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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

St. Mary’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology Reaccredited

St. Mary’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology has recently renewed its status as an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This allows residents in central Maine increased access to critical diabetes education services.

“The accreditation is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and depth of knowledge of our staff,” said Irwin Brodsky, MD, the Medical Director at St. Mary’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. “Our team includes experienced nutrition and diabetes management professionals many of whom are certified diabetes educators.”

Diabetes education as a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. It is provided by diabetes educators.

“Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE’s accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program.  “St. Mary’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.”

St. Mary’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology is located at 963 Sabattus Street in Lewiston.  For more information, please call the office at 777-8625 or visit

The Strollin’ Colon Presented by St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The Strollin' Colon

In an effort to raise awareness about cancer during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Dempsey Center are teaming up to bring you “The Strollin’ Colon.”

Take a stroll through the “The Strollin’ Colon” on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 4PM to 7PM at the Auburn Mall (by TD Bank), 550 Center Street in Auburn.    Also on hand will be hematologist/oncologist Mahesh Pandey, MD from St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.  At 5:30PM, Dr. Pandey will talk about what colorectal cancer is, how it develops, who should get tested and when, and ways to prevent the disease.  Next, a colon cancer survivor will share his experience coping with the disease.

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.

World Day of the Sick

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

New Mind Body Program!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

St. Mary’s is now offering a Mind Body Program for anyone who has or has had cancer. The program focuses on relaxation techniques, nutrition, increasing energy, improving physical and emotional side effects of cancer and its treatment and to promote healing.
The Program Includes:
- Initial Consultation (usually covered by insurance)
- Ten Weekly Group Sessions
- Educational and Reference Materials
- Relaxation CD
Cost: $300 (Assistance with payment may be available to those who qualify.)
**We have a special discounted cost of $150 for individuals who agree to participate in the pilot program!

The Program is run by Anne Brown, MD of St. Mary’s Medical Associates. Dr. Brown received special training in integrated Medicine and is a cancer survivor.

To register for this program or for more information, please call Dr. Anne Brown at 777-8810 or email:

Couch to 5K!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Have you ever thought about participating in a 5K or have you ever wondered what one is?

First, a 5K is approximately 3.1 miles. For those of us who break into a sweat just thinking about having to run, the thought of jogging a 5K might seem unattainable. The truth is it’s easier than you might think.

The key is start slow and gradually progress. The issue most could-be runners face is they start out too fast and go too far leaving them sore and feeling less than motivated in the days to come. If this is you, we can help!

We’ll provide you with a doable program in which you can gradually progress your distance, alternating between walking and jogging, and you don’t have to worry about speed –phew!

In just 9 short weeks, you could be ready for your first 5K! We don’t want to rush you though. So if you feel you need to repeat a week of the training program, we’ve built in an extra week for that as well.
This program runs from February 24 to April 25. We will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings starting at 6:05am at the Bates College Merrill Gymnasium indoor track. Each session will take 20 to 30-minutes. Optional group warm-up, cool-down, and strengthening is available.

If these days don’t work for you, you can still participate in the program at the indoor track on Tuesday and Thursday mornings any time between 6:05-6:55am.

The program cost $55. You may register by calling 777-8898. HealthSteps is part of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System.

St. Mary’s ER Takes a Different Approach to Caring for Mental Health Patients

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Maine Public Broadcasting has been doing a series on the treatment of behavioral illness in Maine. One of the first stories in the series was a positive story about the St. Mary’s Behavioral Emergency Department. Congratulations to Dr. Michael Kelley and his team!

Read (or listen) here:

Lots to Gardens Honored with Outstanding Community Dedication Award

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Pictured are Kandie Desell of MAIN (left) presenting the November 2013 Outstanding Community Dedication Award to Annie Doran of Lots to Gardens, St. Mary’s Nutrition Center.

The Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods (MAIN) recently awarded Lots to Gardens with its Outstanding Community Dedication Award. The award ceremony took place at a MAIN meeting, last month at St. Mary’s B-Street Health Center in Lewiston.

MAIN is an all-volunteer coalition of individuals and organizations created in 1980 as a statewide voice for low to moderate income concerns. “With this award we are hoping that by recognizing people in their own communities it will empower them to know they can make changes at the statehouse and in their own neighborhoods to effect positive change,” said Kandie Desell, a MAIN leader. “The fact that Lots to Gardens engages youth is also very important to us,” added Desell.

