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MEDICAL and TREATMENT CENTERS MaineGeneral Medical Center ..................................52 Inland Hospital ..........................................................54 Sebasticook Valley Health ........................................56 Kennebec Behavioral Health ....................................58 Crisis and Counseling Centers .................................62 Franklin Community Health Network ........................65 Maine Hospital Association ......................................70 Maine Hospitals Listing.............................................71

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Medical Journal 2011 ~ Index of Advertisers ~ Achilles Foot and Ankle Center ............................9

ExpressCare .......................................................60

Maplecrest Rehabilitation & Living Center..........63

Amcomm Wireless ..............................................73

Eye Center of Central Maine ..............................54

Medical Journal Advertiser Profiles.......33-42

Anne Pratt Giroux Audiology ..............................72

Fairfield Pharmacy..............................................28

Morin, Brian, DMD, MMSc, PA............................52

Beltone Hearing Aid Centers..............................51

Franklin Memorial Hospital - Dermatology .........71

Mount St. Joseph................................................57

Benner, Robert, PT, CSCS .................................55

Funeral Directory ................................................15

Nale Law Offices.................................................11

Boston IVF - The Maine Center..........................25

GHM Insurance Agency......................................69

Bouchard Physical Therapy ................................62

Giberson Funeral Home & Cremation Service...15

Bragdon-Finley Funeral Home............................15

Gillis, Brian J., Proctologist.................................64

Brown Funeral & Cremation Service ..................15

Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics ..........................67

Cape Air..............................................................21

Hannaford Pharmacy - Augusta .........................74

Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine, P.A..........48

Hannaford Pharmacy - Gardiner ........................74

Cedar Ridge Center............................................23

Hannaford Pharmacy - Waterville.......................74

Central Maine Endoscopy Center.......................29

Healing Hands Holistic Wellness LLC ................31

People's Salon & Spa .........................................31

Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute ........75

HealthReach Community Health Centers...........58

Pharmacy Guide.................................................74

Central Maine Medical Center College of

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Neurological Surgery and Spine Center.............44 NeuroRehabilitation Services at Goodwill ..........50 Oak Grove Center...............................................23 Oakland Pharmacy .............................................28 Orthopedic Institute of Central Maine.................32 Orthopedic Physical Therapy..............................59

Nursing and Health Professions......................63

Hands Trade School ........................................51

Redington Fairview General Hospital .................45

Central Maine Orthotics & Prosthetics ...............52

Hematology, Oncology & Internal Medicine........47

Reflexions Etc.....................................................31

Central Maine Pharmacy..............................56, 74

Hoyt Chiropractic Center.....................................58

Retina Center of Maine.......................................30

Ciembroniewicz, J.E., M.D., F.A.C.S. ..................53

Inland Hospital ......................................................2

Sebasticook Valley Hospital................................65

Complimentary Therapies...................................31

Jeanne's Professional Foot Care........................31

Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home

Cosmetic & General Dentistry of Winthrop.........54

Kennebec Behavorial Health ..............................70

& Cremation Services .....................................15

Crisis & Counseling Centers...............................56

Kennebec Eye Care............................................59

Smart Eyecare Center ........................................63

Crosby & Neal Funeral Homes...........................15

Kennebec Pharmacy & Home Care ...................19

Delta Ambulance.................................................66

Kennebec Valley Community College .................49

DFD Russell Medical Centers ............................61

Kennebec Valley YMCA.......................................62

Direct Cremation of Maine..................................15

KSW Federal Credit Union .................................71

Downeast School of Massage ............................31

Maine Center on Deafness, The.........................19

Dunn & Pakulski Optometrists............................65

Maine Eye Care Associates

Soundings...........................................................31 St. Mary's Regional Medical Center ...................17 Taconnet Federal Credit Union ...........................57 Taylor's Drug Store .............................................74 Unity Massage Therapy ......................................31 Unity Pharmacy ..................................................28

E.W. Moore & Son Pharmacy .............................74

& Surgery Center .............................................43

Elder Care Planning and Solutions.....................13

Maine Laser Skin Care .......................................11

University of Maine at Augusta...........................72

Electrolysis by Ruth Swanson, C.P.E..................11

Maine Physical Therapy......................................60

Waterville Boys and Girls Club and YMCA.........46

Eric's Restaurant.................................................58

Maine Plastic Surgical Associates......................27

Waterville Women’s Care....................................69

Esthetic & Reconstructive Dentistry ...................54

Maine Professional Hearing Aid Center .............53

Winslow Pharmacy .............................................28

Evergreen Dental Associates, L.L.C...................73

MaineGeneral Medical Center............................76

Youth & Family Services .....................................55


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LifeFlight air ambulance has served communities statewide since 1998 BY NANCY MCGINNIS Correspondent

The work of the staff of LifeFlight of Maine, a statewide medical helicopter service, can often mean the difference between life and death. “We meet people on the worst day of their life,” said Tom Judge, executive director of LifeFlight of Maine. “Our collective job is to do everything we can to give them that day back, so they can go on from there.” The mission of LifeFlight ( is to provide medical helicopter service throughout the state to transport critically-ill and injured patients following the highest quality of care and meeting rigorous safety standards, regardless of their ability to pay.

A nonprofit service founded in 1998, LifeFlight is jointly operated by Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems ( and Central Maine Healthcare Corporation ( A steering committee composed of officials from both healthcare systems provides oversight. Era Helicopters, LLC, of Coatesville, Penn. oversees, operates and maintains aviation services for LifeFlight of Maine. Since it was founded in 1998, the number of patients served annually by LifeFlight each year has steadily increased, from 400 to about 1,400 Maine communities in 2010. Last year alone, LifeFlight transported

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LifeFlight helicopters are staffed by teams of highly-qualified critical care transport nurses and paramedics, and carry state-of- the-art medical equipment on board.

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459 patients with acute medical needs: 318 cardiac patients, 262 with multiple trauma, 155 with spinal cord injuries and other acute neurological conditions, 143 suffering head injuries, 47 acute surgical patients, 21 individuals who had suffered severe burns, five obstetric patients, and 13 with other critical needs. That number included 1,332 infants younger than 1-year-old and some only a few days old, and nine elderly people who were at least 90 years of age, including a 97-year-old. In terms of population density, Maine is the second most rural state in the U.S. But regardless of geographic location, a heart attack sufferer, accident victim or newborn in distress needs urgent care and attention for a chance at survival, officials say. According to the service’s website, LifeFlight of Maine helicopters, flying at 165 mph, bring lifesaving equipment and critical care nurses and paramedics to emergency scenes and small, rural hospitals throughout the state. Once stabilized, patients are transported to one of Maine’s three trauma centers, or the nearest appropriately-equipped hospital that is capable of caring for the patient’s individual needs. All this is accomplished with two helicopters, one based in Bangor at Eastern Maine Medical Center and the other at

