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Bridgton Hospital Recognized as Top Rural Hospital for Second Year

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Bridgton Hospital was named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the second time. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.

"It's an honor to be selected as a Leapfrog Top Rural Hospital for the second year in a row. This prestigious recognition is really a tribute to the positive and dedicated efforts of the Bridgton Hospital medical staff to provide top-quality care for our patients every day of the year. As a community hospital, we take pride in the care our family, friends and neighbors receive, and it's an honor to be recognized by Leapfrog for our work. The recognition holds even more meaning as we approach the end of Bridgton Hospital's Centennial year. Over the last 100 years, Bridgton Hospital has been an integral part of the Lakes Region. Seeing the impact this hospital and staff have on our local communities makes me proud to lead Bridgton Hospital into its next 100 years," said David Frum, President of Bridgton Hospital.

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Bridgton Hospital received a Top Rural Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:

  • 10 Top Children's Hospitals
  • 45 Top General Hospitals
  • 18 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 36 Top Teaching Hospitals


Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital's capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year's Top Hospital Methodology.

"We are proud to recognize Bridgton Hospital as a 2017 Leapfrog Top Hospital. This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and the local community. The entire staff and board deserve praise for putting quality first and achieving results," said Leah Binder, President and CEO of Leapfrog.

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The selection of Top Hospitals 2017 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2017 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

12/08/2017

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Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital Receive National Recognition for Performance Leadership

Today, on National Rural Health Day, Central Maine Healthcare announced its Critical Access Hospitals, Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital, have been recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH), reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation. Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital received recognition for performance in outcomes and patient perspective, respectively.

"It's an honor to have Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals recognized for being top-performing rural hospitals. One of the best aspects of being a rural hospital is the connection we have with our communities and the ability to care for our friends, families and neighbors. I want to thank the staff members at Bridgton and Rumford for their hard work every day serving the Lakes and River Valley regions. The staff and communities make me proud to lead these hospitals," said David Frum, President of Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals.

The rankings are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength INDEX the industry's most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from more than 50 individual metrics into three major categories and eight pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

"On this important day, as we celebrate the power of rural, it's great to recognize these top performers who are excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, or operating at a lower cost than their peers," said Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. "These leaders serve as a benchmark for other rural facilities as they strive to achieve similar results and provide a blueprint for how to successfully run a hospital and serve their communities amidst today's uncertainty and mounting pressures."

11/16/2017

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Learn to Manage Your Diabetes at Bridgton Hospital

Bridgton Hospital's Diabetes Clinic, A.A.D.E certified, will present its three-part Diabetes Self-Management classes beginning Monday, November 20. Pre-registration and pre-assessment is required for all of those attending. Call Linda Russell, RD, LD, CDE or Elaine Drew, RN, CDE, CDFN at 207-647-6064 to register.

The classes will be held on:

  • Monday, November 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 27 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon
  • Wednesday, November 29 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

These classes are designed to give general information about diabetes and help patients manage their diabetes. The course also introduces patients to a diabetes support system.

Over the three classes, participants will cover the following subjects:

  • An overview of diabetes, complications, diabetic ketoacidosis, and hypoglycemia
  • Diabetes process and treatment options
  • Goal setting and problem solving
  • Nutrition management: meal plans, carbohydrate counting, cooking tips, dining out guidelines
  • Glucose monitoring and control
  • Maternity care: preconception care, pregnancy, and gestational diabetes management
  • Importance of daily exercise
  • Psychosocial adjustment
  • Diabetic eye care


A dietary consultation is required and should be done before the classes begin, call 207-647-6062 to schedule. Participants are encouraged to bring a relative or friend with them. Following sign up, each attendee will receive the Your Diabetes Guidebook for use in the class. For more information about the program or to register call 207-647-6064.

11/06/2017

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Peter Leighton, M.D., Acknowledged for Patient Care by Bridgton Hospital

Bridgton Hospital presented its inaugural Larry Hopperstead Award for Excellence in Patient Care to Peter Leighton, M.D.

Nominated as "a model of a caring physician," Leighton provides exemplary care to his patients at Bridgton Internal Medicine. Through his practice of evidence-based medicine, Leighton combines his clinical expertise with research-based evidence and his patients' values and preferences to provide a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient. As a strong patient advocate and compassionate provider, he is able to have difficult conversations with patients, their families, and other providers, if necessary to provide high-quality, compassionate care.

Leighton also looks to the Lakes Region's health needs to see how he can best assist his community. As a result, when the opioid epidemic made its way into the region he obtained a Suboxone waiver to provide necessary and life-altering treatment for those addicted to opioids in the region. Leighton is now known as one of the top resources in the state when it comes to Suboxone treatment in a primary care setting.

The Larry Hopperstead Award for Excellence in Patient Care is named in honor of long-time Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) surgeon Dr. Larry Hopperstead, FACS. In his tenure at CMMC, he was instrumental in creating and building the hospital's trauma program as Trauma Director, as well as, bringing Lifeflight of Maine to the Lewiston campus. In 2011, Hopperstead joined the Rumford Hospital Surgical Associates' staff and brought his knowledge, surgical prowess, and patient-centered care to the River Valley until his retirement earlier this year. Throughout his career, Hopperstead never forgot that treating patients and team members with respect and compassion is the foundation of high-quality healthcare.

In honor of all that Larry Hopperstead brought to CMH, providers must:
  • Model altruism, competence, trustworthiness, and humility
  • Receive exemplary patient and family feedback
  • Demonstrate success in improving the patient experience and reducing patient and caregiver suffering


  • Leighton personifies CMH's dedication to elevating the communities it serves.

    10/26/2017

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    Quick, Easy and Affordable: Healthy Meal Tips for Kids

    Getting your kids to eat healthy doesn't have to be a battle. It doesn't even have to be time consuming or expensive. There are plenty of things you can do to ensure that breakfasts, lunches, dinners even snacks are inexpensive, easy to prepare and good for the whole family.

