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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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CMMC October Art Gallery

10/07/2013

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

A collection of watercolors by Irene Rothe of Auburn and photography by Debbie Angelides, manager of the Woman's Hospital Association Gift Shop at CMMC, are on display in the 60 High Street lobby through November 7.

Angelides began her photographic work while she managed her own gift shop in Jay for more than a decade.

"It's amazing the beauty that is out there. Watching turtles sunning in spring," she says. "I also enjoy feeding birds and watching them feed their young. Some of my best pictures are of birds and wildlife."

Rothe began painting in 1973 with instructor Phyllis Woodsum of Wayne and in 1992 started showing her work at sidewalk shows. She enjoys painting island scenes, especially Monhegan Island. Her primary medium is watercolor.

"I studied with other artists but the greatest impetus in the development of my own style came from absorbing the brilliant work of Charles Reid," Rothe says. "Beyond the influence of these people, is the profound beauty of the beautiful state of Maine. I grew up in the Midwest where there are no mountains, coasts, islands, and hundreds and hundreds of ponds, lakes and marshes. Since moving to Maine I have been blessed with the opportunity to pursue my heart's desire and feast on the abundance of landscapes which inspire it."

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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October 8 Cardiac Program

10/02/2013

"The Visualized Heart" is the topic of the first in a series of six "Mini-Medical School" educational programs set to begin on October 8.

Cardiologist David Abisalih, M.D., will discuss how the cardiovascular system works. His presentation will include a simulator demonstration of how the beating heart functions.

A member of the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community for more than 20 years, Abisalih practices with Central Maine Heart Associates at Auburn, located at Two Great Falls Plaza in Auburn. He performs both invasive and non-invasive cardiology procedures. He is also active in clinical cardiovascular research.

A magna cum laude graduate of Boston University in Boston, he was awarded his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. He served an internship and residency in internal medicine at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston, and completed a three-year fellowship in cardiology at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston, where he received specialty training in transesophageal echocardiography and the detection and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, as well as coronary angiography and angioplasty.

Abisalih is certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also certified by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners in cardiac pacing and defibrillation, a Heart Rhythm Society requirement for physicians who implant automatic cardiac defibrillators.

The 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

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Mini-Medical School Series Begins October 8

09/25/2013

'Understanding the Cardiovascular System' is the theme of a six-part mini-medical school presentation set to begin on October 8.


The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute is sponsoring the series as part of its year long tenth anniversary celebration. The programs will be presented on successive Tuesdays beginning October 8 and concluding on November 12.


The series begins with an overview of how the cardiovascular system works, setting the stage for more in-depth talks by experts on topics such as peripheral arterial disease, treating heart and circulatory problems with cardiac and vascular surgery, managing heart rhythms, and the use of medication to help prevent cardiovascular disease.


The series will feature the following:


October 8 � �The Visualized Heart� with cardiologist David Abisalih, M.D.


Heart disease is the leading cause of death and disability. In this introductory session, Abisalih will discuss how the cardiovascular system works. The beating heart will be demonstrated on a simulator.


October 15 � �Oh My Aching Legs�
with physician assistants Danielle George and Kevin Quigley.


Venous disease is the impairment of blood flow through veins towards the heart. George and Quigley will discuss the complex system of leg veins and various complications, including varicose veins.


October 22 � �Innovations in Vascular Disease � Part 1: Treatment of Carotid Artery Disease� with vascular surgeon Michael Ricci, M.D., and endovascular surgeon April Nedeau, M.D.


October 29 � �Innovations in Vascular Disease � Part 2: Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms� with vascular surgeon Michael Ricci, M.D., and endovascular surgeon April Nedeau, M.D.


At the October 22 and 29 presentations, the surgeons will discuss carotid artery disease and abdominal aortic aneurysms, respectively, focusing on emerging less-invasive treatments.


November 5 � �Keeping the Beat�
with electrophysiologist Guru Mohanty, M.D.


Mohanty 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.


November 12 � �Statins for All?�
with cardiologist William Phillips, M.D.


Statins are 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 will discuss how secondary prevention, such as the use of statins to reduce cholesterol, can be used in concert with primary prevention, which includes a proper diet and exercise, to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease.


Each installment of the series will be presented from 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



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Surgeon Earns Additional Certification in Women's Medicine and Surgery

09/25/2013

Ted M. Roth, M.D., of the Women's Health Center and the Central Maine Medical Center Bladder Control Center in Lewiston, has achieved certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

Roth is part of the inaugural class of this new board certification jointly granted by the American Board of Urology and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Roth is one of a handful of doctors in Maine with this expertise.

This specialty, also known as urogynecology, is concerned with the care of women with pelvic floor dysfunction and addresses such problems as fecal and urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain disorders, and voiding dysfunction.

The pelvic floor consists of the muscles, ligaments, connective tissue, and nerves that help support and control the rectum, uterus, vagina, and bladder. The pelvic floor can be damaged by childbirth, repeated heavy lifting, chronic disease or previous surgery. Women who have pelvic floor dysfunction may experience a variety of problems.

Roth is director of the Bladder Control Center and chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Central Maine Medical Center, where he has practiced since 2005. Prior to his move to Maine, Roth was an assistant professor with the Division of Gynecologic Specialties at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss.

A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., Roth earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, N.Y. He completed his post-graduate training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

Roth continues to contribute to the urogynecologic surgery research literature and present at national meetings. He has written several book chapters on the surgical management of female urogynecologic problems.

He practices in association with gynecologists Michael T. Drouin, M.D., and Susan W. Gaylord, M.D., and nurse practitioner Kathleen R. Coleman, N.P., at 287 Main Street Plaza, Suite 201, in Lewiston. The practice can be reached at 795-7180.

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Graduated Nursing Assistants

09/19/2013

Nine students recently completed the Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing Assistant Course.

Completing the course were: from left, front row, Nicolette Caron of Scarborough, Haley Clark of Brunswick, and Rebecca Szabo of Winslow; second row, Deborah Berry of Poland, Heather Adley of Rumford, Amanda Nichols of Naples (with her son, Cooper), and course instructor Meredith Kendall; third row, Lindsey Robsham of Turner, Anthony Cuffori of Lewiston, and Brittany Ireland of Auburn.

The nursing assistant class consisted of 90 hours of classroom instruction, 20 hours of laboratory experiences, and 70 hours of clinical experiences that were completed in Lewiston at Marshwood Center, CMMC, and Donna�s Day Care. Upon successful completion of the 180 hours of course work, students are eligible to take the state certification exam. After successful completion of the exam, students are placed on the Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants and may be employed as certified nursing assistants in Maine. The College of Nursing and Health Professions 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, please visit www.cmmccollege.edu

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Pediatrician Joins CMMG Practice

09/19/2013

Kathleen S. Bain, M.D., a pediatrician, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. She is practicing with Central Maine Pediatrics in Lewiston.

Prior to joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, she worked as public health physician with the Cincinnati Health Department in a busy urban practice and school based health center.

She has wide-ranging experience as both a direct care provider and quality management leader. Her professional background includes some 13 years combined experience as a pediatrician and medical educator at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her quality management experience includes care delivery model design, change management, and collaborative practice system development. She has led quality improvement projects related to her clinical interests in improving ADHD and asthma care, as well as enhancing developmental screening.

Her practice philosophy is heavily influenced by her training in the �Touchpoints� care model. Touchpoints emphasizes relationship building with family care givers as well as community based supports for children and families. It also informs an approach to families that takes into account their unique culture and the individual development of their children.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, she earned her medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. She completed residency training in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

She has two children. He son attends college in Wisconsin and her daughter lives with her and her partner, John, in Portland. She is looking forward to kayaking and hiking in and around her new home.

She is practicing is association with pediatricians David R. Baker, D.O., Stephen B. Jacobs, M.D., Richard J. Marsh, M.D., and Torah A. Tomasi, D.O., pediatric cardiologist Wade T. Hamilton, M.D., nurse practitioners Jane L. Marsh and Heidi G. Toews, physician assistant Teri J. Schrock, and licensed clinical social worker Eileen M. Fair. The practice is located at 12 High Street, Suite 301, in Lewiston, and can be reached at 795-5730.

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Pastroal Education Students Finish Studies

09/18/2013

Clinical Pastoral Education Graduates -- The following individuals recently completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Central Maine Medical Center: far left, Jason Rexroad, an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America seminarian from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C.; from left, beginning third from left, Isaac Lara, a Roman Catholic seminarian studying at Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Ill.; Lisa Biersch Cole, an Episcopal student at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific at Berkley, Calif.; Catherine Knowles, a Unitarian Universalist student at Andover-Newton Theological School in Newton, Mass., and a resident of Topsham; and Steven Cartwright, a Roman Catholic seminarian at Blessed John XXXIII National Seminary studying for the Diocese of Portland and a native of Boothbay Harbor. CMMC's clinical pastoral education program, one of only two such programs in Maine, is accredited through the U.S. Department of Education. CMMC Director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education is Rev. Jay W. Turner, second from left. 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, call 795-2291.

