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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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New CMMC Health and Wellness Group Fitness Schedule Beginning April 15

04/15/2013

Central Maine Medical Center's Health and Fitness Center is offering the following group exercise programs beginning April 15:

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.

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.

Group Pump - This class features resistance training set to music. Thursdays at 6 a.m. with Sharon Bergeron.

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.

H.I.I.T. Training - Interval training is one of the best ways to maximizecalorie burn. This class features three-minute intervals of high-intensity cardio, separated by 30-second rest periods. Tuesdays, 6 a.m. to 6:45 a.m., with instructor Sharon Bergeron.

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.

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 - 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.

T'N'T - Come "tone N' tighten" those problem areas in this new class with instructor Lin Bourque. Class will focus exclusively on the hips, thighs, gluteals, abdominals, and waist. The results: a well-defined, shapely and toned lowerbody and midsection. Saturdays from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Trimnastics -- A low-impact, total-body circuit workout targeting all major muscle groups. Tone muscles and burn calories in this 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 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 April 15.

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 programming, the center offers fitness equipment, personal training services, massage therapy, and fitness evaluations.

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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Oncologic Surgeon Begins Work at CMMC

04/15/2013

Oncologic surgeon Lisa A. Rutstein, M.D., is providing surgical care at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Rutstein is an experienced, fellowship trained oncology surgeon whose chief area of interest is in the treatment of stomach, intestinal, gallbladder, pancreas and liver cancer, and surgery for recurrent cancer. She serves as the Maine state physician liaison to the Commission on Cancer.

A cum laude graduate of McGill University in Montreal, she earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. Rutstein completed a Society of Surgical Oncology approved fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She served her surgical residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, where she was appointed chief resident.

She has served in teaching positions through various academic appointments, including work as an assistant professor of surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

Rutstein practices with The Maine Surgical Care Group in Portland and is a member of the medical staffs at Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital, both in Portland.

She is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is director of surgical oncology at Maine Medical Center.

Rutstein is scheduling patients to be seen at the Hematology-Oncology Associates office located at Suite 205 in the 12 High Street medical office building adjacent to Central Maine Medical Center. The office can be reached at 795-2935.

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Central Maine Medical Center Names New President

04/09/2013

A former New Hampshire hospital executive has been appointed president of Central Maine Medical Center.

Tina Legere, who recently served as chief executive officer at Parkland Medical Center in Derry, N.H., has taken the top management role at CMMC, a tertiary healthcare center located in Lewiston. CMMC is the flagship hospital in the Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) system, which delivers healthcare services in central, western and mid-coast Maine.

"Tina will succeed Laird Covey, who is retiring after more than 23 years of dedicated service to this organization and the communities we serve," said CMH President and CEO Peter Chalke. "We welcome the experience and leadership that she brings to the Central Maine Healthcare family."

Covey will retire on May 1.

As CEO at Parkland Medical Center, an 86-bed community hospital, Legere served on the executive management team of Hospital Corporation of America, the nation's leading provider of healthcare services.

She started her healthcare career as a social worker in both acute and post-acute care settings and was later named director of Social Work and Discharge Planning at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H. She was promoted several times before being named the hospital's vice president of operations. She was later recruited to take the lead administrative post at Parkland.

"Tina immediately impressed me with her energy, vitality, and enthusiasm," said CMMC Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Roy. "I think Tina has the right experience and is the right fit for CMMC and our community. Tina's passion for quality, the patient and employees were qualities that we were looking for and I look forward to working closely with her as we move to prepare CMMC for the future."

Legere holds a bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Mass., and a master of social work administration degree from the University of Connecticut in West Hartford, Conn. She earned a master of business administration degree and a post-MBA certificate in healthcare administration at Rivier College in Nashua, N.H. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Wal-Mart Supports CMMC Cardiopulmonary Service

04/04/2013

The Wal-Mart State Giving Program recently contributed nearly $25,000 for new fitness equipment at Central Maine Medical Center's Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center. "The CMMC center serves some 50 people daily, all living with cardiovascular and/or lung disease. The Wal-Mart grant allowed us to replace fitness equipment that was more than nine years old, and as a result better serve these patients," said Brenda Robitaille, CMMC'
s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation coordinator. Among those on hand recently to recognize Wal-Marts support of CMMC were, from left, Wal-Mart Market Manager David Murray, Nicola Adams, R.N., Monica Dawe, exercise physiologist, Auburn Wal-Mart Manager Andy Pepin, Sarah Shink, Wal-Mart market assistant, and CMMC President Laird Covey.

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Parkview Adventist Medical Center Welcomes New General Surgeon

03/27/2013

Patricia A. Keefe, M.D., a general surgeon, has been appointed to the Parkview Adventist Medical Center Medical Staff.

Before beginning her work in the greater Lewiston-Auburn area, Keefe practiced with SJ Surgical Associates in Nashua, N.H. Her surgical experience includes duty at various U.S. Army hospitals, including service with the 758th Forward Surgical Team in Afghanistan and with the 745th Forward Surgical Team in Iraq. She also gained experience as both an educator and administrator during assignments at Reynolds Army Community Hospital at Fort Sill, Okla., and Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell, Ky.

A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., she was awarded a certificate of public health from Harvard University Extension School in Cambridge, Mass. She earned her medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., and served an internship at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, where she was named the Department of Otolaryngology's Intern of the Year. She completed a general surgery residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.

Keefe has been recognized with a number of military honors, including a Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Medic Badge, and Combat Spurs from the 2nd Battalion, 7th US Cavalry, Iraq.

She is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Keefe's practice, Brunswick General Surgery, is located in Suite 6 at 331 Maine Street in Brunswick. The practice can be reached at 607-4136.

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"Diabetes Medications ... From A to Z" is Subject of Two CMMC Accenting Your Health Presentations

03/20/2013

"Diabetes Medications ... From A to Z" will be the subject of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for April.

Laura E. Trask, M.D., an endocrinologist, will discuss the many different medications used to treat diabetes. She will explain which particular medications are used in what circumstances.

Before joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, Trask completed fellowship training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

A Maine native and cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, she earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vt. She completed an internal medicine residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She practiced with Pen Bay Internal Medicine in Rockport, and provided patient care at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and Islesboro Health Center in Islesboro.

She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the Endocrine Society, American College of Physicians, and American Medical Association.

Trask practices in association with Central Maine Endocrinology and Diabetes Center in Lewiston.

The program will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on April 8 and again from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on April 11 in the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute's first-floor conference room at 60 High Street in Lewiston.

There is no cost for attending either 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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Works of Painter and Photographer on Display at CMMC Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery

03/08/2013

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

Paintings by Nancy Clark of Turner 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 April 4.

"My intention as an artist is to offer a sense of peace and tranquility through the colors and light of my paintings," says Clark, who has taught art in the Auburn School Department. "Living in Maine, I am surrounded by the natural beauty of layered mountains, expansive fields, flowing rivers, sparkling ponds and the magnificent, ever-moving ocean. The inspiration for my work is therefore boundless and extraordinary. My landscapes and seascapes express my deep love for nature and her ever-changing atmospheres."

Her works has been represented in solo exhibits, juried shows, group shows, and arts festivals in central and southern Maine, and is included in corporate and private collections throughout the United States.

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."

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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Student Acheives Top Score

03/08/2013

A recent graduate of the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions Nuclear Medicine Technology Program has achieved the top percentile in a professional certification examination.

Shawna Nowinski-Healy of Gray, who graduated from the program late last year, earned a pass with highest distinction and the 100th percentile in her Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board exam.

The national exam certifies nuclear medicine program graduates, allowing them to work as nuclear medicine technologists. The agency notifies program directors of how their graduates perform in comparison to average nationally scaled scores. Nowinski-Healy scored the top average grade for the United States for 2012.

Nowinski-Healy graduated last year at the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program's 14th commencement exercises. Since the program was established, all of its graduates have passed the certification on their first attempt.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges has approved the CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions' application to offer an associate in applied science in nuclear medicine technology degree program.

The CMMC College Nuclear Medicine Technology Program is the only nuclear medicine program in Maine or New Hampshire.

For more information about programs at the CMMC CONHP, visit www.cmmccollege.edu or call 207-795-2840.

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17th Annual Central Maine Medical Center Gala

03/08/2013

The 17th Annual Central Maine Medical Center Gala will be held on April 6 at the Kora Temple in Lewiston. The theme of this year's event is "Cruising to the Next Generation" and it will benefit the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center. Hosted by the the Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) and the CMMC Associates, the evening will include a social hour and a four-course dinner. Music will be provided by The Tony Boffa Band. A photographer will be available for photos to commemorate the evening. Reservations are required and should be made by March 22. Helping to plan this year's event are the following: from left, front row: Deborah Haire, WHA; Jessica Dumond, Corporate Intelligence; Bonnie McHugh, Gleason Media Services; Ann Nadeau, Oxford Networks; back Row, Heidi Morin, Central Maine Medical Center Special Delivery-Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit; Nancy Wilkins, WHA; Katie Lamb, Consigli Construction Co., Inc.; Alina Burke, Thayer Corp.; Kathy Fyfe, T.D. Bank; Sue Donovan, Gala chair, Donovan's Used Cars. Absent when the photo was taken were the following: Bob Bernier, Matheson Gas; Christine Bosse, Bangor Savings Bank; Nancy Brown, Sign Shack of Maine; Dawna Hannan, Oxford Networks; Sherry Morneau, WHA; Amie Nickel, Great East Title Services; Ron Peyser, Gamache & Lessard; Jen Pike, Orthopedic & Spine Physical Therapy; Karyn Small, E.A. Buschmann, Inc.; Tracey Steuber; Dawn Youland, T.D. Bank; Sue Melanson, Central Maine Medical Center Food Services; Kathy Becvar, CMMC director of Annual Funds; and Nikki Withrow, CMMC Development Office administrative coordinator. For more information about the Gala or the CMMC Associates, contact the CMMC Development Office at 795-2950 or email giving@cmhc.org

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CMMC Volunteer Celebrates 90th Birthday and Offers Sage Advice

02/27/2013

90-year-old Ledowiska "Mike" Bussiere of Lewiston has some advice for seniors: serving as a volunteer will keep you "going strong". Bussiere didn't begin her volunteer career until after the death of her husband in 1996, when she became a "runner" at Central Maine Medical Center. She was impressed with the care provided to her late husband during his stay in the CMMC Intensive Care Unit at CMMC and she felt like she wanted to "give back" to the medical center. "She was in good health with plenty of energy to spare at the time, so she thought - why not volunteer?" says CMMC Volunteer Services Director Sue Hedrich. "She enjoys her days at the hospital with all of the other volunteers and with the endless opportunity to help others who need her. She says she always goes home feeling like she helped someone else and it helps her maybe even more. Her advice to any senior with extra time on their hands is to consider volunteering," Hedrich says. "It brings a lot of satisfaction and, as she says, keeps her 'going strong'". Bussiere has given over 6,200 hours of service to CMMC and in addition to continuing in her role as a runner, she does collating and stuffing projects in the volunteer office. "She is also known to bake some mean cookies and bars," Hedrich says. "She is an inspiration to all of us."

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Shoulder Surgery Educational Program

02/27/2013

"Surgical Treatment of Shoulder Problems" is the subject of a special presentation set for March 12 at Central Maine Medical Center.

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

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

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

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

A graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Bush earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He served an orthopaedic surgery residency at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, R.I. He completed a hand and upper extremity fellowship at WakeForest University in Winston Salem, N.C.

Bush is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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

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

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

To register or for more information, call 795- 2134. Registrations can also be made via email at turcotel@cmhc.org

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United Ambulance Service Earns Reaccreditation

02/27/2013

United Ambulance Service has recently earned full reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). To date, United remains as the first and only nationally accredited ground ambulance service in Maine.

This designation was awarded after United participated in a voluntary review process by nationally-recognized experts representing CAAS. As part of the review process, United's entire operation was evaluated and critiqued based upon national standards set forth by the reviewing agency. Areas such as employee education, patient care, response times, community integration and education, policies/procedures and financial practices were extensively reviewed to ensure United was eligible for the highest designation in the industry, CAAS Accreditation.

In many instances the commission's standards exceed state and local licensing requirements making designation increasingly difficult. There are currently 154 ambulance services across the United States and in other parts of the world that meet these standards.

"United was first accredited in 2006 and has undergone three review processes sincethat time. With each review CAAS has performed thorough inspections of our entire operation. We were very pleased when CAAS announced that we earned a perfect score for our recent onsite inspection that occurred in November. This review comment is truly remarkable and speaks volumes for the quality care and pre-hospital interventions that our employees provide each and every day", said Paul Gosselin, United's Executive Director.

United is jointly owned by Central Maine Medical Center and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center.
United's Board of Directors is comprised of leadership team members from both organizations who remain proud of the diligent and professional efforts that United employees apply toward quality patient care delivery. By maintaining the highest quality standards in the industry, United assists these hospitals and other local health care facilities to ensure the continuum of health care initiatives for patients being transported into or out of each of these facilities during emergent or medical transfer services.

Accreditation is an ongoing commitment and requires services to participate in reaccreditation processes every three years. With constant changes in health care standards and business requirements, United works tirelessly to ensure that the organization remains on the forefront. "Remaining stagnant in the emergency medical services (EMS) industry is not an option for us. Since United's inception we have worked to be one of the top EMS agencies while providing the highest quality of pre-hospital care for the communities we serve. CAAS has provided continued developmental structure and direction as our employees work collaboratively with our parent companies, health care providers, and other organizations to improve patient outcomes during each and every transport", replied Brad Gilbert, United's Development and Compliance Manager.

United operates from locations based in Auburn, Bridgton, and Lewiston and provides ambulance services, wheelchair transportation, and medical training education services throughout Central and Southern Maine. Though recent reaccreditation is exciting for United, the organization is also developing other programs and initiatives to include an In-Home Fall Prevention Program, Home Visit Program, and Paramedic Diploma Program. More information on these programs will be released within the next few months.

For more information, call United Ambulance Service Executive Director Paul Gosselin at 777-6006, extension 203, or visit www.unitedambulance.com

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"The Power of Positive Thinking" is the Subject of two CMMC Accenting Your Health Presentations

02/27/2013

"The Power of Positive Thinking" will be the subject of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for March.

Marcy Covey, a wellness educator at CMMC, will discuss some simple steps that individuals can employ to make their lives more positive. The program will emphasize the fun that can accompany positive thinking.

A Vermont native, she graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and went on to create an exercise-wellness program for North Country Hospital in Newport, Vt. 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 continues to serve as a wellness instructor at the hospital-based facility,where she teaches yoga classes, leads Fit n' Fun exercise classes for seniors, and assists with the Wellness for Life program for cancer patients and survivors by introducing them to yoga and other wellness modalities.

Covey is certified in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Ropes Course Facilitation, lifeguarding, lifeguard instruction, water safety instruction, cross country skiing, and a variety of exercise modes.

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

The program will be offered from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 12 and again from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 14 in the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute's first-floor conference room at 60 High Street in Lewiston.

There is no cost for attending either 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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New CMMC Nurse Residency Program to be Unveiled on March 7

02/20/2013

Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions are launching a specialty care nurse residency program.

The new Cardiac Nurse Residency program will provide an educational pathway for graduate nurses to gain the knowledge and experience needed to provide acute cardiovascular nursing care.

"The College of Nursing and CMMC have developed a collaborative program to transition graduate nurses into acute cardiac care nurses. The curriculum allows nurses to gain clinical knowledge and confidence through the development of critical inquiry and evidence-based practice," said College of Nursing Director Nancy Jo Ross.

Scheduled to begin in June, the Cardiac Nurse Residency program will foster professional development based on the individual nurse resident's learning needs.

"Our objective is to help nurse residents assure their clinical competence, fine-tune professional behaviors, and enhance communication skills though an educational model that combines preceptorship and mentorship, and integrates classroom and online learning, clinical simulation, and hands-on experience in cardiovascular acute care," Ross explained.

The nurse resident will begin the program under the guidance of a primary preceptor. Program content, which includes instruction from College of Nursing faculty, consists of a core curriculum, standards of practice, and a cardiac/critical care course. After completing the 12-week program, the nurse residents will continue their critical care orientation under the guidance of a mentor for a year.

The program will be offered for positions in the CMMC Intensive Care Unit and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute Single-Stay Unit.

Registered nurses interested in learning more about the Cardiac Nurse Residency program are urged to attend an informational session on March 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Chairmen's Rooms, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building in Lewiston. Those nurses planning on attending the session are urged to RSVP by call CMMC Human Resources at 795-2392.

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Registered Nurse Nancy Ouellette Recognized as Central Maine Medical Center's First DAISY Award Recipient

02/20/2013

Registered nurse Nancy Ouellette has been recognized as Central Maine Medical Center's first 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.

The 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.

Ouellette is a staff nurse on CMMC's Cardiopulmonary Nursing Unit, and serves in a number of other nursing roles as well. She is a facilitator-instructor for RENEW, an on-going program that helps CMMC caregivers and staff connect with patients and families in a more spiritual way.

She was a founding member of, and still serves on, CMMC's Professional Practice Committee. In this role, she helps promote a climate of nursing excellence by fostering an affirmative environment with patients and her peers.

Ouellette is also a member of the Heart Failure Team, serving as an educational liaison with the Cardiopulmonary Nursing Unit staff. Additionally, she belongs to the La Leche Team, which assists new mothers in developing breast-feeding techniques that will enhance the well-being of infants.

Documentation recommending Ouellette for the DAISY Award noted her power of 'presence', listening to the families' concerns and letting them verbalize their fears", as well as her skill at providing "comfort measures not only to the patient, but the extended family as well."

"We are very fortunate to have the level of nursing expertise that Nancy, 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. Having worked at CMMC for over 24 years, Nancy's passion and holistic approach to patient care have been an example for all the students and nurses that have trained with her throughout the years. We could not have had a better choice for our first honoree," said CMMC Vice President for Nursing Sharron Sieleman.

CMMC will honor a DAISY Award nurse four times a year.

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CMMC Health and Fitness Center Late Winter Group Fitness Classes

02/18/2013

Central Maine Medical Center's Health and Fitness Center is offering the following group exercise programs beginning February 25:

Cardio Sculpt - This ongoing class features a mix of low-impact cardio moves and weight training to help you burn calories and increase muscle tone. Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Ian Barclay.

Core and Sweat - This ongoing series, led 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.

Functional Fitness - Participants will increase both core and upper body strength and improve the stability of abdominal and low back muscles. They also 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.

Group Pump - This new class features resistance training set to music. Participants will burn calories and strengthen muscles. Thursdays at 6 a.m. with Sharon Bergeron.

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.

H.I.I.T. Training - Interval training is one of the best ways to maximize your calorie burn. This class features three-minute intervals of high intensity cardio, separated by 30-second rest periods. Tuesdays from 6 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. with Sharon Bergeron.

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.

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 - 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 bodystrengthener. Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

T'N'T - Come "tone N' tighten" those problem areas in this new class with instructor Lin Bourque. Class will focus exclusively on the hips, thighs, gluteals, abdominals, and waist. The results: a well-defined, shapely and toned lower body and midsection. Saturdays from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.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 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 February 25.

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.

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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Tri-County Emergency Medical Services Hosting Babysitting Class

02/13/2013

Tri-County Emergency Medical Services (TCEMS) will offer the American Academy of Pediatrics Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training Course (BLAST) on February 20.

This course is designed for people ages 13 and older, their parents, and parents looking to hire a babysitter. The BLAST course prepares individuals to babysit safely and competently, select safe and suitable games and activities for children under their supervision, prevent accidents, and perform first aid. American Heart Association CPR/AED certification also included.

The course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at TCEMS located on the ground floor of Central Maine Medical Center's Wilson Building on Hammond Street in Lewiston. Participants are urged to bring lunch.

The cost is $55.

For more information, call TCEMS at 795-2880 or email kelleydi@cmhc.org

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CMHVI Offering Free Heart Screening on February 20

02/13/2013

"Know Your Rhythm: Screening for Irregular Heartbeat", a free cardiac screening, will be hosted by the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 19.

The screening will include a cardiac rhythm test performed by a cardiovascular technician. A copy of the results will be provided to each participant's primary care physician.

Irregular heartbeat, called atrial fibrillation, occurs in five percent of people age 65 and older and in 20 percent of people over 80. It is more common in people who have high blood pressure, heart disease or lung disease. The cause of some 15 percent to 20 percent of strokes is attributed to atrial fibrillation.

The test is recommended for anyone over the age of 65 who has not previously been diagnosed with an irregular heart rate and has not had electrocardiogram in the last year. No preparation is required, but easy access to both arms and lower legs expedites the procedure.

Those interested in participating should call 795-8200 to schedule an appointment.

Also during HeartMonth (February), free blood pressure screenings will be offered on February 13, 20 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the CMMC's Health and Fitness Center, 12 High Street medical office building, lower level. Appointments are not necessary.

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"A fib: That Pitter-Patter In Your Chest May Not Be Love" is Subject of a Presentation on February 21

02/13/2013

"A fib: That Pitter-Patter In Your Chest May Not Be Love" will be the subject of a presentation by cardiologist David Abisalih, M.D., on February 21.

Abisalih will discuss atrial fibrillation, frequently called "a fib", an irregular heart rate that frequently causes poor blood flow. A fib symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness of breath and weakness. A fib usually isn't life-threatening, but can lead to complications - particularly stroke. Those who experience a fib have a seven times higher chance of suffering a stroke.

He will talk about the symptoms of a fib, how it is diagnosed, and treatment options, which include medications and other interventions that alter the function of the heart's electrical system.

The program is being offered as part of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute's observation of Heart Month.

Abisalih is 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.

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 the area of 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.

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

The presentation is set for 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, located on the Central Maine Medical Center campus.

For more information, call 795-8448.

There is no cost for participation.

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

01/29/2013

The works of three painters are on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery through March 2.

Paintings by Anita F. Poulin of Auburn, founder of the Greenwood Studio Group art collective, and her daughter Shalimar A. Poulin of Augusta, will be featured alongside work by Pamela Hetherly of Mount Vernon.

Anita Poulin is a self-taught painter and photographer who works in acrylic, pastel, water color, pen and ink, and charcoal. She believes her talents arise from her Franco-American and Native-American heritage. "My ancestors were extraordinary people who expressed themselves through the fine crafting techniques they developed from years of hard living. The items they engineered where not only clever and functional, they were beautiful to look at."

Shalimar Poulin earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Hartford, Hartford School of Art, in West Hartford, Conn., and a master's degree in art education at Temple University Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has taught art in academic settings for over 15 years. The Maine Arts Education Association named her Art Educator of the Year for 2009-2010. Her work has been shown in venues in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Maine.

Pamela Hetherly has recently devoted her painting endeavors to oils, and even more recently put aside her brushes to work with a palette knife for the purpose of creating large, simple forms and bold gestures, though she expects to take up the brushes again. "I grew up in Texas where I studied medicine, and moved to New England to practice almost 30 years ago. I changed careers while in Maine, becoming an engineer specializing in the design of bridges. I now devote my working time to painting," Hetherly says.

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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CMHVI Heart Month Activities

01/25/2013

The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute will mark Heart Month (February) with a variety of activities.

February 1: Go Red for Women: The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute staff will wear something red in support of the American Heart Association's campaign to raise awareness of women and cardiovascular disease. The 60 High Street lobby fountain will be lighted in red. Heart dress pins will be available. Donations to the American Heart Association will be accepted. Pins will be available on CMHVI's Single-Stay Unit, Central Maine Heart Associates offices, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and at Central Maine Medical Center's Health and Fitness Center.

February 2: 13th Annual A Heart to Heart Conference: "10 Years Forward: The Latest in Cardiovascular Care", featuring presentations by three cardiovascular care specialists, each focusing on the many innovations that have been developed in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the heart and circulatory system. Other speakers will discuss reiki and healthy eating.

The doctors addressing developments inn cardiovascular are cardiothoracic surgeon Carmine Frumiento, M.D., vascular surgeon Allan M. Ingraham, M.D., and cardiologist Dervilla McCann, M.D. McCann will focus some of her presentation on women and heart disease.

Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction, will be the topic of a presentation by Meredith Kendall, R.N.

Registered dietitian Kathryn Gosselin will discuss "Healthy Eating".

Free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings will also be available.

The Heart to Heart conference will be held from 8 a.m. to noon 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

February 6, 13, 20 and 27: Free blood pressure screenings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the CMMC's Health and Fitness Center, 12 High Street medical office building, lower level.

February 19: "Know Your Rhythm: Screening for Irregular Heartbeat", a free cardiac screening will be hosted by CMHVI from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The screening will include a cardiac rhythm test performed by a cardiovascular technician. A copy of the results will be provided to each participant's primary care physician.

Irregular heartbeat, called atrial fibrillation, occurs in five percent of people age 65 and older and in 20 percent of people over 80. It is more common in people who have high blood pressure, heart disease or lung disease. The cause of some 15 percent to 20 percent of strokes is attributed to atrial fibrillation.

The test, which will be offered, is recommended for anyone over the age of 65 who has not previously been diagnosed with an irregular heart rate and has not had electrocardiogram in the last year. No preparation is required, but easy access to both arms and lower legs expedites the procedure.

Those interested in participating should call 795-8200 to schedule an appointment.

February 21: "A fib: "That Pitter-Patter In Your Chest May Not Be Love" will be the subject of a presentation by cardiologist David Abisalih, M.D., of Central Maine Heart Associates from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building.

A fib, or atrial fibrillation, is an irregular heart rate that frequently causes poor blood flow. Atrial fibrillation symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness of breath and weakness. A fib usually isn't life-threatening, but can lead to complications - particularly stroke. Those who experience a fib have a seven times higher chance of suffering a stroke.

Abisalih will discuss the symptoms of atrial fibrillation, how it is diagnosed, and treatment options, which include medications and other interventions to that alter function of the heart's electrical system.

There is no cost for participation.

During Heart Month the following displays will be shown in the Main Lobby at 60 High Street:

February 3 through 9: Single-Stay Unit poster presentations regarding heart attack, including a heart model and information about the process of preventing and managing heart attack, as well as providing effective post-heart attack care. The Maine Cools project will also be displayed.

The Maine Cools project is a joint research project involving the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, and Maine Medical Center in Portland. The project is an investigation of the beneficial effects of "therapeutic hypothermia" in the treatment of heart attack.

Research conducted in Europe and Australia has shown that cooling a heart attack patient's body temperature to between 90 and 93 degrees Fahrenheit resulted in significantly better recovery than experienced by those who were provided standard treatment.

February 10 through 16: The CMHVI Cardiac Rehabilitation Service will be featured in a poster exhibit on heart failure. The display will include samples of the amount salt and water needed to induced heart failure and information about heart failure medications and methods for monitoring both salt and fluids. The display will feature CMHVI's efforts to better manage heart failure and patient readmissions rates for the condition.

Also featured will be telehealth monitoring, which will showcase how advances in telecommunication technologies have created new opportunities to provide telemedical care to better manage the care of patients with heart failure.

CHMVI is presently working with Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice to better serve patients in their homes by providing more in-depth information about cardiac patients, which helps to prevent re-admissions and keeps patients at home and healthier.

February 17 through 23: "Afib and Stroke" will be featured in a poster display in the 60 High Street Main Lobby area.

February 24 through March 2: Vascular disease display will feature advanced endovascular procedures, including carotid artery stenting, endovascular aneurysm repair, peripheral artery disease treatment, coronary artery bypass surgery, and valve surgery.

Month-long activities: Heart healthy menu options in the CMMC Cafeteria.

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CMMC's Health and Fitness Center January-February Group Exercise Classes

01/11/2013

Central Maine Medical Center's Health and Fitness Center is offering the following group exercise programs during its January-February cycle:

Cardio Sculpting - 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 led by Ian Barclay features weight training targeting 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.

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.

Group Pump -This class features resistance training set to music. Participants will burn calories and strengthen muscles. Thursdays at 6 a.m. with Sharon Bergeron.

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. Class includes general supervision and individual cardiovascular and strength training. It incorporates group weight training and self-safety skills. 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.

H.I.I.T. Training - Interval training is one of the best ways to maximize calorie burn. This class features three-minute intervals of high-intensity cardio exercise with 30-second rest periods. Tuesdays at 6 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. with Sharon Bergeron.

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.

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 - 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.

T'N'T - "Tone n' tighten" problem areas in this class with instructor Lin Bourque. Class will focus exclusively on the hips, thighs, gluteals, abdominals, and waist. The results: a well-defined, shapely and toned lower body and midsection. Saturdays from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.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 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.

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.

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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Annual "Heart to Heart" Conference Set for February 2

01/09/2013

"10 Years Forward: The Latest in Cardiovascular Care" is the topic of the 13th Annual "A Heart to Heart" Conference on heart disease on February 2 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

The event will feature three presentations by cardiovascular care specialists, each focusing on the many innovations that have been developed in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the heart and circulatory system.

Doors open at 8 a.m., when students from the CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions (CMMC CONHP) will offer free blood pressure screenings. Cholesterol screenings will also be available.

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.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Carmine Frumiento, M.D., of Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery, will follow Horton with a discussion of the many changes that have evolved in cardiovascular surgery during the last decade.

Frumiento has been with the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute since its opening in 2003. A graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., he earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vt. He completed a five-year general surgical residency at the University of Vermont-Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. His training includes a two-year cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wis., with a special emphasis on minimally invasive procedures. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Vascular surgeon Allan M. Ingraham, M.D., also of Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery, will next address advances in vascular surgery.

Prior to joining the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute surgical staff in 2006, Ingraham maintained a private practice in Lewiston for many years. He is a graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He completed residency training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Cardiologist Dervilla McCann, M.D., will wrap up the main presentation with a discussion of recent developments in heart care, focusing particularly on women and cardiac disease.

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

Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction, will be the topic of a presentation by Meredith Kendall, R.N.

Kendall holds a master's degree in nursing education and is a nursing instructor at the CMMC CONHP. She is the author of two books about reiki: "Reiki Nurse: My life as a nurse and how Reiki changed it" and "Reiki Stories: My hot hands".

"Healthy Eating" will be subject of the morning's final presentation by registered dietitian Kathryn Gosselin.

Gosselin holds a bachelor's degree in food science and nutrition. She serves as a certified diabetes educator at the Central Maine Endocrinology and Diabetes Center in Lewiston.

The 13th Annual "A Heart to Heart" 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 Artwork on Display at CMMC Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery

01/07/2013

The works of a Hebron photographer and artwork produced by the Lewiston Housing Authority-sponsored Youth Enrichment Program are on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery until January 28.

Beth Francis, a graphic artist, has had a life-long interest in photography. After taking up digital photography around 2006, she came to a realization about her style: "I'm artistic, not a professional photographer. I tried learning the technical side of cameras; F-stops and all; but I became lost in it. My pictures lost their feel, I lost my joy," she says, "so I went back to taking snap shots. What changed my mind about sharing my photos was the wisdom a professional photographer shared with me. He said: 'Don't fret. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.' "

Francis's work also can be seen at eyeofthebeholderbf.weebly.com

The Youth Enrichment Program exhibit features the most recent work of artists ranging in age from 6 to 18, and includes watercolor, scratch board and prisma color pencils.

Art teacher Sissi Ventrone's curriculum for the youth program includes basic drawing, the concept of perspective, principles of composition and the application of color theory. Exhibiting their work is a vital component of the students' art education.

Ventrone said she strives to nurture each student's innate talent and uses an individualized teaching method that ignites each student's creative spark and encourages pride of accomplishment by allowing them to set and achieve their own set of goals.

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.

For more information regarding the sale of the student paintings or the exhibit at CMMC, contact Sissi Ventrone at 783-3429.

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CMMC Educators Attend Conference

01/07/2013

Two healthcare providers and educators affiliated with Central Maine Medical Center recently made a presentation at the Ninth International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology in Albuquerque, N.M.

Erica Lovett, M.D., and Meredith Kendall, R.N., presented results from a reiki research project that is ongoing at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston and at the CMMC Oncology Nursing Unit. Kendall is the principal investigator for the research.

Lovett and Kendall presented a poster on the health benefits of reiki for participants at the Dempsey Center. They attended workshops on clinical care, research, and grant-writing while at the conference.

They also participated in a suboxone home detox healing circle at Casa de Salud, a clinic that extends access to affordable, culturally competent conventional and alternative medicine for the uninsured and underserved in Bernalillo County, N.M. Reiki master Paula Terrero of Albuquerque invited Lovett and Kendall to tour the clinic and join the healing circle. During the four-hour healing circle, caregivers offered talk therapy, instruction on suboxone, acupuncture, reiki, and curanderismo. "The healing circle was an impressive integration of methods," Kendall said. "I was inspired to see the quality of holistic care given at Casa de Salud," Lovett added.

Lovett is an integrative family medicine physician and faculty member at the CMMC Family Medicine Residency. She offers primary care and integrative medicine consults to patients in the greater Lewiston-Auburn area and teaches integrative medicine to the family medicine residents at CMMC.

Kendall is a faculty member at the CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions, and reiki coordinator at the Dempsey Center.

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

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Colorectal Surgeon Joins Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff

01/02/2013

Shiraz Farooq, M.D., a specialist in colorectal, trauma and general surgery, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with Central Maine Surgical Associates at 12 High Street, Suite 401, in Lewiston.

Farooq is focusing his practice on colorectal surgery, though he also provides general surgery services and surgical support for CMMC's Level II Trauma Program. His primary surgical interest is taking care of patients with benign and malignant disorders of the anorectal region. He also does screening and diagnostic colonoscopies and treats patients who have colorectal cancer and other diseases. He is well versed in open and advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques.

A graduate of Pakistan Air Force Degree College in Peshawar, Pakistan, Farooq also attended Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, and earned his medical degree at the University of Karachi Baqai Medical College. He graduated first in his class from both college and medical school, for the entire state of Pakistan.

He completed a general surgery residency at the State University of New York in Buffalo, N.Y., where he served as chief resident during his final year of training. He completed a critical care surgery fellowship at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., and a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Prior to joining the Lewiston-Auburn medical community, he worked as a general surgeon at Coquille Valley Hospital in Coquille, Oregon, and later specialized in colon and rectal surgery at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, S.C., and St. Joseph North Hospital at Lutz, Fla.

He is certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He is also certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Surgeons, and American College of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

He will reside in Falmouth with his wife, Cristina, and their three daughters.

Also practicing with Central Maine Surgical Associates are surgeons Shoko E Abe, M.D., Mohamed Elgamal, M.D., Larry O. Hopperstead, M.D., James F. Reilly, M.D., Mark D. Williams, M.D., and Lindsay Wrighton, M.D., and physician assistants Kimberly Budd, Sebastien Duclos, and Jane Vanni. The practice can be reached at 795-5767.

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Students Who Recently Completed CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions CNA Course Pass Maine CNA Registry Exam

12/27/2012

Five students who recently completed the Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) College of Nursing and Health Professions nursing assistant course have all passed the Maine CNA Registry examination. The course was instructed by Meredith Kendall, R.N., M.S., (third row, left). Successfully completing the course and the registry exam were (from left, first row) Joslynn Boyer of Lisbon Falls, and Lorraine Clavette of Lewiston; (second row) Rikki Welch of Mexico; (third row, right) Sabrina Selleck of Lewiston; and (back row) Joshua Selleck of Lewiston. The nursing assistant class consists of 90 hours of classroom instruction, 20 hours of laboratory experience, and 70 hours of clinical experiences completed 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 this exam, students are placed on the Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants and may be employed as certified nursing assistants in the state of Maine. The 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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Art of Two New England Painters Featured in Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery

12/19/2012

The works of painters Ardys Arlin and Marvin Jacobs will be on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery through the remainder of December.

Arlins is the owner of a gallery and framing studio in New Hampshire, and now shares her life and art with Marvin Jacobs in Belmont, where she draws inspiration from the rocky coast with its inlets and harbors bathed in constantly changing light. Her painting style has evolved from graphics,logo designs, and sign painting to an enduring love of watercolor.

She exhibits and sells in numerous art shows and shops and her award winning works are found in collections around the world.

Jacobs is a fourth generation artist and is well known as a teacher of painting in the New England area. His paintings are represented in public and private collections internationally.

He is a member of the International Society of Marine Painters, The American Society of Marine Artists and a member of Coast Guard Artists.

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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CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions' Nuclear Medicine Technology Program Earns Reaccreditation

12/11/2012

Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions' Nuclear Medicine Technology Program has been reaccredited by a national academic certification agency.

The Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) has reaccredited the CMMC College program of study in nuclear medicine technology. The seven-year accreditation followed an on-site visit by a JRCNMT survey team.

The CMMC College Nuclear Medicine Technology Program provides a six semester curriculum of study in a specialized branch of radiology concerned with the use of radioactive materials to diagnose and treat disease. Graduates of the program receive an associate degree in nuclear medicine technology. The program also offers all the didactic and clinical education necessary to become nationally certified in computed tomography.

The report of the Joint Review Committee evaluators noted several strengths of the program, including: offering education in both nuclear medicine and computed tomography; good administrative support with excellent faculty, clinical sites and affiliate clinical supervisors; the program provides a variety of clinical experiences through multiple clinical assignments; and the classroom and online technology utilized by the program offer a well-rounded educational experience. There were no deficiencies noted in the program compliance with JRCNMT Standards for accreditation.

The program was created in 1997 to offer a formal education program to radiologic technologists wishing to gain greater proficiency in nuclear medicine applications. It is the only nuclear medicine technology program in Maine or New Hampshire.

Students gain practical experience at Central Maine Medical Center, Maine General Healthcare, Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Alliance Imaging, PharmaLogic, Mercy Hospital in Portland, and Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

"As the only nuclear medicine technology program in Maine, the program is meeting the needs of nuclear medicine technology within the state. The nuclear medicine technology program has been in existence for 15 years. Our graduates have had a 100 percent pass rate on the national examinations. We are pleased to receive such a great review from the JRCNMT as it confirms that we are meeting their standards of providing a quality education in nuclear medicine technology," said Heather Poulin, the program's director.

Anyone seeking more information should call Susan Perry at 207-795-2649

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The Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center's Radiation Oncology Service Earns Accreditation from the the American College of Radiology

12/11/2012

The Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center's radiation oncology service has earned accreditation from a national professional organization.

The Cynthia A. Rydholm Cancer Treatment Center, a component of the Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology following a review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The Rydholm Center is located on the ground floor of the West Wing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Only two Maine hospital systems support ACR accredited radiation therapy services.

Radiation oncology, also called radiation therapy, is the use of high-energy radiation to cure cancer or to relieve cancer-related symptoms. The doctors who manage radiation therapy for cancer patients are called radiation oncologists. Treatments are delivered by radiation therapists who have completed a degree program in radiation therapy.

"The report we received from ACR was outstanding," said Sue A. Mandell, M.D., chief of radiation oncology at CMMC. "Our philosophy is to provide the highest level of medical care possible to every patient and this certification is a testament to our mission."

The Rydholm Center uses an array of high-tech equipment to plan and provide radiation therapy. Radiation oncologists, assisted by medical physicists and dosimetrists, plan treatments using sophisticated computer applications and a CT simulator. The center has two linear accelerators capable of providing image guided radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery, two new care systems that allow for extremely precise delivery of radiation to destroy cancer cells.

The Rydholm Center is one component of CMMC's multidisciplinary cancer care program, which also includes medical oncology, surgery, and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, a unique program serving the social, educational and spiritual needs of the region's cancer patients.

American College of Radiology accreditation indicates a radiation center has achieved the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific standards as determined by a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and expert medical physicists. Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are all assessed. After reviewing the evaluation findings, the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation provides the practice with a comprehensive report it can use for continuous practice improvement.

The Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center has achieved recognition from several national accreditation bodies. The center is recognized by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center - the highest level of approval granted to community hospitals. To gain ACoS approval a hospital must offer the four major components of an approved cancer program: a multidisciplinary cancer committee that provides the cancer program with leadership; cancer conferences that facilitate consultations among service providers; a patient care evaluation system; and a cancer registry for tracking and managing information regarding cancer patients.

The Comprehensive Cancer Center's medical oncology service is accredited by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI). The Sam & Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center is accredited by the ACR's National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The Cancer Center's program adheres to nationally recognized treatment standards set forth by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of 21 of the world's leading cancer centers.

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CMMC and Rumford Hospital Named Top Hospitals in National Survey

12/04/2012


From left, Leah Binder, Patty Roy, David Lauver, M.D., and Frank Johnson
Two Central Maine Healthcare hospitals were named Top Hospitals in a national survey released Tuesday.

The Leapfrog Group has recognized Central Maine Medical Center as one of an elite group of Top Hospitals and Rumford Hospital as one of only 13 Top Rural Hospitals in the United States. This recognition follows a nationwide survey of some 1,200 hospitals.

Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) and Rumford Hospital are members of Central Maine Healthcare (CMH).

"CMMC is the only large Maine hospital to earn Top Hospital standing," said CMMC President Laird Covey. "We are particularly pleased with our achievement as a Top Hospital because it validates years of effort to maximize patient safety. As the least expensive tertiary care hospital in Maine, independent confirmation of the premium we place on safety indicates that we offer a particularly good value: high quality care at a comparatively low cost."

In a press release last week, the Leapfrog Group gave CMMC an A in its new ratings of hospital safety efforts, which is one of the minimum requirements for being considered for the Top Hospital award. Covey also pointed out that CMMC was recognized by Consumer Reports magazine as the Safest Hospital in Maine.

Rumford Hospital's status as a Top Hospital also follows national recognition for the high quality of services it provides.

"This recognition from The Leapfrog Group distinguishes Rumford Hospital as one of a handful of Top Rural Hospitals in the country, and follows the Pathway to Excellence recognition that we earned earlier this year," said Rumford Hospital President and CEO David Frum. "These honors, as well as Rumford Hospital's status as the lowest cost hospital in Maine, result from the combined efforts of physicians, nurses and support staff, who are working together to provide the best possible care for our patients."

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey assesses hospital performance based on national performance measures, including the National Quality Forum Safe Practices. These measures and practices cover a broad spectrum of hospital services and infrastructure, and help hospitals benchmark their progress in improving safety, quality, and efficiency of care delivery.

"The Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction is by far the most competitive award a hospital can receive. Leapfrog holds hospitals to the highest standards on behalf of our purchaser members and their employees. By achieving the Top Hospital accolade, Central Maine Medical Center and Rumford Hospital demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. They consistently provide safe, high quality care, and I would be comfortable sending my family to them for care," said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group.

The release of the Leapfrogs Groups annual list of Top Hospitals came at the organization's annual meeting in Baltimore, which included a conference on the importance of transparency as the key to improved hospital safety.

The selection of Central Maine Medical Center and Rumford Hospital as Top Hospitals is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group's annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals' performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use, and management structures in place to prevent errors. The results of the survey are posted on a website (http://www.leapfroggroup.org/cp) open to patients and families, the public, employers, and other purchasers of healthcare.

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"Nutrition for Diabetes: The Basics" is Subject of two CMMC Accenting Your Health Presentations

12/03/2012

"Nutrition for Diabetes: The Basics" will be the subject of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for December.

Diabetes educators Kathryn H. Gosselin and Justin Bakaian will discuss how proper nutrition can help those with diabetes better control their blood sugar levels.

Gosselin will present the first program at 1:30 p.m. on December 10 in Chairmen's Rooms A and B, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building.

Bakaian will present the second session at 6 p.m. on December 13, also in Chairmen's Rooms A and B of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building.

There is no cost for attending either 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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"The Obesity Epidemic" is Final Presentation in "Mini-Medical School" Educational Series

11/05/2012

"The Obesity Epidemic" is the topic of a "Mini-Medical School" educational program set for November 12 in Auburn.

Bariatric surgeon Jamie Loggins, M.D., will examine the link between obesity and cancer, the cost of obesity, and cardiometabolic issues, as well as treatment and prevention.

His presentation is the last in a series of five "Mini-Med" educational programs sponsored by Central Maine Medical Center.

Loggins, a general surgeon who specializes in bariatric surgery, is medical director of Central Maine Bariatric Surgery, a Central Maine Medical Group surgical practice. He is also chief of surgery at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., Loggins earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and robotic surgery at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif.

Central Maine Bariatric Surgery is accredited as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The program is open free of charge to the community. A background in science or medicine is not necessary to attend.

The program will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Auburn Public Library.

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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Postponed "Why Integrating Care Is The Healthy Thing To Do" Program Rescheduled for November 5

10/31/2012

"Why Integrating Care Is The Healthy Thing To Do" is the topic of a rescheduled "Mini-Medical School" educational program postponed because of inclement weather. The program will now be offered on November 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. in the Androscoggin Room at the Auburn Public Library.

Catherine Ryder, executive director of Tri-County Mental Health Services (TCMHS), will be the featured speaker. Her presentation will be followed at 6:30 by "Population Health: What Does It Mean For Our Community?" with Heidi Mallis, district field epidemiologist with the Maine Center for Disease Control. Mallis's presentation was previously scheduled for this time slot.

Ryder has worked for TCMHS for some 20 years, including work as director of clinical services in which she developed care models that align with the principles of healthcare reform. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor who holds a master's degree in counselor education. She is also a nationally certified counselor, and an approved clinical supervisor. She has completed a certificate program in primary care behavioral health and recently graduated from the Hanley Leadership Development program for healthcare leaders in Maine.

The final Mini-Medical School program, set for November 12, is "The Obesity Epidemic" with bariatric surgeon Jamie Loggins, M.D.

All Mini-Medical School presentations are being offered at no charge.

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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CMMC Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery Featuring Works of a Painter and a Photographer-Painter

10/29/2012

The works of photographer-painter Sandra Lee Huston and painter Claire Amero will be on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery from October 27 to December 1.

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.

Inspired to express herself on canvas after traveling in Europe and visiting numerous art museums, Amero has taken classes from several accomplished artists. Her subjects focus on color, composition, light and shade and often feature flowers, landscapes and seascapes. Her artwork has been exhibited at art walks in Portland and Lewiston-Auburn, and showcased at She Doesn't Like Guthries in Lewiston. She is a member of Plein Air Painters of Maine Western Maine Chapter.

Huston, a portrait artist since 1990, works primarily in pastels and has focused largely on pets and children. Over a decade ago, she shifted some of her creative energy to photography and in 2006 published "Loons of Tacoma Lakes", her first book.

Her body of work includes a pastel wildlife series created to raise awareness for the rescued big cats of Tiger Haven in Tennessee. She lives in Lisbon Falls.

Huston's work can be viewed at www.animalsinpastels.com

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Diabetes Prevention is Topic of November Accenting Your Health Presentations

10/23/2012

"Diabetes Prevention" will be the subject of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for November.

Diabetes educator Mercedes Peralta, R.N., will explain type 2 diabetes and how it can affect one's health. Her presentation will emphasize diabetes prevention.

Peralta recently joined Central Maine Endocrinology and Diabetes Center as a diabetes educator, where she helps those with diabetes learn to manage their condition for optimal quality of life.

Peralta has worked at Central Maine Medical Center for nine years, and has gained nursing experience ranging from intensive care to medical-surgical nursing to outpatient pulmonology.

The program will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on November 5 in the Chairmen's Room, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building. The second session will be offered at 6 p.m. on November 8 in Conference Room H, also located 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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New Group Fitness Classes Begin at CMMC Health and Fitness Center

10/19/2012

Central Maine Medical Center's Health and Fitness Center is offering the following group exercise programs beginning October 29:

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.

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 - A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history -- including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery,coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants -- who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays andFridays 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.

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 - 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 bodystrengthener. Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

T'N'T - Come "tone n' tighten" those problem areas in this new class with instructor Lin Bourque. Class will focus exclusively on the hips, thighs, gluteals, abdominals, and waist. The results: a well-defined, shapely and toned lowerbody and midsection. Saturdays from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.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 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 eight-week program is led by Cynthia Nicholas. Mondays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning October 29.

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.

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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"Strong Families, Strong Kids, Strong Communities: How Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect Our Lives" is Topic of Second Information Session in "Mini-Medical School" Series

10/15/2012

"Strong Families, Strong Kids, Strong Communities: How Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect Our Lives", set for October 22, is the topic of the second in a series of five "Mini-Medical School" educational programs being sponsored by Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute.

