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Lots to Gardens Honored with Outstanding Community Dedication Award

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Pictured are Kandie Desell of MAIN (left) presenting the November 2013 Outstanding Community Dedication Award to Annie Doran of Lots to Gardens, St. Mary’s Nutrition Center.

The Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods (MAIN) recently awarded Lots to Gardens with its Outstanding Community Dedication Award. The award ceremony took place at a MAIN meeting, last month at St. Mary’s B-Street Health Center in Lewiston.

MAIN is an all-volunteer coalition of individuals and organizations created in 1980 as a statewide voice for low to moderate income concerns. “With this award we are hoping that by recognizing people in their own communities it will empower them to know they can make changes at the statehouse and in their own neighborhoods to effect positive change,” said Kandie Desell, a MAIN leader. “The fact that Lots to Gardens engages youth is also very important to us,” added Desell.

Lots to Gardens is a youth and community driven program of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center that uses sustainable urban gardening to provide opportunities for people to grow their own food, create access to affordable fresh food, and to involve youth as leaders in building a healthy community. The program helps families develop skills and build influence for lifelong and community-wide change. Since 1999, Lots to Gardens has built more than a dozen gardens and green spaces in four diverse neighborhoods in Lewiston.

Annie Doran, Youth Programs Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the program. “It’s wonderful to be accepting an award from a room full of people who truly understand the power our local youth and community have, and take the time to recognize our work. Lots to Gardens is in its 15th year of programs. There are now thousands of youth and adults who have raised vegetables in garden plots across the city and by doing so, raised their voices to express every person’s right to healthy, affordable food,” said Doran.

For more information about MAIN, see MAIN (Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods) on Facebook, and to learn more about Lots to Gardens, St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, see www.stmarysnutritioncenter.org.

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

Tuesday, 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.

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for total joint replacement.

Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.

“St. Mary’s Center for Joint Replacement is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the process of joint replacement,” said Wayne Moody, MD, the Center’s Medical Director. “This designation from Aetna confirms the quality of care we’re delivering to our patients.”

St. Mary’s Center for Joint replacement works in partnership with St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics. Services include hip, knee, shoulder, and ankle replacement, kyphoplasty, arthroscopy, surgery, fracture care, and sports medicine.

For more information please visit www.stmarysmaine.com or call (207) 333-4700. St. Mary’s Center for Joint Replacement at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is located at 93 Campus Avenue in Lewiston, Maine.

Save the Date for Our Spring Event: “Mystery at Our Class Reunion”

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

St. Mary’s Health System’s Development Office would like to invite you to attend their spring event, “Mystery at Our Class Reunion,” a mystery dinner theater that takes place at a high school class reunion created by Mystery for Hire (www.mysteryforhire.com).

The event will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at The Royal Oak Room in Lewiston, Maine at 6:00 pm.

The evening will begin with a social hour where you will have time to visit friends and browse the silent auction tables. Guests will enjoy scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and a fine dining experience prepared by Personal Touch Catering of Buxton, Maine. Following dinner, Mystery for Hire will set the stage for the mystery. The suspects will be introduced, formally interrogated and the audience will solve the crime and pronounce the sentence. Everyone can participate and anyone can be a suspect! Once the mystery is solved there will be a DJ to play the popular tunes of your day and dancing will commence.

Don’t miss out! Please consider joining us for this unique night of mystery and intrigue!! Tickets are $75 per person or $65 if purchased on or before February 13, 2013. Tables of eight are $500. For more info, contact Mary at 207-755-3366 or email at mellingwood@stmarysmaine.com. All attendees are encouraged to wear attire from the year they graduated!

St. Mary’s Recognized for Efforts to Prevent the Flu

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
11.6.12

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center Recognized for Efforts to Prevent the Flu - 93 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine

Staff at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston accepts a recognition plaque from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 85 percent of the hospital’s employees received a flu vaccination during the 2011-2012 influenza season.