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New Radiologic Technology Students

09/16/2013

Twenty-two students recently began their studies at the Clark F. Miller School of Radiologic Technology at Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing & Health Professions in Lewiston. Comprising the freshman class are the following: from left, front row, Raquel Moody of Topsham; Brian Zaldumbide of Auburn; Ryan Lemelin of Lewiston; Benjamin Ramsdell of Minot; Jesse Burke of Fryeburg; and Julia Waters of New Gloucester; middle row, Tamara Roy of Lewiston; Abigail Stubbs of Brooks; Shantel Gibson of Camden; Makayla Dube of Minot; Kalie Doiron of Livermore Falls; Leah Osborne of Lewiston; Tara Manns of Portland; and Abigail Havener of Turner; back row, Amanda Collins of Gorham; Emily Corthell of Farmington; Stephanie Athanosios of Sebago; Morgan Gilbert of Greene; Natasha Estes of Parsonsfield; Sara Gammon of Rumford; Veronica Smith of Richmond; and Alix Howard of Salem Township. The School of Radiologic Technology at the college offers an accredited five-semester associate degree program that provides students with both classroom and clinical training. Students attend classes at the college in Lewiston and obtain their clinical experience in medical imaging departments throughout central and southern Maine. Anyone interested in more information about the program is urged to visit www.cmmccolle.edu or call 795-2840.

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CMMC Nurse Honored for Exceptional Work

09/12/2013

Registered nurse Nicole Harman 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.

Harman has been a registered nurse on CMMC's Oncology Nursing Unit (M1) since February 2010. She is a graduate of the University of Maine at Augusta, and is certified in chemotherapy and biotherapy administration.

"This is a particularly important honor for Nicole and for the M1 team as this nomination was from a family for whom Nicole and her colleagues cared for until the end of their loved one's life. There is no higher recognition than to hear from those that we care for that we made a positive difference in someone's life. Nicole and the M1 team did just that for this very grateful family. We were so blessed and fortunate to have the wife of the patient who passed away in attendance for our celebration. The emotions of compassion and empathy filled the room and it is the very reason that nurses do what we do! We here at CMMC are so very proud of Nicole and the entire M1 team," said CMMC Chief Nursing Officer 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.

A recent oncology patient's family singled out Harman for special recognition. "My father, on more than one occasion in the recent months, stayed for long-term care on the M1 floor . . . He passed away on January 30 with pride, dignity and love and it would not have been possible for him to do so had it not been for your amazing nurses and assistant nurses," the family wrote.

"At 6:30 a.m., my mother . . . told Nicole, who'd been taking care of dad all night long, that she needed cups for us and all the relatives who were there so we could stand around dad's bed, and make a toast in his name . . . We also asked for Nicole, who had been amazing, to please join us in this "event" . . . My dad took his last breath just an hour and a half later . . . He passed with love, dignity and pride. He and we couldn't have done it without M1 . . . We could not have had some of the most precious days, hours, minutes and moments that we had with dad if it were not for the staff on M1 [which] had it all perfectly managed and did it with complete professionalism, compassion, sensitivity, sympathy and love."

Oncology Unit Nurse Manager Sherri Turcotte said "Nicole consistently provides high quality nursing care while offering creativity and individualized care. She is a perfect example of the combination of clinical excellence, heart, and compassion that an oncology nurse brings to his or her practice and I am so proud to have her as a member of my team."

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CMMC Surgeon Named to Practice Council

09/12/2013

Michael A. Ricci, M.D., chief of vascular surgery at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston, has been appointed to the Society for Vascular Surgery's Clinical Practice Council.

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 4,500 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular system diseases, including aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, and peripheral vascular disease.

The SVS Clinical Practice Council assists with the development of programs and products to help members successfully manage changing practice patterns, reduced reimbursement, competitive pressures and the business aspects of practice.

As a council member, Ricci will help monitor the vascular surgery practice environment, identify issues that need SVS attention, and recommend strategic initiatives. He will oversee the work of reporting committees and ad hoc work groups focusing on clinical practice matters. He will also help review clinical practice sections of the SVS website.

Prior to joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community last year, Ricci practiced at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., the major teaching hospital for the University of Vermont College of Medicine. 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.

Ricci has extensive experience as a practicing surgeon and surgical educator. He started the first vascular lab in Vermont and initiated the endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms in that region. At the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he most recently served as the first Clinical Simulation Laboratory director. He is a professor of surgery emeritus at the University of Vermont, where he worked for 23 years.

He is co-author of more than 100 scientific articles on vascular surgery, telemedicine, simulation, and operating room safety.

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CMMC Family Medicine Residency Grauduate Joins Bridgton Internal Medicine

09/09/2013

Shayna M. Lemke, D.O., a family doctor, has been appointed to the Bridgton Hospital Medical Staff. She is practicing with Bridgton Internal Medicine in Bridgton.

A recent graduate of the Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) Family Medicine Residency Program in Lewiston, she has provided patient care at the CMMC Oscar Treat Turner Family Medicine Center in Lewiston, in the CMMC Emergency Department, and on nursing units at CMMC. She served as chief resident during her final year of training.

She is a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and went on to earn a master�s degree in health and human development from Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. She was awarded her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia.

Lemke is certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association. With her athletic training background, she enjoys sports medicine in addition to performing osteopathic manipulative treatment. She is also very interested in women�s health and worked in a cervical cancer clinic in Cusco, Peru. She will provide full spectrum family medicine in the Bridgton community for all stages of life.

She lives in Bridgton with her fianc� Sergei, who works at Bridgton Hospital. She enjoys spending her free time hiking, camping, kayaking and skiing.

Lemke is practicing in association with internal medicine specialists Roger El-Hachem, M.D., Peter A. Leighton, M.D., Henry J. Roy, III, M.D., and Stephen M. Ward, M.D., Susan Paul, M.D., Rachel Ward, M.D. and nurse practitioner Nancy L. Wright, D.N.P. Bridgton Internal Medicine is located at 25 Hospital Drive, Suite 2, in Bridgton. The practice can be reached at 647-2311.

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"Will I Get Arthritis If I Crack My Knuckles?" is Subject of CMMC Accenting Your Health Presentation

09/09/2013

"Will I Get Arthritis If I Crack My Knuckles?" is the subject of a Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentation set for September 26.

Katarina Latkovich, M.D., of Central Maine Internal Medicine, will discuss the various types of arthritis and treatment options.

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.

There is no cost for attending the presentation.

The program will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on September 26 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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Work of Two Photographers on Display at the CMMC's Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery

09/09/2013

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

Photography by Beth Francis and Marian Marks is on display in the Main Lobby at Central Maine Medical Center, near the 60 High Street entrance.

Beth Francis, a trained graphic artist, has had a life-long interest in photography.

"I am a creative person by nature so dabbling in photography is a great outlet for me. Since I work way too many hours indoors, I seek to capture outdoor images then bring them inside to enjoy. I love to capture the beauty of things that we see every day but, in our busy lives, miss the opportunity to take in. Things like natural light in common surroundings, and landscapes. Taking these images and framing them gives me more creative possibilities," Francis says.

Francis's work has won a first- and third-place in juried shows.

Her work also can be seen at eyeofthebeholderbf.weebly.com

Marian Marks is an ordained Lutheran minister (ELCA) and amateur photographer. She specializes in outdoor photography, especially birds and wildlife. Her work was accepted in the University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College's biennial Area Artist's Show in 2011 and 2013, and has won numerous ribbons at the Maine State Sportsman's show and the Fryeburg Fair. Most notable were several first prizes for birds and wildlife in the 2010 and 2011 Maine State Sportsman's shows, as well as the 2011 Best in Show Award. At the Fryeburg Fair, she received blue ribbons in 2011 and 2012 and a Judges' Special Award in 2012.

"I consciously set out to see more, and to capture what I see. I have also tried to become aware of what exactly has caught my eye. Is it color, shape, texture, composition, contrast, mood? Then the challenge becomes to capture those aspects of a scene that attracted me. With wildlife the challenge is to capture something of the personality of the birds and animals in my viewfinder," Marks says.

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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New Group Fitness Schedule Begins September 9th at CMMC Health and Fitness Center

09/09/2013

Central Maine Medical Center's Health and Fitness Center is offering the following group exercise programs beginning September 9:

Bokwa - Bokwa is a new approach to group exercise for participants of all ages. This energizing cardio routine is set to today's popular music and features moving to the Bokwa L, 3, J, and K patterns, as well as dozens of other steps. The six-week class is led by instructor Adrianne Kramer and will be held Wednesday nights from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. beginning September 11.

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. Tuesdays 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 and 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. Mondays and Wednesdays 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.

New Mom's Power Hour - This new and improved class for is designed to help active moms and moms-to-be enjoy a healthy pregnancy and return to or enhance their pre-baby fitness level in a supportive, small group environment. Classes are structured to accommodate moms of all different fitness levels. Program focuses on re-strengthening the abdominals and upper body, toning the legs, and engaging full-body functional moves. Healthcare provider 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 Thibeault-Shedd and Brandi Eastman. 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. Jen Swift will lead the class.

Power Plus - Functional weight and mobility training to increase flexibility and strength, resulting in lean muscle. 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. Wednesdays 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 September 14.

