will be on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery through March 6.

Photography by Scott Ainsworth and paintings by Neiley Harris are on display in the Main Lobby at Central Maine Medical Center, near the 60 High Street entrance.

Monmouth resident Ainsworth, who grew up in Vermont, served in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm and was later assigned to military bases in Germany and Texas. After his military service, he earned an associate degree automotive technology from Vermont Technical College. He married in 1999 and he and his wife moved to Monmouth in 2008.

"My photographic addiction really began on our honeymoon in 1999 when we toured the coast of Maine and discovered the great eastern seacoast. From there it's been non-stop shooting of everything from lighthouses on the coast to what northern New England offers on a daily basis," says Ainsworth.

His work can be seen at www.scottainsworthphotography.com

Harris, also of Monmouth, has been painting professionally for over 15 years. She studied watercolor techniques and initially painted in the medium, but she has since expanded to acrylic and oil painting. Her strong use of color and bold subject matter are becoming more and more evident as her art evolves.

"I am painting and teaching from my studio in Monmouth," says Harris. "I am mostly self-taught, though my mother [Annette Lavallee] is a professional artist and mentored me from early on."

Her work can be seen at www.neileyharris.com

The artwork on display may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby at CMMC. A percentage of sale proceeds benefit CMMC.

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Central Maine Healthcare Nurse Educator Named Accreditation Reviewer

02/06/2014

A national healthcare credentialing organization has named a Central Maine Healthcare nurse educator as an approved accreditation reviewer.

Registered nurse Robin Gilbert has been accepted as a reviewer for Pathway to Excellence, a professional nursing standards and performance program. Gilbert is regional staff development manager for Central Maine Medical Center, Rumford Hospital, and Bridgton Hospital.

Developed and administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Pathway to Excellence accreditation program promotes hospital environments that advance outstanding nursing care. Only 112 hospitals nationwide have attained this accreditation.

Rumford Hospital was the first hospital in Maine to achieve Pathway to Excellence accreditation in 2012. Gilbert was the hospital's Pathway to Excellence coordinator when this accreditation was earned.

In addition to completing an ANCC training program, Pathways reviewers must meet a number of professional qualifications.

Gilbert has some 35 years experience in nursing. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Curry College in Milton, Mass., and her master's degree in nursing from St. Joseph College in Windham. She is certified in emergency nursing and pediatric emergency nursing. She has served in several nursing management roles, including emergency department manager at both Rumford Hospital and Central Maine Medical Center.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence program recognizes health care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. For an organization to receive this designation, it must meet practice standards essential to an ideal nursing practice environment.

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Family Practice Physician Joins New CMMC Affiliated Practice

02/06/2014

Edward W. Bogner, M.D., a family physician, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff.

He is presently practicing at Central Maine Family Practice, 12 High Street, in Lewiston. Later this month, he will relocate to 10 High Street, Suite 301, in Lewiston. The new practice will be called High Street Family Medicine.

Before joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, Bogner practiced at Geisinger Health Clinic in Danville, Pa. He has worked in Pennsylvania and California in a variety of practice settings, and has been appointed to the medical staffs at a number of hospitals.

Bogner's family medicine practice at High Street Family Medicine will be based on the Patient-Centered Medical Home model. This model emphasizes the improvement of the patient experience through the delivery of appropriate, timely and easily accessible care at lower costs. Bogner and his staff will work with patients and their families to ensure that care is effectively coordinated and delivered, promoting the best possible outcome.

A graduate of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., Bogner earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He served an internship and residency in family medicine at Latrobe Area Hospital in Latrobe, Pa.,

He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice.

High Street Family Medicine can be reached at 753-7655.

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Physician Joins Lewiston Urology Group

02/06/2014

Michael Corea, M.D., a urologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing at the Central Maine Urology Center in Lewiston.

Corea has practiced urology in the greater Lewiston-Auburn area since the spring of 2012 when he began working on a part-time basis at the Central Maine Urology Center. Prior to joining the Lewiston-based urology practice, he was a member of Fore River Urology in Portland and performed surgery at Mercy Hospital in Portland. His professional background also includes four years practicing in Rockledge, Fla.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he earned his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, also in Madison. He completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in urology at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I. He served as chief resident in urology during his final year of training.

Corea is skilled in numerous urologic surgery procedures, including treatment of the following: benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH); enlarged prostate treatment; erectile dysfunction; fertility issues; male incontinence and voiding dysfunction; minimally invasive therapies; renal tumors; stone disease; urethral stricture disease; and urologic cancer.

He is certified by the American Board of Urology, and is a member of the American Urological Association.

He is practicing in affiliation with urologists Jordan M. Kurta, M.D., and Paul R. Mailhot, M.D., nurse practitioner Rosa Hamilton, and physician assistant Heather Renihan. The center is located at 287 Main Street Plaza, Suite 404, in Lewiston, and can be reached at 795-2171.

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New Physician Joins Central Maine Internal Medicine

02/05/2014

William S. Pond, M.D., has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with Central Maine Internal Medicine in Lewiston.

Before joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, Pond was a partner for more than 20 years at Internal Medicine of Morristown in Morristown, N.J. During this time he served for nearly 10 years as medical director for clinical affairs at Morristown Medical Center. His professional background also includes 10 years in solo practice.

Pond has considerable experience in healthcare leadership and management. He has belonged to numerous healthcare organization governing boards and has served in various hospital administrative roles.

A graduate of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., he earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He completed residency training in internal medicine at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J.

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Internal Medicine.

He is practicing in association with internists Lise M. Cloutier, M.D., Eugene J. Ferguson, M.D., Lisa Kleinert, M.D., Katarina Latkovich, M.D., William M. Lee, M.D., Jennifer S. Pyenta, D.O., and Pamela E. Ross, M.D., and nurse practitioners Mary Ellen Davis and Brian C. Monzel. Central Maine Internal Medicine is located at 12 High Street, Suite 400, in Lewiston. The practice can be reached at 795-5700.

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CMMC Trauma Program is Verified by American College of Surgeons

01/31/2014

The American College of Surgeons has verified Central Maine Medical Center's Trauma Program as a Level II Trauma Center.

The nationally recognized verification follows an on-site review of CMMC by a team of American College of Surgeons (ACS) trauma program experts. The team determined that CMMC's Trauma Program meets ACS criteria.

"Trauma care is a system of care that requires a team response in the field and in the hospital," said James F. Reilly, M.D., chief of Trauma/General Surgery at CMMC. "Our staff is in a constant state of readiness to treat critically injured patients who can arrive at any time. We rely on the expertise of highly skilled EMS responders and our hospital team of emergency physicians, nurses, trauma surgeons, surgical staff, ICU intensivists, and many other highly skilled staff to provide optimal care for the patients we serve."

The ACS's Committee on Trauma Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers that provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also a spectrum of care addressing the needs of all injured patients. This continuum of services ranges from the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

The ACS team that visited Lewiston last fall verified that CMMC meets essential criteria ensuring trauma care capabilities and institutional performance, as outlined by ACS Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient guidelines.

The ACS Level II Trauma Center verification process considers dozens of factors related to program operations, including staff training, technical requirements, process requirements, data collection, and staffing requirements.

"This national verification recognizes CMMC's dedication to providing a full range of care for injured patients," said CMMC President Tina Legere. "Since its earliest days, CMMC has been a state leader in providing emergency medical services. This verification offers objective proof of our program's extensive capabilities."

CMMC supports one of just two ACS-verified trauma programs in Maine. The other is at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient.

Central Maine Medical Center in 1970 became the first Maine hospital to support a 24-hour Emergency Department. In 1994 CMMC welcomed trauma surgeon Larry O. Hopperstead, M.D., back to the hospital as director of the hospital's new Trauma Program. CMMC joined forces with Eastern Maine Healthcare in Bangor in 1998 to create LifeFlight of Maine, a medical helicopter service that continues to have a base at CMMC.

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Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute Offering Free Blood Pressure Screenings

01/21/2014

The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute will sponsor a bake sale and free blood pressure screenings as part of its observation of American Heart Month in February.

