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Caring for the Caregiver: A free presentation at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

One of the most important and frequently overlooked things a caregiver can do for their loved ones is to take good care of themselves. Often, caregivers are so focused on making sure everyone’s needs are met, that they don’t take the time to look after themselves.

If you’re a caregiver, please join us for an important free presentation on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 5:30pm. During this presentation, Yasmine King,
FNP-C, and Jennifer Hazen, BSN, RN, OCN, from St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will discuss:

• the physical and emotional toll of caregiving
• ways to reduce stress
• how to improve your overall health
• where to find support resources

The presentation will be held at the Lepage Large Conference Room at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. Snacks will be provided. Seating for this program is limited. To reserve your seat, please call 777-8458 by November 18, 2014.

Nutrition in Cancer Prevention and Cancer Care

Monday, September 8th, 2014

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, one of the best things you can do to support a positive outcome is eating healthy. Nutrient-rich foods provide the resources your body needs to function at its best. Some of the benefits of good nutrition for people with cancer are:

• Decreasing the risk of infection
• Improving strength and increasing energy
• Maintaining body mass and increasing new tissue growth
• Speeding the recovery process

Join experts from St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders for a free presentation about cancer and nutrition. We’ll discuss nutrition to prevent cancer, foods that contain “cancer killing” antiangiogenic properties, and choosing the right oil. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates Street, Lewiston.

Dr. Yelena Patsiornik, a hematologist/oncologist with the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, will discuss the science behind well-balanced diets for cancer patients and the important role it plays in your care and in preventing the disease. Our oncology certified nurses, Linda Merchant, Stephanie Buswell will prepare easy and nutrient-dense recipes, and clinical dietician Karen Emmi will answer your questions about nutrition.

Seating is limited so call today to make your reservation 777-8593.

Back-to-School Sleep Routine by Jennifer Radel

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The lazy days of summer are coming to a close. School will be starting soon and it will be “early to bed, early to rise” once again. I think I can speak for most parents when I say that getting the kids back into the school year routine is challenging at best making mornings in particular, miserable. This year I vowed to make it easier for all of us. I’m fortunate enough that I work in healthcare and have access to the experts. I solicited some advice from sleep and behavioral medicine specialist, Thaddeus Shattuck, MD from St. Mary’s Center for Sleep Disorders.

First of all, how much sleep do children need? “While every child is different,” says Dr. Shattuck, “generally speaking, children between the ages of 5 and 12 should get somewhere around 10 to 11 hours of sleep, ages 12 to18, about 8.5 to 9.5 hours sleep.”

If your kids are used staying up until 9:00pm in the summer, don’t expect them to suddenly fall asleep at 8pm. A simple hour change can translate into sleepless nights. We all know a child who is not well rested will have difficulty learning and adjusting to a new teacher and classroom routine.

Dr. Shattuck suggests gradually setting back bed time. Put your kids to bed 15 minutes earlier each night and wake them up 15 minutes earlier each morning. Ideally you’d like them adjusted to their schedule a week before the start of school.

Practicing good sleep hygiene is also helpful. Start winding down after dinner. Taking a bath, reading a book, and listening to soothing music will help make the transition from busy day to restful night easier. Then, make sure your child’s room is cool, quiet and dark or dimly lit at bedtime.

“Turn off all your electronics an hour before bedtime,” says Dr. Shattuck. “Light from a tablet, laptop, or smart phone is at the blue end of the color spectrum. This color is common in daylight, but not at night. Using these devices before bed can disrupt your circadian rhythm, your body’s internal clock. Don’t leave these devices charging next to your bed either. Even small amounts of that light can trick your brain into thinking it’s morning and wake you from a peaceful sleep.”

In a nutshell, the key to a good night’s sleep is having a bedtime routine and keeping it year round. “Whether it is summer, Christmas vacation, or the weekend, maintaining the nighttime
ritual is best for your child,” says Dr. Shattuck. “You can still have the occasional late night to watch the fireworks or tell ghost stories by the campfire, but try to get back on track after that.”
Something to keep in mind for next summer!

