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Restorative Health offers the privacy and convenience of telemental health.

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Everyone experiences periods of stress, sadness, and grief in their lifetime. Sometimes professional mental health services are beneficial to help people work through these periods of time and feel better. Restorative health, an EMHS member, created expanded access to mental health services for our patients by offering telemental health services via a patient’s computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Brent Scobie, PhD, LCSW, and senior clinical director at Restorative Health explains why telemental health services are the new direction in mental healthcare. “Increasingly, people are using technology to stay connected with one another and make their routines more efficient. Restorative Health’s telemental health services leverages technology for this purpose.”

Brent tells us that this new way of delivering this service is very much like in-office sessions. As a new client, Restorative Health works to match patients with the provider that best aligns with his or her needs. Just like traditional face-to-face therapy, individuals who choose to attend therapy sessions using tele-video can expect to work with the same provider at each appointment.

There still can exist a stigma around seeking mental health services—an attitude that is changing. Brent adds, “Telemental health services offer additional privacy for people who want and need treatment, but may feel uncomfortable going to an office to receive it. Restorative Health’s telemental health services allow people the option to attend treatment from the privacy of their home or office.”

As an added note, EMHS Employee Medical Plan members have coverage for telemental health services at the in-system level. To learn more about Restorative Health, call 207-973-6620 or visit their website at https://restorativehealthresults.org/.

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TAMC and Agri-Women join together in support of women’s issues

TAMC is once again teaming up with Maine Agri-Women, a coalition of farm, ranch, and agricultural business women, to host the second annual County Women’s Health Conference, a free community program designed to educate and bring awareness to women’s issues. The conference provides the opportunity to learn more about key issues related to women’s health and general wellbeing, and to meet with professionals to ask questions.

“This conference is geared to all women, all ages, from all walks of life,” said Jamie Guerrette, community health specialist at TAMC. “We have found a great partnership with the Maine Agri-Women and we’re so excited to be able to work together on this project.”

The keynote presentation will feature a panel discussion on the topic of opioid abuse. Panelists will include Lieutenant Brian Harris from the Maine State Police, Peter McCorison from Aroostook Mental Health Center, John Thyng PA-C from TAMC, and Roxanne Burt, a recovering addict from the community.

Lucy Richard, certified nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner, from TAMC’s Women’s Health Center and Mary Hamilton, certified nurse midwife from TAMC’s OB/GYN and Midwifery Services will talk about ways to stay healthy no matter what your age. Diabetes nurse educator, Christine O’Meara, BSN, RN, will discuss diabetes prevention and care, and Wendy Boucher, MD, an orthopedic surgeon from TAMC Orthopedics Services, will cover shoulder problems and how to treat them.

“We are very proud to be a co-sponsor of this event,” said Pam Townsend, president of Maine Agri-Women. “We are partnering with TAMC because we believe that women's health is a very important topic. We, as women, are always busy making sure that everyone else in the family is taken care of and often neglect our own wellbeing.”

The second annual County Women’s Health Conference will be held at the conference center at TAMC’s AR Gould Memorial Hospital on Saturday, April 8, beginning at 8 am. A County-style brunch will be offered, including ployes, a yogurt bar, and special product from Penobscot McCrum, among other food items. Educational displays, door prizes, and giveaways are also included as part of the conference.

For information or to register for the Women’s Health Conference, visit http://tamc.org/womenshealth or call the registration line at 207-768-4033.

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EMMC debuts new oncology research newsletter

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In an effort to increase awareness of what’s happening locally in oncology research, EMMC’s Cancer Research Outreach team has published its first edition of a bi-annual newsletter. The group, which consists of team members from various departments, compiled timely information that includes a feature on EMMC becoming the newest member of the Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative and what that means for our community, an introduction of Helen Hsu, MD, MS, director, Oncology Research, an overview of cancer research programs, and a look ahead at this summer’s Champion the Cure Challenge, which raises critical funds for cancer treatment at EMMC.
 
