Archive for November, 2011

Join St. Mary’s for Some Stress-Reduction Techniques!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Stress Less!

Join us for Stress Less, a group where the focus is learning and practicing stress-reduction techniques as well as engaging in mutual support and discussion. Come learn some very simple tools you can add to your self-care tool box.

The next sessions will be held in the Lobby Conference Room at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center at 93 Campus Avenue in Lewiston on the following dates:


December 13, 2011
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

December 27, 2011
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

These sessions will be particuilarly beneficial to people with chronic health conditions. A special focus in December will be coping with holiday stress and setting positive intentions for stress management in 2012. Contact Maura Clark, LCSW at 777-4446 or for more information.

BIW Donates to St. Mary’s Food Pantry

Friday, November 18th, 2011


Shelby Rossignol and her dad Paul Rossignol delivered 242 pounds of food and $1,758 to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry on behalf of Bath Iron Works where they are employed. Every year BIW employees do a food drive before Thanksgiving to benefit the Pantry. The donation was deeply appreciated. Joyce Gagnon, the Pantry manager, says this is the most challenging year the pantry has ever had trying to fill the shelves.

L-A Internal Medicine Welcomes New Provider

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011


L-A Internal Medicine is pleased to welcome Dmitry Albin, MD. Dr. Albin joins Doctors Kenneth Brodsky, Gary Hatfield, and Paul Raczynski at the practice.

“It is such a privilege to be working with physicians of this caliber,” said Dr. Albin. “I did my research before accepting this position and I was very impressed with these highly qualified providers. Add to that the opportunity to bring my family to this wonderful community. I look forward to being here for a long time.”

Most recently Dr. Albin worked with the Physicians of Central Florida in Mt. Dora, Florida and as hospitalist at Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Leesburg, Florida.

Dr. Albin earned his medical degree from the Kazan State Medical University in Kazan, Russia. He completed his medical residency with the University’s Department of Internal Medicine with a specialty in Endocrinology. He completed an additional residency in Internal Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut, affiliated with Yale School of Medicine. He is Board certified by American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also an active member of American College of Physicians.

To schedule an appointment, please call L-A Internal Medicine at 513-3550. L-A Internal Medicine, which is located at 3 Willow Run in Auburn, is a Department of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

St. Mary’s Recognizes Their Employees Who Have Served Our Country!

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Honor Roll

On this Veterans Day, St. Mary’s Health System ask that you join us in recognizing the men and women who have served our nation in the armed forces over the years.  St. Mary’s especially asks you to join us in honoring our employees and their family members who have served and are currently serving to safeguard our continued freedoms, we offer them our utmost respect and admiration.

Pauline Royal (A2)- USAF Sergeant 1976-1981 

Steve G Pelletier (I.S)- Specialist 4th Class U.S. Army 1973-1979

Michael Keys (I.S)- CPT, AN, USAR, Retired & Captain, United States Army Reserve, (AN; Army Nurse Corps) March 1988 – March 2003, & Maine Army National Guard, (EN; Army Corps of Engineers) October 1975- March 1988, & AS3, US Navy, (Naval Aviation) October 1971 – October 1975

Bob Morgan (ED)- HM2 (Hospital Corpsman); U.S. Navy; January 1967 – October 1970

Peter Beeckel (Sabattus St. Internal Med)- Naval Reserve 1982-1986 & active Navy duty 1986-1991

Melissa Laverdiere (Sabattus St. Internal Med) US navy 1989-1994 Maine Army National Guard 1994-2000

Tami Girardin (Therapeutic Activities) – SP4 (E4) Field Medical Specialist U.S Army 1983 – 1986

Mark Allen (A3)- MM1/SW, US Navy, 1979-1987, US Navy Reserve, 1987-2001 & 2001-2003 US Navy, 2003-2005, US Navy Reserve

Lindy McCallum (4 East)- CTM2 Us. Navy September 1989 – November 1994

Micheal Varney (son of Marissa Varney 4 East) – Senior Master sergeant US Air Force July 1995-present

Jonathan Torres MD (Workmed)- Captain, United States Air Force, Active Duty, 1990-1993

James C. Bloomer (Workmed)- EWC (SW), US NAVY June 15, 1967 – March 11, 1971 & October 25, 1975 to March 31, 1992