Sue Mackey Andrews, founder and president of Solutions Consulting Group, will discuss how adverse childhood experiences impact the health, education, economy and the vitality of Maine communities, and how communities can marshal collective resources to them.

Solutions Consulting Group provides healthcare and educational consulting services focusing on children from prenatal to eight years of age.

Andrews has an extensive history of community service, on both local and state levels. She is a member of the governing board of the Maine Association of Infant Mental Health (MAIMH), which gives provider training and promotes public advocacy to support parents of infants and toddlers. She represents the MAIMH on the Maine Children's Growth Council, where she serves on several teams and committees. She also volunteers with Pine Tree Hospice in Dover-Foxcroft.

She hold's a bachelor's degree in education and psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. She studied studying pediatrics and deviational development as graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.

The Mini-Medical School series is open to the community. A background in science or medicine is not necessary to attend the programs.

Other Mini-Medical School topics are:

October 29: "Why Integrating Care Is The Healthy Thing To Do" with Catherine Ryder, executive director of Tri-County Mental Health Services.

November 5: "Population Health: What Does It Mean For Our Community?" with Heidi Mallis, district field epidemiologist with the Maine Center for Disease Control.

November 12: "The Obesity Epidemic" with bariatric surgeon Jamie Loggins, M.D.

All programs will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Auburn Public Library. All Mini-Medical School presentations are being offered at no charge.

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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Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions Hosting Open House November 3

10/15/2012

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions will host an open house on November 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event will feature tours of the college's Lewiston campus and demonstrations of nursing and medical imaging simulation technology used to provide a hands-on educational experience.

Available at the event will be information about academic programs, general education course offerings, financial aid, the admissions process, and student support services. A student panel will be on hand to answer questions.

Participants at the open house will have an opportunity to learn about the new Pre-Health Professions Career Track being offered at the college. This option outlines a student's path towards acceptance into one of the degree programs by strengthening their general education portfolio.

Information will also be available on the certified nurse's assistant (CNA) course that will be offered starting in January. This one semester course, which concludes with the state certification examination, serves as a gateway to the healthcare field for many students.

The CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions is located at 70 Middle Street in Lewiston.

More information about the CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions is available at www.cmmccollege.edu

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Human Trafficking Event Set for October 25 and 26 in Auburn

10/05/2012

An internationally-known activist-educator will be among the speakers at a conference on human trafficking later this month in Auburn.

Theresa Flores will share her personal story of sexual trafficking, slavery and survival at "Not Here: A Call to Action Against Human Trafficking," a two-day, interdisciplinary conference scheduled for October 25 and 26.

When she was just 15 and a newly-arrived resident of an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit, Flores was drugged, raped and tortured for two long years. While living at home and attending school during the day with her abusers, she was kept in bondage and called into 'service' late at night while her unknowing family slept. Involuntarily involved in a large criminal ring, Flores endured physical and psychological abuse - at one point she was literally "sold to the highest bidder."

Now a social worker and international activist, Flores has appeared as a guest on The Today Show and MSNBC and appears in Kidnap & Rescue, a Discovery Channel series. She was also featured in a two-hour special about sex trafficking on America's Most Wanted.

US Attorney, District of Maine Thomas Delahanty, Maine Attorney General William Schneider, and US Marshal Noel March will address participants on day one. In addition to Ms. Flores and her story of survival, the day's events will include presentations by four other unforgettable keynote speakers, including:
Ken Morris of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation with a historical perspective on slavery
Ron Soodalter, author and historian, who will speak on the topic of slavery today
Anita Kanaiya of Oasis India, part of a global organization with the mission of building positive communities and caring for victims of abuse and injustice, who will speak about international efforts to rescue and empower trafficking victims
Arwyn Jackson, from Amirah Boston, a non-profit safe house in the Boston area dedicated to providing whole-person care for rescued survivors of human trafficking, who will address survivor sheltering and social change

October 26 will be a more traditional conference format, with participants spending time with presenters in smaller groups/breakout sessions. Day two presenters will include: Theresa Flores; Anita Kanaiya; Ron Soodalter; representatives from the Northeastern University Institute on Race and Justice; Joseph Rampolla, Park Ridge New Jersey Police Department; and Benjamin Corey, photographer, scholar and abolitionist.

Additionally, the conference will offer a "specialty track" for law enforcement, featuring a half-day forensic interviewer training on day two. This training will be provided by Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Space is limited, so those who wish to participate must notify conference planners.

Day one of the conference will be held at East Auburn Baptist Church, while day two will be held at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. A fee will be charged. Lunch and conference materials will be provided.

"Not Here" an effort to mobilize community action against the injustice and oppression of human trafficking - the fastest growing crime in the world. The conference is proudly presented by the Auburn Police Department; Foundation for Hope and Grace; US Attorney, District of Maine; Central Maine Medical Center; Central Maine Community College; St. Mary's Regional Medical Center; East Auburn Baptist Church; and the Not Here Justice in Action Network.

To register for the conference, perspective participants are urged to visit www.not-here.me or call the Auburn Police Department at 333-6650.

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"Care Management in a Reform Environment" is Topic of First in a Series of Five "Mini-Medical School" Educational Programs Set to Begin October 15

10/05/2012

"Care Management in a Reform Environment" is the topic of the first in a series of five "Mini-Medical School" educational programs set to begin on October 15 .

Deanna M. Rice, system director of care management at Central Maine Medical Center, will explore how care management is a common factor in the evolution of the American healthcare system, focusing on the impact of the changes that are occurring.

Rice holds associate's and bachelor's degrees in nursing from Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, Conn., and the University of Southern Maine in Portland, respectively. In 2007 she earned a master's degree in nursing, business administration and healthcare management.

She has worked as a nurse for more than 20 years, serving in nursing leadership roles for the last eight years. She is a certified care manager and has spent the last two years re-designing the program model for care management at Central Maine Medical Center and at several primary care practices.

She is active in national and local organizations, including the American Association for Case Management and the Case Management Society of America. She is an active team member in Patient-Centered Medical Home and community care teams, developing and re-structuring how care managers have transitioned to health coaching.

Sponsored by Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, the Mini-Medical School series is open to the community. A background in science or medicine is not necessary to attend the programs.

Other Mini-Medical School topics are:

October 22: "Strong Families, Strong Kids, Strong Communities: How Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Affect Our Lives" with Sue Mackey Andrews, founder and president of Solutions Consulting Group.

October 29: "Why Integrating Care Is The Healthy Thing To Do" with Catherine Ryder, executive director of Tri-County Mental Health Services.

November 5: "Population Health: What Does It Mean For Our Community?" with Heidi Mallis, district field epidemiologist with the Maine Center for Disease Control.

November 12: "The Obesity Epidemic" with bariatric surgeon Jamie Loggins, M.D.

All programs will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Auburn Public Library. All Mini-Medical School presentations are being offered at no charge.

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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Blood Thinners: Why We Take Them, How They Work and Important What-To-Knows

10/03/2012

"Blood Thinners: Why We Take Them, How They Work and Important What-To-Knows" will be the topic of a presentation set for the October 18 meeting of the Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group.

Sarah Melanson Green, pharmacy clinical coordinator at Central Maine Medical Center, will discuss oral blood thinner medications, and why they are important to some patients. She will explain how the medications work, their potential side effects, and when someone taking them should contact their care provider.

Green earned her doctor of pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. She has been a practicing pharmacist for six years, the last three at CMMC.

The Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group is for individuals who have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Family members and other support persons are also welcomed to attend. The meeting provides a forum for discussion regarding experiences with an ICD and presents learning opportunities not only about living with the devices, but about cardiac health issues.

The meeting will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute first-floor conference room.

The program is being offered free of charge.

For more information, call or email physician assistant Joe Sala at 753-3900 or salaj@cmhc.org

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Rumford Hospital is First Maine Hospital to Achieve Pathway to Excellence Accreditation

10/03/2012

Rumford Hospital is the first Maine hospital to achieve Pathway to Excellence accreditation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The hospital is also the first Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in New England to earn this accreditation. (CAH status is designated by the Department of Health and Human Services. Among other requirements, a CAH must provide 24-hour emergency services in a rural area.)

The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence designation signifies that the hospital supports an environment promoting outstanding nursing care. Only 90 hospitals nationwide have attained this accreditation.

The ANCC accreditation follows a detailed review of Rumford Hospital's nursing program, focusing on nurse decision-making processes, work environment safety, patient care safety and responsiveness, training and ongoing education, clinical competence, accountability, evidence-based practice, and other ANCC standards.

Rumford Hospital Nursing Director Jane Aube said the importance of Pathway to Excellence accreditation "goes to the heart of patient care" because it analyzes the nursing environment in which patient care is delivered. Such a comprehensive review, she says, assures that "all the components are in place for excellent patient care," including highly skilled care providers, ongoing quality improvement processes, and effectively teamwork between various care providers.

"Meeting Pathway to Excellence standards demonstrates that we vigorously promote team work between nurses, therapists, physicians, and pharmacists by collaborating on each patient's treatment and recovery. It means that patients and families are well informed about their course of treatment and care upon discharge," Aube said.

"Pathway standards emphasize the importance of advanced education and clinical certifications in nursing, which increase the nurses' bedside skills. Safety is another Pathway standard that our nurses have met, meaning that they consistently ask 'What can we do better in taking care of patients?' For example, how do we continue to reduce patient falls, medication errors, and infection rates?" Aube added.

Rumford Hospital President David Frum said achieving Pathway to Excellence accreditation demonstrates "that Rumford Hospital supports an outstanding nursing staff that provides safe, effective care to patients, whether in the emergency department, the operating room, or any other service area. We are pleased to earn this designation and very proud of our nurses."

Pathway to Excellence was established to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. The ANCC accreditation program recognizes the importance of high quality continuing nursing education and skills-based competency programs.

Rumford Hospital maintains a 24-hour emergency department and intensive care unit, serves the area's primary care needs, and supports high-tech diagnostic services, including CT scanning, ultrasound and osteoporosis screening. The hospital offers medical-surgical nursing services, a birthing center, women's health services and ambulatory surgery. The hospital's swing bed program provides care for patients who need skilled nursing services.

Rumford Hospital is a member of Central Maine Healthcare, which includes Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and Bridgton Hospital.

For more information, call Robin Gilbert at 369-1245.

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CMMC & CMHVI Sponsoring Five-Part Mini-Medical School Series

09/28/2012

Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute will sponsor a five-part "Mini-Medical School" educational series beginning in October.

This series will explore "living long, living well; quality life through health and wellness," according to Cindie Rice, CMMC's director of community health, wellness and cardiac rehabilitation.

Open to the community, the series will explore a variety of topics, often providing information about the latest breakthroughs and debates in medical science and how these issues might relate to their own health. A background in science or medicine is not necessary to attend the programs.

The series will begin on October 15 with "Care Management in a Reform Environment", a presentation by Deanna M. Rice, system director of care management at Central Maine Medical Center.

She will explore how care management is a common factor in the evolution of the American healthcare system, focusing on the impact of the changes that are occurring.

On October 22 Sue Mackey Andrews, founder and president of Solutions Consulting Group, will discuss "Strong Families, Strong Kids, Strong Communities: How Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Affect Our Lives".

Her presentation will consider how ACEs impact the health, education, economy and the vitality of Maine communities, and how communities can marshal collective resources to prevent ACEs.

"Why Integrating Care Is The Healthy Thing To Do" is the subject of an October 29 program with Catherine Ryder who serves as the executive director of Tri-County Mental Health Services (TCMHS).

Ryder will talk about what integrated care is, why it is important and how it can be done utilizing examples of existing programs designs and outcomes.

Heidi Mallis, district field epidemiologist with the Maine Center for Disease Control (Maine CDC) will discuss "Population Health: What Does It Mean For Our Community?" on November 5.

The focus of her presentation will be population health and the role it plays in a community, touching upon social determinants of health, characterizing morbidity and mortality in a community through data collection and surveillance, and public policy (including the Affordable Care Act).

The final presentation of the series, set for November 12, will feature bariatric surgeon Jamie Loggins, M.D., who will talk about "The Obesity Epidemic".

His discussion will consider the link between obesity and cancer, the cost of obesity, and cardiometabolic issues, as well as treatment and prevention.

All programs will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Auburn Public Library. All Mini-Med presentations are being presented at no charge.

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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CMMC Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery Featuring Two Maine Painters in October Exhibit

09/28/2012

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

Paintings by Scott Hunter and Melanie Therrien will be on display at CMMC from September 29 to October 27.

Hunter, a Turner resident, says he combines "styles from impressionism to realism", but that "for me style and technique are afforded by the subject to be painted. I let the subject declare how to be portrayed in a painting."

His work has been shown in juried exhibitions in Maine and Florida. He participates in the copyist program at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston each winter. He is a member of the Western Maine Chapter of Plein Air Painters of Maine.

Melanie Therrien owns and operates Wicked Illustrations Studio and Gallery in Auburn, which offers art classes, art parties, murals, commissions, illustrations and art.

She has done mural work for local businesses and homes for almost twenty years, as well as illustration work for various publications, a series of children's books called "The Cape Cod Witch Series." Her original paintings have been shown in venues such us the Gritty's Art and Ale Window, Gallery 5, and the Nettie Ricker Gallery. She was a featured artist at Captive Elements Art House in July and displayed her work in the Lewiston/Auburn August Art Walk at the Vault.

Therrien primarily works in acrylic and watercolor. She says she is inspired by the Surrealist Movement - in particular surrealist artist Frida Kahlo - and Art Nouveau.

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

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CMMC's 20th Annual Fall Golf Classic Raises over $90,000

09/28/2012

Central Maine Medical Center's recent 20th Annual Fall Golf Classic raised over $90,000 to benefit the CMMC Special Delivery Family Birthing Center.

Some 132 players, comprising 33 teams, participated in the tournament at Martindale Country Club in Auburn. Funds raised through the event will be used to update CMMC's maternity nursing unit.

The CMMC Associates Volunteer Program hosted the event.

Gross score winners of the day were: first place, United Ambulance Service; second place, Northeast Bank; and third place, Patrons Oxford Insurance Company. Net score winners were: first place, WGME 13; second place, Androscoggin Bank; and third place, H.E. Callahan Construction Company.

WGME 13 team member Jason Nelson won the Grand Putt Off prize of $600.

Matt Pettingill, playing for Patrons Oxford Insurance Company, won a three-day/two-night getaway for two at The Bethel Inn Resort and a $500 Visa gift card.

CMMC's 21st Annual Fall Golf Classic will be held September 18, 2013. For more information on either the CMMC Fall Golf Classic or the CMMC Associates Volunteer Program, contact the CMMC Development Office at 795-2950 or by email at giving@cmhc.org

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Central Maine Bariatric Surgery Hosting Two Informational Programs in October

09/28/2012

Central Maine Bariatric Surgery will host an informational program about weight loss surgery on October 3 and again on October 22.

The presentation will feature bariatric surgeons and other members of the bariatric surgery program's professional staff. They will provide a general overview of obesity and weight loss surgery options. The program will include a question and answer session.

The October 3 live program will be held at Central Maine Medical Center and simultaneously videoconferenced to Topsham Family Medicine. The October 22 program at CMMC will not be videoconferenced.

The live event at CMMC will be held in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building. Preregistration is not required for the Lewiston event. Those wishing to register for the videoconference in Topsham should call Central Maine Bariatric Surgery at 795-5710.

The presentation begins at 6 p.m. and concludes about 8 p.m. Seating at the event is limited, so early registration is advised.

There is no charge for participation.

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CMMC Names New Board Members

09/19/2012

The Central Maine Medical Center Board of Trustees recently elected four new members, according to a statement released by CMMC Board of Trustees Chairman Dick Roy.

Named to the board were: Sharon Buckley of Auburn, chief financial officer, Patrons Oxford Insurance Company; Candance Sanborn of Auburn, managing partner, Encompass Marketing; Rebecca Webber, attorney, Linnell Choate and Webber; and Deborah Haire of Auburn, president of the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association.

"We are pleased to welcome this group of skilled and experienced community leaders to the CMMC board and appreciate their willingness to volunteer their time in support of our organization," said CMMC President Laird Covey.

The CMMC Board of Trustees is the governing board of Central Maine Medical Center, the regional resource hospital for the central, western and mid-coast Maine.

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The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, (CARF) International has Accredited the Central Maine Rehabilitation Center

09/10/2012

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, (CARF) International has accredited the Central Maine Rehabilitation Center in Lewiston.

The Central Maine Rehabilitation Center is Central Maine Medical Center's inpatient acute rehabilitation center. It is the first hospital-based facility of its kind in Maine to earn CARF accreditation.

"Receiving CARF accreditation signifies the Central Maine Rehabilitation Center's aspiration to attain the best outcomes possible for the patients we serve, while focusing on their unique individual needs. It is always of utmost importance to continue improving our efficiencies and service delivery, while creating a foundation for excellent patient satisfaction," said CMMC Inpatient Rehabilitation Program Director Tina Nickey, R.N.

This three-year accreditation was granted to Central Maine Rehabilitation Center following a rigorous peer review process that included an on-site visit by a team of two industry peer surveyors.

During the survey process the surveyors completed a thorough peer review process conducting interviews with various members of the organization, including, but not limited to, the rehabilitation team, physicians, patients, and their families.

"The CARF accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to a program such asours. It demonstrates Central Maine Rehabilitation Center's substantial conformance to the CARF standards, offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality," Nickey said.

The rehabilitation center began preparing for the CARF survey process two years ago after completing a thorough self evaluation of the unit's current state, and then working to meet conformance standards to achieve accreditation.

Founded in 1966, CARF International is an independent, non-profit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of rehabilitation services through a consultative accreditation process focusing on enhancing the lives of those served by such programs.

The Central Maine Rehabilitation Center opened in 1981 and has provided services to improve functional independence to thousands of individuals coping with disabilities or loss of function due to illness or injury. The 13-bed unit offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services to adults with a variety of conditions that have caused a loss of function in daily living activities, mobility, cognition, or communication.

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CMMC Welcomes New Infectious Diseases Specialist

09/06/2012

Imad H. Durra, M.D., an infectious diseases specialist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with Central Maine Medical Center Infectious Diseases Associates in Lewiston.

Prior to relocating to the Lewiston-Auburn area, 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 provided patient care and consultative services at Down East Community Hospital in Machias and the Jonesport-Beals Family Clinic in Jonesport.

A graduate of American University of Beirut, and College Protestant Francais, both in Beirut, he earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut MedicalSchool. He completed an internal medicine residency at State University of New York, Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, N.Y., where he served aschief 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.

He is the coauthor of articles that have been published in scholarly journals.

Durra is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

He is married and has two children.

He practices in association with Rekha Goswami, M.D., M.P.H., and Jenae D. Limoges, M.D., from offices located at 76 High Street in Lewiston. The group practice can be reached at 795-2729.

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"Oh My Aching Legs" is Subject of Two CMMC Accenting Your Health Presentations Set for September

09/06/2012

"Oh My Aching Legs" will be the subject of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for September.

Vascular surgeon Michael Ricci, M.D., will discuss the signs, symptoms, and treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) of the legs, a condition that can be quite painful.

PAD is caused by a narrowing of the arteries, usually resulting from a gradual buildup of plaque within the arteries (atherosclerosis). As the arteries become narrowed, blood flow is reduced. PAD affects about 8 million people in the United States. Treatment options for PAD may include surgery.

Michael A. Ricci, M.D., a vascular surgeon, recently joined Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery in Lewiston. Prior to joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, he practiced at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt.

Ricci has extensive experience as a practicing surgeon and surgical educator. He started Vermont's first vascular lab and initiated the endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms in the region.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery, with added qualifications in critical care and vascular surgery. He is also certified as an Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor.

The program will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on September 17 and 6 p.m. on September 20. Both sessions will be held in the first-floor conference room in the Young Wing, located near the main entrance to CMMC at 60 High Street.

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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CMMC Welcomes New Gastroenterologist

09/04/2012

Richard Ferstenberg, M.D., a gastroenterologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with Central Maine Gastroenterology at Topsham.

Prior to joining the Brunswick-Topsham areamedical community, Ferstenberg practiced for nearly 20 years in Freeport, N.Y. He was a member of the medical staff at South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, New York.

A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, he earned his medical degree at Faculte Libre de Medecine in Lille, France. He completed internal medicine residency training through McGill University in Montreal and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland. She served a gastroenterology residency and a two-year gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Miami School of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology in Miami.

In addition, he served an endoscopy fellowship with University Hospital of Hamburg in Hamburg, West Germany, and a biliarytherapeutic endoscopy fellowship at the St. Lukes Hospital Digestive Diseases Center in Racine, Wis.

He is certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Ferstenberg has special interest in disorders of the liver and pancreas, including hepatitis C. He has extensive experience performing various gastrointestinal procedures, including endoscopies, colonoscopies and endoscopic removal of large polyps.

He lives in Brunswick, Maine.

Central Maine Gastroenterology at Topsham is located at 4 HortonPlace, Suite 201, in Topsham. The practice can be reached at 798-6225.

Central Maine Gastroenterology's main office is located at 77 Bates Street in Lewiston. Other care providers affiliated with the practice are 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 nurse practitioner Theresa Taylor-Libby.

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New Wellness Center Group Fitness Classes Begin September 10

09/04/2012

Central Maine Medical Centers Health and Fitness Center is offering the following group exercise programs beginning September 10:

A Taste of Ballroom - This four-week session introduces the basics of the waltz and the swing. Come with a partner. Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. beginning September 28. The instructor is Diane Williams.

Ballroom Dance Workshop - A one-time workshop for those who have prior dance instruction and are dancing at an advanced beginner or intermediate level. Participants can brush up on several dances and learn new combinations with ballroom instructor Diane Williams. September 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register by September 14 at noon.

Bellydancing - This exciting bellydance class, taught by longtime instructor Lisa Cummings, aka Imari, is suitable for all, from beginner to advanced. Six-week session begins September 12. Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

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 and Lin Bourque, 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.

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 - A class designed for people with a cardiac event history -- including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery,coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants -- who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays andFridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

It Fits You! - Try the workout that will get you fit, because you took the time to fit it in with instructor Glenn Atkins. The class features 16 minutes of high intensity strength, endurance, and cardio training followed by 14 minutes of complete stretching. Sundays from8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Moms 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.

Pilates Plus - 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 - 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.

TNT - Come tone N tighten those problem areas in this new class with instructor Lin Bourque. Class will focus exclusively on the hips, thighs, gluteals, abdominals, and waist. The results: a well-defined, shapely and toned lowerbody and midsection. Saturdays from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., beginning September 15.

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 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 10.

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.

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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CMMC Clinical Pastoral Education Graduates Three

09/04/2012

The following individuals have completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Central Maine Medical Center: from left, Earl Rogers, a student at Andover-Newton Theological School of Newton, Mass., from South Paris; Rev. Alicia Kellogg of Winthrop, an Episcopal deacon serving at St Matthews Episcopal Church in Hallowell; and Martha Tucker, a student at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass., from Wallingford, Pa. Rev. Jay W. Turner, far right, is director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at CMMC. CMMCs pastoral training program is accredited through the U.S. Department of Education and is one of only two such programs in Maine. Students in the graduate education program explore gifts for ministry, deepen self-understanding, develop skills in visitation, discern vocational direction, enhance leadership skills, and meet denominational and seminary requirements. In 400 hours of supervised ministry, CPE students learn through the action/reflection method of leaning to further integrate personal history, beliefs, and the behavioral sciences. The program includes visitation, individual and group reflection, didactics, written materials, and pertinent readings. For more information about CMMCs Clinical Pastoral Education program, contact Rev. Turner at 795-2291.

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Parkview Adventist Medical Center to Join Central Maine Healthcare

08/30/2012

Certificate of Need Application Has Been Filed

Parkview Adventist Medical Center leadership announced today that Parkview will join Central Maine Healthcare, a multi-hospital integrated health system located in Lewiston.

Central Maine Healthcare and Parkview have filed a Certificate of Need Application seeking state approval for this simple but vital change of control transaction. There are no capital costs, new equipment, any change of services or number of beds at Parkview associated with this project.

Parkview will be maintained as a healthcare organization in its current form. Responsibility for the day-to-day operational control of Parkview will reside with Parkview, subject to ultimate oversight by Central Maine Healthcare. Parkview retains ownership of its assets and its tax-exempt charitable status.

We are very excited to take this very positive step of becoming a member of the most progressive healthcare system in Maine, said Mike Ortel, Parkview Board Chair. This is by far the best option for both Parkview and the communities we serve as we go forward in the 21st century. Area residents will continue to have the very important local choice of hospitals. Parkview will continue to improve quality, control our costs and increase local access to care everything the community is asking us to do. This is a marvelous step forward for Parkview.

We welcome Parkview as the fourth hospital in our system, said Paul Dionne, Central Maine Healthcare Board Chair. Parkview is a fine hospital that shares our values and aspirations and our drive for current and future excellence. We continue to be respectful of the Seventh Day Adventist mission and values.

Independent hospitals across Maine and the US are joining larger healthcare systems to survive and thrive in todays challenging environment. Parkviews decision to join Central Maine Health is hardly unique as four other Maine community hospitals have joined larger systems in the last 5 years alone.

We have worked closely and very successfully with Central Maine Healthcare for over a decade, said Randee Reynolds, Parkview President. They helped us bring LifeFlight of Maine to our campus and the Telestroke service in collaboration with The Massachusetts General Hospital. Physicians specializing in cardiology, orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine, family medicine and gastroenterology have joined us which greatly expands our range of services. They have proven to be an outstanding health care partner and we look forward to our future association which will bring us so many benefits. We have been able to improve our financial performance and operations with their assistance in the areas of purchasing, financial management and other support services.

Central Maine Healthcare has gained a reputation for being a high value health system as measured by high quality and lower costs. Central Maine Medical Center is the lowest cost tertiary hospital and Bridgton and Rumford are two of the lowest cost community hospitals in Maine.

Central Maine Healthcare was invited into the Brunswick community nearly a decade ago to provide ED physician services. We have responded to requests from Parkview for collegial support and assistance in a number of ways just as we have done with Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital prior to joining us in 1999, said Peter Chalke, Central Maine Healthcare President and CEO. We have a long tradition of helping local hospitals greatly increase the scope and quality of their services. Parkview and Central Maine Healthcare agree that now is the time to move to the next level of cooperation as we work together to improve the health of the people of Maine.

About Parkview Adventist Medical Center

Parkview Adventist Medical Center is a 55-bed, acute care non-profit hospital which was opened in 1959 to care for the greater Brunswick community. In addition to treating patients in its Emergency Department, Parkview has earned a reputation for excellence in its Oncology/Hematology Unit, as well as Cardio-Pulmonary, Sleep Lab, Urology, Orthopaedic and Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging Departments. Parkview is a major employer in the Brunswick area, with 196 employees.

About Central Maine Healthcare Corporation

Central Maine Healthcare (CMHC) is the non-profit parent of a family of premier healthcare organizations serving western, central and coastal Maine. Major affiliates include: Central Maine Medical Center, a 250 bed tertiary medical center in Lewiston, Bridgton Hospital, Rumford Hospital, Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions, Central Maine Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups in Maine, and long-term care facilities, and specialty outreach clinics. Collectively they provide an expansive scope of healthcare services, health professions training and clinical research opportunities. CMHC is the co-owner of LifeFlight of Maine with one of the two helicopters is based in Lewiston. CMHC is a major employer with over 3,200 employees working at locations throughout the region.

For more information contact:

Tory Ryden, Director Marketing & Community Relations Parkview Adventist Medical Center 373-2160

Chuck Gill, Vice-President for Public Affairs, Central Maine Healthcare 795-2711

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Everything But the Kitchen Sink" is Topic of Informational Session Set for September 10

08/24/2012

"Everything But the Kitchen Sink" is the topic of an informational session set for September 10 at Central Maine Medical Center.

Certified athletic trainer Greg Jancaitis from Central Maine Sports Medicine will discuss any cycling topics of interest to participants, include bike fit, riding techniques, cycling injuries and what to do for them, fueling and hydrating. Participants should come armed with questions.

Jancaitis is a USA Cycling certified cycling coach whose clients range from racers looking to take their training to the next level to those getting into cycling for the first time. He is an avid bicycle commuter and competes in ultra-endurance mountain bike races.

The program may be of particular interest to those participating in The Dempsey Challenge in October.

"Everything But the Kitchen Sink" will be presented free of charge in Chairmen's Room A on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, located next to CMMC in Lewiston. The presentation will begin at about 5 p.m. and last about 30 minutes.

For more information, call Greg Jancaitis at 795-8465 or email him at jancaigr@cmhc.org

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Healthy Eating = Quality of Life" is Topic of Four-part Series Presented by CMMC's executive chef Oleg Opalnyk

08/24/2012

"Healthy Eating = Quality of Life" is the topic of a four-part series being presented in September by Central Maine Medical Center's executive chef Oleg Opalnyk.

When the healthy eating series was offered earlier this year, public response was overwhelming. As a result, the program format was expanded and an extra session was added.

The two September series will each consist of four two-hour classes. Opalynk says by extending each class to two hours, the series will offer "much more hands on cooking experience."

"Healthy Eating = Quality of Life" highlights the basics for making meals that are both tasty and nutritious, focusing on vegetarian fare that is filling and satisfying.

Individual classes will focus on particular aspects of healthy eating, especially the use of various grains and vegetable proteins. The series will also include a class about healthy desserts. The concluding session will focus on a "grocery tour" that will provide practical information about purchasing the ingredients for healthy food that satisfies.

"High quality ingredients and simple preparation can produce exceptional meals," Opalnyk says. "And if you want to eat less meat in an effort to make alternative nutritional, environmental, or ethical dietary choices, a vegetarian approach can be very useful."

"Whatever your reasons for introducing a more vegetarian element to your diet, it's got to taste good," Opalnyk says. The series of classes will show participants how to turn a meat-filled recipe into a vegetarian delight with simple substitutions -- including tofu, beans, nuts, and grains - that can make "crowd pleasing" vegetarian dishes.

Vegetarian cuisine, he says, can help people reduce their cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and better manage their weight.

Opalnyk, who recently joined the CMMC Food Service management staff, has introduced a number of well-received changes to the hospital's menu. His specialties include vegan and vegetarian dishes fused with world cuisine influences.

During his five years as chef at Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, Opalnyk played a central role in the hospital's Lifestyle Choices Program. Clinical testing demonstrated that those who participated in the Lifestyle Program experienced improvements in their health.

A native of Ukraine, Opalnyk spent his later youth in Moscow. He trained at The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, an affiliate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, also in Chicago. He has worked in Russia, Canada, Mexico, and Belize, but settled in Maine in 2002 as kitchen manager at Freeport'sHaraseeket Inn. Prior to beginning his work in the healthcare setting, he was executive chef at Kristina's Restaurant and Bakery in Bath and later at Bull Feeney's in Portland.

The classes will be offered on September 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on September 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The September 4 through 25 series will begin in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building. The September 6 through 27 series will begin in Chairmen's Room C on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building.

There will be a $25 fee for participating in either four-part series. The fee covers the cost of presenting the program, including the cost of food products.

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

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CMMC Welcomes New Endocrinologist

08/22/2012

Laura E. Trask, M.D., an endocrinologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Active Medical Staff. She is seeing patients at the Central Maine Endocrinology and Diabetes Education Center in Lewiston.

Before joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, she completed fellowship training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

A cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, she earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vt. She completed an internal medicine residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, serving as chief resident during her final year of training. She was presented Maine Medical Center's Edmund W. Hardy Memorial Award for Internal Medicine in 2003.

From 2003 to 2010 she served as an instructor in medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She has held a similar position at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center since 2011. She has co-authored a number of articles on research topics related to endocrinology.

From 2004 until she began her fellowship training, Trask practiced with Pen Bay Internal Medicine in Rockport, and provided patient care at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and Islesboro Health Center in Islesboro.

She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the Endocrine Society, American College of Physicians, and American Medical Association.

She lives in Minot with her husband, David, and their daughter, Mabel.

Trask practices in association with endocrinologists Wesley P. Fairfield, M.D., and Maylene C. Peralta, M.D., at the Central Maine Endocrinology and Diabetes Education Center, providing specialty care for patients 16 years of age or older who are living with such health issues as diabetes, thyroid disease, cholesterol disorders, pituitary disease, reproductive disorders, adrenal tumors, hyperparathyroidism, obesity, and metabolic bone disorders, including osteoporosis.

The center is located at 287 Main Street, Suite 301, in Lewiston, and can be reached at 795-7520.

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CMMC Welcomes New Neurosurgeon

08/15/2012

Daniel Lacerte, M.D., a neurosurgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing in association with Central Maine Neurosurgery in Lewiston.

Prior to relocating to the Lewiston-Auburn area, he practiced neurosurgery in El Paso, Texas. He served as an associate professor and chief of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Neurosurgery Division in El Paso, Texas.

As a member of the medical staff at El Paso University Medical Center, he introduced many surgical techniques, including endoscopic approaches to minimal skull base surgery and pituitary tumor surgery, epilepsy surgery and implantation of vagal nerve stimulator, and deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. Over the last seven years, he developed significant expertise in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery.

His professional background includes several years as neurosurgery program director and assistant professor at Enfant-Jesus Hospital, an affiliate of Laval University School of Medicine in Quebec. He was co-founder and chief neurosurgeon of Enfant-Jesus Hospital's comprehensive epilepsy surgery program. In Quebec he also helped develop a new stereotactic apparatus using three-dimensional angiography for CT-guided stereotactic procedures that was later developed into a commercial product.

Lacerte earned his medical degree from Laval University School of Medicine in Quebec, where he also served a neurosurgery residency. He completed fellowship training in functional stereotactic and epilepsy at McGill University's Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital in Montreal.

He is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.

A fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, he is also a member of the Association of Neurosurgeons of Quebec, Canadian Medical Society, American Society for Neuro Oncology, and the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

He is a past member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Residency Review Committee and the Royal College Board of Medical Examiners.

His interested in medical-surgical education has led to his participation in countless educational programs at a variety of professional conclaves. He has also authored or coauthored a number of scholarly articles that have been published in various professional journals and textbooks. He has worked as a principal investigator for clinical trials and drug studies.

He is fluent in English and French.

He is practicing in affiliation with Patricio H. Mujica, M.D, and Guillermo J. Candia, M.D., and nurse practitioner Jessica Richardson at Central Maine Neurosurgery's Lewiston office, located in Suite 401 of the 12 High Street medical office building, next to CMMC. The practice can be reached at 795-2494.

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"How Cardiovascular Implanted Electronic Devices Are Monitored" is Topic of August Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group Meeting

08/09/2012

"How Cardiovascular Implanted Electronic Devices Are Monitored" will be the topic of a presentation set for the August 16 meeting of the Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group.

Deborah Freeman, a certified advanced practice registered nurse, will discuss how implanted electronic devices are monitored in both the office setting and remotely.

Freeman graduated from the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Hanover, N.H., and later from the University of Southern Maine family nurse practitioner program. She also holds a bachelor's degree in health education from the University of Maine at Farmington. In addition to her many years as a primary care provider, she has some seven years recent experience in cardiac services. She manages cardiovascular electronic implantable device follow up for Central Maine Heart Associates-Auburn.

The Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group is for individuals who have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Family members and other support persons are also welcomed to attend. The meeting provides a forum for discussion regarding experiences with an ICD and presents learning opportunities not only about living with the devices, but about cardiac health issues.

The meeting will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute first-floor conference room.

The program is being offered free of charge.

For more information, call or email physician assistant Joe Sala at 753-3900 or salaj@cmhc.org

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CMMC Family Medicine Residency Recognizes Seven Third-year Family Medicine Residents at Recent Graduation

08/09/2012

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

Honored at commencement exercises were family physicians Stephanie Aung, M.D., Harpreet Ghotra, M.D., Swapna Gummadi, M.D., Petrona Manasseh, M.D., Huy Nguyen, M.D., Annamarie Pond, D.O., and Ravi Sathya, M.D. Residency Program Director Donald Woolever, M.D., and residency faculty members presented the graduates their diplomas.

The graduation ceremony was attended by CMMC Family Medicine Residency faculty, residents, staff at the residency and Oscar Treat Turner Family Medicine Center, CMMC Medical Staff representatives, and families and special invited guests. Alan Verrill, M.D., gave the commencement address "May I See the Menu Please". CMMC President Laird Covey also congratulated the graduates with a message on behalf of the medical center.

Several awards were made during the ceremony. The Dr. Bruce Johnson Residency Teacher of the Year Award was given to John Dickens, M.D. This award honors the physician who, as voted by the graduating senior residents, made the most outstanding contribution to their family medicine residency education. The Family Medicine Hospitalist Fellow Diploma was presented by Claudia Geyer, M.D., to William Peternel, D.O.

Other awards presented at the ceremony included:

Lewiston Campus

- Preceptor of the Year, Trisha Gushue, D.O.
- Faculty of the Year, Gary Rivard, D.O.
- Exemplar of Family Medicine Award, Edmund Claxton, M.D.
- Best Pediatric Teacher, nurse practitioner Heidi Toews
- Patron of Food for Thought and Comfort, Robin Soucy, CMMC Food Service
- Best Residency Mom, Michelle Tower, recruiting coordinator
- Best Vigilant Maintenance Engineer Award - Bob Breton, Environmental Services

Swift River Health Care

- Support of the Rural Track, Dieter Kreckel, M.D., rural track director
- Commitment to the Education of Rural Track Family Medicine Residents, Al Riel, M.D., and the Rumford Emergency Department
- Best Obstetrical Teacher Award, Siad Daoud, M.D.
- Foundational Rock of the Rural Track, Sharon Rickards, rural track coordinator

Awards presented at the residency program's graduation dinner were:
- Nurse of the Year Award, Karen Becker, R.N.
- Best Systems Based Practice Award, Jen Fish, licensed social worker Saviour of Time Award, Kim Elliott, scheduler
- Best Clinic Multitasker Award, Roxanne Couillard, referrals specialist

Program graduate Stephanie Aung, M.D., is planning to practice in Vancouver, Canada. Harpreet Ghotra, M.D., has joined Danforth Medical Centre, Toronto. Swapna Gummadi, M.D., will join Central Maine Medical Center as a hospitalist fellow. Petrona Mannaseh, M.D., is planning to practice in Toronto. Huy Nguyen, M.D., is planning to Practice in Vancouver, Canada. Annamarie Pond, D.O., will join Naples Family Practice in Naples; and Ravi Sathya, M.D., has joined Dartmouth-Hithcock Clinic in Hudson, N.H.

CMMC created the Family Medicine Residency Program in 1978 to support the training of family physicians in order to provide well trained family doctors to the Lewiston-Auburn area as well as to other areas of Maine. Graduates of the CMMC Family Medicine Residency practicing locally include

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. Graduates of the CMMC Family Medicine Residency Program practicing locally include: Peter Beckel, M.D., Tom Bosma, M.D., Charles Burns, M.D., Denise Cogle, D.O., Steve Fairchild, M.D., Manju Hilary, M.D., Shannon Kenney, D.O., Cortney Linville, D.O., Margaret Matthews, M.D., Lisa McAllister, D.O., Shauna McElrath, D.O., Steven Molnar-Gabor, M.D., Kurt Oswald, M.D., Nathan Raby, D.O., Gary Rivard, D.O., Sarah Skelton, M.D., Terry Ann Scriven, M.D., Ray Tardif, M.D., Fred Van Mourik, M.D., and Stephanie Youd, M.D.

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CMMC Woman's Hospital Association Awards $105,000 to the Hospital

08/08/2012

Nancy Wilkins, past president of the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (front row, second from left) visited CMMC recently to present "the big check" to CMMC President Laird Covey at a celebration of the CMMC WHA's 2011-2012 fund-raising year. The organization awarded $105,000 to the hospital. Among the CMMC projects supported by the WHA in the past year was the refurbishment of the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center. The WHA donated some $51,000 to the project from funds raised through the CMMC WHA Gift Shop, Annual Spring Gala, Tree of Love, and various sales events. Other large donations included $10,000 for a patient overhead lift and transfer system and $9,500 for a patient breathing machine for the Respiratory Therapy Department. In addition to assisting with various equipment purchases, the WHA directly supported the needs of cancer patients and funded scholarships at the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions. For more information about the CMMC Woman's Hospital Association, call Deborah Haire at 754-2909 or email her at debhaire4@yahoo.com

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CMMC Hosting "Fueling for the Dempsey Challenge!" Informational Session

08/07/2012

"Fueling for the Dempsey Challenge!" is the topic of an informational session set for August 13 at Central Maine Medical Center.

Certified athletic trainer Greg Jancaitis from Central Maine Sports Medicine will discuss strategies for eating and hydrating for longer cycling events.

Jancaitis is a USA Cycling certified cycling coach whose clients range from racers looking to take their training to the next level to those getting into cycling for the first time. He is an avid bicycle commuter and competes in ultra-endurance mountain bike races.

The program may be of particular interest to those participating in The Dempsey Challenge in October.

"Fueling for the Dempsey Challenge!" will be presented free of charge in Chairmen's Room A on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, located next to CMMC in Lewiston. The presentation will begin at about 5 p.m. and last about 30 minutes.

For more information, call Greg Jancaitis at 795-8465 or email him at jancaigr@cmhc.org

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LifeFlight's Judge Recognized with National Leadership Award

08/07/2012

Fitch & Associates, one of the world's largest and most respected emergency-services consulting firms, recently announced that it has named Thomas Judge as the winner of the Pinnacle Exemplary Leadership Award.

Awarded in recognition of an EMS community leader's efforts in advancing emergency and out-of-hospital care and transport, the Pinnacle Exemplary Leadership Award is presented annually at the Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum for nationally changing the understanding and practice of the emergency care system.

Addressing an audience of some 400 EMS chiefs, CEOs and directors, Fitch & Associates partner Christine Zalar praised Judge's accomplishments. "Mr. Judge has an unbelievable litany of activities, achievements and works in progress," Zalar said. Judge serves as executive director of LifeFlight of Maine, a non-profit, hospital-based air- and ground critical-care system serving the entire state of Maine.

"Guided by Tom's leadership, LifeFlight has implemented innovative programs to help evaluate and mitigate risk; established a statewide navigation and weather reporting infrastructure to create a safer aviation environment; and developed a medical training outreach program that helps strengthen the entire emergency healthcare network," Zalar said.

Judge, who was taken by surprise with the award, noted how honored he was to be recognized by respected peers from across the country. However, he went on to add, "The real recipients of this leadership award are the tremendous team of people that I work with at LifeFlight and at my local volunteer ambulance service in St. George. They make a difference in people's lives every day and it's a gift to work with such an amazing and talented group. We meet patients and families on the worst day of their life and it's our job to try and give them that day back. To make that happen we need to continually find ways to measurably improve the emergency care system."

"Passion for the patient has always been a driver for the tireless hours Tom spends serving his program, foundation, state, at the national level, and internationally on EMS and air medical related projects," Zalar said. "His feverish drive for improving the system--all the moving parts--is contagious."

Zalar also praised Judge for his work over the past four years as chair of the Association of Critical Care Transport (ACCT). "Tom's leadership at ACCT is the most recent illustration of how his vision and unwavering intensity for developing a system to reliably and consistently provide safe, quality care for critical care patients," she said.

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Central Maine Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award

08/07/2012

Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Bronze 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.

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award addresses the important element of time," said Daniel Bobker, M.D., CMMC's Inpatient Neurologist. Central Maine Medical Center has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.
To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award, CMMC consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program for 90 days. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation. The 90-day evaluation period is the first in an ongoing self-evaluation by the hospital to continually reach the 85 percent compliance level needed to sustain this award.

"We commend Central Maine Medical Center for its success in implementing standards of care andprotocols," said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the national Get With the Guidelines 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."

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 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 Central Maine Medical Center 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 Dr. 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.

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New Vascular Surgeon Joins Central Maine Medical Center Staff

07/31/2012

Michael A. Ricci, M.D., a vascular surgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing in association with Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery in Lewiston.

Prior to joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, 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.

Ricci has extensive experience as a practicing surgeon and surgical educator. In Vermont, he started the first vascular lab in the State and initiated the endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms in that region. At the College of Medicine, Ricci taught medical students, residents, and nurses, most recently serving as the inaugural Director of the Clinical Simulation Laboratory, having also received a $1.7 million grant to support that entity. He previously served as a Vice Chair and Director of Surgical Research for the Department of Surgery. He is a co-author of more than 100 scientific articles on vascular surgery, telemedicine, simulation, and operating room safety.

Dr. Ricci also serves with the Vermont Air National Guard where he is the Commander of the 158th Medical Group, holding the rank of Colonel. He has served as a flight surgeon and a vascular surgeon in both the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Ricci will continue his service from Maine and recently led the Vermont National Guard on a humanitarian mission to Senegal.

A graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., Ricci earned his medical degree at the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y. He served an internship in general surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y., and completed a general surgery residency at Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Penn. He completed a vascular surgery fellowship at McGill University in Montreal.

Ricci is certified by the American Board of Surgery, with added qualifications in critical care and vascular surgery. He is also certified as an Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor.

He lives in Poland with his wife, Angela, and their son, Justin.

He practices in association with vascular surgeons Allan M. Ingraham, M.D., April E. Nedeau, M.D., Pamela R. Rietschel, M.D., nurse practitioner Patricia Hutchins, and physician assistant Kevin T. Quiqley at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, 60 High Street in Lewiston. The office can be reached at 795-8260.



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New Wellness Center Group Fitness Classes Begin July 23

07/17/2012

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following group exercise programs beginning July 23:

Cardio Hip Hop - This new class fuses basic hip-hop choreography with calorie burning cardio-aerobic steps to create a fun and effective workout. Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30p.m. beginning July 23. Instructor is Amber Lussier.

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 and Lin Bourque, 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 - Increase both core and upper body strength and improve the stability of abdominal and low back muscles. Participants will learn 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 - A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history -- including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery,coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants -- who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

"It Fits You!" - "The workout that will get you fit, because you took the time to fit it in," says instructor Glenn Atkins. The class features 16 minutes of high intensity strength, endurance, and cardio training followed by 14 minutes of complete stretching. Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., beginning July 29.

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 Richards. Wednesdays from 6 a.m. to 7 a.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 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 reggaetone. 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.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.

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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Paralympian Matt Updike Joins Dempsey Challenge

07/17/2012

U.S. paralympian handcyclist Matt Updike of Denver, Colorado, will take part in this year's Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen. The non-competitive run, walk and cycling event benefiting The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing will take place Oct. 13 and 14 in Lewiston, Maine. Updike will represent the U.S. in the London Paralympic Games beginning Aug. 29 where more than 4,000 athletes from 160 countries are expected to compete.

"I am honored to be invited to participate in such a great event," said Updike. "Having to overcome a huge adversity in my own life when I was paralyzed, while certainly not the same, I feel I can relate to someone receiving the diagnosis of cancer. And having two close friends pass at an early age because of the disease recently, I want to support the fight against it in any way I can."

Updike was injured in an automobile accident in 1997 which left him paralyzed from the chest down. An avid skier and cyclist prior to the accident, Updike made his way back into his two passions and began professional handcycling in 2000.

Updike earned a bronze medal at the 2002 IPC Cycling World Championships in Germany and has been a regular on the US National team for the past decade. In 2005, Updike broke the 24-hour distance world record, handcycling over 287 miles through the Dutch countryside.

He competed in his first Paralympic Games in Beijing, China in 2008. In 2011 he took first place at the U.S. Paralympics Road Cycling National Championships, Augusta, Ga. and earned a silver medal at the Parapan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico. He is sponsored by Hincapie Sportswear and currently works as a mortgage banker for Universal Lending Corp. in Denver. As a volunteer at Craig Hospital, Updike helps kids get started in Paralympic cycling.

The Dempsey Challenge offers the Electricity Maine 5K and 10K run/walk on October 13 and Fundraising Rides presented by Exergy Development Group of 10, 25, 50, 70 and 100 miles on October 14. All events will begin and end at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston. The weekend will include a family friendly Festival in the Park which plays host to the Concentra Health and Wellness Expo, TD Bank KidZone, vendor fair and live entertainment. The Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Survivor Walk highlights the weekend.

