Archive for April, 2012

May is skin cancer awareness month

Friday, April 27th, 2012

As summer approaches there are several reminders to protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, shade, hats, and long sleeves. What does not get mentioned as often is indoor tanning.

Indoor tanning has become very popular among young adult women and teenage girls. Many teens and their parents think getting a tan indoors is safer than tanning in the sun. But the truth is that tanning booths, lamps, or sunbeds emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation, just as the sun does. And any exposure to UV radiation can raise your risk of skin cancer.

UV radiation also causes premature wrinkles, freckles, leathery texture, and loss of elasticity.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and this year alone there will be more then 2 million people diagnosed with squamous cell and basal cell cancers and 70,230 cases of melanoma.

The St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will be promoting skin cancer awareness on May 23, by wearing hats and sunglasses to work.

Living with Diabetes: Insights From a Patient

Thursday, April 26th, 2012


Living with Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle adjustment many people have to make. Rob Coburn, a long-time diabetes patient will share tips and tricks he has learned in his struggle with diabetes.  “Coming to terms with Type 2 diabetes has been a difficult battle,” says Coburn. “I want to use what I have learned to educate those in similar situations.”

Coburn has founded the fund-raising cycling event, Tour de Cure, in Maine. Tour de Cure is a nationwide series of cycling events fund-raising for the American Diabetes Association. The Tour de Cure kicks off in Maine at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm on Sunday, June 3. Before Rob heads out on the road as a member of “Team Type 2” he will be joining the St. Mary’s Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology team for a community presentation. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 6 pm to 7 pm at the St. Mary’s Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology at 15 Gracelawn, Auburn ME. Please register for the event by Friday, April 27 by calling 777-8625.

Sun: How Much is Too Much? A St. Mary’s Skin Cancer Presentation

Thursday, April 26th, 2012



Sun. We’ve been fortunate enough to see a lot of it so far this spring. Many of us have already been digging in the garden, hitting the golf course, or strolling along the beach. We just can’t get enough of warm rays. Some sun exposure is good and necessary for vitamin D production, but how much is too much? Just because you don’t get burned doesn’t mean your skin wasn’t damaged. That damage can lead to skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting more than 3.5 million Americans each year. The good news is it is preventable. Find out more at a presentation by Mahesh Pandey, MD on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm in the Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston. Dr. Pandey is a Hematologist and Oncologist at St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Staff from St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will also be performing free skin sun damage screenings.

To register for Sun: How Much is Too Much, please call 777-8458 by Sunday, May 13, 2012.

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Welcomes a New Provider to its Clinic

Friday, April 20th, 2012



Colleen Tetzlaff, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, AOCNP, will practice at the Clinic at Walmart operated by St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Tetzlaff will join providers Brett Auclair, FNP and Catherine Whitcroft, FNP.

Her previous experience includes working in Family practice, women’s health and oncology specialties in Maine and Vermont.

Tetzlaff earned her bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maine in, Orono, her Masters of Science Nursing from Simmons College in Boston, and is currently a doctoral candidate (DNP) at Simmons College.

She is certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (adult) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (family) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and Advanced Oncology Nurse Practitioner from the Oncology Nursing Certificated Corporation.

The clinic provides convenient, affordable access to basic health care services, seven days a week, with no appointment necessary. The walk-in health clinic is the first owned and operated by St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in a Walmart. The clinic is open for walk-in care weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday 8 am to 6 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.

St. Mary’s is accepting applications for our Junior Volunteer Program

Thursday, April 19th, 2012


Junior Volunteer Program 2011

It’s that time of year again!  We are currently accepting applications for our Junior Volunteer Program.  Students between the ages of 12-17 are encouraged to visit our website print and complete an application and return it to the Volunteer Department. 

We have extended our due date for submitting applications to Friday, May 11, 2012.

Our program runs from June 25, 2012 to August 15, 2012.  All Junior Volunteers are required to participate in our 2 ½ day orientation program scheduled for June 20, 21 and 22, 2012.  If you should have questions or would like more information you may call the Volunteer Department at 777-8369.

Sports Medicine Specialist Joins St.Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Wayne Moody, MD and David Wexler, MD are happy to announce a new addition to the team at St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics. “Bruce Hamilton-Dick, MD is an exceptional orthopaedist who brings a wide range of skills to our practice including sports medicine,” says Dr. Moody.

As part of his vast experience, Dr. Hamilton-Dick was an orthopaedic fellowship consultant to the Boston Red Sox and Worcester Ice Cats  professional hockey club. He was also Director of Sports Medicine for the U.S. Olympic Field Hockey Association during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia and the Director of Sports Medicine at the University of  Connecticut.

Most recently Dr. Hamilton-Dick was a partner at Orthopaedics Associates of Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, New York where he was an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine physician.

Dr. Hamilton-Dick earned his medical degree at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. He performed residencies at Albany Medical College’s Department of Family Practice and Department of Orthopaedics. He is boarded and Sports Medicine Fellowship trained in both family practice and orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Hamilton-Dick’s other specialties include minimally invasive shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle surgeries.

For more information about Dr. Hamilton Dick or St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics, visit us on the  web or (207) 333-4710.  St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics is located at 2 Great Falls plaza (second floor) in Auburn.

Thank You, St. Mary’s Volunteers!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

In 2011, our volunteers donated 41,768 hours of their personal time to improve the services we offer to our residents, patients, and the community.  More than 250 people give their time, talent, and energy to help strengthen the St. Mary’s Community.  Today, Thursday, April 12, a special Gold Mass was held honoring our volunteers followed with a recognition luncheon.

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at St. Mary’s wear Pajamas to work!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Once a year the staff at The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders wear Pajamas to work to spread awareness about cancer treatment and the side effects patients suffer from. Studies have shown that cancer fatigue is a very common side effect and it is not always understood or addressed appropriately. It can be increased from cancer pain, chemotherapy, anxiety or depression, lack of good nutrition, anemia and many other reasons.

Fatigue can last a long time and affects your self care, relationships, your mood, employment status and finally your sense of self worth. Every day normal fatigue may come and go and gets better with rest. Cancer fatigue is much worse and causes patients to feel worn out and weak. Most cancer patients says this is the most distressing side effect they experience.

As a team we want to be able to identify and help patients not only cope but manage their fatigue so we wear our PJs to show our support!


St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Health & Safety Fair

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

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St. Dom’s Hockey Players Lead in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Photo: Left to right: Lee Hixon, Saint Dom’s Athletic Director, and Donald Fournier the school’s Principal, recently presented this donation to Dotty Guild and Evie Taylor of the St. Mary’s Breast Health Program.


Members of Saint Dominic Academy’s boys and girls hockey teams recently put up a spirited fight against breast cancer and in the process raised $1,500 during “pink in the Rink” night. One of the most popular series of contests in the year is when St. Dom’s plays against Lewiston High School. It was this event that became the platform for the student’s statements and fund raising. During the evening nearly 115 players showed their support for the cause by wearing pink jerseys and/or laces and used pink tape on their sticks. Proceeds raised during the evening benefited St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Breast Health Program.