    The Basics
    Kids need the same kinds of healthy foods that adults do with more of those vitamins and minerals that will help them to grow big and strong. This is where things like whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies and healthy proteins come in. Make sure to expose them to a variety of different foods to keep their diets diverse and their taste buds entertained.

    After you've selected all of the nutritious choices you'll provide for your kids, make sure to eat as many meals together as possible. Cooking more meals at home gives you the ability to cut costs and control their nutrition.

    If you're having trouble getting your kids excited about healthy eating, try getting them involved in helping to shop for and prepare the meals. Even the littlest hands can help wash veggies and mix ingredients.

    Breakfast
    Most importantly don't let them skip it. Healthy nutrition is crucial to academic performance at school during the day and mental alertness. Stick to choices with lots of fiber like whole grains, some protein and good fats. Eggs, unsweetened yogurt, cottage cheese, nut butters, and berries and nuts are all excellent options.

    Lunch
    Brown bag nutrition is the way to go! Healthier than cafeteria fare, lunches should include foods from at least three of the food groups. Let kids help pick and prepare foods so they are more interested, and make lunches the night before so it's easier to get out the door in the morning.

    The lunch times at school aren't always long, so make sure to pack foods that are easy to eat and get into. Peel the oranges for them ahead of time, for example.

    If your little one is in elementary school they will most likely get a mid-morning snack time, so don't forget to add something in like a sliced banana or apple with peanut butter.

    Other great lunch options include hummus, sandwiches, whole grain crackers, raw cut up veggies, hard boiled eggs, milkeven leftovers from dinner the night before.

    They'll probably still beg for junk food, so be prepared with healthier alternatives like graham crackers, fig bars, trail mix, pretzels and baked chips.

    Dinner
    Having healthy options for dinner is all about meal planning and preparing things ahead of time when you've got a busy schedule filled with kids' activities. Crock-pots are a great option for having something hot and ready when you get home at night.

    Stick to lean proteins like chicken, fish and turkey even beans, and don't forget that there is no limit to greens!

    Snacks
    Snacks should be a combination of protein and carbohydrates. The more nutrients the snack has, the more filling it will be. Limit refined carbohydrates like candy, white bread, pasta, rice and cookies.

    Snack time is a great time of day to give them something they're missing in their diet. If they haven't had any fruit all day, try a smoothie with yogurt and fruit or a banana with peanut butter. Veggies with ranch or hummus are great too, and for the salty and crunchy cravings, try light popcorn with a little Parmesan cheese.

    10/21/2017

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    Stacey Desjardins, RT Receives Bridgton Hospital's Sunshine Award

    Bridgton Hospital presented its most recent Sunshine Award to Stacey Desjardins, RT, the hospital's night Radiology Tech.

    The Sunshine Award was established to reward and celebrate the extraordinary skills and compassionate care given by technical support staff. Sunshine Award recipients consistently demonstrate compassion, patient and family focused care, passion about life, patient advocacy, and their support of all healthcare team members.

    Desjardins was nominated for her willingness to help wherever she is needed and going above and beyond as a Bridgton Hospital team member. Her motivation has led her to become certified in CT and X-ray, as well as training in mammography to ensure she can help out in all areas of her specialty. In addition to her imaging duties, she readily volunteers to clean rooms and help out in the Emergency Department (ED) when needed.

    The nomination story recounted the night a patient came in to the ED with back pain, but shortly after became unresponsive. As everyone rushed to the room as did Desjardins, who grabbed the necessary equipment, placed the patient on a cardiac monitor, and helped perform compressions. Once the patient was stable, Desjardins helped clear the trauma bay and clean the bay after the patient was transferred.

    Her co-workers describe her as a "godsend", and Desjardins' personable and compassionate demeanor personify Central Maine Healthcare's mission to touch the lives of patients and their families and elevate the communities the system serves.

    10/16/2017

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    Katrina Sink, M.D., Joins Naples Family Practice

    Katrina Sink, M.D. has joined the staff at Naples Family Practice located at 410 Roosevelt Trail in Naples.

    Sink attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She earned her medical degree at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan.

    She completed her family medicine residency and a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine through Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sink is board certified in family medicine through the American Board of Family Medicine.

    Though she sees patients of all ages, Sink has additional experience and interest in geriatric, hospice, and palliative care. She enjoys guiding patients on their journey from cure-directed treatment to comfort-directed treatment.

    "I am open minded and consider my patients as an entire person. Listening to and understanding my patients' personal beliefs and preferences for their care help me work with them to decide on the best treatments for illnesses. I also try to explain things in an understandable way to create a personalized and shared decision-making process for each patient," said Sink of her care philosophy.

    Naples Family Practice is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-693-6106.

    09/28/2017

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    Bridgton Hospital to Offer Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Classes in September

    Bridgton Hospital's Diabetes Clinic, A.A.D.E certified, will present its three-part Diabetes Self-Management classes beginning Friday, September 22 in the large boardroom at Bridgton Hospital. These classes are designed to give general information about diabetes and help patients manage their diabetes. The course also introduces patients to a diabetes support system. Pre-registration and pre-assessment is required for all of those attending. Following sign up, each attendee will receive the Your Diabetes Guidebook for use in the class. Call Linda Russell, RD, LD, CDE or Elaine Drew, RN, CDE, CDFN at 207-647-6064 to register.

    Friday, September 22, 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Linda Russell, a registered dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, will start the first class by discussing meal plans and diabetes and will review carbohydrate counting. Her presentation will include cooking tips, menu planning, dining out guidelines, glucose monitoring, and dietary management for glucose control. Russell will also review preconception care, pregnancy, and gestational diabetes management.

    Monday, September 25, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Karen Bogdon, occupational therapist, will discuss the importance of daily exercise and how it can help improve blood sugars, decrease weight, and improve overall well-being.