Yoga - Instructor Tisha Bremner will help participants reduce stress and gain a deeper sense of balance and calm. This gently paced class combines meditation, easy warm-ups, light stretches and gentle yoga postures with deep breath awareness to enhance a sense of calm well-being and relieve tension. Tuesdays from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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 September 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. The center also offers a 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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New Students At Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions Nuclear Medicine Technology Program

09/09/2013

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions Nuclear Medicine Technology Program has admitted the following first semester students: photo from Left: Jennifer Boisvert of China Village; Jason Bishop of Bucksport; Cole Harradon of Auburn; and Sonya Morris of Dixmont.

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program is a six-semester course of study that includes a computed tomography (CT) component. The first two semesters consist of general education courses required for an associate degree. The last four semesters consist of program-specific courses and clinical experience. Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to apply for national certification in both nuclear medicine technology and CT imaging.

The CMMC program began in 1996 and has enjoyed a 100-percent pass rate on national certification exams since its inception. The program's class of 2015 will be the first awarded an associate's degree upon program completion.

Anyone seeking more information about the program is urged to visit www.cmmccollege.edu or contact Susan Perry, assistant registrar, at 795-2649.

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Donation Funds Chair Purchase

09/04/2013

PHOTO: From left, Central Maine Medical Center volunteers Harold Warner, Jacob Charest, and Jeanne David show off new STAXI chairs in the hospital's main lobby. Funded by a donation by the CMMC Woman's Hospital Association, the five new chairs are stationed in lobbies at 60 High Street and 12 High Street to provide patients and other customers with comfortable, safe transportation within the hospital. The STAXI chairs are designed to be easy to control and clean. They also accommodate people of any size. CMMC is always in need of new volunteers to provide front desk greeter and valet parking services. Anyone interested in volunteering at CMMC is urged to contact Susan Hedrich at 795-2472 or hedricsu@cmhc.org

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Heart Walk - Sunday September 15

08/14/2013

As the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute celebrates its 10th anniversary, the organization's impact on the well-being of those living in the region is clear: lives have been saved and patients are getting high-quality cardiovascular care close to home.

CMHVI and CMMC, working with the region's Emergency Medical Services professionals, have developed a very effective system for providing emergency cardiac care. EMS providers are now trained to assist with heart attack diagnosis 'in the field', allowing care providers at CMHVI-CMMC to be ready to deliver interventional services that are saving lives and minimizing disability related to heart attacks.

CMHVI care providers deliver a variety of medical, surgical and nursing services in an attractive, technically-current environment. These services extend from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation, education and community support.

Despite ongoing efforts, healthcare professional at CMHVI understand that they face the same challenge their counterparts confront nationwide: The health of Americans is at a tipping point.

Some experts predict that today's children will not live as long as their parents. If this comes to be, it will mark the first time that an entire American generation's life expectancy dropped.


Currently, less than 1 percent of the population, and no young people between 12 and 19 years of age, meet the American Heart Association's (AHA) criteria for ideal cardiovascular (CV) health. Yet, in an AHA survey, 39 percent of the population rated themselves as being in ideal CV health.

In order to reach its goal of improving cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by 2020, the American Heart Association and the nation's healthcare providers must increase the number of people who understand the link between their overall health and their risk of heart disease and stroke.

Most people will be shocked to learn that one third of U.S. children are overweight or obese, putting them at higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Research has shown that some 12-year-olds have 45 year old hearts! Heart Disease is the number 1 killer and stroke is the number 4 killer of all Americans.

The health of the United States has hit a new low, with millions of Americans at risk for heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are responding to this crisis with a new national movement designed to change the way Americans think about their health. It's called My Heart. My Life. It's about embracing an overall healthier lifestyle to improve cardiovascular health. The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute supports this initiative.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has developed a number of activities under the umbrella of My Heart. My Life. Among them: increased health education, advocacy for better public policy in important health areas such as anti-smoking laws, and helping communities find ways to eat healthier and stay physically active

For more information about My Heart. My Life. go to www.heart.org


Join CMHVI and CMMC for the Central Maine Heart Walk on September 15. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 12 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Register online for the Heartwalk at www.centralmaineheartwalk.org


Central Maine Healthcare is a major sponsor of the Heart Walk.

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Maine Development Foundation Awards Scholarship to CMMC Nurse

08/09/2013


From left: Next Step Maine Scholarship recipient Elicia Ranta, R.N.; Maggie Drummond, program director for the Maine Development Foundation; and Sharron Sieleman, chief nursing officer at Central Maine Healthcare.
A Central Maine Medical Center nurse was among the Next Step Maine Scholarship winners recently recognized in a presentation at the State House.

Elicia Ranta, R.N., was among 17 scholarship winners honored at the event. She is a 2008 graduate of the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions and in addition to her work as a clinical coordinator at CMMC, she is enrolled in the bachelor's degree in nursing program at St. Joseph's College in Windham. Ranta began her work at CMMC shortly after earning her associates degree in nursing.

The Maine Development Foundation Maine Employers' Initiative (MEI) sponsors the scholarship fund that recognizes 'Employees of Promise' who are nominated by their employers. The scholarships support and recognize working adults who are pursuing college degrees or certificates while also juggling jobs, families, and other responsibilities. The recently awarded scholarships included eleven $1,000 awards and six $2,500 awards.

'The future of the Maine economy rests on the shoulders of people like those we recognize today: people pursuing college degrees and advanced training,' said Maggie Drummond, program director for the Maine Development Foundation. 'The jobs of the future, here and across the nation, require greater and greater levels of education, skill, and training. We have over 200,000 adults in this state that started college but didn't complete their degree, and with Next Step Maine we want to move some of these dedicated adults a little closer to that goal.'

The awards presentation was planned in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Maine State Council's 2013 HR Professionals Day. Attendees included the scholarship winners and their employers, major donors to scholarship fund, members of the Maine Legislature, and the governor.

Employers who nominated their employees for the scholarships are members of the Maine Employers' Initiative, a network of over 200 employers statewide who have committed take one more step to promote education and training by providing better opportunities for their employees. The Next Step Maine project is a website based resource developed to better assists adult learners in their efforts to return to school and advance their education by providing informational resources on a variety of schools and programs throughout the State.

'We know that employers are critical: when employers demonstrate support for skill development and higher education, employees are far more likely to take action to pursue a degree or career goal,' continued Drummond. 'And when they reach those goals and milestones, the employer, the individual, and the whole state benefit.'

Donors to the Next Step Maine scholarship fund include the John T Gorman Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation, Bangor Savings Bank, Cianbro, Disability RMS, Pratt & Whitney, Reny's, Unum, and WEX. The fund was managed in partnership with the SHRM Maine State Council, as volunteers from SHRM and donors to the fund volunteered to read and review over 180 nominations received from employers.

'We are so happy to work with the Maine Development Foundation in the effort to recognize employees who are going the extra mile,' said Deb Whitworth, president of the SHRM Maine State Council. 'As human resources professionals, we know how important it is to find and develop the very best talent for Maine's employers, and ultimately for our economy as a whole.'

'We are very proud of Elicia and her pursuit of higher education. She is a well-respected leader and is setting the example for other nurses to follow. CMMC supports all staff continuing their education to further develop their careers,' said Central Maine Healthcare Chief Nursing Officer Sharron Sieleman.



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Urologist Joins Central Maine Medical Center Staff

08/09/2013

Jordan M. Kurta, 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.

Before joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, Dr. Kurta completed his residency training in urology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Urology in Memphis, Tenn.

A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., he earned his medical degree at St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. He was a clinical research fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Department of Urologic Oncology in New York City.

Dr. Kurta has co-authored a number of scholarly articles on a variety of urology-related topics. He has presented his work at several American Urological Association national meetings.

He is a member of the American Urological Association.

Dr. Kurta is practicing in association with Paul R. Mailhot, M.D., and physician assistant Heather Renihan. The Central Maine Urology Center is located at 287 Main Street, Suite 404, in Lewiston. The practice can be reached at 795-2171.

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August CMMC Art Gallery

08/06/2013

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

A collection of photographs by Kevin Lyons and paintings by Kelly Ufkin will be displayed at CMMC from August 8 through September 9 and may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby. A percentage of sale proceeds benefit CMMC.

A native of the Lewiston-Auburn area, Lyons resides in Livermore Falls. He is a graduate of the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions, and for the past 16 years has worked as a registered nurse in the CMMC Emergency Department.

"When I am not working, I'm out in the wilderness looking for my next picture to share with the world. I open my lens to share my view for you to see the places that I love to be," Lyons says.

A California native, Kelly Ufkin earned a master's degree in painting and a bachelor's degree in fine arts in art therapy, with a minor in psychology, from Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. She studied for two semesters in Florence, Italy, where she focused on oil and fresco painting.

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CMMC Names Vascular Surgery Chief

07/30/2013

Michael A. Ricci, M.D., has been named chief of vascular surgery at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston.

"In this role, Dr. Ricci will provide leadership and medical direction for vascular surgery, the vascular surgery practice, vascular lab, and wound care. He will work with administrative leadership to oversee quality and patient safety initiatives, efficiency of operations, and financial performance," said CMHVI Executive Director Susan R. Horton.

