Archive for January, 2011

It’s Easy – Help Us Support the Nutrition Center of Maine!

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Bangor Savings Bank Foundation is once again offering its unique, grant-making initiative, Community Matters More.

Each of the Foundation’s 48 non-profits will receive at least a $1,000 grant for participating in the program.  They will be listed on a ballot and the public will be asked to vote for its favorite.   The top vote-getting organizations in each region will receive $5,000.  There is an area on the ballot for write-in candidates.  The top 20 write-in vote-getters will also receive a grant from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation.

We would like to start a write-in campaign for St. Mary’s Nutrition Center.  Participate by visiting Under the section, “Great Portland/Lewiston/Auburn”, type in “St. Mary’s Health System Nutrition Center of Maine” and click on the box to vote!  Voting begins January 24, 2011 and ends March 7, 2011.  Any Maine resident is eligible to vote.  It’s an easy way to support the great work being done at the Nutrition Center to provide access to nutritious food and implement healthy and safe eating practices.

New This Month At The Winter Lewiston Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011



Love is in the air in Lewiston and what better way to celebrate that wonderful feeling than stopping by your local Winter Farmers’ Market?! This February, the Lewiston Winter Farmers’ Market will be raffling off a beautiful Valentine’s Day basket filled with sweet treats, hand-crafted goods, and unique artwork from a variety of our vendors. One lucky visitor to the market will leave with the basket, estimated at more than $75. But don’t feel bad if you don’t win, with more then 20 vendors offering an array of products, all visitors to the market have the chance to walk away with something unique and straight from the heart.  

In fact, February’s market is a perfect time to visit one of our newest vendors, Terry from Terry’s Country Candy. Visitors to Terry’s stand can pick up a bouquet of hand-painted chocolate pops made with Mercken’s chocolates or talk with Terry about customizing a special order. Market goers can also pick up a bouquet of real flowers from Maplecrest Lilies where the lilies will open to reveal a lively fragrance and beautiful rose color just in time for the 14th. As always, the market will be offering delicious hot food through our Winter Market Café and, for this month, live jazz with members of Three Point Trio.  

So make sure to stop by the Lewiston Winter Farmers’ Market this February and celebrate your love of locally made products.  

The Lewiston Winter Farmers’ Market meets on the second Thursday of every month from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates Street in Lewiston. The next market will be Thursday, February 10, 2011.  

The Lewiston Winter Farmers’ Market is an extension of the Lewiston Farmers’ Market in Kennedy Park, and the St. Mary’s Market at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. It is organized by the Great Falls Farmers & Artisans Market Association and sponsored by St. Mary’s Health System. For more information on the Winter Farmers’ Market or to join our market email list, contact or (207) 513 3848.  


Upcoming Classes at the Nutritition Center of Maine

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Homemade Bread Making:
A beginner’s class tailored for busy people.
Monday, March 7
6 to 9 pm
Instructor:  Denise Dill
Register through the Lewiston Adult Ed at 207-795-4141 


Artisan Bread:
Ancient Techniques Remembered! Dara Reimer from the Bread Shack will offer this course for the second time due to popular demand. 
Tuesday, March 15 
6 to 9 pm 
You must register in advance. Call the Nutrition Center at 207-513-3848 to register. 

French Breakfast Pastries:
Dara Reimer from the Bread Shack will be leading this exciting course.
Thursday, March 31
6 to 9 pm 
You must register in advance. Call the Nutrition Center at 207-513-3848 to register. 

Cheese Making:
A beginner’s class for cheese lovers into the world of soft cheeses. Instructor: Denise Dill
Monday, April 4
6 to 9 pm 
You must register in advance. Call the Nutrition Center at 207-513-3848 to register. 

The above classes will be held at:
The Nutrition Center of Maine
208 Bates Street
Lewiston, Maine  04240


St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Operation Room Quick Facts

