Archive for June, 2012

Pamela L. Sirois RN, MSN, Adult Nurse Practitioner at St. Mary’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology Participated in a Maine Public Broadcasting Program

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Pamela L. Sirois RN, MSN, Adult Nurse Practitioner at St. Mary’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology was invited to participate in a Maine Public Broadcasting “Maine Calling” program on diabetes last Wednesday (6/20).

On the panel with her were a physician and diabetologist. The physician was Dr. Daniel Nadeau, Medical Director, Diabetes and Endocrinology Associates of York Hospital and author of The Color Code: A Revolutionary Eating Plan to Optimum Health.

The diabetologist was from our sister hospital in Bangor. His name is Dana Green PA-C/Diabetologist. He is Director of the St. Joseph Diabetes Institute of Behavioral Medicine, St. Joseph Endocrinology in Bangor, Maine.

If you are interested in hearing the program, you may find it at this link:

Our congratulations to Pam for this professional recognition.

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety

Thursday, June 14th, 2012


Washington, DC, June 12, 2012 St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSMwas calculated under the guidance of the group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

“We are pleased to be recognized for this significant achievement,” said Lee Myles, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health System. “This could not have been accomplished without the support of our Board of Directors and all staff who have been so diligent in following safety protocols, keeping our patients health a number one priority.” 

“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”

To see St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit, the Hospital Safety

ScoreSM website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Relay for Life Team Will Be Walking In Honor of Their Cancer Patients

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

The American Cancer Society will be holding its annual Relay for Life on June 16-17. The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders has formed a team and will be walking in honor of all their cancer patients. Relay for Life is an overnight team walking event to support local American Cancer Society programs, services, education and advocacy efforts. The event consists of teams of co-workers, families,neighbors and youth coming together for 16 hours to take turns walking the track to raise awareness and funds. At least one member of the team is on the track throughout the event. Teams set up campsites and stay for the entire program. The spirit of the Relay is truly amazing.

The event includes celebrating cancer survivors and caregivers, lots of entertainment, and fun activities throughout the night. If you or someone you know is a cancer survivor or caregiver, please invite them to attend Relay. Registration will be at the event starting at 3pm.

On June 16th, at 9:30pm we will hold our Luminaria Ceremony. This is a time for us to honor and remember those touched by cancer. Candle lanterns remembering those lost, and honoring those fighting cancer are lit in an unbroken circle around the track. Each person honored or remembered will have their names read out loud. It is a beautiful and touching ceremony.

If you have any questions about Relay for Life or would like more information on how to get involved, please contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

We Relay to create a world with more cancer survivors.

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Earns Award for Reducing Patient Rehospitalizations

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, in Lewiston, Maine recently earned the prestigious 2012 Innovation Award from LeadingAge.  LeadingAge is a national association representing 5,500 nonprofit aging-services organizations.  Its members are dedicated to providing the services that people need, when they need them, in the place they call home.   The Association recognized d’Youville Pavilion for its efforts and best practices to reduce patient rehospitalization rates. 

In 2010, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion embarked on a journey to reduce patient readmissions to the hospital. The process started with comparing existing practices against industry evidence‐based standards. A weekly work group was created to review hospital readmissions and to develop an action plan that would change processes and outcomes, improving the quality of care.

As a result of d’Youville Pavilion’s system quality project, its rehospitalization rate went from 16% in 2010 to 8.12% in the first quarter of 2012.  This endeavor has been a great success and efforts continue to grow with further partnerships, physician to physician communication, and improving the facility’s ability to analyze data. 

“Our learning, failures, innovations, and evolutions have reduced the number of patients requiring transfer to hospital for treatment,” said Phil Jean, VP of Elder Care Services for St. Mary’s Health System and d’Youville Pavilion’s Administrator. “Recognition of success from LeadingAge helps create a sense of accomplishment that is critical to sustainability of practice change. In working to achieve reduced hospital readmissions, we have also improved patient care and satisfaction.”

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, a 210-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitative nursing canter, is the flagship component of the elder care services offered through St. Mary’s Health System. With a state-of-the-art rehab center, specialized memory impairment unit, skilled and long term care, d’Youville Pavilion 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.  The LeadingAge recognition follows other recent accolades. St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion earned the highest quality rating – five out of five stars – from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Maine Health Care Association’s (MHCA) Celebrating Excellence in Quality Award, the MHCA’s Celebrating Excellence in Innovation Award, and Dorland Health Silver Crown Award Honorable Mention.

For more information, please visit us on the web.

St. Mary’s Cancer Program Earns Accreditation with Commendation

Friday, June 1st, 2012


St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders has earned a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

“The team at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders always strives to provide the best care and quality outcomes for our patients,” said Karen Clark, the Vice President of St. Mary’s Physician Network who oversees the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. “This Accreditation with Commendation is a testament to their success in providing that high level of care.”

Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:

· Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment

· A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options

· Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

· Access to cancer-related information, education, and support

· A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up

· Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care

· Quality care, close to home

A facility receives a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following the onsite evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.

The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.

The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society, the CoC provides information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program. This information can be found on the American Cancer Society’s web site at and through their Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345.

For more about St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, please visit us on the web.