Prior to joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, he practiced at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., the major teaching hospital for the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He also provided consultative services at Alice Hyde Hospital in Malone, N.Y., and Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, N.Y.

Ricci 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.

Ricci has extensive experience as a practicing surgeon and surgical educator. He started the first vascular lab in Vermont and initiated the endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms in that region. At the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he most recently served as the first Clinical Simulation Laboratory director. He is a professor of surgery emeritus at the University of Vermont, where he worked for 23 years.

He is co-author of more than 100 scientific articles on vascular surgery, telemedicine, simulation, and operating room safety.

He began his work as a vascular surgeon at Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston on June 2012, specializing in disease of the vascular system, including aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, and peripheral vasculardisease.

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CMMC Family Medicine Residency Grauduate Joins Family Health Care Associates

07/29/2013

Christopher T. Kitchens, D.O., has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with Family Health Care Associates in Auburn.

He holds a bachelor's degree in human ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, and earned his medical degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford. As an undergraduate, he was named a Maine Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) scholar and completed a National Institutes of Health fellowship in biomedical research. (The Maine INBRE is a collaborative network of Maine laboratories and colleges led by the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. INBRE members include Bates, Bowdoin and Colby colleges, College of the Atlantic, The Jackson Laboratory, Southern Maine Community College, the University of Maine, and the University of Maine at Farmington, Fort Kent, Machias, and Presque Isle.)

Kitchens completed residency training at the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in Lewiston. He also received additional training through the Integrative Medicine in Residency Program at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in Tucson, Ariz.

He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Neonatal Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support, and Wilderness Advanced Life Support.

He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Maine Medical Association, and American Academy ofFamily Physicians.

He is practicing in association with family nurse practitioners Amy Bergeron, Emily B. Cashman, Dianne S. Paine, and Jeri Wade, and family physicians Adam L. Duquette, D.O., Peter B.H. Elias, M.D., Michael R. Rifkin, M.D., Sarah K. Skelton, M.D., and Raymond J. Tardif, M.D. Family Health Care Associates is located at 190 Stetson Road, Auburn. The practice can be reached at 784-7388.

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Auburn Native Appointed to Central Maine Medical Center Staff

07/23/2013

Adam L. Duquette, D.O., has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with Family Health Care Associates in Auburn.

A graduate of Edward Little High School in Auburn and the University of Maine in Orono, he earned his medical degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford.

During his years in medical school, he was consistently in the top 10 percent of his class and as a result was inducted into the National Osteopathic Academic Honor Society. He was one of the top three students in his class at the University of New England.

He completed his residency training at the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, where he was recognized in 2011 with a Professionalism Award. He served as chief resident during his final year of training, and graduated from the program in June.

He is certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Neonatal Resuscitation.

He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Medical Association, Maine Medical Association, Maine Osteopathic Association, and American Academy of Family Physicians.

He lives in live in Auburn with his fiancee and stepson.

He is practicing in association with family nurse practitioners Amy Bergeron, Emily B. Cashman, Dianne S. Paine, and Jeri Wade, and family physicians Peter B.H Elias, M.D., Christopher Kitchens, D.O., Michael R. Rifkin, M.D., Sarah K. Skelton, M.D., and Raymond J. Tardif, M.D. FamilyHealth Care Associates is located at 190 Stetson Road, Auburn. The practice can be reached at 784-7388.

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Lewiston Native Returns to Practice Medicine in Auburn

07/17/2013

Gerald G. Lachance, 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

A Lewiston native, Lachance returned to Maine recently after practicing in Florida for more than 10 years. Prior to beginning his work in the greater Lewiston-Auburn area, he practiced at Northwest Florida PrimaryCare in Destin, Fla. His work in Florida included nearly three years at Healthpoint Medical Group in Panama City. He also worked for nearly three years with Primecare of Northwest Florida, also in Panama City, where he served as medical director.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, he earned his medical degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, where he was elected to the Psi Sigma Alpha National Scholastic Osteopathic Honor Society.

He completed residency training at the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency in Lewiston.

Following his graduation from residency training, he practiced for three years with the U.S. Air Force 325th Medical Group, which was attached to the 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla. During his time in the Air Force, Lachance was recognized with a Company Grade Clinical Excellence Award and U.S. Air Force Meritorious Service Medal.

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

He is practicing in association with Dana W. Little, M.D., Carolyn R. Pece, D.O., and Raymond H. Stone, D.O. Minot Avenue Family Medicine is located at 789 Minot Avenue in Auburn. The practice can be reached at 795-8475.

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New Group Fitness Schedule Begins July 22 at CMMC Health and Fitness Center

07/15/2013

Central Maine Medical Center's Health and Fitness Center is offering the following group exercise programs beginning July 22:

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. Tuesdays 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 - This entertaining exercise class is designed for the over-55 crowd and focuses on helping participants improve aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. The instructor for this series is Michele Lamare. 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. Mondays, Wednesdays and 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.

Mom's Power Hour - New and expecting moms can get fit and stay that way with this cardio, resistance and stretching routine. Designed especially for muscular conditioning and endurance in preparation for labor, delivery, and post-partum recovery. 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. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Power Plus - Weight training and simple cardio moves that incorporate every muscle group to elevate metabolism and burn fat. The results are lean muscles, not bulk. Gentle cool down includes yoga stretch. This ongoing class is led by Rick Jalbert. Wednesdays 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.

Trimnastics - A low-impact, total-body circuit workout targeting all major muscle groups. Tone muscles and burn calories in this exciting class, led by instructor Lin Bourque. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

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 July 22.

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 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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CMHVI sponsors Maine Public Broadcast Network's original video production

07/15/2013

Most Mainers have heard the story of the 20th Maine led by Joshua Chamberlain. But few have heard of the 16th Maine.

This MPBN production chronicles the little known, but heroic efforts of this volunteer Maine Army unit during the Battle of Gettysburg. The 16th Maine was greatly outnumbered and virtually destroyed in the early hours of the battle, but stemmed the Confederate advance long enough to prevent a route of the entire Union Army.

All CMHC employees are invited to the free special screening on THURSDAY 7/18: Olin Center at Bates College, 5:30 PM.

Additional screening dates at much smaller venues are: 


FRIDAY 7/19: Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, 7:00 PM (Double showing with the Pejepscot Historical Society's new film on Joshua Chamberlain)



TUESDAY 7/23: Falmouth Memorial Library, Falmouth, 6:30 PM 


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New Gastroenterologist Joins Central Maine Medical Center Staff

07/11/2013

Emil P. Miskovsky, M.D., a board certified gastroenterologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with Central Maine Gastroenterology in Lewiston.

Prior to joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, he practiced in Bennington, Vt., where he was president and owner of Evergreen Gastroenterology. He served on the medical staff at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, and his clinical focus included routine and advanced endoscopic techniques including ERCP and gastrointestinal stenting as well as hepatology.

A graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., he earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y., where he was awarded the Outstanding Senior Medical Student Award. He completed an internal medicine residency and immunology fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and a three-year fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He later completed studies in molecular immunology and business of medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.

He served as a faculty member in gastroenterology at both the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. While working at the University of Texas, he was associate director of advanced endoscopy, and director of hepatology and liver transplantation.

Miskovsky has extensive experience as a researcher and medical educator. He was awarded several teaching awards. He has served as reviewer for several medical-surgical professional journals, and has contributed to many scholarly articles on a wide variety of topics.

He is a member of American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Gastroenterological Association, American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, and American College of Gastroenterology.

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Gastroenterology.

He practices in association with Oswaldo Bisbal, M.D., Mark T. Branda, M.D., John F. Lewandowski, M.D., Catherine H. McCrann, M.D., Michael R. Sivulich, M.D., and Theresa Taylor-Libby, F.N.P.. Central Maine Gastroenterology is located at 77 Bates Street, Suite 202, in Lewiston. The practice can be reached at 784-5784.

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Work by Local Camera Club on Display at CMMC Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery

07/11/2013

Members of the Capital Area Camera Club are displaying examples of their work at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery.

A collection of photographs by club members will be on display through August 8 and may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby. A percentage of sale proceeds benefit CMMC.

The Capital Area Camera Club was established in 1990 as a forum where photographers could establish new friendships, share creative photographic techniques, and show their work. Club members include beginners, novices, amateurs, serious hobbyists and professional photographers.

The club meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital Street, Augusta. The meetings run from September through the end of May.

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CMMC Residency Program Recognizes Six Graduating Residents and Two Hospitalist Fellows

07/09/2013

The Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program recognized six third-year family medicine residents at recent graduation exercises.

Honored at the commencement program were family physicians Adam L. Duquette, D.O., Emily M. Fontaine, M.D., Michael M. Johns, M.D., Christopher T. Kitchens, D.O., Shayna Lemke, D.O., and Gonzalo E. Ruiz, M.D. Residency Program Director Donald Woolever, M.D., along with the Family Medicine Residency faculty, presented the graduates with their diplomas.