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

  • Started demolition of 95-97 Campus Avenue building on February 2, 2010.
  • Going to occupy new space on Tuesday, February 1, 2011
  • $23.8 million dollar project, includes cost of moving offices from old building and renovating their new spaces, renovating existing spaces, and new construction
  • Square footage stats – Total new construction area – 22,878 sq ft
  • Surgeons at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center perform an average of 5,200 surgeries annually equaling 5,800 surgical hours.
  • The most common surgeries we perform:
    • 1,559 cataract surgeries
    • 806 orthopedic surgeries
    • 578 OB/GYN surgeries
    • 430 general
    • 321 neurosurgeries
  • The longest surgery we’ve ever performed at St. Mary’s was a reconsructive plastic surgery case that lasted 23 hours.
  • The shortest surgeires are Pediatric cases that last about 10 minutes.
  • Our OR nursing staff has over 575 years of experience between – Pre-admission Testing, Day Surgery, Operating Room, PACU, and Central Sterile.
  • Patients can go home the same day after having their gallbladder out when years ago you used to stay in the hospital 7 to 10 days.
  • More than 60% of surgeries are now performed on an outpatient basis.
  • Ether used to be the most common anesthesia given until safer, less toxic anesthetics where developed.

Drop by our Open House today between 9:00 am and noon!  Tours will begin in our Main Lobby, 93 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine.  Hope to you see there!

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Operating Room Fun Facts

Friday, January 21st, 2011
  • Started demolition of 95-97 Campus Avenue building on February 2, 2010
    Going to occupy new space on Tuesday, February 2, 2011
  • Used all local contractors/subcontractors for construction
    • Hebert Construction
    • Electrical Systems of Maine
    • Royal Flooring
    • Charlie Roberts Masonry
    • Morin Brick
    • Cumberland County Glass
    • St. Laurent – Site contract
    • Mike Gotto – Site design and permitting
    • SMRT – Architects (design architect born at St. Mary’s)
    • Allied Engineering
    • Becker Structural Engineering
  • More than 100 trades people working at any given time
    Employing Lewiston/Auburn/Maine people
  • Meets Maine Advanced Building Design standards set by Efficiency Maine
  • Received $75,000 from Efficiency Maine to install energy efficient products
  • Building standards keep in line with our Energy Star rating  – first hospital in Maine to earn the distinction
  • Flooring made of recycled materials, doe not require stripping or the use of toxic chemicals for cleaning/upkeep
  • Hallway connecting Lobby to 99 Campus Avenue Building is the future site of our “Wall of History” from the establishment of the hospital by the Grey Nuns in 1888 to the present.
  • Brick patter on the exterior is based on the bar code for St. Mary’s.
  • Granite on building come from Maine.
  • Street was 42 fee wide, now is 28 feet wide.  We narrowed the road in order to “calm” traffic to make it safer for pedestrians to cross the street.

Join us at our Open House on Saturday, January 22 between 9 am and noon.  Tours will start in the main lobby, 93 Campus Avenue, Lewiston.  Light refreshments will be served.

Save the Date . . .

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

An Elegant Evening Out
Live Auction, Dinner & Dance   


Please Join Us!  
Saturday, March 19, 2011
6:00 pm

Ironhorse Court
1 Bates Street
Lewiston, Maine   

Proceeds to benefit St. Mary’s Health System   

$100 per person
$700 for a table of 8
Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information call Mary at 297-755-3366 or email at



Open House at the St. Mary’s Operating Rooms

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011



The new Operating Rooms at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston are just about to open. But, before they do, we’d like to give you a behind-the-scenes view of the technology and advances that make this space so unique.

Highlights of the new OR include:

  • (6) 650 Square Feet Operating Rooms. That’s more than 250 square feet larger than our  previous OR. This allows for greater flexibility of movement and future accommodation of equipment.
  • Two Ambulatory Procedure Rooms
  • 3 high definition monitors to view stored images, intraoperative images, and images from the pathology lab simultaneously.
  • New technology may shorten the length of a surgery. A more efficient surgery means less time under anesthesia and reduced risk of infection, hypothermia, and other complications.
  • A contemporary ventilation system, including an “air curtain” greatly reduces the risk of infection.

Join us Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 9am to noon. Please meet in the Main Lobby at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, 93 Campus Avenue, Lewiston. Light refreshments will be served. Game giveaways are available on a first-come first-served basis.

d‘Youville Inter-generational Playgroup

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Date: Saturday February 5, 2011
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, 102 Campus Avenue Lewiston
1st Floor Gym

Join us for a fun filled inter-generational playdate!
Children can sit and listen to stories read by Elders, participate in crafts, sing-a-long’s, and enjoy free play!

Playdates will be held in the 1st floor gym weekly on Saturday’s, beginning in February, between the hours of 9:30-11:30. All ages are invited to attend with their parents.