The bake sale will be held on Go Red for Women Day, February 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Central Maine Medical Center 60 High Street Main Lobby. Proceeds will benefit the Central Maine Heart Walk.

A special blood pressure screening will be offered on February 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central Maine Heart Associates (CMHA) offices on the ground floor of the 60 High Street building. Anyone wanting to participate in the blood pressure screening should inquire at the CMHA reception desk. CMHA staff will perform the screenings.

The Central Maine Medical Center Health and Fitness Center offers free blood pressure screenings every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

For information about other CMHVI American Heart Month activities, visit the events calendar at www.cmmc.org

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Carpel Tunnel Program Scheduled for February 6

01/21/2014

"Carpal Tunnel and Other Common Treatable Problems of the Hand" is the subject of a special presentation set for February 6 at Central Maine Medical Center.

Orthopaedic surgeon Lauren Adey, M.D., will discuss the symptoms of carpal tunnel and what can be done to prevent and treat this common problem affecting the hand. She will also discuss some of the causes of thumb pain, including tendonitis and arthritis.

Adey is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon who practices with Central Maine Orthopaedics (CMO) in Auburn. Her practice focus is surgery of the hand, wrist and elbow.

Before joining CMO, Adey completed the nationally recognized Massachusetts General Hospital Hand Surgery Fellowship and the Harvard University Orthopaedic Residency Program, both in Boston. She also completed a six-month sports medicine fellowship at Children's Hospital/Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

Adey graduated cum laude from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

She is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the New England Hand Society, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

"Carpal Tunnel and Other Common Fixable Problems of the Hand" will be offered on February 6 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building in Lewiston.

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

To register or for more information, call 783-1328. Registrations can also be made via email at RSVP@cmogroup.org.

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Auto Club Donates to Central Maine Medical Center

01/21/2014


On hand for the presentation of the donations were: from left, seated, Buddy Gallant, Vicki Gill, Cheryl Anastasio and Cheryl Sillanpaa; standing, Mary Bradley, Todd Wardwell, Dawna Pond, Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope and Healing Executive Direc
The Western Maine Street Rods Car Club recently donated $2,000 to the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing and $2,000 to the Central Maine Medical Center Arbor House. Funds for these donations were raised through the Motor Madness Car Show held at The Farmington Fairgrounds in July. Club member Mike Pond spearheaded the fundraising effort. Supporting the car club's fund-raiser were the following western Maine businesses: Bangor Savings Bank; Michael Motors; Sander's Auto Service; Kelvin's Auto Supply; Koob's Garage, Inc.; Pond Excavation; Top of the Hill Grill and Pub; Collins Enterprises; Colonial Valley Motel; Mount Blue Motel; J&M Motors; Pitcher Perfect; Franklin Chrysler, Inc.; E. J. Pond and Sons; Edge Automotive; Phillips Towing and Auto Repair; RLH Enterprises; NAPA Auto and Truck Parts of East Wilton; Farmington Towing; Tax Resolution Specialists; Jordan Lumber Co., Inc.; Bryan's Auto Body; Phillips Construction; Motor Supply of Farmington; Dutch Gap Auto; Madore's Market; T.E.A. Enterprises; Marvin's Auto Body and Collision; Shiretown Insurance Agency, Inc.; Frechette's; JRF Fabrication; RP Auto Repair; and Tranten's.

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Women's Cardiac Health Luncheon Set for February 12

01/20/2014

One of Maine's most respected cardiac surgeons will be the keynote speaker at a Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute special event set for February 12 in Auburn.

Paul W. Weldner, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon who specializes in minimally-invasive heart valve surgery and repair, will discuss heart valvular disease in women at "Her Heart", a luncheon at Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn.

Weldner will present facts about how heart disease affects women, dispel a few commonly held misconceptions about the disease, and provide information about cardiac disease symptoms. His presentation will focus on heart valve disease, as well as the latest news and research about preventing and treating the problem.

Weldner recently joined the Central Maine Medical Center-CMHVI medical staff after practicing in Portland for more than 18 years. He is certified by both the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, and is a recognized expert in heart valve surgery. He practices in association with fellow cardiothoracic surgeon Carmine Frumiento, M.D., at Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery in Lewiston.

The recipient of the Her Heart Award will be announced during this event. Nominees for this award were selected for outstanding community service and for the respect and esteem in which their colleagues hold them. This recognition is accorded those who exemplify in their daily lives ideals and commitment to serving the community that make our area a better place to live for all.

This first-time special event is being presented by CMHVI as part of a yearlong celebration of its 10th anniversary.

"This educational forum is part of our ongoing effort to raise awareness about heart disease in women," said Cynthia Rice, R.N., CMHVIs director of community health, wellness, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. "While the event will focus on how women can prevent and better manage cardiovascular disease, it will also make the point that heart disease continues to be the number-one cause of death in American women. Awareness of the disease and its dangers is the first step in addressing the problem."

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with free health screenings offered in an information fair setting. Weldner will begin his presentation at 12:30 p.m.

Cost for the event is $20. Proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Associations Central Maine Heart Walk, which is held each September. The fee is payable in cash or check at the event, which includes a heart-healthy salad buffet lunch.

Anyone expecting to attend the event is urged to register in advance by visiting www.cmmc.org, clicking on Events and Classes, and completing the registration form. Individuals or groups can also register by calling 795-8448.

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Nurse Recognized with Foundation Award

01/20/2014


Kaveh Khansari, R.N., is congratulated by Elaine Law, R.N., at a ceremony recognizing his recent DAISY Foundation Award. Khansari helped care for Law's daughter following an auto accident. See accompanying story for details.
Registered nurse Kaveh Khansari has been recognized as a Central Maine Medical Center's 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.

Khansari recently assumed new duties on the Central Maine Medical Center Intensive Care Unit. At the time of his recognition as a DAISY Foundation award winner, he was a member of the nursing staff at CMMC's Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine.

Registered nurse Elaine Law, who works on CMMC's Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit, nominated Khansari for the award. She got to know Khansari during a harrowing time for her and her family.

"My daughter Amy was involved in a three-car accident on September 12th and was brought to CMMC for emergency care. ... She was in pain and swollen and bruised but thankfully she suffered nothing more serious. She was admitted overnight for observation on M2," said Law.

"We were grateful to have such a knowledgeable patient advocate [as Khansari] on our side. We trusted his judgement completely and were very grateful for his direction. Kaveh spent considerable time caring for Amy. He painstakingly washed and cleaned glass and dirt from not only her body but also suctioned her full, thick head of long hair for glass and debris. All the while taking great care in making her feel comfortable. It wasn't until the change of shift at 7:15 a.m. that we were aware that Kaveh had other patients he was responsible for on the unit. He made my daughter and our family feel like we were the only patients he had to care for," Law said.

"I am a seasoned and experienced nurse at CMMC. Kaveh showed me and taught me things that I will bring to my own practice to help my patients experience the best possible care that I can give them. I am honored and blessed to have had been given this lesson of example by this strong and compassionate caregiver," Law said.

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.

"We are very fortunate to have the level of nursing expertise that Kaveh, and many other nurses at CMMC, have to offer to our patients and their families. The compassion and dedication of our nurses is very evident in all they do each day, especially during those times when we as healthcare professional or our families have to be treated as patients. Having worked at CMMC for just a year, Kaveh's passion and holistic approach to patient care have already been an example for all that have worked with him during his first year. We have so much to look forward to from Kaveh in his years to come," said CMMC Vice President for Nursing Sharron Sieleman

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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Artwork by Photographer and Painter on Display in the CMMC Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery

01/10/2014

The works of a photographer and a painter-illustrator will be on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery through February 4

Photography by Nancy Preble and paintings and drawings by Dan Cake are on display in the Main Lobby at Central Maine Medical Center, near the 60 High Street entrance.

Preble is a self-taught photographer who has garnered a number of awards, including two second-place awards from the Maine Sportsman's Show and several awards from various Maine fairs. She has participated in the Turner Center Art Exhibit, L/A Arts Winter Exhibit, the University of Southern Maine L/A College Artist Exhibition, University of Maine 4A College Artist Exhibition, and the Art Walk in Lewiston and Auburn. She has shown her work at Gallery 5 in Lewiston. One of her photos was featured in a publication compiled by the International Library of Photography.