Lewiston’s Central Maine Medical Center, covering the entire state of Maine and even the offshore islands. Both helicopters are staffed by teams of highly-qualified critical care transport nurses and paramedics, and carry stateof- the-art medical equipment. The service’s helicopter transport can be requested by hospital emergency and specialty physicians or by local EMS personnel, under the guidance of supervising emergency physicians and Maine EMS protocols, at an accident scene or a remote location. When unfavorable flight conditions warrant, LifeFlight’s highly-trained crews can also provide ground transport. “We have received more than 18,000 requests for help since 1998,” said Melissa Arndt, LifeFlight education and outreach coordinator. Not all calls result in transport, she said. They are sometimes declined because of bad weather, because the helicopter was already on another mission, or when it is determined that response is not clinically indicated. Others flights are cancelled because the patient dies prior to arrival. From its inception through December 2010, LifeFlight has transported, by air or ground, more than 11,800 patients. Fully accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, LifeFlight of Maine uses the strictest criteria in the country to ensure every flight is medically necessary, according to Judge. As with hospitals, LifeFlight patients

and their insurance companies are billed for services provided. Similarly, care is provided to all patients in need, regardless of the recipients’ financial resources or ability to pay. Bringing air medical transport to Maine has been like piecing together a long, complicated puzzle, Judge said. In cities and remote rural areas all across the state, physicians, specialists, hospitals, EMS and other public safety agency personnel have all collaborated. Making this system work, he said, has required an ongoing systematic approach and careful choreography, involving not only helicopters but also ambulances and other vehicles, boats, even snowmobiles.

This endeavor is not without risks; when things go wrong in air medicine, they can go desperately wrong. LifeFlight operations are absolutely driven by safety concerns, Judge said. In fact, he said, the service is considered an exemplary national model by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. Twenty physicians oversee patient care that is offered by LifeFlight; a continuous question-andanswer process assures the best possible outcome for each patient. Typically, there are three crew mem-

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A sample month's activity for LifeFlight is shown in this visual snapshot summary for August 2010.



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bers on each flight: pilot, flight paramedic, and flight nurse. Both the medic and the nurse have had at least five years of experience in critical, emergency and intensive care before working for LifeFlight. Once hired, each must complete a six-month, comprehensive orientation period. According to Dr. Norm Dinerman, Medical Director of LifeFlight: “It’s not the minutes you save, but what you do with those minutes that matter.” Unlike other Maine EMS service providers, LifeFlight is unique because it touches every corner of the state, and every hospital, Judge said. Outreach is important. Papers written by LifeFlight personnel have been published in professional journals and have led to improvements all across the system. Judge said the service works hard to maintain a presence and a voice for air medicine in Augusta and in Washington, D.C. “At LifeFlight, we are not interested in heroes,” Judge said. “We strive every day toward a standard of excellence for the sake of our patients, all in an intensely-focused, collaborative environment.”

A Snapshot of LifeFlight: • Services are only used at the request of EMS providers or physicians • 29 percent of patients are under 25 years of age • More than half the number of transported patients have severe brain injuries or multiple injuries, needing trauma center care • Other reasons for transport include cardiac, respiratory, neurological, surgical, burn, environmental, obstetric emergencies, amputations and for organ transplants • 75 percent of the flights transport patients from small community hospitals to trauma centers. • 25 percent are calls to the scene. To make a donation, or learn about other ways to help, please contact: The LifeFlight Foundation PO Box 899 13 Main Street, Camden, ME 04843 207-230-7092

LifeFlight of Maine: one patient’s experience if I was going to make it. I’ll never forget how she looked me in the eye and laughed kindly, as she replied ‘of As a kid growing up in Augusta, course you will.’ Her response, so genBen Bozeman admits he was accident uine and matter of fact, calmed me prone. Not unlike most other little down enough to switch gears and realboys, he played hard and suffered his ize that this was the first time in my share of cuts, scrapes and bruises. Still, life I had ever been aboard a helicophe managed to survive childhood withter, and wish it had been under better out ever fracturing a bone or requiring circumstances.” stitches. Bozeman said that he was heartbroBut out of the blue, at the tender age ken when he realized that his of 17, in a matter of an hour, an injury UnderArmour— the spandex-like almost cost him his life. He survived, hockey gear he had received only days he said, in large part because of before as a Christmas gift and had LifeFlight of Maine and its crew. donned brand new for this game — The evening started out uneventfully had been hastily cut away from his for Bozeman, a Cony High School junbody in order to assess his injuries and ior and member of the ice hockey team LIfeTouch photo save his life. at the time. He was with his teammates Arriving in Lewiston minutes later, Ben Bozeman, former Cony High for a makeup game at the Kennebec the Lifeflight crew was joined by hosSchool defenseman who ruptured his Ice Arena in Hallowell over the holiday spleen in an ice hockey injury in 2003 pital professionals in a seamless chorebreak, in late December 2003. likely owes his survival to LifeFlight. ography of preparations for emergency With only a few minutes left in the surgery. It was now fully apparent that final period, Bozeman collided with a Bozeman was hemorrhaging, with Brewer High School player at center blood leaking into the abdomen from a ice. “I was trying to body check him he said, “a nurse came running out ruptured spleen. The helicopter crew and when he ducked, he apparently before they even got my stretcher out and hospital personnel collaborated in drove his shoulder into my rib cage,” of the back of the ambulance, saying his continuing treatment as well as said Bozeman, now a news anchor for not to unload me; their equipment was offering ongoing reassurance not only Portland Radio Group. down and I would need to be transport- to Bozeman but also to his mother, Assuming he had simply had the ed to Lewiston.” Bozeman vividly Betsi Taylor, who had driven to wind knocked out of him, Bozeman sat recalls how his heart sank, and panic Lewiston to be with him as soon as she out the rest of the game. But instead of set in at the prospect of enduring a 45- learned what had happened. subsiding, the pain soon intensified. It minute drive. Taylor suddenly found herself in the started spreading across his abdomen “But then, the next thing I heard was middle of what has to be a parent’s as he hunched over on the bench, pale, that we were headed just up the hill to worst nightmare. Taylor praised the sweating, and increasingly short of the Augusta Airport,” where a compassionate and professional breath. LifeFlight helicopter would be landing demeanor of the trauma care providers, Maylen Kenney, the popular teacher shortly to transport Bozeman to who she said clearly understand the and loyal Cony athletics fan who hapLewiston. “When they told me the trip psychological as well as physical pened to be near the locker room after would take 12 minutes, I thought that impact on both patients and their loved the game, sized up Bozeman and was the coolest thing in the world,” he ones. insisted that his blood pressure be remembered. “By the time Ben was in surgery, taken. It was 60/30. An ambulance was Aboard the LifeFlight helicopter, an I’m sure I was in a state of mental called at once. The ambulance crew expert crew attended to him while shock. It meant so much that the transported Bozeman to MaineGeneral. assessing and monitoring his condition. LifeFlight crew and hospital staff “I was in the worst pain of my life. I Just as importantly, says Bozeman, stayed nearby. Beyond their technical couldn’t take a normal breath. I was they provided reassurance. excellence, it felt like they were suppanting like a dog,” Bozeman said. “Looking back now, I realize all porting me in an emotional embrace,” “And I started to feel scared that I was these events were fast moving, but to Taylor said. To show her appreciation, going to die.” me, at the time, it felt like an eternity. she now serves as citizen representaBozeman remembers hearing the The minutes were like hours, and in tive on the Maine EMS Trauma crew talking about a diagnostic CT that situation, your mind goes to the scan at the hospital. But when he worst possible place. arrived in the emergency department, “I remember asking the flight nurse More on PATIENT, Page 9 BY NANCY MCGINNIS Correspondent


