Archive for March, 2012

Would You Like to Join St. Mary’s Behavioral Services Patient and Family Advisory Committee?

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Have you or a loved one been a part of St Mary’s Inpatient or Outpatient Behavioral Services? We would like to invite you and/or your family to join our Behavioral Services Patient and Family Advisory Committee. Our group meets monthly with a common goal of improving the patient and family experience at St. Mary’s. For more information please email Jason.

St. Mary’s Development Office hosted Shamrocks and Shenanigans

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

St. Mary’s Development Office hosted Shamrocks and Shenanigans on Saturday, March 17 at Martindale Country Club in Auburn.  The guests, many adorned in celebratory green attire, enjoyed an array of St. Patrick’s Day activities.    

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s cancer program is the recipient of the event’s proceeds grossing over $36,000. Under the direction of the newly hired nurse navigator and oncology social worker the money will be used in support of patients who need help with prescription drug costs, transportation to and from appointments, and the purchasing of educational materials for patients and their families.

A heartfelt “thank you” goes to the event’s sponsors, donors, and volunteers. With their support, and that of the evening’s guests, the event was marvelous success!

Pink & Blue Event at St. Mary’s

Monday, March 26th, 2012


 A His and Her Health Event

With the debate over when to be screened for certain cancers such as prostate and breast, how do you know what’s best for you? Get educated during a Pink & Blue event at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center! On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, urology expert Dr. Michael Parker and breast cancer expert Dr. Marsha O’Rourke share their knowledge about the diseases. Learn what current tests are available, new trends in treatment, and ways to cut your risk of developing cancer. Come to an event customized for a husband and wife team and learn how to protect yourself by asking your questions to the experts.

Join us!

Pink & Blue
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Lepage Conference Center
99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston

Need more incentive? Revelation Massage is providing free chair massages!

To register for this event, please call 777-8458 by April 16, 2012.

Lose with Me!

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012


Want to lose some weight? Don’t go it alone, let HealthSteps, an award winning health education and exercise program, help you. Join them for Lose with Me! a 12-week session focused on helping you obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Classes are taught by registered and licensed dietitian Jamie Pepin and exercise physiologist, Jennifer Smith.

Jennifer Smith, MS, an exercise physiologist and nationally certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and speed coach will provide recommendations to get you on your feet and moving, using safe and effective exercise routines specifically designed for your body. She’ll help you identify your barriers to exercise and brainstorm strategies to overcome such obstacles. She’ll also work with you to set goals beyond the 12-week program.

Jamie Pepin, MS, RD, LD, a registered dietitian will help you review your eating behavior and instruct you as to how your eating habits affect your metabolism. She’ll teach you the skills you need including reading food labels, meal planning, portion control, and more to keep you eating healthy.

So, if you’re looking to lose weight as a part of building a healthier lifestyle for you and/or your family then, Lose with Me! is the program for you!

Class Time: Wednesdays, 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
April 4 – June 20
Location: WorkMed Conference room, Auburn Medical Building, 15 Gracelawn Road, Auburn
Cost: $99

Registration required 777-8898 or

HealthSteps is part of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System.

Call today and start your way to a new healthy lifestyle in which 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.


How’s Your Breathing?

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Often, when we feel stressed, we are unaware of how we are breathing.  Shallow, chest breathing can compound feelings of stress and anxiety.  Increased awareness of one’s breath is a good first step to reducing stress in an immediate way, and simple breathing exercises can be done anywhere, anytime. Try this breathing technique the next time you feel stressed or anxious. It is one of many techniques that Maura Clark, LCSW teaches in the twice monthly group Stress Less at St. Mary’s.

4-7-8 Breath

For this technique, you will breathe into your abdomen.

1. Stand, sit or lie down with your spine comfortably straight.

2. Breathe in through your nose and down into your belly. Breathe in slowly, fully, and comfortably to a count of 4.

3. Hold your breath for a count of 7.

4. Then exhale through your mouth to the count of 8.

5. At the end of your out-breath, push your stomach muscles back toward your spine and up, to completely empty your lungs of air.

6. Repeat this sequence 4-5 times in the morning before your day begins, and then again at night before going to sleep.

Stress Less, a group where the focus is learning and practicing stress-reduction techniques as well as engaging in mutual support and discussion.  The sessions are held in the St. Mary’s Development Office Conference Room on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Second Tuesday – 10:00 am to 11:15 am
March 13, April 10, May 8, and June 12

Fourth Tuesday – 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm
March 27, April 14, May 22, and June 26

Contact Maura Clark, LCSW at 777-4446 or email for more information and to register.

New Orthopaedist Joins Dr. Wayne Moody at St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics

Monday, March 12th, 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 join 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 training included various subspecialties providing a broad experience.  His main focus now is lower limb joint reconstruction.

“We’re so pleased to have Dr. Dick on our team,” said Dr. Moody.  “He expands the scope of our service. We have our patients covered from their ankles to their shoulders.” 

With Dr. Wexler on board, it’s now easier to get an appointment at the practice.  St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics is located at 2 Great Falls Plaza in Auburn.  You may reach them at (207) 333-4710.

Advice from Our Sleep Specialist

Friday, March 9th, 2012

 A simple hour change during Daylight Saving Time can translate into sleepless nights and tired, cranky days for kids.  Dr. Thaddeus Shattuck, a behavioral and sleep specialist at St. Mary’s Center for Sleep Disorders has some suggestions to ease the transition for children and their parents.

Getting ready for Daylight Saving

  • shift your child’s schedule gradually. Put them to bed 15 minutes earlier every night starting 4 days prior to March 11 (so starting now!)
  • Open the curtains and let the sunlight in soon after waking and avoid evening light 
  • avoid exercise after 5 PM
  • avoid napping
  • consider use of melatonin—but keep in mind you need to use it 4 hours before new target bedtime to be effective
  • shift will likely be harder for children and adults who are “night owls.”

Dr. Shattuck earned his Masters in Public Health from The Dartmouth Institute and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire.  He completed his Fellowship in Sleep Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.  He did his residency in psychiatry at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was a chief resident in his final year of training.

Dr. Shattuck is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  He is board certified in Psychiatry and board-eligible in Sleep Medicine.

Living Arts Living Well Series took place at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion

Friday, March 9th, 2012

On Thursday March 8, the second session of the Living Arts – Living Well Series took place at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion. Sponsored by the UNE-MGEC, Cultural Resources and d’Youville Pavilion, Living Arts is a four part seminar concentrating on the connection between healthy aging and art.

This session featured Tom Cote, master Acadian woodcarver, and his apprentice, granddaughter Ellyzabeth Bencivnga. Their presentation included the history and practicality of learning the art. Their beautiful pieces have been displayed in museums all over the country.