The collection of Cake's work includes both old and new artwork produced in a variety of techniques, mediums and styles.

"I worked as a graphic artist most of my life to keep bread on the table but was always involved with the visual arts to feed my soul. Have had many one-man shows in the state and won a few awards here and there. Today I continue to find new ways to express my creative energy," says Cake.

The artwork on display may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby at CMMC. A percentage of sale proceeds benefit CMMC.

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Annual Heart to Heart Conference Set for February 1

01/10/2014

The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute will present its 14th Annual "A Heart to Heart" Conference on February 1 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

The event will feature presentations by three healthcare professionals, each focusing on a different aspect of cardiac disease prevention or management.

Doors open at 8 a.m., when students from the CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions will offer free blood pressure screenings. Cholesterol screenings will also be available. Representatives of the CMMC Health and Fitness Center and Central Maine Heart Associates will be on hand to offer individual coaching on cardiac disease risk reduction.

The morning's schedule of events will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks by Susan Horton, executive director of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute.

Registered dietitian Amanda Ettinger will follow Horton with a presentation entitled "Savor the Flavor, Without the Salt".

She will discuss how excessive salt consumption has been linked to numerous health issues, including heart attack and stroke. Her presentation will consider how much of the average person's salt intake comes from food consumed in restaurants and bought in grocery stores. She will provide tips for eating healthier and tastier food without so much salt.

Ettinger, a licensed clinical dietitian, graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with bachelor's degrees in accounting and applied human nutrition. She completed an integrated dietetic internship. Her background includes work in diabetes education, long-term care, bariatric surgery, food service management, and as a clinical dietitian in a number of small, rural hospitals. She works with cancer patients at Central Maine Medical Center and through the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope and Healing.

At about 10 a.m., Daphne Russell from United Ambulance, and an emergency cardiac patient will discuss "Calling 9-1-1 and What I Need To Know".

Russell and the patient will talk about what happens when someone calls 9-1-1 and why it is important for someone to call when immediate help is needed.

Russell is a prevention and wellness coordinator for United Ambulance (UA) in Lewiston, where she has worked as a paramedic since 2003. She was one of the first Maine paramedics to earn a Community Paramedic Certificate and her primary focus has been assisting in the development of UA's Home Visit Program.

From about 10:45 a.m. until noon, Joanne LeBrun, Director of Tri County Emergency Medical Services, will talk about "Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: Your Last Best Chance".

LeBrun's topic will consider what response is required when someone collapses and is in cardiac arrest. Her presentation will help program participants learn how to quickly recognize a cardiac arrest and spring into action. She will teach those at the event to perform CPR, thus giving the stricken person their "last best chance" for survival. She will also discuss what to expect when the ambulance arrives.

LeBrun is director of Tri-County Emergency Medical Services. She is a graduate of St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vt., and earned a master's degree in adult education from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. She has been involved in Maine EMS since 1973.

The 14th Annual "A Heart to Heart Conference" is open to public and will be held in the Chairmen's Room on the lower lever of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building in Lewiston, adjacent to Central Maine Medical Center. There is no charge for participation. Seating is limited to the first 100 registrants.

To register or for more information, call 795-8448. Registrations can also be made via email at prevention@cmhc.org or by visiting the events calendar at www.cmmc.org

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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New Surgeon Joins Practices in Lewiston and Topsham

01/10/2014

Sarah W. Holland M.D., a plastic surgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. She is practicing with Coastal Plastic Surgery in Topsham and Central Maine Plastic Surgery in Lewiston.

Before beginning her work in the greater Topsham area, Holland practiced with York Plastic Surgery of York Hospital in southern Maine. Her practice experience also includes four years in private practice in York. In addition, she served for two years as an assistant professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.

A graduate of Colby College in Waterville, she earned her medical degree at Cornell University Medical College in New York City.

She served a residency in surgery at University Health Center of Pittsburgh and then a fellowship in pediatric and craniofacial surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She also completed a residency in plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Holland is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

She is a member of the American Medical Association, Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Maine Medical Association, and American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Through her affiliation with Children of the Americas, Holland has journeyed three times to Guatemala to provide surgical services to indigent children.

She practices in association with Charles Foley, M.D., Alan Harmatz, M.D., and physician assistant Sarah Greven. The practice can be reached at 795-6543 (Lewiston) and 729-7800 (Topsham).

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Hip Problems the Topic Of Special Presentation

01/06/2014

"Preventing a Hip Fracture" and "Preparing For and Recovering From Hip Surgery" are the subjects of a special presentation set for January 9 at Central Maine Medical Center.

Swapna S. Gummadi, M.D., a hospitalist at Central Maine Medical Center, will discuss how someone can reduce their risk for a hip fracture in three easy steps. Her presentation will focus on simple home safety modifications that can substantially cut an individual's risk of falling.

An orthopaedic surgeon from Central Maine Orthopaedics in Auburn will discuss "Preparing For and Recovering From Hip Surgery".

Gummadi completed her residency training at the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in Lewiston. She served a hospitalist fellowship at CMMC. She holds a bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y., and earned her medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies.

"Preventing a Hip Fracture" and "Preparing For and Recovering From Hip Surgery" will be offered on January 9 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building in Lewiston.

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

To register or for more information, call 783-1328. Registrations can also be made via email at RSVP@cmogroup.org

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Brunswick Primary Care Welcomes Nurse Practitioner

01/06/2014

Nurse practitioner Kathy Thorson has joined Brunswick Primary Care.

Thorson has more than a decade's experience as a practicing registered nurse in both emergency medical services and maternity-labor and delivery, working at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick and Maine Medical Center in Portland. She earned her master's degree in nursing and gained certification as a nurse practitioner in 2012.

She holds a bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and was awarded a master's degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. She later earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia, and completed her master's degree in nursing at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

Her areas of special interest include asthma care, women's health, healthy lifestyle choices, and collaborative and evidence-based practice.

Her professional experience includes work as a Pediatric Advanced Life Support instructor, Neonatal Resuscitation Program instructor, Certified Childbirth Educator, and Emergency Medical Technician. She has also worked as a high school teacher and has considerable experience as a community volunteer.

She lives in Brunswick with her husband and their two children.

She practices in association with the following primary care providers: family physicians Cortney Linville, D.O., Jeffrey P. Maher, M.D., and Melanie C. Rand, D.O.; family nurse practitioner Hallie E. Prince; and pediatrician Lawrence J. Losey, M.D. The practice can be reached at 729-6162.

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General-Trauma Surgeon Joins CMMC Staff

01/06/2014

Rajeev N. Puri, M.D., a general and trauma surgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with Central Maine Surgical Associates in Lewiston and is a member of the CMMC Trauma Team.

Prior to beginning his work in the greater Lewiston-Auburn area, Puri practiced mostly at Mercy Health Systems in Joplin, Mo., after a tornado destroyed the main hospital.

A graduate of The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J., he earned his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, N.J.

Puri completed residency training through the Albert Einstein Medical Center Department of Surgery, where he was awarded the Mohan Das Award for Outstanding Chief Resident.

He and his wife, Komal, married in 2009.

He is practicing in association with general and trauma surgeons Christina M. Bertocchi, M.D., Shiraz Farooq, M.D., Larry O. Hopperstead, M.D., Wayne E. Mashas, M.D., James F. Reilly, M.D., Rosa E. Turcios, M.D., Mark D. Williams, M.D., and Laura Withers, M.D., and physician assistants Sheila Boese and Kimberly Budd. The practice can be reached at 795-5767.

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Integrative Medicine Specialist Joins Lisbon Family Practice

01/06/2014

Joanna E. Rulf, D.O., a family medicine physician and specialist in integrative medicine, has joined the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. She is practicing with Lisbon Family Practice in Lisbon.