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Advisory Committee. Dr. Larry Hoppersted, who performed the emergency surgery, told Bozeman afterwards that he had lost as much as two-thirds of his blood and, had the hemorrhaging continued even as little as another 15 or 20 minutes longer, he might not have survived. After a four-day stay in the hospital’s intensive care unit — with Taylor

sleeping in a chair by his bedside — Bozeman was discharged; his blood levels were sufficiently restored. It took months to totally recover from the pain, soreness and fatigue, but by the following season, despite his mother’s concerns, Bozeman was back on the ice. Without a spleen, he now receives a flu vaccination every year, along with other vaccinations to compensate for his compromised immune system. Other than a long zipper-like scar stretching from his sternum to his navel, Bozeman shows no physical signs of his ordeal more than seven years ago.

But his experience, his awareness of what might have been and his gratitude for the outcome, will stay with Bozeman forever. “I was not taking foolish chances, like being a drunk driver,” he said “I was an ordinary 17-year-old kid play-

ing ice hockey on Christmas vacation. But an hour later, I was minutes away from becoming a tragic statistic. Before that fateful evening, my family and I hadn’t even known it existed; but now, we are forever indebted to LifeFlight.”

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Rehab therapy gives hope to patients struggling with pain, loss of basic skills BY KRIS FERRAZZA Correspondent

AUGUSTA – Every day, patients struggle to regain basic skills they have lost to a motor vehicle accident, sports injury, surgery, fall or illness. Some perform painful exercises and exert physical effort to restore their balance and learn to walk again, while others struggle to form words after losing their speech to a stroke. Throughout this process, they often have to learn to cope with and manage chronic pain while maintaining some semblance of a life. In many cases, jobs are lost, friendships fall away and even family bonds become strained or broken. Depression is a very real threat, as is drug and alcohol use and abuse. But patients need not make the journey alone. Rehabilitation therapists and physiatrists, like the professional staff at Maine Center For Integrated Rehabilitation in Fairfield and Dr. Alan Ross at Kennebec Medical Rehabilitation in Augusta, are available to help. J.R. Weaver-LaMountain, community liaison for Maine Center For Integrated Rehabilitation, said the knowledge and positive energy of a skilled therapist can make a huge difference in a patient’s progress by providing that “mind-overmatter intangible” that aids recovery. “It’s bedside manner, energy, attitude and a positive outlook,” he said. “We make sure we bend over backwards (to help) and we’re always engaging our patients in their own care.” The agency has three sites: Fairfield, Brewer and Rockland. In September, the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities visited all three sites and did interviews, evaluations and checked records on everything from treatment planning and staff training to education compliance and personnel issues. “They look at everything and basically turn us upside down to see if we are advocating for patients and their families,” he said. In November, the agency received the highest score given by the international accreditation commission, receiving no recommendations for

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improvement at all. Weaver-LaMountain said of the 48,000 facilities worldwide that go through the accreditation process, only 3 percent emerge with zero recommendations, so it was an honor to receive that result. “They were thrilled, and we hope we’ll be a point of reference for others,” he said. “They were impressed with us, and we work hard.” The facilities offer two programs: neurological rehabilitation and medical rehabilitation. Neuro rehabilitation aids in the recovery of patients who have an

acquired brain injury from either an accident, fall, stroke, aneurysm, brain infection or other cause. Medical rehab assists those who have post-surgical rehabilitation plans for a surgery, for example, as well as those who have impairment from an underlying medical condition such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease. “We pride ourselves on our accessibility to care,” Weaver-LaMountain said, noting clients usually can get an appointment within 24 to 72 hours. “They don’t have to wait.”

MCIR has three doctorate-level physical therapists on staff, one at each location, as well as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at each site. The centers are “very outcomes-focused,” he said, explaining they have patients measure their pain at the time of admission and discharge to chart progress. Many of the patients who need rehabilitation services at the rehab centers have a traumatic brain injury, either from a motor vehicle accident, sports concussion, fall, stroke or other cause. In addition to providing in-house therapy, staff members also take clients out into the community and to their own hometowns and do in-home visits to give them “real world” experiences and therapy. “We do a lot of prevention too,” Weaver-LaMountain said. He said staff members want to prevent recurrence of an injury, so they look at the home environment to be sure showers and other amenities are safe. “The risk goes up exponentially after the first injury.” Therapists also monitor the patient’s mental condition, because people who are struggling to deal with an injury and loss of some abilities they used to do with ease, are at risk. “People become isolated, and drugs and alcohol can become a real problem,” he said, noting depression also is “very, very common.” A person who has a brain injury often experiences personality changes, and can be emotional, volatile, inflexible, less tolerant of stress, sexually inappropriate and in denial that they have a problem. These changes tend to alter friendships and even strain family ties. “This can be a lifelong situation,” he said, “and oftentimes, people don’t think they can be treated, but they can, even years later.” Whether people was injured 10 days or 10 years ago, Weaver-LaMountain said, they can be treated and taught to minimize or at least manage their condition. Among the therapies used are cog-

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nitive-behavioral therapy and what he called “reality therapy,” which involves working on social interactions and etiquette. “It’s about taking ownership of the situation and helping people take responsibility for their own actions,” he said. “It helps them function more independently.” Rehabilitation therapies help patients recover and regain skills they may have lost. Occupational therapy, for example, can help someone who has had a stroke and needs to relearn activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and balancing a checkbook. Physical therapy aids those who have had surgery or been injured, as they work to regain balance, strength and endurance. Recreational therapy sometimes involves things like cooking or going to a store, library, restaurant, sporting event or movie. Patients are responsible

“We help people reinvent themselves and define their purpose. We also do tons of education with the family and caregivers. They need support and we help them cope, because it’s a strain.” J.R. WEAVER-LAMOUNTAIN, COMMUNITY LIAISON FOR MAINE CENTER FOR INTEGRATED REHABILITATION

for every aspect of the outing whether it is planning the event, making phone calls, paying for tickets or navigating the venues. “It’s practice, practice, practice,” he said. “Our goal is to make them independent, so we teach them to manage and overcome impairments.” The patients the therapists see may come for treatment for a matter of weeks, months or years. Some will recover fully, while others never will be able to return to their previous life. But in any case, the goal is to do everything possible to rehabilitate and advocate for the patient and his or her family. “We help people reinvent themselves and define their purpose,” he said. “We also do tons of education with the fami-

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ly and caregivers. They need support and we help them cope, because it’s a strain.” Despite what sometimes can be tragic circumstances that bring patients to the centers, Weaver-LaMountain said the MCIR sites are filled with hope, enthusiasm and a lot of fun. “The energy is intoxicating, it really is,” he said. “We treat people with dignity and respect and we push them. There is always hope.” Like the therapists at the agency’s centers, some of whom offer physiatry, Dr. Alan Ross of Kennebec Medical Rehabilitation is a physiatrist. Experts at diagnosing and treating pain, physiatrists are rehabilitation physicians who treat pain using non-surgical methods.

