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Photographer's Work Featured in CMMC Woman's Health Association Rotating Art Gallery

07/27/2015

The Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) is featuring the work of photographer Roger Belanger at its Rotating Art Gallery at CMMC through August 6.

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.

He 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. He attempts to obtain his photos in natural lighting and utilizes the camera to capture the mood he senses from his observations of his subject.

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

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Diabetes Together: For People with Diabetes and Their Care Partners

07/27/2015

Proper diabetes care is important. But because of the time, energy, and resources needed to manage the disease, diabetes care can put a major strain on relationships.

How does one effectively manage diabetes and receive comprehensive care while at the same time preserving and strengthening the relationship between patient and care partner?

This will be the subject of an upcoming presentation being hosted by Central Maine Medical Center, the first of four events centered around living with and managing diabetes.

The presentation, entitled Diabetes Together: For People with Diabetes and Their Care Partners, will take place Thursday, August 13, and will "offer ideas for effective communication between partners," says Jamie Pepin, a clinical dietician and diabetic educator who is organizing the series.

The goal of the 60-minute presentation, according to Pepin, is to show couples "how to work together to manage diabetes without it becoming the main focus of the relationship."

"This is the first of our quarterly community presentations," explains Jamie Pepin. The event, sponsored by the pharmaceutical company Sanofi, is part of the A1C Champions educational program in which people who have successfully learned to manage their own diabetes share information, advice, and motivation with others. The presentation will be "absolutely free" to attend, says Pepin.

Pepin encourages those who are interested in learning better strategies for managing their diabetes to attend this free event, which will be held at the Maine College of Health Professionals in Lewiston (see full details below).

Those interested in attending the presentation are asked to register in advance by calling 795-7520 and leaving a message with their name and phone number.

Anyone with questions should contact the Central Maine Endocrinology and Diabetes Center at 795-7520.



Diabetes Together: For People with Diabetes and Their Care Partners

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Maine College of Health Professionals, CMMC (70 Middle St., Lewiston)

Conference Room 4/6

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CMMC Ball Drop Set for June 23

06/11/2015

Central Maine Medical Center is pleased to announce the launch of its 5th Annual Arbor House Helicopter Ball Drop. This unique fundraiser, hosted by the CMMC Associates Volunteer Program, will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at Martindale Country Club in Auburn. The event will support the CMMC Arbor House.

Raffle tickets are sold representing numbered golf balls, and then dropped onto a target from a helicopter high above. Ticket levels are: $100 for a chance in up to 50 to win $2,000; $50 for a chance in up to 100 to win $1,500; $20 for a chance in up to 300 to win $1,000; or $10 for a chance in up to 400 to win $500. The numbered golf balls will be dropped at Martindale Country Club in Auburn. The owner of the golf ball that lands closest to the target wins the cash prize. You do not need to be present to win.

The event will feature a social hour complete with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, as well as entertainment provided throughout the evening from local musicians Debbie Morin and Denny Breau.

Sponsorships are available at various levels. Please visit www.cmmcgiving.org to find out more about supporting the Arbor House Helicopter Ball Drop.

The CMMC Arbor House - at no cost to guests - is a place to call "home" while individuals and families struggle with unexpected challenges. Help us to keep the dream alive by sponsoring our event, purchasing a raffle ticket and/or joining us for a fun evening.

For more information about volunteering as an Associate or to purchase raffle tickets, please contact Central Maine Medical Center's Development Office at (207) 795-2950 or email giving@cmhc.org.

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CMMC Graduates Pastoral Care Students

06/11/2015

Clinical Pastoral Education Graduates: The following individuals have completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education accredited through the U.S. Department of Education at Central Maine Medical Center:

Front row: Jane Burke, Christian educator at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brunswick, from August, ME.
Second row left to right: Anthony Cipolle, seminarian for the Portland Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, studying at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, MA; Rev. Nuvia Dighello, Spanish minister from Gray, ME.
Third row left to right: Rev. Michael Glidden, pastor of the Sebago Lake Congregational Church in Standish, from Saco, ME and Rev. Jay W. Turner, Director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at CMMC.

CMMC's pastoral training 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.

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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CMMC Photography Exhibit

06/11/2015

The Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) is featuring the works of two photographers at its Rotating Art Gallery at CMMC.

Photographs by Joan Cyr and Andrea Lee Segars will be on display in the hospital's lobby main corridor, near the 60 High Street entrance, from June 4 through July 2.

Joan Cyr is a nature and landscape photographer, who has exhibited at local art walks, Lewiston-Auburn businesses, and at the BRAF Gallery in Boothbay where the juried Maine Photography Show is held each spring. One of her photographs, "Auburn Riverwalk," was featured in the December issue of "Down East", a Maine magazine. Cyr has enjoyed photographing the natural beauty of Maine and New England for over 20 years.

"Photography to me is the ability to take moments in time and stop them for all to enjoy," say Segar. "After years of debating, I finally took the leap into starting my own photography business in June 2010. I am a portrait and wedding photographer. I feel honored that they have allowed me to be part of their family for a day and if I am lucky enough for years to come."

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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Kathleen Harper, D.O., joins Central Maine Heart Associates

06/11/2015

Kathleen Harper, D.O., has joined the physician staff at Central Maine Heart Associates in Lewiston.

Harper received her bachelor's degree from Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Conn., graduating magna cum laude. She subsequently graduated from The College of Osteopathic Medicine at The University of New England in Biddeford, where she served as class president.

