Archive for February, 2012

New Orthopaedist Joins St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012


St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics welcomes David Wexler, MD, FRCS (Tr&Orth). Dr. Wexler’s expertise in the lower extremities compliment the Center’s renown total joint replacement specialist, Wayne Moody, MD.

Dr. Wexler earned his medical degree at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, University Of London in London, United Kingdom. He completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. For the past 10 years he worked at Northern Penobscot Orthopaedics, Millinocket Regional Hospital in Millinocket.

During his 23 years as a surgeon, Dr. Wexler’s training included various subspecialties providing a broad experience. His main focus now is lower limb joint reconstruction including hip, knee, and ankle replacements but he can meet the needs of patients with a variety of orthopaedic conditions.

“We’re so pleased to have Dr. Wexler on our team,” said Dr. Moody. “He adds to our current services and expands our ability to care for additional patients. We are fortunate to have Dr. Wexler joining the Lewiston/Auburn community.”

St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics is located on the second floor at 2 Great Falls Plaza in Auburn. You may reach them at
207- 333-4710.

WorkMed, a Department of St. Mary’s Health System, Would Like to Invite You to an Educational Breakfast

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012


 Workplace Safety Committees:
Why They Are Important & Why Your Office Should Have One

WorkMed, a Department of St. Mary’s Health System, would like to invite you to attend our educational breakfast on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Adela Cifelli of Safety Works will discuss the importance of having a safety committee in the workplace and how to establish a committee at your business.

The breakfast will be held from 7:30 am to 9:00 am in the Potvin Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. RSVP to Kym Grant  or contact her at 207-753-3080. Space is limited! Don’t miss out, reserve your spot today!

St. Mary’s Health System Celebrates their Education Stars

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012









St. Mary’s employees Jason Rosenberg, Therese St. Pierre, Jordon Bosse, and Evie Taylor were part of a recent College for Maine Androscoggin recognition celebration.

These employees are engaged in their own professional growth as well as supporting the growth of others.  They are instrumental in teaching others while enrolled in degree programs modeling for others their belief in lifelong learning! 

Current  Formal Education Pursuits:
University of Phoenix – Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing     
 Teaching Others:    “Í assess the educational needs of my staff and collaborate with the high knowledge personnel in the organization to provide customized education in my department.  Last year, we offered ‘Add Your Voice’ training to all staff.  This year we are going one step forward with an initiative to help us be role models in receiving feedback.  This addresses the #1 recommendation from staff to create an environment where all are comfortable speaking up.”   
Current Formal Education Pursuits:
St. Joseph’s College – Master’s Degree in Nursing Education   
 Teaching Others: “I have been teaching CNA’s and Earn While You Learn Students for the past 12 years. I have been teaching the CNA-Med Tech program through Auburn Adult Education for the last 8 years. I am currently on my second year teaching for Central Maine Community College as an Adjunct Nursing Instructor. My plans are to teach full time in the nursing program once I have completed my degree.”
Current Formal Education Pursuits:
St. Joseph’s College – Master’s Degree in Nursing Education 
Teaching Others: “I do customized workshops as well as 1:1 education for Behavioral staff. We have been trying to address and provide education around various topics that are seen as areas for improvement before a larger issue arises. An example is ‘Care of the Patient in Acute Withdrawal.’ I am also an adjunct clinical faculty member for mental health nursing clinicals for UNE.” 
Current Formal Education Pursuits:
University of Southern Maine – Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing     
Teaching Others: “I encourage and empower others to take initiative in educating themselves and each other. Highlights include:

  • As of Nov 2011, 100% of nurses in department are Oncology certified.
  • Scholarship opportunities promoted to help pursue higher education.
  • All staff encouraged to participate in quality improvement and performance improvement opportunities through the use of research.

Nurses supported to pursue the professional pathway. Five nurses obtained a level 3 or 4 this year.