Participants are encouraged to create or join teams through the Dempsey Challenge website to build camaraderie and assist their fundraising efforts. For more information, including participant, volunteer and fundraising information, log on to www.dempseychallenge.org.

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Central Maine Bariatric Surgery Hosting Upcoming Information Sessions at CMMC and Topsham Family Medicine

07/17/2012

Central Maine Bariatric Surgery will host an informational program about weight loss surgery on August 1 and again on August 20.

The presentation will feature bariatric surgeons and other members of the bariatric surgery program's professional staff. They will provide a general overview of obesity and weight loss surgery options. The program will include a question and answer session.

The August 1 live program will be held at Central Maine Medical Center and simultaneously videoconferenced to Topsham Family Medicine. The August 20 program at CMMC will not be videoconferenced.

The live event at CMMC will be held in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building. Preregistration is not required for the Lewiston event. Those wishing to register for the videoconference in Topsham should call Central Maine Bariatric Surgery at 795-5710.

The presentation begins at 6 p.m. and concludes about 8 p.m. Seating at the event is limited, so early registration is advised.

There is no charge for participation.

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Painter and Photographer-painter Now Featured at the CMMC Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery

07/06/2012

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

Paintings by Vyonne Spaar and photographs and paintings by Kathy Cain are on display at CMMC.

"The interplay of form, color, textures, light and movement of ocean, sky and forest is the stimulus for my seascapes and landscapes. Being able to bright it all together in my paintings is my passion," says Auburn resident Vyonne Spaar.

Spaar has studied at the Maine College of Art in Portland and The Baum School of Art in Allentow, Pa.

Kathy Cain of Oxford holds degrees in art education and nursing. She has worked as a medical illustrator and her work has been published in medical journals and textbooks.

Her interest in photography arose from her work as a painter and illustrator and she pursued education in photography, developing a special interest in the use of filters to "create an emotional context to her subjects." In 2006 she won a blue ribbon at the Maine Sportsman's Show for landscape photography.

Work by Vyonne Spaar and Kathy Cain will be on display through July 28.

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Four-part Series on Healthy Eating and Cooking being Presented by CMMC Executive Chef

07/03/2012

"Healthy Eating = Quality of Life" is the topic of a four-part series being presented in July by Central Maine Medical Center's executive chef Oleg Opalnyk.

These hour-long cooking classes will highlight the basics for making meals that are both tasty and nutritious, focusing on vegetarian fare that is filling and satisfying.

The series will begin with a discussion of how the essentials of good health can be well served by a vegetarian diet.

"High quality ingredients and simple preparation can produce exceptional meals," Opalnyk says. "And if you want to eat less meat in an effort to make alternative nutritional, environmental, or ethical dietary choices, a vegetarian approach can be very useful."

"Whatever your reasons for introducing a more vegetarian element to your diet, it's got to taste good," Opalnyk says. The series of classes will show participants how to turn a meat-filled recipe into a vegetarian delight with simple substitutions -- including tofu, beans, nuts, and grains - that can make "crowd pleasing" vegetarian dishes.

Vegetarian cuisine, he says, can help people reduce their cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and better manage their weight.

Opalnyk, who recently joined the CMMC Food Service management staff, has introduced a number of well-received changes to the hospital's menu. His specialties include vegan and vegetarian dishes fused with world cuisine influences.

During his five years as chef at Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, Opalnyk managed the hospital's Lifestyle Choices Program. Clinical testing demonstrated that those who participated in the Lifestyle Program experienced improvements in their health.

A native of Ukraine, Opalnyk spent his later youth in Moscow. He trained at The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, an affiliate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, also in Chicago. He has worked in Russia, Canada, Mexico, and Belize, but settled in Maine in 2002 as kitchen manager at Freeport's Haraseeket Inn. Prior to beginning his work in the healthcare setting, he was executive chef at Kristina's Restaurant and Bakery in Bath and later at Bull Feeney's in Portland.

The classes will be offered free of charge on July 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Atrium kitchen on the third-floor of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute at 60 High Street in Lewiston.

Those interested in attending the classes are urged to register by calling 795-8448 or emailing prevention@cmmc.org

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Avon Foundation Presents Grant to CMMC

07/03/2012

Carol Kurzig, left, president of the Avon Foundation for Women, presents a "big" check to Christine Hayden, breast health outreach patient navigator at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. The $250,000 grant was part of nearly $3 million in grants that the Avon Foundation recently made to 10 New England organizations that serve the needs of breast cancer patients, either through research or direct services to patients. The grant to CMMC will provide continued support for the Dempsey Center breast health navigator and allow the purchase of a new dedicated breast ultrasound unit. "Our beneficiaries here in New England are leaders from your communities who are dedicated to the fight against breast cancer," said Kurzig. "These organizations are providing breast cancer screening, care and support services every day. They are also researching the causes and improved treatments for breast cancer, but also a way to someday prevent it altogether." The grant to the Dempsey Center was one of four grants to New England hospitals in the Avon Safety Net program, all part of a 70-hospital nationwide network created to ensure access to high quality breast cancer services to women and men who might otherwise fall through the cracks of the healthcare system. The Avon Foundation announced the grant during its recent Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Boston. The walk raised $4.8 million.

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The Central Maine Medical Center Volunteer Services Department has been recognized by a regional professional organization for innovative program development.

06/25/2012

The Central Maine Medical Center Volunteer Services Department has been recognized by a regional professional organization for innovative program development.

The New England Association for Directors of Hospital Volunteer Services (NEADHVS) awarded CMMC the 2012 President's Award for Outstanding Program Development. The award is presented annually to recognize a new innovative hospital volunteer program in New England. CMMC Director of Volunteer Services Susan Hedrich accepted the award at the NEADHVS's annual meeting.

CMMC's "WorkForce RX Volunteer Equipment Shopping" program was implemented to solve a labor inefficiency - that nurses spent valuable time searching for equipment such as wheelchairs, stretchers and commodes when their services were needed at the bedside, Hedrich explained.

"The program started small and now includes medical-surgical areas, emergency, surgical services, and Same-Day Surgery. Volunteers carry beepers and phones were set up with a speed dial number to make calling the volunteers easier," said Hedrich.

"Green tape was added to the floor on the nursing units to identify the drop off area for equipment that the volunteers return to sterile processing on an hourly basis. The volunteers are also involved in identifying wheelchairs that need repair and getting the work done before items are returned to the units," she added.

A volunteer comes in two nights a week between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. to gather scattered equipment and return it to the appropriate areas so that nurses do not have to search for it in the morning. The service allows nurses to spend more time with their patients, thus improving customer service while conserving resources, Hedrich said.

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"Rehabilitation Exercises and Cross Training For Cyclists" is Topic of July Informational Session

06/25/2012

"Rehabilitation Exercises and Cross Training For Cyclists" is the topic of an informational session set for July 9 at Central Maine Medical Center.

Certified athletic trainer Greg Jancaitis from Central Maine Sports Medicine will review how the repetitive motion of pedaling and leaning forward can lead to muscular tightness and imbalances. He will review the benefits of resistance and cross training for the cyclist, examine strength training exercises that benefit the cyclist, and consider rehabilitative exercises to address common cycling injuries.

Jancaitis is a USA Cycling certified cycling coach whose clients range from racers looking to take their training to the next level to those getting into cycling for the first time. He is an avid bicycle commuter and competes in ultra-endurance mountain bike races.

The program may be of particular interest to those participating in The Dempsey Challenge in October.

"Rehabilitation Exercises and Cross Training For Cyclists" will be presented free of charge in Chairmen's Room A on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, located next to CMMC in Lewiston. The presentation will begin at about 5 p.m. and last about 30 minutes.

For more information, call Greg Jancaitis at 795-8465 or email him at jancaigr@cmhc.org

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CMMC's Hematology-Oncology Associates practice has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI® ) Certification Program

06/19/2012

Central Maine Medical Center's Hematology-Oncology Associates practice has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI® Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.

"Our physicians and staff are thrilled to receive this recognition of our commitment to provide the best possible care for our patients," said Kathleen Vieira, nurse manager at Hematology-Oncology Associates.

"Cancer patients and their families should expect nothing less than accountability and the highest standards from their cancer care providers," said Allen S. Lichter, M.D., chief executive officer of ASCO and president of the QOPI Certification Program. "QOPI participation reflects a commitment to quality of care that leads to fundamental changes in the clinical practice of oncology. Oncology practices that commit to quality and safety are those that provide the most optimal cancer care. The certification program helps practices determine whether they are providing the best treatment and care possible to their patients, and demonstrates a commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement in the hematology-oncology outpatient practice."

QOPI is a voluntary, self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of the care they provide to patients.

The QOPI Certification Program (QCP) was launched in January 2010. This certification for outpatient oncology practices is the first program of its kind for oncology in the United States. Oncologists can achieve certification by demonstrating practice consistent with the highest standards of care. The QCP seal designates those practices that not only scored high on the key QOPI quality measures, but also meet rigorous safety measures established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). Central Maine Medical Center's Hematology-Oncology Associates practice is one of only three practices in Maine and one of 124 practices nationwide that have received certification.

QOPI analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 100 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information is then provided in reports to participating practices. Individual practices are also able to compare their performance to data from other practices across the country. Based on this feedback, doctors and practices can identify areas for improvement.

To become certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP staff and steering group members then verify that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in all areas of treatment, including: treatment planning; staff training and education; chemotherapy orders and drug preparation; patient consent and education; safe chemotherapy administration; monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With nearly 30,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. For ASCO information and resources, visit www.asco.org. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at www.Cancer.Net

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Summer Group Fitness Schedule

06/08/2012

Central Maine Medical Centers Wellness Solutions is offering the following group exercise programs beginning in June:

Advanced Bellydancing -- This series of classes is for those who have completed intermediate-level bellydancing classes and wish to take it to the next level, which includes choreography by Imari. Requirements: Intermediate level bellydancing training and one year prior experience. Thursdays from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Bellydancing Aerobics -- This class, led by Lisa Cummings aka Imari, is an exhilarating and fun way to trim and tone using basic slow and fast bellydancing movements. No prior dance experience required. Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m

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 and Lin Bourque, 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 -- A class designed for people with a cardiac event history -- including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants -- who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Moms 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 Richards. 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 new 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. Beginning July from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Zumba -- This Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa, and reggaetone. 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.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.

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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The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions Graduates 49 Nursing Students

06/08/2012

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions (CMMC CONHP) graduated 49 nursing students in a ceremony at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston.

Having successfully completed the CMMC College of Nursing's two-year nursing education program, the graduates were awarded associate degrees in the applied science of nursing. Erin Elizabeth Cady of Mechanic Falls and Sherryann St.Pierre of New Gloucester were named to the honor list. A number of graduating students received awards during the ceremony.

Cady was honored with the CMMC Board of Trustees Award, presented 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. She was also presented the CONHP President's Award for the senior student attaining the highest academic achievement.

St. Pierre was the winner of the Central Maine General Hospital-CMMC College of Nursing Alumni Association Award. The winner of the Alumni Association Award is chosen by members of the graduating class as the person they would most like to care for themselves or their family. She also garnered a CMMC Medical Staff Award for Excellence in Nursing for her work in pediatric nursing.

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

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

Heidi Lee MacLean-Marafa of South Portland was presented the CMMC CONHP Board of Trustees Award, given each year to the student who demonstrates leadership qualities, displays concern and understanding for others, makes decisions and assumes responsibility for his or her actions, and establishes trust in interactions.

The Mary Ann Strout Memorial Award was presented to Rose Mary Poirier of Peru.

CMMC Medical Staff Awards for Excellence in Nursing were presented to the following graduates: Isabelle Babette Troadec of Greene, mental health nursing; Meredith Louise Hatch of North Conway, N.H., medical nursing; April Lee Evans of Ogunquit, surgical nursing; and Jennifer Joy McCausland, obstetrical nursing.

Also comprising the CMMC College of Nursing Class of 2011 are: Craig William Bender, Rachael Lee Lewis, Gail Ashley Palmer, and Melanie Ruth Siegle, all of Auburn; Peter Bartholomew Brigham of Augusta; Stacey Michele Wheeler, Bowdoin; Kelly Lynn Danielson, Buckfield; Michelle Denise Howard, Chesterville; Katherine Teresa Perkins and Victoria E. Triffin, Durham; Susan Frances Sebestyen, Gray; Ashlee Marie Madore, Greene; Bonnie Annola Trundy, Hebron;Lisa Jean Marshall, Hiram; Barbara B. Grant, Leeds; Lindsey Beth Anderson, Jamie Dawn Bannister, Eliza Ellen Burke, Ashley Marie Cioffa-Orr, Shannon Louise Craig, Lisa Marie Girouard, Adrianne Lee Mercier, Joshua Stephen Peters, Kasey Lynn Smith, and Jordan Michael Stewart, all of Lewiston; Denise MarieDeAngelis, Lisbon; Lynne Marie Decesere, Lovell; Nicole Elizabeth Nason, Minot; Erin Elyse Swett, New Gloucester; Rebecca Lynn Leighton, Poland; Nicole Marie Roberts, South Paris; Julie A. Rogers, Standish; Ryan James Berube, Christina Marie Lavoie, and Cheri Kim Gagnon, all of Turner; Katie Michelle Brown, Waterville; Amy Heather Moody, Wells; Elizabeth Jean Seabury, Yarmouth; and Candie May Bailey, Newburgh, N.Y.

CONHP President Susan Baltrus welcomed those attending the ceremony, including: Central Maine Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Chalke; CONHP Board of Trustees Chairperson Marsha Auster; Rev. James Weathersby of Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta; CMMC College of Nursing Alumni Association Vice-President Patricia Dyer; CMMC Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Roy; and John D. Dickens, Jr, M.D., a CMMC hospitalist. Rev. Jay Turner offered the invocation and benediction.

Weathersby gave the commencement address: The Heart of Nursing. "Nurses are the heart of hospital institutions, facilities, forward military units and even first responders; because they provide that life-giving touch and humanity to otherwise cold and sterile environments," he said.

After presentation of the awards, lights in the performance hall were dimmed for a candlelight ceremony, during which the graduates recited a nursing pledge.

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions offers an associate in the applied science in nursing degree program. Program graduates who pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) become registered nurses. For more information about programs at CMMC CONHP, visit cmmccollege.edu or call 207-795-2840.

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"Introduction To The Institute Of Heartmath's Techniques For Better Heart Health" is Topic of Presentation Set for June 21

06/08/2012

"Introduction To The Institute Of Heartmath's Techniques For Better Heart Health" will be the topic of a presentation set for the June 21 meeting of the Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group.

Monica Dawe, a certified clinical exercise specialist and member of the cardiac rehabilitation staff at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, will discuss HeartMath's heart-based living techniques that enable the heart "to be in coherence" with the brain and the rest of the body to promote healing and good heart health.

"These techniques will help you create a coherent state, offering access to your heart's intelligence and helping you connect with the energetic heart zone to release stress, balance your emotions, and feel better fast. They use the power of your heart to balance thoughts and emotions, helping you achieve a neutral, poised state for clear thinking," Dawe said.

Dawe is certified as an exercise specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine and has worked in cardiac rehabilitation for over 25 years. She teaches exercise guidelines for cardiac patients, motivation and behavior change, and stress management, including breathing techniques and meditation. She recently studied techniques developed by the Institute of HeartMath that promotes heart-based living that promotes healing and good heart health.

The Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group is for individuals who have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Family members and other support persons are also welcomed to attend. The meeting provides a forum for discussion regarding experiences with an ICD and presents learning opportunities not only about living with the devices, but about cardiac health issues.

The meeting will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute first-floor conference room.

The program is being offered free of charge.

For more information, call or email physician assistant Joe Sala at 753-3900 or salaj@cmhc.org

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The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute will host an information session followed by free vein screenings on June 20

06/08/2012

The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute will host an information session followed by free vein screenings on June 20.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Carmine Frumiento, M.D., will speak about the current procedures available to reduce the discomfort and appearance of varicose veins. He will also introduce Michael Ricci, M.D., CMHVI's newest vascular surgeon.

The information session will be offered from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the first-floor Young Wing conference room at CMHVI, 60 High Street, Lewiston. The screenings will follow from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the CMHVI Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, also located on the first floor at 60 High Street.

The screenings are for women between 35 and 64 years of age and men age 40 and up.

The free screening service is available by appointment only. Call 753-3916 to schedule an appointment.

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CMMC's Trauma Program

06/01/2012

Fully Operative and Supported by Board-Certified Surgeons

Recent media accounts have implied or directly stated that Central Maine Medical Center's Trauma Program does not have trauma surgeons. These accounts are incorrect.

CMMC's Trauma Program is fully operative and is supported by board-certified surgeons. In fact, the surgical coverage schedule for trauma in June presently includes nine surgeons working together to provide around-the-clock coverage. Some of these surgeons are full-time CMMC employees, others are temporary employees contracted to serve patients at CMMC for periods ranging up to six months.

"CMMC's Trauma Program is intact and serving patients. The service has been operative since its founding in the early 1990s and it is operative today. Statements to the contrary are simply wrong," said Chuck Gill, vice president for public affairs at CMMC.

CMMC recently saw the departure of three trauma-general surgeons. Circumstances leading to this departure are personnel issues about which CMMC cannot offer public comment. A fourth surgeon is expected to leave the organization later this summer.

"At no time was the quality of service provided by the trauma program compromised. CMMC is meeting and has always met all nationally-accepted standards for supporting a trauma program. The departure of the surgeons is a personnel matter. The only comment we can offer is that the organization's vision of the trauma program's future differed from that of some of our surgeons," said Gill.

CMMC recently completed an agreement with the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Trauma that will bring one of the nation's leading trauma physicians to CMMC to assist with future development of the program.

George Velmahos, M.D., chief of the MGH Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, will serve as CMMC's Acute Care Surgery Program Director.

Velmahos, an internationally recognized authority on trauma and surgical critical care, will oversee program development, quality improvement, educational programs and physician recruitment at CMMC.

"We are very excited about developing a collegial, interactive professional relationship with the world-renowned MGH medical staff," said Larry Hopperstead, M.D., CMMC's Trauma Program Founder and Acting Director. "Our patients will have access to the highest quality of specialized quaternary care for those few patients who are in need of such services."

"CMMC has a rich history in trauma care. Mass General is committed to supporting CMMC's trauma mission and collaborate meaningfully in all aspects, with emphasis on education and quality control. There is no doubt that this collaboration will be of great value to the end recipient: the patient of Central Maine," said George Velmahos, M.D.

CMMC and MGH will also jointly recruit an experienced trauma and emergency surgery surgeon to serve as the Director for the trauma and acute care surgery program at CMMC. This surgeon, while living and practicing locally, will have joint medical staff privileges at CMMC and MGH, and will be eligible for a teaching appointment at Harvard Medical School.

"We will benefit from ongoing educational and professional-growth opportunities for Trauma Surgeons, Critical Care Specialists, Anesthesiologists, and other specialists," said CMMC President Laird Covey. "MGH will provide invaluable assistance in recruiting exceptional physicians and providing ongoing quality and educational oversight. I believe our Trauma Program will be stronger in the future as a result of this leadership."

Contact Information:

Chuck Gill, 795-2711


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"BackPain: Is Surgery the Answer?" is the topic of a special presentation set for June 5 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston

05/28/2012

"BackPain: Is Surgery the Answer?" is the topic of a special presentation set for June 5 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Orthopaedic surgeon Michael F. Regan, M.D., and physical therapist Jason Burtchell will discuss the surgical and non-surgical treatment of back pain.

"There is no cookie-cutter approach to successfully managing back pain," says Regan, one of the region's experts on back problems. "Sometimes surgery is the best option for treating back pain, but sometimes conservative treatment with physical therapy is the best course of action. Appropriate evaluation of each patient is essential to determining the best care plan."

Regan says the June 5 program will be informative not only for those who have diagnosed back problems, but also for individuals experiencing leg, neck or arm pain, or numbness and/or tingling in their extremities.

Regan is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in spine surgery, general orthopaedics and total joint surgery. He practices with Central Maine Orthopaedics and Maine Spinecare, both in Auburn.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. he served his orthopaedic surgery residency and orthopaedic spine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh.

He is certified by The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Jason M. Burtchell is a licensed physical therapist who has some 15 years experience working in clinical settings in Maine, Massachusetts, and Washington. He is a member of the professional staff at Central Maine Therapy Services in Lewiston

Burtchell earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston. His post-graduate studies have included specialized training in mechanical diagnosis and therapy for back and extremity problems.

The June 5 presentation is free and will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Chairmen's Rooms, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building on the Central Maine Medical Center campus.

Anyone wishing to register for the session or seeking more information about the program is urged to call Central Maine Therapy Services at 795-2122.

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Six Students from Clark F. Miller School of Radiologic Technology at CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions Win Academic Awards

05/28/2012

Six students from the Clark F. Miller School of Radiologic Technology at Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions won academic awards at the annual meeting of the Maine Society of Radiologic Technologists (MSRT).

Margaret Clark of Portland, a senior radiography student, won first place and $300 in the MSRT Student Essay Contest for her essay, "Rare Earth Crisis: China's Impact on America's Imaging." Clark also won second place and $200 in the scientific exhibit for her entry, "Rare Earth Crisis: China's Impact on America's Imaging."

Jared Lapointe, a senior radiography student from Fairfield, won third place and $100 in the MSRT Student Essay Contest for his essay, "Computed Tomography Angiography versus Magnetic Resonance Angiography in Diagnosing Acute Neurovascular Diseases."

Amanda LaPorte, a senior radiography student from Readfield, took third place and $100 in the student scientific exhibit for her display, "Attack of the Seizure: MRI and PET to the Rescue!"

Senior radiography student Alyssa Dufour of Augusta received honorable mention for her exhibit, "Medical Care for One, Medical Care for All - Advancements in Diagnostic Radiology."

Senior radiography student Megan Goudey of Portland received honorable mention for her exhibit, "Diagnosis and Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis in the Radiology Department."

Junior radiography student Brianna Beisaw of Jay received honorable mention for her essay, "Diagnosing Brain Aneurysms with Radiologic Technology."

The CMMC School of Radiologic Technology was founded by the late Clark F. Miller, M.D., in 1949. It was the first school of its kind in Maine. Students take courses at the College in Lewiston and complete clinical rotations at CMMC and affiliates in central Maine or at Mercy Hospital and affiliates in southern Maine.

The awards were presented at the Maine Society of Radiologic Technologists' annual conference at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. The contest is open to all students enrolled in radiology science programs in Maine.

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Four Mercy Hospital Urologists Working with CMMC Urology Practice

05/21/2012

Four Mercy Hospital urologists have joined the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff and are seeing patients as part of a collaboration between a CMMC urology practice and Mercy Health System of Maine.

Fore River Urology, a specialty healthcare practice affiliated with Mercy Hospital in Portland, is working with Central Maine Urology Center to provide patient care in Lewiston, including surgical services at CMMC.

The urologists are seeing patients at Central Maine Urology Center's 287 Main Street Plaza office in Lewiston while maintaining their practice in Portland.

"The Fore River urologists are well-respected throughout Maine. They bring additional expertise to our community so patients will not have to travel for this care. We have a very busy practice, so more providers will improve local access to high-quality urologic care," said Paul R. Mailhot, M.D., director of Central Maine Urology Center.

The Fore River Urology physicians seeing patients at CMMC are Gregory Adey, M.D., Michael Corea, M.D., Marc Hodroff, M.D., and Benjamin Scoll, M.D.

With the exceptions of vasectomy and pediatric urology, they are providing basicurology services at Central Maine Urology Center's Lewiston office. They also perform basic urology surgery at CMMC.

Gregory Adey, M.D., graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his surgical and urologic training with the Harvard Program in Urology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, both in Boston. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

His special expertise includes treatment of all types of urologic cancers, kidney stones, erectile dysfunction, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), and fertility issues.

Michael Corea, M.D., earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed his training at the Brown University Program in Urology/Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I.

Corea's specialty focus includes minimally invasive therapies, especially in urologic oncology, stone disease, and enlarged prostate treatment. He has also served as a proctor for novel laparoscopic techniques to treat renal tumors, and is proficient in cryosurgery to treat prostate cancer. He keeps current on new modalities to treat erectile dysfunction and male and female incontinence.

Marc Hodroff, M.D., is fellowship-trained in female and pelvic reconstructive urology and has extensive experience treating incontinence, voiding dysfunction, and pelvic prolapse. He provides comprehensive care for both men and women with urinary incontinence, or leakage of urine, voiding dysfunction, and pelvic prolapse.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, and completed his urologic training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics before serving a fellowship in St. Paul, Minn. His other specialties include urologic cancer treatments and laparoscopy.

Benjamin Scoll, M.D., was awarded his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, and completed urology training at Temple University Hospital and the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

His areas of interest include treatment of urologic cancers, urethral stricture disease, and male voiding dysfunction and complex urinary stone disease.

Central Maine Urology Center's clinical staff includes Paul R. Mailhot, M.D., and physician assistant Heather Renihan.

A Lewiston native, Mailhot has practiced in his home community for some 30 years. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and completed residency training at Brown University Medical Center in Providence, R.I.

He is certified by the American Board of Urology.

Renihan earned her master of science degree in physician assistant studies at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. After obtaining her national certification she went on to practice family medicine and urgent care in San Diego before joining the Central Maine Urology Center team.

The Central Maine Urology Center is located at 287 Main Street Plaza, Suite 404, in Lewiston. The practice can be reached at 795-2171.

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"Cycling Aches and Pains" is the topic of an informational session set for June 11 at Central Maine Medical Center

05/21/2012

"Cycling Aches and Pains" is the topic of an informational session set for June 11 at Central Maine Medical Center.

Certified athletic trainer Greg Jancaitis from Central Maine Sports Medicine will review some of the most common injuries and illnesses that cyclists encounter. He will discuss the typical causes of these injuries, how a developing problem can be identified, and how a change in cycling technique and bike fit can address these problems.

Jancaitis is a USA Cycling certified cycling coach whose clients range from racers looking to take their training to the next level to those getting into cycling for the first time. He is an avid bicycle commuter and competes in ultra-endurance mountain bike races.

The program may be of particular interest to those participating in The Dempsey Challenge in October.

"Cycling Aches and Pains" will be presented free of charge in Chairmen's Room A on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, located next to CMMC in Lewiston. The presentation will begin at about 5 p.m. and last about 30 minutes.

For more information, call Greg Jancaitis at 795-8465 or email him at jancaigr@cmhc.org

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Central Maine Hearing Center Audiologists Hosting Two Hearing Health Seminars

05/11/2012

Central Maine Hearing Center audiologists will present two hearing health seminars in May.

David Jardine and Elizabeth Jardine, who each hold doctorate degrees in audiology, will host seminars on May 8 and May 29. The presentations, which are open to the public, are set for 6 p.m. in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building on the Central Maine Medical Center campus.

"Improve Your Hearing, Improve Your Life: Advancements In Hearing Technologies" is the topic of the May 8 presentation.

"As audiologists, we are committed to helping people hear better and, as a result, live better. When someone can hear conversations with friends and family, engage in social activities, and connect better with those they care about, they are amazed at how their life improves," says Elizabeth Jardine.

"Comprehensive ear and hearing disorder evaluation, proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment can lead to a better quality of life for children and adults alike. Advancements in hearing technology offer many people a positive, life-changing option," adds David Jardine.

Elizabeth Beal Jardine earned her doctor of audiology degree from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a member of American Academy of Audiology.

She specializes in hearing testing for adults and children of all ages, auditory processing disorders (APD) in children, balance disorders of the inner ear and treatment, auditory brainstem response (ABR)testing for infants, and hearing aid selection and fitting for both adults and children of all ages.

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

He specializes in hearing testing, which includes auditory processing tests to assist in hearing aid fittings for the elderly, tinnitus diagnosis and treatment, and diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders. He is uniquely trained in hearing aid fitting and is one of a select number of audiologists nationwide who is certified to dispense Lyric extended wear hearing aids.

During Better Hearing Month (May), the Central Maine Hearing Center is joining a nationwide effort to remind the public that hearing loss prevention, and proper treatment of hearing loss once it occurs, are critical steps to preserving or improving hearing and securing a more fulfilling lifestyle.

These seminars, sponsored by Central Maine Medical Center and Central Maine Hearing Center, are free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments and giveaways will be offered to attendees.

"What's That Darn Ringing In My Ear? Let's Talk About Tinnitus" will be the subject of the May 29 presentation.

For more information, call the Central Maine Hearing Center at 786-9949.

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Topsham Family Medicine Hosting Bariatrics Informational Program

05/11/2012

Topsham Family Medicine will host an informational program about weight loss surgery on June 6.

Central Maine Bariatric Surgery will present an interactive videoconference featuring bariatric surgeons and other members of the bariatric surgery program's professional staff. They will provide a general overview of obesity and weight loss surgery options. The program will include a question and answer session.

The videoconference will originate from a live event being presented at Central Maine Medical Center.

The Topsham Family Medicine bariatric surgery videoconference begins at 6 p.m. and concludes about 8 p.m. Seating at the event is limited, so early registration is advised. Those wishing to register for the videoconference should call Central Maine Bariatric Surgery at 795-5710.

There is no charge for participation.

The live event at Central Maine Medical Center will be held in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building. Preregistration is not required for the Lewiston event.

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Plastic Surgery Education Program Set for May 23

05/10/2012

"Everything You Wanted to Know About Plastic Surgery, But Didn't Know Who To Ask" is the topic of a program set for May 23 at Central Maine Medical Center.

Plastic surgeons Alan Harmatz, M.D., and Charles Foley, M.D., and physician assistant Sarah Greven, from Central Maine Plastic Surgery, will host an informational session about cosmetic surgery, non-surgical aesthetic enhancements, and skin care.

They will discuss the latest techniques in breast augmentation, body contouring and non-surgical enhancements. A Botox demonstration will be presented. High-quality skin care products will also be featured.

Harmatz has worked as a plastic surgeon in southern and central Maine for some 15 years. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Before joining Central Maine Plastic Surgery last year, Foley practiced in Massachusetts and managed his own private practice in Tennessee. He is certified in general surgery and plastic surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Greven earned her physician assistant degree at University of New England in Biddeford. She has special training in providing non-surgical cosmetic procedures, including Botox and other injectable products.

The program, which is free of charge and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. and will be presented in the Chairman's Rooms, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building on the CMMC campus.

For more information, call 795-6543 or email DubucAng@cmhc.org

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05/04/2012

"Cardiac Medications and the New Anticoagulants" will be the topic of discussion at the May 10 meeting of Mended Hearts at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston.

Guest speaker for the program will be Central Maine Medical Center pharmacist Kevin Forbush.

Anyone interested in learning more about Mended Hearts is urged to call CMHVI's Cardiac Rehabilitation office at 795-8225 or email StroutCh@cmhc.org

The meeting will take place on May 10 at 5 p.m. in the Young Wing First-Floor Conference Room, located near the main entrance to Central Maine Medical Center.

There is no charge for participation.

Mended Hearts is affiliated with the American Heart Association.

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"F.A.S.T. Facts on Stroke" is Subject of CMMC Accenting Your Health Presentations in May

05/01/2012

"F.A.S.T. Facts on Stroke" will be the subject of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for May.

Peggy McRae, director of Outpatient Cardiovascular Services at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, will explain what happens when someone experiences a stroke. In particular, she'll present the five symptoms of stroke and discuss what actions should be taken when someone appears to be having a stroke.

McRae has over 30 years experience in emergency and critical care nursing, including work at major trauma-critical care centers in Florida. She earned a nursing degree at St.Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in Waterbury, Conn., and later completed a bachelor's degree in nursing through the State of New York Regents College University. She is certified in critical care nursing through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is also certified as a hospital emergency department coordinator through the Medical College of Georgia's Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, Ga.

The program will be presented from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on May 7 and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 10. Both sessions will be held in the first-floor conference room in the Young Wing, located near the main entrance to CMMC at 60 High Street.

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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Long-time CMMC Volunteer Recognized as Maine's Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

04/26/2012

Long-time Central Maine Medical Center volunteer Janice Bilodeau of Auburn has been recognized as Maine's Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.

At a ceremony held at the Maine Statehouse, Bilodeau was personally recognized by Maine First Lady Ann LePage as Maine's top volunteer.

Other volunteers from across the state were congratulated at the ceremony, but Bilodeau, whose has volunteered at CMMC for 27, earned top recognition. Her name has been added to the Roll of Honor for the 2012 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards.

Bilodeau has given over 4,000 hours of service to the hospital, including work at the Arbor House and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. She regularly volunteers as an errand runner, does patient transports, runs lab specimens and x-rays, escorts patients and does hospital tours for local preschools. She is also a member of the newly organized TenderCare volunteer program at CMMC where she provides comfort and companionship to patients who are dying or are critically or chronically ill.

Her most well know volunteer role is that of the "CMMC Cookie Lady". Each week she bakes assorted goodies for hospital staff, patients and the families of patients who are staying in the Arbor House or attending support groups at the Dempsey Center. She regularly delivers tins of baked goods throughout the hospital and even takes special orders from those who are in need of some "soul food". "She brightens the lives of so many people with each cookie," says CMMC Volunteer Manager Sue Hedrich.

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2nd Annual Arbor House Helicopter Ball Drop

04/26/2012

Central Maine Medical Center will launch its 2nd Annual Arbor House Helicopter Ball Drop on June 18 at 5 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.

A silent auction of items donated by CMMC Associate volunteers and local businesses will be open to those who purchase ball drop raffle tickets. Those holding ticket stubs are also invited to a reception featuring light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

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: $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.

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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2012 Annual CMMC Gala Raises Record $102,000

04/26/2012

Central Maine Medical Center raised $102,000 with its recent annual dinner-dance affair, the largest amount yet raised through the event.

"Future Generations Begin Here" was the theme of CMMC's 16th Annual Spring Gala. Funds raised through the event will support CMMC's Special Delivery Family Birthing Center.

Gala presenting sponsor Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and event sponsor CareTech Solutions joined 20 other major sponsors, including many businesses in the greater Lewiston-Auburn area, to support the fund-raiser.

"CMMC is very appreciative of all the support provided by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and CareTech Solutions, as well as businesses and individuals not only from the area but from throughout the country. The record attendance of 303 at our Gala speaks to the appeal of the event 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. "These dedicated and creative volunteers planned the event, including the theme that featured images of babies born at CMMC. 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 www.cmmcgiving.org

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Clinical Pastoral Care Graduates

04/26/2012

The following individuals recently completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Central Maine Medical Center: from left, Rev. Jay W. Turner, director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at CMMC; Elizabeth Hood of Phippsburg, a graduate of the Academy for Christian Life and Leadership; Jennifer Reed of Vassalboro, a Bangor Theological Seminary student; Rebecca Sommons of Vassalboro, a Bangor Theological Seminary student; Rev. Alicia Kellogg of Winthrop, an Episcopal deacon serving at St Matthew's Episcopal Church in Hallowell; and Daniel Doyon of Lewiston, a chaplain serving at D'Youville Pavilion in Lewiston. CMMC's pastoral training program, one of only two such programs in Maine, is accredited through the U.S. Department of Education. 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 an action/reflection method to further integrate personal history, beliefs, and the behavioral sciences. The program includes visitation, individual and group reflection, didactics, written materials, and pertinent readings. For more information about CMMC's Clinical Pastoral Education program, call 795-2291.

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Sam and Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center Earns Accreditation

04/17/2012

Central Maine Medical Center's Sam and Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center has been granted full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

NAPBC accreditation is only awarded to centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

"Accreditation has, to date, been granted to only three breast centers in the state. This demonstrates that the Bennett Center offers the highest level of expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease," said Gregory D'Augustine, M.D., co-medical director of the Bennett Center.

During the accreditation survey process, a center must demonstrate compliance with NAPBC standards for treating the full spectrum of breast disease. These standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.

NAPBC accreditation indicates that a breast care center has demonstrated a firm commitment to provide patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

"This accreditation serves to verify what the citizens of central Maine have known since the center opened its doors in 1998; that they can rely on the staff and providers at the Bennett Center to deliver care which is both compassionate and comprehensive," said D'Augustine.

NAPBC-accredited centers must assure that patients have access to quality breast care close to home, including: comprehensive state-of-the-art services; a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; and information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit www.accreditedbreastcenters.org

For more information about the Sam and Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center, call 207-795-2100 or visit www.cmmc.org

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Wellness Center Offerings

04/05/2012

Central Maine Medical Center�s Wellness Center is offering the following group exercise programs beginning April 16:

Advanced Bellydancing - This class is for those who have at least a year�s experience in bellydancing and want to take it to the next level. Instructor Lisa Cummings, a.k.a. Imari, will introduce class participants to bellydancing choreography. Thursdays from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

A Taste of Ballroom - This four-week session introduces the basics of two popular ballroom dances � the waltz and the swing. Participants must have a dancing partner. Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with instructor Diane Williams. Participants must register by April 20 at noon.

Ballroom Dance Workshop - This one-time workshop with Diane Williams is intended forthose who have had prior dance instruction and are dancing at an advanced beginner/intermediate level. Students will brush up on several dances and learn new combinations. April 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participantsmust register by April 13 at noon.

Bellydancing Aerobics � Imari leads this exhilarating, fun class designed to help participants trim and tone with basic slow and fast bellydancing movements. No prior dance experience required. Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cardio Sculpt� This ongoing series combines low-impact cardio 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 and Lin Bourque, features weight training that targets both major muscle groups and hard to reach spots. The routine includes extensive floor work. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 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 � A class designed for people with a �cardiac event� history -- including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery,coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants -- who have completed a cardiac rehabilitation program and are looking for a �maintenance� program. The class includes general supervision and individual, independent cardiovascular andstrength training. It also incorporates group weight training and self-safety skills. The instructors are Sue Driscoll and Brandi Richards. 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. Instructors are Brandi Richards and Michele Lamare. 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.

Pilates Plus � 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 � 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 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 new 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 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. beginning April 24.

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.



All programs are offered in the CMMC Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.

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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Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery

04/05/2012

Two Maine painters are showing their work at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery during April.

Watercolors by June Dragoon and watercolors and oil paintings by Michelle Giard are on display.

Dragoon believes color is the most emotional aspect of painting, so the versatility of watercolor is especially important to her. She enjoys painting New England scenes, floralscenes and recently was commissioned to do several portraits.

Although she has studied with a number of well-known artists, Dragoon is primarily self-taught. Her work has been exhibited in many galleries and is in private collections throughout the world. She operates Hillside Art Gallery in West Peru.

Giard was formerly an art teacher in Auburn and Brunswick schools and is now a stay-at-home mother of three girls. When she is not busy with home schooling her girls she enjoys painting in oils and sometimes watercolors.

She received her bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Southern Maine in Portland and went on to earn a master's degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

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

The paintings will be on display through April 21.

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Wal-Mart Donation to Wellness Center

04/02/2012


From left, CMMC Wellness Center Supervisor Nate Littlefield, CMMC President Laird Covey, Wal-Mart Market Manager David Murray, Auburn Wal-Mart Manager Andy Pepin, and Sarah Shink, market assistant.
The Wal-Mart State Giving Program recently contributed nearly $50,000 to improvements at the Central Maine Medical Center Wellness Center.

With a membership base that grew some 31 percent in the past year, the CMMC Wellness Center serves not only exercise devotees from the greater Lewiston-Auburn area, but also a large number of patients participating in medically-supervised rehabilitation or fitness programs. Nearly 800 individuals now use the hospital-based facility.

The Wal-Mart grant was used to replace exercise equipment that was more than 10 years old, including three elliptical trainers, two upright exercise bikes, three treadmills, and a recumbent exercise bike.

"Surveys indicated that our members have been highly satisfied with our services, but not with our equipment," said Wellness Center Supervisor Nate Littlefield. "About a third of our members were dissatisfied with the quality of our equipment, and a quarter were unsatisfied with access to equipment. Thanks to the Wal-Mart State Giving Program grant, we were able to upgrade our facility. Not only are we receiving very positive feedback from long-time members regarding their satisfaction with the new equipment, we are also seeing an upswing in membership and attendance. In the three weeks since installing the equipment, we have had 54 new members join the facility."

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Nutrition: How to Make It Work For You

04/02/2012

"Nutrition: How to Make It Work For You" will be the topic of a presentation set for the April 19 meeting of the Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group.

Amanda Hutchins, child and adolescent health coordinator at Healthy Androscoggin, will discuss breaking down barriers to eating a healthy diet, focusing on portion sizes, how to read a nutrition label, and eating healthy on a budget.

Hutchins has been with Healthy Androscoggin since 2010 and is primarily responsible for coordinating youth programs, implementing the Let's Go! Program in local childcare centers and after-school settings, and managing Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes work in Lewiston and Auburn.

She holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Saint Joseph's College in Windham and a master's degree in nutrition and health promotion from Simmons College in Boston.

The Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group is for individuals who have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Family members and other support persons are also welcomed to attend. The meeting provides a forum for discussion regarding experiences with an ICD and presents learning opportunities not only about living with the devices, but about cardiac health issues.

The meeting will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute first-floor conference room.

The program is being offered free of charge.

For more information, call or email physician assistant Joe Sala at 753-3900 or salaj@cmhc.org

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

03/09/2012

Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United State with an estimated 140,000 cases and over 49,000 deaths each year. Both men and women can get colorectal cancer. It is often found in people 50 or older and the risk increases with age.

Experts believe at least 60% of the colorectal cancer deaths could be avoided if everyone age 50 or older had regular screening tests. Colorectal cancer can start with no symptoms while some people do experience symptoms. Everyone age 50 or older (even younger if symptoms present or you have a family history of colorectal cancer) should speak to their physician about screening tests that could save your life.

More information go to:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/colorectalawareness/


http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/pdf/Basic_FS_Eng_Color.pdf

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Mended Hearts Officers

03/08/2012

The Lewiston-Auburn area chapter of Mended Hearts has elected officers who will serve through 2013. Among those serving as leaders of thegroup are: from left, Joan Crawford, secretary; Ed Madden, president; Cheryl Strout, advisor; Raoul Fernandez, assistant Northeast regional director; Katie Davis, treasurer; and Dave Wood, vice president. Mended Hearts, a patient-run support group, is a national non-profit organization that supports heart disease patients and their families through a visiting program and monthly meetings. The Lewiston-Auburn chapter last year dedicated 1,400 hours making some 2,890 patient/family visits. The group meets at 5 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the conference room on the first floor of the Young Wing at Central Maine Medical Center-Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute. Anyone interested in learning more about Mended Hearts is urged to call Cheryl Strout at 795-8230 or email StroutCh@cmhc.org

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Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery

03/08/2012

The Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) is featuring the work of two area photographers at its Rotating Art Gallery through April 21.

Cathy Case and Anne Huston are displaying samples of their work in the 60 High Street Main Lobby corridor at CMMC.

Case's interest in photography began with sporting events and later expanded to outdoors and nature scenes. In the past few years, she has developed a thriving portrait business and has found particular enjoyment in photographing high school seniors. "I love the excitement and enthusiasm they bring with them to their shoots and especially enjoy finding unique ways to help them show their personality," Case says.

Huston became interested in 35 mm photography while working at a commercial photography study more than 25 years ago. She admits having difficulty moving from film to digital photography, but has come to appreciate the flexibility that digital imaging allows. "I began making photo cards of my own images to use as stationary and personalized photo cards, and I have enjoyed displaying my framed photographs at several othervenues," Huston says.

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

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Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease Discussion

02/28/2012

"Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease" will be the topic of discussion at the March 8 meeting of Mended Hearts at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston.

Diana L. Wilson, M.D., medical director of the Central Maine Sleep Center, will talk about the connection between chronic sleep apnea and cardiac disease.

Wilson is a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She is certified in pulmonary disease and critical care by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is also certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

A graduate of the University of Maine in Orono, she earned her medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vt.

Mended Hearts, a patient-run support group, is a national non-profit organization that supports heart disease patients and their families through a visiting program and monthly meetings.

Anyone interested in learning more about Mended Hearts is urged to call CMHVI's Cardiac Rehabilitation office at 795-8225 or email StroutCh@cmhc.org

The meeting will take place on March 8 at 5 p.m. in Young Wing First-Floor Conference Room, located near the main entrance to Central Maine Medical Center.

There is no charge for participation.

Mended Hearts is affiliated with the American Heart Association.

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Special Delivery Family Birthing Center Discussion

02/28/2012

Central Maine Medical Center's Special Delivery Family Birthing Center was the topic of discussion at the February meeting of the CMMC Associates.

Heidi Morin, manager of the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center and Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit at CMMC, discussed the hospital's recent recertification as "baby friendly" by Baby-Friendly USA, the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Baby-Friendly USA has again designated CMMC as a "Baby-Friendly Hospital" for providing optimal care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies while also insuringhigh quality mother-baby care. Baby-Friendly hospitals focus on a "rooming-in" concept that seeks to keep mothers and babies together throughout their hospital stay.

CMMC is one of just four Maine hospitals and only 77 hospitals nationwide that have achieved Baby-Friendly certification.

The CMMC Associates next meet on March 12 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch. Guest speakers for the meeting will be Michael Cox and Elizabeth Turcotte from the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine.

For more information regarding the CMMC Associates Program or to confirm your attendance at the March meeting, contact the CMMC Development Office at 795-2950 or email giving@cmhc.org

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Weight Loss Surgery Informational Program March 7

02/28/2012

Central Maine Bariatric Surgery will host an informational program about weight loss surgery on March 7.

Bariatric surgeons and other members of the bariatric surgery program's professional staff will provide a general overview of obesity and weight loss surgery options. The program will include a question and answer session.

The program will be held in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There is no charge for participation.

The program is offered on the first Wednesday and third Monday of every month.

For more information, call Central Maine Bariatrics at 795-5710.

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College of Nursing and Health Professions Courses

02/19/2012

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions will offer 11 general education courses during its summer session.

Microbiology (BIO 213): This four-credit class includes both lecture and laboratory work. Prerequisite courses are Anatomy and Physiology I and II. Course begins May 15 and concludes on June 29. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Labs are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. A second lab session will be offered, if class size requires. The instructor will be Kim Emery.

College Writing (ENG 101): This three-credit online course, which focuses on clear,effective writing, commences on May 7 and ends on June 29. High-speed internet access is required. The instructor is Araminta Matthews.

Professional Writing (ENG 140): This three-credit online course addresses business-professional communications. It begins May 7 and concludes June 29. High speed internet access is required. Araminta Matthews will serve as instructor.

College Algebra (MAT 140): This course reviews standard college-level algebra topics and their application to real problems. Three credits. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 8 to June 28. The instructor is Adam Pride.

Medical Terminology (MET 111): This three-credit online course, led by Dana Law Ham, assists students in the development of a medical terminology vocabulary that will facilitate communication of medical information in a medical office or hospital environment. Begins May 7 and concludes August 17. High-speed internet access is required.

Pharmacology (PHM 201): This three-credit online course focuses on the principles of pharmacology and the major drug classifications. High-speed internet access required. May 7 to August 17. Prerequisite courses are Anatomy and Physiology I and II. Course instructor is Michael Boucher.

Phlebotomy (PHL 100): A two-credit course that provides students with the knowledge and clinical skills to become a phlebotomist. Begins May 8 and wraps up on July 10. Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Beverly Leavitt will serve as course instructor.

History of the Heath Care Environment (HIS 210): This three-credit course will provide an introduction to the U.S. health care system, its history, its problems and their possible solutions. Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Begins May 7 and ends June 28. Dale Morrell is the course instructor.

Bridge to College Transition (SEM 020): A one-credit course set for 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., August 17 and August 18. This two-day program, which helps students transition to the requirements of college level coursework, is open to everyone and is mandatory for some students enrolling in the nursing, radiology, and nuclear medicine programs at the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions. Araminta Matthews is the instructor. (This course may not be used as credit toward an associate of applied science degree.)

Developmental Writing (ENG 010): A three-credit course that helps students achieve basic competencies in reading comprehension and writing, and addresses basic software skills necessary to complete online learning goals, access online research platforms, and write documents. Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Score of 40 to 60 required to participate. May 8 to June 28 from noon to 3 p.m. Araminta Matthews is the instructor. (This course may not be used as credit toward an associate of applied science degree.)