To read the newsletter and share it with those who may be interested in Oncology Research at EMMC, please visit:  CancerResearch.EMMC.org

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Gourmet events benefit patients' experience.


Nothing brings people together quite like food. This April, EMHS Foundation events in both Portland and Ellsworth bring together culinary geniuses and community members for two gastronomic events. The events help raise funds for programs and equipment that will benefit the patient experience.

“The sharing of food has always been part of the human story. With good food and good friends, we make stronger communities,” said Michael Crowley, president of EMHS Foundation. “These galas have become community traditions, benefiting local patients and their families as well as an opportunity to showcase the talents of local businesses.” Both events partner with local chefs to serve an assortment of their best dishes for attendees to sample. Playful themes, auctions, and contests carry the event joyfully through the evening. Approximately $100,000 is raised annually by these two occasions.

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Employees from Cianbro participate in a cooking competition against other companies during the 2016 Gourmet Gala in Portland.

  
The Gourmet Gala in Portland gathers food lovers with some of Portland’s most popular restaurants and caterers on April 11 for a sampling of the area’s best dishes. The proceeds from the event benefit Gary’s House, a safe, comfortable, and affordable home-away-from-home for families and individuals with loved ones receiving medical treatment in any greater Portland-area hospital. “We raise about $40,000 annually that helps support Gary’s House as well as help those most in need of a place to stay,” said Lana Wescott, a philanthropy officer at EMHS Foundation. “Every $100 can lodge a family for a week.”


Ellsworth On April 29, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital hosts its twenty-fourth annual Chef’s Gala, where chefs from the Ellsworth area provide tasty samplings of the local cuisine. All funds from the Chef’s Gala go to support the hospital’s Breast Clinic and cancer detection equipment, as well as help
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Staff from Chipper’s Restaurant with their assortment of seafood, such as raw oysters on the half-shell, at the 2016 Chef’s Gala in Ellsworth.

support patients in Hancock County with needs such as with transportation costs to get a screening. “Breast cancer has touched so many in the community and people love to support anything that can help alleviate the pain it causes,” said Patti Patterson King, director of public relations and marketing for Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

Proceeds from this year’s Chef’s Gala will benefit new three-dimensional mammographic imaging technology at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. Current mammogram technology applies pressure to a patient’s breast, which can be a discomfort. This new technology takes multiple pictures in layers of the patient’s breast and then reassembles the images into a 3D model that provides clearer results. “Clearer results mean less chance of call backs for a patient to repeat the procedure,” said Patti. “We know the call backs are common enough that it is a source of anxiety for our patients. Repeat procedures are inconvenient, stressful, and cost money. Less anxiety means a better patient experience.”

If you are interested in knowing more about either event, please visit the EMHS Foundation website:

The Portland Gourmet Gala - http://emhsfoundation.org/event-forms/filling-tank-garys-house/
The Ellsworth Chef’s Gala - http://emhsfoundation.org/event-forms/mcmhs-twenty-fourth-annual-chefs-gala/
 
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Daltons Receive Central Maine Citizen Award

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Congratulations to Inland Hospital president and EMHS senior vice president John Dalton and his wife, Jackie.  The Daltons were honored earlier this month with the “Central Maine Citizen Award” from the Kennebec Valley District Boy Scouts for their many years of service to the greater Waterville area.

Congressman Bruce Poliquin (R-Me) thanked the Daltons for their dedication to the region, “Central Maine is blessed to have John and Jackie so involved and working to strengthen our community.” As the 2016 Citizen Award recipient, Charlie Gaunce from Central Maine Motor Auto Group, presented the 2017 award to the Daltons.

John, who is also a proud Eagle Scout, is very active in his community. He chairs the Kennebec Valley Community College Foundation, and is a member and past chair of the board of directors of the Central Maine Growth Council, a member of the board of directors of Waterville Creates!, served on  the board of directors of the Waterville Development Corporation, and is a member of Waterville Rotary. John chaired the United Way of Mid-Maine’s Annual Campaign in 2008.

