Archive for the ‘St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’ Category

St. Mary’s Commit to Get Fit Challenge

Monday, February 17th, 2014

St. Mary’s Health System proudly invites you to participate in our inaugural Commit to Get Fit Challenge walk/run on Saturday May 3, 2014.    The health and well-being of our community is at the forefront of all that we do.  Fitness is an integral part of building a healthy community, so we will be hosting a 3K walk and 5K/10K run (along with great activities for the kids!) at our Medical Building in Auburn. The journey to a healthy life is built on hard work, commitment, and determination, let St. Mary’s be part of your journey.  Join us on May 3, 2014.  Register here

Commit to Get Fit Challenge

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!

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New Tuft Medical Students Arrive at St. Mary’s

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Hi! My name is Jon Pelletier, and I’m from Falmouth, Maine. I’m one of the new Tufts LIC students here at St. Mary’s Regional Medical hospital, along with Deb Witkin. We’re the next class following Tyler and Abi.

We’re just moving in, and between all my reading assignments and the beautiful summer weather, it seems like half my life is still in boxes or scattered across my office floor. But I’m so happy to be here! Third year is the time when we make the transition between classroom-based learning and the experiential learning of being in the hospital, and the latter is much more enjoyable. It’s a bit of a strange time, because at this point I still feel like a patient does when inside St. Mary’s: I get lost in the hallways, I can’t find the bathroom, and I have no idea what a “code purple” is. But, aside from the (hopefully) normal adjustment to new surroundings, it has already been a great joy to participate in your care.

I hope to see you around St. Mary’s! I look forward to meeting you, and I’m happy to try and help you in any way I can… just don’t ask me for directions for another month or so.

Jon Pelletier

St. Mary’s Sonographers Earn Certification

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Congratulations to Doug Cilley and Jared Theberge who earned their certification as Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers (RDCS) by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). They specialize in performing Cardiac Echocardiography, commonly known as “echos.” RDCS’s take detailed pictures of a person’s heart using an ultrasound machine. The information they gather can tell a cardiologist a lot about the function of a person’s heart. Cilley and Theberge work in the Echo and Vascular Ultrasound imaging division at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. St. Mary’s now has a complete team of Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers. Credentials awarded by ARDMS document personal achievement of recognized professional standards and are widely accepted in the medical community by sonography and vascular professional organizations.

St. Mary’s Offers Health Screenings for Heart Month

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Cardiovascular disease is any disease that affects the heart or blood vessels, such as a heart attack or stroke. Are you at risk? Knowing and managing your risk factors is a vital action to prevent a cardiac event.

Risk factors that can be changed and/or managed are physical inactivity, overweight/obesity, tobacco use, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Since February is Heart Disease Awareness Month for Women we’d like to remind you that:
- Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women
- Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately 1 woman each minute
- An estimated 43 MILLION women in the U.S are affected by heart disease.
- 90 percent of women have 1 or more risk factors for developing heart disease

Prevention is key! You can know your numbers by scheduling a Take Charge! Health Screening for the month of February. Take Charge! is a quick and easy screening that includes: A written health risk assessment (HRA), height, weight, blood pressure, BMI, total cholesterol testing, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and blood glucose (blood sugar). As part of the program, you will receive a personalized review of your results and health risks that will be explained to you by an exercise physiologist followed by health education.

Please call Prevention & Wellness at 777-8898 to schedule your screening. These screenings are open to everyone and cost $35.

St. Mary’s is also encouraging everyone to Wear Red on Friday, February 1, 2013 to raise awareness of heart disease.

Don’t Let Knee Pain Stop You!

Friday, January 11th, 2013

If knee pain is keeping you from skiing, running, playing tennis, or enjoying any of your favorite sports, join Bruce Hamilton-Dick, MD, FACSM an Orthopaedic surgeon with St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics, for a free seminar about athletic related knee injuries. Dr. Hamilton Dick will explain ways to prevent knee injuries, signs of a serious knee injury, and treatment options.

Dr. Hamilton-Dick has an extensive background in sports medicine, including an Orthopaedic fellowship consultant to the Boston Red Sox and Worcester Ice Cats professional hockey club. He was also Director of Sports Medicine for the U.S. Olympic Field Hockey Association during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia and the Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Connecticut.

This free presentation will take place on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The event will be held in the Lepage Large Conference Room at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston.

Seating is limited so please call 777-8481 to reserve your spot today!

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 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.