    Elaine Drew, registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, will provide an overview of diabetes. This will include the disease process and treatment options, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetic ketoacidosis (dangerously high blood sugar).

    Wednesday, September 27, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, The final day will discuss medications to control diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol. The discussion also features information about lab tests and diabetes, complications from the disease, psychosocial adjustment, goal setting, signs and treatment of hypoglycemia, and sick day management.

    Following, Dr. Thomas Gordon, optometrist, will discuss eye care and diabetes, including cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

    A dietary consultation is required, and should be done before the classes begin, call 207-647-6062 to schedule. Participants are encouraged to bring a relative or friend with them. For more information about the program or to register call 207-647-6064.

    09/11/2017

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    Registration Open for the 27th Annual Bridgton Hospital Golf Tournament

    Player registrations and sponsorships are being accepted for Bridgton Hospital's 27th Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday, August 30 at Bridgton Highlands Country Club. This long-standing tournament has raised over $1 million over the past 25 years in support of the many services and programs offered by Bridgton Hospital. This year's tournament will benefit the Bridgton Hospital Therapy Services Pediatrics Program and the Clinical Staff Education Fund.

    Players will experience an organized tournament structure complete with shuttle and bag valet service, breakfast, barbecue lunch and hors d'oeuvres, along with high-quality player favors and more. There are multiple sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsorship levels are packaged to include marketing benefits, a foursome, mulligans, and raffle tickets for an easy registration process on the day of the event.

    The Therapy Services Pediatric Program is being expanded to meet the needs of children in our local community who are challenged with communication and mobility problems. The program is in need of a multisensory room to provide a space for relaxation, elimination of distractions and increase sensory input, facilitating communication and mobility for children with a wide range of disabilities. Funding for equipment will facilitate the incorporation of therapy into play. The Clinical Staff Education Fund was created to support the education of staff members who do not receive continuing education dollars as part of their compensation. Proceeds from the Bridgton Hospital Golf Tournament will directly benefit these needs.

    To register, sponsor or for more information about the event or Bridgton Hospital, please contact the Development Office at (207) 647-6055 or email bridgtonhospitalgiving@cmhc.org.

    Photo caption: Players from the Bridgton Hospital team enjoy the 2016 Golf Tournament. This year's event will benefit the Bridgton Hospital Therapy Services Pediatrics Program and the Clinical Staff Education Fund.

    08/11/2017

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    Bridgton Hospital to Celebrate 100 Years with Community Event

    Bridgton Hospital will be hosting a community celebration in honor of the hospital's centennial. The event will take place on Friday, August 25 at 8:00 p.m. on the Bridgton Hospital campus.

    The event will feature a DJ, refreshments, and end with fireworks at 9:00 p.m. The hospital's leadership and staff cordially invite Lakes Region residents and visitors to enjoy this free centennial celebration and take a look at the newly dedicated Memory Garden featuring a time capsule to be opened in 2117.

    Bridgton Hospital has been the Lakes Region's community hospital since 1917 at the bequest of Bridgton resident Clara Fogg. For the last 100 years, Bridgton Hospital has provided the Lakes Region with top-quality healthcare that residents would previously have to travel miles to receive. Though healthcare is continuously changing, Bridgton Hospital is committed to remaining a community hospital for the next 100 years and beyond.

    What: Bridgton Hospital Centennial Community Celebration
    When: Friday, August 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
    Where: Bridgton Hospital, 10 Hospital Drive, Bridgton

    08/09/2017

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    Hanscom Earns Governor's Volunteer Recognition

    Jeffrey Hanscom, a long-time Bridgton Hospital Guild volunteer, earned the Governor's Award for Service and Volunteerism for giving 1,308 hours of service to the hospital last year (2016-2017). Hanscom volunteers his time at Twitchell's Campus Cafe, serving up great food for hospital staff and the public. In all, Hanscom has given over 5,000 hours during his many years of service to Bridgton Hospital. Pictured with him is Susan Hedrich, Volunteer Services Director for Central Maine Healthcare, who presented Hanscom with a certificate of appreciation signed by Governor LePage during National Volunteer Week.

    07/11/2017

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    Bridgton Hospital Therapy Services Launches "Fitness Fun" Program for Lakes Region Youth

    Bridgton Hospital Therapy Services is proud to announce the launch of its new "Fitness Fun" program. The eight-week program will introduce children in grades three through five to a variety of fun ways to exercise and strategies for making healthy changes in their lives. The program starts on Tuesday, July 11 and will meet every Tuesday through August 29.

    "Fitness Fun" will enable children to explore different ways of having fun while being active. Each week of the program will cover a different activity including: yoga, circuit activities, using household equipment, therapy balls, and more. The program also teaches strategies for making healthy changes and ways to relieve stress. Children will fill out a weekly workout log teaching them responsibility and awareness of their choices.

    To participate in the program children must have a referral from a primary care physician and complete a physical therapy evaluation to assess their balance, endurance, and strength to determine their eligibility. Children will also be expected to have consistent participation in the group and complete a prescribed weekly home exercise program.

    To learn more or to register please call, 207-647-6145.

    06/26/2017

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    Jill Rollins, RN Receives the DAISY Nurse Leader Award

    Bridgton Hospital's Director of Nursing, Jill Rollins, RN has been chosen as Central Maine Healthcare's 2017 DAISY Nurse Leader Award recipient.

    Rollins was presented with the award at a surprise ceremony.

    Since 1999, the DAISY Foundation has recognized the compassion and skills of more than 75,000 nurses worldwide through the DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses. The nomination stories share the many levels of kindness, patience, and patient-centered care nurses provide every day. Yet the managers who oversee these extraordinary nurses, often don't consider themselves eligible for the award. The DAISY Foundation understands that great care at the bedside also stems from these leaders' efforts in managing staff. As a result, the foundation created the DAISY Nurse Leader Award to recognize these extraordinary leaders.

