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Sign up Now for Walk/Jog Class with HealthSteps

Monday, August 24th, 2015

How many steps did you walk today? It is recommended that everyone walk 10,000 steps each. Walking regularly offers a whole host of health benefits including:

• Decreased risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes
• Decreased blood pressure and blood sugar levels
• Improved mental well being
• Decreased risk of osteoporosis
• Decreased body fat

If you’re looking for an individualized form of exercise, walking may be just what the “doctor ordered,” as you choose your pace, your distance, and whether you go it alone or enjoy walking with a friend, a co-worker, or a family member.

Best practice is to start slow, gradually increasing your time and pace over an extended period. As you become accustomed to walking more, your eventual goal should be to aim for 30 minutes a day and a total of 150 minutes a week, to experience the aforementioned array of health benefits; however, remember, don’t get discouraged as any amount of exercise is better than none!

(Left to right) Instructor, Jennifer Smith leads walk/jog crew Rick Dodge, Gert Chasse, Gary Bain, Norm Demers, and Curt Fuller through their morning workout.

(Left to right) Instructor, Jennifer Smith leads walk/jog crew Rick Dodge, Gert Chasse, Gary Bain, Norm Demers, and Curt Fuller through their morning workout.

If you find the heat, rain, or cold Maine winters deter your exercise regime, HealthSteps offers a class called Walk Jog that takes place on the Bates indoor track; so the weather will never be an issue again! You decide whether you want to start right off on your own or walk with the group. If the group is what you choose, a light warm up will take place followed by a walk. Once the time is up for walking, a small strengthening, cool down, and stretching session ends the class. In this 50 minute class, your 30 minutes of daily exercise is more than done!

Hear it from our very own dedicated walkers…

“At 88 years old participating in HealthSteps was the best investment in my health that I could have ever made.” -Normand Demers

“I have been jogging for over 30 years but would not do so outside in the winter months because of the weather. Treadmills were not an option. Fifteen years ago I was introduced to the HealthSteps program, which was a real Godsend since I can now use the Bates College 200m (1/8 mile) track. This track has a Mondo 8 surface, which is the same surface as used on modern day Olympic tracks and very easy on my aging joints.” –Richard Houle

In addition to Walk Jog classes, HealthSteps offers a wide range of other classes with the core membership fee.

For more information or to register, call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit them on the web at: www.stmarysmaine.com. Pre-registration for all programs is required. Call today and start your way to a new healthy lifestyle in which you will feel better, have more energy, meet great people, and enjoy exercise even more!

NEW MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF ST. MARY’S ORTHOPAEDICS

Friday, July 17th, 2015

michael newman hs 2 croppedMichael “MT” Newman, MD was named Medical Director of St. Mary’s orthopaedic service line. The announcement was made today by Lee Myles, CEO and President at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, and Wayne Moody, M.D, who has held the position since its inception.
“Michael Newman is excited to be taking on this role, and will be building on the strong foundation that Wayne Moody has created for the orthopaedic service,” said Myles.
Dr. Moody is the architect behind the hospital’s successful Center for Joint Replacement. During the past five years he has been building a hospital-based orthopaedic practice as a corollary to the Center for Joint Replacement. Dr. Moody personally recruited Dr. Newman to St. Mary’s specifically with this transition in mind. Dr. Moody will continue to support the Orthopaedic service line in a number of ways, including continued Directorship of the Center for Joint Replacement, treating patients in the practice and performing surgery. Furthermore he will continue to promote St. Mary’s orthopaedic services regionally.
Dr. Newman is Fellowship trained in total hip and knee reconstruction. His experience and skills as an orthopedic surgeon include 16 years of active duty Navy service. His last 5 years he served as Chief of Joint Replacement at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, M.D.

St. Mary’s Health System Names a New President and Chief Executive Officer

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

 

Christopher Chekouras Named New President and CEO of St. Mary's Health System

Christopher Chekouras Named New President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health System

St. Mary’s Board Chair Craig Gunderson and Covenant Health President and CEO David Lincoln are pleased to announce that the St. Mary’s Search Committee has chosen Christopher Chekouras of Shamong, New Jersey as the next President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, Maine.

Chekouras is currently Senior Vice President of Post-Acute and Community-Based Services at Virtua, a comprehensive southern New Jersey healthcare system with three hospitals. He will replace St. Mary’s current President and CEO,  Lee Myles, who is retiring in October.

The St. Mary’s Search Committee chose Chekouras following an intensive process with multiple strong candidates. According to Gunderson it was the breadth of Chekouras’ experience which impressed the group.

“Chris brings with him broad acute care leadership skills, including strategic planning, business development, physician and board relations, philanthropy, marketing, finance and operations,” said Gunderson.

“He was an outstanding choice in our mind not only because of his background, but also his proven history of achieving results through effective collaboration, transparent communication and personal accountability.”

