Archive for June, 2010

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

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

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



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 

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, 7:00 am – 7:45 am 

Step and Tone
This class combines the best of both worlds, alternating between low-impact step aerobics and total body strengthening exercises for an all around workout.
Fridays, 7:15am – 8:15 am 

Time to Relax
Take time to really cool down and unwind with deep relaxation.
Mondays, Wednesdays, 7:45 am – 8:00 am; Fridays, 8:15 am – 8:30 am 

Enjoy the indoor track at your own pace. Includes a group warm-up, strengthening, cool-down, and stretching.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:05 am – 6:55 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 

All core classes are held in the beautiful Bates College Merrill Gymnasium with the exception of Core and Stretch and Yogalates, which are both held at St. Mary’s, 99 Campus Avenue, Lepage Large Conference Room. Classes run from July 6 to August 27. The cost of a core membership, which includes unlimited access to all of the above classes, is $48.00. 

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: 

Farmer’s Markets Open this Week!

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

It is officially farmers’ market season in Lewiston: the Lewiston and St. Mary’s Farmers’ Markets open next week! Both markets offer a great selection of farmers and vendors selling fresh produce, meat, dairy products, soap, and other great local products!

See below for information on each market, what’s available next week, upcoming events and the Recipe of the Week!

Lewiston Farmers’ Market
Kennedy Park, corner of Bates Street and Pine Street
EVERY Tuesday, 2-6pm (starting June 29th)
Valley View Farm, Fresh Start Farm, Jemma Gardens, Lots to Gardens, What’s Up Farm, The Fudge Lady

The opening day of the market will include live music from Three Point Trio and a free flower give away! There will also be a cooking demonstration at 3, so stop by to try some delicious garlic scape and Swiss chard pesto pasta, made with local veggies!

St. Mary’s Farmers’ Market
St. Mary’s Hospital, corner of Lafayette St. and Campus Ave.
EVERY Wednesday, 11:30-3pm (starting June 30th)
Valley View Farm, Fresh Start Farm, Mainely Soap, Phoenix Farm, Great Things, Inc., Clay Hill Farm, ArtVan.

The free flower give-away will continue on the opening day of the St. Mary’s market, so pick up some flowers while you browse the local products!

Here’s what to look for at the market:

Carrots and other assorted vegetables
Beef and pork
Soaps, organic skin care products
Local artwork and pottery!

St. Mary’s 13th Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, June 25th, 2010

St. Mary’s Health System held its 13th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 21 at the Fox Ridge Golf Course in Auburn. There were 124 golfers on 30 team s that enjoyed a perfect day of golf! The tournament raised $32,500 for St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Operating Room, Central Sterile, Lab, and Pharmacy Expansion and Renovation Project. Many thanks to the tournament sponsors, players, supporters, and volunteers. Also, a special thanks to Fox Ridge Golf Course to their superb customer service. Pictured above: Anthoine Financial Group, (from left to right), Craig Gunderson, Marc Paquette, Jeff Gosselin, and Mark Anthoine.

Thanks, Jim!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010


On June 28, Jim Cassidy will be retiring after almost 20 years with St. Mary’s Health System.
Some of the notable achievements at the Health System during his tenure as President/CEO include the following:

  • Stabilized the hospital and health system’s financial circumstances, which had been difficult prior to his arrival.
  • Oversaw stable growth of system workforce to approximately 2,000 individuals.
  • Changed the name of the health system from Sisters of Charity Health System to St. Mary’s Health System to reflect evolving recognition of the System in the community.
  • Opened the Women’s Health Pavilion (2000).  Center for Joint Replacement (2007), St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Rehab Center (2009), St. Mary’s Auburn Campus (2009) and the modernization of the St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Emergency Center (2010).
  • Dramatically improved access to primary care in region with a focus on recruiting physicians and mid-level providers.
  • Initiated Haiti Work Retreats in 1998, which allow St. Mary’s employees to volunteer among the poor in Haiti.
  • Worked with Catholic Charities in addressing refugee resettlement in the region during 2000.
  • Picked up responsibility for the School-Based Health Centers in Auburn and Lewiston’s Middle and High Schools.
  • Focused attention on improving the health status and access for residents in downtown Lewiston.


  • The Neighborhood Housing Initiative, which has resulted in the construction of 12 very affordable new homes, recognizing that families can’t be healthy when living in an unhealthy environment.
  • The B Street Health Center. A full-service medical practice located in the heart of a federally-designated Enterprise Community, which also offers behavioral medicine and dental services in a culturally sensitive and affordable manner, maintaining the dignity of its patients.
  • The St. Mary’s Food Pantry. One of the largest emergency food pantries in New England, it has been providing emergency food assistance to residents of greater Androscoggin County for over 20 years.
  • Lots to Gardens.  A youth and community driven organization that uses sustainable urban agriculture to grow fresh food, nurture healthy youth, and create a healthier community.  The program teaches people how to grow their own food, provide affordable access to fresh food, and involve youth as leaders, while helping families and youth develop skills and build power for lifelong and community-wide change.
  • These efforts have been recognized nationally by the American Hospital Association through its Foster McGaw and NOVA awards, and the Catholic Health Association’s Citation award.  Locally, these efforts have been honored by the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council Award for more than 100 years of investment in the well-being of our community.

If you’d like to leave a message of congratulations and well-wishes for Jim, please use the form below.  The blog will be live until July 15 and all the messages will be collected and presented to Jim in a scrapbook.  Thanks for joining us in this recognition.

The Good Cooks Series for Adults At the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Maine

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010


Come enjoy the bounty of summer and spend the evening cooking, eating, and sharing tips with other interested adults. We will be hosting a 4-week series for adults, giving an introduction to healthy, affordable, and practical cooking. The series is open to all residents of Lewiston-Auburn. There will be free food and giveaways for folks who attend all four classes! Participation is limited to 12 adults, so don’t miss the chance to sign up! Please call (207) 753-5466 to register. There is a suggested donation of $5 to $15. For more information email Larkin Kimmerer or call 513-3847 and ask for Larkin.

Date: Four Mondays, July 12 – August 2
Time: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: The Nutrition Center of Maine, 208 Bates Street in Lewiston
Cost: $5 to $15 sliding scale donation

The Nutrition Center of Maine is one of the newest health services offered by St. Mary’s Health System. Located in downtown Lewiston, the Center provides nutrition-related services for all residents in the community and is a resource for others in the state doing similar work.

The mission of the Nutrition Center is to improve the nutritional status of Maine residents through education and demonstration, as well as to provide food to those in need. This mission includes helping individuals and the community to learn and implement healthy eating practices, make lifestyle changes that reduce risk of disease, provide access to affordable, healthy food, and promote personal food security through growing one’s own food.

Seasonal Opening of Farmers’ Markets in Lewiston!

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010


Join us the last week in June for the opening of Lewiston’s local farmers’ markets! This season L-A residents will have the chance to attend two farmers markets throughout the week–the Lewiston Farmers Market in Kennedy Park and St. Mary’s Market on the corner of Lafayette and Campus Avenue. Both markets are sponsored by the Great Falls Farmers & Artisans Market Association. 

The Lewiston Farmers Market will run from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm every Tuesday beginning June 29. The St. Mary’s Market will run every Wednesday from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm beginning June 30. Both markets will run through then end of October. This summer, market goers will be able to choose from a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, naturally raised meats, eggs, cheese, jams and jellies, baked goods, fresh cut flowers, and more! Artists and craftspeople will have work for sale and display. We will kick-off the season with live music and games for the kids. 

For more information or to learn more about selling with our markets, please call 207.513.3848 or contact us. Please also visit our blog at