    The nomination process is similar to the regular DAISY Award with a call for nominations going out to staff and also adding any patients' nominations of leaders to the "pool" of candidates. At Central Maine Healthcare, a committee of representatives from Central Maine Medical Center, Bridgton Hospital, and Rumford Hospital review the nominations and vote on the winner.

    During the nomination process, there were multiple stories nominating Rollins for the award. Each story highlighted her willingness to go above and beyond when it comes to caring for staff and patients.

    Fellow Director of Nursing for Rumford Hospital Becky Hall, RN said, "Not only does Jill advocate for her nurses but for Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital, as well. She's inspired me to be a better leader."

    Other staff described Rollins as always available, smiling, a great listener, a nurturer, and a natural leader in her position.

    David Frum President of Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals summed up Rollins' impact with, "Jill, we are who we are because of who you are."

    Rollins' gratitude shined through when she thanked the gathered crowd by saying, "It's working with all of you that makes my day the best, every single day. You are all an amazing team, and we are an amazing team together."

    05/22/2017

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    Michelle Gladish Receives Bridgton Hospital's Sunshine Award

    Bridgton Hospital presented its most recent Sunshine Award to Michelle Gladish who works at Bridgton Pediatrics.

    The Sunshine Award was established to reward and celebrate the extraordinary skills and compassionate care given by technical support staff. Sunshine Award recipients consistently demonstrate compassion, patient- and family-focused care, passion about life, patient advocacy, and their support of all healthcare team members.

    Gladish was nominated for her outstanding work with pediatric patients. From answering the many questions of a teenage patient about health and anatomy to having patients specifically ask for her when they make appointments.

    She is described as, "compassionate, dedicated, empathetic, phenomenal, reliable, and going above and beyond to deliver quality care."

    Gladish is a quiet strength for outpatient pediatrics. Her willingness to ensure every patient has the best experience possible makes her a wonderful addition to Bridgton Hospital and Central Maine Healthcare.

    05/19/2017

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    Karen Harding, R.N., Named 2017 Winnie R. Moore Nurse of the Year

    In honor of National Nurses Week, Bridgton Hospital announced that Karen Harding, R.N. is the 2017 recipient of the Winnie R. Moore, R.N., Clinical Nursing Award. The presentation took place on Monday, May 8 during the annual Winnie Moore Breakfast celebrating all that nurses do every day.

    Each year the Medical Staff recognizes a nurse for their outstanding clinical skills and contributions to the hospital.

    According to Wenda Saunders, M.D., of Bridgton Pediatrics, "[Harding] has held several different roles including Nursing Supervisor, Clinical Coordinator, Swing Bed Coordinator, and In-Patient Nurse Manager, and her most recent, Employee Health Nurse. While she may have moved in and out of roles, there was and is one role that has held steady and that is her role as Bridgton Hospital's Certified Wound and Ostomy Nurse. The Winnie R. Moore, R.N., Clinical Nursing Award speaks directly to Harding's clinical excellence in the area of wound care as well as prevention."

    Harding also spearheaded Bridgton Hospital's Wound Treatment Associate Program. The program, created by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses SocietyTM (WOCN), features a WOCN certified nurse overseeing practicing Registered Nurses working to achieve the same certification. Harding has used this certification process to support a robust wound care program at Bridgton Hospital.

    Dr. Saunders presented the award, an engraved commemorative Revere pewter bowl. In addition, Deb Noble, R.N., the 2016 Winnie R. Moore, R.N., Clinical Nursing Award recipient, handed down a candle in a simple wood candleholder representative of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing and the "Lady with the Lamp." In addition, Harding's name will be added to the permanent plaque located on the Kendal and Anna Ham In-patient Wing of the hospital.

    05/15/2017

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    Debora Bedell, R.N., Named DAISY Award Honoree

    Bridgton Hospital presented its most recent DAISY Award to Debora Bedell, R.N. In the words of her peers, "[Bedell] goes out of her way to help patients and their families to make sure their needs are met."

    The DAISY Award nurse honorees at Bridgton Hospital personify remarkable patient experience. DAISY Award nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and they are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

    Bedell's nomination story included many examples of her dedication to having positive patient outcomes. One such story said, "There was a patient who needed a certain product in order to heal, but could not afford it. [Bedell] made numerous calls to the company and was able to have the product donated for better healing."

    Another more recent story involved a patient who had an emergent situation. Upon hearing the commotion Bedell went in the room, assessed the situation, knew a Code Blue should be called, and did her best to make sure appropriate equipment was near. Because of her efforts the patient survived the event.

    Dr. Brittany Jacques summed up Bedell's impact well by simply saying, "I couldn't survive without her."

    As a DAISY Award Honoree, Bedell was presented a bouquet of daisies, a DAISY certificate, a DAISY Award pin, a cross-stitch bookmark handmade by an hospital employee, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer's Touch. Additionally, everyone in attendance celebrated with specially made cinnamon rolls. The significance of the cinnamon rolls is that J. Patrick Barnes especially enjoyed sharing cinnamon rolls with his nurses, and his family felt this should be a part of the ceremonies across the country.

    The DAISY Foundation was established in Glen Ellen, California, in 1999 by the family of Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system). During Mr. Barnes' eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses at his hospital provided not only to him but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in his memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the superhuman work they do every day.

    05/11/2017

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    Bruce Lastra, D.O. Joins Bridgton Obstetrics-Gynecology Staff

    Dr. Bruce Lastra has joined the staff at Bridgton Obstetrics-Gynecology located at 15 Hospital Drive, Bridgton.

    Lastra attended the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Me.

    He completed his residency at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital/St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, Mich. Lastra is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

    "My particular philosophy is to treat the whole patient and not the numbers. I find the best way to connect with patients is to sit down and discuss their problems directly. As a result, I tend to ask open ended questions," said Lastra of his healthcare philosophy.

    Lastra practices at Bridgton Obstetrics-Gynecology in collaboration with Mahnee Dinsmore, M.D.

