Archive for May, 2012

HealthSteps at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Announces its Summer Core Classes

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

HealthSteps is part of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System. HealthSteps is an award-winning health education and prevention program for adults. At HealthSteps you will get a program that meets the needs of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.

HealthSteps has a wide range of classes with the core membership fee including:

Multipurpose Room

Cardio Mix
This is a great class for people who get bored with exercise! Try everything from step to circuits for a fun calorie burning class.
Mondays, Wednesdays, 7:45-8:15am

Core Strength
Enjoy a great abdominal and lower back workout to help increase core strength and stability.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8:00-8:30am

Time to Stretch
Enjoy a full body stretch for relaxation, peace of mind, and an increase in flexibility.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 8:15-8:30am

TNT (Tone-N-Tighten)
This weighted workout focuses on total body strengthening. It’s also a great way to increase your metabolism!
Mondays, Wednesdays, 7:00-7:45am
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 12:10-12:45pm

NEW! X-Train Interval
Alternate between bouts of high and low intensity exercises for a calorie blasting class. (Please note: low impact options will be provided for all exercises.)
Fridays, 7:15-8:15am

Yogalates on the Ball
Join us for a fusion of yoga and Pilates on an exercise ball to improve coordination and increase flexibility and strength.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 7:15-8:00am

On the Track

Open Track
Enjoy the indoor track at your own pace. Includes an optional group warm-up, strengthening, cool-down, and stretching.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 6:05-6:55am

In the Pool

Lap Swim
Swim at your own pace and enjoy this individualized form of exercise in the 25-meter, 8-lane pool supervised by a certified lifeguard.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:05-7:30am

Aquatic Fitness
Join us for a great workout that’s easy on your joints using the water as resistance! While swimming skills are not needed, a comfort level in both deep and shallow water is important.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30-7:15am

Core classes are held in the beautiful Bates College Merrill Gymnasium and at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Classes run from May 29 – August 31. The cost of a core membership, which includes unlimited access to all of the above classes, is $112.00.

HealthSteps core classes take place in the morning, so you can exercise before you start your day. All instructors are certified and ready to take you through a safe and productive workout no matter what your fitness level. Call today and start your way to a new healthy lifestyle where 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 .

Philip Jean Appointed to the Board of Directors of the American College of Health Care Administrators

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

For more information contact:
Becky Reisinger
Manager, Business Development
American College of Health Care Administrators
(202) 536-5120 ext. 6446


Alexandria, VA – May 25, 2012 – Philip Jean, MBA, CNHA, FACHCA of West Gardiner, Maine was recently appointed District 1 Director of the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) Board of Directors, the nation’s leading professional society of long-term care administrators. He was installed on May 6, 2012 at ACHCA’s 46th Annual Convocation and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mr. Jean is the Vice President of Elder Care Services at St. Mary’s Health System and Administrator at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston, Maine. d’Youville Pavilion is one of the largest nursing homes north of Boston. With a state-of-the-art rehab center, specialized dementia care unit, skilled and long term care, d’Youville provides residents with the most advanced technology and skilled nursing care in the region. More importantly, they offer respect, care, and compassion to every resident.

Mr. Jean has been a member of ACHCA since 2000 and is a Certified Fellow in ACHCA which represents the highest level of achievement within ACHCA. He has served on many national committees including Professional Advancement, Education, and the IT Task Force Work Group. Mr. Jean is currently President of the Maine Chapter of ACHCA and is an exam item writer for the ACHCA certified nursing home administrator exam. As District 1 Director, he will continue to help ACHCA support membership and grow programming in six states including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Celebrating 50 years of excellence (1962-2012), the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today’s long term care administrators and executives. Focusing on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to its diverse membership of administrators from across the continuum of long term care. For more information about ACHCA and the 2012 Convocation, call the national office at (202) 536-5120 or visit

St. Mary’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders is Proud to be the Relay for Life Survivorship Sponsor

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Our Focus is on Living


Up-to-date information to improve your quality of life.


First rate, accredited team including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionist, pastoral care providers, and exercise physiologists caring for people living with cancer.


Informing and educating our patients on treatment and into survivorship through the help of the Oncology Nurse Navigator, Oncology Social Worker, Nutritional Consults and many other supportive programs.









Sun Safety Wear Hats and Glasses to Work Day at St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Thursday, May 24th, 2012


In recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, staff at St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders donned sunglasses and hats for the day.

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion: “Celebrating the Journey”

Thursday, May 17th, 2012


In observance of Nursing Home Week, May 13 to 19, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion is holding a series of events designed to celebrate the lives and relationships of residents, families and staff. The theme of the week is “Celebrating the Journey.”

“Our residents have lived full lives and we want to honor each and every person who has allowed us to journey with them,” said Phil Jean Vice President of Elder Care Services at St. Mary’s Health System and Administrator at d’Youville. “This is a perfect opportunity to involve families, community members, youth, and others in our community who share our respect for the elderly and disabled who live among us.”

