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Think Spring! (Spring Biking, That is!)

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Before you hit the pavement or the back woods trails, make sure you and your bike are ready for the ride.

Join Dr. Bruce Hamilton Dick, a Sports Medicine expert from St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics as he explains how to train and condition yourself for “biking season.”

Dr. Hamilton-Dick has an extensive background both as an athlete and in sports medicine. He was a nationally ranked triathlete, working with Ben Serotta at the Serotta International Cycling Institute. He has also worked with athletes in the U.S. Olympic Field Hockey Association, the Boston Red Sox, and the Worcester Ice Cats professional hockey club.
John Grenier from Rainbow Bicycle on Lisbon Street in Lewiston will be on hand to answer your questions about biking. He’ll even bring a couple of bikes and discuss how to choose the best type for you!

This free presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 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!

The event is sponsored by St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics and Rainbow Bicycle.

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Main Lab Earns Accreditation

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012



St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Main Laboratory received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The Director of Pathology, Ola Melhus, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Lab is one of 7,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

The US federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, which began in the early 1960s, is equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.

The CAP accreditation process is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients by thoroughly examines the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and overall management.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP), celebrating 50- years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care. More information about the CAP can be found at

St. Mary’s Neurology Associates Welcomes New Provider

Friday, September 14th, 2012


Melissa Hackett, APRN, CNP - Neurology Associates, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 207-777-4455

Melissa Hackett, APRN, CNP has joined doctors David Burke and Carl Robinson at Neurology Associates. Melissa is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester with a Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Certificate of Completion in Registered Nursing from the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, and her Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

To learn more or to make an appointment at St. Mary’s Neurology Associates, please call 207-777-4455.

St. Mary’s Cancer Program Earns Accreditation with Commendation

Friday, June 1st, 2012


St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders has earned a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

“The team at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders always strives to provide the best care and quality outcomes for our patients,” said Karen Clark, the Vice President of St. Mary’s Physician Network who oversees the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. “This Accreditation with Commendation is a testament to their success in providing that high level of care.”

Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:

· Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment

· A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options

· Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

· Access to cancer-related information, education, and support

· A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up

· Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care

· Quality care, close to home

A facility receives a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following the onsite evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.

The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.

The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society, the CoC provides information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program. This information can be found on the American Cancer Society’s web site at and through their Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345.

For more about St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, please visit us on the web.

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion: “Celebrating the Journey”

Thursday, May 17th, 2012


In observance of Nursing Home Week, May 13 to 19, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion is holding a series of events designed to celebrate the lives and relationships of residents, families and staff. The theme of the week is “Celebrating the Journey.”

“Our residents have lived full lives and we want to honor each and every person who has allowed us to journey with them,” said Phil Jean Vice President of Elder Care Services at St. Mary’s Health System and Administrator at d’Youville. “This is a perfect opportunity to involve families, community members, youth, and others in our community who share our respect for the elderly and disabled who live among us.”

This week, d’Youville Pavilion is taking a journey through the decades with residents. Some of the highlights include:

A 1930’s Mother’s Day Tea and Cookies for resident mothers, family members, and staff along with a Mother’s Day game of beano.

On Monday, residents and staff donned 1940’s attire. They also began “decade jeopardy.” Throughout the day a trivia question were posted on each unit (or neighborhood, as they like to call it) and other specified areas. The first person to answer correctly won a prize. Later that day they gathered for a 1940’s version of “The Price is Right.”

It was poodle skirts galore as they celebrated the 1950’s on Tuesday. The “Malt Shoppe” was open for residents to enjoy root beer floats. They even had a chance to spend an evening with Elvis.

On Wednesday, residents and staff will be groovy in their 1960’s inspired bell bottoms and tie dyes. Later, they all enjoyed a choice game of 1960’s bingo.

Bell bottoms will be fitting for the 1970’s too, but they’ll look a little different under the sparkle of a disco ball during a dance party on Thursday. Do the Hustle anyone?