She completed residency training in cardiology at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn., began her fellowship in cardiology there in 1991, transferring after two years to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.

Harper began her professional career more than two decades ago at Baystate Medical Center. In 1995 she returned to St. Vincent's as an assistant attending physician and Director of Noninvasive Cardiology and in 2003 became medical director of the hospital's Cardiovascular Technology Program. She has served as a medical educator at Tufts University in Boston, Columbia University in New York City, and at New York Medical College.

Harper came to Maine two years ago and began work as director of cardiology at Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft. She was also appointed to the medical staffs at Millinocket Regional Hospital in Millinocket, and Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln.

She is certified in cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is also certified by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, Society of echocardiography,nuclear cardiology and integrative and holistic medicine. She is a member of many professional societies, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology.

In 2009, USA Today recognized Harper in their list of the "Most Influential Doctors" in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn., metro area. And since 2009, she has been ranked as a "top cardiologist" by the Consumer Research Council.

Harper practices in collaboration with: cardiologists David N. Abisalih, M.D., Robert Bender, D.O., Andrew C. Eisenhauer, M.D., Nicholas H. Laffely, M.D., Mark E. Lanzieri, M.D., Patrick J. Lawrence, M.D., Guru P. Mohanty, M.D., William J. Phillips, M.D., and Daniel A. Soroff, M.D.; certified physician assistants Jamie J. Dufour, Jared M. Roy, and Joseph D. Sala; and family nurse practitioners Deborah Freeman and Lisa Langburd. She is practicing at the Central Maine Heart Associates Great Falls Plaza office in Auburn. The Auburn practice can be reached at 782-4022.

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Maine College of Health Professions Graduates Six CNAs

06/11/2015


From left: first row, Sarah LeBlanc, Evawn Young, RN, Instructor, and Brandi Dunton; second row, Peggy Arsenault and Cynthia Benoit; third row, Kelly Harding and Samantha Cote.
Six students recently completed the Maine College of Health Professions Nursing Assistant course and took the state of Maine competency examination. All six passed the exam. The students are: Brandi Dunton of Boothbay Harbor; Sarah LeBlanc, Peggy Arsenault, and Cynthia Benoit of Lewiston; Kelly Harding of Lisbon Falls; and Samantha Cote of Peru.

The nursing assistant class consists of 90 hours of classroom instruction, 20 hours of laboratory experiences, and 70 hours of clinical experiences which were completed in Lewiston at Marshwood Center and Central Maine Medical Center. 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 the state of Maine.

The College offers associate degree programs in nuclear medicine technology, nursing, and radiologic 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.MCHP.edu

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CMMC to Sponsor Diabetes Fair on April 30

04/16/2015

Central Maine Medical Center will sponsor a Diabetes Fair on April 30 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at 29 Lowell Square in Lewiston.

The fair will feature presentations on lifestyle, exercise, cooking and nutrition. A vendor fair will offer the opportunity to learn about diabetes care technology and participate in blood pressure, cholesterol (lipid), and A1C screenings.

The day's events will kick off at 1 p.m. with opening remarks followed by a presentation by Greg Pfaff entitled "Managing Diabetes: The Next Step".

Pfaff was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2000 and though he initially experienced a variety of problems coping with the disease, he learned not only to control the condition but also his emotional response to living with it.

In 2004 he became an A1C Champion and now speaks about managing and living with diabetes.

Other presenters include:

CMMC Health and Fitness Center Supervisor Nate Littlefield, a certified health-fitness specialist. He will discuss: the relationship between exercise and diabetes prevention and management; building motivation to stay on track with an exercise program; and how to best assure maximum benefits from exercise.

Registered dietitians Brady Goldschmidt and Jamie Pepin will present a cooking demonstration using healthy ingredients appropriate for those living with diabetes. Pepin is also a certified diabetes educator. Maylene Peralta, M.D., and Laura Trask, M.D., endocrinologists who practice at the Central Maine Endocrinology & Diabetes Center in Lewiston, will join in the cooking demonstration.

An open forum will give program participants the opportunity to ask questions. Drs. Peralta and Trask will also join in the question-and-answer session.

The CMMC Diabetes Fair is open to the public at no charge; however, participation is limited to 40 people.

To register for the program, call 795-7520.

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Pam Rietschel Takes Full-Time Role at Breast Care Center

03/30/2015

Pamela R. Rietschel, M.D., has joined the Sam and Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center professional staff. She has been co-medical director of the center since it was established, and recently accepted the role of the center's full-time breast surgeon.

Rietschel has a diverse surgical practice background. She was most recently a member of the Central Maine Vascular Surgery practice surgical staff. In the 25 years she has worked in the Lewiston-Auburn area, she has practiced both general surgery, including breast surgery, and vascular surgery. She is now specializing in breast surgery at the Bennett Center.

"It is a pleasure to have Dr. Rietschel at the Breast Center as it will allow us to expand our services and continue to offer men and women with breast disease, including cancer, timely, efficient and compassionate care, extending from physical examination and treatment to follow-up care and survivorship," nurse practitioner Kathi Varney.

Varney, an experienced breast care provider, will continue to see patients and work closely with the surgeons and diagnostic staff at the Bennett Center. Rietschel and Gregory D'Augustine, M.D. will continue work together as co-medical directors of the Center. They have served in this role since 1997.

