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

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: www.stmarysmaine.com

Ready to Ski and Snowboard?

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!

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: http://tinyurl.com/p5vz885 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 adoran@stmarysmaine.com 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. 

New Technology for Bladder Cancer Detection and Management

November 1st, 2013

St. Mary’s Center for Family Urology is now offering new technology to help detect cancer tumors in the bladder earlier than before. It is the first practice in Maine to offer Blue-Light Cystoscopy with Cysview® which helps the doctor inspect the bladder lining more close to see new or recurrent bladder tumors even when they are very small.

“This breakthrough technology not only helps me see and remove more cancerous tumors, it improves disease management,” said urologist Michael Parker, MD, from St. Mary’s Center for Family Urology. “Because recurrent tumors are caught earlier, patients need less operative interventions.”

Bladder cancer is difficult to detect. A missed diagnosis can result in delayed or incomplete treatment, which may lead to serious complications and a lower chance of survival for patients with potentially aggressive tumors. Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview® represents an important advance in diagnostic technology, enabling more accurate diagnosis of bladder tumors compared to the standard technique.

Dr. Parker will explain this breakthrough technology at a free presentation on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm. The presentation will be held at the Lepage Conference Center at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. Seating is limited. To register for this event, please call 777-8458.

You’re Invited to the Breast Health Program and Women’s Imaging Open House

October 22nd, 2013

Tour the newly-renovated Breast Health Program office and imagining area on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Walk-in mammograms available! Bring your insurance card. Have a high deductible or don’t have insurance? We’ll help you to apply for financial assistance through the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program for free or reduced-cost mammos. These services are located on level one (use the Emergency Entrance) of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, 91 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine.

Common Foot and Ankle Conditions A Free Community Presentation

October 22nd, 2013

Arthritis, bunions, corns and other common foot and ankle conditions can make walking difficult and downright painful. David Wexler, MD, a surgeon and foot and ankle specialist with St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics, Podiatrist Christopher Sacco, DPM, and David Johnson, CO, of Advanced Orthotics and Prosthetic Services will lead a discussion about basic foot and ankle ailments and treatments.
The presentation will be held on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm in the Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine. Seating is limited. Please register today by calling 777- 8458.

Life After Breast Cancer

October 2nd, 2013

The months after your breast cancer diagnosis are a whirlwind of activities. The doctor’s appointments, chemotherapy, surgery, and diagnostic tests feel all-consuming. Suddenly the treatment is over and you’re thankful you survived, but now what? Join us at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 as the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders hosts a panel discussion about life after breast cancer. The topics include:

How often to have screening tests and finding a primary care provider
Jennifer Hazen, RN, OCN, Patient Navigator

Symptoms which are important to report after treatment
Mahesh Pandey, MD, Hematologist/Oncologist

Sexuality, body image, and coping with changes in relationships
Maura Clark, LCSW, Oncology Social Worker

Mind and body how they work together to effect recovery
Anne Brown, MD, Internal Medicine and Cancer Survivor

Healthy lifestyle changes to stay cancer free
Dorothy Guild, RN, OCN, Breast Health Patient Navigator

The presentation will begin at 5:30 pm at the Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. After the presentations, there will be an opportunity for you to ask your questions of the experts. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Please call 777-8481 today to register.

Breast Care and Cancer Detection

September 17th, 2013

According to the American Cancer Society, about 296,980 women and men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Leading a healthy lifestyle and having regular cancer screenings are steps you can take to prevent or survive the disease.

Join clinicians from the Breast Health Program and the Radiology Department at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center as they discuss the different modalities to detect breast cancer (mammography, MRI, and ultrasound). Dr. James Place, Radiology Medical Director, Cindy Brousseau, RTR (CV), Director of Imaging Services, and Dotty Guild, RN, Breast Health Program Coordinator and Patient Navigator will share their expertise and answer your questions during the presentation on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. The presentation will begin at 5:30 pm.

Seating is limited. To register please call St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at 777- 4420.

Sign up Now for HealthSteps Specialty Classes

September 10th, 2013

HealthSteps is an award-winning health education and prevention program for adults that focuses on the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.