  • Each nurse is responsible for doing a 30-minute presentation as part of a monthly training rotation.
  • Articles on evidence based changes in the field are distributed to all staff.
  • Involvement in helping to educate others throughout the organization on the safe handling and administration of chemotherapy.
  • Active participant in development of competencies for provider based RN’s and MA’s including a Train the Trainer program and their first skills fair.
  • As President-elect of the local Lakes Region Oncology Nursing Service chapter, we set up and offered education to staff throughout the hospital, neighboring hospitals, and the community on various topics.



























“Never let go of hope” – Update on one of our Haiti Outreach Partners

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

The St. Boniface Haiti Foundation strives to improve life for the poor of Haiti by facilitating access to quality, affordable health care, educational opportunities and community development programs.  Their goal is to create a model of successful, sustainable development in rural Haiti that relies on local leadership and work force and that can be replicated throughout the country. 

Some of their programs, initiatives and services include:

Health Care
Free prenatal and obstetric care
Neonatal care
Malnutrition rehabilitation
TB prevention and treatment
Community health outreach and education
Spinal cord injury rehabilitation and reintegration
Mobile vaccination and vitamin clinics
Cholera treatment center

Scholarships for primary and secondary school students
University scholarship program
Adult education classes
Teacher training
School construction and oversight

Community Development
Community garden
Food for work program
Feeding programs for pregnant and nursing mothers, children and the elderly
Queen of Peace Home for the Elderly (Kay Granmoun)
Fishing village
Water and sanitation projects
Prison outreach

St. Boniface Haiti Foundation has updated its website.  You can check it out at:  www.haitihealth.orgSt. Mary’s is proud to work with and support St. Boniface Haiti Foundation.  Thank you for your generosity!

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Selects New Director of Admissions

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012


St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion recently welcomed Lucinda Houston, RN to the leadership team as the new Director of Admissions.

Lucinda comes to the St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion with extensive clinical experience in medical/surgical, oncology, cardiology and case management. For more than 20 years, she has worked in both the acute and post-acute setting, most recently as an assistant director of nursing in a skilled nursing and rehabilitation environment. Her years of experience, combined with a new vision, will create synergy and opportunity to make our resident experience even more outstanding.

As the largest post-acute care provider in the community, d’Youville Pavilion is committed to providing person-directed care and services and to maintaining a commitment to meeting and exceeding customer expectations in providing excellence, quality and value and care, all the while ensuring our work is guided by caring, compassion and respect.

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Earns a Five-Star Quality Rating!

Monday, February 20th, 2012



St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion has earned the highest quality rating – five out of five stars – from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This national quality rating system was created by CMS to help consumers and their families compare and choose a quality nursing facility.

The rating system is based on health inspections, staffing, and quality measures to achieve an overall rating. Additional stars are earned for excellence in staffing and quality care. A five-star designation means St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion is “much above average” in these categories.

“Among other measures of success,” says Phil Jean, Vice President of Elder Care Services at St. Mary’s Health System, “the Five-Star rating is also a reflection of the strategic initiatives and evidence-based practices at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion which produce quality outcomes and patient satisfaction.”

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion is the flagship component of the elder care services offered through St. Mary’s Health System comprised of a state-of-the-art Rehab Center, and specialized dementia, skilled, and long-term care units. D’Youville provides residents with the most advanced technology and skilled nursing care in the region. More importantly, staff puts forward extraordinary respect, care, and compassion to every resident.

For more information about St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston, please visit and click on “Senior Health” to your left. You may also call the Admissions Office at 753-4807.

Radon and Lung Cancer: Get the Facts

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012


You think you’ve done all the right things to prevent lung cancer: you don’t smoke, you eat well, and you exercise regularly, but have you ever checked your home for radon? Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that the EPA estimates is responsible for 20,000 cases of lung cancer in the US each year. In fact, radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall and the leading cause of lung cancer among individuals whom have never smoked. Find out more about this household danger and how to protect yourself and your family during a presentation by Dr. Yelena Patsiornik, a hematologist and oncologist at St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Dr. Patsiornik will also discuss how to get your home tested. The presentation will be held Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 5:30PM at the Lepage Large Conference Room at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. Registration is required. If you’re interested in attending, please call 777-8458