Archive for May, 2010

HealthSteps June Classes

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Specialty Classes

Line Dancing

Learn how to do fun and easy line dances. No partner needed and no previous dance experience required.

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
June 1 – June 29       
Location: Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston
Cost: $35

Gentle Exercise

This class is designed for those with arthritis, recovering from cancer, or any individual who desires a mild form of exercise. It helps improve range of motion, strength, posture, balance, and coordination.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 am – 9:45 am
June 8 – July 8
Location: Resident Dining Room, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, 102 Campus Avenue, Lewiston
Cost:  $22 or FREE with HealthSteps Core Membership

Senior Fitness

This one-hour class provides participants with a safe and effective workout that includes a warm-up, cardiovascular component, resistance training to build strength, balance, and flexibility exercises.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
9:15 am – 10:15 am or 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Instructor: Johanne Healey
June 7 – July 9
Location: Resident Dining Room, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, 102 Campus Avenue, Lewiston
Cost:  $30

Core Classes

Aquatic Fitness

Join us for a super toning, calorie-burning, fun workout!  While swimming skills are not needed, a comfort level in both deep and shallow water is important.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30 am – 7:15 am

Core and Stretch

Enjoy a great abdominal and lower back workout to help increase flexibility and strength. 

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8:00 am – 8:30 am

 Lap Swim

Swim at your own pace and enjoy this individualized form of exercise in the 25-meter, 8-lane pool supervised by a certified lifeguard.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:05 am – 7:30 am

 Mix It Up

Sample a variety of classes including walk-jog, circuit challenge, and more!

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:00 am – 7:00 am

 TNT (Tone-N-Tighten)

This weighted workout focuses on strengthening the major muscle groups of the upper and lower body using resistance tubes, bands, and weights. It’s also a great way to increase your metabolism!

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 7:00 am – 8:00 am

 Yogalates on the Ball

Join us for a fusion of yoga and Pilates on an exercise ball to increase flexibility, improve coordination, and develop strength.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 7:15 am – 8:00 am

 Core classes are held at St. Mary’s, 99 Campus Avenue, Lepage Large Conference Room and run from June 1 – July 6 with the exception of lap swim and aquatic fitness.  Those classes are held in the beautiful Bates College Merrill Gymnasium and run from June 2 – June 18.  The cost of a core membership, which includes unlimited access to all core classes, is $32.00.

 For more information or to register, call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit them on the web. Registration is required for all programs.

Going Gluten-Free!

Friday, May 28th, 2010
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

Join others from the Living Gluten-Free Support Group to learn the ins and outs of building a healthy, happy, and enjoyable life without gluten! The next Meeting will be held Thursday, June 17 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Nutrition Center of Maine located at 208 Bates Street in Lewiston. We will provide a space for you to ask important questions such as:

What are the best celiac guides out there?

What restaurants can I eat in?

How do I know if a particular ingredient has gluten in it?

What medicines and cosmetics should I avoid?

This session is geared for folks new to a gluten-free lifestyle; however, “veterans” are welcome and encouraged to share their experience and knowledge.

This meeting will be a potluck so please bring a gluten and casein free dish to share.

For more information please contact Sherie at 207 513 3848 or nutritioncenter@stmarysmaine.com. There will be a suggested donation of $5 to help cover the cost of building use and refreshments.

New Exhibit at St. Mary’s Lobby Gallery

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

June Dragoon’s original paintings will be on exhibit now through June 28 at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Lobby Gallery. 

Although she has studied with a number of well-known artists, June Dragoon is self-taught. She is constantly learning and striving to improve her technique. She wants viewers to feel as though they are entering into her paintings. 

June states that “painting gives me a new way of looking at the world. Color, for me, is the most emotional aspect of painting. It is the reflection of life. I work in a variety of mediums, although the versatility of watercolor to me is magic.” 

She enjoys painting New England scenes and florals. Recently she has been commissioned to do several portraits. It has given her a chance to touch people’s lives. Surrounded by family and countryside, she has endless subject matter. 

June has exhibited in many galleries and has paintings in private collections throughout the world. She enjoys alpine skiing, mountain climbing, and camping with her family. June resides in West Peru, Maine.

Olympic Baker Offers her Bread Baking Secrets to a Full Class at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Finished sourdough bread made by the students of Dara Reimer, owner of the Bread Shack in Auburn, at her Artisan Bread class held in partnership with the St. Mary's Nutrition Center. Each of the nineteen students were sent home with a finished loaf, a dough to bake off at home, and their very own sourdough starter.

Nineteen students gather around Dara Reimer, at her Aristan Bread course at the St. Mary's Nutrition Center as she explains the history and techniques of making delicious sourdough bread.