This week, d’Youville Pavilion is taking a journey through the decades with residents. Some of the highlights include:

A 1930’s Mother’s Day Tea and Cookies for resident mothers, family members, and staff along with a Mother’s Day game of beano.

On Monday, residents and staff donned 1940’s attire. They also began “decade jeopardy.” Throughout the day a trivia question were posted on each unit (or neighborhood, as they like to call it) and other specified areas. The first person to answer correctly won a prize. Later that day they gathered for a 1940’s version of “The Price is Right.”

It was poodle skirts galore as they celebrated the 1950’s on Tuesday. The “Malt Shoppe” was open for residents to enjoy root beer floats. They even had a chance to spend an evening with Elvis.

On Wednesday, residents and staff will be groovy in their 1960’s inspired bell bottoms and tie dyes. Later, they all enjoyed a choice game of 1960’s bingo.

Bell bottoms will be fitting for the 1970’s too, but they’ll look a little different under the sparkle of a disco ball during a dance party on Thursday. Do the Hustle anyone?

On Friday it’s all big hair and parachute pants for the 1980’s inspired Alumni Day. d’Youville Pavilion will celebrate the end of a wonderful week with a barbecue on the patio for residents, patients, former patients, family members, and staff.

National Nursing Home Week is an annual observance sponsored nationally by the American Health Care Association, based in Washington, D.C. St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion is a 210-bed nursing facility located in Lewiston, Maine. It is one of the largest nursing homes north of Boston and the flagship component of the elder care services offered through St. Mary’s Health System. With a state-of-the-art rehab center, specialized dementia care unit, skilled and long term care, d’Youville provides residents with the most advanced technology and skilled nursing care in the region. More importantly, they offer respect, care, and compassion to every resident.

For more information, please visit and click on “Senior Health.”

Sun: How much is too much” presentation by Dr. Mahesh Pandey of St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Many thanks to go out to the large crowd of participants who attended the “Sun: How much is too much” presentation by Dr. Mahesh Pandey of St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Community members enjoyed learning how different types of skin cancers are caused, and the preventative measures available to decrease their risk. Everyone also had the opportunity to have a free sun damage screening – the line was almost out the door!

St. Mary’s Nurse Earns Breast Health Navigator Certification

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

 The National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) is proud to announce Dorothy Guild from St. Mary’s Breast Health Program has received the designation of Certified Breast Patient Navigator in Imaging and Cancer (CBPN-IC). This certification program validates Dorothy’s knowledge and skills in navigating a breast patient through their breast care/cancer continuum of care. Dorothy Guild’s choice to participate in this certification program shows her personal and professional commitment to providing quality care for her patients. The support of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center toward the continuing education and training of its staff exhibits St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s unwavering commitment to providing excellence in the care of its patients.

Moving a patient through her continuum of breast care or breast cancer care is a complex and highly individualized process. The complexity is significantly reduced with the assistance of a trained navigator. As a certified navigator, Dorothy guides a patient through the breast imaging and breast cancer stages with assistance from her facility’s integrated team members. She ensures her patient receives timely exam results and is scheduled for appropriate follow-up care or the next routine imaging exam.

The National Consortium of Breast Centers promotes excellence in breast health care through a network of diverse professionals. It facilitates collaborative research opportunities on issues of breast health and has developed a set of core measures to define, improve, and sustain quality standards in breast health care programs and for quality performance in all types of breast health care facilities.

To learn more about the Breast Health Program at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, please visit on the web or call 777-4445.

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Wins National Award for Environmental Achievement

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012


St. Mary’s has been honored with a 2012 “Partner for Change, with Distinction” Award from Practice Greenhealth, the national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. The Award is one of the organization’s Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in health care sector.

The Partner for Change, with Distinction Award is a very competitive award that recognizes health care facilities that have achieved improvements in their mercury elimination, waste reduction, and source reduction programs – above and beyond the Partner for Change basic criteria. This includes at least 20 percent recycling, 10 percent or less Regulated Medical Waste, a more extensive sustainability program, and more programs covering a wider range of areas (such as food, energy, water, chemical minimization, and more). These facilities must also show leadership in the local community and/or in the health care sector.

“This Award demonstrates St. Mary’s commitment to (its) community to protect public health and preserve the environment,” said Laura Wenger, RN, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth. “St Mary’s is truly demonstrating leadership for the future of health care.”

As a Catholic healthcare organization, St. Mary’s practices environmental stewardship to create healthy environments for our employees, patients, and community. It earned this prestigious recognition due to its efforts to reduce its electricity, oil, gas, and water consumption as well as promote food sustainability in the community.

St. Mary’s replaced its air cooled chiller with two high efficiency centrifugal chillers contributing to an annual reduction in electricity costs of more than $625,000 even while expanding its facility by approximately 100,000 square feet.

As a result of these reductions St. Mary’s was the first hospital in Maine to earn the prestigious national Energy Star Award. Other facility upgrades led to a 9.5 million

gallon annual reduction in water consumption. Duel fuel boilers give St. Mary’s the ability to track fuel markets and choose between #2 fuel or cleaner burning natural gas.