MathReview (MAT 011): This three-credit course focuses on the fundamentals of numerical mathematics, including a review of unit conversions, basic algebraic techniques, and an introduction to probabilities. Accuplacer Algebra Score of 50 to 60 required to participate. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., July 3 to August 23. Course instructor is Adam Pride. (This course may not be used as credit toward an associate of applied science degree.)

For more information, go to www.cmmccollege.edu or contact Kathy Jacques at 207-795-2858 or jacqueka@cmhc.org

Registration opens for CMMC CONHP students on March 1. Registration is open to the public on March 19. Registration deadline is April 30.

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"A Heart to Heart" Conference

02/15/2012

Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute will host the 12th Annual "A Heart to Heart" Conference on heart disease on February 25.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the morning's events kick off at 9 a.m. with opening remarks by Susan Horton, executive director of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute.

"Give Me Five for Stroke" is the first topic of discussion at 9:15 a.m. with registered nurse Peggy McRae, stroke coordinator at CMMC.

McRae will explain what happens when someone experiences a stroke. In particular, she'll present the five symptoms of stroke and discuss what actions should be taken when someone appears to be having a stroke.

McRae has over 30 years experience in emergency and critical care nursing, including work at major trauma-critical care centers in Florida. She earned a nursing degree at St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in Waterbury, Conn., and later completed a bachelor's degree in nursing through the State of New York Regents College University. She is certified in critical care nursing through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is also certified as a hospital emergency coordinator through the Medical College of Georgia's Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, Ga.

At 10:10 a.m., exercise physiologist Nate Littlefield will talk about "Exercise: Your Prescription for Health", focusing on the many benefits of a regular exercise program, and provide guidance to help you with the three basic forms of exercise: cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility.

Littlefield, supervisor of the CMMC Wellness Center, received his bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Since graduating magna cum laude in 2005, he has worked in the corporate wellness industry as a personal health coach, trainer, and supervisor.

The morning's final presentations, set to begin at 11:15 a.m. will address nutrition for people of all ages.

Amanda Hutchins, child and adolescent health coordinator at Healthy Androscoggin, will discuss "Nutrition: How to Make It Work For You". Van Beckman, program coordinator for Let's Go! Androscoggin will talk about "5-2-1-0 Every Day", a program designed to encourage improved nutrition and increased physical activity.

Hutchins has been with Healthy Androscoggin since 2010 and is primarily responsible for coordinating youth programs, implementing the Let's Go! Program in local childcare centers and after-school settings, and managing Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes work in Lewiston and Auburn.

She will address breaking down barriers to eating a healthy diet, focusing on portion sizes, how to read a nutrition label, and eating healthy on a budget.

She holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Saint Joseph's College in Windham and a master's degree in nutrition and health promotion from Simmons College in Boston.

In his role with Let's Go! Androscoggin, Van Beckman helps promote healthy living for children, youth, and families through his work with some 35 local schools, childcare programs, afterschool programs, and healthcare practices in Androscoggin County. The program's goal is to improve nutrition and increase physical activity through strategies based around the message: five or more fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of recreational screen time, one hour or more of physical activity, and no sugary drinks daily.

Beckman was assigned to Healthy Androscoggin through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. He is in his third term of VISTA service, having previously served as a program coordinator for volunteer emergency response initiatives in Wyoming through CitizenCorps, and as a grant writer and workshop facilitator with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyoming. He received a bachelor's degree in humanities from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.

The 12th Annual "A Heart to Heart" 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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Wellness Solutions Programs

02/15/2012

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following group exercise programs beginning February 27:

Bellydancing Aerobics - This class, led by Lisa Cummings aka "Imari," is an exhilarating and fun way to trim and tone by utilizing basic slow and fast bellydancing movements. No prior dance experience required. Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cardio Sculpt - This ongoing series combines low-impact moves with weight training targeting major muscle groups and 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 - Led by Ian Barclay and Lin Bourque, this series also features weight training for major muscle groups and and more difficult to train spots. Extensive floor work is included in the routine. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 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 Marcy Covey. 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 - A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history - including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants - who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. 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 Richards. 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.

Pilates Plus - This ongoing class led by Jen Swift 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.

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.

Tai Chi for Peace of Mind - Come experience the many advantages of this ancient Chinese exercise, including improved balance, focus, and stress relief. This class, led by Katy Taylor, is for all ability levels. Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 7:45 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 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., beginning February 28.

Zumba - This Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa, and reggaetone. 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.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.

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

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Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group Meeting

02/09/2012

"The History of ICDs and Electromagnetic Interference" will be the topic of a presentation set for the February 16 meeting of the Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group.

Ellie Corey, a clinical consultant for Boston Scientific, will be the featured speaker.

The Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group is for individuals who have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Family members and other support persons are also welcomed to attend. The meeting provides a forum for discussion regarding experiences with ICD and presents learning opportunities not only about living with thedevices, but about cardiac health issues.

The meeting will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute first-floor conference room.

The program is being offered free of charge.

For more information, call or email physician assistant Joe Sala at 753-3900 or salaj@cmhc.org

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Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery

02/01/2012


The Back Cove
The Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) will feature the work of a photographer and a painter during February at its Rotating Art Gallery in the Main Lobby at CMMC.

Photographic work by Ray C. Pringle of Strong and paintings by Ralph Hagopian of Swan's Island will be displayed at CMMC and may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby. A percentage of sale proceeds benefit CMMC.

Pringle takes particular interest in landscape and documentary photography, but his work includes portraiture, miniature, architectural, and wildlife images. Mostly focusing on the "grand landscape", Pringle has ranged over mountains, deserts, and forests to find "that perfect view".

"Viewing through the lens a land devoid of human life, there are sometimes subtle references to civilization. So often are landscapes abandoned by people, there are almostalways signs of human encroachment. Why did they come here? Why did they leave? Where are they now?" Pringle says.

Hagopian has painted in oil and watercolor since childhood, tutored first by his father, a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and later with private lessons and in workshops led by landscape and portrait artist Jerry Rose, who maintains a studio in Blue Hill and shows his work in Northeast Harbor.

His paintings have been exhibited in shows in Brunswick and Rockland as well as in the public libraries on Swan's Island and at Southwest Harbor.

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January Art at CMMC

01/13/2012

The Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) is featuring the work of photographer Nancy Preble at its Rotating Art Gallery in the Main Lobby at CMMC during January. Also on display are recent works by young artists participating in the Lewiston Housing Authority-sponsored Youth Enrichment Program.

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, and the Art Walk in Lewiston and Auburn. She has shown her work at Gallery 5 inLewiston. One of her photos was featured in a publication compiled by the International Library of Photography.

Also on display at CMMC during January are ink drawings, watercolors, scratch board and prisma color pencils by participants in the Lewiston Youth Enrichment Program art class led by Sissi Ventrone.

The exhibit at CMMC will continue through January 28.

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CMMC Spring Gala

01/07/2012

Central Maine Medical Center's 16th Annual Spring Gala will be held March 24 at the Kora Temple in Lewiston. Proceeds from the event, entitled "Future Generations Begin Here", will benefit the CMMC Special Delivery Family Birthing Center. Hosted by the CMMC Associates and the CMMC Woman's Hospital Association, the evening will include a social hour and a four-course dinner. The Jim Ciampi Band will provide the music. A photographer will be available to take pictures to commemorate the evening. Reservations are required and should be made by March 9. For more information about the Gala or the CMMC Associates, call the CMMC Development Office at 795-2950 or email giving@cmmc.org Serving as Gala Committee members are: from left, seated, Sharon Poulin, Gala chairperson; Heidi Morin, manager of women's and children's services at CMMC; and Alina Burke, Northeast Bank; second row, Sue Melanson, CMMC Food Services; Tracey Steuber, Building Solutions; and Bonnie McHugh, Gleason Media; back row, Cathy DiVello, Woman's Hospital Association; Kathy Fyfe, TD Bank; Sue Donovan, Donovan's; Christine Bosse, Bangor Savings; Karyn Small, E.A. Buschmann; Dawn Youland, TD Bank; Ron Peyser, Gamache & Lessard; and Nancy Brown, The Sign Shack of Maine. Committee members not pictured were: Bob Bernier, Matheson Gases; Jen Pike, Twin City Times; and Kathie Lamb, Consigli.

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College of Nursing Alumni Meeting

01/07/2012

Wendy Tardif, executive director of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, will be the guest speaker at the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing Alumni Association's annual meeting on January 19.

Tardif will discuss the history of the Dempsey Center and provide an overview of its services. She will also talk about the Dempsey Challenge fund-raising event, including opportunities available to become involved with the Dempsey Center and the annual fund-raiser.

Tardif earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maine in Orono. She has worked as a community health educator for more than 25 years. She is a co-founder of Healthy Androscoggin formerly known as Tobacco-Free L/A) and played an instrumental role in the creation of the CMMC Health and Wellness Center. She is a certified tobacco treatment specialist, and has helped hundreds of former tobacco uses in central Maine conquer their tobacco habit. Tardif is a commissioner for the Maine Lung Association and a faculty member of the Center for Tobacco Independence.

Tardif has been a core planning committee member of Lewiston-Auburn's Triple Crown 5K Series, a community run/walk fund-raising series that benefits nonprofit community organizations. In 2009, she spearheaded the first L-A Couch-to-5kprogram.

Founded in March 2008 by actor and Maine native Patrick Dempsey, the Dempsey Center provides high quality education, support and wellness services to cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and families. The Centerembraces the whole person -- body, mind and spirit -- in a respectful, inclusive and healing environment. All of the Center's services are provided free of charge.

The January 19 meeting is a "brown bag" luncheon and will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions, 70 Middle Street, Lewiston. A business meeting with election of officers will take place following Tardif's presentation. For more information, call 783-4322.

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CMMC Alumni Award Winners

01/07/2012

Erin Cady of Mechanic Falls has been presented the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing Alumni Association Elsie Lauten Award.

The award, which includes a scholarship, is made annually to a senior student who "displays a unique gift of compassion in care of the geriatric patient." The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing faculty selects the award winner.

"It was an absolute honor to receive the award. It was completely unexpected. I am very grateful for it, as well as for the financial gift," Cady said. "I have been concerned that my compassion and empathy would leave me as a nurse feeling emotionally drained, so having proper boundaries for a therapeutic relationship is something I've had to work on. But for someone to say, 'Hey, we recognize that you really love people, and that's good!' - that just made me really happy. It was very touching."

Cady was presented the award at the College of Nursing Alumni Association (CONAA) at a holiday party at the CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions in Lewiston. Several other nursing students were recognized for academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement, including: Meredith Hatch of North Conway, N.H.; Barbara Grant, Leeds; Susan Sebestyen, Gray; Amy Moody, Wells; Heidi MacLean-Marafa, South Portland; Christina Lavoie, Turner; Bonnie Trundy, Hebron; and Sherryann StPierre, New Gloucester. Cady was also recognized for her academic achievement. They were each presented certificates from Who's Who Among Students.

The Elsie Lauten Award honors Elsie Murchison Lauten, R.N, who showed a special concern for the welfare of older patients throughout a nursing career that began in 1940. Lauten was also dedicated to the nursing alumni association and was the inspiration for the organization's newsletter that is currently mailed to over 900 members.

The CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions offers certificate and associate in applied science degree programs. Anyone seeking more information is urged to visit www.cmmcCollege.edu or call 207-795-2840.

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Wellness Solutions is offering programs beginning January 9

01/02/2012

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning January 9:

Ballroom Dance Workshop - Learn to dance a smooth Tango and review the zesty Cha Cha. This session is for those who have had a previous basicclass in Cha Cha. Come with a partner for a fun night out. Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Diane Williams.

Bellydancing Aerobics - Led by Lisa Cummings, aka "Imari," this class is an exhilarating and fun way to trim and tone by utilizing basic slow and fast bellydancing movements. No prior dance experience required. Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Cardio Sculpt and Sweat - 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/Circuit - This class features 45 minutes of circuit training utilizing weights, machines, and cardio followed by 15 minutes of intense abdominal and low back "core" work. Mondays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. with Sharon Bergeron.

Core and Sweat - This ongoing series, lead by Ian Barclay and Lin Bourque, 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 - 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 Marcy Covey. 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 - A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history -- including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery,coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants -- who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays andFridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

H.I.I.T. (High-Intensity Interval Training) Training - Interval training is one of the best ways to maximize your calorie burn! This class features three-minute intervals of HIGH intensity cardio, separated by 30-second rest periods. Thursdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. with Sharon Bergeron.

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 Richards. 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.

Pilates Plus - 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 - 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. Tuesdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Pump H.I.I.T. (High-Intensity Interval Training) - This new class mixes intense cardio intervals with resistance training to help participants burn calories (up to 800), improve heart health, and sculpt your muscles. Instructed by Sharon Bergeron. Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.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 bodystrengthener. Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Tap Into Fun! - This four-week tap dancing class is for those who danced as a child, or have never even worn tap shoes. Basic tap steps and combinations taught to some familiar tunes while having fun and burning calories. Tap shoes are required and can be purchased online or ordered through instructor Beth Gaudet. Tuesdaysfrom 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Tai Chi for Peace of Mind - Participants experience the many advantages of this ancient Chinese exercise, including improved balance, focus, and stress relief. This class is for all ability levels. Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., with instructor Katy Taylor.

Yoga - Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey leads this series of yoga classes. Participantswill learn to center and balance themselves through poses, breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation. 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., beginning January 10.

Zumba - This Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa, and reggaetone. 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.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.

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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Nursing School Graduates

01/02/2012

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions (CONHP) graduated its first class of evening program students.

Having successfully completed the CMMC College of Nursing's two-year registered nursing education program, the 17 graduates were awarded associate degrees in the applied science of nursing. The students comprised the first class to graduate from the CONHP evening program. The students attended classes on Monday and Thursday evenings, and participated in the program's clinical component on Friday evenings and Saturdays during the day.

Speaking at the ceremony was LifeFlight of Maine registered nurse/paramedic Lori Metayer. Nancy Jo Ross, director of the CONHP Nursing Program, and Bonnie Colby, evening program coordinator, awarded pins and degrees.

Comprising the CMMC College of Nursing Class of December 2011 are: Patricia Blanchard, Joanne Giasson, and Audrey Martin, all of Auburn; Shaad Masood, Jennifer-Lynn Moreau, and Angela Roy, all of Lewiston; Corey Colson of Mechanic Falls; Sharon Cosgrove of Turner; Marc Pepin of Buckfield; Stacy Nadeau of Wales; Christine Gerry of Bowdoin; John Hobbs of Portland; Brittany Loon of Jay; Krystine Milan and Kristin Taylor, both of South Portland; Nicole Bourque of Biddeford; and honors student Maureen Smith of Hiram.

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions offers an associate in the applied science in nursing degree program. Program graduates who pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) become registered nurses. For more information about programs at CMMC CONHP, visit CMMCcollege.edu or call 207-795-2840.

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Quit & Win!

12/28/2011

Quit & Win is a free program to support your efforts to quit tobacco.

Quit smoking by January 10th and stay quit until February 14th, 2012 and you could win CASH or other great prizes!

Call Healthy Androscoggin at 795-5990 or visit www.healthyandroscoggin.org by January 10th to enter.

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Family Medicine Residency Hosts Conference

12/16/2011

Central Maine Medical Center's Family Medicine Residency (FMR) recently served as part of the Host Committee for the 2011 Family Medicine Education Consortium's Annual Conference in Danvers, Mass.

Central Maine Medical Center, Rumford Hospital and the CMMC FMR faculty and alumni were financial supporters of scholarships awarded to medical students who attended the conference.

FMR Program Director Donald Woolever, M.D., and Associate Program Director Deborah Taylor, Ph.D., joined representatives from other family medicine residencies and medical school family medicine departments in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to sponsor the conference. The three-day educational event was designed for medical students interested in primary care, residents in family medicine residency programs, directors and faculty of these programs, and family physicians who serve as teachers.

Peter Elias, M.D., a family physician at Family Health Care Associates in Auburn, was one of three recipients of the Family Medicine Education Consortium's "This We Believe" awards. The "This We Believe" project -- modeled on National Public Radio's "This I Believe" radio program -- offers physicians, physicians-in-training, and medical students engaged in family medicine organizations, the opportunity to express their core beliefs aboutserving others.

Elias was asked to read his essay, "The Reason", to the entire conference group to start the last day of the conference.

CMMC residency faculty and residents participated in various seminars and workshops, including an orthopedics skills/casting workshop for medical students led by participants from CMMC.

As part of a "residency fair team", attendees from CMMC were asked to dress in a "family or team theme" costume. CMMC's representatives dressed as a biking team for the Dempsey Challenge, an annual fund-raiser organized by the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing at CMMC.

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Healthy Androscoggin Names Wellness Coordinator

12/16/2011

Healthy Androscoggin is pleased to announce that Shanna Rogers has joined the staff as Adult and Worksite Wellness Coordinator. In that role, Rogers will coordinate Healthy Androscoggin's worksite wellness activities and nutrition initiatives. In addition, she will help coordinate the Wellness Council of Androscoggin County and oversee the Work Healthy! Award Program. The goal of the annual Work Healthy! Award Program is to recognize businesses who create a healthy workplace for their employees. Through this program, Healthy Androscoggin provides technical assistance, education materials, and support to employers who want to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles. Rogers will also be providing nutrition education and networking opportunities to food pantries throughout Androscoggin County.

Rogers has extensive background in community networking and healthcare advocacy. Prior to joining Healthy Androscoggin, she served as Resident Organizer for the Neighborhood Housing League in Lewiston, Chair of the Policy Council and Parent Advocate for Androscoggin Headstart and Childcare, and Volunteer Leader for the Maine People's Alliance. As a result of these experiences, Rogers brings strong advocacy and grassroots organizing skills to Healthy Androscoggin. She can be contacted at rogerssh@cmhc.org or by calling 795-5927.

Healthy Androscoggin, a Healthy Maine Partnership, is a community coalition funded in part by the Fund for A Healthy Maine. The coalition has four main community goals: supporting tobacco-free lifestyles, increasing physical activity, promoting healthy eating, and preventing substance abuse. For more information about Healthy Androscoggin, call 207-795-5990, visit us online at www.healthyandroscoggin.org, or friend us on Facebook.

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December 7 Weight Loss Surgery Program

12/04/2011

Central Maine Bariatrics will host an informational program about weight loss surgery on December 7.

Bariatric surgeons and other members of the bariatric surgery program's professional staff will provide a general overview of obesity and weight loss surgery options. The program will include a question and answer session.

The program will be held in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There is no charge for participation.

The program is offered on the first Wednesday and third Monday of every month.

For more information, call Central Maine Bariatrics at 795-5710.

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CMMC Art Gallery

12/01/2011

The Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) will feature the work of a photographer and a painter during December at its Rotating Art Gallery in the Main Lobby at CMMC.

Photographic work by Daniel J. Marquis and paintings by Neiley Harris will be displayed at CMMC and may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby. A percentage of sale proceeds benefit CMMC.

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

He is a contributing photographer for Lewiston-Auburn Magazine, and has had several images published in Nature Photographer Magazine, as well as showing regularly at L/A Arts' Gallery 5. He recently attended a landscape photography workshop at Yosemite National Park in California.

From her studio in Monmouth, Neiley Harris works in oils and watercolors and provides private lessons.

"For the past seven years, I have been focused on showing my art at Cafe this Way in Bar Harbor, Maine, where I have a rotating solo show of about 20 to 25 pieces from May to October," Harris says.

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Nursing School President Named to National Board

12/01/2011

Susan Baltrus, president of the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions, was recently elected to the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) Board of Commissioners. The fifteen Commissioners set accreditation standards and administrative policies, and decide corporate matters.

Baltrus currently serves on several state and national committees. She is a member of the Central Maine Medical Center Ethics Committee and is a certified nurse educator. She represents nursing education on the Maine State Board of Nursing, and is a member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Baltrus is an item reviewer for the NCLEX exam, the exam for licensing nurses in the United States. She is an experienced NLNAC site visitor. She recently conducted site visits at colleges in Nashua, N.H., Harrison, Ark., and Miami.

She resides in Lewiston.

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ICD Support Group Meeting

12/01/2011

"Coping with Uncertainty; An Essential Life Skill" will be the topic of a presentation set for the December 15 meeting of the Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group.

Deborah Taylor, Ph.D., associate program director of the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, will discuss the experience of adapting to the activation of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD).

"One of the challenges of an implanted defibrillator is never really being able to anticipate the activation of the device. This talk will help participants identify the challenges associated with uncertainty or the unknown as well as develop some skills and strategies to help manage things when they happen unexpectedly,"says Taylor.

In her role as a faculty member at the CMMC Family Medicine Residency Program, Taylor coordinates behavioral science educational activities and assists with administration of the residency program.

She was awarded a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, and earned a master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychologyfrom the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. She completed a pre-doctoralpsychology internship at the Ohio State University in Columbus and a post-doctoral psychology fellowship in the area of medical psychology and rehabilitation.

She recently completed a three-year term on the board of directors for the national Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). The STFM is an international multidisciplinary, medical organization of nearly 5,000 family medicine educators that serves as the professional educational home for all those who teach in the specialty of Family medicine.

The Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group is for individuals who have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Family members and other support persons are also welcomed to attend. The meeting provides a forum for discussion regarding experiences with ICD and presents learning opportunities not only about living with thedevices, but about cardiac health issues.

The meeting will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute first-floor conference room.

The program is being offered free of charge.

For more information, call or email physician assistant Joe Sala at 753-3900 or salaj@cmhc.org

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Maine Research Associates Announces Affiliation with Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute

11/30/2011

Robert Weiss, M.D., founder and director of Maine Research Associates (MRA), announces affiliation between MRA and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute.

Maine Research Associates, Central Maine Medical Center and Maine's Congressman Michaud recently jointly announced a collaboration to bring medicines of tomorrow to patients of today across Central Maine.

By Jennifer Dube

Maine Research Associates and Central Maine Medical Center announced their new collaboration on Tuesday morning, November 22nd at 10:00AM at the Main Lobby of Central Maine Medical Center located at 60 High Street in Lewiston, Maine with Congressman Michael Michaud in attendance.

Through more than 500 clinical research trials and spanning over twenty-five years, Dr. Robert Weiss, Director and Founder of Maine Research Associates, has led the staff and clinical trial volunteers at Two Great Falls Plaza in Auburn, Maine to bring the medicines of tomorrow to the patients of today. It is the volunteer relationship between a patient and a medical researcher that advances treatments, that provides for new therapies and that delivers medical opportunities, worldwide, for millions. Maine Research Associates has been on the forefront of this science and advancing healthcare for decades.

Maine Research Associates and Central Maine Medical Center will collaborate to build upon the 25 years of experience and trusted reputation of Maine Research Associates to further advance medicine. The alliance will immediately permit over 200 providers to enroll potential study volunteers in these new advances. Peter Chalke, President and CEO of Central Maine Medical Center states, "We are pleased to join with Maine Research Associates into clinical trials of groundbreaking drugs that benefit the communities we all serve. Our physicians and other providers represent over 40 medical and surgical specialties which will broaden the base of clinical research going forward."

The joint venture expects to leverage over 40 medical specialties to bring new opportunities to patients across Central Maine today while advancing medicine for future generations. Patients across Central Maine will now have the opportunity to participate in studies related to a variety of promising new treatments in the areas of diabetes, arthritis, emphysema and more. Dr. Weiss states, "It's exciting, we're going to get a lot bigger a lot faster. It's exciting for our patients, for the business, and for the science- finding answers and treating people with tomorrow's drugs-today-we love that."

Maine Research Associates has played a key role in the development of nearly every heart-related drug that has been prescribed in the past 15 years and that will be in the next 10 years. The treatment of acute and chronic illness improves every year because of advancing science and research conducted in clinical medical trials. The collaborative alliance will allow study volunteers to have greater access to state of the art healthcare at no cost, critical in today's ever declining insured patient.

In 1987, Dr. Weiss began Maine Research Associates in Auburn, Maine with a focus on studies related to heart health. Today, with over 45 studies in progress and a team of 14 medical professionals, Maine Research Associates is recognized as among the most trusted clinical research sites in the country. The ability to participate in a clinical research trial is typically available in large, academic medical centers only. This collaboration creates the opportunity to expand a unique program for the citizens of Central Maine. Three professional positions will be added immediately and Maine Research Associates will begin selecting for volunteers for new studies in the coming weeks. For more information about Maine Research Associates or clinical research, please go to www.maineresearchassociates.com.

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General Education Programs at CMMC College

11/17/2011

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions will offer the following courses beginning in January:

Introduction to Literature (ENG 110) - This three-credit course will be presented on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. from January 3 to April 24. The instructor for the course will beAraminta Matthews.

Developmental Psychology (PSY 201) - A three-credit course that will be presented online on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. from January 3 to April 24. The format of this courseincludes several on-campus meetings. Course instructor will be Susan Poulin.

Ethics in Clinical Care (HUM 206) - A three-credit course set for Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning January 4 and ending April 24. Instructor is Araminta Matthews.

Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 112 ) - This four-credit course includes both a lecture and lab. The lecture is presented on Mondays from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. with labs on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (A second lab will be offered on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., if necessary.) Begins January 2 and concludes April 27.

Pharmacology (PHM 201) - This three-credit course will be offered online. High-speed web access required. Pre-requisite courses are Anatomy and Physiology I and II. Begins January 2 and concludesApril 27. Course instructor is Michael Boucher.

College Writing (ENG 101) - A three-credit course that will be presented online from January 2 to April 27. Araminta Matthews will be the course instructor.

Communications (COM 203) - This three-credit course will be presented online on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. from January 2 to April 27. The format of this course also includes several on-campus meetings. Susan Poulin will serve as instructor.

Phlebotomy (PHL 100) - Two-credit course runs from January 3 to March 13. Class is on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Beverly Leavitt is the course instructor

Anyone seeking more information about these courses or any other educational programs offered by the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions is urged to contact Kathleen Jacques at 795-2858 or jacqueka@cmhc.org

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Weight Loss Surgery Program

11/17/2011

Central Maine Bariatrics will host an informational program about weight loss surgery on November 21.

Bariatric surgeons and other members of the bariatric surgery program's professional staff will provide a general overview of obesity and weight loss surgery options. The program will include a question and answer session.

The program will be held in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There is no charge for participation.

The program is offered on the first Wednesday and third Monday of every month.

For more information, call Central Maine Bariatrics at 795-5710.

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CMMC November Art Gallery

11/10/2011

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

Paintings by Joseph Cousins of Freeport and Nancy Bryant Trider of Leeds will be displayed at CMMC throughout November and may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop,located adjacent to the Main Lobby. A percentage of sale proceeds benefit CMMC.

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

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

Trider, a native of Leeds, has worked in many mediums, but finds that watercolor and oil enable her to reflect Maine living with an unusual perception for detail.

Her formal training includes work with fellow artist Irene Duplissis and more recently with MikeRanucci, studying old world oil painting methods.

She enjoys painting with the Western Maine Plein Aire Group, is a member of OilPainters of America, and will soon be published in the Best of American Artists Landscape catalog.

Her works have been shown throughout Maine and in New Hampshire, New Jersey, Illinois, Nevada and California, and she has been accepted in many juried art shows.

Her work may be viewed on her website or at her home in Leeds.

Jersey, Illinois, Nevada and California, and she has been accepted in many juried art shows.

Her work may be viewed on her website or at her home in Leeds.

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WHA Art Show at CMMC Nov. 5

11/03/2011

The work of nearly 30 artists will be displayed at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association Art Show on November 5.

Paintings in watercolor, oil and acrylic media will be on exhibition on the ground and first floors of 60 High Street, the main entrance to CMMC.

The exhibition is a juried show and prizes will be awarded to three entries.

Original paintings, as well as prints, will be on sale.

"Evening at Dockside", an original watercolor painting donated by artist Nancy Trider of Leeds, will be raffled at the event. Raffle tickets are on sale at the Woman's Hospital Association Gift Shop at CMMC for $2 a ticket or 3 tickets for $5. (The WHA Gift Shop is located in the main lobby corridor at 60 High Street.) The winning ticket will be drawn at the Art Show.

Trider has worked in many mediums, but finds that watercolor and oil enable her to reflect Maine living with an unusual perception for detail. Her work has been accepted into many juried art shows, and has beenshown throughout Maine and in New Hampshire, New Jersey, Illinois, Nevada and California.

Trider's formal training includes studying with fellow artist Irene Duplissis and more recently with Mike Ranucci studying old world oil painting methods. She enjoys painting with the Western Maine Plein AireGroup, is a member of Oil Painters of America, and will soon be published in the Best Of American Artists Landscape catalog.

The show is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Sam and Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center at CMMC.

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Memorial Garden Dedicated

10/28/2011

Central Maine Medical Center recently dedicated a memorial garden "as a special place for individuals, couples, families, and friends to honor and remember a baby lost through a pregnancy or infant death," according to Betsy McGrail, R.N., CMMC's maternal-child program coordinator.

The memorial garden was created with the help of Provencher Landscape and Nursery in Lewiston, as part of a CMMC effort to better assist families and individuals who have experienced the death of a child during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

Central Maine Medical Center and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center recently participated in the 8th Annual Walk to Remember, a two-mile walk that raised funds for the Colby Fund, a charitable organization dedicated to helping those struggling with the emotional and financial burdens encountered after the death of an infant. Some 238 walkers raised over $10,000 for the Colby Fund.

The Colby Fund was founded by Leanne and Dave Langlois of Turner, who suffered the loss of their son, Colby, shortly before his due date. The couple discovered there were few local resources to help those dealing with the loss of a baby. The Colby Fund and The Sharing Through Experience Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group were created to ensure that local families had the assistance and support needed during this difficult time. The support group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, Conference Room D, adjacent to CMMC.

Anyone seeking more information about the Colby Fund, Annual Walk, memorial garden at CMMC, or support group should call Leanne Langlois at 212-9528, Tammy Brule at 400-0093 (St Mary's) or Betsy McGrail at 795-2633 (CMMC).

October is National Pregnancy and Infant LossAwareness Month.

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Wellness Solutions to offer programs

10/28/2011

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning October 31.

Ballroom Dance Workshop - A two-week session for those who have had prior dance instruction and are dancing at an advanced beginner/intermediate level. Students will brush up on several dances and learn new combinations. November 11 and 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Diane Williams.

Bellydancing - Imari (a.k.a. Lisa Cummings) will lead this six-week series presenting bellydancing as a therapeutic, energetic and beautiful cardiovascular exercise suitable for all ages and body types. Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Cardio Sculpt and Sweat - 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.

Circuit Training - This class incorporates personal training with weights, machines and cardio in agroup setting. Circuit rotation focuses on a different muscle group for oneminute at each of 10 stations, with trainer Sharon Bergeron guiding each step of the way. Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Core/Circuit - This class features 45 minutes of circuit training utilizing weights, machines, and cardio, followed by 15 minutes of intense abdominal and low back "core" work. Mondays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. with Sharon Bergeron.

Core and Sweat - This ongoing series, lead by Ian Barclay and Lin Bourque, 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 - 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 Marcy Covey. 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 - A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history -- including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants -- who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

H.I.I.T. Training - Interval training is one of the best ways to maximize your calorie burn! This class features 3-minute intervals of HIGH intensity cardio, separated by 30-second rest periods. Wednesdays from5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. with Sharon Bergeron.

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, andpost-partum recovery. Instructor is Brandi Richards. Wednesdays, 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.

Pilates Plus - 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 - 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. Tuesdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Pump "H.I.I.T" - High-Intensity Interval Training! This new class mixes intense cardio intervals with resistance training to help you burn calories (up to 800!), improve heart health, and sculpt your muscles. Instructed by Sharon Bergeron. Held Fridays from 5:30 to a.m. 6:30 a.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.

Tap Into Fun! - This six-week tap dancing class is for those who danced as a child, or have never even worn tap shoes. Basic tap steps and combinations taught to some familiar tunes while having fun and burning calories. Tap shoes are required and can be purchased online or ordered through the instructor, Beth Gaudet. Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Yoga -- Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey leads this series of yoga classes. Participants willlearn to center and balance themselves through poses, breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation. Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. beginning November 1.

Zumba - This Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa, and reggaetone. 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.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.

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 CMMC Endovascular Surgeon

10/28/2011

April E. Nedeau, M.D., a vascular and endovascular surgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. She is practicing in association with Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery in Lewiston.

Endovascular surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that accesses various regions of the body through major blood vessels, without incisions. Endovascular surgery is often used to treat problems affecting blood vessels, usually resulting in less scarring and shorter recovery times than with conventional open surgery.

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

A graduate of Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla., she 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 after being awarded an NIH grant to study wound healing, also inPhiladelphia. She recently completed fellowship training in vascular and endovascular surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital.

Nedeau has extensive research experience and has authored or co-authored numerous scholarly articles on various basic science and clinical topics. She has also made a number of presentations at professional conclaves.

She is enrolled as a principal investigator in the nationwide Gore/FDA Registry Freedom Trial this fall and participates in the New England Vascular Study Group.

She lives in Auburn with her husband, Justin Brown, and their four-year-old daughter,Sophia.

Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery is also comprised of cardiothoracic surgeons Carmine Frumiento, M.D., and Louis Russo, M.D., vascular surgeons Allan M. Ingraham, M.D., and Pamela R. Rietschel, M.D., physician assistant Danielle R. George, and nurse practitioner Patricia A. Hutchins. The practice is located at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, 60 High Street, Lewiston, and can be reached at 795-8260.

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CMMC cancer program earns approval

10/28/2011

The Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Central Maine Medical Center has been approved by a national healthcare quality review organization.

The cancer center has once again been recognized by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center - the highest level of approval granted to community hospitals.

Hematologist-oncologist Nicholette L. Erickson, M.D., chairman of the medical center's CancerCommittee, said the accreditation included commendations in seven areas: outcomes analysis; data management, including timely data abstracting; observing College of American Pathologists guidelines; prevention and early detection activities; staff education; and quality improvement.

"The commendations are gratifying for us because they highlight the careful focus we place on getting all thedetails right," said Erickson. "Not only do we provide a high-quality service, but we do all the things that make our cancer program truly comprehensive."

To gain ACoS approval a hospital must offer the four major components of an approved cancer program: a multidisciplinary cancer committee that provides the cancer program with leadership; cancer conferences that facilitate consultations among service providers; a patient care evaluation system; and a cancer registry for tracking and managing information regarding cancer patients.

Commission on Cancer approval is awarded only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review. Tomaintain approval, facilities must undergo an on‑site review every three years.

Erickson said the approval "demonstrates the high quality services offered at CMMC. Our program is reviewed every three years and has received approval since 1937."

The cancer program has researchaffiliations with nationally-recognized cancer programs, which means that patients and families are assured that the care they receive at CMMC is thebest cancer care available.

Cancer conferences at CMMC provide educational opportunities for the medical staff and promote consultations between cancer care providers. The conferences cover most cancers, and are attended by physicians from all medical disciplines, nurses, social workers, cancer registrars and other healthcare professionals.

CMMC's patient care evaluation system identifies ways in which patient care can beimproved. The ACoS Commission on Cancer requires that approved programs conduct annual studies to assess treatment processes and outcomes.

The CMMC Cancer Registry collects and manages the data base used to evaluate the cancer program's effectiveness in treating patients. Each confirmed cancer case is entered into the registry with detailed information on diagnosis, extent of disease, treatment and demographics. A history of medical, family and occupational-industrial factors, and personal habits is maintained. This system provides information on changes in a person's disease. The registry's statistical reports enable physicians to evaluate the success of specific cancer treatments and are a valuable resource for cancer researchers. Information collected through the CMMC Cancer Registry allows CMMC to participate in national studies designed to improve patient care. The Cancer Registry at CMMC was started in 1954.

"CMMC's cancer program works to decrease the incidence of disease and mortality of patients with cancer, improve the medical center's comprehensive cancer control efforts, and enhance the care of terminally-ill patients," said Erickson.

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NEW STUDENTS

09/25/2011

Twenty-one students recently began their studies at the Clark F. Miller School of Radiologic Technology at Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions in Lewiston. Comprising the freshman class are the following: from left, seated, Erin Plante of Wales; Naomi Caron of Auburn; Kara Casella of Lisbon; Katelynn Wood of Sabattus; Kristine Sylvester of Lewiston; and Shana Connor of Auburn; standing, Levi Robinson of Lewiston; Ashley Kearns of Portland; Matthew Charette of Sabattus; Brianna Beisaw of Jay; Myah Smallwood of Patten; Sarah McQuarrie of Cumberland; Luxiana Rossignol of Richmond; Bruce Soper of Lewiston; Kristen Lacasse of Lewiston; Brianna Russell of Gray; Brooke Gagne of Auburn; Tiffani Mitchell of Norway; Thomas Fumarola of Poland; Kelsey Bulger of Buxton; and Adam Carlson of Lewiston. The School of Radiologic Technology at the CMMC College offers anaccredited 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 is urged to visit www.cmmccolle.edu or call 795-2840.

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New Nuclear Medicine Students

09/25/2011

Four students recently began their studies at the School of Nuclear Medicine Technology at Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions in Lewiston. Comprising the Nuclear Medicine Technology Class of 2012 are the following:from left, Timothy Dahlke of Gardiner; Jason Boulanger of Sabattus; Shawna Nowinski-Healy of Gray; and Kassidy McManus of Lewiston. The School of Nuclear Medicine Technology at the CMMC College offers an accredited four-semester program of advanced standing that provides students with both classroom andclinical training in Nuclear Medicine Technology and Computed Tomography (CT). Students attend classes at the College in Lewiston and obtain their clinical experience in medical imaging departments throughout Maine. Anyone interested in more information on the program is urged to visit www.cmmccolle.edu or call 795-2840.

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Faculty Earn Doctoral Degrees

09/11/2011

Two Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions (CMMC CONHP) faculty members have earned doctoral degrees.

Nancy Wright and Colleen Dutile have been awarded doctor of nursing practice degrees from Northeastern University in Boston.

Wright's capstone project dealt with clinical simulation in the online learning environment.

Dutile developed a fitness and nutrition program for school children.

Wright and Dutile are nursing instructors at the CONHP.

CMMC CONHP offers associate in applied science degrees in nursing, radiologic technology, and nuclear medicine technology. Program graduates who pass national certification examinations become registered nurses, radiologic technologists, nuclear medicine technologists, or CT technologists.

For more information about programs at CMMC CONHP, visit www.CMMCcollege.edu or call 207-795-2840.

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CMMC Wellness Programs

09/04/2011

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Center is offering the following programs beginning September 12:

Ballroom Dance - A class for those who have completed beginner's classes in foxtrot, waltz and swing and want to learn more. Come with a partner for a fun night out. Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Diane Williams.

Bellydancing - Imari (a.k.a. Lisa Cummings) will lead this six-week series presenting bellydancing as a therapeutic, energetic and beautiful cardiovascular exercise suitable for all ages and body types. Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m,

Cardio Sculpt and Sweat - 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.

Circuit Training - This class incorporates personal training with weights, machines and cardio in agroup setting. Circuit rotation focuses on a different muscle group for oneminute at each of 10 stations, with trainer Sharon Bergeron guiding each step of the way. Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Core/Circuit - This class features 45 minutes of circuit training utilizing weights, machines, and cardio, followed by 15 minutes of intense abdominal and low back "core" work. Mondays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. with Sharon Bergeron.

Core and Sweat - This ongoing series, lead by Ian Barclay and Lin Bourque, 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 - 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 Marcy Covey. 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 - A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history -- including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants -- who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

H.I.I.T. Training - Interval training is one of the best ways to maximize calorie burn. This class features 3-minute intervals of high intensity cardio, separated by 30-second rest periods. Wednesdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. with Sharon Bergeron.

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 Richards. 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.

Pilates Plus - 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.

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. Tuesdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Pump "H.I.I.T" (High-Intensity Interval Training) - This class mixes intense cardio intervals with resistance training to help participants burn up to 800 calories, improve heart health, and sculpt muscles. Instructed by Sharon Bergeron. Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.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.

Tap Into Fun! - This six-week tap dancing class is for those who danced as a child, or have never even worn tap shoes. Basic tap steps and combinations taught to some familiar tunes. Tap shoes are required and can be purchased online or ordered through the instructor Beth Gaudet. Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Begins September 13.

Yoga -- Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey leads this series of yoga classes. Participants willlearn to center and balance themselves through poses, breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation. Tuesdays from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Begins September 13.

Yoga Dance - Come check out this unique new class, which mixes the uplifting and energizing qualities of yoga with the fun cardio workout of a dance class! This class is taught by Michael Eng, and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 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. Begins September 12.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.

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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Nursing Faculty Gain Master's Degrees

09/04/2011

Two Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions (CONHP) faculty members have been awarded master's degrees.

Michael Boucher and Denise Tufts have earned master's degrees in nursing education. Boucher attended St Joseph's College of Nursing in Standish. His capstone project focused on critical thinking, active learning, and empowerment.

Tufts earned her degree from the University of Phoenix. For her final practicum, she developed and implemented a faculty mentoring program.

The CONHP in Lewiston offers associate in applied science degree programs in nursing and radiologic technology, and certificate programs in nuclear medicine andcomputed tomography. The college also offers general education courses.

For more information about programs at CMMC CONHP, visit www.cmmccollege.edu or call Kathy Jacques at 795-2858.

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Pastoral Care Graduates

09/04/2011

Six students recently finished an 11-week clinical pastoral education unit at Central Maine Medical Center, under the direction of Rev. Jay W. Turner, CMMC's director of pastoral care and clinical pastoral education (photo, far left). They provided pastoral care at CMMC, Rumford Hospital, and Bolster Heights Residential Care Facility in Auburn. Completing the course of study were: (from left, beginning second from left) Shelly Snow of Dover-Foxcroft, a master of divinity study program at Bangor Theological Seminary and a chaplain at Dorthea Dix Psychiatric Hospital in Bangor, who is seeking ordination in the United Church of Christ; Sharon A. Piantedosi of Portland, a Bangor Theological Seminary master of divinity student who is seeking ordination with the Unitarian Universalist Association; Nancy W. Knol of Harrisburg, Pa., who is enrolled in the master of divinity program at Gettysburg Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa., and seeking ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; Amanda Castonguay of Jay, a master of divinity student at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.; Joan Spitzform of Poland, a United Methodist layperson, with a background in hospice and church work, serving the South Paris United Methodist Church.; and Rev. Deb Jenks of Bangor, an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister enrolled in the master's degree program in pastoral counseling at Husson University in Bangor. Anyone interested in learning more about clinical pastoral education, is urged to call Rev. Turner at 795-2291.

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CMMC Art Gallery

08/28/2011

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

A collection of photographs by Tom Reichard of Auburn and Arlene McConnell of Topsham will be displayed at CMMC throughout September and may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby. A percentage of sale proceeds benefit CMMC.

McConnell has assembled a collection of photographs called simply "My Favorites" for exhibition at CMMC. Her subjects range from landscapes and nature to animals and people. A self-taught photographer, she was recently accepted into the First Light Camera Club.

Reichard says his fascination with photography began in his childhood when his father developed black-and-white images in his darkened kitchen. He has worked with all formats - black-and-white, color prints, slides and digital imagery, including infrared and metallic images.

Reichard says his photographic work is inspired by "seeing something so unique, even in the mundane, and capturing that moment that will never happen in quite the same way again."

His work has been shown at CMMC, L/A Arts' Gallery 5, Arts & Ale at Gritty's, University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College, the Auburn Art Club, Auburn Public Library, and The Trustees of Reservations. Currently his work is for sale in the Bates College bookstore in Lewiston.

His work can be seen at www.as-eye-see-it.com

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CMMC JUNIOR VOLUNTEERS

08/14/2011

Central Maine Medical Center has certified 38 new junior volunteers to volunteer at the hospital over the summer and during school vacations. Among the young people donating their time to CMMC this summer are the following: from left, front row, Maris MacGregor of Greene, Kim Plummer of Poland, and Kelly Plummer of Poland; second row, Abby Boucher of Lewiston, Emilie Sanborn of Gray, Abby Cobb of Auburn, Delia Demers of Auburn, Shayla Pesce of Lisbon Falls, Hope Divello of Lewiston, Alissa Gosselin of Poland, Kelsey Hotham of New Gloucester, Emily Payne of Lewiston, and ChloeHedrich of New Gloucester; third row, Mickayla Bowie of Mechanic Falls, Scott Fickett of Auburn, Luke Chaloux of Lewiston, Jeremy Sampson of Poland, Andrew Davis of Sabattus, Lucas Rushton of Lewiston, William Soper of Lewiston, Eric Link of Auburn, Carter Jordan of Turner, and Heidi Chipman of Poland. Absent when the photo was taken were: Emily Chase of Turner, Paige Clabby of Lewiston, Sarah Divello of Lewiston, Jordan Charest of Lewiston, Sarah Roy of Turner,Madison Cote of Turner, Adrianna Dawe of Leeds, Sarah Divello of Lewiston, Julie Harlow of Turner, Allison Osgood of Lewiston, Kalila Simpson of Poland, Austin Smith of Greene, Sierra Sirois of Leeds, Misha Wagner of Auburn, and Damian Yoder of Auburn. Each summer junior volunteers provide CMMC with over 6,000 hours of volunteer service. Many junior volunteers apply their work at the medical center to community service requirements at school. Junior volunteers at CMMC are between 13 and 16 years of age. They provide support to CMMC employees and patients by transporting patients, delivering patient belongings, running errands on the nursing units, putting various packets together for various departments, and working on special projects. Young people interested in volunteering at CMMC should contact CMMC Volunteer Services Director SueHedrich at 795-2472 between March 1 and May 15 to request an application packet. Students must be at least 13 years old by June 20, 2012 to participate in next summer's program.

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Ross Appointed Director of College of Nursing

08/14/2011

Nancy Jo Ross has been appointed director of the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions (CMMC CONHP) College of Nursing.

Ross is an experienced faculty member, manager, and staff nurse. She is a certified nurse educator, a member of the National League of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, Organization of Maine Nurse Executives, National Organization of Associate Degree Nursing, and charter president of the Maine Organization of Associate Degree Nursing. She is enrolled in a doctoral in nursing program, and expects to graduate next year.

Ross's leadership experience includes: clinical director of nursing at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice in Lewiston; manager of skilled services/hospice programs at CHANS Home Health Care, a subsidiary of Midcoast Health Services, in Brunswick; and director of nursing at Nurses' House Call, a subsidiary of Hooper Holmes Health Care, Inc.

Ross has extensive experience as a staff nurse and clinical coordinator. She worked as a certified critical care nurse as a naval officer in the Nurse Corp of the United States Naval Reserve stationed in Oakland, Calif., at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, and at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas. Her other nursing experience includes work as anoncology nurse with chemotherapy certification, a peritoneal dialysis nurse, a certified medical-surgical staff nurse, and a community health nurse with high-tech specialization and hospice certification.

Ross came to CMMC as a clinical coordinator on the first floor Thompson Wing Nursing Unit in 2002 before joining the CMMC CONHP as a faculty member in 2003. In her role at the college she participates in curriculum development and community outreach. Ross developed and coordinated the Advanced Placement Bridge Course designed specifically to facilitate the transition of LPNs and paramedics into the senior year of the nursing program. She is currently involved in community workforce development activities.

CMMC CONHP offers associate in applied science degrees in nursing, radiologic technology, and nuclear medicine technology. Program graduates who pass national certification examinations become registered nurses, radiologic technologists, nuclear medicine technologists, or CT technologists. Financial aid is available to students. For more information about the CMMC CONHP is available at www.cmmccollege.edu or by calling 207-795-2840.

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BIG CONTRIBUTION

07/29/2011

Nancy Wilkins, right, president of the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA), presents a "big check" to Glenn Focht, M.D., president of the Central Maine Medical Group, Central Maine Medical Center's healthcare provider practice organization. The WHA raised $102,785.89 on behalf of the medical center during its latest operational year. The WHA's fund-raising vehicles include the WHA Gift Shop at CMMC, the WHA Art Show, and other projects. The WHA's support of initiatives at CMMC during its last fiscal year ranged from $50,000 for the emergency department-medical laboratory renovation-expansion project to $1,000 for two wheelchairs. Some 19 "wish list" requests were funded. Focht noted that the WHA's fund-raising success, coming during an economically difficult time, highlighted the organization's effectiveness. He said the WHA's support of the CMMC helps assure a "better and more effective healthcare organization." Anyone seeking more information about the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association should call 795-2295.