HealthSteps offers a wide range of classes with the core membership fee as well as a variety of specialty classes, including:

Gentle Exercise
This class is designed for those with arthritis, recovering from cancer, or any other individual who desires to improve range of motion, strength, posture, balance, and coordination.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 9:15-10:00am
Oct 1 – Oct 31
Location: d’Youville Pavilion Resident Dining Room (2nd Floor), 102 Campus Ave., Lewiston
Cost: $24

Lose with Me!
A 12-week weight loss session focused on helping you make healthier lifestyle choices. Classes include goal setting, exercise recommendations, nutrition education, and peer support.
Wednesdays, 12-12:30pm
Instructor: Jennifer Smith, MS
Sept 18 – Dec 4
Location: Saint-Hyacinthe Conference Room ( 2nd floor), 96 Campus Ave., Lewiston
Cost: $99

Qigong
This class is excellent for health, balance, circulation, and over all well-being. In this class, you will visualize and activate Qi, one’s life force. Over the years we tend to deplete our Qi, which causes us to feel tired, anxious, worried and somewhat sluggish. Rejuvenate with Qigong!
Tuesdays, 4:45-5:45pm
Instructor: Jason Grundstrum-Whitney
Sessions are on going. New participants are welcome to start at anytime.
Location: Muskie Archives, Bates College, corner of Campus and Central Avenues, Lewiston
Cost: $40

Racquetball
Specific time slots are available for registration Mon-Fri on the hour for an hour 6am-noon.
Cost: With Core HealthSteps Membership, $14 for the entire fall session, which is Sept 4 – Dec 13
Location: Merrill Gymnasium, Bates College, 141 Russell St., Lewiston

Senior Fitness
This one-hour class is a safe, fun, and effective workout! Included are a warm-up, cardiovascular component, resistance training, balance, and flexibility exercises.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays,
9:15-10:15am or 10:30-11:30am
Sept 23 – Oct 25
Location: d’Youville Pavilion, Resident Dining Room (2nd Floor), 102 Campus Ave, Lewiston
Cost: $32

Tennis
Specific time slots available for registration Mon-Fri 6am-10am.
Cost: With Core Membership, $14 for the entire fall session, which is Sept 4 – Dec 13
Location: Merrill Gymnasium, Bates College, 141 Russell St., Lewiston

Tobacco Cessation Counseling
Single Session: $45
This is a great option for a self-motivated person who simply needs the resources to stop smoking.
Multi-Session (3): $125
With a smoking cessation coach, set a quit date and work through the quitting process. Many find the additional support to be a great advantage to their stopping the use of tobacco.

Yoga for Strength and Flexibility
Mixed-level flow class that is open to new and experienced students. This class is an excellent way to have fun while improving your overall health, well-being, strength, flexibility, and posture. You will learn a range of exercises and yoga poses that will help to relieve muscle tension, stress, and aches and pains. Look and feel your best!
Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm
Sept 30 – Nov 4
Location: Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston
Cost: $75

HealthSteps is part of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System.

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! For more information or to register, call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit them on the web at: www.stmarysmaine.com. Registration for all programs is required.

New Procedure Helps Physicians at St. Mary’s Center for Family Urology More Accurately Detect Certain Bladder Tumors

September 10th, 2013

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Centers’ Center for Family Urology is one of a select number of medical centers nationwide offering a newly-approved optical imaging agent for the detection of bladder cancer. The availability of Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview signals the arrival of an innovative diagnostic technology for people who have or may have bladder cancer, and underscores St. Mary’s reputation as a leading comprehensive medical facility.

“This breakthrough technology not only helps me see and remove more cancerous tumors, it improves disease management,” said urologist Michael Parker, MD, St. Mary’s Center for Family Urology. “Because recurrent tumors are caught earlier, patients need less operative interventions.”

Bladder cancer is difficult to detect. A missed diagnosis can result in delayed or incomplete treatment, which may lead to serious complications and a lower chance of survival for patients with potentially aggressive tumors. Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview represents an important advance in diagnostic technology, enabling more accurate diagnosis of bladder tumors compared to the standard technique. Patients with known or suspected bladder cancer can now come to the Center for Family Urology to undergo diagnostic procedures administered by physicians who have been specially-trained in the use of this innovative technology. By facilitating early diagnosis of bladder cancer, this innovative imaging agent can enable appropriate, timely treatment that may improve patients’ chances of survival.

For more information about St. Mary’s Center for Family Urology or Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview, please visit www.stmarysmaine.com, to contact the office, please call 777-3150.