Now, off to complete my back-to-school shopping list.

 

Dr. Thaddeus Shattuck is the Medical Director at the Center for Sleep Disorders at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. He earned his master’s degree in Public Health from The Dartmouth Institute and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire. He completed his fellowship in Sleep Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Shattuck is the president of the Maine Sleep Society and a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is board certified in Sleep Medicine and Psychiatry.

Jennifer Radel has been the Community Relations Manager at St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, Maine for eight years.  On a daily basis she gets to work with some of the best health care providers in the State of Maine, and routinely picks their brains for the best ways to keep her family and friends healthy. Jennifer is a mom of two boys and wife who volunteers with several community groups. She is on the Board of Directors for Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin. Prior to coming to St. Mary’s, Jennifer spent nearly 15 years working in television, mainly as a news producer in upstate New York and Portland, Maine. During that time she received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence among other awards for journalism.

 

Hospitalists at St. Mary’s Recognized for Quality of Care

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
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Left to right: Karen Richardson, Hospitalist RN and Chief Hospitalist Dr. Amber Pena

Congratulations to the team of Sound Physicians hospitalists at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. These specialists have been recognized for providing exceptional clinical care and patient experience to hospitalized patients. At their recent annual meeting, Sound Physicians presented St. Mary’s hospitalists awards for the Highest Performing Hospital in the Atlantic Region and the Most Improved Hospitalist Team in the Atlantic Region. These awards were based upon performance on a number of quality/safety outcome measures from core measures performance, length of stay and patient experience scores. Accepting the awards were Chief Hospitalist Dr. Amber Peña and Karen Richardson, Hospitalist RN.

Sound Physicians is a leading hospitalist organization that provides care to patients while they are in the hospital at St. Mary’s and for more than 100 hospitals nationwide. The hospitalists at St Mary’s are committed to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care in our community. They work closely with a patient’s primary care provider to establish a seamless transition in care from hospital to home.

National Cancer Survivors Day® Observed Sunday, June 1

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Noreen LaBatt National Cancer Survivors Day® (NCSD) is Sunday, June 1, 2014. This 27th annual celebration of life will be held in hundreds of communities worldwide. Cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, friends, and healthcare professionals will unite to show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, productive, and even inspiring.

The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in collaboration with Central Maine Medical Center, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and the Lakes Region Oncology Nursing Society is hosting the Hollywood-themed event, featuring keynote speaker Noreen Labatt, a full-time Mom who turned her cancer experience into a life-affirming comedy act. There will be activities for cancer survivors and caregivers of all ages including reiki, self-massage, mindfulness meditation, healthy cooking demonstrations, opportunities for photographs, frame-making, music and more. Light refreshments will be served. The event takes place on Sunday, June 1st, 2014, at The Dempsey Center, 29, Lowell St., Lewiston, Maine from noon – 3pm. Reservations are requested – contact The Dempsey Center at 795-8250. This local event is part of a worldwide celebration coordinated by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation and supported nationally by Coping® with Cancer magazine.

“Come walk the red carpet at the Hollywood inspired event and learn how surviving cancer is more than just living. It’s an attitude about life and living each day to the fullest,” says Maureen Higgins, Cancer Health Outreach Educator for The Dempsey Center. “You will find our community’s NCSD event filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith, and love as we honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage. Come listen to inspiring speakers, connect with others, enjoy some music and participate in a variety of wellness activities.”

Anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life, is a cancer survivor, according to the NCSD Foundation. Nearly 14 million Americans are now living with and beyond a diagnosis of cancer. In the United States, men have a slightly less than 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women, the risk is a little more than 1 in 3. Learning about this disease is crucial, because many forms of cancer can be prevented and most cured if detected early.

Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in longer survival, and therefore, a growing number of cancer survivors. However, a cancer diagnosis can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, financial, and emotional hardships often persist after diagnosis and treatment. Survivors may face many challenges, such as limited access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, financial hardships, difficulty finding employment, psychosocial struggles, and a lack of understanding from family and friends. In light of these difficulties, our community needs to focus on improving the quality of life for cancer survivors.