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to focus my practice on the diagnosis and treatment of breast problems. I am looking forward to expanding the services of the Bennett Breast Care Center to our affiliated hospitals and to all the women in central Maine," said Rietschel.

Rietschel joined the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff in 1989. She has served as president and vice president of the CMMC Medical Staff, and as chief of the hospital's division of surgery. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees, and earned her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, and completed residency training at St. John Hospital in Detroit. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Both Rietschel and D'Augustine are members of the American College of Breast Surgeons and voluntarily participate in the Mastery Program, which is designed to help surgeons document their clinical performance of breast procedures, as well as their care of breast cancer patients and patients at risk for breast cancer.

The Sam and Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center was established in 1997 to provide comprehensive breast care to women and men from throughout the central, western and mid-coast region. The center offers a supportive and highly qualified team of experts that provides the complete spectrum of breast care services, ranging from early detection screening mammography to the latest advancements in the multidisciplinary care of high risk and breast cancer patients.

The center is a member of the National Consortium of Breast Centers and is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and has earned a Center of Excellence Designation from the American College of Radiology. The Bennett Center follows National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines for benign, high risk and breast cancer treatment. The Bennett Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology for stereotactic breast biopsy procedures and breast ultrasound, performed by certified mammographers and certified breast sonographers, respectively.

The Bennett Breast Center is an integral part of the Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is accredited by the Commission on Cancer. The center works in collaboration with the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing to provide education, support and wellness services that enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and communities touched by cancer. The center embraces the whole person-body, mind and spirit- in a respectful, inclusive and healing environment.

The Sam and Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center can be reached at 795-2100.

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CMMC Physician Earns National Honor

03/30/2015

A Central Maine Medical Center physician who has been instrumental in developing a comprehensive palliative care service at CMMC has been recognized nationally for his work on behalf of those with serious illnesses in rural Maine.

Bruce E. Condit, M.D., medical director of palliative care and an attending physician at CMMC, is one of just five recipients of the 2015 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards.

The awards are cosponsored by The Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute that has done groundbreaking work on end-of-life decision-making, and the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, which strives to enrich the doctor-patient relationship near the end of life. Duke University Divinity School's Program in Medicine, Theology, and Culture oversees the selection process.

The awards were made in three categories: a senior award, a mid-career award and three early-career awards. An award recipient must demonstrate exemplary performance in one or more of four areas: medical practice, teaching, research, and community.

The selection committee recommended Condit for the Mid-Career Physician Award for "creating something from nothing" by establishing the first palliative care program in the region. Under his leadership, the program has grown from one full-time clinician to an interdisciplinary team that sees 678 patients a year.

Condit also serves as a medical director at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, an outpatient hospice team headquartered in Lewiston with a care facility in Auburn.

Jacqueline P. Fournier, a certified palliative care nurse practitioner who nominated Condit for the award, said his "small town Maine roots laid the groundwork for the practitioner/healer he would become." She continued, "He exudes competence in an inviting way and he listens, inspiring others. Bruce leads by encouragement and example."

During his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Condit learned about the importance of palliative care after he discovered that one of his clinic patients had died at home with hospice services. His interest in palliative care was sparked further when he met a physician ethicist who exemplified the ways that many clinicians practiced palliative care without a specific designation, and yet with great care and compassion.

Condit returned to his home state of Maine as the first hospitalist at CMMC. He then established the first palliative care program in the region.

He continues working as both a hospitalist and a palliative care provider, finding that each role informs the other "in wonderful ways." "Unlike my patients in my Boston residency, rural Mainers were much more open to the reality that there are conditions that we can't survive and that pursuing care at all costs and dignity in dying are sometimes at odds with each other," he said. "I'm sure that in those early days I learned much more about end-of-life care from my patients than they did from me, and they helped me to recognize and develop the role that a hospitalist can play for patients dealing with progressive chronic conditions, especially as they approach dying. As a hospitalist, I continue to enjoy this challenge in helping patients decide for themselves when the burdens of treatment outweigh the benefits, and how to take comfort in deciding when enough is enough."

"These award winners share a commitment to reaching special populations, from children with cancer to veterans to underserved minority communities," says Mildred Z. Solomon, Ed.D., president of The Hastings Center. "They are outstanding clinicians who provide exquisite patient care, but who also have the skill and commitment to create durable organizational structures that will ensure that the work succeeds over time."

"This cohort of physicians demonstrates that compassion, competency, and a healing presence are cherished by patients and their families and admired and respected by their colleagues," says Richard Payne, MD, chairman of the selection committee and the Esther Colliflower Professor of Medicine and Divinity at Duke University and the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics. "The awards will make a difference for their careers, and will assist them in building palliative care programs in their communities."


The prize recipients were selected by a committee convened by The Hastings Center. In addition to Dr. Payne, the committee consisted of Thomas P. Duffy, M.D., of Yale University; Kathleen M. Foley, M.D., of Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and Diane E. Meier, M.D., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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Back Pain is Subject of Two April Presentations

03/30/2015

"Dealing with Back Pain" is the topic of a special presentation set for two dates in April at Central Maine Medical Center.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Matt M. McLaughlin, M.D., will discuss the surgical and non-surgical treatment of back pain.

McLaughlin is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. He completed residency training at The Ohio State University Hospitals, also in Columbus, Ohio.

He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and holds subspecialty certification in pain medicine. He is also certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

The first presentation will be held on April 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Conference Room I, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building on the Central Maine Medical Center campus in Lewiston. The program will be offered again on April 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the same location.