Integrative medicine blends conventional and complementary treatments to manage a wide array of specific illnesses and conditions. It may also enhance a patient's sense of well-being and quality of life. Integrative medicine may incorporate into a treatment plan complementary therapies such as osteopathic manipulative medicine, acupuncture, evidence-based supplemental and nutritional recommendations, yoga, biofeedback, meditation, and more. Integrative medicine does not replace standard medical treatment, and patients must always discuss their care with their healthcare provider.

Prior to joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, Rulf completed an integrative medicine fellowship at Maine Medical Center and through the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in Tucson, Ariz.

After earning a bachelor's degree in English literature at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., Rulf completed her pre-medical post-baccalaureate at Hunter College, City University of New York, in New York City. She earned her medical degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford and completed her residency training in family medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

She has worked as a volunteer physician in Guatemala, and was active in a global health interest group during her residency. She can speak Spanish.

Rulf is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

She is also certified in Medical Acupuncture by the Helms Medical Institute in Berkeley, Calif. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, and American Academy of Family Physicians.

She lives in Portland with her husband, daughter and cat.

Rulf practices in association with Gregory F. Bianconi, M.D., Denise M. Cogle, D.O., Stephen A. Fairchild, M.D., and Renee M. Powers, F.N.P. The practice can be reached at 353-6721.

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January Yoga Workshop

12/24/2013

Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey will lead a 90-minute yoga workshop on January 6 at Central Maine Medical Center.

"As people move into the new year, they should stop, breathe, relax, and restore," says Covey. "This workshop will offer participants a way of opening their heart, relaxing their body, and calming their mind, as the begin a new year."

Covey is owner of Dragonfly Healing Touch, a Thai Yoga Bodywork studio in Poland.

In the early 1990s she created the first wellness programs at CMMC, helping to design the CMMC Wellness Center, which she managed from 1995 through 2002. She presently facilitates educational support programs at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston.

The yoga program will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on January 6 in the CMMC Health and Fitness Center, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building in Lewiston.

There will be a small fee for participation.

Those interested in attending the program must register in advance by calling 795-2473.

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CMMC Birthing Unit Switches to Sleep Sacks

12/24/2013


Adam LeClair of Harpswell and Rebecca Brakeley, M.D., a pediatric hospitalist at Central Maine Medical Center, help Carter LeClair, (left) and his brother, Chase, model the Halo SleepSack Swaddles now used at CMMC instead of baby blankets. The twins are t
Central Maine Medical Center has replaced the age-old infant receiving blanket with a slightly higher-tech and safer "sleep sack," according CMMC nurse educator Betsy McGrail.

Babies born at CMMC's Special Delivery Family Birthing Center and infants cared for in CMMC's Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit now sleep in HALO Sleep Sack wearable blankets. Infant swaddling blankets are no longer used at CMMC.

The HALO SleepSack swaddle is a wearable blanket that safely envelopes infants, keeping them warm while eliminating chances that the child's breathing will be obstructed by loose bedding.

McGrail said CMMC is now using sleep sacks in place of blankets and is discharging infants with sleep sacks.

Tragically, between seven and 10 babies die in Maine each year from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), a phenomenon not fully understood by medical researchers.

SIDS is defined as the sudden death of an infant younger than one year of age that remains unexplained even after a complete autopsy, a death scene investigation, a thorough review of the clinical history are conducted.

Although the cause of SIDS remains undetermined, there are several things medical experts seem to agree upon, with one emerging consensus being that the traditional baby blanket poses its own dangers.

"Loose blankets, soft mattresses, pillows, and other soft objects, present a suffocation threat for babies. To help eliminate such a potential danger to the region's infants, CMMC is now outfitting and discharging babies in sleep sacks", says pediatric hospitalist Rebecca Brakeley, M.D.

The Halo SleepSack Swaddle, designed and sized for newborns, keeps the infant warm. Statistics show that babies are in greater danger of SIDS if they are lying on their belly or side.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents keep a baby's sleeping area free of soft bedding and other soft items, including pillows, blankets, soft or pillow-like bumpers, positioners, stuffed toys and sheepskins. The AAP recommends the use of sleep sacks.

"Sleep sacks wrap around the baby to keep the child warm and are snug enough that there's no risk of a loose blanket suffocating the infant. The sacks zip from the bottom, allowing parents to change diapers without undressing the child. Wings on each side of the sack wrap around the baby's arms. There's room for infants to move their legs, but the sleep sacks can't be kicked free," explained Brakeley.

"Pediatricians and other healthcare professionals who provide care for children are always looking for ways to enhance safety," Brakeley says. "Wearable blankets in an appropriate size should be worn for sleep for at least the first year of a baby's life."

To best assure an infant's safety, pediatricians advise that parents observe the following:

  • Place baby on his/her back for sleep.

  • Use a firm sleep surface.

  • Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of the crib.

  • Place baby in a wearable blanket/sleep sack.

  • Do not smoke or take street drugs during pregnancy.

  • Check with your doctor about any prescription drugs you are taking.

  • Avoid exposure to second hand smoke.

  • Keep baby in the same room but in a separate sleep space.

  • Offer baby a pacifier at nap and bedtime. (As a Baby Friendly Hospital, CMMC suggests delaying pacifier use for one month to ensure breastfeeding is well established.)

  • Avoid letting baby overheat.

  • Avoid commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.

  • Do not use home monitors as a strategy to reduce the risk of SIDS.

  • Encourage tummy time when baby is wake and observed.

  • Educate secondary caregivers (child care providers, grandparents, foster parents, babysitters, etc.) about infant safe sleep recommendations.

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Lisa Belisle, M.D., joins Topsham and Brunswick Practices

12/13/2013

Lisa Belisle, M.D., a family physician, has joined Topsham Family Medicine and Brunswick Family Medicine.

Before beginning her work in Topsham, Belisle maintained her own private practice in Yarmouth and Portland for more than 10 years. In 2007 she expanded her practice to include medical acupuncture and integrative health.

She has an enduring interest in whole-person healthcare and wellness education. She maintains a website dedicated to integrative and preventive healthcare, and she hosts The Dr. Lisa Radio Hour & Podcast. The show airs on Sundays at 7 a.m. on WPEI 95.5 FM 95.9 FM, at noon on WLOB 1310 AM and can be streamed from wlobradio.com, listened to at doctorlisa.org and downloaded from iTunes.

Belisle also writes about various healthcare topics through her work as Wellness Editor for Maine Magazine.

Her professional experience includes eight years as a family medicine teacher at Maine Medical Center while also serving as an associate professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. For two years she was an associate professor at St. Matthew's University School of Medicine in West Bay, Cayman Islands. She has received awards for her work as a medical educator. Belisle was affiliated with MaineHealth for ten years, and worked as a physician advisor for the Learning Resource Center and Raising Readers.

A graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Belisle earned her medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vt. She later earned a master's degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

She served a family medicine residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, and a preventive medicine fellowship at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, Mass. She studied medical acupuncture at the Academy for Pain Research in San Francisco, California, and structural acupuncture at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. She also studied mindfulness-based stress reduction at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, Mass.

She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

She lives in Yarmouth and is the mother of three.

At Topsham Family Medicine, Belisle practices in association with family doctors Cynthia J. Dechenes, M.D., and David L. Salko, M.D., and nurse practitioner Carleen Knight. The practice can be reached at 798-6200. At Brunswick Family Medicine, she works with family physician Rick A. Marden, M.D. The practice can be reached at 721-9323.

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CMMC Health and Fitness Programs Begin Anew on December 16

12/13/2013

Central Maine Medical Center's Health and Fitness Center is offering the following group exercise programs beginning December 16:

Cardio Sculpt - This ongoing series combines low-impact moves with weight training targeting major muscle groups while addressing hard to reach spots. The routine includes extensive floor work. Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Ian Barclay.