Family medicine hospitalist fellows Mark Grohman, D.O., and Swapna Gummadi, M.D., were also recognized at the ceremony. Fellowship Director Claudia Geyer, M.D., presented them with diplomas.

"Balance � A Verb" was the title of the commencement address delivered by Edmund "Ned" Claxton, M.D., a former program director of CMMC Family Medicine Residency. Claxton co-founded Family Health Care Associates in Auburn in the late 1970s and presently serves as a faculty member for the residency program while also working as part of the Central Maine Healthcare administrative team.

Several awards were made during the ceremony, including the Dr. Bruce Johnson Residency Teacher of the Year Award, which was given to John Dickens, M.D., for the second consecutive year. This award honors the physician who was voted by graduating senior residents as making the most outstanding contribution to their family medicine residency education.

Other awards included:

Faculty of the Year � Thomas Hattan, M.D., CMMC geriatric and palliative care
Community Preceptor of the Year � Norman Guay, D.O., Mercy Primary Care, Yarmouth
Community Teacher of the Year � Tim McAteer, M.D., Central Maine Sports Medicine
Most Inspiring Caregiver � Jackie Fournier, N.P., CMMC palliative care
Nurse of the Year � Kayleigh Daley, M.A., CMMC Family Medicine Residency
Best Elective � Nancy Egan, M.D., Brunswick Dermatology
Rural Track Nurse of the Year � Sootie Brown, L.P.N., Swift River Family Medicine, Rumford

Several of the 2013 graduates expect to practice in Maine. Adam Duquette, D.O., and Christopher T. Kitchens, M.D., have joined Family Health Care Associates in Auburn. Shayna Lemke, D.O., will practice with North Bridgton Family Practice in Bridgton. Swapna Gummadi, M.D., has joined the Central Maine Medical Group hospitalist staff. Mark Grohman, D.O., has joined Southern Maine Medical Center Hospitalists in Biddeford. Emily Fontaine, M.D., and Gonzalo Ruiz, M.D., are each planning to practice in Oregon or Alaska. Michael Johns, M.D., expects to practice in Seattle.

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., Steve Fairchild, M.D., Manju Hilary, M.D., Shannon Kenney, D.O., Deborah A. Learson M.D., 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 Youd, M.D.

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CMMC Nurse Educator Completes Center for Domestic Preparedness Training

06/26/2013

Whitney S. Allen of Greene, a nurse educator at Central Maine Medical Center, has completed Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) training through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Based in Anniston, Ala., the CDP program provides advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local, and tribal governments. It is the only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.

The CDP offers training courses on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to catastrophic natural disasters or terrorist acts. CDP resident training includes healthcare and public health courses at the Noble Training Facility, the nation's only hospital dedicated to training healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded.

A number of training courses culminate at the CDP's Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility, the nation's only resource featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment using chemical agents. The training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents involving hazardous materials.

Allen has worked as a registered nurse at Central Maine Medical Center for five years and presently serves as a clinical educator. She plans and instructs annual competency evaluations for nursing staff, assists with process improvement projects as needed, and provides safety training for clinical and nonclinical staff.

She is a member of Maine Task Force One in Lewiston, a multidisciplinary medical response team that supports local jurisdictions in enhancing and maintaining all hazards response capabilities to manage mass casualty incidents during the early hours critical to life-saving and population protection. The group provides medical support for large-scale regional disasters and mass casualty incidents.

She has participated in numerous emergency and mass casualty educational programs, as both a student and instructor, in Maine and on a national level.

Allen holds a bachelor's degree in environmental biology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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3rd Annual Arbor House Helicopter Ball Drop Raises Over $11,000 for CMMC Arbor House

06/19/2013

Under whirling helicopter blades, golf balls dropped over a target offered excitement for potential winners at Central Maine Medical Center's 3rd Annual Arbor House Helicopter Ball Drop. CMMC is very fortunate to benefit from the generosity of Oxford Networks as the event's Founding Sponsor. This unique fundraiser, hosted by the CMMC Associates Volunteer Program and held on June 10th, raised nearly $11,200!

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: CMMC Associates Dawna Hannan and Ann Nadeau of Oxford Networks, $2,000; CMMC Associate Joline Dumond of Lewiston, $1,500; Kathleen Campbell of Greene, $1,000, and Bruce Rioux of Auburn, $500.

Guests enjoyed the social time with fun activities such as TD Bank's PLINKO game, Vice Versa Putting Contest, and a Nostalgic Photo Booth. More than 60 people also enjoyed wonderful hors d'oeuvres followed by the helicopter ball drop.

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 4th Annual Helicopter Ball Drop in June 2014!

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

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Twenty Radiologic Technology Students Graduate from CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions

06/18/2013

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions (CMMC CONHP) celebrated with 20 graduating radiologic technology students and their families at a recent pinning ceremony.

A number of awards were presented to graduating students, including the following:

The Dr. Clark F. Miller Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement was awarded to Shana Connor of Auburn, who graduated with the highest academic grade point average from the radiologic technology portion of the curriculum.

The Dr. Clark F. Miller Award for Clinical Excellence was awarded to Ashley Kearns of Portland, who had the highest clinical grade point average.

The Dr. Joseph Leonardi Student Leadership Award was awarded to Levi Robinson of Lewiston. The recipient of this award demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities.

The CMMC CONHP offers associate degree programs in radiologic technology, nuclear medicine technology, and nursing. 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 CMMC CONHP programs, visit www.cmmccollege.edu or call 207-795-2840.

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CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions Graduates 74

06/04/2013

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions (CMMC CONHP) graduated 54 nursing and 20 radiography students recently in a ceremony at the Lewiston Middle School.

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, including: CMMC CONHP Board of Trustees Chairperson Marsha Auster; CMMC Board of Trustees Chairperson Richard Roy; and Robert Crowley of Durham, winner of the CBS reality television show "Survivor-Gabon". Reverend Jay Turner offered the invocation and benediction. Phil House was pianist.

Crowley gave the commencement address. Crowley, a retired high school physics teacher, is the oldest winner of Survivor and the first teacher to win. He advised the graduates, "Good luck and good opportunities are often the result of your own personality and work. When they come your way, take advantage of them. Life can be a wonderful journey of many steps. Step carefully and thoughtfully. Take every job you have seriously, work hard: you never know where it may lead you. If you work hard, if you are trustworthy and smile, you will be rewarded. Remember, your downturns will always be followed by upturns."

Nursing student Andaria Crespi was honored with the CMMC Board of Trustees Award, awarded to the student who exhibits excellence in delivering nursing care. The recipient demonstrates gentleness, independence, understanding, caring, compassion, and love in communicating with and caring for people.

Nursing student William Markavich Jr. and radiologic technology student Ashley Kearns were presented the CMMC CONHP Board of Trustees Awards, given each year to the students who demonstrate leadership qualities, display concern and understanding for others, make decisions and assume responsibility for his or her actions, and establish trust in interactions.

Susan Baltrus presented the CONHP President's Award for the senior students attaining the highest academic achievements to nursing student Jennifer Bowdish and radiologic technology student Ashley Kearns.

Members of the CMMC CONHP Class of 2013 are: Tina M. Harris, Amber Diana Lussier, Hali Ann Ryder, Danielle Withers, Shana Connor, and Brooke Caitlin Gagne, all of Auburn; Leah Y. Stevens of Augusta; Kelsey Libby Bulger of Buxton; Sarah C. Reed ofBethel; Thomas Burt, Jr. of Brownfield; Sarah Jean McQuarrie of Cumberland;Jeanette M. Ouellette of Canton; David J. Ryan of Carrabassett Valley; N. LeAnn Hankins of Cooper; Richard Beaudoin of Damariscotta; Joanne C. Hicks of East Machias; Amy Ann Zipperer of Eastport; Jessica Lee Chasteen of Fairfield; Andaria Elizabeth Crespi of Farmington; Brianna Nichole Russell of Gray; Rachael M. Knight of Harpswell; Naomi Roxanne Caron of Hartford; Brianna Marie Beisaw and Jacqueline Cassidy, both of Jay; Adam John Carlson, Robert OvilaDion, George K. Foisy, Heather Marie Gatlin, Chantel C. Giguere, Kristen Michelle Lacasse, Ian J. McCarty, Nicole Marie Thibault, Katelyn Rae Thurston, and Levi R. Robinson, all of Lewiston; Joshua James Scholz of Lisbon Falls;Gisle Denise Berube, Kara Lynn Casella, Angelica Leah Estes, Thomas T. Fumarola, Jr., and Benjamin M. Tarr, all of Lisbon; Patricia L. McDaniel ofLivermore; Dana M. Lang of Machias; Shelby Richardson Leighton of Machiasport; Kelly Ruth Bickford, Jordan C. Emery, and William Markavich, Jr., all of Mechanic Falls; Patricia A. Smith and Janine R. Young, both of Mexico; Megan Elizabeth Thompson Stauffer of Naples; Celeste Leigh Prescott of New Gloucester; Chelsea Marie Kimball of North Berwick; Myah Lindsay Smallwood of Patten; Christy M. Vasvary of Oakland; Nicole Dawn Davis and Joseph A. Rideout of Oxford; Penny D. Rock of Peru; Shannen Lynn Wagner of Poland; Kimberly Ann Forslund of Porter; Marybeth C. Riley, Isabel Michelle Rodzik, Ashley E. Kearns, and Emily Marie Sweatt, all of Portland;Heather L. Camp of Pownal; Luxiana May Rossignol of Richmond; Deanna Renee Pickard, Matthew Richard Charette, and Katelynn Renee Wood, all of Sabattus; Michelle Marie James of South China; Anna Maria Balbo Baldwin and Ryan Ghislain Gauvin, both of South Portland; Katie L. Nauyokas of Steep Falls; Kristine Erin Sylvester of Chelsea A. Blackwell, and Walter Preston Harris, both of Topsham; Erin Michelle Plante of Wales; Jennifer D. Bowdish of West Bath; Kylie L. Dulac of Windham; Peter E. McWalter of Woolwich; and Kellie A. Keefe of Yarmouth.