“Despite these challenges, cancer survivors live full, productive lives and serve as an inspiration to all of us. Whether in Hollywood or in Maine, they are the true stars.” says Jen Hazen, Oncology Nurse Navigator, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

This year’s local National Cancer Survivors Day celebration of life will be held in our community at
WHERE: The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, 29 Lowell St., Lewiston, Maine
WHEN: June 1, 2014, noon – 3pm.
RSVP: 795-8250
Visit NCSD.org for more information about National Cancer Survivors Day.

Chest Pain: Treatment and Care in an Emergency

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The right decisions can save a life a life in an emergency. Come and learn more about: chest pain symptoms, what happens after you dial 9-1-1, heart attack vs. chest pain, ER chest pain treatment, and cardiac rehab information. Plus, tour of our Emergency Department, learn the basics of CPR and exercises for heart health, watch demonstrations of a personal emergency response device and an automatic external defibrillator (AED).
The presenters will be Chris Bowe, MD, Medical Director of St. Mary’s Emergency Department, an accredited Chest Pain Center, and Daphne Russell, AS, EMT-P, CP, Prevention and Wellness Coordinator with United Ambulance.
The event will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 5:30 pm in the Lepage Conference Center at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston.  Paramedic Transporting Patient by GurneyTo reserve a spot, please call 777-8593.

Mother-Daughter Mammography Party

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

In celebration of Mother’s Day, St. Mary’s Women’s Imaging and Breast Health Departments are hosting a Mother-Daughter Mammography party. Join us on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 5:30 for light refreshments and raffle. Because we feel this screening is so important, we’re not limiting to moms and their daughters. If you are a woman over 40 who hasn’t had a mammogram in the past 12 months, join us! To reserve your spot, please call 777-4059.

Mammography screening is the best way to detect breast cancer in its earlier stages and saves lives yet 4 out of 10 women don’t get this vital screening.

According to the American Cancer Society, mammograms reduce breast cancer mortality by 25-30% for women ages 50-70 and 18% for women ages 40-50. Additionally, early detection gives women new options for breast-conserving therapy.

St. Mary’s Women’s Imaging is fully-accredited by the American College of Radiology.

Chest Pain: Treatment and Care in an Emergency

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

The right decisions can save a life a life in an emergency. Come and learn more about: chest pain symptoms, what happens after you dial 9-1-1, heart attack vs. chest pain, ER chest pain treatment, and cardiac rehab information. Plus, tour of our Emergency Department, learn the basics of CPR and exercises for heart health, watch demonstrations of a personal emergency response device and an automatic external defibrillator (AED).
The presenters will be Chris Bowe, MD, Medical Director of St. Mary’s Emergency Department, an accredited Chest Pain Center, and Daphne Russell, AS, EMT-P, CP, Prevention and Wellness Coordinator with United Ambulance.

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 5:30 pm in the Lepage Conference Center at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston.  To reserve a spot, please call 777-8593.

HPV and Cervical Cancer: What You Need to Know

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by human papilloma virus, or HPV. What is HPV, how do you get it, and how you can prevent it? Join Elizabeth Linnell, MD on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm as she answers those questions. Dr. Linnell will also discuss the cervical cancer screening test Pap smear, new test guidelines, and what they mean for women in our community. The presentation will take place in the Bank of America Conference Room in the Corinne Croteau Lepage Women’s Health Pavilion, 330 Sabattus Street in Lewiston. To register, please call 777-8458.

Dr. Linnell is and OB/GYN at the St. Mary’s Women’s Health Associates. She graduated cum laude from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She also held the positions of OB/GYN Administrative Chief Resident and Instructor for University of Vermont College of Medicine at Maine Medical Center.

Elizabeth Linnell, MD Women's Health Associates

Elizabeth Linnell, MD
Women’s Health Associates

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   https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/Auburn/CommitToGetFitChallenge.

Commit to Get Fit Challenge