    Bridgton Obstetrics-Gynecology is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-647-4240.

    05/04/2017

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    Bridgton Hospital to Offer Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Classes in May

    Bridgton Hospital's Diabetes Clinic, A.A.D.E certified, will present its three-part Diabetes Self-Management classes beginning Friday, May 19 in the large boardroom at Bridgton Hospital. These classes are designed to give general information about diabetes and help patients manage their diabetes. The course also introduces patients to a diabetes support system. Pre-registration and pre-assessment are required for all of those attending. Following sign up, each attendee will receive the Your Diabetes Guidebook for use in the class. Call Linda Russell, RD, LD, CDE or Elaine Drew, RN, CDE, CDFN at 207-647-6064 to register.

    Friday, May 19, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Linda Russell, a registered dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, will start the first class by discussing meal plans and diabetes and will review carbohydrate counting. Her presentation will include cooking tips, menu planning, dining out guidelines, glucose monitoring, and dietary management for glucose control. Russell will also review preconception care, pregnancy, and gestational diabetes management.

    Thursday, May 25, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Elaine Drew, Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator, will provide an overview of diabetes. This will include the disease process and treatment options, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetic ketoacidosis (dangerously high blood sugar).

    Following, Dr. Thomas Gordon, Optometrist, will discuss eye care and diabetes, including cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

    Wednesday, May 31, 12:00pm to 3:00pm, Jen Cyr, Pharmacist, will discuss medications to control diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

    Karen Bogdon, occupational therapist, will discuss the importance of daily exercise and how it can help improve blood sugars, decrease weight, and improve overall well-being.

    The final day will also feature information about lab tests and diabetes, complications from the disease, psychosocial adjustment, goal setting, signs and treatment of hypoglycemia, and sick day management.

    A dietary consultation is required and should be done before the classes begin, call 207-647-6062 to schedule. Participants are encouraged to bring a relative or friend with them. For more information about the program or to register call 207-647-6064.

    05/01/2017

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    Maine Commission for Community Service Recognizes Lakes Region Youths with the Governor's Awards for Service & Volunteerism

    Maine youth are volunteering at a rate that has earned the state recognition in national reports. It's time to shine a spotlight on the young people who are serving and changing their communities. This recognition program shows appreciation and encouragement to volunteers 18 years of age and younger. The week of April 24th is National Volunteer Week.

    Two local young people have met the criteria to receive the Governor's Award for Service & Volunteerism by volunteering time at Bridgton Hospital through the Junior Volunteer program over the past year and have been nominated for the award by Susan Hedrich, System Director of Volunteer Services for Central Maine Healthcare which is the parent company of Bridgton Hospital, Rumford Hospital, and Central Maine Medical Center. Students must complete at least 50 hours of volunteer service and be under 18 years of age. The students each received a certificate of recognition from the Governor's Office, a President's Volunteer Service medallion, and tickets to a Maine Red Claws game held in honor of youth volunteerism.

    The two local students are:

    Rebekah Knights of Bridgton (pictured) with 52 hours of service to Bridgton Hospital.

    Chloe Smith of Raymond with 50 hours of service to Bridgton Hospital

    04/12/2017

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    Carrie Harding and Kelly Rugg Receive Bridgton Hospital's Sunshine Award

    Bridgton Hospital presented its most recent Sunshine Awards to Carrie Harding and Kelly Rugg who work in the Dietary department. The Sunshine Award was established to reward and celebrate the extraordinary skills and compassionate care given by technical support staff. Sunshine Award recipients consistently demonstrate compassion, patient and family-focused care, passion about life, patient advocacy, and their support of all healthcare team members.

    Harding and Rugg were nominated by a patient's family for going the "extra mile" for a patient who receives regular treatments at the hospital. During one treatment a nurse found out that the patient's favorite dessert was pie so the nurse went to the cafeteria to get the patient a slice. After giving it to the patient the nurse found out that pie was no longer part of the dietary plan, but Harding and Rugg asked what the patient's favorite pie was and when the next appointment was scheduled.

    During the next appointment the patient received some dismal news. A family member went to the cafeteria for some food, returning to find three pieces of Boston Cream pie, the patient's favorite. One container had a heart drawn on it with a lovely message. As the story said, "This pie turned tears to a smile, and the smile became laughter during a time of devastation."

    Harding and Rugg exemplify the high-quality care and compassion Bridgton Hospital strives to provide every patient, every day in all departments. Their thoughtfulness and desire to make someone's day a little better speak volumes about their desire to make a difference in caring for the whole patient. They are both wonderful additions to Bridgton Hospital and Central Maine Healthcare.

    04/04/2017

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    Bridgton Hospital to Host Collective Goods Fundraiser

    Bridgton Hospital will be hosting the bi-annual Collective Goods (formally Books Are Fun) fundraiser on Wednesday, April 12 from 9am to 4pm and Thursday, April 13 from 7am to 3pm. The sale will be located in the cafeteria of the hospital and will feature a great selection of children's story books, cookbooks, holiday items, stationery, music, educational books and items, executive gifts and more.

    A percentage of sales from this event will benefit the CMHC Employee Emergency Assistance Fund, which awards dollars to employees (including Bridgton Hospital staff) experiencing extenuating financial hardship.

    This sale is open to the public.

    For more information about the Collective Goods sale and other fundraising activities, contact the Bridgton Hospital Development Office at 207-647-6055 or email bridgtonhospitalgiving@cmhc.org.

    04/03/2017

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    New England Donor Services to Offer Community Education at Bridgton Hospital

    New England Donor Services will hold a community education session about organ, eye, and tissue donation at Bridgton Hospital on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 1:15 to 2:00pm.

    More than 120,000 people are on the transplant wait list, and every day 21 people die waiting for a transplant. The need for organ, eye and tissue donation is never ending and becoming a donor is a great way to save lives.