Gregory A. Kellough (Workmed)- Captain, US Army Reserve  January 1983 – January 2009

Eugene Lacour (Housekeeping)- U.S. Coast Guard, Rank FN-EN 1963-1969

Paul Fontaine (Housekeeping)- U.S. Army, Rank E6 Staff Sergeant 1963-1973

Norm Gagnon (Housekeeping)- Specialist 4th class Army 1969-1971

Robert Moody (Housekeeping)- Reserves instructor Army 1966-1969

Daniel Gervais (Housekeeping)- E5 Sergeant Army Reserves 1973-1985

Henry Sirois(Housekeeping)- Navy 3rd class petty officer October-12-1979 – April-19-1982

Keith Scribner (Hospitality/ Nutrition Services)- US Navy E8 (Senior Chief Mess Specialist) 1981- 2005

Marc L. Cyr (Hospitality/ Nutrition Services)- Master Sergeant, Military Branch: Active Army and Army Reserves September 6th 1977- September 6th 2011

Tracey Rancourt (Communications)- E-2 United States Coast Guard, April 1983- January 1985 (My husband is also a 27 year veteran in the Maine Army National Guard)

Joseph J. Morlano (son of Rob Morlano- Security)- Lance Corporal, U.S. Marines December 2008-present

Caroline Cote (Transitional Rehab)- US Army Military Police USMA WestPoint Active Duty Specialist 4 1984 -1986

Debra P. Pelletier (D3)- SFC U.S. Army Reserves June 25 1985- December 31 2005

Billie DeRouse (D3)- US Army, AGR 1974-1994

Michael Horton (Ultrasound)- RDMS Air Force from December 1982 – January 2003, retired as Master Sgt.

Frances Horton (Endoscopy)- Active Duty December 1986 – December 1989 & Active Reserve 2 years Air Force as Tech Sgt January 1990 – September 1991

Suzanne Wright (Orthopedic Practice)- E-4 Sgt USAF from Febuary-19-80 to April-18-1984

Alma Aranda (Physical Therapy)- Chief Petty Officer (E-7); Branch:  United States Navy July 10, 1989- Present (United States Navy Reserve) 

Cassandra C Phillips (Physical Therapy)- Spc, E-4 US Army Reserve January 1989- January 1996

Tracie Banville (D4)- SK3 in active duty USN and USNR July 1993-May 1996

 Kathern Cichon (Case Management)- Air Force Medic, Retired as Sgt 1968.

Donna Gosselin (Nursing Administration)- First Lieutenant, US Army, served 1993 – 1997

Debra Berube (Inservice)- SP4 (Specialist 4) U.S. Army 1985-1989

Jeremy Cotton (son of Tina Dumas-Patient Access)– PFC United States Army, 6-30-2010 – present currently serving in South Korea

Nicholas Masse (Son of Kit Davis- Human Resources)- CTT Seaman (Cryptologic Technician, US Navy December 2008- present)

Christopher Masse former Materials Management employee (Son of Kit Davis- Human Resources) –Linguist Specialist, US Army August 2009-present

Richard Lussier (Maintenance)- PFC, US Air force/US Army & NH Air National Guard 1981 – 1991

Stephen M Akers (Maintenance)- PFC US ARMY 1968 – 1970

 The following are some responses we received from our fellow co-workers in support of Veteran recognition:

“GREAT idea!  Thanks for doing this!!!” – Lorrie Potvin, Planning and Marketing

“Thanks for sending out that e-mail” -Marc Cyr, Hospitality/ Nutrition Services

“Just want to that I think this is a wonderful thing you are doing to honor our veterans!  Thank You!” –Debra Perkins, Development

“Thanks for recognizing the Veterans on this special day!” – Tracey Rancourt, Communications

 We would like to thank all Veterans today who have served our Country!


St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Caregiver Honored

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011


Celebrating Excellence Award recipient, Colleen Michel, (left) and First Lady Ann LePage.

Colleen Michel, Staffing Coordinator at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston, recently received the 2011 Celebrating Excellence in Caregiving Award during a recognition ceremony held at the Augusta Civic Center. First Lady Ann LePage joined the Maine Health Care Association (MHCA) to present the awards. In congratulatory remarks, she noted, “I know you are all here today because this is more than “work” to you; it’s a calling but I also know how hard your jobs can be and I appreciate your commitment.”