The CMMC CONHP offers associate degree programs in nursing, radiologic technology, and nuclear medicine technology. Certificate programs are available in computedtomography, 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.

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CMMC Welcomes New Trauma Director

06/04/2013

James F. Reilly, M.D., a specialist in trauma surgery, general surgery, and surgical critical care, has been named medical director of Central Maine Medical Center's Level II Trauma Program and General Surgery Program.

"Dr. Jim Reilly brings a tremendous level of surgical expertise and professionalism to Central Maine Medical Center. He is focused on leading a trauma and general surgery program that delivers an exceptionally high quality of care. We feel extremely fortunate to have Dr. Reilly join Central Maine Healthcare," said Central Maine Medical Group President Richard Goldstein.

Echoing Goldstein's assessment was Larry Hopperstead, M.D., the general-trauma surgeon who led the development of CMMC�s trauma program in 1994. "I am exceedingly pleased that CMMC has succeeded in hiring a surgeon of the character, passion, and experience of Dr. Reilly to be its new director of trauma surgery and general surgery. I feel very comfortable passing on the responsibilities of the trauma program to his able leadership, and I expect him to take the program to new, even higher levels of respectability, accountability, and quality patient care that will enhance the safety of all those who live, work, or recreate in our region."

Prior to accepting the leadership role of CMMC's trauma program, Reilly's career has included roles as attending surgeon in trauma, general surgery, and critical care, and director of the Lehigh Valley Hospital Surgical Intensive Care Unit in Pennsylvania. Lehigh Valley Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center serving an extensive geographic region in Pennsylvania. He was also director of trauma at Crozer Chester Medical Center a Level II Trauma Center and director of Department of General Surgery at Geisinger Northeast, also in Pennsylvania.

In addition to his work as a surgeon, Reilly has some 15 years experience as a medical educator. He was an assistant professor of surgery at Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, and the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., he earned his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He later earned a master's in business administration through the Temple Executive MBA Program, also in Philadelphia.

He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pa., and a fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

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

He is a member of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

He has delivered numerous lectures on various topics relating to both general and trauma surgery, and has contributed to professional journals and medical-surgical textbooks.

CMMC's Level II Trauma Program contributes to the leadership of the Maine Trauma System. CMMC supports a 19-bed Intensive Care Unit staffed around-the-clock by critical care physicians. LifeFlight of Maine's southern Maine base is located at CMMC.

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Summer Group Fitness Schedule Begins June 3 at CMMC's Health & Fitness Center

05/29/2013

Central Maine Medical Center's Health and Fitness Center is offering the following group exercise programs beginning June 3:

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. Tuesdays 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.

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. Mondays, Wednesdays and 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.

Mom's Power Hour - New and expecting moms can get and stay fit with this cardio, resistance and stretching routine. Designed especially for muscular conditioning and endurance in preparation for labor, delivery, and post-partum recovery. 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. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Power Plus - Weight training and simple cardio moves that incorporate every muscle group to elevate metabolism and burn fat. The results are lean muscles, not bulk.Gentle cool down includes yoga stretch. This ongoing class is led by Rick Jalbert. Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Trimnastics -- A low-impact, total-body circuit workout targeting all major muscle groups. Tone muscles and burn calories in this exciting class, led by instructor Lin Bourque. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Yoga -- Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey leads this series of yoga classes. Participants will learn to center and balance themselves through poses, breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation. Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. beginning July 2.

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 3.

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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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Subject of June Accenting Your Health Program

05/29/2013

"Learn More about Obstructive Sleep Apnea" will be the subject of a Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentation set for June 6.

Diana L. Wilson, M.D., a pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist, and the director of the Central Maine Sleep Center, will discuss what obstructive sleep apnea is and how it how it effects quality of life and long-term health.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder resulting in poor quality sleep and often, daytime sleepiness. Many patients with obstructive sleep apnea are unaware that they have it.

It is a major risk factor for cardiovascular problems as well as depression and loss of productivity.

A Maine native and graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, Wilson earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington.

She completed an internal medicine residency and fellowships in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She also completed a sleep medicine fellowship at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and sleep medicine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

She practices at Central Maine Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine in Lewiston.

The program will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 6 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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CMMC Osteoporosis Center Offering Free Screening

05/24/2013

The Central Maine Medical Center Osteoporosis Center will host a free screening from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 6 in Conference Room I, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building.

The test involves a scan of one finger. Results are given immediately.

Qualifications for participating in screening:
Men or women over the age of 20
Cannot be pregnant
Have not had bone density scan within the past year
Not scheduled for a bone density scan

No appointment is necessary.

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Central Maine Healthcare Partnering with Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

05/23/2013

The resources of one of the world's top cancer programs are now available to patients being treated at Central Maine Healthcare hospitals and Parkview Adventist Medical Center.

Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center have developed a collaborative program that is already connecting patients from central, western and mid-coast Maine to cancer care subspecialists in Boston.

CMH is comprised of Central Maine Medical Center, Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital. Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick is also associated with CMH.

"Central Maine Medical Center has an excellent cancer care program. We provide medical, surgical and radiation oncology, and support a dedicated breast care center. We also developed The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing which provides free support, outreach and wellness services to anyone affected by cancer," said CMH President and CEO Peter E. Chalke.

"However," he added, "when a patient requires services of a top academic cancer center, the Mass General connection allows us to quickly and effectively get care for these patients at a world renowned cancer program. The system is so well organized that patients needing this additional level of care are astonished at how quickly and seamlessly it can be delivered."

Chalke said that MGH cancer care subspecialists are already providing care for patients and participating in cancer care conferences and planning educational activities at CMMC in Lewiston.

David Ryan, M.D., Clinical Director at the MGH Cancer Center and chief of hematology-oncology at MGH, said, "Mass General is committed to providing everyone in New England access to the best care and technology. The world of cancer medicine is rapidly changing and our relationship with Central Maine Healthcare allows for their patients to have access to the best possible outcomes when it comes to cancer treatments."

"Patients living in the Bridgton, Rumford and greater Brunswick area now have immediate access to one of the finest cancer treatment programs in America," Chalke added. "We are very pleased that our physicians and the MGH cancer providers are working together as a team to provide the highest quality care for our patients."

CMH's cancer care providers have lauded the affiliation with the Boston healthcare leader. "This is the best service I have ever received from a quaternary care hospital," said David C. Caldwell, M.D., a medical oncologist with Hematology-Oncology Associates in Lewiston. "I sent a patient down this week and literally five minutes after the patient was seen, I had a phone call from a doc letting me know his opinion and the plan. I have had the same experience with other patients I have referred. They either call me or email me immediately."

Lewiston-based Hematology-Oncology Associates Manager Kathleen Vieira said the affiliation so effectively streamlines the process of getting appropriate patients connected to MGH cancer subspecialists that they are sometimes seen within 24 hours of being referred. As importantly, she concludes, once a patient has received specialty services at MGH, necessary follow-up services are provided at CMMC, whenever possible.

For most cancer patients, CMMC can provide all the diagnostic and treatment services a patient requires. However, a relatively small population of patients require care not available locally, these patients are the ones who benefit from care at MGH.

"The communication between MGH and CMMC is comprehensive and immediate," said Vieira. "We know what's going on with any patient we refer to Mass General before the patient is back home in Maine. The system is working very well and our patients have been very satisfied."

Massachusetts General Hospital has treatment programs for some 38 different cancers and a host of support programs. In addition, the hospital's transportation system greatly eases the burden of travel for Maine patients.

Vieira said that in addition to the clinical services, communications and transportation systems linking the two hospitals, MGH will soon offer some of its ground-breaking services such as genotyping for identifying cancers that may be treated with "smart drugs". Also available to appropriate patients are clinical trial treatments with new medications and treatment systems.