On Friday it’s all big hair and parachute pants for the 1980’s inspired Alumni Day. d’Youville Pavilion will celebrate the end of a wonderful week with a barbecue on the patio for residents, patients, former patients, family members, and staff.

National Nursing Home Week is an annual observance sponsored nationally by the American Health Care Association, based in Washington, D.C. St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion is a 210-bed nursing facility located in Lewiston, Maine. It is one of the largest nursing homes north of Boston and the flagship component of the elder care services offered through St. Mary’s Health System. With a state-of-the-art rehab center, specialized dementia care unit, skilled and long term care, d’Youville 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.

For more information, please visit and click on “Senior Health.”

St. Mary’s Celebrates National Hospital Week & Nurses Week

Monday, May 7th, 2012



A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message for the 2012 National Hospital Week (May 6-12): “Making Miracles Happen.”

This year, National Nurses Week coincides with Hospital Week, beginning on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ending on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

“National Hospital Week and Nurses Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” says Lee Myles, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health System, which operates St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. “We’re extremely proud of all of our staff and nurses at the hospital, nursing home, physician practices, labs, and medical buildings. We recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and our communities.”

In keeping with its mission, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is celebrating these occasions through service. On Saturday, May 5, from 8 am to 2 pm, visit us at the Lepage Conference Center for our annual yard sale to benefit Haiti. St. Mary’s Health System has a long-term relationship with St. Boniface Hospital in Fond des Blancs, Pwoje Espwa (Father Marc Boisvert’s orphanage) in Les Cayes, and the Sisters of Charity in Port au Prince. Funds raised through the yard sale go directly to these organizations.

Meanwhile, some of our dedicated nurses will spend the week at the St. Mary’s Food Pantry at the Nutrition Center on Bates Street in Lewiston. They’ve been collecting food and household items to replenish the Pantry’s empty shelves. They will also prepare homemade laundry detergent to distribute to clients. Back at the hospital, the nursing staff is selling 50/50 raffle tickets with proceeds benefiting the Food Pantry. Other events such as an awards tea, guest speakers, and a blessing will take place this week.

St. Mary’s would like to thank its entire staff for the wonderful care they provide to our patients and our community.

“Living Art-Living Well Studio”

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012


 Seminar Series at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion

Interested in how art and creativity affects your health? Through a series of four seminars, Living Art–Living Well Studio offers participants the opportunity to explore the connection between traditional art, cultural legacy, and life review; it also explores the role these play in health, aging, positive decision-making, and how this influences the practice of health care.

Community health providers, health professions faculty, students, and community members are invited to participate in the Living Art–Living Well Studio four-part seminar series. This series – sponsored by the University of New England Maine Geriatric Education Center (UNE-MGEC) in partnership with St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, Cultural Resources, Inc. and the Maine Arts Commission – will include artist demonstrations and facilitated discussion.

The first of the four part series takes place on Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston. This seminar features one of the most gifted basket makers of the Passamaquoddy Nation, Molly Neptune Parker, and her grandson George Neptune.\

Molly Neptune Parker has devoted her life to practicing the brown ash and sweetgrass tradition by passing it on to the next generation, including several children and grandchildren. As a child, Parker learned basket making from her mother and she continues the fancy basket tradition at her home on the shores of Lewey Lake in Indian Township, Maine. Her work is much sought after by collectors and has been featured in several exhibitions, including “North by Northeast.” A Maine Arts Commission Traditional Arts Fellowship winner, Parker is also the President of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and a master teacher in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.

Participants are invited to attend the opening reception for the ‘Maine Arts Commissions’ traveling exhibition “Two Times Ten: 20 Years of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program” in Main Corridor on the first floor of St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion at 4:30 PM, February 9, 2012. Featuring portraits of participating master artists and their apprentices, the exhibit will explore the role of the elder artist in preserving cultural traditions.

CME credits are available for those that participate in all four sessions. Living Art–Living Well 2012 sessions will take place from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM on February 9, March 8, April 12, and May 10, at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion.