Lots to Gardens is a youth and community driven program of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center that uses sustainable urban gardening to provide opportunities for people to grow their own food, create access to affordable fresh food, and to involve youth as leaders in building a healthy community. The program helps families develop skills and build influence for lifelong and community-wide change. Since 1999, Lots to Gardens has built more than a dozen gardens and green spaces in four diverse neighborhoods in Lewiston.

Annie Doran, Youth Programs Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the program. “It’s wonderful to be accepting an award from a room full of people who truly understand the power our local youth and community have, and take the time to recognize our work. Lots to Gardens is in its 15th year of programs. There are now thousands of youth and adults who have raised vegetables in garden plots across the city and by doing so, raised their voices to express every person’s right to healthy, affordable food,” said Doran.

For more information about MAIN, see MAIN (Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods) on Facebook, and to learn more about Lots to Gardens, St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, see

De-Stress for the Holiday – Join Us for a Free Yoga Class

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Bring some inner peace and relaxation to yourself during this the bustling holiday season. Join HealthSteps for a free Yoga Flow class! In exchange for the class, donations to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry would be welcomed and appreciated. This mixed-level flow class is open to new and experienced students. It is an excellent way to have fun while improving your overall health, well-being, strength, flexibility, and posture. Join us for a rejuvenating hour of yoga to balance the mind, body, and spirit while helping a good cause.

The class takes place on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 9:00 am to 10:00am in the Lepage Large Conference Room at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. The instructor is Tisha Bremner.

All proceeds benefit the St. Mary’s food pantry, which has been providing emergency food assistance to residents of the greater Lewiston/Auburn area for more than 20 years. The St. Mary’s Food Pantry relies solely on charitable donations. The dedication of our Food Pantry volunteers and the generous support of our donors are essential to performing the vital task of feeding the hungry among us.
HealthSteps is one of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System. For more information or to register, please call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit them on the web at:

Ready to Ski and Snowboard?

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Before you hit the slopes for ski and snow boarding season, make sure you are ready and conditioned. Join Dr. Bruce Hamilton-Dick, Medical Director of Sports Medicine at St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics, and Athletic Trainer, Jeff Eckhouse for a small group training session. You will be doing floor exercise activities, so please wear something comfortable and appropriate gym shoes. Two sessions will be held on at the Lepage Conference Center at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston, Maine on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. The beginner’s session will be held at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. For individuals with more experience, join us from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm. Each session is limited to ten participants to maximize the training benefits. To register for this free session, please call 777- 8481.

Good Food, Great Cause! Sign up for Fast & Fresh CSS!

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Become a member of the Fast & Fresh CSS (Community Supported Supper) before November 11, 2013! Real convenient, real good food, great cause! Read more for details!

Area teens are campaigning for increased consumption of healthy food in schools!  Youth working with the Nutrition Center’s Lots to Gardens Program started a Youth Campaign Crew. The goal for the 8 Lewiston area teenagers is to develop and run a year-round campaign to engage their peers, younger children, and school administrators in working toward increasing the consumption of healthy food in their schools. 

How can you help? Become a member of our Fast & Fresh CSS (Community Supported Supper), receive a healthy and delicious meal monthly for 6 months, cooked by youth and staff, and the proceeds will fuel the campaign!   

What is a Community Supported Supper (CSS)?  Our CSS is inspired by the CSA (Community Supported  Agriculture) model. However, instead of buying a “share” of a farm at the beginning of the  season and receiving a portion of the harvest each week, you are supporting this youth programming and your shares come back to you in the form of healthy and delicious dinners! 

How does the Fast & Fresh CSS work? 
Each dinner includes:  A delicious and healthy entrée, your choice of a specialty soup, salad, bread…and maybe more! 
Pick-up is between 5pm & 6pm every 2nd Thursday of the month at The St. Mary’s Nutrition Center: 208 Bates St., Lewiston. 

Sign up & pay before November 11, 2013 and you will receive Fast & Fresh meals every 2nd Thursday of the month for 6 months (November – April)!  Sign up here: or call Annie at 513.3844.

Membership is $150 for 6 months of dinner for 2 (that’s $12.50/meal), or $90 for 6 months of dinner for 1 (that’s $15.00/meal).  

Checks are made payable and sent to: St. Mary’s Nutrition Center (please include a note that it’s for “Fast & Fresh CSS”) PO Box 7291, Lewiston, ME 04243.  

Contact Annie at or 513.3844 for more information.

Once a month— We cook it up. You pick it up. $25 for two or $15 for one. Enjoy a healthy meal, and have some fun!

Hurry, membership is limited!  First come, first served.