    The class will cover:

    • How to register to be a donor
    • Statistics
    • Legalities
    • What can be donated
    • Who can donate
    • Myths and facts about donation
    • Family Support


    When: April 5, 2017, 1:15-2:00 p.m.
    Where: Bridgton Hospital, Large Boardroom, 10 Hospital Dr., Bridgton, ME 04009
    What: New England Donor Services Community Education
    Registration: E-mail Nancy Murphy at murphyna@cmhc.org, space is limited to 14 attendees

    03/28/2017

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    Sara Kapinos, RN, Named DAISY Award Honoree

    The DAISY Award nurse honorees at Bridgton Hospital personify remarkable patient experience. DAISY Award nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and they are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

    Bridgton Hospital presented its most recent DAISY Award to Sara Kapinos, RN. In the words of her peers, "No matter what type of day Sara is experiencing, she always has a smile. We are privileged to have this DAISY as an important team member of perioperative services."

    Kapinos always goes the extra mile for her patients. Her nomination story included many hours dedicated to phone calls to a patient's provider, Hospitalists, and Gastroenterologist and coordinating an admission to ensure that the patient would be able to have a procedure.

    Her flexibility to float to between units and critical thinking skills make Kapinos a great team player and positive asset to Bridgton Hospital.

    As a DAISY Award Honoree, Kapinos was presented a bouquet of daisies, a DAISY certificate, a DAISY Award pin, a cross-stitch bookmark handmade by a hospital employee, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer's Touch. Additionally, everyone in attendance celebrated with specially made cinnamon rolls. The significance of the cinnamon rolls is that J. Patrick Barnes especially enjoyed sharing cinnamon rolls with his nurses, and his family felt this should be a part of the ceremonies across the country.

    The DAISY Foundation was established in Glen Ellen, California, in 1999 by the family of Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Mr. Barnes' eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses at his hospital provided not only to him but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in his memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the superhuman work they do every day.

    03/17/2017

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    Bridgton Hospital Recognized for Multiple Achievements in 2016

    The Bridgton Hospital Board of Directors wishes to congratulate the entire organization on its many achievements in 2016

    It's one thing to know you have an exceptional team of physicians, professional clinicians, nurses, and staff working together to make your hospital the best it can be, it's another when you are recognized for it among your peers - again and again.

    TOP RURAL HOSPITAL
    Awarded by Leapfrog Organization
    One of only 21 hospitals in the country to receive this distinction.

    TOP 20 HOSPITAL IN OVERALL PERFORMANCE
    Awarded by iVantage
    Selected by National Rural Hospital Association in comparison to 1,400 small and rural hospitals from across the country.

    TOP 20 HOSPITAL IN QUALITY OUTCOMES
    Awarded by iVantage
    Selected by National Rural Hospital Association in comparison to 1,400 small and rural hospitals from across the country.

    TOP PERFORMANCE IN ALL AREAS
    Awarded by Maine Health Access Foundation
    Only hospital in Maine to achieve top performance in all areas rated: overall, quality outcomes, service scores, financial results

    TOP 50 CRITICAL ACCESS CEOS TO KNOW IN 2016
    Awarded by Becker's Hospital Review magazine
    CEO David Frum recognized for leadership and commitment to excellence

    03/10/2017

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    Registered Dietitian Day - Featuring Favorite Healthy Recipe

    As we celebrate Registered Dietitian Day it's important to understand the healthcare workers we are talking about and answer the question, "What is a Registered Dietitian?"

    A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a "food and nutrition expert" who has completed a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Nutrition through an ASCED (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) accredited program. An RD also completes a 6-12 month dietetic internship in many different settings and must pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration national exam. In order to maintain certification, an RD will take continuing education courses to stay on top of the latest information available.

    Linda Russell is a Registered Dietitian working at Bridgton Hospital. Download her favorite healthy recipe and try it for yourself at home.

    03/08/2017

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    Central Maine Healthcare Adds Healthcare Entrepreneur and Operations Executive with Over 25 Years of Experience

    Robert (Rob) Slattery will lead Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital's operations and business development efforts. Slattery comes to the communities of Central Maine with over two decades of experience with national and regional payers, as well as leading patient-centered integrated delivery systems. He is a strong advocate of person-centered care, clinical integration and population health management, which is at the foundation of Central Maine Healthcare's service portfolio. Slattery's experience and professional passion speaks directly to the services and supports delivered by the teams of physicians, nurses, and support staff of Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital to the communities they serve.

    Slattery states, "I'm excited to join the regional leadership team of Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals, while also being a strategic resource for the Central Maine Healthcare system." Slattery adds, "I know that the depth of our healthcare expertise and hands-on operational experience are key attributes that our patients and their families rely on. I look forward to building on that tradition, which in turn will solidify our position as a premier healthcare delivery system and trusted partner for both payers and providers determined to shape the way in which healthcare is delivered to their members, patients, and employers within the communities we serve."

    Slattery joins Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) having previously led Integrated Solutions Health Network (ISHN), a clinically integrated network, Accountable Care Organization, and population health management plan subsidiary of Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA), where he was the President and CEO. Rob served as a senior member of the MSHA senior leadership team during a time of peak performance as recognized by the National Quality Forum (NQF) National Quality Healthcare Award, two-time finalist for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, recipient of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence Award, and the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award for Virginia. As President and CEO, Slattery effectively attracted and surrounded himself with seasoned teams of business, clinical, operations and IT professionals to navigate a challenging healthcare environment and advance the needed clinical transformation to value and evidenced-based care across the full care continuum. Slattery built ISHN to a full risk-bearing clinically integrated network comprised of over 4,000 physicians and 34 hospitals throughout northeast Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and western North Carolina successfully delivering high quality, evidenced-based healthcare to the people of Appalachia.