Jackie Dalton is co-executive director of REM (Revitalize the Energy in ME), serves on the board of directors of Kennebec Messalonskee Trails (currently its secretary), Waterville Main Street, the United Way of Mid-Maine, and is a member of the Friends of the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers.

The couple received the Mid-Maine Chamber’s Distinguished Community Service Award in 2015.

The Daltons live in Winslow and have two grown children, Andy who is an Eagle Scout and Abby who is a recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award.  They have three grandchildren who are the joy of their lives.      

“This is our home,” John says. “We are proud to be part of this amazing community.” Jackie adds, “Being involved in our community is a joy and a responsibility.” Both note a personal satisfaction from helping build a stronger community.

Please join us in congratulating John and Jackie Dalton for their exceptional community service!

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WOW program at MCMH helps to give kids a healthy start.

Being a parent has never been easy. Children today have an overwhelming amount of yummy, but nutritionally sparse foods tempting their taste buds in addition to a number of screens fighting for their attention. There is a lot of information available to parents about keeping their kids physically active and how to maintain a balanced diet, but where to begin? Most parents can agree that they will take all the help they can get! Maine Coast Memorial Hospital (MCMH) recognized a need in the community to help families sort through that information and give kids a healthy start in life. MCMH has partnered with EMMC’s Way to Optimal Weight (WOW) Clinic to offer a WOW satellite clinic on site at Maine Coast Pediatrics.

The WOW Clinic was developed by pediatrician and American Board of Obesity Medicine certified specialist, Valerie O’Hara, DO, of EMMC. The program is designed specifically for children and adolescents between the ages 15 months to 19 years, with a body mass index at or above the eighty-fifth percentile. The WOW clinic seeks to help kids and their families make positive changes that improve health conditions associated with elevated body mass index, such as breathing problems, joint pain, or type 2 diabetes. Dr. O’Hara adds that the program’s young participants are also helping other children as well. “WOW is participating in a national registry that will help clinics like ours use evidence-based interventions to improve cardiometabolic risk factors (the chance of having diabetes, heart disease or stroke) for this pediatric population.”

The program uses a multi-disciplinary team approach at the WOW Ellsworth satellite clinic which

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Kaileigh Porter, registered dietitian from MCMH providing dietary education.

includes EMMC medical provider Kathrin Hastey, family nurse practitioner; Acadia Hospital behavioral specialist Michaele Potvin, licensed clinical social worker; and Kaileigh Porter, registered dietitian from MCMH providing dietary education. WOW partnered with Down East YMCA, located in Ellsworth to provide a certified personal trainer that will direct the physical activity component of the program.

TAMC and EMMC also have a similar successful partnership hosting a WOW clinic at Aroostook Pediatrics. Using telemedicine and quarterly site visits, Dr. O’Hara supports local TAMC staff to guide County families toward better health. Six area children are enrolled already in the program with more soon to enter.

Kaileigh does have a unique perspective of the program, “As a mom myself, I identify with a lot of the struggles these families are facing like staying on a budget, managing busy schedules, and working around the developing palate of a young child. It’s really rewarding to work with kids. During my initial assessment, I focus on the positive things they’re already doing and build from there. My job isn’t to tell them what they are doing wrong, but to educate and support positive behavior change.”

Kathrin has already seen the positive effect the program has had in the area. “Having the opportunity to provide our WOW expertise in the local community has been exciting for all of us at WOW and well received by the patients and families in this area. The ability to improve access to care by reducing the traveling distance for our patients makes it possible to help more children.”

A physician’s referral is required to participate in the WOW Clinic. For more information, please call the clinic at 581-4WOW (581-4969) and ask to speak with the WOW clinical coordinator, Starr Johnston, RN.