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Eating Healthy on a Budget

07/29/2011

"Eating Healthy on a Budget" will be the topic of a presentation set for the August 18 meeting of the Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group.

Registered dietitian Meg Ploss will discuss why a healthy diet doesn't have to be an expensive diet.

A graduate of the University of Delaware and the University of Massachusetts, Ploss holds a master's degree in her specialty. She has nutrition experience in gastroenterology, cystic fibrosis, heart healthy diets and renal diets for adults, children and infants. She is presently a per diem dietitian at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

The Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group is for individuals who have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Family members and other support persons are also welcomed to attend. The meeting provides a forum for discussion regarding experiences with ICD and presents learning opportunities not only about living with thedevices, but about cardiac health issues.

The meeting will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute first-floor conference room.

The program is being offered free of charge.

For more information, call or email physician assistant Joe Sala at 753-3900 or salaj@cmhc.org

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CMMC Instructor Addresses International Conclave

07/29/2011

Shannon Packard, R.N., of the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions (CMMC CONHP) was recently a speaker at the 22nd annual Nursing Midwifery Research Conference and 23rd Annual Mary J. Seivwright Day in Kingston, Jamaica.

Packard's address, entitled "The Use of Simulation in Nursing Education", explored an innovative technology that allows students and healthcare practitioners at all levels to participate in patient care scenarios with life-size manikins. The manikins are realistic and interactive, providing opportunities for diagnoses and interventions.

Packard is a nurse educator, project manager, and a national expert on simulation. She established the simulation lab at the CONHP and integrated simulation into the nursing curriculum. She is currently project manager for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), a federal program that provides distance learning education to students in Maine's Washington County.

CMMC CONHP offers associate in applied science degrees in nursing, radiologic technology, and nuclear medicine technology. Program graduates who pass national certification examinations become registered nurses, radiologic technologists, nuclear medicine technologists, or CT technologists. Financial aid is available to students. For more information about programs at CMMC CONHP, visit www.college.edu or call 207-795-2840.

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CMMC Residency Graduates Seven Doctors

07/16/2011

Central Maine Medical Center's Family Medicine Residency Program recognized seven third-year family medicine residents at their recent graduation program. Honored at the commencement exercises were family physicians Shaik Basha, M.D., Alicia Koteles, M.D., Brad Long, M.D., Jeffrey Lynds, M.D., Lisa McAllister, D.O., Rhianna Meadows, D.O., and Stephanie Youd, M.D.

David Lauver, M.D., chief of CMMC's Division of Hospital-Based Care, representing Central Maine Healthcare, spoke to the graduates about healthcare reform and the impact it has on everyone in healthcare. He commended the graduates on their contributions to CMMC's quality of patient care, and wished them well on their career paths.

Residency faculty member Geoffrey Carden, M.D., was chosen by the graduating class to present the commencement address, which he entitled "Remembering".

Donald Woolever, M.D., residency program director and residency faculty member, presented the graduates with their diplomas.

Several awards were made during the ceremony: The Dr. Bruce Johnson Residency Teacher of the Year Award was given to Geoffrey Carden, M.D. This award honors the physician who, as voted by the graduating senior residents, made the most outstanding contribution to their residency education. Other awards presented were: Preceptor of the Year, presented to Elizabeth Rothe, M.D.; Special Recognition Award to Kim Elliott, residency scheduler; and Nurse of the Year, presented to Karen Becker, R.N.

Basha has joined the Providence Medical Group in Medford, Ore.; Koteles is practicing with Associated Physicians of Southbury in Southbury, Conn.; Long works at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake, Iowa; Lynds joined Swift River Family Practice in Rumford; McAllister joined Fryeburg Family Practice in Fryeburg; Meadows is practicing with Desert Grove Family Medical in Mesa, Ariz.; and Youd has joined the medical staff at Rumford Hospital in Rumford.

CMMC Family Medicine Residency Program faculty and residents, as well as residency and family medicine center staff, members of the CMMC Medical Staff, the families of graduating residents, and special invited guests, attended the ceremony.

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. Graduates of the CMMC Family Medicine Residency Program practicing locally include: Peter Beckel, M.D., Tom Bosma, M.D., Charles Burns, M.D., Denise Cogle, D.O., Paul Davis, M.D., Shannon Deschene, D.O., Steve Fairchild, M.D., Manju Hilary, M.D., Shannon Kenney, D.O., Deb Learson, M.D., Cortney Linville, D.O., Margaret Matthews, M.D., 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., and Fred Van Mourik, M.D.

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Nursing School Revamps Refresher Course

07/16/2011

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions (CMMC CONHP) is offering a redesigned review course for registered nurses (RNs). The RN Re-entry into Practice course is intended for RNs who have been out of practice for at least five years, but is open to all RNs.

Although CONHP has offered the RN Refresher Course for more than 17 years, this year the course was redesigned as a totally online program featuring the "most up to date learning technology," according to coordinator Nancy Wright, R.N. "It has interactive case studies and skills videos. The patient will tell you she has chest pain, you click to administer nitroglycerin, and then she'll tell you she feels better."

Wright says the course is for the registered nurse who suspended her practice, whether to care for young children or ailing parents or for otherreasons. It's also pertinent to the R.N. who works in a one field, like psychiatric nursing, but wishes to try working in another area, like medical-surgical nursing. "This course is helpful, and sometimes required, for getting a job," Wright says.

Wright redesigned the course as the capstone project for her doctoral degree. She graduated with a doctor of nursing practice degree from Northeastern University in Boston in December 2010.

The Re-Entry student may progress at his or her own pace, at any time of day, in the comfort of home. The course has a medical-surgical focus, and takes approximately 320 hours to complete. The student must be computer literate and have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection.

The student is awarded a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

CMMC CONHP offers associate in applied science degrees in nursing, radiologic technology, and nuclear medicine technology. Program graduates who pass national certification examinations become registered nurses, radiologic technologists, nuclear medicine technologists, or CT technologists. More information regarding CMMC CONHP programs is available at cmmccollege.edu or by calling 795-2840.

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College of Nursing Serves Machias Site

07/16/2011

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions (CMMC CONHP) recently welcomed 74 students to the Nursing Class of 2013. The students will attend classes on the Lewiston campus and at sites in Bridgton, Farmington, Machias, and Rumford.

The Machias site, which is new this year, has eight students. The group includes two medical assistants, a doula, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) with 32 years experience, a licensed veterinary technician, a home health CNA, an art teacher, and a banker.

The college has provided distance-learning education (DLE) in Farmington and Rumford for six years and in Bridgton for three years. The expansion of DLE to Machias is a result of the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program Grant (BTOP) awarded to Axiom Technologies in Machias. The CMMC CONHP is a sub-recipient of the $1.6 million grant. BTOP offers residents of Washington County the opportunity to pursue nursing education locally.

The college offers an associate in the applied science in nursing degree program. Program graduates who pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) become registered nurses. For more information about programs at CMMC CONHP, visit www.cmmccollege.edu or call 795-2840.

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CMMC Surgeon Addresses National Conclave

07/09/2011

Minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon Jamie Loggins, M.D., was a featured speaker at a recent Reduced Port Surgical Group Conference in Philadelphia. He discussed developments in the use of minimally-invasive surgical techniques in bariatric surgery, also known as weight-loss surgery.

The Reduced Port Surgical Group is a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of surgical techniques that use miniaturized technology to reduce scarring, speed recovery and improve patient safety. Reduced port surgical procedures include: single port access surgery; mini laparoscopy; natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery; single site surgery; single incision laparoscopy; laparoendoscopic single site surgery; and advanced endoluminal surgery.

Loggins has practiced with Central Maine Bariatric Surgery since 2006. He directed the development of Central Maine Medical Center's bariatric surgery program. Central Maine Bariatric Surgery is Central Maine Medical Group specialty surgical practice.

Before beginning his work at CMMC, Loggins completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and robotic surgery at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., which supports an American Society for Bariatric Surgeons accredited "Center of Excellence" in Bariatric Surgery.

A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., he earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.

Loggins is certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) as well as a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS).

Minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon Jamie Loggins, M.D., recently addressed the Reduced Port Surgical Group Conference in Philadelphia. He discussed developments in the use of minimally-invasive surgical techniques in bariatric surgery, also known as weight-loss surgery.

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Roy Named CMMC Board Chairman

07/09/2011

Richard L. Roy of Minot has been elected chairman of the Central Maine Medical Center Board of Directors. He succeeds Pauline Beale, O.D., of Lewiston, who served in the leadership role for nine years.

Roy is executive vice president and chief banking officer at Mechanics Savings Bank in Auburn, where he is responsible for commercial, retail and private banking, as well as marketing and coordination of the bank's strategic planning program. He has worked in the banking industry in the Greater Lewiston-Auburn area for nearly 30 years.

"I have enjoyed working closely with Dick Roy for a number of years," said Beale. "He will do a great job leading our board."

Roy has been involved with Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) since joining the Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) Board of Trustees in June 2000. CMH is the parent company for CMMC.

Roy's service with CMH includes chairmanship of the CMMC Finance Committee, and various other leadership positions within the Central Maine Medical Family governing boards. He has served on the CMMC Board of Trustees and the CMHC Board of Directors, as well as the CMH Finance Committee.

"Pauline Beale has been an outstanding mentor. She has gone above and beyond in her service to CentralMaine Medical Center and Central Maine Healthcare. She is a tough act to follow," Roy said.

"The growth of CMMC into a leading tertiary care medical center has required strong and visionary leadership at the Board level and I will greatly miss working with Pauline as chairman", stated Laird Covey, CMMC President. "At the same time Dick's long history with the organization andcommitment to further strengthening our organization makes him the perfect successor in the role."

"The CMMC Board of Trustee's major focus is quality. Improving patient care plays a major role in all of the board's decisions," Roy continued.

Roy said "healthcare in the region, and nationally, has experienced major changes since I joined the CMMC Board of Trustees. One of these changes is reflected in our priority in recruiting high quality physicians by building the Central Maine Medical Group. Other highlights are the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, and, most recently, the Emergency Department-Medical Laboratory Expansion-Renovation Project."

While Roy said he foresees "difficult challenges ahead in this turbulent world of healthcare", he also believes "we are on the right course and are prepared to weather the storm."

Outgoing CMMC Board Chairman Beale echoed Roy's observations, but added that his experience will help the hospital better navigate troubled waters. "Dick understands the need for reacting quickly and appropriately in today's continually changing environment - this is a critically important talent," Beale said.

Beale joined the CMMC Board of Trustees in 1989 and was elected board chairman in 2002. She continues to serve on the CMMC Board.

Roy holds a master's in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. He has completed educational programs at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. He is completing the final year of a marketing and strategic planning program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

He has a long record of community service, including volunteer work with the Andoscoggin County United Way, Androscoggin County Headstart, Poland High School Boosters Club, and the March of Dimes. He presently serves on the governing boards of the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA and Central Maine Community College.

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CMMC Wellness Programs

07/09/2011

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning July 25.

Ballroom Dance Review Workshop - A one-time-only advanced beginner workshop to brush up and review some foxtrot, waltz and swing steps. The class is intended for those who have had solid beginner's work in these dances and are comfortable with them. Couples only, so come with a partner. August 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Diane Williams.


Cardio Sculpt and Sweat - 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.


Circuit Training - This class incorporates personal training with weights, machines and cardio in a group setting. Circuit rotation focuses on a different muscle group for one minute at each of 10 stations, with trainer Sharon Bergeron guiding each step of the way. Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.


Core/Circuit - This class features 45 minutes of circuit training utilizing weights, machines, and cardio, followed by 15 minutes ofintense abdominal and low back "core" work. Mondays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. with Sharon Bergeron.


Core and Sweat - This ongoing series, lead by Ian Barclay and Lin Bourque, 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 - 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 Marcy Covey. 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 - A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history -- including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants -- who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.


H.I.I.T. (High-Intensity Interval Training) - Interval training is one of the best ways to maximize calorie burn. This class features three-minute intervals of high intensity cardio separated by 30-second rest periods. Wednesdays from 5:30 a.m to 6:30 a.m. with Sharon Bergeron.


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 Richards. 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. Tuesdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Pump "H.I.I.T" (High-Intensity Interval Training) -- Thisnew class mixes intense cardio intervals with resistance training to help you burn calories (up to 800), improve heart health, and sculpt muscles. Instructed by Sharon Bergeron. Held Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.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.


Tai Chi - This class, taught by Jason Whitney, features the Sun Style family form of Tai Chi, which does not have low postures and is filled with many Qigong movements and is great for the balance of energy within the body. Make sure to wear loose fitting clothing. Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Yoga Dance - Come check out this unique new class, which mixes the uplifting and energizing qualities of yoga with the fun cardio workout of a dance class. This class is taught by Michael Eng and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 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 reggaetone. Using principles of aerobic-fitness interval training and resistance training, Zumba is great for burning calories (up to 500 perclass) while sculpting and toning the body. This six-week program is led byCynthia Nicholas. Mondays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.


All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.


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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CMMC Oncology Practice Recognized

06/25/2011

Central Maine Medical Center's Hematology-Oncology Associates practice has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.

"Our physicians and staff are thrilled to receive this recognition of our commitment to provide the best possible care for our patients," said Kathleen Vieira, nurse manager.

"Cancer patients and their families should expect nothing less than accountability and the highest standards from their cancer care providers," said Allen S. Lichter, MD, CEO of ASCO and President of the QOPI Certification Program. "QOPI participation reflects a commitment to quality of care that leads to fundamental changes in the clinical practice of oncology. Oncology practices that commit to quality and safety are those that provide the most optimal cancer care. The Certification Program helps practices determine whether they are providing the best treatment and care possible to their patients, and demonstrates a commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement in the hematology-oncology outpatient practice."

QOPI is a voluntary, self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of the care they provide to patients. Through the QOPI program, practices abstractdata from patients' records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database. More than 700 oncology practices have registered in the QOPI program.

The QOPI Certification Program (QCP) was launched in January 2010. This certification for outpatient oncology practices is the first program of its kind for oncology in the United States. Oncologists can achieve certification by demonstrating practice consistent with the highest standards of care. The QCP seal designates those practices that not only scored high on the key QOPI quality measures, but meet rigorous safety measures established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). Central Maine Medical Center's Hematology-Medical Oncology Associates practice is one of only 71 practices nationwide who have received certification.

QOPI analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 100 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information is then provided in reports to participating practices. Individual practices are also able to compare their performance to data from other practices across the country. Based on this feedback, doctors and practices can identify areas for improvement.

To become certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP staff and steering group members then verify that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in all areas of treatment, including: treatment planning; staff training and education; chemotherapy orders and drug preparation; patient consent and education; safe chemotherapy administration; monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With nearly 30,000members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. For ASCO information and resources, visit www.asco.org. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at www.Cancer.Net

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Physician Certified

06/25/2011

The American Board of Internal Medicine has certified Central Maine Medical Center hospitalist Bruce E. Condit, M.D. as a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine.

A member of the CMMC Medical Staff since 2003, Condit was the hospital's first full-time hospitalist. He provides care for CMMC inpatients at the request of their primary care physician. He was a member of the first class of The Society of Hospital Medicine's Fellows in Hospital Medicine in 2009. He is presently medical director of CMMC's palliative care team.

Founded in 2009, the palliative care program at CMMC provides supportive care for patients hospitalized with serious illnesses. The team includes five physicians, a nurse practitioner, social worker, and chaplain.

By gaining certification in hospice and pallliative care, a physician demonstrates his or her skills at improving the quality of life for patients coping with a serious illness. Palliative care is appropriate for patients at any time during their illness, even when undergoing treatment. Hospice care is palliative care focused on a patient's last months of life, seeking to ensure the individual's comfort and dignity.

Condit, a Farmington native, is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass. He completed premedical coursework at Harvard University Extension School, also in Cambridge, Mass., and earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass.

He completed residency training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and was named a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. His postdoctoral training includes two years experience with hospital-affiliated private internal medicine practices in the Boston area. He also served an elective in general medicine at South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Sitka, Alaska.

As a medical student he was presented the Gary G. Winzelberg M.D., '74 Memorial Award for exemplifying "warmth, compassion and dedication."

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NURSING ORIENTATION

06/25/2011

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions welcomed 74 students to its class of 2013 at a recent orientation day. The students will attend classes on the Lewiston campus and at sites in Bridgton, Farmington, Machias and Rumford. Among those participating in the orientation program were: from left, Brittany Clark of Sabattus, who presently works as a home care aide; Michelle James of Augusta, who works in medical records at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Augusta; and Rachael Knight of Harpswell, a certified nurse's aide at the Maine Medical Center Intensive Care Unit. The CMMC College of Nursing offers an associate in theapplied science in nursing degree program. Program graduates who pass the National Council Licensure Examination become registered nurses. For more information, visit CMMCcollege.edu or call 795-2840.

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GOLF BALLS AWAY!

06/25/2011

Central Maine Medical Center Associates volunteer Jerry Douglass hovers his helicopter over the fairway at Martindale Country Club in Auburn after dropping some 200 golf balls over a marked target. Prizes were awarded to the four people who purchased the numbered golf balls that landed closest to the target. CMMC Associates volunteer Nancy Bard of Great Falls Federal Credit Union in Lewiston won the first prize of $1,000. The $500 second prize went to CMMC Associates volunteer Jeannette Downing of Goodwin Motor Group of Brunswick. Associates volunteers Anne Nadeau and Dawna Hannan of Oxford Networks in Lewiston shared the $250 third prize. Some 100 people registered for the event. The First Annual Golf Ball Drop raised nearly $6,500 to help guests at CMMC's Arbor House, which serves as a temporary "home" for those coping with the challenges that sometimes accompany an extended hospital stay. For more information about the CMMC Associates Volunteer Program, contact CMMC's Development Office at 795-2950, by email at giving@cmmc.org, or by visiting www.cmmcgiving.org

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CMMC Technology School Graduates 21

06/08/2011

The Clark F. Miller School of Radiologic Technology at Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing & Health Professions recently graduated 21 radiologic technology students.

At its 67th commencement exercises, the School of Radiologic Technology graduated students who have completed the school's accredited 22-month course that emphasizes classroom and clinical training. Students completed their clinical rotations at CMMC, Central Maine Imaging Center in Lewiston, Bridgton Hospital, Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, and Rumford Hospital or at the Mercy Hospital facilities and Maine Medical Center, both in Portland.

Graduating from the School of Radiologic Technology were the following:

Michael Amendolare of Portland; Jason Boulanger of Sabattus; Kristina Clark of Gorham; Rhonda Cline of Windham; Katie Dyer of Scarborough; Ashley Firczak of Bowdoin; Brittany Hamlin of Clinton; Amanda LaCroix of Benton; Rene Lefebvre of Chepachet, R.I.; Tiffany Lougee of Harmony; Rylan McAdam of East Millinocket; Kassidy McManus of Lewiston; Nichole Michaud of Greene; Ashley Miller of Jefferson; Kerry O'Donnell of Cumberland; Danielle Potvin of Sabattus; Brent Rand of Portland; Bethany Stoddard of Pittston; Gonnapa St. Pierre of Lewiston; Justin Van Soest of Portland; and Britnee Ward of Lisbon.

The radiologic technology graduates are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination in radiography. Students passing the exam become nationally certified radiologic technologists.

Katie Dyer and Brent Rand were awarded associate of applied science degrees during the ceremony and the remainder of the students were awarded certificates. Eleven of the students also completed Central Maine Community College's requirements for associate of applied science degrees, which they were awarded earlier in May.

Given special recognition at the ceremony were Rene Lefebvre and Rhonda Cline, who were presented with the Clark F. Miller Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. The award goes to the students having the highest overall grade-point average.

Rene Lefebvre and Justin Van Soest were awarded the Clark F. Miller Award for Clinical Excellence that is given to the students with the highest clinical scores.

The Miller awards are named for the founder of the state's first radiologic technology school, which was established at CMMC in 1949.

Rene Lefebvre and Justin Van Soest were presented the Joseph Leonardi Student Leadership Award, which is given to the students who demonstrate exceptional leadership abilities in the classroom, in clinical settings and with underclassmen. The winner of this award is determined by a vote of fellow students and the school's faculty.

Promoted to seniors during the ceremony were: Zachary Anderson of Leeds; Kelly Bickford of Mechanic Falls; Margaret Clark of Portland; Glenn Cole of Rochester, N.H.; Alyssa Dufour of Augusta; Megan Goudey of Portland; Daniella Hachborn of Portland; Doris Hemond-Minkowsky of Lewiston; Jared Lapointe of Fairfield; Amanda LaPorte of Readfield; Colin Lucas-Maguire of Augusta; Katlyn Morissette of West Gardiner; Brittney Provencher of Sanford; Angela Richter of Westbrook; Dawn Smith of Scarborough; Phyllis Smith of Bowdoin; Lindsey Tremblay of Gorham; and Laura Trimboli of South Berwick.

The CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions School of Radiologic Technology, founded as Maine's first radiologic technology program, has graduated 411 students since its establishment in 1949. This year marks the first year the students from the Mercy Hospital X-Ray School have joined the CMMC College in Lewiston.

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CMMC Golf Ball Drop

06/08/2011

Central Maine Medical Center will launch its 1st Annual Golf Ball Drop later this month in Auburn.

This unique fundraiser, which benefits the CMMC Arbor House, involves the sale of raffle tickets representing numbered golf balls. On June 20 at 5 p.m., the numbered golf balls will be dropped from a significant height onto a target at Martindale Country Club in Auburn. Three cash prizes will be awarded to the ticketholders whose golf balls land closest to the target.

The ticketholder for the ball landing closest to the target will win $1,000. Second and third prizes are $500 and $250, respectively. The golf balls can be purchased for $20 each or 3 for $50. Golf Ball Drop ticketholders do not need to be present to win.

The event at Martindale will also feature Mainely Improv On the Spot Comedy with its program, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Tickets for the event are $25 per person, and include fancy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Two guests may attend and receive two raffle tickets and three golf balls for $100. Raffle tickets for items donated by local businesses will be available for $5 each. Ticketholders must be present to win prizes donated by businesses.

The CMMC Arbor House provides - at no cost to guests - a place for patients and/or their loved ones to stay while getting extended care at CMMC. This service is especially valuable to patients and families from outside the greater Lewiston-Auburn area who must deal with issues like housing, meals and transportation while also coping with illness or injury.

Sponsorships for the 1st Annual Golf Ball Drop are still available for a very donation.

For more information, contact the CMMC Development Office at 795-2950, email giving@cmmc.org, or visit www.cmmcgiving.org

The 1st Annual Golf Ball Drop is sponsored by the CMMC Associate Volunteer Program.

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"ICDs: Questions and Answers"

06/08/2011

"ICDs: Questions and Answers" will be the topic of a presentation set for the June 16 meeting of the Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group.

Roy J. Ulin, M.D., of Maine Cardiology Associates, will answer questions about implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, devices that detect cardiac arrhythmia and correct it by delivering a jolt of electricity.

A graduate of New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y., Ulin completed an internal medicine residency at the University Hospital/Westchester County Medical Center, also in Valhalla, N.Y. He served a cardiology fellowship at New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center in New York City. He is certified in cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group is for individuals who have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Family members and other support persons are also welcomed to attend. The meeting provides a forum for discussion regarding experiences with ICD and will present learning opportunities not only about living with the devices, but about cardiac health issues.

The meeting will be held on June 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute first-floor conference room.

The program is being offered free of charge.

For more information, call or email physician assistant Joe Sala at 753-3900 or salaj@cmhc.org

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College of Nursing Courses

06/08/2011

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions will offer several general education courses during its fall session.

BIO 111 - Human Anatomy And Physiology I: This four-credit class begins August 29 and wraps up on December 16. Lecture on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Laboratory on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Overflow lab if needed on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) The instructor will be Kim Emery.

BIO 213 - Microbiology: This four-credit class includes both lectures and laboratory work. Course begins September 1 and concludes on December 15. Classes will be held on Thursdays from noon to 2:30 p.m. Labs are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The instructor will be Kim Emery.

ENG 101 - College Writing: This three-credit course has an online component with five in-class sessions beginning on September 7 and ending on December 14. Class time is on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. High-speed internet access is required. The instructor is Araminta Matthews.

HUM 205 - Ethics in Healthcare: A three-credit course that uses case studies to consider the process of ethical decision-making in healthcare. Course begins September 6 and ends December 13. Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The instructor is Dale Morrell.

PHL 100 - Phlebotomy: Two-credit course runs from August 30 to November 8. Class is on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Course instructor is Beverly Leavitt.

PHM 201 -- Pharmacology: Three-credit online course runs from August 29 to December 8. Prerequisites are Anatomy and Physiology I and II. High-speed internet access is required. Colleen Dutile will serve as instructor.

PSY 101 -- Introduction To Psychology: Three-credit online course with some on-campus meetings begins September 1 and ends on December 15. Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Susan Poulin will serve as the instructor.

REI 111 - REIKI: This course has an online component, so high-speed internet access is required. Begins September 1 and concludes December 15. Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The instructor is Meredith Kendall.

For more information or to register, contact Matthew Dumais at 795-2649 or DumaisMa@cmhc.org

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Getting Beyond the Weight Loss Plateau

06/02/2011

"Getting Beyond the Weight Loss Plateau" will be the subject of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for June.

Nate Littlefield, Wellness Center supervisor at CMMC, will discuss the "ups, downs, and plateaus of weight management" that many people face in maintaining their "goal weight". His presentation will focus on developing eating and exercise habits that can lead to long-term success.

Littlefield earned a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, graduating magna cum laude in 2005. He has several years experience in the corporate wellness industry, working as a personal health coach, trainer, and supervisor. Littlefield sees preventive care and healthy living as critical components in healthcare, and his primary focus is assisting others to find the motivation to reach their personal health and wellness goals.

The program will be presented from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on June 13 and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 16. Both sessions will be held in Chairmen's Rooms A and B, on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building adjacent to CMMC.

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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CMMC Art Gallery

05/30/2011

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



Photography by Ralph Staples and Jim Walker are being featured at CMMC.

Ralph Staples of Chelsea is a nature and landscape photographer who has studied at the New England Institute of Professional Photography, and the Nikon School of Photography. He recently studied with nature photographer John Shaw.

Staples is a member of Maine and New England Professional Photographers Associations, and Professional Photographers of America. He has also received awards for his photography. His work has been featured in calendars, brochures, travel books, and trade magazines.

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

Walker's interest in photography developed when he bought his first 35mm camera in Korea in 1966. Since then, he has lived and traveled extensively within the U.S., Europe, and the Mid-East, which has provided him opportunities to photograph many exotic and beautiful places. His portfolio includes travel, nature, birds, seascapes and landscapes.

Work by Ralph Staples and Jim Walker will be on display in CMMC's Main Lobby corridor through June 25.

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CMMC Wellness Programs

05/30/2011

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning June 6.

Bellydancing - Imari (a.k.a. Lisa Cummings) will lead this six-week series presenting bellydancing as a therapeutic, energetic and beautiful cardiovascular exercise suitable for all ages and body types. Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m

Cardio Sculpt and Sweat - This ongoing series combines low-impact moves with weight training that targets major muscle groups and addresses hard to reach spots. The routine includes extensive floor work. Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Ian Barclay.

Circuit Training - This class incorporates personal training with weights, machines and cardio in a group setting. Circuit rotation focuses on a different muscle group for one minute at each of 10 stations, with trainer Sharon Bergeron guidingeach step of the way. Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Core/Circuit - This class features 45 minutes of circuit training with weights, machines, and cardio, followed by 15 minutes of intense abdominal and low back "core" work. Mondays from 5:30-6:30 AM with Sharon Bergeron

Core and Sweat - This ongoing series, lead by Ian Barclay and Lin Bourque, 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 - 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 Marcy Covey. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Functional Fitness - Learn to increase 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. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Happy Hearts - A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history -- including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery,coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants -- who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays andFridays 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 Richards. 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.

Pilates Plus - 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 5 p.m. to 6 p.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, notbulk. Gentle cool down includes yoga stretch. This ongoing class is led by Rick Jalbert. Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Pump "H.I.I.T" - High-Intensity Interval Training! This new class mixes intense cardio intervals with resistance training to help you burn calories (up to 800), improve heart health, and sculpt muscles. Instructed by Sharon Bergeron. Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.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 bodystrengthener. Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Tap Into Fun! - This tap dancing class is for those who danced as a child, or have never even worn tap shoes. Basic tap steps and combinations taught to some familiar tunes while having fun and burning calories. Tap shoes are required and can be purchased online or ordered through instructor Beth Gaudet. Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 11:45 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 5.

Yoga Dance - Come check out this unique new class, which mixes the uplifting andenergizing qualities of yoga with the fun cardio workout of a dance class. This class is taught by Michael Eng, and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 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 reggaetone. 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.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness Center, 12 High StreetMedical 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.

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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CMMC Wellness Dance Programs

05/30/2011

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering four dance-related fitness programs beginning in June.

Bellydancing - Imari (a.k.a. Lisa Cummings) will lead this six-week series presenting bellydancing as a therapeutic, energetic and beautiful cardiovascular exercise suitable for all ages and body types.

Cummings is the founder and artistic director of a bellydancing troupe known as Imari and the Sahara Desert Dancers. She has been bellydancing since 1992, when she learned the art form in Boston. She has been teaching this dance style to women in central and western Maine since 2000.

The class, offered Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., begins June 8.

Tap Into Fun! - Beth Gaudet leads this six-week tap dancing class for those who danced as a child, or have never even worn tap shoes. The class covers basic tap steps and combinations taught to some familiar tunes. Tap shoes are required and can be purchased online or ordered through the instructor.

Gaudet is owner/director of CenterStage Performing Arts in Raymond. She teaches creative movement, tap, ballet, and musical theater classes. She received her dance training in Maine throughout her childhood years and continued to study dance and theater classes while attending the University of Vermont. Experience, unlimited patience, and a sincere love of teaching commits Beth to producing high quality instruction for a variety of ages.

The class begins June 7 and is offered on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Yoga Dance - Michael Eng leads this unique class that mixes the uplifting and energizing qualities of yoga with the fun cardiovascular workout of a dance class.

Eng took modern dance classes at the University of Maryland and Duke University, and has been in several dance companies since then. He recentlytrained to teach Yoga Dance, he says, because it "encourages dancers to enjoy themselves and explore moving with other people." Previous dance experience is not necessary.

The class is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and begins June 7.

Zumba - This Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, bellydance, flamenco, tango, and samba. 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.

Nicholas has been leading Zumba classes since she completed Zumba training in 2006 with Beto Perez, the program's creator. She hasover 20 years dance experience.

The class begins June and is offered on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

All dance programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.

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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CMMC Nursing Graduation

05/30/2011

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions recently graduated 51 nursing students in a ceremony at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston.

Having successfully completed the CMMC College of Nursing's two-year registered nursing education program, the graduates were awarded associate degrees in the applied science of nursing. A number of graduating students were recognizedduring the ceremony.

The CONHP President's Award for the senior student attaining the highest academic achievement went to Jessica Lynn Smith of Wilton. Smith also earned high honors distinction.

Jay W. Bachelder of Auburn was presented the Central Maine General Hospital-CMMC College of Nursing Alumni Association Award. The winner of the Alumni Association Award is chosen by members of the graduating class as the person they would most like to have take care of themselves or their family. Bachelder also earned the CMMC CONHP Board of Trustees Award, given each year to the student who demonstrates leadership qualities, displays concern and understanding for others, makes decisions and assumes responsibility for his or her actions, and establishes trust in interactions.

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

Makalla A. Falco of Auburn was given the Samuel L. Singer and Ruth Small Award, which is presented to a student who will become a credit to herself and her profession, who shows pride as a representative of the CONHP, and maintains good academic standing.

Rebecca S. Lloyd of Rumford was honored with the CMMC Board of Trustees Award, which is 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.

Devan A. Melcher of Rumford was recognized with the first Peggy S. Young Memorial Award, established this year by Young's husband Bob. Young graduated from CMMC CONHP in 1991 and in 2002 she joined the faculty. Young recognized the challenge of attending college while parenting small children. The award recipient is a compassionate caregiver with children.

CMMC Medical Staff Awards for Excellence in Nursing were presented to the following graduates: Marcy Rae Winslow of Bryant Pond, mental health nursing; Jamie R. Meader of Litchfield, medical nursing; Christal-Rose Stroud of Turner, surgical nursing; Alicia Nicole Jacobsen of Poland, obstetrical nursing; and Tracey A. Stuart of Lewiston, pediatric nursing.

Alicia N. Jacobsen of Poland and Tracey A. Stuart of Lewiston were recognized as honors students.

Also comprising the CMMC College of Nursing Class of 2011 are: Socorro A. Barajas, Daniele B. B. Cote, Elizabeth F. LaChapelle, Amber N. Lecomte, and Stephanie L. Violette, all of Lewiston; Leah G. Hardy, Christal-Rose Stroud and Richard A. Theriault, all of Turner; Sarah D. Faucher and Rosalba C. Graham, both of Auburn; Abbie K. Kee and Annie B. Novak, both of Bath; Nancy A. Exchange and Christine M. Minott, both of Gorham; Alyson M. Bishop and Jodi A. Freedman,both of Portland; Sally H. Barker and Tia M. Graffam, both of South Portland; Michelle R. Groh of Bowdoinham; Shannon M. Hatch of Bridgton; Marcy R. Winslow of Bryant Pond; Peter P. Michaud of Cape Elizabeth; Tammy D. Emery of Cushing; Laurissa A. Lewis-Schaab of Farmingdale; Stephen J. Gould of Fayette; Karen E. Twidwell of Greene; Jamie R. Meader of Litchfield; Megan M. Gasbarrone of Manchester; Ciera L. York of Mechanic Falls; Jennifer Jean Young of Mexico; Jenna N. Stevens of Monmouth; Tiffany M. Stebbins of Oakland; Cortney J. Sirois of Old Orchard Beach; Tamara L. Willis of Poland; Shannon L. Woodward of Richmond; Jean N.Wood of Sabattus; Karen M. McGoldrick of Standish; Maria Z. Watson of Vienna; Cristy L. T. Foxe of Windham; Stephanie L. Horr of Woolwich; and Claire A. Upton of Bozeman, Mont.;

The CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions offers an associate in the applied science in nursing degree program. Program graduates who pass the National Council Licensure Examination become registered nurses. For more information, visit www.cmmccollege.edu or call 207-795-2840.

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CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION GRADUATES

05/30/2011

The following individuals have completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Central Maine Medical Center: from left, Daniel Doyon of Lewiston, a chaplain serving at St. Mary's D'Youville Pavilion in Lewiston; Elizabeth Hood of Phippsburg, a graduate of the Academy for Christian Life and Leadership; Rev. Jay W. Turner, director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at CMMC; and Rev. Alicia Kellogg, of Winthrop, an Episcopal deacon serving at St Matthew's Episcopal Church in Hallowell. CMMC's pastoral training program, which is accredited through the U.S. Department of Education, is one of only three such programs in Maine. Students in the graduate education program explore gifts for ministry, deepen self-understanding, develop skills in visitation, discern vocational direction, enhance leadership skills, andmeet denominational and seminary requirements. In 400 hours of supervised ministry, CPE students learn through the action/reflection method of leaning to further integrate personal history, beliefs, and the behavioral sciences. The program includes visitation, individual and group reflection, didactics, written materials, and pertinent readings. For more information about CMMC's Clinical Pastoral Education program, contact Rev. Turner at 795-2291.

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Radiologic Tech Students Win Awards

05/25/2011

Six students from the Clark F. Miller School of Radiologic Technology at Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions won academic awards at the annualmeeting of the Maine Society of Radiologic Technologists (MSRT).

Laura Trimboli of South Berwick, a junior radiography student, won first place and $300 in the MSRTStudent Essay Contest for her essay, "Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Its Use in Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease."

Gonnapa St. Pierre, a senior radiography student from Lewiston, won first place and $350 in the MSRT Student Scientific Exhibit for her display, "Entrance Skin Dose Reduction."

Junior radiography students Alyssa Dufour of Augusta and Amanda LaPorte of Readfield took second place and $100 each in the student scientific exhibit for their display, "Save a Heart, Save the Lungs, Advancements in CT."

Junior radiography student Margaret Clark of Portland earned third place and $150 in the essay contest for her entry, "Radiofrequency Ablation Using Guided Imaging." Clark also won third place and $150 in the scientific exhibit for her entry, "Radiofrequency Ablation using Guided Imaging."

Senior radiography student Kassidy McManus of Lewiston received honorable mention for her essay, "Dosage Creep in Computed Tomography."

The CMMC School of Radiologic Technology was founded by the late Clark F. Miller, M.D., in 1949. It was the first school of its kind in Maine. Students take courses at the College in Lewiston and complete clinical rotations at CMMC and affiliates in central Maine or at Mercy Hospital and affiliates in southern Maine.

The Maine Society of Radiologic Technologists student exhibit is open to all students currently enrolled in a radiologic science program. There are four schools of radiologic science in Maine.

The awards were presented at the MSRT annual conference at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. The contest is open to all students enrolled in radiology science programs in Maine.

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CMMC Nurse Awards

05/25/2011

A number of graduating students at the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions as well as practicing nurses at CMMC have been recognized with Mentor Recognition and Staff Choice awards.

The award programs were designed to foster a mentoring relationshipbetween nursing students and practicing nurses that enhances the clinical setting learning experience.

Mentor Recognition Award recipients are chosen by senior nursing students to recognize nurses who demonstrate outstanding mentoring skills.

Nurses mentor students by demonstrating professional behaviors, critical thinking processes, and prioritization of patient care. They exhibit the following: model leadership qualities; approachable, caring and compassionate demeanors; and safe practice and clinical expertise.

Recognized with Mentor Recognition Awards were the following CMMC nurses:

Rebecca Madden, R.N., first-floor Memorial Wing Nursing Unit (M1); Roxanne Marshall, R.N., M2; Jamie Pratt, R.N., M3; Sarah Hill, R.N., M4; Tracey Cottle, R.N., first-floor Thompson Wing Nursing Unit (T1); Nicole Nicolas, R.N., (T3); Lacy Ouellette, R.N., Physical Rehabilitation Unit; Kate Raymond, R.N., Emergency Department; Joyce Belanger, R.N., Surgical Services; Donny Hamel, R.N., Intensive Care Unit; and Lisa Leavitt, Central Maine Heart andVascular Institute Single-Stay Unit.

Also recognized was Susan Cayer, R.N., St. Mary's detoxification unit.

Staff Choice Awards recognize students who consistently demonstrateclinical excellence, including: knowledge/technical competence; effective communication; critical thinking skills; compassion; recognition of the psychological needs of patients and their families; patient advocacy; respect; honors patients' rights, privacy, values and dignity; and leadership.

CMMC staff nurses selected the following College of Nursing senior students to receive awards: T1, Alyson Bishop; M3, Stephanie Violette; M4, Daniele Cote; ICU, Jessica Smith; and SSU, Shannon Hatch. Staff nurses from Mercy Hospital in Portland selected Cortney Sirois for an award.

The CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions offers an associate in the applied science in nursing degree program. Program graduates who pass the National Council Licensure Examination become registered nurses. For more information, visit www.cmmccollege.edu or call 207-795-2840.

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School of Nuclear Medicine Technology Graduates Two

05/15/2011

The Central Maine Medical Center School of Nuclear Medicine Technology recently graduated two nuclear medicine technology students.

Steven Lewis of Windham and Joseph Roy of Berlin, N.H., were graduated at the school's 13th commencement ceremony. They were nationally certified in radiologic technology prior to entering the CMMC program.

This year the CMMC School of Nuclear Medicine Technology added the full complement of didactic and clinical classes that graduates require to seek national certification in both CT imaging and nuclear medicine technology.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges has approved the CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions' application to offer an associate in applied science in nuclear medicine technology degree program.

The CMMC School of Nuclear Medicine Technology program is the only nuclear medicine program in Maine or New Hampshire.

For more information about programs at the CMMC CONHP, visit www.cmmccollege.edu or call 207-795-2840.

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CMMC ASSOCIATES

05/15/2011

Central Maine Healthcare President and CEO Peter Chalke, left, and Karyn Small, vice president of the CMMC Associates, at a recent meeting of the Associates in Auburn. Chalke presented an overview of Central Maine Healthcare's structure, programs and services, and discussed some of the major issues confronting the nation's and the state's healthcare system. For more information about CMMC's Associates program or to attend the luncheon as a guest, call the CMMC Development Office at 795-2950.

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The ABCs of Identifying and Managing Stress

05/05/2011

"The ABCs of Identifying and Managing Stress -- Just for the Health of It" will be the subject of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for May.

Deborah Taylor, Ph.D., Associate Program Director of the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, will discuss the impact of chronic unmanaged stress on health. This presentation will also identify different types of stress, symptoms of stress, and "how to protect yourself from the effects of stress with an adequate set of tools and strategies to cope," says Taylor.

In her role as a faculty member at the CMMC Family Medicine Residency Program, Taylor coordinates behavioral science educational activities and assists with administration of the residency program.

Prior to joining the CMMC Family Medicine Residency Program faculty in 1992, she served as director of Psychology Consultation Services at The Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus, Ohio.

She was awarded a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, and earned a master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychologyfrom the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. She completed a pre-doctoralpsychology internship at the Ohio State University in Columbus and a post-doctoral psychology fellowship in the area of medical psychology and rehabilitation.

She recently completed a three-year term on the board of directors for the national Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). The STFM is an international multidisciplinary, medical organization of nearly 5,000 family medicine educators that serves as the professional educational home for all those who teach in the specialty of Family medicine.

The program will be presented from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on May 9 in Chairmen's Rooms A and B on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, located next to CMMC, in Lewiston. Taylor will deliver her presentation again from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 12 in Conference Room H, also on the lower level at 12 High Street.

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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CMMC to Offer online HealthChat on May 12

05/05/2011

Central Maine Medical Center will offer its first online HealthChat on May 12.

Audiologists David Jardine and Elizabeth Jardine of The Hearing Source will answer questions about hearing problems and their diagnosis and treatment, including hearing aids, during a live online chat session set for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Access to CMMC HealthChat is open to public.

David Jardine, Au.D., and Elizabeth Jardine, Au.D., joined the associate professional staff at Central Maine Medical Center last summer. They provide audiology services at The Hearing Source, including treatment for hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders.

Elizabeth Jardine earned her doctor of audiology degree from Central Michigan University. She is certified by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a member of the American Academy of Audiology. Prior to joining The Hearing Source clinical staff, she worked as a clinical audiologist with Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento, Calif. At Kaiser, she provided hearing testing for adults and children, as well as advanced testing and treatment for balance disorders of the inner ear.

David Jardine earned his doctor of audiology degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is certified by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a member of the American Academy of Audiology. Prior to joining The Hearing Source at CMMC, he was clinic director for The University of the Pacific Hearing and Balance Center in Stockton, Calif. In this role, he provided diagnostic and rehabilitation services for people with hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders.

The Hearing Source is a state-of-the-art audiology clinic recently opened at Central Maine Medical Center. The center offers patients of all ages themost advanced care for ear and hearing disorders.

Anyone wishing to join in the May 12 HealthChat can access the event bygoing to www.cmmc.org/chat.html between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Special Event at CMMC

04/27/2011

Central Maine Ear, Nose and Throat and The Hearing Source will host an open house on May 10 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Suite 102 of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building located next to Central Maine Medical Center.

Central Maine Ear, Nose and Throat is a Central Maine Medical Group (CMMG) specialty physician practice. The Hearing Source - Hearing & Balance Center is a CMMG state-of-the-art audiology clinic.

Central Maine Ear, Nose and Throat offers the services of three otolaryngologists, physicians who specialize in the care of medical and surgical conditions of the ear, nose,throat and related structures of the head and neck.

The Hearing Source's doctors of audiology and licensed hearing instrument specialist provide themost advanced care available for ear and hearing disorders, including high-tech diagnostic services and specialized testing for children and adults. The Hearing Source offers the latest in hearing aid technology that can help many people enjoy the freedom of better hearing.

Available at the open house will be:
Pass-fail hearing screenings
Viewing of the ear canal and eardrum
Demonstrations of the latest hearing aid technology

Door prizes will include:
TV Ears
Shooter's earplugs
TV streamer -for wirelessly streaming TV audio directly through a personal hearing aid (requires appropriate hearing aid device)

Door prize winners will be selected in a random drawing.

Call 795-8292 for more information.

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CMMC Associates Meeting

04/21/2011

John Bastin, left, director of Central Maine Medical Center's Emergency Preparedness Program, and Christine Bosse, president of the CMMC Associates, at a recent meeting of the Associates in Auburn. Bastin discussed the process through which the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and the Maine Department of Human Services partnered with CMMC to create one of three Maine regional resource centers that complement existing state regional trauma centers. The Central Maine Regional Resource Center was started in February 2004 and is charged with developing comprehensive plans for a coordinated healthcare response to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies within the region. For more information about CMMC's Associates program or to attend the luncheon as a guest, call the CMMC Development Office at 795-2950.

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CMMC's 15th Annual Spring Gala

04/17/2011

Central Maine Medical Center raised $100,000 with its recent annual dinner-dance affair, the largest amount yet raised through the event.

"A Healthier Future ... Under Construction" was the theme of CMMC's 15th Annual Spring Gala held April 9 in Lewiston. Funds raised through the event will support CMMC's ongoing Emergency Department and Lab Renovation-Expansion Project.

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare was the presenting sponsor and CareTech Solutions was the Gala's event sponsor. Some 27 other major sponsors, including many from businesses in the greater Lewiston-Auburn area, also supported the event.

"CMMC is very appreciative of all the support provided by businesses and individuals not only from the area but from throughout the country. We were especially pleased with the gesture offered by CareTech Solutions, which generously pledged during the event to contribute an additional donation to bring our fundraising total to the $100,000 mark," said Chuck Gill, CMMC's vice president for public affairs.

Central Maine Healthcare Development Director Kathy Becvar said the guest list reached 290 people, the largest in the event's history. All guests were invited to sign an I-beam that will be installed within the new construction as a time capsule.

The Annual Spring Gala is coordinated and hosted by volunteers from the CMMC Associates Program and the CMMC Woman's Hospital Association. "These dedicated and creative volunteers planned the event, including the construction-style decorations portraying the theme. 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 www.cmmcgiving.org

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Support Group Meeting April 21

04/17/2011

"Techniques for Letting Go of Stress" will be the topic of a presentation set for the April 21 meeting of the Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group.

Guest speaker for the event will be wellness educator Marcy Covey, owner of Dragonfly Healing Touch, a Thai Yoga Bodywork studio in Poland.

Covey is a certified yoga instructor who has extensive training and experience in wellness and fitness education. She developed the first wellness programs at Central Maine Medical Center, helping to design the CMMC Wellness Center, which she managed from 1995 through 2002. She continues to serve as a wellness instructor at the hospital-basedfacility, where she teaches yoga classes, leads Fit-N-Fun exercise classes for seniors, and assists with the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing's Wellness for Life program for cancer patients and survivors by introducing them to yoga.

The Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group is for individuals who have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Family members and other support persons are also welcomed to attend. The meeting provides a forum for discussion regarding experiences with ICD and will present learning opportunities not only about living with the devices, but about cardiac health issues.

The meeting will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute first-floor conference room.

The program is being offered free of charge.

For more information, call or email physician assistant Joe Sala at 753-3900 or salaj@cmhc.org

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THE DEMPSEY CHALLENGE

04/15/2011

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CMMC's Wellness Solutions to Offer Programs

04/08/2011

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning April 18:

Ballroom Dance - This class is for anyone who has completed a beginner's class in foxtrot, waltz, and swing and wants to learn more steps, brush up, or review. Participants should attend with a partner. Instructor is Diane Williams. Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Bellydancing - Imari (a.k.a. Lisa Cummings) will lead this six-week series presenting bellydancing as a therapeutic, energetic and beautiful cardiovascular exercise suitable for all ages and body types. Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Cardio Sculpt and Sweat - 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.