“Even better,” said Gunderson, “he shares St. Mary’s values.  We think Chris is a great fit.”

Covenant Health President and CEO David Lincoln is equally positive about the choice.

“We are pleased to have Chris joining the Covenant Health leadership team,” said Lincoln.  “He’s mission-driven and will continue the strong faith tradition at St. Mary’s.”

“Chris brings dynamic energy, leadership skills and innovative ideas that will help clinically strengthen and grow the St. Mary’s system. We’ve made great strides this year, and we look forward to advancing our progress further with Chris at the helm of St. Mary’s.”

Chekouras, who formally begins his new role as CEO on October 5, says he eagerly looks forward to joining the St. Mary’s family.

“I am humbled to be given the opportunity to join St. Mary’s Health System.  It is an honor and a privilege to become part of their team.  Together we will continue to build on the 127-year healthcare legacy of St. Mary’s and the Sisters of Charity of Saint-Hyacinthe.”

 

“The St. Mary’s Search Committee and I are delighted that Chris and his wife Jennifer will be joining the St. Mary’s community,” said Gunderson. “We are looking forward to introducing him to St. Mary’s and the larger community.”

“You can’t help but like him,” Gunderson said, “or feel his energy, creativity and positive approach.”

 

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

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Summer will soon be here. Take this opportunity to join HealthSteps!  Whether you meet us for a walk on the rubberized track, a dip in the pool, or try one of our classes, you are sure to have FUN with your friends at HealthSteps.

Multipurpose Room

TNT (Tone-N-Tighten)

This weighted workout focuses on total body strengthening. It’s also a great way to increase your metabolism!

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 7:05-7:45am

Time to Stretch

Enjoy a full body stretch for relaxation, peace of mind, and an increase in flexibility.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 7:45-8:00am
Pictured Bob Poirier and Marc McPheters jogging next to Rick Dodge, Gert Chasse, Elaine Freeman, Normand Demers, and Grace Trainor as they all participate in HealthSteps' Walk-Jog class conveniently located at the beautiful indoor track at Bates College.

Pictured Bob Poirier and Marc McPheters jogging next to Rick Dodge, Gert Chasse, Elaine Freeman, Normand Demers, and Grace Trainor as they all participate in HealthSteps’ Walk-Jog class conveniently located at the beautiful indoor track at Bates College.

On the Track 

Walk Jog

Enjoy the indoor track at your own pace.  Includes an optional group warm-up, strengthening, cool-down, and stretching.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 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, Fridays, 6:30-7:30am, Wednesdays, 6:05-7:00am

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, Fridays, 6:30-7:15am

Wednesdays, 6:05-6:55am

Senior Fitness

This one-hour class is a safe, fun, and effective workout!  Included are a warm-up, cardiovascular component, resistance training, balance, and flexibility exercises.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 8:30-9:30am

Location: d’Youville Pavilion Resident Dining Room, 102 Campus Ave, 2nd Floor

 Core classes are held in the beautiful Bates College Merrill Gymnasium unless otherwise noted. Classes run from June 1 – August 28.  The cost of a core membership, which includes unlimited access to all of the above classes, is $104.00. Monthly and weekly rates are available as well.

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 at: www.stmarysmaine.com.

New Orthopaedic Surgeon

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

michael newman hs 2 croppedSt. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics welcomes Michael T. Newman, MD. Dr. Newman is Fellowship trained in total hip and knee reconstruction. His experience as an orthopaedic surgeon includes 16 years of active duty Navy service with the last 5 years as Chief of Joint Replacement at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Newman’s specialties include total joint replacement, general orthopaedic surgery, and sports medicine.

“My wife and I are excited to make a home in Maine near family,” said Dr. Newman. “The fact that I also have the opportunity to practice with such high caliber providers as Dr. Wayne Moody, Dr. Daniel Buck and Dr. Mohamed Al-Saied makes the move even sweeter.”

Dr. Newman joins the trusted experts at St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics. With their experience and access to sports medicine, physical and occupational therapies and more, the team provides personalized care patinents deserve before, during and after a procedure.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 333-4700 or visit our website, www.stmarysmaine.com.

St. Mary’s CEO Honored

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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St. Mary’s President and CEO, Lee Myles was bestowed the Maine Legislature’s highest honor. At the St. Mary’s Board of Directors’ meeting last week, Senator Nathan Libby (Androscoggin County) surprised Lee with a legislative sentiment recognizing his contributions to the Lee Libby Recognition 014community throughout his career here.
Sen. Libby also read a letter from Representative Peggy Rotundo who expressed her gratitude to Lee for his years of service, compassion, and commitment to the underserved.

Lee received a standing ovation from theBoard upon acceptance of the sentiment.