Anyone wishing to register for the session or seeking more information about the program is urged to call 795-8448 or email prevention@cmhc.org

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Ringing Ear Program Set for March 23

03/12/2015

Central Maine Hearing Center audiologist David Jardine will host a presentation about tinnitus, a condition often referred to as "ringing in the ear," at an event set for March 23 in Lewiston.

Jardine will discuss the common causes of tinnitus, an irritating and often debilitating condition that affects more than 50 million Americans. He will consider how the condition can impact someone's health, and what treatment options are available. A question and answer session will follow his presentation.

Although there is no cure for tinnitus, understanding the cause of the condition and how it can be managed often improves someone's hearing and quality of life.

Jardine is program coordinator at Central Maine Hearing Center in Lewiston. At Central Maine Hearing Center he specializes in basic and complex hearing testing for adults. He also specializes in the assessment and management of tinnitus as well as balance disorders due to complications of the inner ear. He is uniquely qualified in auditory rehabilitation, and is a member of an elite group of audiologists certified in the fitting of Lyric extended wear hearing aids.

As a highly trained specialist in the assessment and management of tinnitus, Jardine has published several papers about the condition. He has served on the American Academy of Audiology Government Relations Board and currently serves on the Audiology Advisory Council of the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

Jardine earned his doctor of audiology degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is a member of the American Academy of Audiology.

Prior to beginning his work in Maine, Jardine was director of the Hearing & Balance Center at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. He has published several papers on hearing loss and tinnitus. He has served on the American Academy of Audiology Government Relations Board and currently serves on the Audiology Advisory Council of the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

The tinnitus presentation will be offered at 6 p.m. on March 23 in Chairmen's Room A, 12 High Street (lower level), Lewiston.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call (207) 786-9949.

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Hepatitis Program Set for March 23 at CMMC

03/12/2015

"Living with Viral Hepatitis" is the subject of a special program set for March 23 at Central Maine Medical Center.

Lindsay Ventura, community outreach and education manager for the New England division of the American Liver Foundation, will discuss the liver and its functions, as well as provide a clear comparison of hepatitis A, B, and C. The discussion will be geared for those who either have the hepatitis C virus or are at risk for contracting the virus. The program will cover information regarding risks, treatment options, and living with hepatitis C.

Ventura holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and education from Northeastern University in Boston. She previously worked as a research assistant in the Division of Preventive Medicine at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Ventura has extensive personal experiences with liver disease, so her presentation is informed by her life as a patient and caregiver.

The program will be offered free of charge at 1:30 p.m. on March 23 in Conference Room I, 12 High Street (lower level), Lewiston.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call 795-8448 or email prevention@cmhc.org

Interpreter service is available upon advance request.

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Aaron Jackson, M.D., joins Androscoggin Rheumatology

03/06/2015

Aaron Jackson, M.D., a rheumatologist, has joined Androscoggin Rheumatology Associates, a Lewiston-based specialty healthcare practice.

Rheumatologists treat diseases of the joints, muscles, bones and tendons. They treat patients with conditions such as rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, muscle strains, athletic injuries, collagen diseases, and lupus. They often work closely with specialists such as orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists.

Jackson began practice in the Lewiston-Auburn area nearly a decade ago, working in association with Robert A. Sylvester, M.D. Prior to beginning his work in Maine, he served a fellowship with the Division of Immunology and Rheumatology at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia, Mo.

A graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., he earned his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine of Dayton, Ohio. He served a residency, including a year as chief resident, at Mount Carmel Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

He is certified in rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Jackson is practicing in association with Lee G. Kendall, M.D., at 10 High Street, Suite 204, in Lewiston. The office telephone number is 784-1699.

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Eisenhauer Named CMHVI Medical Director

03/03/2015

Andrew C. Eisenhauer, M.D., has been appointed medical director of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute at Central Maine Medical Center. Dr. Eisenhauer will provide leadership and medical direction to the inpatient and outpatient programs and services provided by CMHVI. He will work with physicians, staff and administrative leadership to oversee quality and patient safety initiatives, efficiency of operations, and the overall performance of CMHVI.

"Dr. Eisenhauer is a nationally known leader in clinical cardiology," said Susan Horton, CMHVI Executive Director. "We are very excited about having someone with his demonstrated clinical, teaching and leadership skills join our team. He also has a passion to keep our patients at the center of everything we do."

Prior to joining the CMHVI team, Dr. Eisenhauer worked as an interventional cardiologist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston MA. He is a recognized leader in cardiology and interventional cardiology with expertise in treating complex coronary disease and structural heart disease. He received the Regional Top Doctor Castle Connolly award in 2014. He has numerous publications in the areas of interventional cardiology and transcatheter valve replacement.

Dr. Eisenhauer graduated from Medical School at the New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston MA. He completed his fellowship in interventional cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA. Dr. Eisenhauer holds Board Certifications in Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology and Internal Medicine.

Andrew Eisenhauer, M.D. has extensive experience as a medical educator. In recent years he served in various capacities at Harvard Medical School, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital, all in Boston. Earlier in his career was an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.

His office is located at Central Maine Heart Associates, 60 High Street Young Wing ground floor. Dr. Eisenhauer is accepting new patients. He can be reached at (207) 753-3900.