Circuit Training - This class incorporates personal training with weights, machines and cardio in a group setting. Circuit rotation focuses on a different muscle group for one minute at each of 10 stations, with trainer Sharon Bergeron guiding each step of the way. Mondays 5:45 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Core and Sweat - This ongoing series, lead by Ian Barclay and Lin Bourque, 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 - 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 Marcy Covey. 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 from 5:15 a.m. to 5:45 a.m. and noon to 12:30, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 12:30 p.m. Now also offered on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Happy Hearts - A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history -- including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants -- who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Kickboxing - An intense interval workout and a major calorie burner. Instructor Sharon Bergeron teaches the proper technique of self-defense kicks, punches and blocks while defining muscles in the shoulders, arms legs and hips. Fun and great for the heart too. Wednesdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.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 Richards. Wednesdays from 6 a.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.

Pilates Plus - 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 5 p.m. to 6 p.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. Mondays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Pump "H.I.I.T" - High-Intensity Interval Training! This new class mixes intense cardio intervals with resistance training to help participants burn up to 800 calories, improve heart health, and sculpt muscles. Instructed by Sharon Bergeron. Held Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.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.

Tap Into Fun! - This six-week tap dancing class is for those who danced as a child, or have never even worn tap shoes. Basic tap steps and combinations taught to some familiar tunes. Participants have fun and burn calories. Tap shoes are required and can be purchased online or ordered through the instructor, Beth Gaudet. Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Yoga - Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey leads this series of yoga classes. Participants willlearn to center and balance themselves through poses, breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation. Tuesdays from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 6:30p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Participants may elect to take either one or two classes per week.

Yoga Dance - This unique new class mixes the uplifting and energizing qualities of yoga with the fun cardio workout of a dance class. The class is taught by Michael Eng and held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 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 reggaetone. 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.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.

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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Gift to CMMC

04/08/2011

Representatives of the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) recently presented CMMC's Sam and Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center with a donation of more than $4,200 that will be used to cover the cost of mammograms for patients with special needs. The funds were raised though the 2010 WHA November Art Show at CMMC. Another November Art Show is being planned for this year. Celebrating the donation were, from left: Bennett Center Supervisor Sue Rossignol; Bennett Center Co-Director Pamela Rietschel, M.D.; Bennett Center Coordinator KathiVarney; WHA Art Show Chairman June van Mourik; WHA President Nancy Wilkins; and Medical Imaging Director Cynthia Harradon. Those who would like to know more about the patient special needs fund that supports breast care services for the underinsured are urged to call the Bennett Breast Care Center at 795-2100. Anyone interested in volunteering with the CMMC Woman's Hospital Association should call 795-2474.

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CMMC Art Gallery in April

04/02/2011

Paintings by Diana Johnson will be on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery through April 30.

Johnson works in pastels, oil and gouache, focusing on the Maine landscape. "I look for places that elicit both a sense of rest and rejuvenation while paying attention to the fluid effects of radiant energy on land, water, and air," she says. "The more a painting seems to emit energy, as if from the paper or canvas itself, the happier I am with the results. I try to suggest, with pigment, the essential vitality and liveliness that is inherent in tranquil, peaceful places."

A "signature member" of the Pastel Society of America, she has won awards in juried art shows, including For Pastels Only on Cape Cod, the Pastel Society of America's 37th Exhibition, and Pastel Painters of Maine International Juried Exhibition.

Her work is exhibited in Maine galleries and has been included in New York exhibitions at the National Arts Club and at the Salmagundi Club.

Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in art education and a master's degree in adult education.

The paintings on display at CMMC 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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April 9 Seminar

04/02/2011

"Health Information Technology: Improving the Practice of Medicine" is the topic of the Central Maine Medical Group's 9th Annual Best Practice Seminar on April 9.

This educational event is offered free of charge to healthcare professionals interested in learning more about computer technology in the healthcare setting and how it can improve the practice of medicine.

The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration and a light breakfast. Fertility specialist Michael Drouin, M.D., will offer welcoming remarks at about 8 a.m.

From 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., attorney Gordon H. Smith will discuss Maine's prescription management program.

Smith joined the Maine Medical Association as general counsel in 1981 and continues in that role. He has served as executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association since September 1993. He has served in numerous state and national leadership posts, including chairman of the American Society of State Medical Association Counsel, American Medical Association (AMA)/State Medical Society Litigation Center, Maine Health Data Organization, and AMA Advocacy Resource Center. He currently serves as a member of the AMA's Scope of Practice Partnership Steering Committee. He is also a member of the governing boards of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Onpoint Health Data, and the Daniel Hanley Center for Health leadership.

Between 9:15 a.m. and 10 a.m., Glenn Focht, M.D., president of the Central Maine MedicalGroup, will talk about the teleneurology program that Central Maine MedicalCenter is implementing with the support of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Glenn Focht M.D., is president of Central Maine Medical Group, a healthcare provider organization comprised of some 350 healthcare professionals representing some 35 specialties that delivers care to western, central, and mid-coast Maine. Dr. Focht has led the implementation of electronic health record systems in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. He has been instrumental in CMMC's efforts to promote screening for preventable and treatable illnesses like colon cancer.

From 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., family medicine specialist Edmund V. Claxton, Jr., M.D., and registered nurse Amy Richard will address "How Would the Saving Lives Program Help You?"

Claxton first practiced family medicine in the Lewiston-Auburn area as a founding partner of Family Health Care Associates and then as director of the CMMC Family Medicine Residency Program. He currently mentors physicians in the CMMC residency program and manages his own panel of established patients. He has been recognized statewide for his work as a physician and educator.

Richard is clinical outcomes specialist for the Central Maine Medical Group, overseeing the Saving Lives through Evidence Based Medicine Program.

"Do Physicians and Legislators Agree on the Meaning of 'Meaningful Use'?" will be the topic of a presentation from 11:30 a.m. to noon by electronic medical record expert Susan Thomas, M.D.

In addition to her medical degree, Susan Thomas, M.D., holds a degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. She is an expert in the clinical adoption of health information technology in physician practices. She was a founder member of Central Maine Family Practice and helped implement an electronic medical record system atCMMC. She served as chief medical officer for General Electric's Healthcare's Centricity electronic medical record. Thomas currently works as an electronic medical record consultant in the U.S. and Canada.

The day's events will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building, located adjacent to CMMC.

Healthcare professionals wishing to attend the seminar should reserve their place by calling 795-7180 or e-mailiing macdonvi@cmhc.org. Seating is limited to 100 people. Continuing Medical Education credits are available.

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"Advances in Hip and Knee Replacement"

03/25/2011

"Advances in Hip and Knee Replacement" will be the topic of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for April.

Orthopaedic surgeon Jeffrey L. Bush, M.D., of Central Maine Orthopaedics and the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine, will review the basics of hip and knee replacement. He will cover current topics in joint replacement, including minimally invasive surgery, computer-assisted surgery, and advances in post-operativerehabilitation. There will be time available for questions.

Bush is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon who joined Central Maine Orthopaedics in 2006. His practice focuses on primary and revision hip and knee replacement, as well as hip and knee arthroscopy.

A graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, he completed an adult reconstructive surgery fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He served a general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, N.J. Bush graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., with a master's degree in biomedical engineering.

He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

There is no cost for attending the presentation.

The hour-long program will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on April 12 in Chairmen's Rooms A and B on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, located next to CMMC, in Lewiston. Bush will deliver his presentation again at 6 p.m. on April 14 in Conference Room H, also on the lower level at 12 High Street.

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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April 5 CMMC program

03/25/2011

Cardiothoracic surgeon Carmine Frumiento, M.D., will present two informational sessions on varicose vein treatment on April 5.

He will explain what varicose veins are and how they impact an individual's well being. He will discuss the VNUS Closure procedure available at the Central Maine Medical Center Vein Center. VNUS Closure is a minimally invasive treatment system that promotes fast, more easily tolerated recovery. The procedure is covered by most insurance plans.

Frumiento joined theCentral Maine Heart and Vascular Institute (CMHVI) surgical staff in 2003, after completing extensive surgical training in Vermont and Wisconsin. He graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vt.

The programs will beoffered on April 5 at 4 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. in the YoungWing Conference Room at CMMC's 60 High Street, home of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute.

Each session is limited to 20 people, so anyone interested in attending is urged to reserve a seat by calling CMHVI at 795-8260.

There is no charge for attending either of the presentations.

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CMMC Art Gallery in March

03/09/2011

Paintings by Pamela Hetherly and Annette Lavallee will be on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery through March 26.

Heatherly moved to New England from Texas more than 25 years ago, and presently lives in the MountVernon-Fayette area. She is a member of the Kennebec Valley Art Association. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries and juried exhibits. Heatherly has completed several fine arts classes and workshops, and recently spent aweek with oil painters Andrew Lattimore on Monhegan Island and Morgan Stanley Price in Rockland, learning more about plein air painting.

She describes her painting interests as focused on "the portrayal of figures in action, using color to dramatize motion and emphasize gestures and emotion."

Annette Lavallee, a resident of the Lewiston-Auburn area, has painted and quilted for over 25 years. Her work has been shown at many galleries and exhibitions. She also works as a portrait artist, and illustrator-designer, creating labels, t-shirts, and commercial illustrations.

Lavallee's work can be viewed at www.annettelavallee.com

The paintings 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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March CMMC Accenting Your Health Presentations

03/09/2011

"What Happens When You Dial 9-1-1?" will be the topic of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for later this month.

Daphne Russell, prevention and wellness coordinator at United Ambulance Service, will discuss how a phone call to 9-1-1 sets in motion a series of largely unseen emergency response actions. She will explain the response protocol that is triggered when a dispatcher receives a call, how emergency responders assess and treat a patient, and how an ambulance crew and hospital communicate while the patient is being transported.

Russell, a licensed paramedic, joined United Ambulance in 2003. She holds an associate degree in paramedicine from Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. Her role with United Ambulance includes ambulance work and coordinating community outreach programs, including a home visit program that focuses on good health and injury prevention.

There is no cost for attending the presentation.

The hour-long program will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on March 14 and at 6 p.m. on March 17. Both presentations will be delivered at the United Ambulance Education Center, 192 Russell Street, Lewiston. Guests are asked to use the East Avenue entrance, as the Russell Street entrance is reserved for emergency vehicle use.

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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Go Blue for Colon Cancer

03/03/2011

Kick-off Events March 4th

The Central Maine Medical Family has joined the "Go Blue for Colon Cancer" national awareness campaign.

On March 4, blue lights will be turned on at Central Maine Medical Center, Bridgton Hospital, Rumford Hospital, and Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick in recognition of the awareness campaign. Hospital staff members are encouraged to dress in blue. Blue ribbons and special blue star pens will be distributed as a reminder for people to get screened for colon cancer.

"The Central Maine Medical Family is participating in Go Blue for Colon Cancer to promote awareness of colorectal cancer, encourage people to get screened, and provide information and support to survivors and caregivers," Gill said. "Colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States.
Healthcare providers must work to make sure that everyone who should be screened for colon cancer is getting screened and those living with the disease have all the information and support they need to improve their lives."

Colorectal cancer (often referred to simply as colon cancer) is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Even though it is highly treatable when diagnosed early, in 2010 it killed an estimated 51,370 Americans - making it the second leading cancer killer in the United States. Many of these people died because they were not screened for the disease - or not screened in time.

"Colorectal cancer affects people of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in those aged 50 years or older, yet nearly half of this at-risk population has not had a routine screening," Gill said.

According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, most colorectal cancers develop first as colorectal polyps, which are growths inside the colon or rectum that may later become cancerous. If everybody aged 50 or older had regular screening tests, as many as 80 percent of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.

With regular screening, colorectal cancer can be found early, when treatment is most effective. Screening can find precancerous polyps--abnormal growths in the colon or rectum--so that they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.

CMMC will sponsor two community education programs during March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month:

The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at CMMC will offer a free presentation entitled "The Colon Connection: How to increase your colon health and prevent cancer" on March 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Auburn Public Library. Gastroenterologist Oswaldo Bisbal, M.D., will discuss the importance of screening and ways to reduce risk. Pre-registration is required and light refreshments will be served.

On March 30 The Dempsey Center will offer "SurvivorSpeak: Colon Cancer", a free presentation featuring three colon cancer survivors and a caregiver. The program will be presented from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Chairmen's Rooms located on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building in Lewiston. Colon cancer survivors Neil Bement, Sue Dube and Scott Thomas, and caregiver Angela Thomas will share their compelling journeys and messages of hope and survivorship. A question and answer session will follow the presentation and light refreshments will be served.

Pre-registration for both events is available by calling the Dempsey Center at (207) 795-8250, toll-free 1-877-336-7287 or online at www.dempseycenter.org



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Cardiology Practice Expands to Brunswick

02/26/2011

Cardiologists from Central Maine Heart Associates are now seeing patients at Parkview Hospital in Brunswick.

Nicholas H. Laffely, M.D., and Patrick J. Lawrence, M.D., are seeing patients during regular office hours five days a week at Parkview Hospital, 329 Maine Street, Suite C, in Brunswick. Cardiologist William J. Phillips, M.D., will soon join them at the Brunswick office.

Laffely and Lawrence are affiliated with Central Maine Heart Associates and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, both located in Lewiston. Central Maine Heart Associates care providers offer services in 11 communities.

Kathleen M. Schwarz, M.D., an internist who practices in Brunswick, said the new Parkview-based cardiology practice offers an enhanced level of cardiovascular healthcare service to residents of the midcoast region.

"Patients and their primary care providers are delighted with this new access to on-site cardiology services. This is a great new healthcare option for Parkview patients," Schwarz said.

Laffely, an interventional cardiologist, is a Brunswick native. He recently served as a cardiologist and research fellow at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, N.H. He completed general and interventional cardiology fellowships at DHMC, where he had admitting and interventional cardiology privileges.

A graduate of the University of Maine in Orono, Maine, he earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He completed an internal medicine residency at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He also did metabolism and lipid research as a fellow at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo.

He is certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also certified in nuclear cardiology by the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Laffely lives in Lisbon with his wife, Mary, and their infant son, Benjamin.

Lawrence joined Central Maine Heart Associates some four years ago after working for 27 years at the New England Heart Institute (NEHI) in Manchester, N.H. During his years at NEHI he served as an instructor in medicine at Tufts University College of Medicine in Boston. He was director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H., for 15 years.

He earned his medical degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Fla. He served an internship through Georgetown Medical Service at D.C. General Hospital in Washington, D.C., and completed residency training at the University of California at San Diego in La Jolla, Calif. A former member of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he served a fellowship with the Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center Cardiology Service in Denver.

Lawrence also holds a master's degree in engineering sciences from the University of California at San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, also in La Jolla, Calif.

He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and is certified in cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

For more information about the new cardiology service at Parkview in Brunswick, call 729-5729.

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CMMC Wellness Programs

02/24/2011

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning February 28:

Ballroom Dance - This class is for anyone who has completed a beginner's class in foxtrot, waltz, and swing and wants to learn more steps, brush up, or review. Participants should attend with a partner. Instructor is Diane Williams. Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Bellydancing - Imari (a.k.a. Lisa Cummings) will lead this six-week series presenting bellydancing as a therapeutic, energetic and beautiful cardiovascular exercise suitable for all ages and body types. Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m

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

Circuit Training - This class incorporates personal training with weights, machines and cardio in a groupsetting. Circuit rotation focuses on a different muscle group for one minute at each of 10 stations, with trainer Sharon Bergeron guiding each step of the way. Mondays 5:45 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Core and Sweat - This ongoing series, lead by Ian Barclay and Lin Bourque, 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 - This entertaining exercise class is designed for the over-55 crowd and focuses on helping participantsimprove aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. The instructor for this series is Marcy Covey. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30a.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 5:15 a.m. to 5:45 a.m. and noon to 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 12:30 p.m. Now also offered on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Happy Hearts - A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history -- including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants -- who have completed a cardiac rehabilitation program and are looking for a "maintenance" program. The class includes general supervision and individual, independent cardiovascular andstrength training. It also incorporates group weight training and self-safety skills. The instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Kickboxing - An intense interval workout and a major calorie burner. Instructor Sharon Bergeron teaches the proper technique of self-defense kicks, punches and blocks while defining muscles in the shoulders, arms legs and hips. Fun and great for the heart too. Wednesdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Moms In Motion - 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 Richards. 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.

Pilates Plus - 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. Mondays 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.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 yogastretch. This ongoing class is led by Rick Jalbert. Mondays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Pump "H.I.I.T" - High-Intensity Interval Training is a new class that mixes intense cardio intervals with resistancetraining to burn calories (up to 800 per session), improve heart health, and sculpt muscles. Instructed by Sharon Bergeron. Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.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, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Tap Into Fun! - This six-week tap dancing class is for those who danced as a child, or have never even worn tap shoes. Basic tap steps and combinations taught to some familiar tunes whilehaving fun and burning calories. Tap shoes are required and can be purchased online or ordered through the instructor, Beth Gaudet. Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 11:45 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 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Participants may elect to take either one or two classes per week.

Zumba - This Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa, and reggaetone. 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.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.

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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Heart to Heart Conference February 26

02/12/2011

Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute will host the 11th Annual "A Heart to Heart" Conference on heart disease on February 26.

Presentations for the morning's event kick off at 8:30 a.m. with Katarina Latkovich, M.D., of Central Maine Internal Medicine, who will discuss "Metabolic Syndrome: A Chronic Illness Conspiracy", focusing on a set of conditions -- unhealthy blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and body shape - that can increase an individual's risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. She will explain how lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.

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 morning's second presenter, Allan M. Ingraham, M.D., of Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery, will explore "Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and Rehab".

Ingraham will explain how hardening and narrowing of the arteries -- commonly referred to as atherosclerosis -- can obstruct the supply of blood to the arms and legs. He will describe the symptoms of this condition and discuss how it is diagnosed and treated.

Prior to joining Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery (CMCS) a few years ago, Ingraham practiced in partnership with Pamela R. Rietschel, M.D., in Lewiston for many years. (Rietschel also joined CMCS.) He is a graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and earned his medical degree at Tufts University School ofMedicine in Boston. He did residency training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Registered and licensed dietitian Corinne Carrier of Central Maine Bariatric Surgery, the third speaker at the event, will discuss "Olive Oil Isn't Just For Popeye Anymore! Eating Well With a Mediterranean Diet".

Carrier will explain what a traditional Mediterranean diet is, how it reduces the risk of heart disease, and how such meals can be delicious and healthful.

Carrier graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a bachelor's degree infood science and human nutrition. She later completed a dietetic internshipwith the Department of Health and Environmental Control in Columbia, S.C. She also completed weight management certificate training in Plantation, Fla.

Personal health coach Nate Littlefield of the CMMC Wellness Center will lead a session called "Within You: Motivation For Change", exploring how individuals can find the motivation to make changes promoting a healthier lifestyle.

The "A Heart to Heart" Conference will be held in the Chairmen's Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, adjacent to CMMC.

Registration for the day's events will begin at 8 a.m. A continental breakfast will be provided.

The event is open to public. 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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CMMC's new Emergency Department Now Open

02/12/2011

Central Maine Medical Center opened its new Emergency Department on February 14, relocating both the public and ambulance entrances to the Main Street side of the hospital campus.

"We have moved to 21st century emergency care," said CMMC President Laird Covey. "Our outstanding emergency physicians, nurses and support staff can now work in a facility that appropriately complements their outstanding clinical expertise."

The new Emergency Department features all private rooms and dedicated parking near the public entrance. Patients can be dropped off beneath a covered entranceway that will shelter them from inclement weather. A spacious lobby includes a "child friendly" area.

"We understand patients want to be treated as quickly as possible," said Emergency Department Nurse Manager Peggy McRae, R.N. "So we have added another care provider in our triage, or initial evaluation, area during the busiest times of day. Our goal is to speed up the emergency diagnosis, treatment, admission and discharge process as much as possible."

The February 14 opening marks the completion of Phase 1 of CMMC's three-phase modernization program that also provides improvement to the hospital's laboratory facilities. In the Emergency Department, this first phase includes 22 private treatmentrooms and trauma rooms. Another 14 treatment rooms will come online in July. The project is scheduled for completion in February 2012.

"Patients coming to the CMMC ED should be comforted to know the resources of a major medical center are available for them around the clock," said Central Maine Healthcare President and Chief Executive Office Peter Chalke. "Trauma surgeons, critical care physicians and other specialists are prepared to treat critically-ill and -injured patients. The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute and ED team working with multiple EMS squads has done exemplary work to speed up the treatment of heart attacks. Our medical staff, composed of physicians representing over 40 medical and surgical specialties, provides care both in the hospital and follow-up care in their offices."

CMMC Emergency Department Medical Director Lawrence Oliver, M.D., said the hospital "is prepared to treat minor to the biggest emergencies. Our mission is to provide the highest level of emergency care close to home."

"CMMC's physicians and nurses historically have been leaders in the development of highly specialized Emergency Medical Services locally, regionally, and even state-wide since the late 1970's. This new, state-of-the-art facility will allow them to practice their expertise in an efficient, highly specialized, and impressively equipped environment that will enhance not only each patient's outcome, but their emotional experience as well," said Larry O. Hopperstead, M.D., a Central Maine Medical Group surgeon known throughout the state for his work in emergency medicine and trauma surgery.

Hopperstead was a central figure in the development of Maine's emergency medical services system beginning in the late 1970s. In the 1990s he helped create the LifeFlight of Maine medical helicopter service and oversaw CMMC's emergence as regional trauma center. He presently practices general surgery at Rumford Hospital.

Central Maine Medical Center located in Lewiston operates one of the busiest emergency departments in Maine with over 48,000 visits each year. CMMC is a Level Two Trauma Center and the home base for the LifeFlight of Maine medical helicopter. All CMMC emergency department physicians are board certified in emergency medicine and all of the nurses have received special training in emergency care.

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Mended Hearts Meeting February 10

02/06/2011

"Lifevest" will be the topic of discussion at the February 10 meeting of Mended Hearts at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston.

LifeVest is a wearable defibrillator for treating sudden cardiac arrest. It offers patients advanced protection and monitoring as well as improved quality of life.

Unlike an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), LifeVest is worn outside the body rather than implanted in the chest. The device monitors the patient's heart with dry, non-adhesive sensing electrodes to detect life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms. If a life-threatening rhythm is detected, the device alerts the patient prior todelivering a treatment shock, thus allowing a conscious patient to disarm the treatment shock. If the patient is unconscious, the device releases a gel over the therapy electrodes and delivers an electrical shock to restore normal rhythm.

Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Heart Association, provides support to patients who have been impacted by heart disease.

The group meets on the second Thursday of every month at 5 p.m. in the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute's first-floor Young Wing Conference Room, located at 60 High Street in Lewiston.

Anyone seeking more information should contact Cheryl Strout at 795-8225.

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Accenting Your Health February 14 and 17

02/06/2011

Does Your Heart Go Pit-a-Pat?" will be the topic of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for February.

Brooke S. Ritvo, M.D., a cardiologist, will explain atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. AF is a condition in which electrical activity in the heart causes its rate or rhythm to be abnormal. AF may lead to complications and serious heart conditions, and can increase a person's risk of stroke. She will discuss how AF is detected, evaluated, treated and managed.

Ritvo is an electrophysiologist, an expert in the study of the electrical system of theheart that generates the heartbeat. Electrophysiologic studies are used to diagnose heart rhythm problems and to determine if a patient needs a pacemaker.

Prior to beginning her work in the Lewiston-Auburn area, Ritvo practiced for six years as an electrophysiologist with Arrhythmia and Pacemaker Consultants in West Orange, N.J.

A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., she earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y. She completed an internship andresidency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. She served a fellowship in cardiovascular disease and a fellowship in electrophysiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. She also served an electrophysiology fellowship at Montefiore MedicalCenter-Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y.

Ritvo is certified in cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

There is no cost for attending the presentation.

The hour-long program will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on February 14 and at 6 p.m. on February 17. Bothpresentations will be delivered in the Chairmen's Rooms, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, adjacent to Central Maine Medical Center.

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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Stroke Program February 17

02/06/2011

"Stroke: Signs and Symptoms" is the topic of a presentation set for the February 17 meeting of the Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group.

Certified emergency nurse Michelle Gosselin, R.N., will describe the signs and symptoms of stroke and why getting immediate medical attention is critical when stroke is suspected.

A graduate of the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing, Gosselin worked in cardiopulmonary nursing for three years before shifting her career focus to emergency nursing in 1998. She works in the emergency departments at Central Maine Medical Center and Rumford Hospital.

She has gained certification in a number of specialized nursing skill areas, including certification at an instructor level.

There is no cost for attending the presentation.

The Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group is for individuals who have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Family members and other support persons are also welcome to attend. The meeting provides a forum for discussion regarding experiences with ICD and will present learning opportunities not only about living with the devices, but about cardiac health issues.

The meeting will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute first-floor conference room, located in the Young Wing at 60 High Street in Lewiston.

For more information, call or email physician assistant Joe Sala at 753-3900 or salaj@cmhc.org

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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Central Maine Healthcare Partners with Massachusetts General Hospital

01/27/2011

Central Maine Healthcare has partnered with Massachusetts General Hospital to bring two telemedicine programs to Maine.

One program will use 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.

The other initiative, which also uses streaming video, will allow neurologists at the Boston hospital to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with other neurological emergencies, including seizures or sudden paralysis.

Scheduled to begin at CMMC in March, the programs will later be implemented at Rumford Hospital and Bridgton Hospital and Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick.

The four hospitals together see between 450 and 500 stroke patients yearly. The hospitals have always had neurologists on call, but it sometimes takes valuable time for them to get to the hospital.

Down in Boston, Massachusetts General offers telemedicine. And spokesmen at both hospitals say the programs connecting the two organizations makes a lot of sense.

When a clot-busting drug became recognized as an important tool for treating stroke patients, many emergency physicians didn't have the training to recognize which patients might benefit from the drug and which could be hurt by it. They began calling experts at Massachusetts General for help.

"We began getting phone calls almost literally the month after (the drug) was released," Lee Schwamm, vice chairman of Massachusetts General's neurology department and director of telestroke and acute stroke services, recently told the Lewiston Sun Journal.

"The answer was, 'I would love to help you, but I don't know enough about the patient. I haven't verified when it started, I can't see whether the weakness and the speech problem really make sense and would be explained by a single area of abnormality in the brain. I don't know if the scan looks like the stroke is early enough, immature enough, to still be treated or whether it's involved to the point that now it'll be dangerous and I might actually harm them by giving the drug.'"

If he could visually evaluate the patient and get a copy of the CT scan, Dr. Schwamm thought he might be able to help. It turned out that he could, and the hospital began a telemedicine program. This program now serves 27 New England hospitals, including two in southern Maine.

CMMC and its affiliated hospitals are the latest in Maine to join the telemedicine programs. Central Maine Health Care officials said they chose Massachusetts General because its neurologists are renowned for their work and are leaders in the field.

Dr. Verrill, who has been involved in the telemedicine project, says Mass General was a logical partner in the initiative. "They are the people that have published the studies and the textbooks," Dr. Verrill told the Lewiston Sun Journal. "The expertise is superior, almost bar none."

Once the programs are implemented, Central Maine Healthcare's emergency doctors can consult at any time with one of Mass General's 15 neurologists if possible stroke patients or other neurological patients present in the Emergency Department. Central Maine Medical Group neurologists can also consult with the Massachusetts General doctors to get a second opinion.
In addition to the telemedicine programs, CMMC recently added a hospital-based neurologist to its medical staff.

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

Central Maine Healthcare is hoping the new programs and a public education effort will encourage patients to go to the emergency department if they think they may be having a stroke.

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CMMC Art Gallery

01/26/2011

Paintings by Jolene Juneau and Joyce Coyne will be on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery from January 29 until February 26.

Juneau works in watercolor, oil and acrylics and enjoys creating paintings that "reflect a kinder, gentler time or place which will exist forever in one's heart or memory." She generally works in 16- by 20-inch and 22- by 28-inch formats. Her work has been shown in the Lewiston-Auburn area.


Though she began oil painting in high school, she diverged from the medium, returning to it a few years ago following the death of hermother. "The seed of my art was always there, but it took that loss to let go and it brought the creative energy I had in me out. It brought me out of myself. I was able to embrace the beauty and goodness that I see in life, that was and is still part of my life. Good memories are precious reservoirs of hope and new challenges can enhance the joy and happiness that God gives to each and every one of us each day," she says.


Joyce Coyne's watercolors are best described as traditional in subject but distinctive in style. With a free and loose approach, her paintings evoke a fresh spontaneity.


"There are so-called rules in painting, methods and techniques to adhere to, but create your own and give in to your intuition. Try something outside your comfort boundaries and you won't be disappointed with the outcome. Soon your own style will emerge," Coyne says.


Her love of painting on location and translating the feeling of the outdoors into her work is what makes Coyne's landscape and garden watercolors so appealing. As featured artist during the Maine Music Society's Lewiston/Auburn Garden Tours, she has gained exposure that has led to commissions and house portraits. She has also done mural work. Coyne continues to participate in solo and group exhibits throughout the state.


The paintings 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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CMMC ICD Support Group

01/26/2011

"Stroke: Signs and Symptoms" is the topic of a presentation set for the February 17 meeting of the Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group.

Certified emergency nurse Michelle Gosselin, R.N., will describe the signs and symptoms of stroke and why getting immediate medical attention is critical when stroke is suspected.

A graduate of the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing, Gosselin worked in cardiopulmonary nursing for three years before shifting her career focus to emergency nursing in 1998. She works in the emergency departments at Central Maine Medical Center and Rumford Hospital.

She has gained certification in a number of specialized nursing skill areas, including certification at an instructor level.

There is no cost for attending the presentation.

The Central and Western Maine ICD Support Group is for individuals who have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Family members and other support persons are also welcome to attend. The meeting provides a forum for discussion regarding experiences with ICD and will present learning opportunities not only about living with the devices, but about cardiac health issues.

The meeting will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute first-floor conference room.

For more information, call or email physician assistant Joe Sala at 753-3900 or salaj@cmhc.org

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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CMMC nursing alumni event

01/26/2011

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing Alumni Association has recognized a senior nursing student for her aptitude in geriatric nursing.

At a recent gathering at the College of Nursing and Health Professions in Lewiston, the association recognized Sarah Faucher of Auburn as winner of the Elsie Murchison Lauten Award honoring the memory of an alumni member.

The award, which includes a financial stipend, is made yearly to the student who "displays a unique gift of compassion in care of the geriatric patient". The CMMC College of Nursing faculty selects the winner.

"The day I got the award was the anniversary of the death of my aunts. I felt like they were with me. I was filled with love all day long; I had a feeling of peace. So it meant a lot to me to get the award that day; it was really special," Faucher said

"The financial award was nice. I had to cut back on work to study for exams. I am extremely grateful to the CMMC CON Alumni Association, and the faculty too," she added.

Throughout a nursing career that began in 1940, Lauten demonstrated a special interest in the healthcare provided to seniors. She was active in the alumni association and was the inspiration for the organization's newsletter, which is currently mailed to over 900 members.

The following College of Nursing students were also honored during the gathering for academic achievement, leadership and community involvement: (front row) Annie Novak, Nancy Exchange, Christal-Rose Stroud, Tracey Stuart, (back row) Jean Nichols Wood, Rebecca Lloyd, Peter Michaud, Jessica Smith and Tamara Willis. Faculty awarded these students with certificates from Who's Who Among Students.

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Norway Doctor Joins Medical Group

01/26/2011

Jett Family Practice, a primary care practice that has served Oxford Hills residents for nearly 10 years, has joined the Central Maine Medical Group regional healthcare provider network.

The practice will relocate to 39 Main Street in Norway on February 1 and will reopen there as Norway Family Practice.

"The new location is just down the road from my current location. The name change results from a new relationship with the large regional network of doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants associated with Central Maine Medical Group and Central Maine," said Laura Jett, M.D.

Office hours for the practice will continue to be Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number will remain 743-9645.

"At Norway Family Practice patients will receive their healthcare from the same Jett Family Practice folks who have worked to earn their trust during the years I've practiced medicine in Norway," Jett said.

"I will continue to be a member of the Maine Health Physician Hospital Organization and will join the Lewiston Auburn PhysicianAssociation. My status with insurance companies should not change," she added.

Jett said a major benefit arising from the new affiliation with Central Maine Medical Group is an electronic medical record system available through the support of Central Maine Medical Center. Jett Family Practice patient records will be accessible through this system when NorwayFamily Practice opens.

"The Central Maine Medical Group includes about 350 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. As part of this group, I will have easy access to local medical specialists, a change that will benefit all my patients," she said.

Jett began practicing medicine in the greaterNorway-South Paris area in 1998. She founded Jett Family Practice in 2001.

A graduate of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, she earned her medical degree at the Ohio State University College ofMedicine in Columbus, Ohio. She completed residency training at Ohio State University Hospitals, also in Columbus. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

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College of Nursing Alumni Association Annual Meeting

01/19/2011

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing Alumni Association will hold its annual meeting on January 20.

The 'brown bag' luncheon event is set for 11:30 a.m. at the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions at 70 Middle Street in Lewiston. All area nurses and student nurses are invited to attend.

LifeFlight of Maine nurse-paramedic Lori Metayer will be the featured speaker. A business meeting will take place after the program.

Metayer is a 1984 graduate of the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing. She later earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine in Portland and subsequently earned paramedic certification.

Metayer's nursing career began in the CMMC Intensive Care Unit. She was later named manager of the Orthopedic-Neurosurgery Nursing Unit and then worked for three years as a nursing supervisor, but her interest in critical care nursing drew her back to the ICU and Emergency Department.

In 1998, she was named CMMC's Emergency Nurse of the Year. When Central Maine Medical Center became involved in the development of LifeFlight of Maine, she joined the service and was later named operations manager for the Lewiston base.

Metayer is a member of the national outreach committee for the Association of Air Medical Services and has presented educational programs throughout Maine and nationally. She also led LifeFlight's work in Maine and nationally in developing blood donor programs.

She lives in Lisbon Falls with her husband, Shawn, a former LifeFlight paramedic, and their children, Bryan, Kayla, Lauren and Katrina. She spends her time off following her kids' sports activities, skiing and riding her Harley-Davidson.

For more information call 783-4322.

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Librarian Named to Commission

01/13/2011

Katherine J. Brunjes of Bethel, director of library services at Central Maine Medical Center, has been appointed to the Maine State Library Commission.

The commission is a 17-member board appointed by the governor to represent the state's library community. The commission oversees the Maine State Library's policies, procedures and operations, advises the state librarian, makes recommendations regarding the use of state and federal to support library services, and establishes guidelines and policies for statewide library programs.

Outgoing Gov. John Baldacci named Brunjes to the commission in December. Her appointment filled an open at-large seat representing institutional libraries and collections, including hospital/medical libraries.

Brunjes was named medical library manager at CMMC in 1999 and was appointed director of library services in 2009. Prior to beginning her work at CMMC she worked for nearly 20 years in various capacities as the medical librarian at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway.
She graduated from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, and earned her master's degree in library and information sciences at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She was an honors student at both universities.

She is certified by the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

In 2005 she was presented a certificate of achievement from the Maine Hospital Association. That same year the Maine Health Sciences Libraries and Information Consortium named her its Eleanor Cairns Distinguished Medical Librarian.

She is a member of, and has held leadership posts with, the Maine Health Science Libraries and Information Consortium, National Network of the National Library of Medicine - New England Region, Medical Library Association, North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries, and Central Maine Library District.

She is also a member of the United States Equestrian Federation and is seated as the elected endurance athlete on its board of directors, and competes in international equestrian events.

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SUCCESSFUL FUND-RAISERS

01/12/2011

Two students at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris raised more than $1,500 for Central Maine Medical Center's Sam and Jeanie Bennett Breast Care Center as part of their senior project. "Team Pink We Care", the brainchild of Joline Waite (photo, third from left) and Taylor Black (fourth from left), was a fund-raiser dedicated to breast cancer awareness. The students contacted more than 75 Oxford County area businesses seeking donations for auction. They also hosted a bake sale featuring "pink ribbon cookies" crafted to promote their cause. Not content with creating edible fund-raising materials, they also designed "Team Pink We Care" t-shirts and lapel buttons. They donated buttons not distributed during their fund-raising campaign to the Bennett Center. "It's amazing what these two future leaders have done to help others," said Cindy Harradon, director of Medical Imaging at CMMC. Waite and Black have each expressed an interest in pursuing healthcare as a career opportunity. On hand to accept the generous donation were Kathi Varney, Bennett Center coordinator (far left), Sue Rossignol, Bennett Center supervisor (second from left), and Cindy Harradon (far right).

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CMMC Art Gallery in December

12/16/2010

Paintings by Irene Duplissis will be on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery during December.

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 can be seen at her gallery in Auburn, as well as in private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

The paintings 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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New CMMC Gastroenterologist

12/16/2010


Sanjay Sikka, M.D.
Sanjay Sikka, M.D., a gastroenterologist, has been appointedto the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with Central Maine Gastroenterology in Lewiston.

Before joining the Lewiston-Auburn medical community, Sikka completed fellowship training in advanced endoscopy at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He also completed a fellowship in advanced endoscopy at the University of Chicago. While at serving his fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, he worked as an instructor in medicine and was a member of the gastroenterology faculty.

Sikka has training in endoscopic ultrasound, advanced biliary endoscopy, and special procedures such as esophageal ablation and enteral stenting.

A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, Sikka earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. He served an internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed a gastroenterology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo.

Sikka's professional background includes work as a hospitalist at both Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., and EvanstonHospital in Evanston, Ill.

He is coauthor of numerous scholarly articles published in various professional journals. He has also contributed articles to medical textbooks.

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

He lives in Portland.

Central Maine Gastroenterology, a Central Maine Medical Group healthcare practice, is also comprised of Oswaldo Bisbal, M.D., Mark T. Branda, M.D., John F. Lewandowski, M.D., Catherine H. McCrann, M.D., Catherine H. McCrann, M.D., Catherine H. McCrann, M.D., Catherine H. McCrann, M.D., Michael R. Sivulich, M.D., and nurse practitioner Theresa Taylor-Libby. The office is located at 77 Bates Street, Suite 202, in Lewiston. The practice can be reached at 784-5784.

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CMMC Upcoming Educational Programs

12/07/2010

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions will offer the following courses beginning in January:

Introduction to Literature (ENG 110) This three-credit course will be presented on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from January 5 to April
27.

Developmental Psychology (PSY 102) A three-credit course that will be presented online on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from January 6 to April 28. The format of this course includes several on-campus meetings.

Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 112 ) This four-credit course includes both a lecture and lab. The lecture is presented on Mondays from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. with labs on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (A second lab will be offered on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., if necessary.) Begins January 3 and concludes April 29.

Pharmacology (PHM 201) This three-credit course will be offered online. High-speed web access required. January 3 to April 25.

College Writing (ENG 101) A three-credit course that will be presented online on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from January 3 to April 25. The format of this course includes several on-campus meetings.

Communications (COM 203) This three-credit course will be presented online on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from January 4 to April 26. The format of this course also includes several on-campus meetings.

Phlebotomy (PHL 100) Two-credit course runs from January 4 to March 15. Class is on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Anyone seeking more information about these courses or any other educational programs offered by the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions is urged to contact Matthew Dumais at 795-2649 or dumaisma@cmhc.org

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UNDERSTANDING WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

11/23/2010

Mary Dube (photo right), practice manager for Central Maine Bariatric Surgery, was guest speaker at the Central Maine Medical Center Associates November meeting. Dube discussed the process involved in pursuing weight loss surgery and its many benefits. The presentation addressed a number of bariatric surgery myths and stressed the need for long-term emotional support for those undergoing the process. The Associates group members -- presently led by CMMC Associate President Christine Bosse (photo left) -- serve as goodwill ambassadors, fundraisers
and financial supporters for CMMC. The Associates next meeting will be held at The Arbor House on December 10 at noon. Members are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to benefit the Arbor House. Anyone interested in more information about the CMMC Associates should contact Lise Tancrede at tancreli@cmhc.org or 795-2957.

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Two Surgeons Named Fellows

11/12/2010

Two Central Maine Medical Group surgeons have been named fellows of the American College of Surgeons.

Minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon Jamie Loggins, M.D., and general and trauma surgeon Anita D. Praba-Egge, M.D., have been initiated as fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Fellowship status indicates that a surgeon meets criteria established by the ACS, including qualifications regarding formal education and training, certification, practice experience, continuing education, and ethics.

By meeting the ACS's requirements, fellows earn the right to use the designation of FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons).

Loggins is medical director of the Central Maine Bariatric Surgery department and has been practicing at CMMC since 2006. Praba-Egge is a general and trauma surgeon with Central Maine Surgical Associates and has been working at Central Maine Medical Center since 2007. Central Maine Bariatric Surgery and Central Maine Surgical Associates are Central Maine Medical Group healthcare provider practices.

Before beginning his work at CMMC, Loggins completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and robotic surgery at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., which supports an American Society for Bariatric Surgeons accredited 'Center of Excellence' in Bariatric Surgery. A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., he earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.

After his graduation from medical school, Loggins served in the U.S. Army, first as a surgical intern at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, and later as a troop medical clinic officer in charge at Fort Carson, Colo. He completed surgical residency training at The Marshfield Clinic-St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wisc. Loggins is certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

Praba-Egge graduated magna cum laude graduate of Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, and earned her medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She was later awarded a doctorate from the Tulane University Graduate School Department of Parasitology.

She completed surgical internship, residency and chief residency in the department of surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia (MCV). During her training she also worked as a research fellow and served as a burn fellow at MCV's Evans-Haynes Burn Unit. After training in general surgery she completed a surgical critical care fellowship at MCV prior to joining CMMC. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery, with added qualification in critical care.

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CMMC Art Gallery in November

11/03/2010

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

A collection of watercolors by Irene Rothe and an assortment of oil paintings by Julia Nichols will be on display at CMMC through November 27. The paintings may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby. A percentage of sale proceeds benefit CMMC.

Rothe began painting in 1973 with instructor Phyllis Woodsum and in 1992 started showing her work at sidewalk shows.

"I have been blessed to sell my artwork and I give God the credit for this gift. He has been a Guide and Provider for me. He provided me with exactly the right teachers and our beautiful State for abundant inspiration," Rothe says.

Julia Nichols began painting seriously around 1989 when she first participated in art education programs. She continued her art studies at Westbrook College in Westbrook, and the University of Southern Maine and Maine College of Art, both in Portland. A painting workshop on Maine's Monhegan Island inspired her to study landscape painting with well-known artists like Don Stone and Charles Movalli.

After working 24 years in the paper industry, she left the business in 2000 to paint full-time. She has been heavily involved with local art groups, and has taught beginners' oil painting workshops for the Freeport Art Club.

"I choose to work in oils because the feel of the paint is key to the whole experience. The slower drying time also gives me the opportunity to play with the colors. It's a process involving all the senses and I like to compare it to playing with your food. I generally start with a small black and white sketch, but I don't always stick to it. Nature has a way of butting in and changing things in the landscape. Tides go in and out, shadows lengthen, clouds move in, and if I like the way things look later in the day, I may change the scene quite a lot. I generally start my pieces by underpainting in warm complementary colors, which I like to let shine through the finished work," Nichols says.

She is represented by the Fore Street Gallery in Portland, and Sebascodegan Gallery in Harpswell.

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CMMC Volunteer Recruitment

11/03/2010

The Central Maine Medical Center Volunteer Services Department is seeking adult volunteers.

"We are currently recruiting volunteers for many positions, including front desk greeters and valet parking attendants to assist elderly and/or disabled customers," said CMMC Volunteer Services Director Susan Hedrich.

"Adults who are energetic and enjoy meeting people and learning new things may want to consider applying to be a volunteer at CMMC," Hedrich said.

All applicants must sign criminal background check consent. Applicants for valet parking must have a satisfactory driving history.

Adults interested in volunteering at CMMC are urged to call 795-2470 to request an application. Prospective applicants can also visit www.cmmc.org/about-volunteer.html

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New CMMC ICU Physician

11/03/2010

Polina K. Inkoulova, M.D, a pulmonologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. She is practicing in association with Central Maine Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine and with Central Maine Critical Care.

Inkoulova recently completed fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland. While serving her fellowship, she participated in a number of quality assurance-quality improvement initiatives and had multiple case and poster presentations at international meetings.

A graduate of Medical University in Sofia, Bulgaria, Inkoulova served an internship and residency in general surgery at Medical University and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at National Emergency Hospital, also in Sofia. She later completed an internal medicine residency at New York Medical College, Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester, in New Rochelle, N.Y. She earned numerous honors for her academic achievements during her medical education.

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

Inkoulova speaks English, Bulgarian and Russian.

Central Maine Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, a Central Maine Medical Group healthcare practice, is also comprised of Neil J. Duval, M.D., Paula Kirby-Long, M.D., Dale L. Sotherland, M.D., Diana L. Wilson, M.D., and physician assistant Wayne Westland. The practice serves patients from Suite 300, 76 High Street in Lewiston. The practice can be reached at 795-5544.

Central Maine Critical Care, a Central Maine Medical Group healthcare practice, is also comprised of Michele M. Guzowski, M.D., Gyorgy Mundruczo, M.D, Evan L. Ramser, D.O., and Erwey A. Teng, M.D. Central Maine Critical Care physicians provide patient care on the Central Maine Medical Center Intensive Care Unit.

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Mini-Medical School concludes November 10

11/03/2010

"Better Care, Lower Cost", the final installment of a six-part "Mini-Medical School" educational series sponsored by Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, will be presented on November 10.

Edmund Claxton, Jr., M.D., of the Central Maine Family Medicine Residency Program, will discuss evidence showing that a shift away from a traditional healthcare approach to one that is more patient-centered and coordinated results in better quality care at lower cost. He will talk about how modern delivery systems can lead to improved patient outcomes and more cost-effective healthcare.

He will make his presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at G65 Pettengill Hall, Bates College.

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

All programs will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Pettengill Hall, Room G65, at Bates College in Lewiston. All Mini-Med presentations are being presented at no charge.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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New CMMC Faculty

10/30/2010

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions has appointed several new faculty members, according to Susan Baltrus, the school's acting president.
Dana Law-Ham, M.S.N., R.N,. F.N.P., has a passion for teaching nursing students. Law-Ham is an experienced nurse practitioner and college instructor; she's worked in obstetrics, pediatrics, and oncology. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Oncology Nursing Society, and the National Education Association; she is a CMMC GEMS (Growth, Enthusiasm, Motivation, and Spirit) recipient. Law-Ham is a content reviewer for nursing textbooks. Her master's degree is from the University of Lowell, Lowell, Mass.
Deana Renander, B.S,N., R.N., is a certified childbirth educator with experience in obstetrics, medical-surgical, and hospice. Renander is accredited in advanced cardiac life support and neonatal and pediatric advanced life support. She will be teaching evening and weekend clinicals. Renander's bachelor's degree in nursing is from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Ala.
Ann Curtis, A.D.N., B.S.N., R.N., is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Trade and Industrial Maine Educators, and Maine Health Occupations Educators. Curtis has experience in direct patient care, teaching, and management. As a home care manager she developed systems to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. She has also worked as a nurse at several summer camps. According to Curtis, "my community service includes working monthly at the Portland Community Free Clinic and this summer I began volunteering at Togus. A recent project was the introduction . . . of a week-long program involving the entire vocational center around the topic of teen dating violence awareness and prevention." Curtis's bachelor degree in nursing is from St. Joseph's College of Maine, in Standish.
Michelle Thibault, B.S.N., R.N., has experience in oncology and medical-surgical nursing. Thibault is certified in the administration of chemotherapy and is an experienced clinical instructor. She is a strong advocate of patients' rights. Thibault's bachelor degree in nursing is from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Thibault will teach freshman clinicals.
Sarah Harradon, B.S., teaches medical imaging. Harradon is currently working towards a master's degree in health services administration at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. She is an experienced instructor and radiographer. Harradon is a member of the American Registry of Radiologic Technology.