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Wales Family Presents Check to St. Mary’s Food Pantry on Behalf of the Taste of the NFL

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Left to right: Joyce Gagnon/Food Pantry Manager, Kirsten Walter/Nutrition Center Director, Simone and Sonia Long, Mia Poliquin-Pross/Manager of Nutrition Center Operations

Left to right: Joyce Gagnon/Food Pantry Manager, Kirsten Walter/Nutrition Center Director, Simone and Sonia Long, Mia Poliquin-Pross/Manager of Nutrition Center Operations

A proud dad bragging about his daughter inspired a generous gift to a local food pantry.  While attending a party hosted by the non-profit Taste of the NFL, George Long of Wales told the event organizer about his daughter’s efforts to support hunger relief in the Lewiston/Auburn area by volunteering at the St. Mary’s Food Pantry.

Max Kittle from the Taste of the NFL was so impressed by George’s daughter’s work the Long family was selected to present a check for $5,000 on behalf of Taste of the NFL to the food pantry.

Through their “Party with a Purpose” fundraisers, the Taste of the NFL rallies the country’s best chefs and the NFL’s greatest players to support hunger relief. Over the past 23 years, the organization has donated more than $22 million dollars to food pantries across the country.

St. Mary’s Food Pantry, part of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, is the largest pantry in Androscoggin County and serves 375 people per week.  It is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 11am at 208 Bates Street in Lewiston.

 

In the photo – Left to right: Joyce Gagnon/Food Pantry Manager, Kirsten Walter/Nutrition Center Director, Simone and Sonia Long, Mia Poliquin-Pross/Manager of Nutrition Center Operations

The Strollin’ Colon

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Strollin colon 2014 016In an effort to raise awareness about cancer during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders brings you “The Strollin’ Colon.” Take a stroll through the “The Strollin’ Colon” on Wednesday, March 25 from 9AM to 11AM at the entrance to the Main Lobby of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center at 95 Campus Avenue in Lewiston.  Inside the Main Lobby, we’ll have experts available to answer your questions about preventing colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer remains the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Despite these staggering statistics, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable, treatable, and beatable forms of cancer, especially when it is caught early.

When Jack Frost Bites

Friday, March 6th, 2015

By Jonathan Libby, DNP, CPNP

CCS Pediatrics

With winter as a way of life here in Maine, parents have to find ways to entertain their children during the long 6 months of a New England Winter.  Children who live in this environment still need to get outdoors and enjoy what our beautiful state can provide. This experience has its inherited risks, namely the cold. Temperatures frequently drop to freezing and below. Add on a wind chill factor and the temperatures can become dangerous. Children frequently don’t pay attention to their bodies until it may be too late. How many children in the summer want to keep swimming despite shivering, the rattling teeth and their blue skin? Same thing happens in the winter with lost gloves, wet clothing, boots full of snow and socks curled up into the toe of the boot. Frostbite can happen to anyone, but especially children who don’t pay attention.

The most common places for frost bite are the hands, feet, nose, ears and cheeks. The symptoms of frostbite are patches of hard white skin, which can be painful, burn, tingle and or feel numb. There can also be blistering.

Frostbite is considered a medical emergency. Evaluation in an Emergency Department is always recommended, but some steps can be taken at home. Rapid rewarming is recommended in a warm tub (104-108 degrees) for 20-40 minutes is the most common method. This method is not recommended if re-exposure to the elements is immediately expected as this leads to increase in skin destruction. Removal of all wet clothing replaced with warm dry clothes.  Be careful NOT to rub or massage the area as this will cause further damage to the skin. Pain medications may be needed as the rewarming process can be very painful. Frostbite can take up to 3 months to full recover. Consultation with your pediatrician is always recommended in case further skin care is needed.

johnathan libby smJonathan Libby, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC is one of the providers in the new CCS Pediatrics practice located at 100 Campus Ave. in Lewiston.

Jonathan has dedicated nearly 20 years of his professional medical career to treating pediatric patients in a primary care setting. He earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and received his Masters in Nursing and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Bachelor degrees from the University of Texas in Galveston.

Jonathan is board certified in primary care pediatrics. He is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Pracitioners and is a clinical preceptor with University of Southern Maine for their Family Nurse Practitioner program.

CCS Pediatrics can care for your child’s needs from birth to age 18. Call us now at 207-755-3160. Same day appointments are available!

 

Know the Signs of a Stroke

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

shuli bonham hs 9-2014 croppedShuli Bonham at CCS Family Health Care wants you to know the signs of a stroke.

Signs that you may be having a stroke:

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes

Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

Sudden severe headache with no known cause

You should never wait more than five minutes to dial 9-1-1 if you experience even one of the signs above. Remember, you could be having a stroke even if you’re not experiencing all of the symptoms. And remember to check the time. The responding emergency medical technician or ER nurse at the hospital will need to know when the first symptom occurred.

Learn more about the effect of heart disease on women by visiting the American Heart Association. Talk to your doctor. If you need a provider call 777-8899. Make an appointment with a Cardiologist (in Lewiston call 777-5300). Learn the warning signs.

‪#‎ListenToYourHeart‬