Core and Sweat - This ongoing series lead by Ian Barclay features weight training that targets major muscle groups while addressing hard to reach spots. The routine includes extensive floor work. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Fit 'N' Fun - Designed for the over-55 crowd, this entertaining exercise program can help participants improve aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Michele Lamare leads this ongoing class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Functional Fitness - Learn to increase both core and upper body strength and improve the stability of abdominal and low back muscles. Participants will discover how to prevent injury due to improper body mechanics and repetitive motion. Fridays from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Happy Hearts and Lungs - A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history or pulmonary disease who have completed a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program and are looking for a "maintenance" program. The class includes general supervision and individual, independent cardiovascular and strength training. It also incorporates group weight training and self-safety skills. The instructors are Sue Driscoll and Brandi Eastman. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Lunch Crunch! - Join instructor Lin Bourque for a new lunch-hour class to help burn calories and sculpt muscles. A full-body workout that will send you back to work fully energized. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m.

New Mom's Power Hour - This new and improved class for active moms and moms-to-be helps participants enjoy a healthy pregnancy and return to or even exceed their pre-baby fitness level in a supportive, small group environment. Classes are structured to accommodate moms of different fitness levels. Program helps re-strengthen the abs and upper body, tone the legs, and engage in full-body functional moves. Clearance is required during pregnancy and up to six weeks post-partum. Instructor is Brandi Eastman. Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Personal Fitness - Begins with a one-on-one evaluation and program development session with a personal health counselor, then progresses to a structured group exercise plan overseen by instructors Nanette and Brandi. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Pilates - This ongoing class challenges the trouble areas: hips, thighs, and triceps, as well as the abdominal and back "core" areas. Most exercises are performed on a mat. Mats and light weights are provided. Thursdays from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., with Jen Swift.

Power Plus - Functional weight and mobility training to increase flexibility and strength, resulting in lean muscle (not bulk). Build core strength and improve balance by incorporating every muscle group. Finish with a gentle cool down and stretch. This ongoing class is led by Rick Jalbert. Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Step Aerobics - A heart-pumping, muscle-moving workout that alternates step with muscle work. Led by Sue Driscoll, this cardio workout is a head-to-toe body strengthener. Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Step Express - Stop in for some sensationally scintillating and stimulating step aerobics. Twenty-five minutes of fun, fancy footwork following with five fabulous minutes of functional flexibility finishers. Mosey in on Monday and join instructor Rick Jalbert from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Tone-N-Tighten - Instructor Lin Bourque leads this 90-minute total body workout that utilizes a combination of dumbbells, bands, aerobic bars, and stability balls to tone the hips, gluteals, abdominals, legs, and upper body. This ongoing class will be held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. beginning December 14.

Yoga - Alignment-based yoga can help you gain strength and flexibility in your body, mind and spirit. Learn how intelligent alignment principles and a positive and uplifting yogic philosophy can help you soar through your yoga practice with grace, poise and ease. Instructor Tisha Bremner will offer modifications to support each student through a safe and effective practice in this all-levels class. Tuesdays from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Yoga: Relax and Restore - Reduce stress and gain a deeper sense of balance and calm. This gently paced class combines meditation, breath work, and therapeutic and restorative yoga poses to enhance a sense of calm, well-being. Open, release and relax the body in a nurturing way; feel your mind, heart and spirit be renewed. Open to all experience and ability levels. Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. with instructor Tisha Bremner.

Zumba - This Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa, and reggaeton. Using principles of aerobic-fitness interval training and resistance training, Zumba is great for burning calories (up to 500 per class) while sculpting and toning the body. This six-week program is led by Cynthia Nicholas. Mondays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning December 9.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Fitness Center, 12 High Street Medical Office Building, Lewiston.

Fees are assessed for participation in these programs and must be paid prior to beginning the program. Class registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Membership in the CMMC Health and Fitness Center is open to the public. In addition to group fitness, the center offers personal training services, massage therapy, fitness evaluations, and a large variety of fitness equipment.

Call 795-2473 to register or to obtain more information. Information is also available through the Events Calendar at www.cmmc.org

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Two Painters Featured in the CMMC Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery

12/13/2013

The works of two painters are on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery through January 9.

Paintings by Irene Duplissis and Melanie Ness are on display in the main lobby hallway near the 60 High Street CMMC entrance.

Duplissis has been painting professionally for many years. She has devoted much time to teaching art locally, participating in workshops and developing her own talent. Her work, which frequently depicts the character of New England, can be seen at her gallery in Auburn, as well as in private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

Ness, an Auburn resident, has been painting with both watercolor and oil mediums for many years. She enjoys painting still lifes and landscapes. She has studied at the Maine College of Art in Portland and with Irene Duplissis. She presently studies with Michael Ranucci.

The artwork on display may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby. A percentage of sales proceeds benefit CMMC.

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Cardiac Electrophysiologist Joins CMHVI

12/13/2013

Guru P. Mohanty, M.D., a cardiac electrophysiologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with Central Maine Heart Associates in Lewiston.

Cardiac electrophysiology is a subspecialty of cardiology concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disturbances in the heart's electrical function.

Cardiac electrophysiologists use an array of technologies to assess heart beat irregularities and develop treatment plans, which may include medications, therapeutic procedures, and implanted pacemakers and defibrillators.

Prior to joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, Mohanty completed a cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at the Lahey Clinic Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in Burlington, Mass. Lahey Clinic is a Tufts University School of Medicine teaching hospital.

A graduate of Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., he earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia

He completed residency training, including a year as chief resident, at the Lahey Clinic Department of General Internal Medicine. In addition to his electrophysiology fellowship, he also served a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine with the Lahey Clinic Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, where he was appointed chief fellow and named fellow of the year.

He has served as a clinical instructor of medicine at Tufts University since 2005.

Mohanty is certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Mohanty works in partnership with electrophysiologist Daniel A. Soroff, M.D., and they are in practice with cardiologists David N. Abisalih, M.D., Robert Bender, D.O., Nicholas H. Laffely, M.D., Alan B. Langburd, M.D., Mark E. Lanzieri, M.D., Patrick J. Lawrence, M.D., Dervilla M. McCann, M.D., William J. Phillips, M.D., and Robert J Weiss, M.D., physician assistants Jamie J. Dufour and Joseph D. Sala, and nurse practitioner Deborah Freeman. The practice can be reached at 753-3900.

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Trauma Surgeon Joins CMMC Staff

12/13/2013

Rosa E. Turcios, M.D., a general and trauma surgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. She is practicing with Central Maine Surgical Associates in Lewiston and is a member of the CMMC Trauma Team.

Before joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical-surgical community, Turcios practiced as a general and trauma surgeon with Poudre Valley Medical Group, a multi-specialty group that provides health care, wellness services and products in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.

Her practice experience includes work as a general and trauma surgeon with Surgical Specialists of the Rockies, based in Fort Collins, Colo. She served as chief of surgical urgencies at Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and was a professor of medicine at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras (UNAH), also in Tegucigalpa.

She earned her medical degree from UNAH and holds a graduate degree in hospital administration from UNAH- Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, both in Tegucigalpa.

Turcios completed a general surgery residency at UNAH, a general surgery internship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, and a general surgery residency at Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wis. She served surgical critical care fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at Temple University in Philadelphia.

She is certified in general surgery and surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgery.

She is practicing in association with general and trauma surgeons Christina M. Bertocchi, M.D., Shiraz Farooq, M.D., Larry O. Hopperstead, M.D., Wayne E. Mashas, M.D., Rajeev N. Puri, M.D., James F. Reilly, M.D., Mark D. Williams, M.D., and Laura Withers, M.D., and physician assistants Sheila Boese and Kimberly Budd. The practice can be reached at 795-5767.

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CMMC Volunteers Participate in Giving Project

12/13/2013

Central Maine Medical Center volunteers Marie Dunnington of Lewiston (left) and Jane Mallett of Durham are among those at the hospital working to make a memorable Christmas for children at Hillview Headstart in Lewiston. The volunteers both shopped for and wrapped gifts for one of CMMC's "adopted" children, a group of some 80 youngsters that includes siblings of the Hillview Headstarters. Dunnington and Mallett donated their time and energy to picking perfect gifts for a 22-month-old boy whose big brother attends Hillview Headstart. Central Maine Medical Center's Employee Special Events Committee is coordinating the hospital's "gift-raising" effort.