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New Critical Care Doctor at CMMC

10/30/2010

Gyorgy Mundruczo, M.D, a pulmonologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing in association with Central Maine Critical Care in Lewiston.

Prior to beginning his work in the Lewiston-Auburn area, Mundruczo practiced at Angel Medical Center in Franklin, N.C. His professional experience includes three years with UPMC Horizon, an affiliate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Greenville, Pa.

A graduate of Semmelweis University Medical School in Budapest, Mundruczo completed an internal medicine residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, N.J. He served a pulmonary diseases fellowship at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., and a critical care medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Following the completion of his fellowship training in 2004, he worked in intensive care and urgent care in Budapest until his return to the United States in 2006.

He is certified in internal medicine, critical care medicine and pulmonary diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Mundruczo speaks English and Hungarian.

Central Maine Critical Care, a Central Maine Medical Group healthcare practice, is also comprised of Michele M. Guzowski, M.D., Polina K. Inkoulova, M.D.. Evan L. Ramser, D.O., and Erwey A. Teng, M.D. The practice serves patient on the Critical Care Unit at CMMC.

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Mini-Medical School November 3

10/29/2010

"Health Reform and Public Health in Maine", the fifth installment of a six-part "Mini-Medical School" educational series sponsored by Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, will be presented on November 3.

The four most common chronic diseases - cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, and diabetes - cost Maine about $2.5 billion per year in healthcare costs. Dora Anne Mills, M.D., director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will discuss the public cost of chronic disease, allocation of healthcare resources, and how public policy addresses health issues.

She will make her presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at G65 Pettengill Hall, Bates College.

The final installment of the Mini-Med series, set for November 10, will be "Better Care, Lower Cost" with Edmund Claxton, Jr., M.D., of the Central Maine Family Medicine Residency Program.

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

All programs will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Pettengill Hall, Room G65, at Bates College in Lewiston. All Mini-Med presentations are being presented at no charge.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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CMMC Art Show

10/21/2010


"Picking Time", an original watercolor painting donated by artist Irene Duplissis, will be raffled at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association Art Show on November 6.
The work of more than 25 artists will be displayed at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association Art Show on November 6.

Paintings in watercolor, oil and acrylic media will be on exhibition on the ground and first floors of 60 High Street, the main entrance to CMMC.

The exhibition is a juried show and prizes will be awarded to three entries. Original paintings, as well as prints, will be on sale.

"Picking Time", an original watercolor painting donated by artist Irene Duplissis, will be raffled at the event. Raffle tickets are on sale at the Woman's Hospital Association Gift Shop at CMMC for $2 a ticket or 3 tickets for $5. (The WHA Gift Shop is located in the main lobby corridor at 60 High Street.) The winning ticket will be drawn at the Art Show.

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

The show is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Sam and Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center at CMMC.

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CMMC To Host Community Outreach Conference

10/21/2010

Central Maine Medical Center will host a Community Outreach Conference on November 4.

The program will cover advances in heart disease treatment, with a special focus on women and heart disease. A segment on asthma care will also be presented.

Continuing education hours (CEHs) are available for emergency medical services (EMS) participants.

Leading off the schedule of events will be William Phillips, M.D., medical director of cardiology at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute. He will discuss "Developments in Cardiology at CMHVI", including the results of the heart attack program at CMMC-CMHVI. His presentation will address "door-to-balloon time", the time between a patient's arrival at a hospital and the reopening of the blood vessel causing the heart attack. Door-to-balloon time is the standard by which patient outcomes and cardiac center success is measured.

"The ED and the Chest Pain Center: Encouraging Activation of 9-1-1" is the subject of a presentation by Peggy McRae, director of the CMMC Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit.

McRae will explain the function of accredited chest pain center, the transition of patient care from the EMS response to the emergency department environment. She will discuss the "In a Heart Beat" program that was developed to encourage utilization of the 9-1-1service.

"Women and Heart Disease What's New" is the topic of a talk by Cindie Rice, director of cardiovascular diagnostics and cardiac rehabilitation at CMHVI. She will discuss how women with heart disease present to EMS responders, focusing on the differences between how heart disease affects men and women.

"Currents Trends in Asthma Care" will be the subject of a presentation by Gloria Morris, a respiratory therapist at Bridgton Hospital. She will discuss changes in asthma treatment, assessment, treatments, peak flow, and protocols.

The program is being held in the CMMC Chairmen's Rooms, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, adjacent to CMMC. The program will begin at 4 p.m. and conclude about 8 p.m.

Anyone seeking more information is urged to call 795-2880 or email raymonho@cmhc.org

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Upcoming Wellness Programs

10/21/2010

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning November 1:

Bellydancing Imari (a.k.a. Lisa Cummings) will lead this six-week series presenting bellydancing as a therapeutic, energetic and beautiful cardiovascular exercise suitable for all ages and body types. Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m

Cardio Sculpt and Sweat 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.

Circuit Training This class incorporates personal training with weights, machines and cardiovascular exercise in a group setting. Circuit rotation focuses on a different muscle group for one minute at each of 10 stations, with trainer Sharon Bergeron guiding each step of the way. Mondays 5:45 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Core and More Focus on abdominal work and body bar exercises that work the hips, thighs, chest and triceps. Mondays from 5:15 a.m. to 5:45 a.m.

Core and Sweat This ongoing series, lead by Ian Barclay and Lin Bourque, 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 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 Marcy Covey. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Flexible Body, Flexible Life Bette Swett-Thibeault will lead this six-week series designed as a moderate, safe approach to improve fitness using varying exercise modes. Incorporates stretching, moderate aerobics, weights, circuit training, and relaxation exercises. Participants should wear loose clothing and exercise shoes and bring a mat if they have one. Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.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. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Happy Hearts A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history -- including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants -- who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Hi-Lo Step Aerobics Sharon Bergeron will lead this cardiovascular conditioning class, which includes both on- and off-the-step work, followed by abdominal work and stretching. Tuesdays from 5:15 to 5:45 a.m.

Kickboxing An intense interval workout and a major calorie burner. Instructor Sharon Bergeron teaches the proper technique of self-defense kicks, punches and blocks while defining muscles in the shoulders, arms legs and hips. Fun and great for the heart too. Wednesdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.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.

Pilates Plus 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. Mondays 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.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. Mondays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Senior Tap This six-week tap dancing class is for seniors who danced as a child, or have never even worn tap shoes. Basic tap steps and combinations, taught to some familiar tunes, are fun and burn calories. Tap shoes are required and can be purchased online or ordered through instructor Beth Gaudet. Thursdays from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Step Aerobics A heart-pumping, muscle-moving workout that alternates step with muscle work. Led by Sue Driscoll, this cardiovascular workout is a head-to-toe body strengthener. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.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 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Participants may elect to take either one or two classes per week.

Zumba This Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa, and reggaetone. 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.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.

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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"Mini-Medical School" educational series

10/21/2010


Jamie Loggins, M.D.
"Star Trek Meets Grey's Anatomy: Surgery in the 21st Century", the fourth installment of a six-part "Mini-Medical School" educational series sponsored by Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, will be presented on October 27.

Jamie Loggins, M.D., of Central Maine Bariatric Surgery, will discuss how the miniaturization of surgical devices, introduction of high dexterity instruments, improvements in optics, and the use of robots make today's operative suite quite different from the operating room of yesteryear. These innovations have resulted in "scarless" surgery.

His presentation will include a surgical technology demonstration and offer members of the audience the opportunity to participate in hands-on simulations of some minimally invasive surgical procedures using artificial models.

Loggins, M.D., a general surgeon who specializes in bariatric surgery, is medical director of Central Maine Bariatric Surgery, a Central Maine Medical Group surgical practice.

A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., Loggins earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and robotic surgery at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif.

He will make his presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at G65 Pettengill Hall, Bates College.

Other installments in the Mini-Med series include:

November 3 - "Health Reform and Public Health in Maine" with Dora Anne Mills, M.D., director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

November 10 - "Better Care, Lower Cost" with Edmund Claxton, Jr., M.D., of the Central Maine Family Medicine Residency Program.

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

All programs will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Pettengill Hall, Room G65, at Bates College in Lewiston. All Mini-Med presentations are being presented at no charge.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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"Heading Home: The Transitional Care Model"

10/17/2010


Julie Shackley
"Heading Home: The Transitional Care Model", the third installment of a six-part "Mini-Medical School" educational series sponsored by Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, will be presented on October 20.

Julie Shackley, president and chief executive officer of Lewiston-based Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice (AHCH), will discuss a new focus on healthcare delivery systems that seeks to reduce hospitalizations and readmissions. This transitional care the movement of patients between healthcare settings as their condition and needs change presents opportunities to lower cost and complications.

Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and Central Maine Medical Center have initiated a collaborative model that is improving transitional care for heart failure patients between hospital and home.

Shackley has 30 years experience in the healthcare field, including clinical experience and management roles in hospital and home care environments. She serves on various boards and committees that focus on improving the health of the communities AHCH serves.

She received her undergraduate degree and a master's degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

She will make her presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at G65 Pettengill Hall, Bates College.

Other installments in the Mini-Med series include:
October 27 "Star Trek Meets Grey's Anatomy: Surgery in the 21st Century" with bariatric surgeon Jamie Loggins, M.D., of Central Maine Bariatric Surgery.

November 3 "Health Reform and Public Health in Maine" with Dora Anne Mills, M.D., director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

November 10 "Better Care, Lower Cost" with Edmund Claxton, Jr., M.D., of the Central Maine Family Medicine Residency Program.

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

All programs will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Pettengill Hall, Room G65, at Bates College in Lewiston. All Mini-Med presentations are being presented at no charge.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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CMMC Art Gallery

10/17/2010

The works of photographer-painter Sandra Lee Huston and photographer Arlene McConnell are on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery.

A collection of photographs by McConnell, and an assortment of photographs and paintings by Huston, will be displayed at CMMC throughout October and may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby. A percentage of sale proceeds benefit CMMC.

McConnell, a Topsham resident, assembled a collection of photographs "Winter Horses" for exhibition at CMMC.

A self-taught photographer, McConnell's subjects range from landscapes and nature to animals and people.

Huston, a portrait artist since 1990, works primarily in pastels and has focused largely on pets and children. Some 12 years ago, she shifted some of her creative energy to photography and in 2006 published "Loons of Tacoma Lakes", her first book.

The CMMC exhibit includes work from Huston's new pastel wildlife series created to raise awareness for the rescued big cats of Tiger Haven in Tennessee. Some of the proceeds from the sale of the original pastel portraits and prints sold from this series are donated to Tiger Haven to help feed, house and care for nearly 300 rescued big cats.

Huston lives in Lisbon Falls. Huston's work can be viewed at www.animalsinpastels.com

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New CMMC Cardiothoracic Surgeon

10/11/2010


Louis Russo, M.D.
Louis Russo, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing in association with Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery in Lewiston.

Russo formerly practiced with Maine Heart Surgical Associates in Portland. He is the former director of the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Under his direction, the program attained Joint Commission Certification as VAD Destination Therapy Center of Excellence, the first and only such program in Maine.

His work at Maine Medical Center also included a year as director, and three years as co-director, of the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit.

He is a member of the surgery staff at Mercy Hospital in Portland and provides consulting services at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, and Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Russo is clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Vermont School of Medicine in Burlington, Vt. His interest in academic medicine is reflected in numerous presentations he has made at professional conclaves. He has also co-authored scholarly articles published in professional journals.

He has been an investigator or co-investigator in a number of clinical studies, including a recent study sponsored by The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa., Russo earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed residency training in surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, and in cardiothoracic surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Russo is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery is also comprised of cardiothoracic surgeon Carmine Frumiento, M.D., vascular surgeons Allan M. Ingraham, M.D., and Pamela R. Rietschel, M.D., physician assistant Danielle R. George, and nurse practitioner Patricia A. Hutchins. The practice is located at 60 High Street in Lewiston and can be reached at 795-8260.

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CMMC Distance Learning Initiative

10/11/2010

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions (CONHP) and Axiom Technologies, a Machias-based telecommunications company, are partnering to provide online educational programming in Washington County.

Through the project, the CONHP is seeking to extend its efforts to help develop nursing and healthcare leaders "whose actions, discoveries, and voices strengthen and transform the health of individuals and communities." CONHP currently provides distance learning education (DLE) in the form of classroom instruction to three rural communities in Maine.

The CONHP will expand its outreach by adding a remote teaching site for its associate degree registered nursing program at Downeast Community Hospital (DECH) in Machias. The program will provide educational opportunities not currently available to Washington County residents near their home communities.

The program will also address the severe nursing shortage in rural Maine, says CONHP Acting President Susan Baltrus.

"The distance learning education nursing program will extend higher education into a rural area, offer educational and financial support for entry into the program and, for students completing the degree program, provide entry to high-paying jobs for area residents. It will also help supply a badly needed skilled healthcare workforce in an area that needs these professionals," Baltrus said.

In 2009 there were 14,050 registered nurses in Maine whereas the demand in 2016 is estimated at 17,045 RNs. Furthermore, the distribution of RNs in Maine is concentrated in urban and coastal areas. Washington County is currently about nine RNs per thousand, as compared to the statewide average of 11 per 1000.

Axiom Technologies is leveraging broadband technology use to bolster the dwindling Washington County natural resource-based economy. Washington County produces more than 90 percent of the world's blueberry crop and has 3,598 (23 percent) of Maine's small and medium-sized commercial fishing and marine harvesting operations, many of whom are small, economically and socially disadvantaged businesses. These resource-based industries are not considered sufficient for sustaining Washington County's economic viability in the emerging economy.

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions consists of the College of Nursing, the Clark F. Miller School of Radiologic Technology, and the CMMC School of Nuclear Medicine.

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CMMC PROJECT UPDATE

09/29/2010

Dan Bickford, (photo, right) regional director of engineering and facility maintenance at Central Maine Medical Center, discussed CMMC's emergency department/lab expansion project at the September meeting of the CMMC Associates. (More information on the project can be seen by visiting www.cmmc.org) The Associates serve as goodwill ambassadors, fundraisers and financial supporters for CMMC. Christine Bosse (photo, left) is president of the Associates. Luncheon meetings are held on the second Friday each month at the Central Maine Medical Center College for Nursing and Health Professions. Nurse practitioner Jacqueline Fournier, from CMMC's Palliative Care Program, will be the guest speaker at the October 15 meeting. For more information about the CMMC Associates, contact Lise Tancrede at tancreli@cmhc.org or 795-2957.

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Midwive's Open House

09/29/2010

Central Maine Midwives will host a "Meet the Midwives" reception on October 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Conference Room I, located in the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, adjacent to Central Maine Medical Center.

The reception is open to current and former patients, as well as to anyone else interested in learning more about the care provided by Central Maine Midwives five certified nurse-midwives. Registration is not necessary.

Certified nurse-midwives are providers who specialize in pregnancy, birth, and the healthcare needs of women throughout their lifespan.

National Midwifery Week is October 3 through 9.

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Guadalupi Joins CMMC

09/26/2010


Pietro Guadalupi, M.D.
Pietro Guadalupi, M.D., a general, vascular and chest surgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Staff. He is practicing with Central Maine Surgical Associates and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston.

Prior to beginning his work in the Lewiston-Auburn area, he practiced at Chest and Vascular Surgery Clinic operating in Bluefield and Beckley, W.Va. While serving in the U.S. Army, he practiced at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. He has worked as a surgeon at other healthcare organizations in the United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

He presently serves as lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps.

Guadalupi earned his medical degree at Universita degli Studi in Milan, Italy. He completed a residency in trauma surgery and intensive care at Chirurgia d`Urgenza, Ospedale Maggiore, in Milan, Italy. He later completed a research fellowship in trauma surgery at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, followed by a residency in surgery at The Union Memorial Hospital, both in Baltimore, and a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Massachussets in Worcester, Mass.

He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.

Guadalupi is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

He speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.

Central Maine Surgical Associates is a group surgical practice serving patients from offices at 12 High Street, Suite 401, Lewiston.

The practice is also comprised of: surgeons Benoit Blondeau, M.D., David L. Coffman, D.O., Carlo J. Gammaitoni, M.D., Sanjay Gupta, M.D., Anita D. Praba-Egge, M.D., Ph.D., and Ian G. Reight, M.D.; and physician assistants Kimberly Budd, Amy Case, Danielle F. Currier, Sarah P. Greven, Joseph W. Perocier, and Jane Vanni.

The office can be reached at 795-5767.

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CMMC Fall Series To Begin October 6

09/26/2010


Peter E. Sedgwick, M.D.
Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute will sponsor a six-part "Mini-Medical School" educational series entitled "The Future of Health Care" beginning in October.

The series will begin on October 6 with "Exercise: The Best Medicine" featuring sports medicine specialist Peter E. Sedgwick, M.D., who will discuss the role of exercise in maintaining good health and preventing chronic disease. Medical fitness is increasingly being recognized as an effective approach to improving long-term health, and "exercise as a prescription" is a viable treatment option for many individuals.

Sedgwick practices with Central Maine Sports Medicine. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he also served family medicine residency training. A graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., he earned a master's degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. He completed a one-year pre-medicine curriculum at Harvard Extension School in Cambridge, Mass., and was awarded his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass.

His experience in sports medicine includes service as assistant medical director of the 2006 and 2007 Maine Marathon in Portland and as team physician at Bonny Eagle High School and St. Joseph's College, both in Standish. He has worked as part of the Portland Pirates medical team, and has interest and experience in wilderness medicine.

He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Association of Family Practice, and the American Medical Association.

He will make his presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at G65 Pettengill Hall, Bates College.

Other installments in the Mini-Med series include:

October 13 - "Health Information Technology in Maine" with Susan Thomas, M.D., an expert in the use of digital technology in healthcare information management.

October 20 - "Heading Home: The Transitional Care Model" with Julie Shackley, president and chief executive officer of Lewiston-based Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.

October 27 - "Star Trek Meets Grey's Anatomy: Surgery in the 21st Century" with bariatric surgeon Jamie Loggins, M.D., of Central Maine Bariatric Surgery.

November 3 - "Health Reform and Public Health in Maine" with Dora Anne Mills, M.D., director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

November 10 - "Better Care, Lower Cost" with Edmund Claxton, Jr., M.D., of the Central Maine Family Medicine Residency Program.

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

All programs will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Pettengill Hall, Room G65, at Bates College in Lewiston. All Mini-Med presentations are being presented at no charge.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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CMMC Recognizes Junior Volunteers

09/08/2010

Central Maine Medical Center recently recognized 29 junior volunteers who are now certified to volunteer at the hospital. Junior volunteers provide support to staff and patients by transporting patients, delivering patient belongings, running errands on the nursing units, putting packets together for various departments, and working on special projects. Each summer junior volunteers provide the hospital with over 6,000 hours of service. Many junior volunteers put their service at CMMC towards school requirements for community service.

To apply to become a junior volunteer, students must contact CMMC Volunteer Services between March 1 and May 15 to request an application packet. Students must be at least 13 years old by June 20 to participate.

Recently certified as junior volunteers were the following: from left, front row, Jordan Charest of Lewiston, Allyson Petit of Turner, Julie Harlow of Turner, Hannah Labbe of Greene, Abby Thompson of Sabattus, Diana Jack of Auburn, Britney Paradis of Auburn, Allissa Smith of Lewiston, Allison Osgood of Lewiston, Damian Yoder of Auburn, Kelsey Spear of Auburn, McKayla Girardin of Lewiston, and Christian Bonneau of Lewiston; back row, Sue Bowie, CMMC director of Volunteer Services, Justin Dostie of Sabattus, Sierra Sirois of Leeds, Adrianna Dawe of Leeds, Kalila Simpson of Poland, Taylor Pratt of Lewiston, Samantha Augello of Turner, Brittany Rollins of Auburn, Madison Cote of Turner, Luke Chaloux of Lewiston, and Misha Wagner of Auburn. Absent when photo was taken: Emily Chase of Turner, Meaghan McDonough of Auburn, Paige Clabby of Lewiston, Sarah Divello of Lewiston, Nellie Hetherington of Harpswell, and Seth Trusty-Belisle of Naples.

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New Pulmonologist at CMMC

09/08/2010

Dale L. Sotherland, M.D., a pulmonologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing in association with Central Maine Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at 76 High Street in Lewiston.

Before relocating to the Lewiston-Auburn area, Sotherland served as medical director of respiratory care at New Milford Hospital in New Milford, Conn. He also was an attending physician at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn., practicing both pulmonary and critical care medicine. He was a founding partner of Associated Pulmonologists of Western Connecticut in Brookfield, Conn.

A graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass., he earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He completed an internal medicine residency and clinical fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Boston. He is certified in both pulmonary disease and critical care medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, and a member of the American Thoracic Society as well as the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Central Maine Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, a Central Maine Medical Group healthcare practice, is also comprised of Neil J. Duval, M.D., Polina K. Inkoulova, M.D., Paula Kirby-Long, M.D., Erwey A. Teng, M.D., Diana L. Wilson, M.D., nurse practitioner Jerri Stone, and physician assistant Wayne Westland. The practice serves patients from Suite 300, 76 High Street in Lewiston. The practice can be reached at 795-5544.

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New Students at CMMC

09/08/2010

Students from the Mercy School of Radiologic Technology have begun their studies at the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions

Students from the Mercy School of Radiologic Technology have begun their studies at the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions.

The college admitted students from the Portland hospital's program into the Clark F. Miller School of Radiologic Technology in Lewiston earlier this summer. Mercy Hospital announced in July that it was transitioning its School of Radiology to CMMC's program for the fall semester.

Students from the Mercy school are continuing their clinical rotations three days a week at Mercy Hospital, but are attending classes in Lewiston two days a week. The students are not incurring additional educational expenses as a result of the changes.

"The Miller School has the infrastructure to provide educational support, financial aid assistance, job placement services and the other resources. Mercy's program was just too small in scope to duplicate that kind of infrastructure support," said Diane Atwood from public relations at Mercy Hospital.

"This decision to transition the Mercy school wasn't based on the quality of the school's program; in fact, the school is very well respected. It was a decision based on how best to serve the students in the long-term in a financially sustainable manner," said Diane Atwood from public relations.

First-year students making the transition will earn an associate degree from the CMMC program. Second-year students will be awarded certificates of completion. The Mercy school was a certificate program, whereas CMMC's program offers an associate degree.

Next year, the Miller School will accept 20 students into its radiologic technology program. The group will be divided into a Mercy Division completing its clinical rotations at Mercy Hospital and its affiliates, and a CMMC Division completing its clinical rotations at CMMC, Central Maine Orthopaedics, Bridgton Hospital, Franklin Memorial Hospital, and Rumford Hospital.

"This is a win-win situation. Students will continue benefiting from clinical experiences at Mercy Hospital and Mercy Hospital will continue to work with radiography students," said Judy Ripley, director of the Miller School. "The students will have the opportunity to obtain an associate of applied science degree in radiologic technology. The additional students will increase the utilization of the general education courses and radiography courses and increase the efficiency of the educational program we offer."

The CNHP is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The Miller School is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

"We welcome the students from Mercy Hospital and will provide them the same high level of education and support services that we offer to all students," Ripley said.

Individuals who are interested in pursuing an education in radiologic technology are encouraged to visit the College website, www.cmmccollege.edu or call the admissions office at 795-2649.

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CMMC to Present Oral Health Program

09/01/2010

"Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body" will be the topic of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for September.

Michelle Blais, oral systemic coach and dental assistant at Advanced Dentistry in Auburn, will discuss the signs and symptoms of the five most common oral health conditions and how these relate to overall health. She also will provide important information on how to maintain good oral health.

Good oral health can reduce an individual's risk for serious illness, such heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other conditions. Poor oral health can be an indicator of problems elsewhere in the body, according to Blais.

There is no cost for attending the presentation.

The hour-long program will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on September 13 in Chairmen's Room A and at 6 p.m. on September 16 in Conference Room H. Both meeting rooms are located on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, adjacent to Central Maine Medical Center.

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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McCrann appointed to the CMMC Staff

09/01/2010

Catherine H. McCrann, M.D., a gastroenterologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. She is practicing in association with Central Maine Gastroenterology in Lewiston.

Before beginning her work in the Lewiston-Auburn area, McCrann completed a clinical fellowship at Yale University's Yale-New Haven Hospital Section of Digestive Diseases in New Haven, Conn.

A graduate of Yale University in New Haven, Conn., she earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, Bronx, N.Y. As a medical student, she was recognized for her research work in infectious diseases and was honored with a dean's award.

She completed residency training through the Yale-New Haven Hospital Internal Medicine Residency in New Haven, Conn., serving as chief resident during her final year of training. She was awarded the Dr. Samuel Kushlan Award for excellence in patient care.

Her professional experience includes work as a Botusa Project research fellow assisting with tuberculosis and HIV investigations in Gaborone, Botswana. She also worked as a research assistant at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service in Portland, Maine, and the Yale University Department of Psychology in New Haven, Conn.

McCrann has done volunteer work for Operation Crossroads Africa in Kenya and for Doctors of the World in Greece.

She lives in Falmouth with her husband and their two young children. Central Maine Gastroenterology, a Central Maine Medical Group healthcare practice, is also comprised of Oswaldo Bisbal, M.D., Mark T. Branda, M.D., John F. Lewandowski, M.D., Philip J. O'Connor, M.D., Michael R. Sivulich, M.D., and nurse practitioner Theresa Taylor-Libby. The office is located at 77 Bates Street, Suite 202, in Lewiston. The practice can be reached at 784-5784.

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CMMC Welcomes New Cancer Specialist

08/30/2010


Courtney A. Jensen, M.D.
Courtney A. Jensen, M.D., a radiation oncologist, has been named to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. She is practicing at CMMC's Cynthia A. Rydholm Cancer Treatment Center in Lewiston.

Before she began her work at CMMC, Jensen completed residency training in radiation oncology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. She served as chief resident during the final year of her residency.

Jensen graduated with distinction with bachelor's degrees in bacteriology and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. She earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, also in Madison, Wis. As a medical student, she was recognized with a number of academic awards, including the American Medical Women's Association Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Citation Award for female students who graduate first in their medical school class. Other awards include the Cora M. and Dr. Edward J. Van Liere Award for high scholastic standing over the duration of her medical education and the Evan and Marion Helfaer Scholarship for academic achievement.

Jensen's professional background is distinguished by research work that led to presentations at a number of prestigious scientific meetings, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology, American Brachytherapy Society, Radiological Society of North America, and Society for Neuro-Oncology.

She is a member of the American Brachytherapy Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology.

Jensen lives in Auburn, with her husband, Scott Yonts, a software developer.

The Cynthia A. Rydholm Cancer Treatment Center is a component of the Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center. The facility features external beam radiation therapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and prostate brachytherapy. Jensen works in association with Sue A. Mandell, M.D., the Rydholm Center's chief of radiation oncology. The Rydholm Center can be reached at 795-2440.

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CMMC's Wellness Solutions to offer programs beginning September 13

08/26/2010

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning September 13:

Ballroom Dance Learn dance steps to two popular Latin dances -- the Rumba and the Cha Cha -- in this five-week series. This is a great class for beginners or those who need a review of the basics. Previous dance experience is helpful, but not required. Come with a partner and dance to the Latin beat. Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Diane Williams.

Bellydancing Imari (a.k.a. Lisa Cummings) will lead this six-week series presenting bellydancing as a therapeutic, energetic and beautiful cardiovascular exercise suitable for all ages and body types. Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Cardio Funk This ongoing class features a combination of cardiovascular exercise mixed with some of today's latest dance moves. Instructor is Glenn Atkins. Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Cardio Hip-Hop Basic Hip-Hop moves and combinations are fused with fat-melting cardio-aerobic steps to create a fun and effective workout. No dance background needed. Comfortable shoes and clothing required. Instructor is Amber Wandell. Six-week series on Wednesdays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Cardio Sculpt and Sweat 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.

Chair Yoga Heart-centered yoga is a gentle chair and standing yoga class for anyone who wants to live a life that connects with the intelligence and guidance of their own hearts. The class consists of gentle yoga poses, and movements to improve balance, strength and flexibility. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Circuit Training This class incorporates personal training with weights, machines and cardio in a group setting. Circuit rotation focuses on a different muscle group for one minute at each of 10 stations, with trainer Sharon Bergeron guiding each step of the way. Mondays 5:45 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Core and More Focus on abdominal work and body bar exercises that work the hips, thighs, chest and triceps. Mondays from 5:15 a.m. to 5:45 a.m, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Core and Sweat This ongoing series, lead by Ian Barclay and Lin Bourque, 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.

Dance Aerobics Movement can tone the body by stretching and strengthening muscles. Dance forms include jazz, modern, African, ballet, and ballroom styles. No dance experience is necessary. Instructor is Audrey Ouellette. Saturdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.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 Marcy Covey. 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 A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history -- including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants -- who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Hi-Lo Step Aerobics Tina Sirois will lead this cardiovascular conditioning class, which includes both on- and off-the-step work, followed by abdominal work and stretching. Tuesdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Kickboxing An intense interval workout and a major calorie burner. Instructor Sharon Bergeron teaches the proper technique of self-defense kicks, punches and blocks while defining muscles in the shoulders, arms legs and hips. Fun and great for the heart too. Fridays from 5:50 a.m. to 6:30 a.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., 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Pilates Plus 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. Mondays 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.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. Mondays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Power Step Sharon Bergeron leads this ongoing class that offers simple choreography with intervals of varying intensity, such as plyometrics. Isolation moves will tone and shape while keeping heart rate elevated. Intense workout, but anyone can follow the basic moves. Thursdays from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Senior Tap This six-week tap dancing class is for seniors who danced as a child, or have never even worn tap shoes. Basic tap steps and combinations, taught to some familiar tunes are fun and burn calories. Tap shoes are required and can be purchased online or ordered through the instructor, Beth Gaudet. Thursdays from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 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, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.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 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Participants may elect to take either one or two classes per week.

Zumba This Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa, and reggaetone. 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.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public. 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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CMMC'S 18TH ANNUAL FALL GOLF CLASSIC

08/26/2010

Central Maine Medical Center's 18th Annual Fall Golf Classic will be held at Martindale Country Club in Auburn on September 15. All funds raised from this year's event will benefit the construction-renovation of CMMC's emergency medical services facilities and laboratory. Planning the Golf Classic are the following: from left, front row, Joyce Richmond, Sharon Buckley, and Amy Bilodeau; back row, Anthony D'Andrea, Golf Classic Committee Chairman Ron Peyser, Steve Myles and Robert Stone. Absent when the photo was taken were Nancy Brown and Norm Richmond. Last year's Golf Classic raised over $98,000 in support of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at CMMC. For more information about the golf tournament, call the Central Maine Healthcare Development Office at 795-2950 or e-mail giving@cmhc.org

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Central Maine Healthcare named one of the Best Places to Work in Maine

08/23/2010

Central Maine Healthcare has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Maine.

The Lewiston-based healthcare system was notified Friday that it has been selected as one of only 11 large Maine organizations to earn this designation.

Central Maine Healthcare includes Bridgton Hospital, Central Maine Medical Center and Rumford Hospital.

"It has long been Central Maine Healthcare's intent to not only provide the best patient care possible to the region we serve, but to also establish and maintain a workplace environment that promotes employee engagement," said Central Maine Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Peter E. Chalke.

The Best Places to Work in Maine award is sponsored by the Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) in coordination with the Maine State Council and Best Companies Group and recognizes companies that have established and consistently foster outstanding workplace environments.

The Best Places to Work in Maine designation is determined through a two-part process that examines companies from across the state. The first part of the process involves evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, and demographics, and comprises about 25 percent of the total evaluation score. The second part, comprising the remainder of the total evaluation score, is an employee survey measuring the employee experience. The combined score determines the top companies and the final ranking.

Best Companies Group, a Pennsylvania-based consulting group, managed the registration and survey process in Maine, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings. Other partners endorsing the Best Places to Work in Maine program are: the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Employment Times/MyJobWave.com, and Mainebiz.

The 2010 Best Places to Work in Maine list is made up of 11 companies in the large-sized list (250 or more employees) and 29 companies in the small/medium-sized list (15-249 employees). The program was created in 2006.

"We have never wavered from our core belief that our employees are our greatest resource. This award, we believe, recognizes our dedication to the well-being of our employees," Chalke said. "We are honored that our efforts to support a first-rate workplace environment have been recognized but, moreover, we are grateful to be associated with such an incredible group of employees."

Central Maine Healthcare will be recognized and honored, and final rankings will be announced, at the Best Places to Work in Maine awards ceremony on October 12. The recognized companies will be profiled in a special MaineBiz publication.

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New CMMC Residents

08/12/2010

Seven recent medical school graduates have joined the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program. Comprising the program's 33rd class of resident physicians are: from left, front row, Gonzalo Ruiz, M.D., from Ross University School of Medicine, Michael Johns, M.D., Universidad Iberoamericana Medical School, and Christopher Kitchens, D.O., University of New England College of Medicine; back row, Adam Duquette, D.O., University of New England College of Medicine, Emily Fontaine, M.D., Ross University School of Medicine, Shayna Lemke, D.O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Aila dela Cruz, M.D., University of the East Medical School. The new residents are providing care to patients and families at all stages of life -- from delivering babies to end-of-life care -- at the Oscar Treat Turner Family Medicine Center at 76 High Street in Lewiston. They also care for patients at CMMC under the supervision of primary care doctors and subspecialist physicians. Physicians are required to complete a three-year post medical school residency program in family medicine in order to become board-certified family doctors. The mission of CMMC's Family Medicine Residency Program is to graduate highly trained physicians prepared to begin medical practice in a rural community.

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Family Medicine Graduation

08/11/2010

Central Maine Medical Center's Family Medicine Residency Program recognized seven third-year family medicine residents at their recent graduation program. Honored at the commencement exercises were family physicians Stephen Adams, M.D., Jennifer Dressel, M.D., Neelima Ganta, M.D., Michael Gravatt, M.D., Bina Maharjan, M.D., Laurel Schwingel, D.O., and Terry Ann Scriven, M.D.

Several awards were made during the ceremony, including The Dr. Bruce Johnson Residency Teacher of the Year Award, which was presented to CMMC Family Medicine Residency faculty member Bethany Picker, M.D., The Johnson award honors the physician voted by the graduating senior residents as making the most outstanding contribution to their family medicine residency education. Other awards made during the ceremony were: Preceptor of the Year, presented to Trisha Gushue, D.O.; Special Recognition Teaching Award to Andrew Thornton, M.D.; and Nurse of the Year, presented to Ashley Breton.

Stephen Adams has joined Surface Creek Family Practice in Delta, Colo. Jennifer Dressel is working with Lunenburg Family Practice in Lunenburg, Mass. Neelima Ganta is practicing near Austin, Texas. Michael Gravatt is practicing in eastern Washington state. Bina Maharjan has joined the medical staff at Good Samaritan Hospital in Watertown, N.Y. Laurel Schwingel is serving a one-year osteopathic manipulation medicine fellowship at the University of New England College of Medicine in Biddeford. Terry Ann Scriven is practicing in Portland.

John Hatzenbuehler, M.D., was chosen by the graduating class to present the commencement address, which he entitled "Life Without A Preceptor". Donald Woolever, M.D., residency program director, and the family medicine residency faculty presented the graduates their diplomas. CMMC Medical Staff President David Lauver, M.D., commended the graduates on their contributions to the quality of patient care at CMMC and wished them well on their career paths.

CMMC created the Family Medicine Residency Program in 1978 to support the training of family physicians in order to provide well trained family doctors to the Lewiston-Auburn area as well as to other areas of Maine. Former graduates of the CMMC Family Medicine Residency Program practicing locally include: Peter Beckel, M.D., Tom Bosma, M.D., Charles Burns, M.D., Denise Cogle, D.O., Paul Davis, M.D., Shannon Deschene, D.O., Steve Fairchild, M.D., Manju Hilary, M.D., Shannon Kenney, D.O., Deb Learson, M.D., Cortney Linville, D.O., Margaret Matthews, M.D., Shauna McElrath, D.O., Steven Molnar-Gabor, M.D., Kurt Oswald, M.D., Nathan Raby, Gary Rivard, D.O., M.D., Sarah Skelton, M.D., Ray Tardif, M.D., Fred Van Mourik, M.D., and Geniene Wilson, D.O.

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New CMMC Medical Oncologist

08/11/2010


Daniel C. Rausch, M.D.
Daniel C. Rausch, M.D., a medical oncologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing in association with Hematology-Oncology Associates at 12 High Street, Suite 205, in Lewiston.

Prior to beginning his work in the greater Lewiston-Auburn area, Rausch completed a fellowship in hematology-oncology at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, Mass.

Rausch graduated from Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., and earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. As a medical student he was recognized for his skills in physical diagnosis. He was also accepted into two research fellowship programs.

He served a residency in internal medicine at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, Mass. While completing his residency, he was involved in clinical trial research.

Rausch is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is a member of the Maine Medical Association and American Medical Association.

He is a native of Auburn and lives there with his wife, Kristine.

Hematology-Oncology Associates, a member of the Central Maine Medical Group, is also comprised of medical oncologists Nicholette L. Erickson, M.D., Trudi A. Chase, M.D., and Meghna Desai, M.D., and nurse practitioners Julie-Ann Booker, Gisele M. Castonguay and Annette O'Gorman. The practice can be reached at 795-2935.

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CMMC Honors Volunteers

08/05/2010

Eileen Danforth of Lewiston, who has donated nearly 24,000 hours of volunteer service at Central Maine Medical Center, was among 240 adult volunteers recognized by the Lewiston hospital at a luncheon held in their honor.

In the spring, Gov. John Baldacci personally recognized Danforth as Maine's Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Her 17-year volunteer commitment to the medical center was described by the governor as inspiring "through example in multiple volunteer roles at Central Maine Medical Center." She has given 23,985 hours of service to CMMC.

Also honored last spring at the annual Governor's Volunteer Service Awards Roll of Honor for giving 500 or more hours of service in 2009 were:

Muriel Adams of Auburn, 665 hours (6,628 hours total service); Anita Belanger of Greene, 551 hours (17,332 hours total); Faith Bernier, 616 hours (1,110 hours); Jean Berry of Lewiston, 880 hours (3,012 hours); John Berry of Lewiston, 1,313 hours (3,071 hours); Dick Bussiere of Auburn, 545 hours (3,376 hours); Vicky Carpenter, 838 hours; Eileen Danforth, 2,097 hours; Annette Dubuc of Lewiston, 607 hours, (10,907 hours); Patricia Duval of Auburn, 617 hours (5,080); Hartley Fogg of Auburn, 835 hours (13,095 hours); Pauline Fournier of Lewiston, 515 hours (8,973 hours); Sandy Fox of Lewiston, 1,296 hours (2,107 hours); Ted Ireland of Poland Spring, 1,133 hours (3,604 hours); Richard Leavitt of Auburn, 1,054 (11,793 hours); Claire Poirier of Auburn, 1,005 hours (3,174 hours); Glenys Ryder of Danville, 1,225 hours (3,434 hours); Ray Turcotte of
Lewiston, 1,507 hours, (2,911 hours); Harold Warner of Auburn, 419 hours (2,303 hours); and Conrad Soucy of Minot, 554 hours (786 hours).

During the CMMC luncheon the Presidential Service Award for giving 4,000 hours of service or more was presented to: Helen McGuire of Lewiston, 11,891 hours of service; Louise Plouff of Auburn, 4,112 hours; Vicky Carpenter of Oxford, 4,153 hours; and Bea Wailus of Lewiston, 3,980 hours. They were each presented a lapel pin and a certificate from President Barack Obama.


In total, CMMC volunteers donated over 60,000 hours of service to the organization during the past year.

Also honored at the event were:
7,000 11,999 hours of service
Marie Vickery of Auburn, 11,980 hours; Ray Ames of Lewiston, 10,606 hours; Mary Ann Jackman of Minot, 7,228 hours; and Phyllis Latlippe of Auburn, 7,747 hours.

5,000 6,999 hours of service
Mike Bussiere of Lewiston, 5,527 hours; Jackie Culina of Auburn, 5,928 hours; Jim McDonough of Auburn, 5,080 hours; Don Nason of Auburn, 6,796 hours; Tonie Ramsey of Auburn, 6,104 hours; Glen Spiller of Lewiston, 6,438 hours; and Kendall Thurlow of Mechanic Falls, 5,287 hours.

4,000 4,999 hours
Lennie Butler of Auburn, 4,586 hours; Helen Hewins of Greene, 4,810 hours; Mildred Rideout of Greene, 4,265 hours; and Richard Therrien of Lewiston, 4,460 hours.

3,000 3,999 hours
Betty Audet of Lewiston, 3,463 hours; Marie Banville of Lewiston, 3,152 hours; Janice Bilodeau of Auburn; 3,314 hours; Connie Brann of Auburn, 3,497 hours; Cep Ceplikas of Auburn, 3,217 hours; Jean Gilbert of Turner, 3,087 hours; Lorraine Hamann of Lewiston, 3,785 hours; Carol Kypta of Lewiston, 3,230 hours; Norm Laliberte of Auburn, 3,039 hours; Joan Levenson of Auburn,
3,295 hours; Mary Morgan-Ingalls of Greene, 3,825 hours; and Pat Records of Auburn, 3,506 hours.

2,000 2,999 hours
Rita Beaulieu of Lewiston, 2,306 hours; B. Bernier of Litchfield, 2,700 hours; Pauline Blais of Lewiston, 2,375 hours; Pauline Burns of Auburn, 2,514 hours; Pam Heald of Buckfield, 2,008 hours; Judy Holbrook of Auburn, 2,014 hours; Jeanne Laliberte of Auburn, 2,066 hours; Ed Lane of Turner, 2,127 hours; Herb Masse of Lewiston, 2,004 hours; Louise Masse of Lewiston, 2,004 hours; Wesley Ryder of Danville, 2,173 hours; John Veader of Gray, 2,329 hours; Don Weeks of Auburn, 2,725 hours; and Brenda Weeks of Auburn, 2,690 hours.

1,000 1,999 hours of service:
Claire Amero of Auburn, 1,264 hours; Lois Barr of Auburn, 1,152 hours; Sally Bates of Lewiston, 1,529 hours; Gilda Berube of Auburn, 1,764 hours; Ann Ceplikas of Auburn, 1,841 hours; Gillian Curtis of Greene, 1,354 hours; Roger Dunbar of Monmouth, 1,220 hours; Sylvia Fisher of Hartford, 1,278 hours; Norma Gilbert of Lewiston, 1,996 hours; Dale Gowell of Auburn, 1,419 hours; Priscilla Lavoie of Lewiston, 1,058 hours; Jean Libby of Auburn, 1,055 hours; Bruce Macomber of New Gloucester, 1,858 hours; Roger Nadeau of
Lewiston, 1,527 hours; Joan Neal of Auburn, 1,533 hours; Lorraine Samson of
Lewiston, 1,124 hours; Janice Sites of Lewiston, 1,376 hours; Anne Tetreault
of Lewiston, 1,423 hours; and Art Turley of Lewiston, 1,650 hours.

500 999 hours
Nancy Barrows of Lewiston, 689 hours; Connie Bishop of Auburn, 836 hours; Lorraine Bolan of Lewiston, 875 hours; Barbara Cloutier of Lewiston, 969 hours; Kathleen Cormier of Minot, 931 hours; Patricia Dunbar of Monmouth, 830 hours; Cynthia French of Turner, 893 hours; Jen French of Turner, 892 hours; Patricia Gilbert of Turner, 527 hours; Phyllis Henderson of Auburn, 990 hours; John Hodgkins of Lewiston, 946 hours; Dick Lavoie of Lewiston, 704 hours; Nancy Lewis of North Monmouth, 529 hours; Larry Mayes of Lewiston, 527 hours; Deborah McIntosh of Lewiston, 864 hours; Ralph Poland of Auburn, 501 hours; Sylvia Verreault of Turner, 573 hours; Vergie Anne Wade of Monmouth, 995 hours; Nancy Wilkins of Lewiston, 529 hours; Jordan Witherell of Greene, 579 hours; and Joe DeFillip of Auburn, 620 hours.

100 499 hours
Rolande Allaire of Lewiston, 122 hours; Pearl Ames of Winthrop, 146 hours; Linda Angello of Turner, 352 hours; Marsha Auster of Auburn, 386 hours; HW Beatty of Winham, 274 hours; Mary Begert of Lewiston, 437 hours; Phyllis Benoit of Lewiston, 258 hours; Gerard Blais of Lewiston, 387 hours; Robert Booth of Lewiston, 111 hours; Alta Bouchard of Lisbon, 162 hours; Jim Brann of Auburn, 139 hours; Norm Breton of Greene, 225 hours; Diane Caron of Auburn, 187 hours; JC Chamaillard of Lewiston, 147 hours; Chuck Cook of Turner, 223 hours; Joanne Cook of Turner, 180 hours; Steve Dwinal of Lewiston, 210 hours; Joye Earle of Auburn, 336 hours; Marilyn Gagnon of Auburn, 400 hours; Amy Guimond of Lewiston, 200 hours; Gary Guimond, 180 hours; Ed Jalbert of Lewiston, 401 hours; Gilmay Lamarre of Auburn, 128 hours; Carmelle Laplante of Lewiston, 136 hours; Patricia Levesque of Lewiston, 290 hours; Paul Martz of Auburn, 348 hours; Sherry Morneau of Auburn, 268 hours; Bernadette Mynahan of Lewiston, 111 hours; ReJeanne Nadeau of Minot, 418 hours; Tony Passalaqua of Auburn, 297 hours; Sheila Patrick of Lewiston, 105 hours; Theresa Pepin of Auburn, 138 hours; Sandra Porter of North Monmouth, 192 hours; Carol Provencher of Lewiston, 407 hours; Shanti Rausch of Auburn, 229 hours; Sue Ray of Auburn, 175 hours; Rita Reny of Sabattus, 210 hours; Barbara Richard of Sabattus, 495 hours; Carol Roy of Lewiston, 102 hours; Cecile Snyder of Lewiston, 120 hours; G Sonagere of Auburn, 180 hours; Hugo Sonagere of Auburn, 172 hours; Joe Sullivan of Lewiston, 409 hours; Roger Verreault of Turner, 313 hours; Gerry Vincent of Lewiston, 148 hours; David Ward of Auburn, 110 hours; Mike Zubiate of Lewiston, 400 hours; James Young of Auburn, 227 hours; and Matt Levasseur of Lewiston, 329 hours.

100 hours or less
Bruce Ardia of Lewiston, 32 hours; Elaine Ardia of Lewiston, 32 hours; Mae Audibert of Poland, 60, Doris Bergeron of Lewiston, 9 hours; Jackie Boulanger of Lewiston, 4 hours; Dianne Bracket of Lewiston, 20 hours; Carol Buteau of Auburn, 87 hours; Connie Cabatingan of Auburn, 28 hours; Nel Carrier of Auburn, 45 hours; Noella Carrier of Auburn, 24 hours; Michael Casey of Auburn, 10 hours; Stanley Chapman of Winthrop, 76 hours; Richard Charest of Poland, 58 hours; Carolyn Chick of Sabattus, 88 hours; Richard Chick of Sabattus, 88 hours; Christine Cyr of Turner, 5 hours; Renee D'Alessandro of Lewiston, 6 hours; Diane Daigneault of Lewiston, 9 hours; Rolande Dube of Auburn, 36 hours; Sue Dube of Greene, 95 hours; Paul Gagnon of Auburn, 13 hours; Donald Haley of Danville, 42 hours; Kathleen Haley of Danville, 36 hours; Rosemary Hayden of Auburn, 25 hours; Rick Houghton of Turner, 32 hours; Phil House of Auburn, 27 hours; Emily Jacobs of Greene, 29 hours; Lucille Jean of Durham, 30 hours; Gary Keene of Lewiston (new); Danielle Jameson of Turner, 60 hours; Richard Knight of Auburn, 96 hours; Eva LaDouceur of Lewiston, 36 hours; Lindy Lafayette of Lisbon, 73 hours; Kathy Lamore of Lewiston, 34 hours; Stephen Lamore of Lewiston, 92 hours; Diane LeBlanc of Lewiston, 7 hours; David Lewis of North Monmouth, 51 hours; Dale MacDonald of Lewiston, 58 hours; John MacIsaac of Lewiston, 35 hours; Edward Madden of Lisbon Falls, 59 hours; Tess Maguire of Wales, 51 hours; Margaret Marcotte of Lewiston, 36 hours; Celine Martel of Lewiston, 23 hours; Patricia Mason of Sabattus, 37 hours; Norm McKeone of Auburn, 53 hours; Kathy McNear of Leeds, 44 hours; Rachel Merrill of Lewiston, 73 hours; Nancy Muir of Auburn, 40 hours; Robert Morissette of Auburn, 47 hours; Guy Nadeau of Lewiston, 20 hours; Michael Neff of Lewiston, 4 hours; Dixie Lee Piper of Poland, 50 hours; Peggy Pennaberre of Lewiston, 11 hours; Pat Poulin of Lisbon, 15 hours; Edward Rhodes of Lewiston, 7 hours; James Richard of Lisbon Falls, 67 hours; Cecile Roy of Lisbon, 48 hours; Roger Roy of Lewiston, 36 hours; Stephen Roy of Lewiston, 72 hours; Lorraine Sands of Greene, 28hours; Joey Toothaker of Livermore, 13 hours; Sr. Renee Turcotte of Lewiston, 64 hours; Elsa Ward of Auburn, 59 hours; Carol White St. Pierre of Auburn, 88 hours; Tony Michaud of Lewiston (new); and Kane Renee Moore of Sebago, 60 hours.