Sponsored by MHCA, the Celebrating Excellence in Caregiving Award is given annually to a number of long term care employees statewide who have consistently exemplified a commendable level of caregiving, dedication, and professionalism in caring for the state’s elderly and disabled citizens living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Colleen Michel was one of twelve caregivers statewide who received the honor this year. “This is well deserved recognition for Colleen,” says Phil Jean, Vice President of Elder Care Services. “Colleen is well respected by peers, elders, and family members for her ‘can-do’attitude, customer service, and positive attitude.”

The Celebrating Excellence Award is designed to thank and honor Maine’s long term care employees who spend their days and nights caring for others. To be considered, nominees must meet certain criteria, including consistent quality of caregiving, attention to residents’ rights, leadership among peers, and ability to inspire others through example. Nominations for the award were submitted by long term care facilities statewide and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges with long term care expertise.

According to MHCA President and CEO Richard Erb, “Maine’s direct care and support staff provide compassionate quality care, and in many cases fill a family role for long term care residents and consumers each and every day. This luncheon and awards program are a tribute to their dedication and our way of saying thank you.” MHCA is a nonprofit trade association representing 250 long term care providers statewide including nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Come to the Book Signing this Thursday in St. Mary’s Lobby!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Come to the book signing and meet author Marguerite Stapleton and photo historian Annette Bourque.

Thursday, November 10
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

St. Mary’s Lobby
93 Campus Avenue

You can purchase the books during the signing or after at the St. Mary’s Gift Shop.  Cost is $18.90

Winter Farmers Market at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center in Lewiston is Back!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Advocates for Children Donates Hats to St. Mary’s

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

From left to right: Senator Margaret Craven, Bobbie Olsen, RN, Gillian Bourassa, Advocates for Children, Ashley Henderson, RN holding newborn Noella Nadine Morgans, and Karen Johnson, RN Case Manager.

Advocates for Children and Senator Margaret Craven recently delivered purple hats to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center. The hats, which were handmade by numerous Advocates for Children volunteers, will be given to each baby born at St. Mary’s in November. The purple caps are part of a national campaign to increased awareness of the Period of PURPLE Crying, a normal period in an infant’s development when they cry more than any other time. This period can be very frustrating to parents and caregivers and can be the trigger for shaking and abuse. The Period of PURPLE Crying campaign promotes bonding, coping strategies, and other vital parenting skills.

Lots to Gardens and St. Mary’s Nutrition Center Will Be Offering Evening and Weekend Canning Workshops

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Lots to Gardens and the Nutrition Center will be offering evening and weekend canning workshops for November and December for those who could not make our weekly sessions during the summer.   All participants leave the class with at least one canned good.

Scroll down for dates and topics!

To register for any of these workshops please contact 207-513-3848 


 How to Pressure Can!
Saturday, November 5
12:00 – 3:00 pm

Join Kathleen Martin MD, master canner, for a fun educational class on how to pressure can. Learn easy safe ways to use a pressure canner and accessible recipes you can try at home.  The class will prepare and can a vegetable soup.

Class will be $10 per person


Basics of Water Bath Canning- Pickles, Tomatoes, Jams
Wednesdays,  November 30, December 7, and December 14
6:00 -9:00 pm

Join Sherie Blumenthal, Food Access Coordinator from the Nutrition Center, to learn the basics of water bath canning. Sherie has been canning for ten years and teaching weekly sessions at the Nutrition Center for two. This three part series will review the fundamentals of how to safely water-bath can products in your home. Come for all three sessions or just one and make something you can share with your family and friends.

Class will be $10 per person per class or  $24 for all three classes


Holiday Canning Class
Saturday, December 10
12:00 – 3:00 pm

Master Canner Kathleen Martin MD will share her favorite holiday recipe and teach participants the safe, easy way to waterbath can the recipe for holidays. Each participant will leave with a jar to share with their family and friends for the holiday.

Class will be $10 per person

WorkMed Can Help You Protect Yourself While Traveling

Tuesday, November 1st, 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.