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CMMC-CMHVI to Sponsor February 18

02/16/2015

Vascular-endovascular surgeon April Nedeau, M.D., will be the keynote speaker at a Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute special event set for February 18 in Auburn.

Nedeau will discuss "The Treatment of Arterial Disease in Women" at its second annual "Her Heart", a special luncheon event set for 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn.

The "Her Heart" event is being presented to help women better understand cardiovascular disease, a serious, but often preventable, threat to their health. Speakers at the event will discuss the facts and myths concerning women and cardiovascular disease, including the latest news on research and treatment options.

Nedeau is highly trained in all aspects of open surgery for treating blood vessel disease. She also has advanced training in endovascular surgery, including stent placement, to treat blood vessel blockages and diseases of the neck, chest, abdomen and legs. She is skilled at repairing abdominal aortic aneurysms (Triple A) and peripheral occlusive disease, as well as other vascular conditions.

Also making presentations at the luncheon event will be physician assistant Tiffany Charleson, WomenHeart Champion Tricia Cwiklinski, and yoga instructor Tisha Bremmer.

Charleson will talk about "Risk Factors for Vascular Disease and Treatment Options". Cwiklinski will discuss "What Every Woman Should Know about Heart Disease". Bremmer will explore the topic of "Motivation and Health".

The event's $25 registration fee includes lunch, health risk screenings, and an information fair. All proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association's Central Maine Heart Walk.

"This special event is part of our continuing effort to raise awareness about heart disease in women," said Cynthia Rice, R.N., CMHVI's director of community health, wellness, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. "Awareness of cardiovascular disease and its dangers is the first step in addressing the problem."

Anyone expecting to attend the event is urged to register in advance by calling 795-8448 or emailing prevention@cmmc.org.

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CMHVI Heart to Heart Conference Set for February 7

02/03/2015

The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute will present its 15th Annual "A Heart to Heart" Conference on February 7 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. A light breakfast will be served.

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.

Physician assistant Tiffany Charleson will follow Horton with a presentation entitled "Aortic Stenosis: New Options for an Old Problem".

Aortic stenosis, also called aortic valve stenosis, is the obstruction of blood flow from the heart to the aorta and then to the rest of the body. It is caused by narrowing in the aortic valve that prevents the valve from opening fully. When the aortic valve is obstructed, the heart works harder to pump blood and the amount of blood that is circulated is limited. The condition may weaken the heart muscle. If not treated, aortic stenosis can lead to serious heart problems.

Charleson will discuss treatment options for aortic stenosis, including minimally invasive valve surgery.

A recent addition to the Central Maine Heart Associates Associate Professional Staff, Charleson earned a master's degree in physician assistant studies at Northeastern University in Boston. She also holds bachelor's and associate degrees in nursing. Prior to attaining her master's degree, Charleson worked as a registered nurse clinical research coordinator at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

The morning's second speaker will be cardiologist Guru Mohanty, M.D., a specialist in electrophysiology. He will discuss "Understanding Your Heartbeat".

Mohanty is specially trained in cardiac electrophysiology, the science of diagnosing and treating issues involving the heart's electrical activities. He is an expert at using 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 Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, Mohanty completed 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 is certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The morning's final presenter will be Mariette Macrander, M.D., a family doctor who is also a registered dietitian. She will discuss "Nutrition Economics 101".

Macrander will discuss the health benefits of a well-rounded diet, including its role in disease prevention and management, and mood and well-being.

Her presentation will explore the essential components of a healthy diet, the role the four food groups play in the promotion of health, and how dietary imbalances contribute to sickness. She will discuss the hype about some "super-foods", as well as explain why a healthy diet does not have to be an expensive diet.

Macrander is the Central Maine Family Medicine Residency Programs chief rural track resident.

The 15th 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. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the program will wrap up about noon. 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.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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Perlman Returns to CMMC Neonatal Care Unit

02/03/2015

Marc B. Perlman, M.D., a neonatologist and pediatrics hospitalist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Staff. He will serve as medical director of the CMMC Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit, a service dedicated to the inpatient care of babies with special medical needs.

CMMC's Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit (NICU) specializes in caring for premature babies and infants with developmental problems or medical complications, including infections, breathing disorders, traumatic injuries, and metabolic and neurologic disorders. The CMMC NICU also evaluates and stabilizes babies for the treatment of cardiac and surgical problems at other medical facilities.

Perlman practiced medicine previously at CMMC from 1997 to 2008. He was the medical director of the NICU from 1999 to 2008, and the unit's associate medical director from 1997 to 1999. He served as director of CMMC's pediatric hospitalist program from 2004 to 2007.

Before returning to CMMC, Perlman worked as a pediatrics emergency and urgent care hospitalist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Care Network at Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pa. Prior to that, he was a pediatrics hospitalist at several campuses of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, based in Atlantic City, N.J. He also worked as a pediatrics hospitalist and hospitalist medical director for the Lehigh Valley Health Network at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center in Pottstown, Pa., and at Nemours/AIDHC Pediatric Partners at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pa., where he served as chief of hospitalist service.

Prior to joining CMMC in 1997, Perlman worked as an attending neonatologist at Albany Medical Center and St. Peter's Hospital, both in Albany, New York. He also held the position of director of Newborn Services at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass.

A graduate of Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., he earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College of Union University in Albany, N.Y. His specialized medical training includes a pediatrics residency, a neonatal fellowship, and a postdoctoral fellowship in physiology at Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, N.Y.