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Artwork on Display

07/30/2010

The works of Maine photographers John Galgano and Joy Ramsey are on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery.

Galgano is a graduate of The New York Institute of Photography and also attended the Art Institute of Boston. He has spent over 30 years photographing the New England area. His work can be seen at www.jdperformancephotos.com

Joy Ramsey is a self taught photographer who has some 29 years experience. For the last eight years she has focused exclusively on floral and landscapes.

Work by John Galgano and Joy Ramsey will be on display in CMMC's Main Lobby corridor through August 28.

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Blondeau Joins Staff

07/30/2010

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

Prior to joining the Lewiston-Auburn area medical community, Blondeau practiced at University of Mississippi Health Care in Jackson, Miss. He also served as an assistant professor of surgery and medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson, Miss.

His professional experience includes membership on the surgery staff at Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. He also served as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, Mo., and at the University of Health Sciences Antigua, Antigua, West Indies.

Blondeau earned his doctorate in medicine at Tours University Hospital in Tours, France. He completed residency training in general medicine and served a vascular medicine fellowship at Tours University Hospital. For a number of years her practiced general and vascular medicine at Tours University Hospital and in private practice in Amboise, France, before entering a general surgery residency program, first at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and then at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He completed a two-year fellowship in hepato-biliary surgery and multi-organ transplantation at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of several professional organizations, including the Central Surgical Association, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, The Transplantation Society, American Medical Association, American Venous Forum, European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society, and International Liver Transplantation Society. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Blondeau has worked as a medical educator throughout his career. He is also the author or co-author of many scholarly articles, including presentations concerning his own research. He lives in Auburn.

Central Maine Surgical Associates is a group surgical practice serving patients from offices at 12 High Street, Suite 401, Lewiston. The practice is also comprised of general and trauma surgeons David L. Coffman, D.O., Carlo J. Gammaitoni, M.D., Pietro Guadalupi, M.D., Sanjay Gupta, M.D., Anita D. Praba-Egge, M.D., Ph.D., and Ian G. Reight, M.D., and physician assistants Kimberly Budd, Amy Case, Danielle F. Currier, Sarah P. Greven, Joseph W. Perocier, and Jane Vanni, P.A.-C. The office can be reached at 795-5767.

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CMMC Wellness Solutions offering programs

07/14/2010

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning July 26:

Bellydancing Imari (a.k.a. Lisa Cummings) will lead this six-week series presenting bellydancing as a therapeutic, energetic and beautiful cardiovascular exercise suitable for all ages and body types. Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Cardio Funk This ongoing class features a combination of cardiovascular exercise mixed with some of today's latest dance moves. Instructor is Glenn Atkins. Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Cardio Sculpt and Sweat 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.

Circuit Training This class incorporates personal training with weights, machines and cardio in a group setting. Circuit rotation focuses on a different muscle group for one minute at each of 10 stations, with trainer Sharon Bergeron guiding each step of the way. Mondays 5:45-6:30 a.m. and Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Core and More Heather Small leads this class which focuses on abdominal work and body bar exercises that work the hips, thighs, chest and triceps. Mondays from 5:15 a.m. to 5:45 a.m.

Core and Sweat This ongoing series, lead by Ian Barclay and Lin Bourque, 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.

Couch to 5K/10K Get ready for the Dempsey Challenge with this safe, fun training program led by Jodi Cornelio. Class will be held rain or shine. Sign up for either a 6-week or 10-week program. Both series begin July 29. Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.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 Marcy Covey. 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 A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Hi-Lo Step Aerobics Tina Sirois will lead this cardiovascular conditioning class, which includes both on- and off-the-step work, followed by abdominal work and stretching. Tuesdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Kickboxing An intense interval workout and a major calorie burner. Instructor Sharon Bergeron will teach the proper technique of self defense kicks, punches and blocks while defining the muscles in the shoulders, arms legs and hips. Fun and great for the heart too. Fridays from 5:50 a.m. to 6:30 a.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., 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Pilates Plus 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. Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.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. Mondays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Power Step Sharon Bergeron leads this ongoing class which offers simple choreography with intervals that vary in intensity, such as plyometrics. Isolation moves will tone and shape while keeping heart rate elevated. Intense workout, but anyone can follow the basic moves. Thursdays from 4:15
p.m. to 5:15 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, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Wake Up and Weights Start your day with this cardiovascular workout incorporating weights. Instructed by Glenn Atkins. Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 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 reggaetone. 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.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.

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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CMMC Graduates Technologists

07/14/2010

The Clark F. Miller School of Radiologic Technology at Central Maine Medical Center recently graduated 13 radiologic technology students.

At its 66th commencement exercises, the School of Radiologic Technology graduated students who have completed the school's accredited 23-month course that emphasizes classroom and clinical training.

Graduating from the School of Radiologic Technology were the following: Christopher Bailey of Belgrade; Alyson Banks of Lewiston; April Benner of Bowdoin; Kristen Blais of Rumford; Candice Carpentier of Wiscasset; Kayla Collet of Lewiston; Frank Dinsmore of Jefferson; Sarah Emmons of Lewiston; Melissa Harvey of Dixfield; Kayla Howard of Salem; Shawna Nowinski of Gray; Katelyn Thurston of Fryeburg; and Danielle White of Gardiner.

The radiologic technology graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination in radiography. Students passing the exam become nationally certified radiologic technologists. The 13 students also completed Central Maine Community College's requirements for associate of applied science degrees, which they were awarded in May.

Given special recognition at the ceremony were Melissa Harvey and Shawna Nowinski, who were presented with the Clark F. Miller Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. The award goes to the student having the highest overall grade-point average.

Candice Carpentier was awarded the Clark F. Miller Award for Clinical Excellence that is given to the student with the highest clinical scores.

The Miller awards are named for the founder of the state's first radiologic technology school, which was established at CMMC in 1949.

Candie Carpentier was presented the Central Maine Medical Center Student Leadership Award, which is given to the student who demonstrates exceptional leadership abilities in the classroom, in clinical settings and with underclassmen. The winner of this award is determined by a vote of fellow students and the school's faculty.

Carpentier was also presented The Central Maine Medical Center Award of Excellence, which is given to the student who has contributed the most to the Radiology and Medical Imaging Department during his or her education at CMMC. Each member of the CMMC Radiology and Medical Imaging Department is eligible to vote for the person they feel should receive the Award of Excellence. The student selected to receive the award is the individual who others feel has displayed the greatest dedication to the department and to the profession of radiologic technology.

Promoted to seniors during the ceremony were: Brittany Hamlin of Clinton; Amanda LaCroix of Benton; Renee Lefebvre of Chepachet, R.I.; Tiffany Lougee of Harmony; Rylan McAdam of East Millinocket; Kassidy McManus of Lewiston; Nichole Michaud of Greene; Ashley Miller of Jefferson; Danielle Potvin of Sabattus; Bethany Stoddard of Pittston; Kornnapa St. Pierre of Lewiston; and Britnee Ward of Lisbon.

The CMMC School of Radiologic Technology, founded as Maine's first radiologic technology program, has graduated 390 students since its establishment in 1949.

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CMMC WHA News

07/14/2010


WHA President Mary Ellen Costello presents the WHA donation to Laird Covey, CMMC President
The Women's Hospital Association of Central Maine Medical Center recently presented hospital leaders with at check for $42,885 during the WHA Annual meeting. It was also announced that Nancy Wilkins will be the incoming WHA president.

This donation will fund a nursing student scholarship, a radiology student scholarship and a wide variety of medical equipment and capital items. Some $3,100 will be directed to the Cancer Care Immediate Needs Fund.

The Women's Hospital Association (WHA) raises funds by operating the Gift Shop, the Tree of Love, jewelry sales, bake sales and is the co-sponsor of the CMMC Spring Gala.

Begun in 1888, the WHA first sewed sheets and linens to support the then Central Maine General Hospital. The first contribution of $781 was presented in 1891. To learn more about the WHA go to www.cmmc.org/about-wha-history.html

For more information about the WHA, please call 795-2474.

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CMMC Employee Awards

07/09/2010

Central Maine Medical Center has recognized several employees for their exceptional performance in the workplace and beyond.

During a recent ceremony at the Lewiston hospital, CMMC administration, management and employees paid tribute to eight fellow employees from various quarters of the organization who have consistently performed above expectations while also making significant contributions to their communities.

The HEROES (Healthcare Employees Reaching Out with Exceptional Service) Award was established several years ago by the Central Maine Medical Family to acknowledge outstanding employees at CMMC, Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital. The awards are presented annually. CMMC announced its roster of HEROES in June.

"The HEROES Award recognizes some of those people who every day demonstrate the Central Maine Medical Family mission by providing, with expertise, commitment and compassion, exceptional healthcare services in a safe and trustful environment," said Joyce McPhetres, vice president for human resources at CMMC.

To be recognized as one of the organization's HEROES, an employee must be nominated by a fellow employee through a formal review process. CMMC's divisional vice presidents select the award winners.

CMMC's 2010 HEROES are:
Nancy Chasse, secretary in the Endoscopy-Minor Surgery Department, a 30-plus-year CMMC employee was recognized, in part, for her "reassuring presence for anxious patients and families." Her nomination included the observation that "She is the go-to person for any questions that come up . . . Nancy has multiple responsibilities, is a supreme multi-tasker, and handles it all with ease."

Susane Driscoll, a personal health counselor at the CMMC Wellness Center, was acknowledged for her ongoing commitment to helping clients and coworkers. An example, her nomination noted, happened recently when a long-time Wellness Center client passed away. "Sue went above and beyond to accommodate all clients that wished to attend the funeral services, even going as far as setting up a car pool so that those who cannot drive were still able to attend."

Lisa Ann Farnum, an information associate for the Inpatient Medical Oncology nursing unit, was cited because, as her nomination noted, "regardless of how much she has going on she willingly helps out." She "demonstrates integrity through her strong work ethic and honest approach" and promotes enhanced productivity by developing workflow improvements.

Carol Kane, a payroll specialist in the Finance Division, was honored, among other things, because she "strives to ensure that she does whatever she can to be there in support for those needing help. She always goes the extra mile for people." The nomination noted "Carol naturally promotes a can-do and accommodating spirit in both good and not so good times."

Thomas Kearns, a boiler operator in the Plant Operations Department, was described as "ever-vigilant in his efforts to provide services to hospital staff and customers." The nomination recounted an amusing story of someone hearing loud sounds coming from the maintenance area at night. These sounds turned out to be Kearns breaking up concrete to install a pump because "he knew how hard one of his colleagues had worked that day and decided to give him a hand."

Pam Culleton, clinical coordinator at Central Maine Pediatrics, was recognized for being an "outstanding example of a team member who cares completely for anyone around her." "She ensures that needs are identified and met," the nomination stated, adding "Pam has fostered a very successful team environment in the practice. Pam has met the challenge of maintaining quality care to patients while juggling many hats with minimal supervision."

Kathy Jacques, executive secretary-registrar-recruiter at the CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions was observed as being "proud of the work that is accomplished at our facility and that pride is evident when she interacts with the public." "Integrity is one of Kathy's finest qualities," the nomination continued. "I cannot wish to have a better co-worker and I am proud to call her a friend as well."

Maureen Higgins, cancer health outreach educator at The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing was recognized because she "consistently demonstrates deep compassion toward others" and for her consummate skills at arranging help for others. "She conducts herself with both integrity and decorum," the nomination noted. "She has a wealth of experience, wisdom, and passion."

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CMMC July art display

07/01/2010


"Autumn Sunflowers" by Linda Leonard Hughes and
"On the Rocks" by Jim Walker
The works of a painter and a photographer are on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery.

Paintings by Linda Leonard Hughes and photographs by Jim Walker are being featured at CMMC.

Hughes, a juried member of Oil Painters of America and The Portrait Society of America, has studied and worked in New England most of her life. She has exhibited her work in many juried shows in Maine, Massachusetts and Florida. She has painted with several members of the "Putney Painters", a circle of
contemporary realist painters mentored by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik in
Putney, Vt.

She has studied with William J Schultz, founder of the American Impressionist Society, and she names several nineteenth century naturalist painters as major influences.

Her work can be seen at galleries and exhibitions in New England. More information is available at www.lindaleonardhughes.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 www.jimwalkerphotography.com

Walker's interest in photography developed when he bought his first 35mm camera in Korea in 1966. Since then, he has lived and traveled extensively within the U.S., Europe, and the Mid-East, which has provided him opportunities to photograph many exotic and beautiful places. His portfolio includes travel, nature, birds, seascapes and landscapes.

Work by Linda Leonard Hughes and Jim Walker will be on display in CMMC's Main Lobby corridor through July 24.

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CMMC Associates to discuss Dempsey Challenge

07/01/2010

The Central Maine Medical Center Associates Business Ambassadors will visit area businesses to promote the second annual Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen, a non-competitive run, walk and cycling event benefiting The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.

The group members will visit interested businesses to answer questions about the event and encourage participation in the fund-raiser. They will provide banners, table displays, flyers, signs and newsletters promoting the services provided by The Patrick Dempsey Center and seeking riders, walkers, runners and volunteers for the Dempsey Challenge. If requested, they will speak to employees about the Dempsey Center and The Dempsey Challenge. They can also arrange tours of the Dempsey Center.

The Dempsey Challenge is set for October 2 and 3 and will feature five- and 10-kilometer run/walk events, and cycling routes of 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles.

Anyone seeking more information about the Dempsey Challenge or wishing to have a CMMC Associates Business Ambassador visit his or her place of business is urged to call 795-2950 or email giving@cmhc.org

Information about The Dempsey Challenge can be found at www.dempseychallenge.org



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Bill Legere Caregiver of the Year

06/24/2010


Photo by Jose Leiva, Lewiston Sun Journal
Maine Hospital Association names CMMC's Bill Legere Caregiver of the Year.

For the complete story go to the Sun Journal website.

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Five-part Yoga Series to Begin in July

06/21/2010

Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey will lead a five-part yoga series at the Central Maine Medical Center Wellness Center beginning in July.

The series will focus on yoga practices to unite the physical body and the inner self. Yoga can be used by anyone to improve health, lower stress levels, and increase flexibility and strength.

"Yoga involves taking the opportunity to slow down and really get in touch with yourself," Covey says. "It can have tremendous impact on how we choose to live our lives. I focus on directing people through a safe yoga practice that accommodates physical differences in the combining of breathing and postures."

The classes will be offered on Tuesdays from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning July 6 and concluding on August 3.

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

She recently concluded a two-year yoga instructor training program through Phoenix Rising, a nationally-recognized yoga therapy and instructor training program headquartered in Bristol, Vt.

Her formal education in yoga also includes four years of training in Thai Yoga Bodywork with renowned Thai Yoga Healing Arts instructor Jonas Westring. In addition, she has studied Thai Yoga Massage with Kam Thye Chow of the Lotus Palm School of Massage in Montreal and has attained certification in Pre-Natal Thai Yoga Bodywork through the Palm School.

A Vermont native, Covey grew up with dancing and singing and developed a deep appreciation for the performing arts. She graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and went on to create an exercise-wellness program for North Country Hospital in Newport, Vt. In the early 1990s she developed the first wellness programs at Central Maine Medical Center, helping to design the CMMC Wellness Center, which she managed from 1995 through 2002. She continues to serve as a wellness instructor at the hospital-based facility, where she teaches yoga classes, leads Fit-N-Fun exercise classes for seniors, and assists with the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing's Wellness for Life program for cancer patients and survivors by introducing them to yoga. Covey leads the Personal Toolkit Series of programs twice a year, also through the Dempsey Center.

The yoga classes will be offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness Center, 12 High Street Medical Office Building, Lewiston.

A fee will be charged for participation in this program and must be paid prior to beginning the program. Class registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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Richard S. Shulman, M.D. Established Cardiology Practice

06/21/2010

Richard S. Shulman, M.D., a cardiologist, has recently established an outpatient cardiology practice at Rumford Hospital. Initially, he will be available for both outpatient and inpatient consults on Tuesdays. Emergency cardiology coverage, 24/7, is provided along with the other physicians of Central Maine Heart Associates.

Brooke S. Ritvo, M.D., already provides office electrophysiology consultations on a regular basis. Emergency cardiology coverage, 24/7, is provided along with the other physicians of Central Maine Heart Associates.

Shulman's practice is located in the specialty clinics at Rumford Hospital, 420 Franklin Street, Rumford. Diagnostic testing including ECHO, ECHO Stress and ETT are available for every Tuesday consultation session. His office can be contacted at 753-3900.

Shulman spent the first decade of his career as Chief of Cardiology at Brown University and The Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island and the next two decades in the private practice of cardiology as managing partner of Cardiovascular Associates of RI. He has published extensively in the area of lipid metabolism. Ten years ago, as director of the Southcoast Hospital Systems cardiac catheterization laboratory he spearheaded the successful effort to establish cardiac interventional and surgical programs in community hospitals in Massachusetts. More recently he completed fellowships in Cardiac MRI at Washington University in St Louis and cardiac CT in New York.

Shulman earned his bachelor's and MD degrees from Harvard University magna cum laude. He is a member of a number of professional organizations, and maintains fellowship affiliations with the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and the Society of Cardiac Magnetic Imaging.

Dr. Shulman and his wife have recently moved to Bethel to be closer to their son, a neurologist in Waterville, and daughter, a graduate student at Orono.

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CMMC Fertility Program June 14

06/12/2010

The medical and wellness aspects of fertility will be topics of discussion at a special forum set for June 14 at Central Maine Medical Center.

Fertility specialist Michael Drouin, M.D., will discuss "The Relevance Of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) In Health And Fertility". PCOS accounts for 90 percent of ovulation disorders in the infertile female population.

"Enhancing Fertility Thru The Benefit Of Yoga" will be the subject of a presentation by Tisha Bremner, a certified and registered yoga teacher. She will talk about how yoga practices may improve fertility.

Drouin has practiced medicine in the Lewiston-Auburn area for more than 30 years. He completed advanced training at the Howard and Georgianna-Segar Jones Infertility Institute at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, and has worked with Boston IVF considered America's most experienced and successful fertility clinic for much of his career. He practices with the Central Maine Fertility Center in Lewiston.

Bremner is the owner of Inner Light Yoga of Maine. She guides her students in the exploration and practice of the many aspects of yoga, including postures, meditation, breath work, Sanskrit prayer (mantra) and hand gestures. She holds a yoga teacher certification from YOGAspirit Studios, is registered with the National Yoga Alliance and has completed her second teacher training with certified Anusara Yoga teachers.

The forum is set for June 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Chairmen's Rooms A and B on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, adjacent to Central Maine Medical Center.

Each presentation is expected to be about 30 minutes long and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Call 795-5785 to register for this free event.

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Richard S. Shulman, M.D. has joined Michael Lemieux in the practice of cardiology in Oakland/Waterville

06/12/2010

Richard S. Shulman, M.D. has joined Michael Lemieux in the practice of cardiology in Oakland/Waterville. They will provide daily office consultations and continuity of care with daily rounding for inpatients at Maine General and Inland hospitals. In addition, Brooke S. Ritvo, M.D. and Joseph D. Sala, PA-C will provide office electrophysiology consultations on a regular basis. Emergency coverage, 24/7, is provided along with the other physicians of Central Maine Heart Associates. The main office is located at 11 Evergreen Drive in Oakland, Maine and can be reached at 207-861-5880.

Shulman spent the first decade of his career as Chief of Cardiology at Brown University and The Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island and the next two decades in the private practice of cardiology as managing partner of Cardiovascular Associates of RI. He has published extensively in the area of lipid metabolism. Ten years ago, as director of the Southcoast Hospital Systems cardiac catheterization laboratory he spearheaded the successful effort to establish cardiac interventional and surgical programs in community hospitals in Massachusetts. More recently he completed fellowships in Cardiac MRI at Washington University in St Louis and cardiac CT in New York.

Shulman earned his bachelor's and MD degrees from Harvard University magna cum laude. He is a member of a number of professional organizations, and maintains fellowship affiliations with the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and the Society of Cardiac Magnetic Imaging.

Dr. Shulman and his wife have recently moved to Maine and will be joining his son, a neurologist in Waterville and his daughter, a graduate student at Orono.

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CMMC Summer Wellness Programs

06/02/2010

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning June 7:

Ballroom Dancing This three-week series, led by Diane Williams, is a beginner's class that will teach the basics of two popular ballroom dances the waltz and the swing. The introductory class will have participants dancing in no time. A dance partner is required. June 11, 18, and 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Cardio Funk This ongoing class features a combination of cardiovascular exercise mixed with some of the latest dance moves. Instructor is Glenn Atkins. Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Cardio Sculpt and Sweat This ongoing series combines low-impact moves with weight training targeting major muscle groups and addressing hard to reach spots. The routine includes extensive floor work. Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Ian Barclay. Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. with Tina Sirois.

Core and More Heather Small leads this class which focuses on abdominal work and body bar exercises that work the hips, thighs, chest and triceps. Mondays from 5:15 a.m. to 5:45 a.m.

Core and Sweat This ongoing series, lead by Ian Barclay and Lin Bourque, features weight training that addressing hard to reach spots and targeting major muscle groups. The routine includes extensive floor work. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 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 Marcy Covey. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Flexible Body, Flexible Life Bette Swett-Thibeault will lead this six-week series designed as a moderate, safe approach to improve fitness using varying exercise modes. Incorporates stretching, moderate aerobics, weights, circuit training, and relaxation exercises. Participants should wear loose clothing and exercise shoes and bring a mat if they have one. Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., beginning June 9.

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 A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Hi-Lo Step Aerobics Tina Sirois will lead this cardiovascular conditioning class, which includes both on- and off-the-step work, followed by abdominal work and stretching. Tuesdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Kickboxing An intense interval workout and a major calorie burner. Instructor Sherron Bergeron will teach the proper technique of self defense kicks, punches and blocks while defining the muscles in the shoulders, arms
legs and hips. Fun and great for the heart too. Fridays from 5:50 a.m. to 6:30 a.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., 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Pilates Plus 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. Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.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. Mondays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.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, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.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 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. during July.

Zumba This Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa, and reggaetone. 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.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.
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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Midwife Earns doctorate

05/26/2010

Susan D. Jacoby, a certified nurse-midwife who practices with Central Maine Obstetrics-Gynecology in Lewiston, has been awarded a doctor of nursing practice degree from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGHIHP).

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program at MGHIHP differs from traditional doctoral programs in its focus on providing an educational experience for practitioners who want to continue clinical practice, in contrast to conventional doctoral programs that prepare students primarily for working in academic settings. Jacoby's capstone project (similar to a dissertation) was entitled "Certified Nurse Midwives' Obstetrical Management of Women with Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting".

Jacoby's research analyzed a clinical quality assurance issue encountered in her practice. She researched the problem, and proposed an evidence-based solution for a best practice approach to caring for patients with female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), a practice common among some African cultures.

As part of her project, she invited midwives from throughout Maine to an all-day educational session to teach culturally appropriate perinatal care for women with FGM/C. The session explored the cultural, ethical, political, and social justice issues facing immigrant women in Maine. The session also included a workshop incorporating simulation models on the use of simple surgical techniques to assist midwives caring for women with FGM/C.

Jacoby earned her associate degree in nursing from Oklahoma City Community College in Oklahoma City before attaining her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing at Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Ore.

She is certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

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Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery

05/26/2010


Still Life with Lemons and Pottery Jug by Scott Hunter
The works of a painter and a photographer-painter are now being featured at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery.

Paintings by Scott Hunter and photographs by Kathy Cain are on display at CMMC.

Turner resident Scott Hunter describes his paintings as combining elements of styles from "impressionism to realism". He says he wishes his work to "convey a mood or provocation . . . not just portray objects accurately."

Hunter's work has been displayed in Maine and late last year was included in the Oil Painters of America 2009 Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils in Jacksonville, Fla.

Kathy Cain holds degrees in art education and nursing. She has worked as a medical illustrator and some of her work has been published in medical journals and textbooks.

Her interest in photography arose from her work as a painter and illustrator and she pursued education in photography, developing a special interest in the use of filters to "create an emotional context to her subjects." In 2006 she won a blue ribbon at the Maine Sportsman's Show for landscape photography.

Work by Scott Hunter and Kathy Cain will be on display through June 26.

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Community Service

05/26/2010

For the 25th consecutive year, St. Dominic Regional High School Christian Involvement students are volunteering at Central Maine
Medical Center. Completing their service at CMMC are the following St. Dom's students: from left, back row, Chris Schenk, Meagan Poulin, Tom Greco, Nick Jalbert and Steve Ulin. Nathan Poulin was absent from photo. Among the CMMC employees hosting the students are: from left, front row, Cindy Williams,
accounting, Robin Giguere of Central Maine Pediatrics, Nicola Adams of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, Amanda Hutchins of Healthy Androscoggin, and Garry Michaud, respiratory therapy.

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CMMC MENTOR AWARDS

05/20/2010

Susan Baltrus, acting president of the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions, left, and CMMC oncology nurse Rachelle Artea, R.N., were among those attending a recent Mentor Recognition Award ceremony at CMMC honoring nurses who have demonstrated "outstanding mentoring qualities." Artea was one of the nurses selected for the award by nursing students. Also recognized were the following CMMC nurses: orthopaedic nurse Sarah LeClerc, R.N.; maternal-child nurse Kate Preston, R.N.; cardiopulmonary nurse Patti Pelletier, R.N.; medical-surgical nurse Paula Bernier, R.N.; critical care nurse Russell Buzwell, R.N.; cardiovascular nurse Luke Cook, R.N.; pediatrics nurse Nicole Nicolas, R.N.; and inpatient rehabilitation nurse Regan Dion, R.N. Other award recipients were mental health nurse practitioner Christine Plourde from St. Marys Regional Medical Center in Lewiston and Deborah J. Wear-Finkle, M.D., from Riverview Hospital in Augusta. Also recognized at the event were graduating nursing students selected by CMMC nurses for a Staff Choice Award, established to recognize senior nursing students who have demonstrated outstanding nursing qualities. Staff Award student nurses for 2010 are: Jessica L. Tibbitts of Yarmouth; Angel Harmon of Biddeford; Sarah E. Hascall of Bethel; Jill King of Turner; Susan L. Marcous of Lewiston; Tyler T. Tyburski of Lewiston; and Danielle P. Valliere of Poland. The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions offers an associate in the applied science in nursing degree program. Program graduates who pass the National Council Licensure Examination become registered nurses.

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CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions to offer courses

05/16/2010

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions will offer seven general education courses during its fall session.

BIO 111 Human Anatomy And Physiology I : This four-credit class begins September 3 and wraps up on December 17. Lecture on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Laboratory on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Overflow lab possibly on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) The September 3 class will be a lecture from 9 a.m. to noon. The instructor will be Kim Emery.

BIO 213 Microbiology: This four-credit class includes both lectures and laboratory work. Course begins September 2 and concludes on December 16. Laboratory on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lecture on Thursdays from noon to 2:30 p.m. The instructor will be Kim Emery.

ENG 101 College Writing: This three-credit online course commences on September 1 and ends on December 8. Class time is on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The instructor is Mina Matthews.

HUM 205 Ethics in Healthcare: A three-credit course covering case studies and principles of exceptional bedside care. Course begins August 31 and ends December 14. Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The instructor is Dale Morrell.

PHL 100 Phlebotomy: Two-credit course runs from September 7 to November 9. Class is on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Course instructor is Michelle Hammond.

PHM 102 Pharmacology Fundamentals: This three-credit online course begins on September 7 and concludes December 17. High-speed internet access is required. The instructor will be Colleen Dutile.

PSY 101 Introduction To Psychology: Three-credit online course with some on-campus meetings begins September 2 and ends on December 16. Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Susan Poulin will serve as the instructor.

For more information or to register, contact Matthew Dumais at 795-2649 or DumaisMa@cmhc.org

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CMMC's Wellness Solutions to offer classes

05/16/2010

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning June 7:

Ballroom Dancing This three-week series, led by Diane Williams, is a beginner's class that will teach the basics of two popular ballroom dances the waltz and the swing. A dance partner is required. Fridays, June 11, 18, and 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Cardio Funk This ongoing class features a combination of cardiovascular exercise mixed with some of today's latest dance moves. Instructor is Glenn Atkins. Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Cardio Sculpt and Sweat 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. Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. with Tina Sirois.

Core and More Heather Small leads this class which focuses on abdominal work and body bar exercises that work the hips, thighs, chest and triceps. Mondays from 5:15 a.m. to 5:45 a.m.

Core and Sweat This ongoing series, lead by Ian Barclay and Lin Bourque, features weight training that targets major muscle groups and 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 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 Marcy Covey. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Flexible Body, Flexible Life Bette Swett-Thibeault will lead this six-week series designed as a moderate, safe approach to improve fitness using varying exercise modes. Incorporates stretching, moderate aerobics, weights, circuit training, and relaxation exercises. Participants should wear loose clothing and exercise shoes and bring a mat if they have one. Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., beginning June 9.

Functional Fitness Class focuses on increasing core and upper body strength and improving 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 A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina, and transplants who have completed a cardiac 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 instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Hi-Lo Step Aerobics Tina Sirois will lead this cardiovascular conditioning class, which include both on- and off-the-step work, followed by abdominal work and stretching. Tuesdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Kickboxing An intense interval workout and a major calorie burner. Instructor Sherron Bergeron will teach the proper technique of self defense kicks, punches and blocks while defining the muscles in the shoulders, arms legs and hips. Fun and great for the heart too. Fridays from 5:50 a.m. to 6:30 a.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., 9:30 a.m.
and 10:45 a.m.

Pilates Plus 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. Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.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. Mondays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.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, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.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 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. during July.

Zumba This Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa, and reggaetone. 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.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness 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 Wellness Center is open to the public.

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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Nursing School Graduates 41

05/14/2010


Chris Bohlman, of Chesterville pins his wife, Erika, at recent commencement exercises for the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions Class of 2010.
The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions graduated 41 students recently in a ceremony at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston.

Commencement speaker Rev. James Weathersby of Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta spoke about the transfer of knowledge, culture, and skills that occurs during a nurse's educational process, noting that education begins with parenting.

"The power was in your hands. Your job was to take those young inexperienced hands and guide them towards a bright future, beyond the boo-boos and the nicks and scrapes of their curiosity and imagination. Yours was the job of aiming their intuition and their budding knowledge to higher education; to say 'no' to their immediate desires and 'yes' to their sustaining ambition. Your job was not easy and it never was supposed to be easy," Weathersby said to the parents attending the ceremony. He also noted the educational responsibility that falls to nursing instructors. "So often the teacher and mentor must look beyond the surface to the spark within and fan it, imbue it until it glows with a life of its own," he said.

He closed his address by noting "the power of the hand lies with the graduate," adding, "Your hands join a sacred tradition of healthcare professionals, both men and women, who sought to alleviate suffering, give comfort to the pained and the ill, console and coordinate the care for wounded humanity. The profession of skilled nursing has found itself on the battlefields of far off lands, the blighted inner cities and the illusions of the shining suburbs. Nurses' hands have touched burns, wounds, scars, broken bones and shattered minds, abandoned lives and acclaimed heroes all of whom received the same level of devotion and tenderhearted compassion from a trained professional."

Having successfully completed the CMMC College of Nursing's (CON) two-year, four-semester registered nursing education program, the graduates were awarded associate degrees in the applied science of nursing. A number of graduating students received awards during the ceremony.

The CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions President's Award for the senior student attaining the highest academic achievement went to Debra Calhoun of Lisbon.

Linda M. Putnam of Andover was winner of the Central Maine General Hospital-CMMC College of Nursing Alumni Association Award. The winner of the Alumni Association Award is chosen by members of the graduating class as the person they would most like to have take care of themselves or their family.

Erika J. Bohlman of Chesterville was honored with the CMMC Board of Trustees Award, which is awarded to the student who demonstrates gentleness, independence, understanding, caring, compassion and love in communicating with and caring for people. The recipient must also exhibit excellence in delivering nursing care.

Crystal L. Boilard of Livermore was presented the CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions Board of Trustees Award, which is given each year to the student who demonstrates leadership qualities, displays concern and understanding for others, makes decisions and assumes responsibility for his or her actions, and establishes trust in interactions.

Madeline Orange of Stockton Springs was given the Samuel L. Singer and Ruth Small Award, which is presented to a student who will become a credit to herself and her profession, and who shows pride as a representative of the CMMC CON and maintains good academic standing.

Melanie J. Judd of Mechanic Falls was presented the Charles E. Fortier Jr. Memorial Award, which is given to the student whose "behavior as a whole is indicative of a people-oriented person," who directs "his or her expression in action rather than denying its existence," and whose "sense of humor permeates all of his or her activities." Judd was secretary of the Class of 2010.

CMMC Medical Staff Awards for Excellence in Nursing were also presented to the following graduates: class treasurer Stefanie L. Belanger of Turner, mental health nursing; Indira G. Gowell of Portland, medical nursing; Nicole S. Albert of Auburn, surgical nursing; Jessica L. Tibbitts of Yarmouth, obstetrical nursing; and Alfred R. Nelson, Jr., of Pittston, pediatric nursing.

Also comprising the CMMC College of Nursing Class of 2010 are: Sara M. Bond of Winthrop; Nathan P. Brimmer of Greene; Karin Bubier of Auburn; Erin Caouette of Auburn; Victoria L. Coolidge of Lewiston; Doreen L. Copeland of Strong; Amanda E. Corkum of Sabattus; Alison Crawford of Dixfield; class vice president Pamela L. Desjardins of Harpswell; Angel Harmon of Biddeford; Sarah E. Hascall of Bethel; Ashley J. Joy of Winthrop; Maureen E. Kalloch of Bowdoinham; class president Jill King of Turner; Lynn R. Lane of Sabattus; Diane M. M. LaRochelle of Lisbon Falls; Susan L. Marcous of Lewiston; Catherine E. Mason of West Paris; Malinda A. McKinnon of Lewiston; Kathrine E. McLean of Greene; Davina L. Meader of Portland; Terry L. Norris of Livermore Falls; Chelsea Packard of Lewiston; Lisa A. Piven of Bethel; Katelyn L. Samson of Lewiston; Ashley A. Stewart of Cornville; Tyler T. Tyburski of Lewiston; Stephanie C. Upton of Bozeman, Mont.; Danielle P. Valliere of Poland; and Bradley A. Williamson of Lewiston.

In honor of the late Peggy Young, a former faculty member, the college's faculty, staff, and administration wore a rose boutonniere.

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"Stroke: Signs and Symptoms" program May 17 and 19

05/08/2010

"Stroke: Signs and Symptoms" will be the topic of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for May.

Certified emergency nurse Michelle Gosselin, R.N., will describe the signs and symptoms of stroke and why getting immediate medical attention is critical when stroke is suspected.

A graduate of the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing, Gosselin worked in cardiopulmonary nursing for three years before shifting her career focus to emergency nursing in 1998. She works in the emergency departments at Central Maine Medical Center and Rumford Hospital.

She has gained certification in a number of specialized nursing skill areas, including certification at an instructor level.

There is no cost for attending the presentation.

The hour-long program will be presented at 1 p.m. on May 17 and at 6 p.m. on May 19. Both presentations will be delivered in Conference Room I, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, adjacent to Central Maine Medical Center.

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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CMMC volunteer Eileen Danforth named Maine's Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

05/04/2010


Central Maine Medical Center Volunteer Manager Sue Bowie, Maine Gov. John Baldacci, and Eileen Danforth of Lewiston.
Long-time Central Maine Medical Center volunteer Eileen Danforth of Lewiston has been recognized as Maine's Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.

At a ceremony held in the Hall of Flags at the Maine Statehouse, Danforth was personally recognized by Gov. John Baldacci as Maine's top volunteer.

More than 700 volunteers who contributed over 500 hours to programs across the state were congratulated at the ceremony, but Danforth, whose 17-year volunteer commitment to the medical center was described as inspiring "through example in multiple volunteer roles at Central Maine Medical Center", earned top recognition.

In the past year alone, Danforth has given 2,000 hours of service to CMMC. A press release issued by the Governor's Office and the Maine Commission for Community Service cited her ability to include " ... volunteers of all abilities in activities" and make "each individual feel welcome, worthy, and supported,"

Danforth has been added to the Roll of Honor for the 2010 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards.

She is a Lewiston native, began her "volunteer career" as an exam proctor at the CMMC School of Nursing, and gradually took on clerical responsibilities. Today she volunteers full time at CMMC.

Danforth raised three daughters and her impetus for volunteering at CMMC was the illness of her oldest daughter, Sandy, who passed away in 1998 from breast cancer at age 34. Danforth says she feels as if her daughter Sandy is always by her side, guiding her along the right path of caring for others.

Cited for Excellence in Volunteer Administration was CMMC Volunteer Manager Sue Bowie.

Bowie was recognized for "her insight, assistance, and counsel which are often sought by other institutions and volunteer directors." Last year, volunteers at CMMC gave some 60,000 hours of service to the organization.

A Lewiston native, Bowie began her volunteer management career at CMMC in 1987. Bowie serves on the governing board of the Maine Society for Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services (MSDHVS) and is member of the New England Association of Directors of Hospital Volunteer Services and the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP). She is a charter member of the Androscoggin Volunteer Association. She has grown the program from 50 volunteers to 230 with 50 junior volunteers coming in during the summer to job shadow and run errands for staff. She is also president of the CMMC Employee Special Events Committee, a volunteer group of employees that coordinates activities for employees and volunteers, as well as hospital recognition events.

Bowie has one daughter who attends the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

The Governor's Volunteer Service Awards are presented annually during National Volunteer Week, the annual celebration of citizen volunteer action and the impact it has on critical needs in communities.

The awards recognize individuals and community organizations whose donations of time and leadership have made a significant difference in the quality of life for Maine residents.

The Governor's Volunteer Service Awards are administered jointly. Since 1994, the Commission has focused its efforts on building capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers, raising awareness, and encouraging an ethic of service.

For more information, visit MaineServiceCommission.gov or VolunteerMaine.org

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CMMC Art Gallery in May

04/26/2010

The works of a painter and a photographer will be featured at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery during May.

Paintings by Pat Provencher and photography by Scott Marquis are on display at CMMC.

Lewiston resident Pat Provencher is an artist and teacher whose series of acrylic paintings, called "Gatherings", shows that cherished items can reflect our interests and experiences. Through still-life paintings, portraits, and landscapes, she encourages viewers to imagine and relate.

Provencher has taught for many years in Maine schools, art workshops, adult education programs, and at summer camps. She holds a bachelor's degree in art education from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. She supplemented her teaching courses with studio classes in Florida, California, Massachusetts and Maine.

Marquis is a self-taught photographer and sketch artist who specializes in historical themes, Maine scenes, on-site photography and studio portraiture. His work has been published and is also available for purchase as large autographed prints.

He is presently working on a collection of photographs, sketches and short stories for publication.

Marquis's work can be viewed at www.photographybymarquis.com

Provencher's paintings and Marquis's photography and will be on display through May 22.

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New ENT doc at CMMC

04/22/2010

Norris K. Lee, M.D., an otolaryngologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing with Central Maine Ear, Nose and Throat in Lewiston.

Prior to beginning his practice in the Lewiston-Auburn area, Lee worked in private practice in New York, both as a solo practitioner and in a single-specialty group practice. Prior to private practice, he served on the faculties of two medical schools. From 1990 to 1995, he was an assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where he also was a researcher in cancer and an attending surgeon at Parkland Hospital, the Dallas VA Hospital, and the Zale-Lipshy University Hospital. In 1995, he accepted a position as associate professor at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where he was an attending surgeon at The New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City until 2002. Throughout his career, Lee's interests have extended beyond clinical care and research to include administrative and quality control issues.

A graduate of Brown University in Providence, R.I., Lee earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in New York City. After an internship in general surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, he completed residency training in otolaryngology at Albert Einstein/Montefiore/ Bronx Municipal Hospital Center in the Bronx, N.Y. He then furthered his post-graduate education with fellowship training in head and neck surgical oncology at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the American Medical Association. He has served on the editorial board of professional journals and authored numerous articles and book chapters.

Lee's clinical interests include sinus disease and rhinologic disorders, and their impact on systemic dysfunctions such as sleep disorders. As one of the first surgeons in the country to use powered instrumentation during endoscopic sinus surgery in the early 1990s, he pioneered advanced intranasal surgeries addressing tumors of the nose and sinuses without facial incisions. He also treats patients with cancers and tumors in the head and neck region, including thyroid, parathyroid, and salivary glands. In dealing with complex anatomic and cancer issues, he works in a multi-disciplinary manner with specialists in radiotherapy, medical oncology, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, endocrinology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and other services involved in the care of head and neck tumor patients, including cancer support networks.

Lee practices in association with Michael P. Joseph, M.D., and Benjamin Lounsbury, M.D., at Central Maine Ear, Nose and Throat, 12 Bates Street, Lewiston. The office can be reached at 784-4539.

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CMMC GALA

04/17/2010

Christine and Tom Bosse were among the more than 250 guests who attended the recent "Spring Fling - Sowing Seeds of Hope", Central Maine Medical Center's Annual Gala at the Kora Temple in Lewiston. The event raised $74,000 to benefit the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing. Christine Bosse is president of the CMMC Associates, area residents who serve as goodwill ambassadors and fund-raisers for the hospital.

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7th Annual Buddy to Buddy Spring Fashion Show

04/15/2010

Central Maine Medical Center's 7th Annual Buddy to Buddy Spring Fashion Show "Celebrating Breast Cancer Survivorship" will be held April 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn-Riverwatch in Auburn. Sharon Rose and Brian Yocono of WCSH-TV 6 will host the event. Serving as models will be breast cancer survivors, physicians, and other CMMC staff associated with breast cancer care.
Clothing will be provided by Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, and Coldwater Creek. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the fashion show is set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A luncheon will follow the fashion show.
Anyone seeking advanced tickets are available by visiting the website at www.cmmc.org and clicking on the fashion show link. Reservations can also be made by calling the CMMC Development Office at 795-2950.

For more information on the Buddy to Buddy Spring Fashion Show watch the 207 interview with Dr. Nicholette Erickson.

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Rumford Hospital to Stage Drill

04/15/2010

Rumford Hospital and area law enforcement agencies and emergency responders will stage an emergency preparedness drill on May 5.

Working in cooperation with Oxford County law enforcement and fire fighters, the Oxford County Emergency Management Agency and the Central Maine Medical Center Security Department, Rumford Hospital will be the site of an "active shooter drill".

Rumford Hospital (RH) Facilities Manager Douglas West said the hospital suggested the drill after Central Maine Healthcare Corporation, the hospital's parent organization, introduced a new policy for dealing with potential hostage situations.

"We are doing this because Central Maine Healthcare introduced new code dealing with hostages and an active shooter entering a healthcare setting. We thought it wise to practice the exercise simply to make us more aware of how we would handle such a situation," West said.

The drill is set to begin at 6 p.m. on May 5 and will involve multiple responders, including a police tactical team. West said that to his knowledge this is the first time such a drill has been conducted at a hospital.

Rumford Hospital and area emergency responders are making a concerted effort to communicate to Rumford-Mexico area residents that the drill is taking place. "There will be a lot of commotion in the area of the hospital, so we are going to great lengths to inform everyone that it's a drill," West said.

Scott Parker, director of the Oxford County Emergency Management Agency, said the Rumford, Mexico and Dixfield police departments, Rumford and Mexico Fire Departments, the Oxford County Sheriff's Department, and Med-Care Ambulance Service are among the organizations participating in the exercise.

Parker said the drill will "have a lot of moving parts and present multiple other problems that will have to be solved simultaneously. These kinds of situations are easy to talk about but when it comes to executing the plan, it's a little trickier. Everyone involved is in the game when it comes to solving problems."

Rumford Police Chief Stacy Carter stressed the importance of informing area residents and emergency responders that the drill was taking place.

"It's imperative that we let the citizens and law enforcement patrols of the Rumford area know that there is a drill going on so they don't think there's an actual event," he said.

"These drills are important. They give us all an opportunity to train, to work together. We train regularly with these types of responses, but this is something new and different. Rumford PD's role is to provide an emergency tactical response to stop the threat, to prevent any further injury and to secure the scene. It's a good opportunity to practice our tactical response," he added.

Carter said the drill will last from 6 p.m. to about 8 p.m. Signage in the area of the hospital will be posted to inform travelers and neighborhood residents that the drill is taking place. Ten safety monitors will be assigned to locations near the site. The hospital will remain open, particularly for emergency patients, and safety monitors will assure that access to the hospital is maintained.

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CMMC recognized for tobacco policy

04/12/2010

The Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network has recognized Central Maine Medical Center for its achievement in advancing campus tobacco policies and promoting tobacco-free living.
CMMC was one of 14 Maine hospitals receiving the MTFHN's Gold Star Standards of Excellence.
MTFHN also awarded seven individual Gold Star awards for leaders who advocated for tobacco-free efforts at their hospital. CMMC President Laird Covey was a Gold Star Award recipient for his support for employees quitting tobacco with assistance through the hospital wellness program, Healthy Decisions.
CMMC provides support at no cost to the employees who are ready to quit using tobacco and adopted a tobacco-free campus policy in 2004.
The Gold Star Standards of Excellence were created to encourage more hospitals to adopt tobacco-free policies, as well as celebrate the success of those institutions that have already pursued model tobacco control measures.

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COLON CANCER AWARENESS PRESENTATION

04/07/2010

COLON CANCER AWARENESS PRESENTATION - Maureen Higgins (photo right), cancer health outreach educator at The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, was guest speaker at the Central Maine Medical Center Associates March meeting. Higgins discussed the importance of screening and early detection and how to adapt to and promote a better health plan as it relates to cancer. The group members -- presently led by CMMC Associate President Christine Bosse of Bangor Savings (photo left) -- serve as goodwill ambassadors, fundraisers and financial supporters for CMMC. Luncheon meetings are held on the second Monday each month at the Central Maine Medical Center College for Nursing and Health Professions. Guest speaker for the April 12 meeting will be Christine Poulin, practice manager at Central Maine Pain and Headache Center. Anyone interested in more information about the CMMC Associates should contact Lise Tancrede at tancreli@cmhc.org or 795-2957.

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Artists display their work at the CMMC Woman's Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery during April

04/04/2010

Photography and watercolors are the chosen mediums of the artists displaying their work at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman's Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery during April.

Photographic work by Tom Reichard and paintings by June Dragoon are on display.

Reichard says his fascination with photography began in his childhood when his father developed black-and-white images in his darkened kitchen. He has worked with all formats black-and-white, color prints, slides and digital imagery, including infrared and metallic images.

Reichard says his photographic work is inspired by "seeing something so unique, even in the mundane, and capturing that moment that will never happen in quite the same way again."

His work has been shown at CMMC, L/A Arts' Gallery 5, Arts & Ale at Gritty's, University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Au