The event is open to the public as well as health professionals, faculty, and students. Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended. For questions or to register please contact Marilyn Amoroso at (207) 221-4460 or at

Join St. Mary’s for Some Stress-Reduction Techniques!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Stress Less!

Join us for Stress Less, a group where the focus is learning and practicing stress-reduction techniques as well as engaging in mutual support and discussion. Come learn some very simple tools you can add to your self-care tool box.

The next sessions will be held in the Lobby Conference Room at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center at 93 Campus Avenue in Lewiston on the following dates:


December 13, 2011
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

December 27, 2011
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

These sessions will be particuilarly beneficial to people with chronic health conditions. A special focus in December will be coping with holiday stress and setting positive intentions for stress management in 2012. Contact Maura Clark, LCSW at 777-4446 or for more information.

A School-Based Health Success Story

Monday, September 26th, 2011

By: Kim Foster, Administrative Secretary

A teacher approached me and asked if I could help a student who had a pair of broken glasses.  I told the teacher I would assist in any way I could.   I met with the student to enroll them in the Health Center. Once enrolled, I scheduled an appointment with an eye doctor only to find out that this student only has MaineCare for emergency services. This started a whole process of me trying to find someone to donate glasses, as well as an eye exam. I was determined to get help. After making numerous phone calls I found an organization (Mile Stone Foundation) who was willing to donate a voucher for glasses at Lens Crafters in Portland. Then, my search continued to find an optometrist who would be willing to perform an eye exam for free. Dr. John Lonsdale (Central Maine Eye Care) graciously agreed!  With assistance from the school principal, we were able to arrange the student’s transportation to Portland for glasses.  The school allowed us to borrow their van and a school staff member agreed to drive!  So, after about 3 weeks worth of phone calls, scheduling, and collaborating, this student now has a new pair of eye glasses!

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Wins National Award for Environmental Achievement

Thursday, June 30th, 2011


St. Mary’s Health System has been honored with a 2011 “Partner for Change, with Distinction” award from Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. The award is one of the organization’s seven Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in health care sector.

The Partner for Change, with Distinction award recognizes healthcare facilities that have achieved improvements in their mercury elimination, waste reduction, and pollution prevention programs (above the Partner for Change basic criteria.) This includes at least 15% recycling, a more extensive sustainability program, and a show of leadership in the local community and/or in the health care sector.

“The Environmental Excellence Awards recognize success stories,” said Anna Gilmore Hall, executive director of Practice Greenhealth. “St. Mary’s Health System is a successful model of how health facilities can develop and

implement pollution prevention programs to greatly improve the health of their patients, staff and community.”

St. Mary’s earned this prestigious recognition due to its efforts to reduce its electricity, oil, gas, and water consumption as well as promote food sustainability in the community.

St. Mary’s replaced its air cooled chiller with two high efficiency centrifugal chillers contributing to an annual reduction in electricity costs of more than $625,000 even while expanding its facility by approximately 100,000 square feet. As a result of these reductions St. Mary’s was the first hospital in Maine to earn the prestigious national Energy Star Award. Other facility upgrades led to a 9.5 million gallon annual reduction in water consumption. Duel fuel boilers give St. Mary’s the ability to track fuel markets and choose between #2 fuel or cleaner burning natural gas.

Through the work of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, with the help of community partners, It has taken a lead role in a sustainability and food access study to learn how to best address the needs of the Lewiston/Auburn area. Additionally, Lots to Gardens, a youth and community driven program within the Nutrition Center, uses sustainable urban agriculture to create access to fresh food and to nurture healthy youth and a healthy community.

It is through these efforts and programming that St. Mary’s was selected as a “Partner for Change, with Distinction.”

“We are very pleased to have our accomplishments recognized at a national level,” said St. Mary’s President and CEO, Lee Myles, “We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and are continually monitoring our progress. Receiving this award is confirmation that we are on the right track.”