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Cardiac Care at St. Mary’s

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Physicians from Maine Medical Partners – MaineHealth Cardiology who are on the active medical staff at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center moved onto the St. Mary’s campus to better serve our patients. As of today, James Parker, MD; Roy Ulin, MD; and Lynette Weeman, DO are seeing patients at this new location:

Maine Medical Partners – MaineHealth Cardiology

99 Campus Avenue, Suite 301


Additional subspecialists from the practice also will hold clinics at the new location to expand the range of cardiac care available in our community.

MaineHealth Cardiology is closely linked with the nationally recognized cardiac care at Maine Medical Center and its parent organization, MaineHealth. These physicians are Board certified cardiologists who are trained in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the heart and circulatory system.  Together, we are committed to improving the cardiovascular health of the community.

To complement this service, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center opened the new St. Mary’s Center for Cardiac Imaging today. This new department provides outpatient ancillary services such as stress tests, nuclear medicine, and cardiac ultrasound.  The Center for Cardiac Imaging is located on the 3rd floor of 99 Campus Avenue. The number is 755-3240.

Get Fit for Fall – What’s the Best Exercise for Me?

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

The best exercise is the one that you will do. Walking is considered one of the top choices because it’s simple, safe, and requires no equipment except for a good, supportive pair of sneakers.

Brisk walking is great for burning calories and for overall cardiovascular health. Plus, walking regularly can:

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

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; however, even if you’re only able to walk a short while, don’t get discouraged, as any amount of exercise is better than none!

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.

If you find the dark, cold weather deters your exercise regimen, HealthSteps offers a class called Walk Jog that takes place on Bates’ indoor track. 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 God send 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 us on the web at: Preregistration 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!


St. Mary’s Earned ‘Straight A’s’ for Patient Safety from Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. St. Mary’s is also being recognized as a “Straight A’s” hospital for never receiving a grade lower than an A from the Hospital Safety Score since the Score first launched in June 2012—a tremendous achievement.


An “A” grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Patient safety and providing excellent care are priorities for providers and staff at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center,” said Christopher Chekouras, President and CEO of the hospital. “Their continued dedication and hard work have elevated our safety scores leading to the best safety and quality experience for our patients.”

“St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is one of only 133 hospitals in the country to have achieved Straight A’s from the Hospital Safety Score since 2012,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “I commend you for your consistency in putting your patients first, and urge your continued vigilance in keeping your patients safe.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Now, for the first time, patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

Rheumatologist Joins St. Mary’s Medical Staff

Thursday, September 17th, 2015


asia mubashir hs 9-2015 croppedSt. Mary’s Rheumatology welcomes Dr. Asia Mubashir, MD. Prior to joining St. Mary’s, Dr. Mubashir started the first-of-its-kind Center for Arthritis & Rheumatism in North India, which catered to about five thousand patients within its first two years of operation. Dr. Mubashir has also served as an Assistant Professor of Rheumatology at the Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She earned her Rheumatology fellowship from the University of Connecticut and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Winthrop University Hospital, New York. Dr. Mubashir was also a researcher at Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital. She went to medical school at UTESA in the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Mubashir is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and of the American College of Physicians.  She is a member of the Arthritis Foundation and Indian Rheumatology Association.

St. Mary’s Rheumatology is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of people with disorders of the joints, muscles, tendons, and other connective tissue. Rheumatic diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, tendinitis, lupus, scleroderma and almost 200 other types of conditions.

For more information about St. Mary’s Rheumatology or Dr. Mubashir, please visit or call (207) 777-4459.

CCS Pediatrics Welcomes Leigh Sweet, MD, MPH

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Leigh Sweet, MD, MPH CCS Pediatrics

Leigh Sweet, MD, MPH
CCS Pediatrics

CCS Pediatrics is proud to announce Leigh Sweet, MD, MPH, has joined their team of Pediatric providers. Dr. Sweet is Fellowship trained in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. She performed her Chief Residency and Pediatric Residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. She earned her medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts and a Master of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health.  She has a special interest and expertise in immigrant and refugee health, infectious diseases, and tropical and travel medicine.

Dr. Sweet is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, Infectious Diseases Society of America, International Society for Infectious Diseases, and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

CCS Pediatrics is affiliated with St. Mary’s Health System and is located at 100 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. For more information about Dr. Sweet or CCS Pediatrics, please visit or call (207) 755-3160.

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.

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.


National Wear Red Day

Friday, February 6th, 2015

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, in partnership with the American Heart Association, is encouraging everyone to Wear Red today, February 6, 2015 to raise awareness of the number 1 killer of women, heart disease.

In Maine, more than 1 of every 4 deaths is from heart disease or stroke.  Don’t become a statistic. Take charge of your health!  One key to heart health is to know some very important numbers: your blood pressure, cholesterol, and BMI.   Ideally, here’s where they should be (for non-diabetics):

  • Total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL or lower
  • HDL (“good” cholesterol) of 50 mg/dL or higher for women and 40 mg/dL or higher for men
  • LDL (“bad” cholesterol) of 100 or lower
  • Triglycerides of less than 150 mg/dL.
  • Your BMI, or Body Mass Index, is based on your height and weight. If it is greater than 25 you are at higher risk of heart disease and stroke.  There are many BMI calculators available online such as
Roy Ulin

Roy Ulin, MD MaineHealth Cardiology

“Most of the time, you will not feel the symptoms of high blood pressure or high cholesterol,” said Dr. Roy Ulin a cardiologist at Maine Medical Partners MaineHealth Cardiology and partner of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. “The only way to know for sure if you’re at risk is to know your numbers and take action to fix it.”  Ask your primary care provider how your numbers compare.

Dr. Ulin said one of the best things you can do for your heart is to exercise.  “You don’t have to run a 10K or take a Zumba class, but you do need to move and increase your heart rate.  Ten minutes of brisk walking three times a day can go a long way towards improving your heart health.”

For all the good things you do to keep heart healthy it is important to also avoid the habits that can hurt your health. “Smoking damages your heart and blood vessels, making you two to four times more likely to have heart disease, a heart attack, and/or stroke.” said Dr. Ulin.  “Women who are on birth control pills are at even greater risk. But, if you quit, within three to five years, your risk of heart disease decreases to the level of a non-smoker regardless of how long you’ve been smoking.”

You do what you can to protect your loved ones and to keep them healthy. This year, do something for YOU. Changes you make now can have a positive effect for a lifetime.

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.