Physiatry treats the whole person, not just the ailment, with the goal of restoring function that may have been lost due to an injury, illness or other disabling condition. Prevention also is key in physiatry. Ross currently is the only physiatrist at Kennebec Medical Rehabilitation at 147 Riverside Drive in Augusta, and in the city. “I look forward to adding staff and growing the practice,” Ross said. He said physiatry looks at the muscles, bones and nerves, and is interdisciplinary. “More than anything, I see patients for pain problems,” he said. “It usually is back pain, but it’s all kinds of pain.” Ross has patients who have pains from injuries caused by simple wear and tear, workplace injuries, and “accumulations of small problems in life that have become a big problem.” He treats spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and palsy, as well as patients with nerve

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Memorial will honor Maine’s emergency service providers BY NANCY MCGINNIS Correspondent

Two memorials stand on State Street near the state museum, library, and archives complex and within view of the Capitol dome. One honors Maine firefighters, the other law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. A new addition, dedicated to Maine’s emergency medical services (EMS), will complement the existing memorials. Because the vision and scope of the Maine EMS Memorial are so unique, realizing a succinct and all-encompassing definitive name for the project has been a challenge. In addition to remembering each sacrifice, the Maine EMS Memorial also will seek to honor contributions made by providers past and present who have been, or still are, members of the system. The result will be an ongoing exposition that educates the public and pays tribute to individuals and organizations within the emergency medical services system who all work together to save Maine lives. Since the idea was first conceived, the vision has been shared and refined, the plan approved by the Maine State Legislature, the site identified and secured and architectural drawings created to conceptualize the project. No tax dollars will be spent; project supporters will rely entirely on fundraising and sponsorship to underwrite the $300,000 cost. Emergency medical services are something that often are taken for granted — until people or their loved ones are in crisis and suddenly, whether they realize it or not, the existence of EMS makes all the difference in the outcome. It was not always so, in Maine or elsewhere in the U.S. Years ago, the best a patient could hope for was speedy transportation to the nearest hospital — there was no such thing as stabilization or treatment at the scene or en route. Many hearses were designed to be easily reconfigured on short notice – serving to transport

Architectural conception of the Maine EMS Memorial, designed to be an interactive tribute to past and present EMS providers and the entire system. The view in the accompanying diagram is a representation as seen from the parking area with the State Library at the visitor’s back, as one faces State Street and, across the street, Capital Park.

either a casket or a gurney. An ambulance was often little more than a horizontal taxi. Without specialized training, the attendants – even if well-intentioned — sometimes unwittingly hampered an accident victim’s chance of surviving. These types of findings, reported in

a transportation-based study published by the National Academy of Sciences, laid the foundation for the development of the emergency medical services system today. “Accidental Death and Disability: The Neglected Disease of Modern Society”-- now known as the “White

Paper” — paved the way for the national EMS Act in 1973. By the 1980s, Maine Emergency Medical Services was launched as a state agency. Basic life support training was founded on the premise to “do no harm.” More lives were saved as definitive advanced life support was introduced in the later 1970s and early 1980s, and the EMS Act was passed into Maine state law in 1982. Statewide protocols, assuring consistency of care among licensed providers throughout Maine, were introduced in 1992. A trauma system, launched the following year, has evolved to include three trauma centers, in Portland, Lewiston and Bangor. Some 35 designated trauma system hospitals now exist. Fast forward to present day Maine. It has a population of nearly 1.5 million spread over 30,862 square miles with many isolated island communities that are currently served by more than 5,776 EMS providers. Those providers include dispatchers first responders and emergency medical technicians and paramedics. The state has 270 licensed ambulance and rescue services. These figures help to explain the magnitude of scale of the planned EMS Memorial and an understanding of the system it will honor. Paramedic Rick Petrie, volunteer chair of the Memorial fundraising committee, is the regional coordinator for Kennebec Valley EMS and Northeastern Maine EMS. He also works as a per diem paramedic for United Ambulance in Lewiston. “I’ve been involved in EMS in one way or another for 30 years now,” Petrie said. “When we first embarked on this Memorial project, quite frankly, I had no idea how difficult it would be to raise the necessary funds,” Petrie said. “It took a good two or three years to dot all the i’s and cross the More on EMS, Page 13


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Life is a journey – and sometimes the way becomes overwhelming. Someone who is familiar with the path – with unraveling the maze of issues and options, can help you • Identify problems, eligibility for assistance and need for services • Educate you on appropriate options which will lead to informed decisions • Develop a plan and locate resources that are tailored to your needs and financial situation Because of the EMS system, wherever a person is in the state of Maine, a call to 911 will bring emergency medical response.

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t’s—and by then, the nation had fallen into a recession.” But, an impressive $55,000 has already been raised to date, thanks to individuals and businesses such as North East Mobile Health Services. All donations are collected in a Memorial Project fund at Kennebec Valley EMS Council. All checks written to KVEMSC – Memorial Project, are tax deductible. For the past two years, Kelly Roderick, office manager at Kennebec Valley EMS, has organized a highly- successful benefit auc-

tion at the Mid Coast EMS Conference, held annually at the Samoset Resort in Rockland. Donated items have ranged from original art to restaurant gift certificates to ski packages, netting more than $5,000 each year for the memorial project. An informative display also will be set up at the Maine EMS awards ceremony held in May at the Hall of Flags in the State House, open to the public in conjunction with the annual observance of National EMS Week. Besides seeking a lead corporate funding sponsor, Petrie plans to send a letter to every licensed EMS

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Looking northerly towards the Capitol from State Street, this is the site of the Maine EMS memorial, also planned to serve as a tribute to all EMS providers past, present and future and the system within which they collaborate to save lives. It will be located between the Firefighters' Memorial (in the foreground) and the Law Enforcement Memorial, whose location is marked by the American flag at the lower right of this photograph.

