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

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.

St. Mary’s Primary Care Practices Earn National Recognition For Patient-Centered Care

June 2nd, 2014

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that all 10 Primary Care practices at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center have received recognition from the Patients-Centered Medical Home 2011 (PCMH 2011) program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships.

The patient-centered medical home is a model of care emphasizing care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be.” Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and improve patients’ and providers’ reported experiences of care. The PCMH identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their persona clinicians, instead of treating patient care as the sum of several episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is tended to by clinician-led care teams, who provide for all the patient’s health care needs and coordinate treatments across the health care system. Medical home clinicians demonstrate the benchmarks of patient-centered care, including open scheduling, expanded hours and appropriate use of proven health information systems.

“We are proud that practices within the St. Mary’s Provider Network have been recognized with this prestigious NCQA status since 2011.” said Doug Miller, Director of Operations for St. Mary’s Provider Network. “It demonstrates the commitment on the part of our providers and staff to deliver the highest level of care to our patients and creating long-lasting healthcare partnerships with them.”

“The patient-centered medical home raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology, and partnership between clinicians and patients, said NCQA President Margaret E. Kane. “PCMH recognition shows that St. Mary’s primary care practices have the tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”

To receive recognition, which is valid every three years, the practices demonstrated the ability to meet the programs key elements embodying characteristics of the medical home. The standards are aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-

Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

St. Mary’s primary care practices met key program components in the following areas:
· Written standards for patient access and continuity of care
· Use of patient feedback materials
· Appropriate use of charting tools to track patients and organize clinical information
· Responsive care management techniques with an emphasis on preventive care for individual patients and for the entire patient population
· Adaptation to patients cultural and linguistic needs
· Use of information technology for prescription, test, and referral tracking and coordination with other health care providers
· Use of evidence-based guidelines to treat chronic conditions
· Measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance

To make an appointment with a St. Mary’s provider recognized by the NCQA, please call the Physician Referral Line at 777-8899 or visit

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredit and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers, and researchers.

National Cancer Survivors Day® Observed Sunday, June 1

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 for more information about National Cancer Survivors Day.

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Recognized as an Innovative Leader in Long-Term Care

May 19th, 2014

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion is the proud recipient of the 2014 Innovation of the Year Award from LeadingAge Maine/New Hampshire. D’Youville Pavilion was chosen for its development and implementation of a specialized staff education program on its new state-of-the-art Specialty Care Rehab Suite.

The CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited Suite was designed as a 12-bed rehabilitation unit specializing in the treatment of individuals with medically-complex conditions and is a companion program to their successful Transitional Rehabilitation Center, which is also CARF accredited. In an effort to prepare staff for a more acute patient population, d’Youville Pavilion’s nursing leadership team, nurse educators and other colleagues created a nursing competencies curriculum that engaged best practices from across the field of post-acute care. Part of the goal for developing this educational program was to incorporate new and innovative training models into practice that can serve as a template and be replicated throughout the facility. This effort would ensure quality outcomes for patients and residents. In addition to being part of a hospital-based health system, the field of rehabilitation and nursing care is constantly evolving and the patient populations are presenting with more complicated diagnoses than we have seen in previous generations. In order to ensure the best possible treatment of patients and residents, the facility recognized the need for an enhanced educational training program.

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, a 210-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitative nursing canter, is the flagship component of the elder care services offered through St. Mary’s Health System. With a state-of-the-art rehab center, specialized memory impairment unit, skilled and long term care, d’Youville Pavilion provides residents with the most advanced technology and skilled nursing care in the region. More importantly, they offer respect, care, and compassion to every resident.

LeadingAge Maine/New Hampshire also recognized St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion with the 2012 Innovation Award. Other accolades include recognition from the AHCA for safely reducing the use of antipsychotic drugs, the Maine Health Care Association’s (MHCA) Celebrating Excellence in Quality Award, the MHCA’s Celebrating Excellence in Innovation Award, and the Dorland Health Silver Crown Award Honorable Mention. For more information, please visit and click on “Senior Health.”

St. Mary’s Welcomes a New Provider and Physiatry Service

May 19th, 2014

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center introduces a new Physiatry practice. This is a new service was created based on a significant need within Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, and other departments to treat back and neck pain. At the helm of the practice is Stephan Bamberger, MD. Dr. Bamberger provides alternative, non-opiate management of pain through Interventional Pain Management. Some of the procedures he will perform include: facet joint injections, epidural injections, nerve blocks spinal cord stimulation, advanced radio frequency ablation, and vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty.

Dr. Bamberger is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, and a Diplomate with the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He joins St. Mary’s after 20 years of private group practice with Medical Rehabilitation Associates.
St. Mary’s Physiatry Service is located at Auburn Medical Office Building, 15 Gracelawn Avenue, in Auburn. Dr. Bamberger is seeing patients on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. For appointment information or an appointment by referral, please call 333-4799.

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Stephan Bamberger, MD

Chest Pain: Treatment and Care in an Emergency

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

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

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.

Great news for BIW employees and dependents!

April 29th, 2014

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HPV and Cervical Cancer: What You Need to Know

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