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Pain Management Specialists Joins CMMC

12/13/2013

Karl Saba, D.O., a pain medicine specialist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing at Central Maine Pain Management in Lewiston.

Saba recently completed an interventional adult and pediatric pain fellowship at Harvard Medical School-Longwood Medical Area in Boston.

He served an internship in internal medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., and completed residency training in anesthesiology at Tufts University School of Medicine-St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. During his training, he was recognized with both a Pain Medicine Resident Award and the Levesque Pain Management Award for Compassionate Care and Excellence in Pain Medicine.

Saba graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts in Boston with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and molecular genetics. He earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, graduating in the top 10 percent of his class.

His professional experience includes two years as a research assistant at the University of Massachusetts Genetics Laboratories in Boston.

He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Medical Association, and the American Osteopathic Association.

Saba's clinical interests include interventional pain management, ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia, as well as adolescent and pediatric pain management.

He is fluent in English, French and Lebanese Arabic.

He practices in association with John J. Kazalski, D.O., a pain management specialist, and nurse practitioner Theresa Taylor-Libby. The practice can be reached at 795-2929.

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Brunswick Primary Care Hosting Open House

12/02/2013

Brunswick Primary Care will host a holiday season open house on December 11 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Health care providers and support staff will be on hand to meet visitors and offer tours of the newly-renovated patient service facility at 329 Maine Street, Suite H, in Brunswick.

Holiday treats will be served.

The care providers at Brunswick Primary care include: family physicians Cortney Linville, D.O., Jeffrey P. Maher, M.D., and Melanie C. Rand, D.O.; family nurse practitioners Hallie E. Prince and Kathy Thorson; and pediatrician Lawrence J. Losey, M.D.

For more information, call 729-6162.

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General-Trauma Surgeon Joins CMMC Staff

12/02/2013

Laura Withers, M.D., a general and trauma surgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. She is practicing with Central Maine Surgical Associates in Lewiston and is a member of the CMMC Trauma Team.

Before joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, she worked as a traveling surgeon at hospitals in Florida, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, and Washington. She has volunteered her surgical skills at clinics in Haiti, Mexico, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Papua New Guinea.

A graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., Withers earned her medical degree at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y.

She served a surgical residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center Department in New York City. While she was completing her residency training, she was recognized with The Columbia University College of Medicine's 2006 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award.

Withers completed fellowship training in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Fla.

She is certified in general surgery and surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgery. She is also certified in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support.

Withers is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons.

She has coauthored scholarly articles published in various professional journals, and has made presentations at a number of emergency care conclaves.

She is practicing in association with general and trauma surgeons Christina M. Bertocchi, M.D., Shiraz Farooq, M.D., Larry O. Hopperstead, M.D., Wayne E. Mashas, M.D., Rajeev N. Puri, M.D., James F. Reilly, M.D., Rosa E. Turcios, M.D., and Mark D. Williams, M.D., and physician assistants Sheila Boese and Kimberly Budd. The practice can be reached at 795-5767.

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New Physician Joins Central Maine Obstetrics-Gynecology

11/29/2013

Kathleen Sheridan, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. She is practicing with Central Maine Obstetrics-Gynecology at 12 High Street, Suite 200, in Lewiston.

Before she joined the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, she practiced with Obstetrics-Gynecology of Lancaster in Lancaster, Pa., working collaboratively with fellow physicians and certified nurse-midwives to provide a full range of obstetric and gynecologic care to women of all ages. Her surgical skills include advanced laparoscopic surgery, including single-site laparo-endoscopic surgery and urogynecology.

Sheridan holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. For several years prior to beginning medical school, she worked in the financial services sector in Minnesota and Florida.

She completed premedical coursework at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and earned her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa., where she was named Outstanding Student in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa.

Sheridan is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

She has two children. Her daughter, Rachael, is married and lives in London. Her son, Andrew, is a senior at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Archie Fenton, are outdoor enthusiasts.

Sheridan practices in association with: obstetrician-gynecologists Jonathan P. Commons, M.D., Anne Merrick, D.O., Thomas E. Page, D.O., and Jennifer L. Weiner-Smith, M.D.; certified nurse-midwives Emilie D. Garcia, Jane Mills, Cherylann Sarton, and Jessie Tilden; and nurse practitioner Megan Dillman, N.P. The practice can be reached at 795-5770.

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Radiation Oncologist Joins CMMC Cancer Program

11/29/2013

Michael W. Brown, M.D., a radiation oncologist, has been named to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing at CMMC's Cynthia A. Rydholm Cancer Treatment Center.

Before joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, Brown practiced for almost three years with the University of Washington at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, where he served as a clinical assistant professor.

In addition to his years at the University of Washington, his professional experience includes four years at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., where he also served as department chief.

A magna cum laude graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., Brown earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. While serving on active duty in the United States Army, he completed an internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and completed residency training at the National Capital Consortium Department of Radiation Oncology, a joint program of the National Cancer Institute, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and National Naval Medical Center.

He is certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology.

He has participated in a number of cancer-related research initiatives and has co-authored numerous scholarly articles published in various professional journals.

He and his wife, Kristen, live in Yarmouth with their three children.

He is practicing in association with radiation oncologist Courtney A. Jensen, M.D. The Rydholm Center can be reached at 795-2440.

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Central Maine Medical Center CNA Receives Organization's First Sunshine Award

11/22/2013

Christine Pomerleau-Hunt, a certified nursing assistant on Central Maine Medical Center's Cardiopulmonary Nursing Unit (M4), has been named the organization's first Sunshine Award winner. She was selected for the honor for her "gift of being present," according to a co-worker who nominated her for the award.

Pomerleau-Hunt has a special talent for helping patients "relax within our foreign environment," wrote the registered nurse who nominated her for the award. She exudes an attitude that "I care about you and you are my one concern at this moment." Also noted was her ability to convey her "interest and . . . taking the time to listen. She shares those stories with the healthcare team helping us truly 'see' the patient for who they are; a lonely widow, grieving husband, frightened confused grandfather, guilt ridden sister, a joyous couple so filled with love for each other or any number of other human beings with often great sadness within them."

As a mother and community member, Pomerleau-Hunt was recognized as a role model for "giving back." She "attends each and every Blake Street Towers event, bringing her daughter Donna who has blossomed under her mother's upbringing - laughing, sharing joyous stories and listening to others . . . providing food, conversation and compassion to the residents of this low-income apartment building. She is an active volunteer at her daughter's school," the nomination noted.

"We are honored to have Christine as a role model for others on our patient care team here at CMMC," said Sharron Sieleman, chief nursing officer at Central Maine Healthcare. "She mentors everyone to highest personal and professional expectations and her compassion is immeasurable and invaluable. She is the pride of CMMC."

Pomerleau-Hunt is a Mechanic Falls resident. She has worked at CMMC for 18 years.

The Sunshine Award recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary work and compassionate care given by technical support personnel, including certified nursing assistants, medical technicians, and others.

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CMMC Offering a Holiday Yoga Program

11/22/2013

Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey will lead a 90-minute yoga workshop on December 2 at Central Maine Medical Center.

"As people move into the often hectic holiday season, they should be sure to stop, breathe, relax, and restore," says Covey. "This workshop will offer participants a way of focusing, unwinding and finding inner peace."

Covey is owner of Dragonfly Healing Touch, a Thai Yoga Bodywork studio in Poland.

In the early 1990s she created the first wellness programs at CMMC, helping to design the CMMC Wellness Center, which she managed from 1995 through 2002. She presently facilitates educational support programs at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston.

The yoga program will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 2 in the CMMC Health and Fitness Center, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building in Lewiston.

There will be a small fee for participation.

Those interested in attending the program must register in advance by calling 795-2473.

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Cardiac Surgeon Joins CMHVI

11/11/2013

Paul W. Weldner, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with the Cardiothoracic Surgical Division at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston.