Health care personnel are the first line of defense in diagnosing, treating, and preventing the spread of influenza. The Maine CDC and St. Mary’s support all efforts to ensure the health care personnel are kept safe and healthy, so they can do their important jobs. Vaccination of all healthcare workers protects vulnerable patients against the flu and is an important component of a patient safety program.

Mission Week at St. Mary’s

Friday, October 19th, 2012

This week, October 15 – October 19, 2012 has been designated as our Mission Week. Mission Week is a time when we reflect on our mission, our foundress and our roots. This year we have decided to create a Mission in Action Calendar Raffle to serve as our major fundraiser which raises funds for our Marguerite d’Youville Fund for the Needy. The calendar could not have been created without the incredible generosity of so many employees and local vendors. We thank them for living our Mission through their donations.

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Bronze Quality Achievement Award

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10.15.12

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that St. Mary’s has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients for at least 90 days with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations. According to Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure treatment guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

“The full implementation of national heart failure guideline recommended care is a critical step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations and prolonging the lives of heart failure patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “The goal of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is to help hospitals like St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and the number of deaths in these patients. Published scientific studies are providing us with more and more evidence that Get With The Guidelines works. Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it. That’s resulting in improved survival.”

“St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program will help us accomplish this by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcome for these patients,” said Roy Ulin, MD, FACC, Medical Director of the Cardiology program at St. Mary’s.

Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps St. Mary’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes. The program includes quality-improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools. This quick and efficient use of guideline tools will enable St. Mary’s to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure. 

St. Mary’s Center for Family Urology is Offering Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

Monday, October 15th, 2012

St. Mary’s Center for Family Urology is offeringfree prostate cancer screenings at their

OPEN HOUSE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012
3:00 – 5:00 PM

In Their New Office Location
99 Campus Avenue – 4th Floor
Light Refreshments and Fun Give-a-ways!

For more information, please call Practice Manager, Liz Hebert at 755-3150.

Our experts treat people of all ages. Come and ask them questions about urological conditions and treatments.

What’s New in Knee Surgery? Plenty!

Friday, October 12th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10/12/12

Come to a presentation by Dr. David Wexler of St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston.

Dr. Wexler will discuss new technology and procedures that cause less trauma during surgery and leads to a faster recovery. He’ll also talk about how knee replacements last much longer than replacements made just a decade ago. Plus, you’ll have a chance to ask your questions.

Dr. Wexler earned his medical degree at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, University Of London in London, United Kingdom. He completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. For the past 10 years he worked at Northern Penobscot Orthopaedics, Millinocket Regional Hospital in Millinocket.

During his 23 years as a surgeon, Dr. Wexler’s training has included various subspecialties providing a broad experience. His main focus at St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics is lower limb joint reconstruction including hip, knee, and ankle replacement.

Seating for his presentation is limited so please call 777-8481 to reserve your spot today.

Sixth Annual Alive in Lewiston

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Friday, October 26
6:30 to 9:00 pm

A delicious home-style meal featuring local farm ingredients, live Americana music from some of Maine’s best musicians, and a space covered with wall to wall community inspired art? What’s NOT to love about this year’s sixth annual Alive in Lewiston!  A celebration of local food, music and art, Alive in Lewiston has been bringing friends, family and neighbors together each year to enjoy an artful and relaxing evening out while helping to support the community gardening, food access and cooking and nutrition projects of Lots to Gardens and the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center. This years Alive in Lewiston will also coincide with Food Day, a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Hosted at this historic Wallace School Building (home of the Nutrition Center) at 208 Bates Street in downtown Lewiston on Friday, October 26, Alive in Lewiston begins at 6:30 pm and runs to 9:00 pm.  For those eager early birds, tickets are an affordable $15 through the week before the event and $20 at the door.  Kids under 12 are $5 in advance or the night of the event.  For more information or to RSVP please contact 207 513 3844 nutritioncenterme@gmail.com.