He is certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics.

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Ostrander Joins Minot Avenue Family Medicine

02/03/2015

James R. Ostrander, D.O., a family medicine physician, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing at Minot Avenue Family Medicine in Auburn.

Ostrander most recently worked for eight years as a family medicine physician at Winthrop Family Practice in Winthrop. For the past seven years he also served as medical director for Heritage Rehabilitation and Living Center in Winthrop, a facility that provides geriatric and long-term care. His experience includes two years as a family medicine physician at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, and some 25 years as a paramedic and firefighter on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

Ostrander earned his doctor of osteopathy from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford. He completed his residency training at the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency in Lewiston.

Ostrander holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, an associate degree in nursing from Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Mass., and a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. He was a brother in the Community of Jesus in Orleans, Mass., for 27 years.

He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Ostrander is practicing in association with Dana W. Little, M.D., Carolyn R. Pece, D.O., and Gerald G. Lachance, D.O. Minot Avenue Family Medicine is at 789 Minot Avenue in Auburn. The practice can be reached at 795-8475.

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Physician Assistant Joins High Street Family Medicine

02/03/2015

Taylor Butterfield, a certified physician assistant, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Associate Professional Staff. She is working at High Street Family Medicine in Lewiston.

Butterfield is an alumnus of Saint Joseph's College in Standish, where she studied biology and chemistry, receiving a bachelor's degree in 2007. She earned a master's degree in physician assisting in 2009 from the University of New England in Portland. That same year, she was certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Butterfield recently worked at Rangeley Family Medicine in Rangeley, attending to patients' primary care needs, recreation- and employment-related injuries, and educating patients on proper care. From 2009 to 2013, she worked in the primary care clinic and urgent care department of the Southcentral Foundation based in Anchorage, Alaska. The foundation serves the physical and mental wellness needs of the region's Native American community.

Her professional experience includes clinical rotations in the emergency medicine department at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., the obstetrics-gynecology practice at Franklin Health Women's Care in Farmington, and Penobscot Surgical Care in Bangor.

Between 2009 and 2013, Butterfield was active in the Anchorage, Alaska, chapter of Project Homeless Connect, a biannual, single-day event that makes basic health care available to local homeless populations through the volunteer efforts of care providers and the use of donated supplies.

Butterfield practices with High Street Family Medicine in association with Edward W. Bogner, M.D., Katrina I. Funk, a certified nurse practitioner, and licensed clinical social worker Melissa K. Dumont. The practice can be reached at 753-7655.

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Nurse Recognized with DAISY Award

12/23/2014

Registered nurse Erin Stone has been recognized as a Central Maine Medical Center DAISY Award recipient.

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

Stone works on fourth floor Memorial Wing Cardiopulmonary Nursing Unit. She was nominated for the award for her ongoing job performance, which one recent patient described as fitting "all of the criteria for receiving a Daisy award. Erin went far and beyond what she needed to do."

"As both a co-worker and clinical and spiritual mentor, Erin empowers nurses to excel in their roles. She is personally invested in the mission and values of Central Maine Medical Center to provide the highest quality, patient centered care. Erin is legendary for her teamwork, her holistic values, her creativity in delivering care, her excellent communication, and her consummate clinical skills," says M4 Nurse Manager Mary McRae.

"Erin offers the gift of anticipating her patients' needs, focusing on their home situation, their current needs and values, and then she is a zealous patient advocate," McRae continues. "She makes connections with patients by fostering an affirmative framework, speaking with them at their level, at the bedside, holding their hands and listening. Her compassionate approach works on all patients because they connect on a deeper level and feel heard. Erin uses the power of 'presence', listening to the families concerns and letting them verbalize their fears. She offers comfort measures not only to the patient, but the extended family as well."

McRae also notes that Stone's sense of service extends to the community. "She volunteers at the United Congregational Church of New Gloucester in their food pantry, and for 10 years has worked with Edie's Angels, partnering with Blake Street Towers to provide meals, food baskets and spirituality to the 80-plus residents that reside there," she says.

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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Nurse Practitioner Joins High Street Family Medicine

12/23/2014

Ekatrina I. Funk, a certified nurse practitioner, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Associate Professional Staff. She is practicing at High Street Family Medicine in Lewiston.

She recently earned a master's degree in nursing-family nurse practitioner at the University of Southern Maine (USM) in Portland. She graduated summa cum laude from USM with a bachelor's degree in nursing in 2011. She also holds an associate degree in art from Southern Maine Community College, where she graduated with honors in 2008.

Funk most recently worked as a registered nurse at the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine at CMMC. Her professional experience includes work at The Barron Center, and St. Joseph's Rehabilitation, both in Portland. Her training experience includes work at Mercy Fore River Family Practice in Portland, the Southern Maine Health Care Pain Clinic in Kennebunk/Sanford, and Mercy Falmouth Internal Medicine.

She is certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

She is proficient in written and spoken Russian and has worked as a translator.

She is practicing in association with Edward W. Bogner, M.D., physician assistant Taylor Butterfield, and licensed clinical social worker Melissa K. Dumont. High Street Family Medicine is located at 10 High Street, Suite 301, in Lewiston and can be reached at 753-7655.

