Archive for November, 2012

Brann & Isaacson Attorneys and Counselors at Law Donate to St. Mary’s Food Pantry

Friday, November 9th, 2012



Diane McIntire (left) and Diane Greene (center) from Brann & Isaacson Attorneys and Counselors at Law recently made a donation to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center in Lewiston. Pantry Manager Joyce Gagnon (right) accepted a check for $179.00 and 107 pounds of food (valued at $214.00) on behalf of the Pantry. Gagnon reports the shelves have been particularly bare this year as the needed for emergency food assistance has increased and this donation is greatly appreciated.

St. Mary’s Recognized for Efforts to Prevent the Flu

Thursday, November 8th, 2012


St. Mary's Regional Medical Center Recognized for Efforts to Prevent the Flu - 93 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine

Staff at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston accepts a recognition plaque from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 85 percent of the hospital’s employees received a flu vaccination during the 2011-2012 influenza season.

Health care personnel are the first line of defense in diagnosing, treating, and preventing the spread of influenza. The Maine CDC and St. Mary’s support all efforts to ensure the health care personnel are kept safe and healthy, so they can do their important jobs. Vaccination of all healthcare workers protects vulnerable patients against the flu and is an important component of a patient safety program.

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Receives Innovation Award

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012



St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston recently received the 2012 Celebrating Excellence in Innovation Award during a recognition ceremony held at the Augusta Civic Center. Sponsored by the Maine Health Care Association (MHCA), the Celebrating Excellence in Innovation Award is given annually to long term care providers that have designed and implemented an outstanding program that has demonstrated success in improving resident quality of life/care, enhancing employee development and relationships or engaging community members or groups in facility life. St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion was recognized for its Fall Prevention Program.

St Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion partnered with the MaineHealth Fall Prevention Workgroup. The collaboration was an effort to reduce incidents of falls and fall related injuries.

“The primary goal of the committee was fall reduction, to protect those that we care for, and reduce/prevent future incidents from occurring,” said Phil Jean, Vice President for Elder Care Services at St. Mary’s Health System and d’Youville Administrator. “The program was designed to enhance quality of life for these individuals and protect them from harm. The goal included determining patterns and opportunities for improvement through detailed root cause analysis of each fall incident and incorporating these reviews as part of the facility’s performance improvement/quality process.”

To be considered, nominees must meet certain criteria, including demonstration of a best practices approach and tangible results to show that the creative ideas and practices have contributed to resident quality of life and care. Nominations for the award were submitted by long term care facilities statewide and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges with long term care expertise.

According to MHCA President and CEO Richard Erb, “Maine’s long term care facilities provide compassionate quality care on a daily basis. Providers are genuinely committed to trying new approaches and techniques to better serve their residents. This luncheon and awards program are a tribute to their dedication and our way of saying thank you – we appreciate your efforts in the pursuit of innovation.” MHCA is a nonprofit trade association representing 250 long term care providers statewide including nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion focuses on three distinct areas of care. 1) Long-term residential care with daily nursing care, social activities, and pastoral services to provide individualized care to residents. 2) A safe and secure living are to meet the needs of people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. 3) The Rehab Center which helps patients who are discharged from the hospital but may require additional therapy or education before returning home.

For more information about St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, please visit d’Youville Pavilion on the web.