About The Massachusetts General Hospital

Founded in 1811, the MGH is the third oldest general hospital in the United States and the oldest and largest in New England. The 900-bed medical center offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. Each year the MGH admits more than 46,000 inpatients and handles nearly 1.5 million outpatient visits at its main campus and health centers. Its Emergency Department records nearly 80,000 visits annually. The surgical staff performs more than 35,000 operations and the MGH Vincent Obstetrics Service delivers more than 3,500 babies each year. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the country, with an annual research budget of approximately $500 million. It is the oldest and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where nearly all MGH staff physicians serve on the faculty. The MGH is consistently ranked among the nation's top hospitals by US News and World Report. For more information, visit www.massgeneral.org



About Central Maine Healthcare

Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) is the organizational parent of a family of premier healthcare organizations serving western, central and coastal Maine. Major affiliates of CMHC are Central Maine Medical Center, Bridgton Hospital, Rumford Hospital, Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions, Central Maine Medical Group and long-term care facilities, clinics and physician practices. Collectively they provide healthcare services, health professions training and clinical research opportunities in the Lewiston-Auburn area, the second largest population center in Maine, and across a huge region of predominantly rural communities. CMHC is a major employer with over 4,000 employees working at locations throughout the region. Last summer CMMC was named Maine's safest hospital by Consumer Reports. Leapfrog Group recently designated CMMC as the state's Top Urban Hospital and Rumford Hospital as one of the state's Top Rural Hospitals. For more information, visit www.cmmc.org

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CMMC Nurse Recognized for Exceptional Work

05/10/2013

Registered nurse Brooke Pinkham 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.

Pinkham works on the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute's Single Stay Unit and in the CMMC Emergency Department. She has worked at CMMC-CMHVI for over 14 years.

"Brooke is a highly skilled and knowledgeable clinician, capable of managing the most acute of patients. Brooke provides exceptional customer service, always greets her patients and family members with a smile and positive, professional demeanor. She is a patient advocate and proactively shares any issues with the provider team so their questions and/or concerns can be addressed in a timely manner," wrote CMHVI SSU Manager Nancy Roy, who nominated her for the award.

The DAISY Award is the second time in just a few months that Pinkham has been recognized for her dedication and skill as a care provider. In March, the American Red Cross honored her with an "Everyday Heroes" award for "Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Acts."

The Red Cross honor highlighted Pinkham's reaction at the scene of a 2012 Auburn auto accident. According to accounts of bystanders, Pinkham took control of the situation, climbed into the crushed car and provided assistance to a critically-injured six-year-old girl, and communicated the seriousness of the injury to EMS responders. Physicians would later say that Pinkham's actions that day likely saved the girls life and contributed to her amazing recovery. The little's girl's doctors said her survival was "truly a miracle"

Pinkham is a graduate of Central Maine Community College in Auburn. She is trained to manage all levels of care for Single Stay Unit patients, including open-heart surgery recovery. She is Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Trauma certified.

"Brooke's dedication to the well being of others speaks for itself through her work both inside and outside Central Maine Medical Center. She is an outstanding example of a professional nurse who combines a tremendous commitment to service with a high level of clinical skill," said CMMC Chief Nursing Officer 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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3rd Annual Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser Scheduled for June 10

05/10/2013

Central Maine Medical Center will launch its 3rd Annual Arbor House Helicopter Ball Drop on June 10 at 4:30 p.m. at Martindale Country Club in Auburn.

This unique fundraiser, hosted by the CMMC Associates Volunteer Program, supports the CMMC Arbor House, a hospitality house located near CMMC.

Raffle tickets corresponding to numbered golf balls are available for purchase. The balls will be dropped from a helicopter. The individual holding the ticket for the ball that lands closest to the target will win a cash prize. A ticket-holder does not have to be present at the drop to win.

Activities such as a Vice Versa Putting Game, photo booth, and TD Bank's PLINKO will take place during the social hour. Ticket stubs will admit guests to the reception where light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

The CMMC Arbor House was created for patients traveling long distances for care and for families that must travel such distances to visit with loved ones who are hospitalized. The 15-bedroom building has a common room, a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, library, laundry facilities, a patio and garden.

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 offers at no cost a place for people to stay while coping with these challenges.

The ball drop raffle tickets are available for: $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; or $10 for one chance in 700 to win $500. Up to 1,250 golf balls will be dropped

Sponsorships featuring the sponsor's name prominently displayed on signage at the event are available for those wishing to support the fund-raising effort.

For more information or to purchase raffle tickets, contact Central Maine Medical Center's Development Office at 795-2950 or email giving@cmmc.org

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Free Varicose Vein Screening at Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute

05/10/2013

The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute will offer a free varicose vein screening on May 16.

The event will also include a brief presentation by a vascular surgeon who treats the varicose veins. The screening service will be conducted by a physician assistant who has special expertise in assessing lower extremity circulatory anatomy.

The information session, presented from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., will feature vascular surgeon Michael Ricci, M.D. He will explain what causes varicose veins, how the condition is diagnosed, and what treatment options are available to address the problem.

The screenings will be offered from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be performed by physician assistant Danielle George. She will complete a brief assessment to determine the patient's potential for varicose veins. The results of the screening will be reported back to the program participant and recommendations for vascular ultrasound testing and consultation with a surgeon will be provided.

Varicose veins result when circulatory valves that prevent blood from flowing backwards don't work properly, and blood doesn't move efficiently. This leakage results in a condition called "venous insufficiency" or "reflux". This problems can cause veins near the skin to overfill and become swollen, often appearing elongated, bulging and twisted. The veins most commonly affected are those in the legs, typically in the back of the calf or the inside of the thigh, or extending from the ankle to the groin.

Varicose veins are a cosmetic concern for most people. But for others, they cause pain and discomfort. Left untreated, varicose veins can lead to skin changes and ulcers.

Ricci is an experienced surgeon who joined the Central Maine Medical Center Medical staff last year. He started the first vascular lab in Vermont and initiated the endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms in that region. He is a co-author of more than 100 scientific articles on vascular surgery, telemedicine, simulation, and operating room safety. He is state air surgeon for the Vermont Air National Guard, holding the rank of Colonel. He has served as a flight surgeon and a vascular surgeon in both the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

George is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School, North Chicago. She completed residency training in surgery at Spectrum Health/Western University of Michigan, Grand Rapids, Mich. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

The varicose vein information and screening program is one of a year-long series of events marking the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute.

The informational session will be held in the first-floor conference room in the Young Wing, located near the 60 High Street entrance to Central Maine Medical Center. Screening will be done only by appointment. To schedule a screening, call 795-8260.

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Ear, Nose and Throat Physician Joins CMMC Medical Staff

05/10/2013

Robert S. Warner, D.O., an otolaryngologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing in association with Central Maine ENT Head and Neck Surgery in Lewiston.

Warner is skilled in all aspects of otolaryngology, including the evaluation and problems of the ears, nose and throat, as well as thyroid disorders, skin cancers, head and neck cancers, and plastic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck. His areas of special expertise include thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and nasal and sinus surgery, including balloon sinuplasty.

Maine is familiar country to Warner. He completed part of his medical training in the state, and in the early 1980s worked as an emergency physician at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway and Goodall Hospital in Sanford. In the early 1990s he provided otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery services in Portland.

Prior to joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, Warner practiced at Iowa ENT Center in West Des Moines, Iowa. Healso provided outpatient services at Clarke County Specialty Clinic in Ocseola, Iowa, and Lucas County Specialty Center in Charlton, Iowa. His professional experience includes work in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery in Allentown, Pa., Mercy Hospital in Portland, and Iowa Lutheran Hospital and Iowa Methodist Medical Center, both in Des Moines, Iowa.

Warner is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and earned his medical degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served an internship at the Osteopathic Hospital of Maine in Portland, and completed residency training in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He practices in association with Norris K. Lee, M.D., and Benjamin F. Lounsbury, M.D., at Central Maine ENT Head and Neck Surgery, 12High Street, Suite 102, Lewiston. The practice can be reached at 784-4539.

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CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions CNA Graduates Are Certified

04/30/2013

Eight students who recently completed the Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) College of Nursing and Health Professions nursing assistant course have passed the Maine competency examination. Earning their designation as certified nursing assistants (CNA) were the following: from left, front row, Brandy Pike of Livermore, and Amber Caron of Sabattus; second row, Cassidy Cornish of Brunswick, Kimberly Bunnell of Bath, Megan Morissette of Lisbon, and Penny Saunders of Buckfield; third row, Sean O'Toole of Lewiston, and Heather Turner of Gardiner. The nursing assistant class includes 90 hours of classroom instruction, 20 hours of laboratory experience, and 70 hours of clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the course work, students are eligible to take the state certification exam. After successful completion of the exam, students are placed on the Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants and may be employed as CNAs in Maine. The CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions 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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Rumford Doctor Named Maine's Family Physician of the Year

04/29/2013

Family practitioner Dieter Kreckel, M.D., has been named Family Physician of the Year by the Maine Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP).

The MAFP recognized Kreckel with the award at its recent annual meeting. During the presentation it was noted that he has volunteered hundreds of hours of service in leadership positions to both the MAFP and the Maine Medical Association (MMA). He is a past-president of the MAFP and represents the organization as Maine's delegate to the American Academy of Family Practice Congress. A MMA board member for more than a decade, Kreckel is currently the organization's president.