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provider and to every service in the state. “If one member of each service, or a community volunteer representative, stepped forward and took on the challenge of raising $1,000, we would reach our goal,” Petrie said. “What drew me personally into supporting this project is that it highlights the everyday response to calls, and Maine EMS providers helping people,” he said. “No matter where in Maine, you call 911 and someone shows up, whether you’re in downtown Portland, or in Grand Lake Stream.” The Memorial design and layout is scaled to fit alongside the existing fire and law enforcement memorials. The style of the EMS Memorial, like the concept, is nontraditional. A small central statue, depicting a patient being cared for by EMS providers, will be joined by visual and audio features. To the right of the statue will be a glass wall on a granite pedestal with a welcoming message and an overview of the Memorial and the Maine EMS System, its mission and

components. Ahead, at the far side from the entrance, visitors will see another glass wall, inscribed with “EMS” and the traditional Star of Life symbol. Both glass walls will be brightly lit at night, illuminated upward through their bases. The small parcel of land will feature six granite benches for seating and contemplation. Two to three dozen randomly-placed granite pillars of varying heights up to fourfeet-tall will surround the statue of the patient. A third glass wall will be erected near the pillars. Each will be topped by one of three types of caps, each denoting one of the categories of EMS organizations being recognized, including first responders who have died in the line of duty and system leaders who have significantly contributed to the founding and development of the statewide Maine EMS system. The first two categories will bear an individual’s name and affiliation on the metal cap. The third category will represent a universal recognition of Maine EMS system providers. The scattering of these pillars around the site represents the wide variety of EMS providers who work throughout the state every day. Another key feature of the memorial is an interactive audio component. Using a cell phone or alterna-

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A Civil War-era Maine ambulance, displayed at Fort Knox, is a sign of how far EMS has come.

tive technology, a visitor will be able to access messages unique to each of the glass walls, explaining the system and the jobs, describing contributions, offering tributes, and hearing comments from some of the people who have held these positions. Individuals, businesses and organizations wishing to make a tax

deductible contribution to the Maine EMS Memorial may send a check payable to ‘KVEMSC — Memorial’ to Kennebec Valley EMS, 71 Halifax St., Winslow, ME 04901. To learn more about the Memorial Project and other ways to help, visit the Maine EMS Memorial page on FaceBook, or call 512-0975.


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damage, pinched nerves and carpal tunnel. Ross explained that he looks at the whole body and all of the tools available to help patients improve. “I’ve been doing some osteopathic manipulation, although I’m an M.D., and that’s been very rewarding for me,” he said. “You need to think outside the box, and look at the total picture.” The doctor said his goal is to reduce his patients’ level of pain and promote their function, whether it is through pain medication, exercises, manipulation or a combination. He also performs a physical exam, takes a patient history and does tests in his office. “I shepherd the patient through the process of rehabilitation and create a plan for recovery,” he said. “If they are out of work, I try to get them back to work, even if they can’t go back to the same job.”

“I shepherd the patient through the process of rehabilitation and create a plan for recovery. If they are out of work, I try to get them back to work, even if they can’t go back to the same job.” DR. ALAN ROSS, PHYSIATRIST AT KENNEBEC MEDICAL REHABILITATION

Living with chronic pain or an ongoing illness can have damaging side effects. “Patients may be depressed or sleeping poorly,” he said. “If you can make improvements in these areas, it makes a big difference.” Ross often sends them to counseling, prescribes antidepressants and recommends sleep aids, emphasizing the importance of sleep. He instructs patients in exercises to help stretch and strengthen, and sends them to physical therapists in the area if he thinks they need more intensive therapy. “A strength of what I do is that I try to know the therapists in my community and what they do,” he said. “Therapy is an art form and they all

have to specialize. You can’t be good at everything.” He said new treatments and technologies are emerging all the time in the field of medicine. “One of the wonderful things about treating pain is that there’s always something new coming along,” Ross said. Oddly enough, one new treatment is prolotherapy. Instead of decreasing inflammation in a patient, like a numbing or steroid injection, prolotherapy actually creates inflammation, the doctor said. “It starts the body’s healing process,” he said. The treatment increases blood supply and stimulates the tissue to repair itself. “It’s just

another tool in my tool kit.” Other new treatments include muscular-skeletal ultrasound, which can find tiny tears in tendons and muscles that would be invisible on an MRI, and near infrared laser, which is effective in treating tendonitis and nerve injury but has not yet been approved for use in humans in the United States. It is in use in Europe and elsewhere, however. “It is a healing laser that penetrates into the cells of the body,” Ross said, explaining the probe is placed against the skin. “It is usually completely painless and takes a number of sessions to get results, usually at least five treatments.” In treating the whole person, Ross also discusses topics like smoking, diet, exercise and other health risks with his patients. Ross has been in Augusta for 11 years and lives in Readfield. For more about Kennebec Medical Rehabilitation, phone 623-6355. For more about Maine Center For Integrated Rehabilitation, phone 453-1330.

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Homeless and Haitians benefit from the efforts of local medical practitioners BY BONNIE N. DAVIS Correspondent

As decades of tragedy ravish the Haitian people and the number of homeless people in Maine continues to grow, the need for free medical services are in great demand. Maine doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses are filling that need. “Each of us has a responsibility to open our eyes and hearts to see our brothers and sisters in need and respond to that need wherever we are – in our own backyard, neighborhood, state, nation and beyond,” said Laura Corbett, physician’s assistant and member of Faith Evangelical Free Church in Waterville Corbett, who also volunteers with Maine Migrant Health Program, returned from the church’s medical mission to Haiti just in time to volunteer with Dr. Donald Dubois on Friday mornings at the clinic for the homeless in Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Skowhegan. The church and adjacent men’s shelter is run by Rev. Richard Berry, pastor of the church. The clinic also treats patients from the New Hope Evangelical Free Church shelter for women and children in Solon. “We supply the food and housing and they add the element we can’t afford,” Berry said. They are a blessing from God — the icing on the cake.” Dr. Dubois said his mission work began when he wanted to take time off from his internal medicine practice in Skowhegan and volunteer in a third world country. “Years ago, I had six months off and tried to go do work with Doctors Without Borders, but they just wanted donations,” Dubois said. After the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, his granddaughter’s middle school in Jackman raised more than $5,000 for relief efforts. Connecting with Pam Brochu, co-director of Maine Haitian Ministries in Bangor and a registered nurse, Dubois learned they needed a doctor and teachers for a trip scheduled last June.

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Dr. Donald Dubois, treats children during his fact-finding mission trip to Haiti last June with Maine Haitian Ministries.

“With donations targeted for specific issues and problems, Haitian Ministries tries to work with other organizations for the betterment of the people,” he said. Although residents of rural villages were not affected by the earthquake, most people had friends or family who were injured or died in Portau-Prince. “I jumped right in and saw patients. I spent four or five days in various clinics — a couple were established clinics,” Dubois said. “We worked with Haitian nurses. They function as primary providers — very impressive. We treated acute medical issues, chronic pain and a lot of elderly issues.” Brochu staffs Haitian clinics with

Haitian nationals. “We saw the nationals we had working really cared about the people,” she said. The directors travel to Haiti often, and raise money the rest of the time. “We donate all our expenses, airfare and time. Our mission is to keep the mission going.” Part of that goal includes training for mothers on nutrition and cholera. Maine Haitian Ministries needs battery and solar-powered microscopes and dressing supplies. Since French is the official language of Haiti and Kreyol (Creole) is the language of the people, communication is difficult. However, Susan Gurney, nurse practitioner and a member of Waterville Church, knew Gessie Gelin,

a Haitian working as a medical administrative assistant at Waldron Family Practice in Winslow. “I used to work with Dr. Waldron,” Gurney said. “I called Gessie (Gelin) to see if she could help and she was thrilled.” Gelin began teaching Kreyol to Corbett, Gurney, Dubois and others. “My intention is to go back to Haiti,” Dubois said. “I know a little French, but not knowing the language is a barrier. Haitians without education speak three or four languages – even people who don’t speak English were

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Pharmacies in Haitian clinics look more like home medicine cabinets than medical supply rooms, helping Dubois set up the shelter’s clinic in Skowhegan.

