Archive for November, 2010

Co-workers, friends, and residents say farewell to Deb Fournier, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Administrator

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Deb Fournier joined St. Mary’s Health System in 2001 as Director of Operations for St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion and later accepted the role of Administrator for the nursing home.  She has been an outstanding leader and has made major contributions to the success of not only the elder care division but also of the entire St. Mary’s Health System. Her connection to our organization goes all the way back to her time here as a student nurse at St. Mary’s School of Nursing and she will be missed by all who have had the pleasure of working with her.   Deb has accepted the challenge of becoming the next Chief Operating Officer of the Maine Veterans’ Homes.  We wish you the best, Deb!

Cheese making at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Maine

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Watch the videos, presented by the Sun Journal, of Denise Dill making Farmers Cheese and Yogurt Cheese  at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Maine in Lewiston. 

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Rehab Center Awarded

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Front Row: L to R: Ed Lathem, Lorrayne Mastrangelo, Michelle Welch, Raquel Beaudry, Cheryl Dobbelsteyn, Debra Fournier, Sr. Irene Platt, and Judi Rousseau-Gagnon. Back Row: L to R: Kathleen Murphy, Stacy Paradis, Gail Belanger, Christine Lachance, John Twomey, Lori Fortier, Janice Gagnon, Candy St. Hilaire, Rebecca Leclair, Nancy Boilard, Helen Feldman, Suzanne Godbout, Debbie Buckmore, and Christine Caron.

CARF International announced that St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Rehab Center has been accredited for a period of  3 years for its Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs- Skilled Nursing (Adults) program. This is the first accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Rehab Center.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.

Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services

St. Mary’s Health System Welcomes New Members to Its Board

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010


St. Mary’s Health System is proud to welcome new members to its Board of Directors.  Judith Andrucki and Anne Schuettinger are new to the Health System’s board, Carolyn Lepage is a returning member.

Andrucki is a partner at Andrucki & Mitchell Attorneys at Law, Schuettinger is Chairperson of Nursing at Central Maine Community College, and Lepage is the President of Lepage Environmental Services, Inc.  

“These new members bring diverse backgrounds and a wide-range of skill sets that will greatly complement our Board,” said Lee Myles, CEO of St. Mary’s Health System. “We are very fortunate to have individuals of this caliber devote their time and talent to our organization. It’s the willingness of community members like these that have been integral in the success of St. Mary’s.”

Board appointments are for three year terms.

Busy day at St. Mary’s Food Pantry!

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Recent graduates of St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion’s Matter of Balance class

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
L to R:Robert Berube, Joanne Berube, Jackie Letendre, Claudette Jalbert, Connie Lavoie, Eugene Lavoie

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.  Participants learned to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. 

Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling?  Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall?  If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concersn About Fallscould be a program for you or a family member.  For more information call Tami Girardin,  St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, at 207-777-4203.

St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Earns a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Staff at St. Mary's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Front Row: L to R, Mahesh Pandey, MD, Yelena Patsiornik, MD, Evie Taylor, RN OCN, Oncology Supervisor, Joline Betsch, Director, St. Mary's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Standing: Lori Wilbur-Dunham, CTR, Melanie Whited, RN , Jen Hazen, RN OCN , Kim Thistlewaite, RN, Maura Clark, LCSW, Lori Dyer, RN, Linda Merchant, RN OCN, Chris Gervais, RN OCN, Melissa Dube, Shannon Lessard.


The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. 

A facility receives a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer programs (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards. 

 Established in 1922 buy the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.  Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

 The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized and quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state, and local level.

 The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that more than 1.5 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2010.   There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals.  This 25 percent of hospitals diagnose and/or treat 71 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.  In addition, a national network of more than 1,600 volunteer Cancer Liason Physicians provides leadership and support for the CoC Accreditation Program and other CoC activities at these local facilities. 