Dara Reimer, owner of the Bread Shack in Auburn, coaches participant Cathy Leclair in testing the doneness of her sourdough bread. Cathy, along with 18 other participants, attended Dara's Aristan Bread course at the Nutrition Center of Maine.


Dara Reimer, owner of the Bread Shack in Auburn, leads nineteen students in mixing and kneading their own sourdough breads to take home and enjoy with their families and friends. Artisan Bread: Ancient Techniques Remember was held at the St. Mary's Nutrition Center of Maine in Lewiston.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dara Reimer, Olympic baker and head baker/owner of the Bread Shack in Auburn, Maine donated her time and energy to offer an intensive course on Artisan Bread baking to a packed crowd of May 13 at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, located in downtown Lewiston. Artisan Bread: Ancient Techniques Remembered was the second installment of the Nutrition Center’s Cliff Notes to Culinary School Series, which brings in local experts in the culinary field to lead hands-on cooking classes boiling down their years of experience into a clear and cohesive learning environment for seasoned and passionate cooks alike.

Participants who signed up for Artisan Bread took it as a stand-alone course or as a follow-up course to the beginning Bread Making class offered by the Nutrition Center’s Community Cooking Educator, Denise Dill, in partnership with Lewiston Adult Education. Artisan Bread: Ancient Techniques Remembered began immediately with Dara offering participants the opportunity to jump into bread making right from the get-go! Each student was given their own station and got to be actively involved in each step of the 48 hour baking process. Dara, being an expert baker and teacher, was well prepared with prepped ingredients so that she could fit it all into one three-hour course. Everyone one of the nineteen students were able to mix, shape, bake, test, and taste a wonderfully delicious artisan dough and loaf using a sourdough starter given to Dara by one of her teachers over 20 years ago! At the end of it all, each student went home with a piece of that rich starter, their own ready-to-bake loaf, as well as a baked loaf to enjoy with their friends and family when they got home! In this course, Dara covered not only the techniques, but also the fascinating history of sourdough and offered space for those with or without baking experience an opportunity to problem solve with an expert.

Dara put on a great show and we look forward to inviting her back next fall to offer a sequel to this course! One student said, “[This was] the best $20 I’ve ever spent!” And to quote Dara, “It takes about 48 hours to a great sourdough bread and here are all the tools you need to do it yourself, but if you don’t find the time….that’s what I’m here for.” Lucky for us in the Lewiston-Auburn area, the Bread Shack, located at 1056 Center Street in Auburn is now open 7 days a week. Please visit www.breadshack.com for more information on hours and offerings.

HealthSteps at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Announces its June Core Classes

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Strengthen your major muscles groups and increase your metabolism using resistance tubes and bands in this Tone-N-Tighten class.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

HealthSteps is part of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System. HealthSteps is an award-winning health education and prevention program for adults. At HealthSteps you will get a program that meets the needs of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.

HealthSteps has a wide range of classes with the core membership fee including:

Aquatic Fitness

Join us for a super toning, calorie-burning, fun workout! While swimming skills are not needed, a comfort level in both deep and shallow water is important.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30 am – 7:15 am

Core and Stretch

Enjoy a great abdominal and lower back workout to help increase flexibility and strength.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Lap Swim

Swim at your own pace and enjoy this individualized form of exercise in the 25-meter, 8-lane pool supervised by a certified lifeguard.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:05 am – 7:30 am

Mix It Up

Sample a variety of classes including walk-jog, circuit challenge, and more!

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:00 am – 7:00 am

 

TNT (Tone-N-Tighten)

This weighted workout focuses on strengthening the major muscle groups of the upper and lower body using resistance tubes, bands, and weights. It’s also a great way to increase your metabolism!

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Yogalates on the Ball

Join us for a fusion of yoga and Pilates on an exercise ball to increase flexibility, improve coordination, and develop strength.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 7:15 am – 8:00 am

Core classes are held at St. Mary’s, 99 Campus Avenue, Lepage Large Conference Room and run from June 1 – July 6 with the exception of lap swim and aquatic fitness. Those classes are held in the beautiful Bates College Merrill Gymnasium and run from June 2 – June 18. The cost of a core membership, which includes unlimited access to all of the above classes, is $32.00.

HealthSteps core classes take place in the morning, so you can exercise before you start your day. All instructors are certified and ready to take you through a safe and productive workout no matter what your fitness level. Call today and start your way to a new healthy lifestyle where you will feel better, have more energy, meet great people, and enjoy exercise even more! For more information or to register, call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit them on the web at: www.stmarysmaine.com.