    David Frum, President & CEO of the regional Critical Access Hospitals in Bridgton and Rumford, states: "I speak for our board and entire organization when I say we are thrilled to have the talent of Rob on our team. The 25+ years of experience he brings, particularly at industry-leading companies such as Mountain States Health Alliance, and BlueCross BlueShield, will be a critical asset as we expand our services and delivery offerings and foster new strategic healthcare relationships. He is passionate about the need for transformation in our industry and has been working on the front lines to enable true healthcare delivery system development and collaboration that generate measurable value and performance. His execution expertise is exactly the core competency for which our hospitals and regional health system is known and where we see a great need in the marketplace. We are very excited about the experience and momentum he brings to our organization."

    03/06/2017

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    Janet Beardsley, A.N.P. Joins Naples Family Practice Staff

    Janet Beardsley, A.N.P. has joined the staff at Naples Family Practice located in Naples.

    Beardsley attended Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She received her Adult Nurse Practitioner certification from the University of Massachusetts Boston where she is also a candidate for a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

    In addition to being a Certified Nurse Midwife and A.N.P., Beardsley is interested in primary care, women's health, and sleeping disorders. "I added primary care to my women's health specialty to provide more holistic and comprehensive care to individuals and families. I enjoy helping people improve their health," said Beardsley.

    When asked about her healthcare philosophy Beardsley responded, "I am part of the team, along with my patients, to help them attain, maintain, or regain their optimal health. I build relationships with my patients through mutual respect, honesty, and open communication and enjoy helping empower them to make well-informed healthcare decisions."

    Beardsley practices at Naples Family Practice in collaboration with Maureen Harpell, A.N.P., F.N.P., Brooklee Marshall, F.N.P., and Cortney Muldoon, F.N.P.

    Naples Family Practice is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-693-6106.

    02/23/2017

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    Cortney Muldoon, F.N.P. Joins Naples Family Practice Staff

    Cortney Muldoon, F.N.P. has joined the staff at Naples Family Practice.

    Muldoon received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Joseph's College of Maine in Standish and her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from Saint Joseph's College Online. Muldoon completed her clinical experience at Central Maine Medical Center, Naples Family Practice, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, and InterMed. She is a board certified Nurse Practitioner and a member of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and American Nurses Credentialing Center.

    "There are so many individuals that need help in today's world, not only with their physical health but their emotional health as well. Many patients do not come in to be given a diagnosis, but instead for someone to listen to them with both their struggles and successes. If I can be that person that listens and helps them understand not only a diagnosis, but how to make the best of their function in society I have done my job as an F.N.P.," said Muldoon.

    Muldoon practices at Naples Family Practice in collaboration with Janet Beardsley, A.N.P., Maureen Harpell, A.N.P., F.N.P., and Brooklee Marshall, F.N.P.

    Naples Family Practice is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-693-6106.

    02/20/2017

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    Brooklee Marshall, F.N.P. Joins Naples Family Practice Staff

    Brooklee Marshall, F.N.P. has joined the staff at Naples Family Practice

    Marshall received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine in Portland and her Master Degree of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Cincinnati. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

    Marshall completed her clinical experience at Western Maine Family Practice, Western Maine OB/GYN, Western Maine Pediatrics, and Oxford Hills Internal Medicine. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor and a member of the Maine Nurse Practitioner's Association.

    "I have been a labor and delivery nurse for 10 years and started many new families but often I would not see them again after they left the hospital. So I chose this profession to continue to care for families as they grow and develop," said Marshall of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She hopes to "encourage, heal, coach, support, celebrate, and educate" her patients.

    "Each person has their own unique needs and I feel that listening in a nonjudgmental way creates trust, in my opinion you have to trust the person who is caring for you to really be able to step into a process of healing and health," Marshall remarked when asked about her healthcare philosophy.
    Marshall practices at Naples Family Practice in collaboration with Janet Beardsley, A.N.P., Maureen Harpell, A.N.P., F.N.P., and Cortney Muldoon, F.N.P.

    Naples Family Practice is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-693-6106.

    02/06/2017

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    Mike Potter, CNA, Receives Bridgton Hospital's Sunshine Award

    Bridgton Hospital presented its most recent Sunshine Award to Mike Potter, CNA. The Sunshine Award was established to reward and celebrate the extraordinary skills and compassionate care given by technical support staff. Sunshine Award recipients consistently demonstrate compassion, patient and family focused care, passion about life, patient advocacy, and their support of all healthcare team members.

    Potter was nominated by three former patients at Bridgton Hospital who all described him as friendly, compassionate, respectful, professional, and always asking, "How can I help you?" with a smile on his face.

    One patient noted that, "[Potter] seems to know what the patient needs before the patient asks." An example from another patient was that he checked on her several times throughout the shift. At one point, when she came out of the bathroom, her bed was freshly made and the room was immaculate. Additionally, when she needed smaller slipper socks Potter not only got them for her but put them on her feet.

    Another patient in Bridgton Hospital's Swing Bed Program, which offers rehabilitative care to get patients home quickly and safely without needing to go another facility, was so impressed with the program that she wanted to nominate everyone for all awards. She specifically nominated Mike by saying that she was quite impressed with, "the true concern that he showed for my safety and being as comfortable as possible. He would come up with ideas to make things easier for me. He especially showed compassion, respect, and never once a comment or showing annoyance with the task ahead of him. He was always a gentleman."

    Potter began his career at Bridgton Hospital in the Environmental Services Department and became a Certified Nursing Assistant through Central Maine Healthcare's Earn While You Learn Program, which provides further education while continuing to work and be paid.

    As the patient nominations mentioned, Potter has a passion for helping others in any capacity and is a wonderful addition to Bridgton Hospital and Central Maine Healthcare.

    01/23/2017

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    National Certified registered nurse anesthetist Week Celebrated at Bridgton Hospital

    Bridgton hospital will observe National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Week from January 22nd through 28th. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) are advanced practice nurses who administer 40 million anesthetics per year in the United States. CRNAs proudly serve as the sole anesthesia providers at Bridgton Hospital and many other rural hospitals throughout America. CRNAs have been the primary providers of anesthesia services to the United States military since World War I.