Through the work of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, with the help of community partners, it has taken a lead role in a sustainability and food access study to learn how to best address the needs of the Lewiston/Auburn area. Additionally, Lots to

Gardens, a youth and community driven program within the Nutrition Center, uses sustainable urban agriculture to create access to fresh food and to nurture healthy youth and a healthy community.

“We are pleased to be recognized for this significant achievement,” said Lee Myles, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health System. St. Mary’s is proud to be a model of how health facilities develop and implement programs to improve the health of our patients, staff and community.”

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Denver, CO, at CleanMed, THE premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability.

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the health care community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, health care systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of health care to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment. Practice Greenhealth is a source of environmental solutions for the health care sector. For more information on Practice Greenhealth, visit

Salad Bar Savvy

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Campus Cuisine, Inc. and Clinical Nutrition support healthy food choices in the Campus Cuisine, Inc. dining room at St. Mary’s.

Choosing the salad bar for lunch or dinner is a great option.  But watch out!  If you are not careful your “healthy” lunch could end up extremely high in calories and full of fat.  Read on for some tips for building a healthier salad.

1. Pile on leafy greens

For less than 20 calories per 2 cups, leafy greens like spinach or romaine lettuce provide a great base to your salad.

2. Load up on plain vegetables

At 25 calories or less per serving, take advantage and load them up on your plate.  Vary your vegetable selection to vary the nutrients.  Vegetables available on the Campus Cuisine salad bar include shredded carrots, grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, zucchini and summer squash, sliced onion, mushrooms, beets, sliced bell peppers, pepperocinis, broccoli, cauliflower, chopped celery and sliced radishes.

3. Add 1 or 2 lean protein selections

Enjoy 1 or 2 scoops of lean protein so you’ll feel full and satisfied after eating your salad. Options include hardboiled eggs or egg whites, kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas, edamame, grilled chicken, diced turkey, diced ham, baby shrimp, and low-fat cottage cheese

4. Limit yourself to one high-calorie “extra”

High-calorie extras can add hundreds of calories to your salad.  While items like sunflower seeds, almonds and raisins are packed with nutrition, they’re also packed with calories.  Be mindful of portion size and choose only one of your favorites for your salad.  Croutons – 100 calories per ½ cup.  Chinese noodles – 150 calories per ½ cup.  Dried cranberries/raisins – 120 calories per ¼ cup.  Shredded cheese – 115 calories per ¼ cup.  Feta cheese – 100 calories per ¼ cup.  Blue cheese crumbles – 150 calories per ¼ cup.  Macaroni salad – 140 calories per ½ cup. Tabouli – 180 calories per ½ cup.  Olives – 40 calories per 8 olives.  Bacon bits – 100 calories per ¼ cup.  Sliced almonds or sunflower seeds – 160 calories per ¼ cup.

5. Go easy on the dressing

One tablespoon of your average vinaigrette is approximately 50 calories.  One tablespoon of creamy dressing is approximately 90 calories. Look for low-calorie or low-fat dressing varieties. Smart dressing selections available at Campus Cuisine include fat-free versions of Italian, ranch, French and raspberry vinaigrette dressings ranging from 15 to 60 calories per 2 tablespoons, or regular balsamic dressing which is 60 calories per 2 tablespoons.  Another low-calorie option to flavor your salad is to use salsa for about 10 calories per 2 tablespoons. Try squeezing a lemon over your salad for almost zero added calories. Balsamic vinegar with a small drizzle of olive oil is also a good choice.


St. Mary’s Celebrates National Hospital Week & Nurses Week

Monday, May 7th, 2012



A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message for the 2012 National Hospital Week (May 6-12): “Making Miracles Happen.”

This year, National Nurses Week coincides with Hospital Week, beginning on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ending on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

“National Hospital Week and Nurses Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” says Lee Myles, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health System, which operates St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. “We’re extremely proud of all of our staff and nurses at the hospital, nursing home, physician practices, labs, and medical buildings. We recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and our communities.”

In keeping with its mission, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is celebrating these occasions through service. On Saturday, May 5, from 8 am to 2 pm, visit us at the Lepage Conference Center for our annual yard sale to benefit Haiti. St. Mary’s Health System has a long-term relationship with St. Boniface Hospital in Fond des Blancs, Pwoje Espwa (Father Marc Boisvert’s orphanage) in Les Cayes, and the Sisters of Charity in Port au Prince. Funds raised through the yard sale go directly to these organizations.

Meanwhile, some of our dedicated nurses will spend the week at the St. Mary’s Food Pantry at the Nutrition Center on Bates Street in Lewiston. They’ve been collecting food and household items to replenish the Pantry’s empty shelves. They will also prepare homemade laundry detergent to distribute to clients. Back at the hospital, the nursing staff is selling 50/50 raffle tickets with proceeds benefiting the Food Pantry. Other events such as an awards tea, guest speakers, and a blessing will take place this week.

St. Mary’s would like to thank its entire staff for the wonderful care they provide to our patients and our community.