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Central Maine Medical Center Recognized for Outstanding Record in Patient Safety - Awarded an "A" in Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score

12/23/2014

Central Maine Medical Center was honored with an "A" grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

"This "A" score reflects Central Maine Medical Center"s long term commitment to providing the best possible patient care" said Alan Harmatz, M.D., Central Maine Healthcare's Chief Quality and Safety Officer. We were working to improve quality and safety before it became fashionable. Our Boards exhibit strong leadership in our quality efforts, our providers and staff are continuously working to improve care and we engage patients as partners in our efforts."

"Patient safety needs to be a 24-7 priority for hospitals, as errors and infections are all too common and often deadly," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. "We commend the 'A' hospitals, including Central Maine Medical Center, for helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide, and demonstrating that they've made the well-being of patients a top priority."

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31-percent receiving an "A" grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.

To see how Central Maine Medical Center's score compares locally and nationally, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the newly updated Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score mobile app.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Central Maine Medical Center
Central Maine Medical Center (cmmc.org) is a regional healthcare referral center serving some 400,000 residents of central, western, and midcoast Maine. CMMC supports one of the state's three designated trauma centers and is the southern base for LifeFlight of Maine, a statewide medical helicopter service. CMMC's specialty services include the Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit for sick and premature infants, and the Central Maine Rehabilitation Center. The Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine and the Central Maine Sleep Center serve patients from special facilities at CMMC. CMMC's recently expanded Emergency Department provides an environment that supports an enhanced patient experience.

For more information, call Chuck Gill at 795-2711.

www.HospitalSafetyScore.org

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Osteoporosis is Topic of November 6 Program at CMMC

10/27/2014

"Osteoporosis: Prevention and Treatment is the subject of a special presentation set for November 6 at Central Maine Medical Center.

Orthopaedic surgeon Lauren Adey, M.D., of Central Maine Orthopaedics and the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine, will discuss how to take charge of bone health by preventing and treating osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis can lead to bone fractures. Fractures, particularly in the spine or hip, are the most serious complication of osteoporosis. Hip fractures often result from a fall and can result in disability and even death from postoperative complications, especially in older adults.

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.

"Osteoporosis: Prevention and Treatment" will be offered on November 6 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.

Bone density screening will be offered at no charge prior to the presentation from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bone healthy snacks and beverages will be provided.

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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Stephen Williams, D.O., joins Central Maine Pain Management

10/27/2014

Stephen Williams, D.O., a pain management specialist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with Central Maine Pain Management in Lewiston.

Williams is a board certified anesthesiologist who completed a fellowship in pain management at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, where he also completed his residency in anesthesiology, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. He is a lieutenant commander in the Naval Medical Corps in Newport, R.I.

He earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the University of New England (UNE) in Biddeford. Upon completion of medical school, he spent a year as a research associate in the anesthesiology department at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He completed his internship at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Williams served as Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) officer stationed at NAB Little Creek, Virginia Beach, Va. Upon completion of his military service as a SEAL, he attended the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Tufts University in Massachusetts before attending UNE.

He practices in association with John J. Kazalski, D.O., Karl Saba, D.O., and Linda S. Wentworth, N.P., at Central Maine Pain Management. The practice can be reached at 795-2929.

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CMMC RN Recognized with DAISY Award

10/27/2014

Registered nurse Erin Stone has been recognized as a Central Maine Medical Center DAISY Award recipient.

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

Stone works on fourth floor Memorial Wing Cardiopulmonary Nursing Unit. She was nominated for the award for her ongoing job performance, which one recent patient described as fitting "all of the criteria for receiving a Daisy award. Erin went far and beyond what she needed to do."

"As both a co-worker and clinical and spiritual mentor, Erin empowers nurses to excel in their roles. She is personally invested in the mission and values of Central Maine Medical Center to provide the highest quality, patient centered care. Erin is legendary for her teamwork, her holistic values, her creativity in delivering care, her excellent communication, and her consummate clinical skills," says M4 Nurse Manager Mary McRae.

"Erin offers the gift of anticipating her patients' needs, focusing on their home situation, their current needs and values, and then she is a zealous patient advocate," McRae continues. "She makes connections with patients by fostering an affirmative framework, speaking with them at their level, at the bedside, holding their hands and listening. Her compassionate approach works on all patients because they connect on a deeper level and feel heard. Erin uses the power of 'presence', listening to the families concerns and letting them verbalize their fears. She offers comfort measures not only to the patient, but the extended family as well."

McRae also notes that Stone's sense of service extends to the community. "She volunteers at the United Congregational Church of New Gloucester in their food pantry, and for 10 years has worked with Edie's Angels, partnering with Blake Street Towers to provide meals, food baskets and spirituality to the 80-plus residents that reside there," she says.

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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CMMC Woman's Hospital Association features Paintings and Photography in its Rotating Art Gallery

10/27/2014

The Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) is featuring the work of a painter and a photographer at its Rotating Art Gallery at CMMC.

Paintings by Joseph Cousins and photography by Daniel J. Marquis will be on display in the hospital's lobby main corridor, near the 60 High Street entrance, from October 30 through December 4.

Cousins, who maintains a studio gallery in Freeport, has been invited to exhibit in many New England juried shows, including the Maine Biennial at Bowdoin College and the Maine Biennial at the University of Southern Maine. His work has been shown at The Maine Coast Artist Gallery in Rockport, The O'Farrell Gallery in Brunswick, The Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset, and at other galleries around the state.