Prior to joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, Weldner practiced for over 18 years with Maine Heart Surgical Associates in Portland. He served as the surgical group's president from 2004 through 2007 and was director of the Heart Valve Program at Maine Medical Center, where he specialized in minimally invasive heart valve surgery and percutaneous aortic valve implants. He also served as a clinical professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine's Department of Surgery.

Weldner brings to CMMC nearly two decades of experience in coronary revascularization, reconstruction of the aorta and aortic root, and the highest level of skill in repairing and replacing diseased valves of the heart. He has gained training throughout the United States and Europe in minimally invasive valve surgery and percutaneous valve replacement, and serves on the Edwards Corporation's Medical Board of Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery.

"CMHVI has provided high quality cardiac surgical care to our region for the past 10 years. Dr. Weldner brings our program some of the most state-of-the-art techniques and technologies in cardiac surgery," said CMHVI cardiac surgeon Carmine Frumiento, M.D.

A graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., Weldner double majored in chemistry and natural sciences, earning Suma Cum Laude and honorary Phi Beta Kappa status. He earned his medical degree with honors at The Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa. where he completed general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery residencies. He served as chief resident for both surgical training programs, and was named Resident of the Year during his internship. He was awarded the Pennsylvania Association of Thoracic Fellowship Award during his cardiac training.

Weldner completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of Artificial Hearts at Hershey Medical Center, as well as a pediatric cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He has coauthored numerous scholarly articles published in various professional journals.

"We are delighted to have Dr. Weldner join the CMHVI cardiac surgery team. His skill in valvular heart surgery and commitment to quality patient care will complement the work the cardiac surgery team has provided the residents of central and western Maine these past ten years," said CMHVI Executive Director Susan Horton.

He is practicing in association with cardiothoracic surgeon Carmine Frumiento, M.D., physician assistants Danielle George and Kevin Quigley, and other members of the CMHVI team. Central Maine Cardiothoracic Surgery, located at 60 High Street in Lewiston, can be reached at 795-8260.

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Cardiac Disease Prevention is Topic of Nov. 12 Program

11/07/2013

"Statins for All?" is the topic of a Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute "Mini-Medical School" educational program set for November 12.

Interventional cardiologist William Phillips, M.D., chief of cardiology at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute (CMHVI), will discuss how the use of statins to reduce cholesterol can be used in combination with primary prevention to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease. Primary prevention includes proper diet and exercise.

Statins are a class of drugs frequently prescribed for individuals who have not experienced a cardiac event such as a heart attack, but have high cholesterol levels that contribute to cardiovascular disease.

Phillips is one of CMHVI's founding physicians. He came to the greater Lewiston-Auburn area from Johnson City, N.Y., where he worked with a group physician practice. He also served as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Binghamton clinical campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center in Syracuse, N.Y.

He has extensive experience in diagnostic and interventional cardiology, including cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, stenting, and pacemaker implantation. He helped create an interventional cardiology program at United Health Services Hospitals in Binghamton, N.Y. At CMHVI-Central Maine Medical Center, he has been instrumental in establishing a field activation system involving area emergency responders. This system has reduced the treatment time for many heart attack patients, which reduces death and disability caused by heart attack.

Phillips earned his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, and served a general surgery internship and residency training in internal medicine at St. Luke's\0x2011Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. He also completed fellowship training in cardiology at the same hospital.

He is certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The Mini-Med presentation is set for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing and Health Professions, 70 Middle Street, Lewiston.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

Anyone wishing to register for any of the programs, or seeking more information, is urged to visit www.cmmc.org/events , call 795-8448 or email prevention@cmhc.org

"Statins for All?" is the last in a series of six "mini-med" presentations sponsored by the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute as part of its yearlong tenth anniversary celebration.

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Painters to be Featured at WHA Gallery

11/05/2013

The works of two painters will be on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery.

A collection of paintings by Julia Nichols of Yarmouth and Joyce Coyne of Auburn will be shown from November 7 through December 5.

Nichols graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in chemistry, and worked in the pulp and paper industry for many years. Though drawn towards the arts, she didn't start painting seriously until she was in her thirties. She studied art studies at Westbrook College, the University of Southern Maine, and Maine College of Art. A painting workshop on Monhegan Island inspired her to study landscape painting with well-known artists like Don Stone and Charles Movalli.

In 2000, she left the paper industry after 24 years to paint full-time. Most of her paintings are done on location, and she paints in coastal Maine, including the woods and marshes of Yarmouth, Freeport, and Acadia National Park. She has visited Ireland and England as well.
She is represented by the Fore Street Gallery in Portland, and Sebascodegan Gallery in Harpswell.

Joyce Coyne is a watercolorist artist from Auburn who paints on location to produce work that she describes as having "an impressionistic feel with a touch of realism."

Coyne has participated in art festivals for several years. She has been involved in set design for "Peter Pan", "Jekyll and Hyde", and the latest production at Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theater called "Spamalot". As part of the staff at the Franco Center for Heritage and the Performing Arts in Lewiston, she is responsible for planning and executing motifs and decor for their many events, weddings, and concerts.

Over the years, Coyne has painted many gardens, homes and murals in the greater Lewiston-Auburn area and her style has become recognizable.

The artwork may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby at CMMC. A percentage of sale proceeds benefit CMMC.

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Physical Therapist Completes Special Training

11/05/2013

Jason Burtchell, a physical therapist at Central Maine Therapy Services in Lewiston, has earned certification in mechanical diagnosis and therapy through The McKenzie Institute.

The McKenzie Institute is the innovator of the McKenzie Method, an evidence-based approach for assessing and treating people who have neck, back and extremity pain. The goal of the system is for patients to experience symptom reduction under self-guided movements, although the mechanical diagnosis and therapy practitioner may provide manual techniques as needed to assist improvements.

Certification from The McKenzie Institute requires candidates to complete post-graduate courses and pass both written and practical examinations.

The McKenzie Institute is located in Syracuse, N.Y.

Burtchell has practiced with Central Maine Therapy Services for more than five years. He has nearly 15 years experience as physical therapist.

He earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy at Northeastern University in Boston.

Central Maine Therapy Services, an affiliate of Central Maine Healthcare, provides inpatient services at Central Maine Medical Center and outpatient therapy services at the Trolley Building, 77 Bates Street, in Lewiston.

In addition to Burtchell, Central Maine Healthcare offers the services of two other McKenzie certified physical therapists at Rumford Hospital. Presently there are only eight McKenzie certified physical therapists working in Maine.

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Heart's Electrical Eystem Topic of Nov. 5 Program

11/01/2013

"Keeping the Beat" is the topic of a Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute "Mini-Medical School" educational program set for November 5.

Cardiac electrophysiologist Guru F. Mohanty, M.D., will discuss the heart's electrical system and the effect of irregular heart rhythms. He will explain how pacemakers, internal defibrillators, and other devices are used to manage heart rhythms.

Cardiac electrophysiologists use an array of technologies to assess heart beat irregularities and develop treatment plans, which may include medications, therapeutic procedures, and implanted pacemakers and defibrillators.

Mohanty recently joined Central Maine Heart Associates after completing a cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at the Lahey Clinic Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in Burlington, Mass.

A graduate of Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., he earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

He completed residency training, including a year as chief resident, at the Lahey Clinic Department of General Internal Medicine. He served a cardiovascular medicine fellowship with the Lahey Clinic Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, where he was appointed chieffellow and named fellow of the year.

The Mini-Med presentation is set for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing and Health Professions, 70 Middle Street, Lewiston.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

Anyone wishing to register for any of the programs, or seeking more information, is urged to visit www.cmmc.org/events, call 795-8448 or email prevention@cmhc.org

"Keeping the Beat" is the fifth in a series of six "mini-med" presentations being sponsored by the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute as part of its yearlong tenth anniversary celebration.

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CMMC Offers Free Lung Cancer Screening

11/01/2013

Central Maine Medical Center is offering free early lung cancer screenings to smokers and former smokers meeting certain criteria.

CMMC will provide low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans to smokers and former smokers who are at high risk for developing lung cancer.

Beginning in May 2009, CMMC participated in a lung cancer screening program called the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP). This study, which included 517 individuals in CMMC's service area, identified three cancers that had previously shown no signs or symptoms, according to Clinical Research Coordinator Crystal Nayock.