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fearless. They wanted to learn English and every morsel they learned, they put into play. I’m struggling to learn Kreyol — trés struggling. I’m a language idiot.” “I know more than I did six months ago,” Gurney said. “You are respected more for learning the language.” “There’s a difference between speaking and fluency. The Haitian people are very friendly and will use gestures to help,” Gelin said. “They will try to teach you with their body language.” As the medical personnel struggle to learn Kreyol, all acknowledge speaking the language builds trust and relationships. Dubois also learned how to set up his free clinic at the shelter by drawing parallels to Haiti. In both situations, he saw people with needs and few resources as well as nurses and doctors trying to provide for those needs with no resources. “It’s sort of like Haiti,” he said. “You look around at what you have and figure out how to use it. I spent the first seven years of my medical career in Jackman and had to make do. I don’t know how much it colored my thinking, but I’m sure it played a role.” “I wish there were a lot more doctors like Don,” Berry said. “The need is astronomical.” Dubois said he is only part of the process. “I’m a cog, not wheel. My work in Haiti has been a flash-in-the-pan so far, especially when compared to others,” Dubois said. “I was raised a Catholic, but I’m not religious. I know it’s a good thing to help — to help each other. My (medical) skills are ecumenical anyway.”

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A student from rural Danda responds to the care of Laura Corbett, physician’s assistant, during her recent mission trip to Haiti with Faith Evangelical Free Church.


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Today Robert Horton, left, is a strong and healthy 10-year old boy. He was born at 23 1/2 weeks on December 25, 2000, above, at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Preterm babies survive at younger ages Statistics show that Massachusetts, Maine and Nebraska reported the three greatest increases in the nation during One of the most prevalent health those years. issues confronting women, infants, and One in every eight babies in families today is preterm birth. Most America is born preterm. pregnancies last about 40 weeks. Approximately 1,500 preterm babies Babies born between 32 and 37 weeks are born in Maine each month. of pregnancy are referred to as preterm. Preterm birth remains a leading Those born at 32 weeks are early cause of infant mortality during the preterm. first month of life. However, due to America’s preterm birth rate skyadvances in medicine more preterm rocketed between 1992 and 2002. Data babies are now surviving and at earlier from the NationalCenter for Health ages. BY WANDA CURTIS Correspondent

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ educational pamphlet “Early Preterm Birth,” a single course of corticosteroids prescribed for mothers in preterm labor between 24 and 34 weeks of pregnancy greatly increases chances of a preterm baby’s survival. Corticosteroids help preterm babies’ lungs and other organs mature. One of the earliest preterm survivors in recent years, is three-year old Sonja Taylor, who USA Today reported was born at just under 22 weeks in the

womb. She was an in vitro fertilization baby. While many physicians don’t attempt to resuscitate babies born at that age, Sonja had several advantages, including being an African American female. Researchers report that female babies have a higher survival rate than males and African American females have the highest survival rate of all preterm babies. It was also to Sonja’s advantage that More on PRETERM, Page 21

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“If the baby is known to have cardiac issues, Mom is transferred here to deliver for care in our NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) and pediatric cardiology. The pediatric cardiologists perform surgery here at the Barbara Bush Children’s Center at Maine Medical Center. We are the only hospital in the state that provides this service.” GERALDINE TROMBELLI, THE NURSING DIRECTOR OF MAINE MEDICAL CENTER’S FAMILY BIRTHING CENTER

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she was born at a hospital with a Level III nursery staffed with health care professionals trained to care for preterm babies. Researchers have found that babies born at hospitals with a Level III nursery have a better chance of survival than babies transferred to those hospitals after birth. In Maine, there are two hospitals with a Level III nursery — Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and Maine Medical Center in Portland. Both hospitals admit preterm and other high risk babies requiring intensive care. Geraldine Trombelli, the nursing director of Maine Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center, agreed that it is better for a preterm baby to be born at a hospital with a Level III nursery than to be transferred there after birth. She said that mothers in preterm labor are transferred by ambulance if the baby’s delivery is imminent. Trombelli said Maine Medical Center admits mothers and babies from across the state, but that mothers north of Bangor are often admitted to Eastern Maine Medical Center. Said the exception would be babies with known cardiac problems. “If the baby is known to have cardiac issues, Mom is transferred here to deliver for care in our NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) and pediatric cardiology,” Trombelli said. “The pediatric cardiologists perform surgery here at the Barbara Bush Children’s Center at Maine Medical Center. We are the only hospital in the state that provides this service.”

Trombelli said that preterm babies admitted to MMC’s Level III nursery ranged in age from 23 to 37 weeks gestation. She emphasized that the survival rate and prognosis generally improve dramatically with each week spent in the womb as the baby’s lungs and other organs finish developing. “It is always best to keep them growing in utero if possible,” Trombelli said. “All our professional organizations…recommend completing 39 full weeks before we electively deliver any infant, which is our policy here at Maine Medical center. Unfortunately, some babies don’t cooperate and some moms develop conditions which require us to deliver them early.” Survival rates and long-term outcomes for preterm babies vary from hospital to hospital. According to information from the March of Dimes website , nearly 30 percent of babies born at 23 weeks survive. That survival rate increases to about 50 to 60 percent at 24 weeks, about 75 percent at 25 weeks and more than 90 percent at 27 to 28 weeks. The same website says that preterm babies, especially those born at 32 weeks, are more at risk for developing serious complications that can cause neonatal death. Preterm birth can contribute to chronic respiratory disorders such as asthma, learning disabilities, decreased vision, and cerebral palsy.

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Healthy eating and exercise helps seniors add years of joyful living BY J.P. DEVINE Correspondent

The winter of the year is here. It’s deep and dark, cold and icy. Jack D., who is pushing 72 and was a star football player in his youth, has gone to the mat. He’s starting to hibernate, inhaling comfort food, meat loaf, mashed potatoes and doughnut holes. It happens to all ages. Winter nights in the winter of our lives are full of temptations to lay back, eat the meatloaf and sit in front of a football game, chewing on chicken wings. It can be a hammer blow to the body. As he sits watching others play football, Jack’s arteries are closing up, his muscles are softening and he is developing something his father never heard of — a “ hypertriglyceridemic” waist. This is the abdominal or “visceral” fat, a deep layer that wraps around internal organs. It may not show on the belly, but it’s in there...waiting. In one of America’s premier fatso states, it’s waiting for us all. When I stepped on a scale last spring to see 210 leap off the glass, I went into panic mode. I stopped putting anything in my mouth that wasn’t nutritious. All fast foods stopped, along with a wary eye on sugar content, white bread and flour. Cutting out those three items alone pulled l8 lbs off my aching body. Walking two miles a day every day, and three days a week at the gym, stopped the “senior decline.” But mostly it was about eating. Many Americans are jumping on the new plant-based diet craze, the one former President Bill Clinton has successfully adopted, and it is growing in popularity. It doesn’t work for everyone, especially those seniors who grew up on fatty foods, such as chops and steak and meatloaf. “Breaking up,” the song tells us, “is hard to do.” Your mama and daddy and your grandparents rolled with the punches and let nature take its course. People lied to one another then just as they do now: “That weight looks good on you,”

