Archive for October, 2012

Mission Week at St. Mary’s

Friday, October 19th, 2012

This week, October 15 – October 19, 2012 has been designated as our Mission Week. Mission Week is a time when we reflect on our mission, our foundress and our roots. This year we have decided to create a Mission in Action Calendar Raffle to serve as our major fundraiser which raises funds for our Marguerite d’Youville Fund for the Needy. The calendar could not have been created without the incredible generosity of so many employees and local vendors. We thank them for living our Mission through their donations.

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Nurse Earns State Award

Thursday, October 18th, 2012


Kristina Boilard a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston was recently honored at the Blaine House along with eighteen other outstanding caregivers from across the state. Kristina was chosen to receive the Excellence In Long-Term Care Award, from the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. Award recipients are employed in nursing homes, residential care, or home care. Each recipient must demonstrate leadership and dedication to excellence in providing care to elderly and disabled long-term care consumers.

Kristina was nominated by her co-workers and supervisors at d’Youville who describe her as being a “strong resident advocate, always responding quickly to the needs of residents.” They say that “she is very special to residents — always stepping up to the plate in assuring quality of life to the elders she serves.” Examples of Kristina’s dedication were included in her nomination resulting in her selection as an award recipient by a panel brought together by the Ombudsman Program.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Brenda Gallant said that the direct care staff in the state’s long-term care facilities and those working in home care, are often unrecognized for the very important work they do. She said, “Holding the awards ceremony at the Blaine House with Maine’s First Lady participating meant a great deal to the direct caregivers being honored for outstanding work.”

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Bronze Quality Achievement Award

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012


St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that St. Mary’s has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients for at least 90 days with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations. According to Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure treatment guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

“The full implementation of national heart failure guideline recommended care is a critical step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations and prolonging the lives of heart failure patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “The goal of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is to help hospitals like St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and the number of deaths in these patients. Published scientific studies are providing us with more and more evidence that Get With The Guidelines works. Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it. That’s resulting in improved survival.”

“St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program will help us accomplish this by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcome for these patients,” said Roy Ulin, MD, FACC, Medical Director of the Cardiology program at St. Mary’s.

Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps St. Mary’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes. The program includes quality-improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools. This quick and efficient use of guideline tools will enable St. Mary’s to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure. 

St. Mary’s Center for Family Urology is Offering Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

Monday, October 15th, 2012

St. Mary’s Center for Family Urology is offeringfree prostate cancer screenings at their

3:00 – 5:00 PM

In Their New Office Location
99 Campus Avenue – 4th Floor
Light Refreshments and Fun Give-a-ways!

For more information, please call Practice Manager, Liz Hebert at 755-3150.

Our experts treat people of all ages. Come and ask them questions about urological conditions and treatments.

What’s New in Knee Surgery? Plenty!

Friday, October 12th, 2012


Come to a presentation by Dr. David Wexler of St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston.

Dr. Wexler will discuss new technology and procedures that cause less trauma during surgery and leads to a faster recovery. He’ll also talk about how knee replacements last much longer than replacements made just a decade ago. Plus, you’ll have a chance to ask your questions.

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 has included various subspecialties providing a broad experience. His main focus at St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics is lower limb joint reconstruction including hip, knee, and ankle replacement.

Seating for his presentation is limited so please call 777-8481 to reserve your spot today.

Sixth Annual Alive in Lewiston

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Friday, October 26
6:30 to 9:00 pm

A delicious home-style meal featuring local farm ingredients, live Americana music from some of Maine’s best musicians, and a space covered with wall to wall community inspired art? What’s NOT to love about this year’s sixth annual Alive in Lewiston!  A celebration of local food, music and art, Alive in Lewiston has been bringing friends, family and neighbors together each year to enjoy an artful and relaxing evening out while helping to support the community gardening, food access and cooking and nutrition projects of Lots to Gardens and the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center. This years Alive in Lewiston will also coincide with Food Day, a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Hosted at this historic Wallace School Building (home of the Nutrition Center) at 208 Bates Street in downtown Lewiston on Friday, October 26, Alive in Lewiston begins at 6:30 pm and runs to 9:00 pm.  For those eager early birds, tickets are an affordable $15 through the week before the event and $20 at the door.  Kids under 12 are $5 in advance or the night of the event.  For more information or to RSVP please contact 207 513 3844

Hormone Therapy & Breast Cancer

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012


Is This Treatment Right for You? 

Estrogen makes certain types of breast cancers grow. By reducing the amount of the hormone or blocking its effects can reduce the risk of the cancer returning after surgery. That’s where hormone therapy comes in. Hormone therapy medicines can also be used to help shrink or slow the growth of some advanced-stage or metastatic breast cancers.

Mahesh Pandey, MD, a hematologist/oncologist at St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, will explain how hormonal therapy works, the different types of medicines used, and potential side effects caused by the drugs at a free community presentation.

The presentation will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm at Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. Seating is limited so please call 777-8458 to reserve your seat today. Light refreshments will be served.


Eat a Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables for Better Health

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Scientists are frequently reporting new health benefits associated with consuming fruits and vegetables. Eating more fruits and vegetables is an important goal. Nutrition research shows that colorful vegetables and fruits contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals that your body needs to promote health and help you feel great. Accordingly, eating a variety of different colors of fruits and vegetables every day is a great way of meeting this goal. Colors you should be sure to include in your diet daily are:


Blues and purples not only add beautiful shades of tranquility and richness to your plate, they add health enhancing flavonoids, phytochemicals, and antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, vitamin C, folic acid, and polyphenols. These nutrients help your body defend against cancer, reduce the risk of age-related memory loss, help control high blood pressure, and reduce the risk of diabetes complications and heart attacks.


Not only do green vegetables look great and taste wonderful, they are also rich in the phytochemicals (like lutein, zeaxanthin, and indoles) and essential vitamins (folate), minerals, and fiber that keep you healthy. These nutrients protect your eyes, and may reduce the risk of cancerous tumors.


White fruits and vegetables vary from sweet to strong. Vegetables from the onion family, which include garlic, chives, scallions, leeks, and any variety of onion contain the phytonutrient allicin. Research is being conducted on allicin to learn how it may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and increase the body’s ability to fight infections and cancer. Indoles, sulfaforaphanes, and phytonutrients in cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower may also inhibit cancer growth.


The colors of the blazing sun are a must have in your daily diet. Yellow and orange vegetables and fruits contain beta-carotene (which turns into vitamin A), vitamin C, vitamin E, folate (a B vitamin), and bioflavonoids. Research shows that these nutrients reduce the risk for cancer and heart attacks, boost immunity, help maintain good vision, and strong bones/teeth/skin.


When you add deep reds or bright pinks to your daily diet, you are also adding powerful antioxidants called lycopene and anthocyanins. Diets rich in these nutrients are being studied for their ability to fight heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, as well as skin, breast and prostate cancers.

How are you doing? Can you think of ways you could add some color to your plate?