Researchers at CMMC reviewed data from a recent study called the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), which compared two ways of detecting lung cancer: low-dose helical (spiral) computed tomography (CT) and standard chest X-ray.

The NLST study of more than 53,000 current or former heavy smokers revealed that participants who received low-dose CT scans had a 20-percent lower risk of dying from lung cancer than participants who received standard chest x-rays.

The study also provided insight into the type of lung cancers found by screening and the stages at which they were diagnosed. Adenocarcinomas, which begin in cells that line the lungs, and squamous cell carcinomas, which arise from the thin, flat fish-scale-like cells that line passages of the respiratory tract, were detected more frequently at the earliest stage by low-dose helical CT compared to chest X-ray.

Small-cell lung cancers, which are very aggressive tumors that grow in lung tissues, were infrequently detected at early stages by low-dose CT or chest X-ray. Knowing what types of lung cancers are detectable and at what stage they are most detectable by different screening modalities should help researchers refine the use of these tools for future patients.

"What CMMC has done is start its own lung cancer screening program based on its experience with the I-ELCAP study and the information revealed by the NLST investigation," Nayock said. "We will employ CT scanning instead of conventional chest x-ray technology to examine study participants."

To participate in the study, an individual must meet the following:

  • be 55 to 74 years of age

  • current or former smoker (former smokers must have quit within the previous 15 years)


Results of the screening will be sent to each participant's primary care provider. With their permission, patients in need of a primary care provider will be referred to an appropriate healthcare professional

CMMC is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat cancers of the chest. CMMC's Early Lung Cancer Screening uses a multidisciplinary approach that includes various specialties, all working together to deliver exceptional care.

CMMC supports the latest CT scanning technology and employs trained CT technologists. The hospital's radiology and pathology staffs are experienced in cancer diagnosis.

The hospital's surgical staff includes general, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons with special expertise in cancer surgery. The Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center offers both radiation and medical (chemotherapy) oncology services. CMMC also offers the services of pulmonary specialists who provide state-of-the-art care for those living with respiratory diseases.

For more information about CMMC's Early Lung Cancer Screening, call 207-795-8354.

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Auburn Man Recognized for Humanitarian Work

10/28/2013

Bill Legere of Auburn, a nurse practitioner at Central Maine Medical Center, has earned national recognition for his work on behalf of at-risk women and children, especially victims of child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking.

Legere has been named a winner of the 11th annual Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award. He is among six care providers across the country "recognized for their impact on the lives of others through extraordinary patient care, sacrifice and innovation while serving as an inspiration to others." He was selected for the award in the Advanced Practice Nurse category.

Over the past several years, Legere has worked internationally to bring attention to a range of human rights issues impacting women and children. He has organized high-visibility educational events on subjects such as human trafficking, while staying as much as possible out of the spotlight. His advocacy work has taken him to Europe and Africa.

In June 2008, Legere and his family - including his wife, Teresa, and two of their adopted daughters, Sarah and Deanna - suffered the loss of 9-year-old Grace, a third adopted daughter. The wake of this tragic accident, the family created the non-profit Foundation of Hope and Grace to serve as a voice for at-risk women and children. The foundation partners with like-minded organizations around the world to protect educate and nurture.

Legere also co-founded the Not Here Justice in Action Network to elevate the awareness of human trafficking and exploitation in Maine and to advocate for a collaborative safety net for women and children among law enforcement, social service agencies, educators, healthcare workers and the faith-based community.

The Maine Hospital Association recognized Legere's work as a nurse practitioner at CMMC in June 2010 when he was named Caregiver of the Year.

"Bill's passion for those in need compels him to give completely, not only of himself, but to extend his home and heart as his immediate family grows with their adopted children. He is a role model for us all and for those that know him. There is no better candidate nor one more deserving on earth for this award," said Sharron Sieleman, chief nursing officer at Central Maine Healthcare.

"Bill establishes amazing connections with his patients. A frequent scene is seeing Bill kneeling to speak eye to eye with a frightened child, being playful and exploring the feelings of this young patient, all with the goal of putting both child and parents at ease. He reflects on how his own family members would understand the complexity of medicine and communicates with that in mind. We are blessed and honored to know and love Bill," said Sieleman.

"Cherokee is thrilled to recognize Bill Legere for his dedication, compassion and determination to advocate for children around the world who are at risk of being harmed or killed. He joins all of this year's winners as a model for providing outstanding care, as well as inspiration to their peers," said Michael Singer, chief executive officer of Cherokee Uniforms. "We are proud to honor Bill for his exemplary service which benefits women and children each and every day."

Since 2003, more than 100 healthcare providers have been honored as Inspired Comfort Award winners.

The award honors winners in categories including: registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice nurses (APNs), students enrolled in nursing school and other non-physician healthcare professionals. Judges selecting honorees include Cherokee Uniforms professionals, national nurse leaders and former Inspired Comfort Award recipients.

The Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award is sponsored by Cherokee Uniforms, a leading provider of healthcare apparel. Strategic Partners, Inc., based in Chatsworth, Calif, owns Cherokee Uniforms.



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November 4 Diabetes Program at CMMC

10/28/2013

"Some Things You Should Know About Managing Diabetes" is the subject of a Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentation set for November 4.

Kate Gosselin, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator (CDE), and Mercedes Peralta, R.N., C.D.E., will discuss several topics, including sugar substitutes, low blood sugar, and A1C testing (average blood sugar level testing).

The format will include a discussion in which one of the presenters will talk about their personal experience with diabetes and what has helped them manage their disease.

Gosselin is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She earned a bachelor's degree in food science and nutrition from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I., and completed a dietetic internship at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J

Peralta is a graduate of the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing. In addition to her work as a diabetes educator, she has worked as an intensive care, medical-surgical, outpatient pulmonary, and sleep medicine nurse.

The program will be presented from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on November 4 in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building.

There is no cost for attending the presentation.

Those interested in attending either of the programs are urged to register in advance by calling 795-8448, emailing prevention@cmhc.org, or registering online at www.cmmc.org

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Presentation

10/25/2013

"Innovations in Vascular Disease - Part 2: Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms" is the topic of a Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute "Mini-Medical School" educational program set for October 29.

Vascular surgeon Michael Ricci, M.D., and endovascular surgeon April Nedeau, M.D., will discuss who is at risk for an aortic aneurysm, and how the condition is diagnosed and treated.

The aorta is the body's main artery and carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. An aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the aorta. Because an aneurysm stretches the aorta and causes a weak spot in the blood vessel, it can burst, causing serious bleeding that can lead to death.

Ricci is chief of vascular surgery at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston. He was recently appointed to the Society for Vascular Surgery's Clinical Practice Council. Prior to joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community last year, he practiced at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. He also provided consultative services at Alice Hyde Hospital in Malone, N.Y., and Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, N.Y. He is a colonel in Air National Guard and was recently appointed state air surgeon for the Vermont Air National Guard. (State air surgeon is the top physician position in each state's Air National Guard.) He has served with the "Green Mountain Boys" since 2003, most recently as commander of the 158th Medical Group. He has twice deployed to Balad, Iraq, and once to Bagram, Afghanistan, where he served as a flight surgeon and a vascular and trauma surgeon in Air Force theater hospitals.

Nedeau earned her medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston. She served an internship and residency in general surgery at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in vascular biology at the University of Pennsylvania's Harrison Surgical Research Department, also in Philadelphia. She recently completed fellowship training in vascular and endovascular surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. She has extensive research experience and has authored or co-authored numerous scholarly articles on various clinical topics.

The Mini-Med presentation is set for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing and Health Professions, 70 Middle Street, Lewiston.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

Anyone wishing to register for any of the programs, or seeking more information, is urged to visit CMMC Events Calendar, call 795-8448 or email prevention@cmhc.org

"Innovations in Vascular Disease - Part 2: Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms" is the fourth in a series of six "mini-med" presentations being sponsored by the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute as part of its yearlong tenth anniversary celebration.

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