Contact information
Julie Bero

Protect Yourself While Traveling

Friday, January 14th, 2011


Are you planning a trip out of the United States? You will want the best and latest advice on how to protect your health during your trip.

At WorkMed in Auburn, we have the resources to clarify which immunization, prescriptions, and other precautions you will need to take in order to enter any country and stay healthy during your visit. 

Student immunization services are also available when you have a student in need of vaccinations for a semester abroad, or just entry to a semester of college. 

WorkMed can also advise you on how to best protect yourself from:

  • Contaminated food and water
  • Intense sun
  • Insect bites
  • Accidents

We will provide information on the precautions you should take when traveling with children, and inform you on the risk of theft, assault, and terrorism in the countries you will be visiting.  

We provide protection from:   

  • Acute Mountain/Altitude Sickness
  • Hepatitis A / Hepatitis B
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Malaria
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Meningococcal Meningitis
  • Polio
  • Motion Sickness
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria
  • Traveler’s Diarrhea
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever

Whether your travel is for work, education, pleasure or mission, think of WorkMed for all your travel health needs.  

To schedule an appointment for the Travel Clinic, please contact WorkMed at 207-753-3080 or email us.

Here’s 50 reasons why you should join us at the St. Mary’s Winter Farmers Market:

Thursday, January 13th, 2011


  • Purchase locally and organically grown vegetables, meat, cheese, milk, yogurt, eggs, and more! 
  • Support local farmers & artisans
  • You’ve never been to a Farmers Market :(
  • You’ve never been to the Nutrition Center :(
  • You love to listen to some live music; especially while SHOPPING.
  • You need some alpaca, wool or mohair/wool yarn to start that scarf you’ve been meaning to.
  • You want to learn about needle felting.
  • Ran out of coffee this morning and want to pick up some fresh-roasted organic coffee beans.
  • The freezer is getting low and you need to replenish your certified organic beef & chicken.
  • Winter in Maine is tough on your skin and you need some lotion and lip balm made with ingredients you can pronounce and recognize AND speak to the person who made it.
  • Pick up some great fresh seafood or fish for dinner.
  • Pick up some herbal tea made from herbs grown right here in Maine AND speak to the person who made it.
  • Buy some beautiful locally grown lilies to brighten a room or for that special someone AND speak to the person who grew them.
  • If you’ve never had fresh Maine honey, you don’t know what you are missing. You’ll never buy grocery store mystery honey again (ok, that’s just my opinion.)
  • Don’t forget fido needs to eat healthy also, get him a snack prepared with vegetables, proteins and meats and no fillers AND speak to the person who made then.
  • You’re looking for a great little drawing of a Lewiston city building for your office or den AND speak to the person who drew it.
  • Hate to bake, but love fresh pastries – you’ll find pie, cookies, whoopie pies and more AND speak to the person who baked it.
  • Don’t forget the fresh baked bread.
  • You always wanted a duct tape wallet and heard their practically indestructible AND speak to the person who made it.
  • You are always forgetting a hat and your ears are cold; on the way out of the Market pick up a hand-crocheted “Head Hugger” – for $5.00 each get 2 :)
  • You have been wanting to talk to a farmer about a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and didn’t know how to contact someone.
  • You heard about Art Van and wanted to talk to someone about their program.
  • You want to learn more about the Great Falls Bulk Buying Club which orders local Maine food and products from Crown O’ Maine Organic Cooperative.
  • Did I mention chocolate?? Oh yeah, I think you wanted some hand-made chocolate :)
  • Don’t forget the farm-fresh eggs.

Ok, I’m actually only going to give you 25, but I’m sure there is at least 50 . . .   

Traverse the wintry snowdrifts and come out to the third monthly . . .   

Lewiston Winter Farmers Market 
Thursday, January 13th
from 5:00 -7:30 pm
at the  St. Mary’s Nutrition Center on 208 Bates Street


There will be an EBT machine available; so credit and debit cards, in addition to food stamps/WIC transactions are welcome!  

The “Winter Market Cafe” will be serving chili, soup & fresh baked bread; where customers can eat with friends and neighbors while shopping.  

Listen to some great “Bluegrazz” (Bluegrass and Jazz) by local musicians The Tim & Mike Duoor check out the Kids Korner with your children.  

There will be an information table for people interested in learning more about the Great Falls Bulk Buying Club which orders local Maine food and products from Crown O’ Maine Organic Cooperative.