13th Annual St. Mary’s Health System Golf Tournament

Monday, May 24th, 2010
 
 
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

It is time to mark your calendars! Please join us by participating in or sponsoring the 13th Annual St. Mary’s Health System Golf Tournament on Monday, June 21, 2010 at Fox Ridge Golf Course in Auburn. This year’s event will begin with an 8:30 am “shotgun” start followed by a fun-filled day of golf, contests, prizes, great food, and more!

Proceeds for this 2010 event will benefit St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Operating Room, Central Sterile, Lab, and Pharmacy expansion and renovation project. The project is under way with an anticipated completion date of Fall 2011. St. Mary’s commitment to provide superior service to our patients continues to be a top priority.

Information about the tournament, team registration, and sponsorship opportunities can be found on-line at www.stmarysmaine.com/ways-to-give/golf-tournament. If you need more information, please contact Mary Ellingwood at 777-8863 or by e-mail at mellingwood@stmarysmaine.com. This tournament fills up fast so don’t delay! 

 
 
 

 

FYI

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

You may have noticed the St. Mary’s campus has been abuzz with activity lately.   It is exciting to see the giant cranes and steel beams rising from the OR/Lab/Pharmacy construction site.

Meanwhile, across the street, crews have poured the footings for the new entrance at 100 Campus Avenue.  An airlock is being created where one had not existed before. Work crews are scheduled to finish the concrete slab by the end of next week. When that is done, the entrance should be able to reopen to pedestrian traffic. Work on the doors and the entrance lobby will continue for several weeks.

The patio at d’Youville Pavilion was showing signs of age.  The concrete was uneven making it difficult to maneuver wheelchairs and walkers.  It was becoming a serious safety issue.  So, it has been dug up and crews are prepping the area to place down a new one.

Many of you may have “bottomed out” your cars when coming to visit the 96 Campus Avenue building.  The giant pothole at the parking lot entrance has been filled.

St. Mary’s Health System Wins a National Award for Environmental Achievement

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

“Partner for Change Award” Honors Work
Toward Mercury Reduction, Waste Reduction, and Pollution Prevention

Lewiston, Maine – St. Mary’s Health System was honored with a “Partner for Change Award” from Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. The award is one of the organization’s seven Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in health care sector.

The Partner for Change award recognizes healthcare facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, and pollution prevention programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 10 percent of their total waste, have a mercury elimination program in place with a plan for total elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs.

“The Environmental Excellence Awards recognize success stories,” said Bob Jarboe, executive director of Practice Greenhealth. “St. Mary’s is a successful model of how health facilities can develop and implement pollution prevention programs to greatly improve the health of their patients, staff, and community.”

“We are so pleased to have our accomplishments recognized at a national level,” said Lee Myles, CEO of St. Mary’s Health System. “St. Mary’s is committed to reducing our environmental impact and we are continually monitoring our progress to improve our performance. This, of course, could not have come to fruition without the dedicated leadership of Michael Grimmer, System Engineer and Support Services Officer.”

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented last week in Baltimore, MD, in conjunction with CleanMed 2010, a global conference for environmental leaders in health care.

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, healthcare systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of healthcare to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment. Practice Greenhealth is a source of environmental solutions for the health care sector. For more information on Practice Greenhealth, healthy initiatives, current trends, news and views, and other links to earth-friendly organizations, visit http://www.practicegreenhealth.org/.

Oh, My Aching Back!

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ever try to lift something and immediately recognize you shouldn’t have? Dawn Gilbert, PT, MSM, of St. Mary’s Center for Physical Rehabilitation, will offer a hands-on instructional session about safe lifting techniques. She also will discuss how to apply these concepts and techniques when performing everyday tasks such as housekeeping, raking, shoveling, gardening, and working. Plan to join us on Tuesday, May 25 at 6:30 pm in the lobby of the St. Mary’s Auburn Campus on the corner of Gracelawn and Turner Streets for a fun hour that could literally save your back. Light refreshments will be served. For reservations, please call 753-5465.

New Beginnings: Life as a Cancer Survivor

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Spring is the time for new ideas, new enthusiasm, and new resolutions. Please join staff from the Breast Health Program and the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center for an information-packed afternoon focused on your needs as a cancer survivor. There will be booths and staff with information concerning:

· Diet and breast health
· Exercise and its effects on fatigue and bone density
· Emotional and financial issues surrounding treatment for breast cancer
· “Chemo brain” – what is it and how to deal with it
· The Look Good Feel Better program
· Lymphedema – its causes and treatments
· Advantages of clinical trials
· “Survivorship” – what happens when treatment is done

The event will be held Thursday, June 3, 2010 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Bank of American Room in the St. Mary’s Women’s Health Pavilion, 330 Sabattus Street, Lewiston. Light refreshments will be served, raffles offered, and there will be plenty of opportunity for patients to meet and share experiences.