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Paul and Chris Falconer, 75 and 76 years old, members of Champions Silver Sneakers Club.

they’d say. “We need a little fat to protect us against the cold,” was another. A person could print a whole book full of the soft soap lines that our friends and relatives handed us. It was easy for them, because they were as out of shape as you were. Our grandparents’ senior life was much harder than ours, and food became a reward at the end of the day. Starches and sugar took up a lot of space in the pantry, lard was a prime ingredient in baking and the life expectancy in my grandparents’ day was around 48 years. It’s 2011.We’re living longer now

despite a reluctance to give up lifelong bad habits. This is mostly due, I’m told, to the nudging of our more health-conscious children, and the constant hammering of health oriented commercials. “I watched so many of my friends go to an early grave,” one senior told me, “ I didn’t want that to happen to me.” That belly hanging over Jack’s belt was once just a common side effect of “getting on.” Today we know it’s apt to contribute to diabetes, prostate cancer and myriad health problems, such as a stroke. Jack’s daughter, who spends

hours online and was fearful of the sharp decline in her “senior” dad, pulled him, and her mother, back from the abyss. The number of seniors who are scrambling to hold onto their health is growing. The term “pre-existing condition” has become a hot item. More and more insurance companies are asking about life styles, and doctors are, reluctantly, beginning to learn more about nutrition. Ron Chayer, a 70-something former Keyes Fibre vice president who retired after 30 years on the job, remembers when as a youth in Boston he was 230 lbs and a couch potato. He long ago turned that around and has no plans to go back. Ron now still keeps one foot in the marketplace as a computer software business consultant, while making time each day— that’s every day — to hit the machines in the gym. At 72, Ron is a trim 178 pound man who ends his day in his kitchen making healthy gourmet meals for his wife. Ron, like most neo-health watchers, doesn’t believe in diets. “I eat whatever I like, Italian, Chinese, everything. It’s just all about proportions,” he said. Proportional eating is another fast-growing mode of living. Older couples have picked up the trick of dining out healthfully. One couple told me of their new habit of ordering one dinner and sharing it, along with a salad. More seniors, like Paul and Chris Falconer, are joining or rejoining their local gym in such programs as Champion’s “Silver Sneakers “ program, where they’ve discovered what doctors have been teaching for years, that exercise is a helpful tool in fighting depression — a problem many retirees deal with in the golden years. Paul, a former Marine and former commandant of the Maine State Police Academy, found himself looking less and less like the fit Marine that went through rigorous training at the infamous Parris Island boot camp in South

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Carolina. So he worked on his diet and went back to the gym. “Paul decided to join and I sort of came along with him. I’m glad I did. It’s something for both of us to focus on and lets us spend more time together,” Chris says. Along with proportional eating and exercise, seniors are tuning into the mantra of “defensive living” with yearly checkups. Media health reports are spreading the big news now that as of this January 1, all 46.6 million Medicare beneficiaries became eligible for annual “wellness visits,” during which a doctor can give advice on how to reduce tension and reduce hypertension and diseases such as diabetes. “Gee, you look wonderful,” is the kind of music seniors want to hear from their peers and children. It’s not your greatgrandparents’ world anymore. The front porch rocker is up for sale.



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Best exercises for the over-50 crowd The human body needs exercise to operate at full capacity. Exercise is important at any age, but can be particularly beneficial for individuals in their golden years. The key is finding exercises that are both safe and effective. Benefits of Exercise The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 28 to 44 percent of seniors ages 65 to 75 are inactive, meaning they don’t get enough daily exercise for optimal health. Studies indicate that there are many reasons that seniors should engage in regular exercise. • It can help stave off illness and chronic conditions by keeping the immune system healthy. • It paves the way for better sleep, including falling asleep easier and sleeping more deeply. • Exercise releases natural endorphins, which help a person feel good about him or herself and can boost mood. • Regular exercise can promote weight loss, especially when done in conjunction with a healthy diet. • Improved muscle tone can take pressure off of joints and help with mobility. • Research indicates that exercise can boost brain

function and keep dementia at bay. • When participating in social exercise, seniors realize companionship and stress relief. • Exercise can keep systems of the body in check, reducing constipation and helping circulatory issues.

weights can make the workout even more effective. Walking is also easier on the legs and knees than jogging, but can be just as effective a cardiovascular workout. • Leg extensions: Repetitions of leg extensions stretch the muscles of the legs and flex the knee Engaging In the Right Exercises joint. This can promote longevity of the knees and While it may have been the norm to do multiple, keep knee replacements at bay. rigorous repetitions of exercises during one’s youth, • Swimming: Enrolling in a local gym or YMCA older adults should employ different strategies. that has a pool can be a boon to seniors. Swimming Certain exercises are better than others and can help is a low-impact workout that targets most areas of reduce the risk of injury. the body as well as providing a cardiovascular Before starting any type of exercise regimen, sen- workout. Plus, since swimming can be relaxing and iors should talk with a physician about the pros and enjoyable, it’s an exercise that many people don't cons of certain activities. The doctor may be able to mind doing. provide guidance as to which activities are better for • Strength training: Moderate weightlifting can specific conditions a person has. For example, an keep muscles strong and promote a healthy metaboindividual with arthritis may want to seek low-impact lism, considering muscle burns more calories than workouts, such as water aerobics. fat. Once a doctor gives the go-ahead, here are some • Endurance exercise: Just about any activity that exercises many 50 plus people can try. gets the heart rate up for an extended period of time • Walking: Walking remains one of the best is good for the body. This can be raking leaves, exercises for people of any age. The pace and mowing the lawn, walking, bicycling, playing a resistance can be set by each individual by walking game of catch, etc. Be sure the doctor cleans any faster or slower, uphill or downhill. Adding light such activities beforehand.