    Thomas Nolan CRNA, Sergei Pavlov CRNA, MSNA and Ibra "Chip" Ripley CRNA, MSNA are employed by Bridgton Hospital. The services they provide include anesthesia for surgery and special procedures, acute pain management, epidural analgesia for labor and delivery intravenous access consultation and airway management for resuscitation. All services are available 24 hours a day.

    Nolan, Pavlov, and Ripley are members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Maine Association of nurse Anesthetists and are adjunct clinical faculty at the University of New England School of Nurse Anesthesia. Bridgton Hospital is a clinical practice site for UNE. Graduate students from the university frequently spend from one to four months at Bridgton Hospital under the supervision of the CRNAs as a part of their formal education.

    All three CRNAs are residents of the Bridgton community and are committed to providing high quality, compassionate anesthesia care to all patients referred to them. To find out more about CRNAs and the work they do, contact www.aana.com or http://www.meana.com

    01/22/2017

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    Repeal of Affordable Care Act Threatens Rural Hospitals, King Hears During Discussion at Bridgton Hospital

    U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today convened a conversation with health care experts and providers at Bridgton Hospital where they discussed the harmful impacts that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on rural hospitals across Maine and the people they serve.

    During the discussion, Senator King heard from hospital leadership that a repeal of the landmark health care law would leave a substantial amount of their patients without health insurance, which would have serious, and in some cases, catastrophic, financial ramifications for hospitals. One-third of rural hospitals in Maine, Senator King was told, are already operating at a loss, and a repeal of the health care law would threaten their ability to stay open and serve their communities. If the hospitals closed, then not only would countless people in Maine go without vital health care services, but hospital employees would also be laid off, which would detrimentally affect their livelihoods and hurt the local economy.

    "The repeal of the Affordable Care Act will have a significant and far-reaching impact on Maine," Senator King said. "Stripping tens of thousands of people of their health insurance is not only going to put lives at risk, but it's also going to jeopardize the financial stability of rural hospitals. And that will only make health care services for people, especially those who live in rural areas, more difficult to obtain and more difficult to afford - and it will also could result in hospitals closing or downsizing, employees losing their jobs, and local economies suffering.

    "The law isn't perfect," Senator King continued, "but rather than repeal it and risk havoc for people and hospitals across Maine, I hope we can discuss meaningful improvements or, at the very least, move forward first with a discussion of a replacement plan - because to leave people without health insurance and to threaten the stability of rural hospitals is just wrong."

    "Bridgton Hospital is thankful for Senator King's visit today. He afforded our organization and this community a voice to express concerns over the proposed repeal of the ACA without a reasonable replacement in place first. A circumstance in which the ACA is repealed without a solid replacement option coupled with proposed cuts to hospitals at the State level would be catastrophic to many Maine hospitals and to hospitals throughout the country. We hope with Senator King's leadership, Congress will soon arrive at a solution. We articulated to Senator King that Bridgton Hospital stands ready to provide assistance in developing workable solutions and would be happy to help in that effort," said David Frum, President & CEO of Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals.

    Additionally, Senator King expressed concerns during the discussion about how a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would prevent those battling drug and heroin addiction from obtaining the treatment they need to get better. In Maine last year, one person a day died from a drug overdose, a tragic record for the state. Senator King has made fighting the opioid epidemic one of his top priorities in the Senate.

    Senator King opposes the repeal of the ACA, which would strip health care away from tens of millions of Americans, including more than 75,000 in Maine. Earlier this week, Senator King offered five amendments to legislation currently under consideration by the Senate that would preserve critical facets of the ACA. Last week, he also cosponsored an amendment that would stop efforts to dismantle the law, and he joined with several of his centrist colleagues in urging Senate leadership to discuss improvements to the law before rushing to fast-track a repeal of it.

    Senator King also took to the Senate floor to share his personal story of how having health insurance saved his life and, later on, he once again spoke from the floor to share the stories of people from across Maine who have been helped by the ACA, some in lifesaving ways.

    Bridgton Hospital live-streamed the conversation via Facebook. To watch an archived version, click HERE.

    01/13/2017

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    Bridgton Hospital Welcomes New Year's Baby

    Bridgton Hospital welcomed Claire Marie Leicy as the first baby of 2017 on January 1 at 11:39 p.m. Claire weighed 7 lbs. 9.7 oz. and joins her big brother, Luke, as the second child of parents, Stacey and Jeremy.

    Baby and mom were presented with donations and gifts from area merchants: Maine Street Graphics, embroidered blanket; The Loft Salon, gift certificate for baby's first haircut; Warren's Florist, bouquet; TD Bank, gift card, bib, and bank; Campfire Grille, gift card; and Reny's, gift card. The gifts also included a voucher for a cross stitched birth certificate handmade by a Bridgton Hospital employee.

    01/11/2017

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    Bridgton Hospital Re-Designated as a Baby-Friendly Birth Facility

    Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. announced that Bridgton Hospital has received prestigious international recognition and has been re-designated as a Baby-Friendly birth facility.

    Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative ("BFHI"), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding", this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

    Bridgton Hospital's staff includes two certified Lactation Counselors who provide support and education for breastfeeding mothers. In addition, the hospital offers breastfeeding classes six times a year and hosts "Mom's Milk", a breastfeeding support group. Bridgton Hospital also offers breast pump rentals and other breastfeeding supplies. Expectant and breastfeeding mothers can learn more by calling 207-647-6000.

    There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Currently there are 400 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. The "Baby-Friendly" re-designation is given after a rigorous survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.

    About Baby Friendly USA, Inc.

    Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA) is the accrediting body and the national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States. In this capacity, BFUSA is responsible for coordinating and conducting all of the activities necessary to confer the Baby-Friendly designation.

    BFUSA is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1997 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since 2011, the corporate headquarters has been located in Albany, NY. Learn more at: www.babyfriendlyusa.org.

    01/09/2017

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