The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards

for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they perform to those standards.  Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily commotted to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous process and review of their performance.  To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to: 

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment  
  • A multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options 
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options 
  • Access to cancer-related information, education, and support 
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up 
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care  
  • Most importantly, quality care, close to home

Cancer patient data are reported by each CoC-accredited cancer program to the CoC’s National Cancer data Base (NCDB), a joint CoC/American Cancer Society program.  The NCDB currently contains patient demographics, tumor characteristics, and treatment outcomes information for more than 18 million cancer patients diagnosed and treated at hospital cancer programs in the US between 1985 and 2004.  These data account for approximately two-thirds of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the US each year. 

NCDB data is regularly used to monitor and improve the quality of patient care delivered in CoC-accredited cancer programs.  The CoC requires programs to implement quality improvement initiatives that promote the delivery of quality, multidisciplinary cancer care and lead to ongoing educational interventions with local providers in the CoC-accredited cancer programs.

Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society, the CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program.  This information is shared with the public on the American Cancer Society’s web site at and through the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345. 

For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit  For more information about St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders visit

The Fifth Annual Chefs Soirée –

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Proceeds benefit the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Maine.

Thank you to our guests and generous sponsors:

Anthoine Financial Group
Central Maine Credit Union
Community Credit Union
Grey Nuns Charities, Inc.
Hebert Construction
Lauren & Wayne Moody
Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
Maine Family Credit Union
Norman, Hanson & DeTroy
Surgical Systems

Tobacco Support Group

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Healthy Androscoggin’s Tobacco Support Group takes place every Thursday evening from 6 pm to 7 pm, and is open to anyone from the surrounding communities. Participants can come every week or as often as needed.  The group is facilitated by Keith Pray, a former smoker who has lost a family member to tobacco-related disease and feels this is a way to help save others’ lives.
The discussion is free and no pre-registration is required.  For more information about the Tobacco Support Group or quitting smoking, please call Healthy Androscoggin at 795-5990 or visit

Please Note:  Beginning January 6, 2011, the Tobacco Support Group will be meeting in the Diabetes Education Room on the Auburn Campus, 15 Gracelawn Road.

PeriOperative Nurses Week

Friday, November 5th, 2010

November 8 through 14, 2010 marks the celebration of PeriOperative Nurses Week, an annual commemoration of the surgical nurses’ important role and commitment to safe patient care. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), a 41,000 member strong organization with state and local chapter nationwide, supports perioperative registered nurses in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.

Perioperative nursing is a specialized area of nursing practice. As a fundamental member of the surgical team, the perioperative registered nurse works in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, which may include the surgeon, anesthesia provider, surgical assistant, and other assistive personnel. The perioperative registered nurse provides nursing care to surgical patients preoperatively, intra-operatively, and postoperatively, and often in the role as circulating registered nurse.

Perioperative nursing requires a unique and highly-specialized skill set gained from specialized training and education. As a perioperative nurse at St. Mary’s, our nurses are responsible for planning and directing all nursing care for patients who undergo invasive surgical procedures, and they serve as the patient’s advocate while they are powerless to make their own decisions.

If you or someone you love had a surgical procedure here at St. Mary’s, the perioperative RN was directly responsible for you or your loved one’s well-being throughout the operation. While all of the other well-qualified medical professionals are focused on their specific duty, the perioperative RN focuses on the patient. By employing their critical thinking, assessment, diagnosing, outcome identification, planning, and evaluation skills, the RN circulator directs the nursing care and coordinates activities of the surgical team for the benefit of the patient. 

Tidbits about our perioperative nurses at St. Mary’s:

• Our staff includes 26 nurses with over 475 years of experience
• We have 6 nurses certified in their specialty
    – 1 CAPA (Certified Ambulatory PeriAnesthesia)
    – 5 CNOR (Certified PeriOperative Nurses)
• Surgical Specialties include:
               Neurosurgery             Orthopedics
               Ophthalmology           General/Thoracic Surgery
               OB/GYN                      ENT/Dental
               Podiatry                      Genito-urinary

Please thank our wonderful perioperative nurses this week!

Denise Timberlake RN, BSN, CNOR