Kreckel practices family medicine at Swift River Family Medicine in Rumford, where he also teaches resident physicians as director of the Central Maine Medical Center Rural Track Residency Program. He holds active staff privileges at Rumford Hospital, where he has also served in a variety of leadership positions, including medical staff president. He is active in his church and community and for several years has chaired the Rumford Finance Committee. Dieter and his wife, Jennifer, an attorney, have two children and two grandchildren.

"As I wrote the nomination letter for Dr. Kreckel, it became clear to me the breadth of his commitment and service to the organization, his community, and his profession, goes far beyond what many of us knew. It was an absolute joy to nominate Dr. Kreckel for this award and we are thrilled he received this well deserved recognition," said Rumford Hospital President David Frum.

One of Kreckel's colleagues at Swift River also noted his dedication and sense of commitment to his country, community and profession.

"Dr. Kreckel has been an active member of the Rumford community for 20 years. He is dedicated to his patients, teaches family medicine residents, and served his county in the Air Force. He is a great around family physician - he still makes house calls!" said John Kroger, M.D.

Kreckel is a graduate of Shippensburg State University in Shippensburg, Pa., and received a master's degree in wildlife biology from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. He earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed residency training in family medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. In May he will begin the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership's Physician Executive Leadership Institute.

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Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine at CMMC has designated a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery

04/29/2013

Citing clinical expertise and quality of care, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine (Anthem) has designated the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine (OICM) at Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery.

"This recognition is a tribute to the partnership developed between Central Maine Orthopaedics and CMMC to form the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine," said CMMC Laird P. Covey. "The team approach allows us to provide the best in orthopaedic care at each step in the process."

Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate an expertise and reliability in quality special care on a consistent basis, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients. This designation is based on rigorous, evidence-based selection criteria established in collaboration with expert physician and medical organization recommendations.

"We are extremely proud of this achievement," said Richard M. Goldstein, M.D., president of the Central Maine Medical Group. "It all starts with our patient and family centered focus of care and continually working to solicit feedback from our patients and working to meet their expectations and create a more satisfying experience."

Dr. Goldstein added that CMMC is deeply committed to providing the most innovative and highly advanced treatments, in keeping with best practice models and the latest technologies, while standardizing our approach to care.

"This recognition is a true testament to the care provided at CMMC," said Jeffrey Holmstrom, D.O., Anthem's medical director. "We are always working in partnership with all Maine hospitals and physicians to help improve the quality of care delivered to our members. We're pleased to share this designation with our members so that those whose benefits plans include coverage for these services have the information they need to make important health care decisions for themselves or their family members."

To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, CMMC was evaluated on specific criteria and ultimately was awarded the distinction. The criteria are as follows:

  • Established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency care, and a full range of patient support services with full accreditation by a CMS-deemed national accreditation organization.


  • Experience and training of program surgeons, including case volume.

  • Quality management programs, including surgical checklists as well as tracking and evaluation of clinical outcomes and process of care.


  • Multi-disciplinary clinical pathways and teams to coordinate and streamline care, including transitions of care. Shared decision making and preoperative patient education. Additional information about the selection criteria is available at www.bcbs.com.


"Blue Distinction puts a high value on research and evidence-based health and medical information," said Daniel Corcoran, President and General Manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. "This collaboration with CMMC shows our commitment to working with doctors and hospitals in communities across the country toward meeting clinically validated quality standards and delivering better overall outcomes in patient care."

For more information about programs and services at Central Maine Medical Center, please visit www.cmmc.org

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 mid-coast 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 an inpatient rehabilitation unit. The Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine and the Central Maine Sleep Center are recently introduced services now assisting patients from special facilities. In 2011 CMMC opened an expanded Emergency Department facility that provides an environment supporting an enhanced patient experience.

About Central Maine Orthopaedics

The team at Central Maine Orthopaedics goes to work each day with one goal in mind, to offer the best in orthopaedic care. We give our whole-hearted commitment to serving the people of Central Maine. We are not isolated practitioners. We are out and about, working to learn exactly what our communities need -- and then providing those services in a timely, compassionate way. To find out more about CMO, visit www.cmogroup.org
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans of Maine, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthjoinin, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinIn, or visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin

About Blue Distinction Centers

Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.

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CMMC Earns American Heart Association Award

04/26/2013

Central Maine Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes CMMC's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, CMMC achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures during that same period of time, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award, CMMC has also been recognized as a recipient of the association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of the hospital's eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as 'door-to-needle' time). A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols," said Daniel H Bobker, M.D., a neurology hospitalist at CMMC.

"CMMC is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients," said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients."

CMMC partnered with Massachusetts General Hospital in 2011 to bring telestroke capabilities to Lewiston. The program uses streaming video and state-of-the-art scanners to enable Mass General neurologists to diagnose possible stroke patients at CMMC, and advise CMMC physicians if a clot-breaking drug should be administered. The clot-breaking drug, when given within three hours of symptoms, can save some stroke patients from the worst complications of the condition.

CMMC's emergency doctors can consult at any time with a Mass General's neurologist if possible stroke patients or other neurological patients present in the Emergency Department. Neurologists at CMMC can also consult with the Massachusetts General doctors to get a second opinion.

As part of a consultation, patients and their loved ones talk with a Massachusetts General neurologist over live video. The doctor might ask a CMMC nurse or physician to assist with the physical examination.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the "teachable moment," the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals' guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke. Through Get With The Guidelines-Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients' individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool provides access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.

"The time is right for CMMC to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The Guidelines-Stroke. The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population," said Bobker.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.


About Central Maine Medical Center
Central Maine Medical Center, a tertiary healthcare center located in Lewiston, is Central Maine Healthcare's flagship hospital. CMMC offers a host of sophisticated healthcare services, including cardiac surgery and comprehensive cancer care. CMMC supports a trauma program and LifeFlight of Maine's southern Maine medical helicopter base. With these vital emergency response and critical care transport capabilities, CMMC serves a vast region of Maine. CMMC also supports a number of specialty physician practices, as well as specialized nursing units, including a dedicated physical rehabilitation unit, oncology nursing, and a new state-of-the-art intensive care facility. In May 2011 CMMC partnered with Massachusetts General Hospital's Telestroke program. The service allows for around-the-clock access to neurology consults for patients presenting with stroke symptoms. For more information, visit www.cmmc.org



About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality

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2013 CMMC Gala Raises Over $101,000 for CMMC Special Delivery Family Birthing Center

04/23/2013

Central Maine Medical Center raised over $101,000 with its recent annual dinner-dance affair.

"Cruising to the Next Generation" was the theme of CMMC's recent 17th Annual Spring Gala held at the Kora Shrine Center in Lewiston. Funds raised through the event will support CMMC's Special Delivery Family Birthing Center.

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare was the event's presenting sponsor and CareTech Solutions was the Gala's event sponsor. This support, and the contributions of 20 other major sponsors, including many businesses in the greater Lewiston-Auburn area, made the event a financial success.

"CMMC is very appreciative of sponsorship provided by Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and CareTech Solutions, as well as businesses and individuals not only from the area but from throughout the country. Attendance of 300 guests at our Gala speaks to the high quality of our Gala and the hard work of our Gala volunteers," said Chuck Gill, CMMC's vice president for public affairs.

The Annual Spring Gala is coordinated and hosted by volunteers from the CMMC Associates Program and the CMMC Woman's Hospital Association. "Our dedicated and creative volunteers planned and organized the event, including the theme that featured a cruise liner with lifesavers and adorable infants. Their work is essential to the event's success," said Gill.

For more information about CMMC events and activities or to learn about the Associates Program or Woman's Hospital Association, 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 Visit www.cmmcgiving.org

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"Prevention: Heart Healthy Eating on a Budget" is Subject of Special May Presentation

04/23/2013

"Prevention: Heart Healthy Eating on a Budget" is the subject of a special presentation set for next month at Central Maine Medical Center. The program is one of a number of events being planned to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston.

The May 13 presentation will focus on using an affordable diet to help prevent cardiovascular disease. The two-hour program will feature breakout sessions on Mediterranean, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) and vegan diets.

William J. Phillips, M.D., director of diagnostic and interventional cardiology at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, will lead off the program with a discussion of the relationship between prevention of cardiovascular disease and diet.

Phillips played a key role in planning and developing the full range of cardiac services that are provided by CMHVI. He came to CMMC-CMHVI from Johnson City, N.Y., where he practiced with Cardiology Associates, 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 is certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Other presenters are nutritional specialists Jenna Madore, Amanda Ettinger and Ashley Edwards.

Madore is a licensed, registered dietitian who earned a bachelor's degree in nutritional science and a master's degree in clinical nutrition from the University of New Hampshire. She recently completed a dietetic internship at the University of New Hampshire and now works with Central Maine Bariatric Surgery in Lewiston.

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.

Edwards has worked for the past five years at Central Maine Bariatric Surgery in Lewiston, where she works closely with patients anticipating weight loss surgery as well with post-operative patients. She has extensive experience providing public on various nutrition topics. She also worked with cancer patients to help them improve their nutritional status. She is a licensed and registered dietitian.

The presentation will be held on May 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Chairmen's Rooms, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building, adjacent to CMMC in Lewiston. There is no cost to attend the program. Attendance is limited to the first 100 people to register.

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

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