The distinct style of his paintings captures the essence of Maine's unique beauty and unusual moods. His work has received many "Best in Show" awards in Maine and other New England states. He was recently awarded the "People's Choice Award" for the fourth year in a row at the Brunswick Downtown Arts Festival, as well as one of the top prizes for acrylic paintings at the Londonderry, N.H., Annual Art Show. His work is included in corporate and private collections around the world.

Marquis's photographic work has been published in Nature Photographer Magazine and featured at Lyceum Gallery in Lewiston. He participates regularly in landscape photography workshops.

"My interest in photography was sparked by my love of nature and the outdoors," Marquis says. "I have been an avid bird watcher and kayaker for some 20 years. Both of these pursuits afford me many photo opportunities."

"My favorite types of photography are birds, nature close-ups, landscapes and cityscapes . . . opposite ends of the photographic spectrum," he adds. "Landscape photography allows me to show the grand picture, the scenes that people pass daily, but may not see. With my close-up images I try to illustrate the patterns and colors that nature offers to those who are willing to take the time to look for."

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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Environment and Health is Topic of October 27 Presentation

10/27/2014

"The Effects of the Environment on Our Health" is the topic of the third in a series of six Mini-Medical School presentations being offered this fall by Central Maine Medical Center.

The program will feature: 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.

The program will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 27 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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Urologic Surgeon Joins Central Maine Urology Center

10/27/2014

Christopher Henry, M.D., has joined the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing as part of the Central Maine Urology Center surgical team.

Henry earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Mo., and completed a general surgery internship and urologic surgery residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

His educational background includes time at the Goethe Institute in Munich, where he studied German, as well as courses at the Middlebury College German Language School in Middlebury, Vt., and Bowdoin College in Brunswick, from which he received a bachelor's degree in 2000. Henry graduated from Bowdoin with honors, having studied German with a concentration in archaeology and classics. He was a co-director of Bowdoin College's volunteering program, and was a member of a 1997 archaeological excavation in Paestum, Italy. He subsequently studied at Western State College in Gunnison, Co., Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., and the University of Missouri, in Columbia.

The coauthor of numerous professional articles, Henry has worked as a research associate at the University of Kansas Health Science Center in Kansas City, Kan., and at Proteon Therapeutics in Kansas City, Mo. His healthcare background also includes work as an EKG technician and an emergency room technician at North Kansas City Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

A member of the American Urological Association, he is eligible to gain certification from the American Board of Urology.

Henry practices in association with urologists Michael Corea, M.D., Jordan M. Kurta, and Paul R. Mailhot, M.D., nurse practitioner Rosa Hamilton, and physician assistant Heather Renihan. The practice can be reached at 795-2171.

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Breast Reconstruction is Topic of October 28 Dempsey Center Program

10/27/2014

"Breast Reconstruction" is the topic of an informational seminar set for October 28 at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston.

Sarah Holland, M.D., a plastic surgeon, will discuss options and processes for breast reconstruction. The presentation is open to all women, including professional healthcare providers and caregivers.

Topics of discussion will include: immediate versus delayed reconstruction; options for symmetry; options for irregularities and volume issues; insurance coverage; and breast cancer prevention.

Holland began practicing at Coastal Plastic Surgery in Topsham early this year. Before beginning her work in the greater Topsham area, she 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.

She earned her medical degree at Cornell University Medical College in New York City, 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.

The October 28 presentation begins at 6 p.m. The Dempsey Center is located on the fifth floor of 29 Lowell Street in Lewiston.

Those wishing to attend the presentation are urged to register by calling 798-6262.

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CMMC to Host Event for Critical Care Nurses

10/27/2014

Central Maine Medical Center will host a reception on October 27 for critical care nurses interested in learning more about employment opportunities at the Lewiston hospital.

The event will feature presentations by four physicians who work in specialties requiring the contributions of nurses with critical care experience.

Speakers include: CMMC Trauma Director James Reilly, M.D.; intensivist Erwey Teng, M.D.; Peter Tilney, D.O., a CMMC emergency physician and medical director of LifeFlight of Maine; and cardiothoracic surgeon Paul Weldner, M.D., of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute (CMHVI).

One contact hour of continuing nursing education is available to those who attend the presentation.

This event is open to registered nurses with experience in the intensive care, cardiovascular care, emergency and/or operating room environments.

The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the critical care physicians panel scheduled to begin its discussion at 6 p.m. Tours of the state-of-the-art facilities at CMMC and CMHVI will begin about 7 p.m.

Nurses interested in attending the event are urged to visit www.cmmc.org/reception, or contact Cynthia Figoli at 795-2720 or figolicy@cmhc.org.

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CMMC to Host Women's Health Fair

10/27/2014

Central Maine Medical Center will host a Women's Health Fair from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 29 in the Chairmen's Rooms at the 12 High Street Medical Office Building (lower level) in Lewiston.

Those attending the event will have the opportunity to learn more about what CMMC has to offer women in the greater central Maine region.

Representatives from several CMMC departments will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about:

  • Breast cancer

  • Domestic violence

  • Heart Disease Prevention

  • Osteoporosis

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections

  • Obstetrics

  • SafeVoices

  • Baby Friendly Hospital

  • Sexual Assault Crisis


The event will feature complimentary facial dermascans, osteoporosis screenings, and blood pressure checks. Giveaways and door prizes will be awarded. Participants will also have the opportunity to enter in a drawing for a FitBit bracelet.

For more information, call 795-8448.

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"Mini-Med" Series Beginning 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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