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State Library’s outreach program offers hope, education to the visually impaired BY NANCY MCGINNIS Correspondent

AUGUSTA – Many residents of central Maine may be familiar with the Maine State Library. A short stroll from the Capitol, it is housed in the same building with the Maine State Museum and Archives. As visitors enter from the street level, they get a glimpse of the stacks, periodicals, reference desk and seating area that are all visible directly below, through the glass-walled atrium. But many are unaware that there are three more “invisible” library collections another floor down. This is the home of the Maine State Library Outreach Services, which includes Books by Mail, Large Print, and Talking Books. These programs, administered by the Maine State Library, are funded by the federal Library Services and Technology Act through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Books by Mail was established as a successor to the Bookmobile service, which succumbed to budget cuts in the early 1990s. This program makes library resources available on request to Maine citizens who do not have a hometown library. For qualified homebound patrons, shipping and return postage costs for these materials are paid. Reading for recreation or education is something many people do every day, but rarely stop to think about. According to experts, reading helps people expand their horizons, explore ideas, develop new skills, even escape from cabin fever with a laugh or an armchair adventure. But people who are temporarily or permanently unable to see — or even to hold a book or magazine — can miss out on all this reading enjoyment. Large Print and Talking Books are two possible ways this group can continue to enjoy and learn. Large Print books are printed in large text format at a magnification for someone who cannot read standard-sized print. The library lends large-print books, mailed directly, at no charge, to individuals

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In the Outreach Services mailroom on the lower level of the Maine State Library, Librarian Jim Roy shows one of thousands of sturdy cases containing a “book” in digital format, ready to be sent out to a waiting listener.

who are visually impaired; it also offers rotating collections of large print books to libraries that serve the visually impaired. The Maine State Library Outreach Program has a large and ever-growing collection of Talking Books. This federal initiative, a free national library program of Braille and recorded materials for blind and physically handicapped persons, is administered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress. The program was launched in 1931 by an Act of Congress as a service to WWI veterans with combat-related

disabilities, according to Librarian Christopher Boynton, Director of Outreach Service at the Maine State Library. The program was expanded in 1952 with items for children, in 1962 with musical scores and other materials, and again in 1966, to address the needs of individuals with other physical impairments that prevented the reading of regular print. The earliest Talking Books were records. At first glance, they were similar to LPs but with raised Braille dots as well as printed labels; they were designed to be listened to on an exclusive player at 8

rpm (revolutions per minute.) Eventually, most of these were replaced by specialized analog audio cassettes and a proprietary audio tape player. Today, sturdy digital cartridges that store the contents of a book on an internal flash memory card can be listened to on an even smaller, lighter, more user-friendly digital machine. This latest incarnation of playback equipment is a battery and-or AC-powered, two- pound, portable device with a carry handle. Large, color-coded buttons are designed to be high contrast and, when activated, an audible message tells the listener what action has been taken — such as power on, volume up, or skip ahead. Because Talking Books materials are being used to serve the disabled, they are exempted from standard copyright law, and can be copied for this purpose as needed. Currently, about 80 percent of Mainers who benefit from outreach services for the visually-impaired and handicapped individuals are elderly, Boynton said. He said the average user is just over 70 years of age. Boynton said. 90 percent of users have physical handicaps, and 10 percent have identifiable, medically-caused learning disabilities. Many fit both categories. Some, he said, became unable to read by conventional means earlier in life, or were born with disabilities. Books in large-print format and audio talking books allow more people of any age to stay engaged and informed. In general, Large Print materials are circulated through local libraries, while the Talking Books program is set up on an individual basis with each interested user who meets the guidelines. Once accepted, the patron receives the necessary playback equipment on long-term loan, along with books on demand. Through the International Union Catalog available on the Internet, every network library has access to the entire National Library Service book collection and to the resources of cooperating agencies. Recently, direct download became More on LIBRARY, Page 28


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available from the National Library Service’s Braille and Audio Reading Download program. This allows eligible, visually-impaired users, once registered, to select and acquire as many titles as desired directly from this collection. Boynton said that he and his staff of 11— downsized in recent years from 18 as state budget cuts took their toll — served 2,500 active users of large print and talking books this past year. About half a million items from the three outreach collections are circulated annually to geographically or physically disadvantaged library patrons across the state. Bestsellers, biographies, fiction, and how-to books are in great demand. A limited number of titles are produced in foreign languages. Registered borrowers can keep apprised of new books added to the collection through a bi-monthly, online and large print newsletter, “Talking Book Topics.” As time and opportunities allow, Boynton and his staff visit such community venues as

the Common Ground Country Fair, senior expositions, retirement homes and assisted living settings to spread awareness of these resources. “We also appreciate the support of the Iris Network, a nonprofit that helps the visuallyimpaired with daily living activities. Their folks are knowledgeable about our equipment and resources, and can offer home visits and helpful orientation to our visually impaired patrons,” Boynton said. Individuals and institutions can find information about resources and eligibility requirements and get application forms by telephone or online, by visiting the Maine State Library’s handicapped-accessible website. Go to and click on “Talking Books Plus.” The Outreach Services can be reached directly at (207) 287-5650, or at 1-800-762-7106 (toll free within the state of Maine). Also, Maine State Library Outreach arranges with the Perkins School for the Blind to have Braille library materials provided directly to eligible Maine residents without cost to users. Mainers who would like to borrow materials in Braille should contact the Perkins School directly at 1-800852-3133.

Talking Books patron Pete Harden, who is 90 years old and legally blind, was thrilled to discover that despite his macular degeneration, he can still enjoy a wide range of books in the comfort of his own home.

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Chiropractic care is used for much more than chronic back pain BY KRIS FERRAZZA Correspondent

WINTHROP – Chiropractic care, at one time commonly believed to be only for people with chronic back pain, today is used preventatively and to relieve a broad spectrum of ailments in adults and children. Michael Hoyt, a doctor of chiropractic, has been practicing at Hoyt Chiropractic Center in Winthrop for almost 32 years. Over the years he has treated patients of all ages, from newborns to senior citizens, and even some of their pets, including dozens of dogs, a few cats and a couple of lambs. “It’s interesting,” Dr. Hoyt said of the four-legged patients. “The spinal anatomy is very similar, but I usually

recommend they check with a vet first for any underlying medical problems.” Hoyt’s daughter, Lacaya Hoyt, is the newest addition to the practice; she graduated about a year ago from New York Chiropractic College. She is 25-years-old, and works with her father and Richard Knipping, another doctor of chiropractic, at the office complex on Route 202. The elder Dr. Hoyt is a proponent of chiropractic care for people of all ages and in all types of physical condition, whether someone is impaired and in need of treatment or feeling great and looking for preventative care. “It is for everyone who has a nervous system that they want to maintain in good health,” he said. “It’s not just

for people with back pain. Everyone should have their spine checked.” Patients at Hoyt Chiropractic Center currently range in age from infancy to 94 years. Some come to the office for injections, adjustments or other treatment for chronic back and neck pain, migraines, sciatica and other ongoing issues. It is a lesser-known fact that children often are successfully treated by chiropractors. Hoyt said he has treated newborns with colic, toddlers with recurring ear infections, and children with growing pains. Ear infections, a common ailment in babies and young children, can be an ongoing issue, with the child repeatedly being put on courses of antibiotics to battle the problem. Hoyt said in 80 percent of such

cases, the child’s ear is not necessarily infected; rather fluid may have built up in the eustachian tube that is located in the inner ear. He said when there is nerve irritation, muscles contract and these tubes constrict. However, they can be manipulated to open so the fluid drains, eliminating the pain and the need for antibiotics and other interventions such as having ear tubes surgically installed. “It’s a mechanical problem,” Hoyt said of some ear infections. He said he has seen young patients who suffered as many as two ear infections per month for much of their lives. One boy had experienced “dozens and dozens” of ear infections and had

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undergone surgery four times to have tubes put in his ears before he was seen by the chiropractor. “I started adjusting him, and they stopped,” Hoyt said of the ear problems. “He had two more ear infections in the next year and has had none since.” The eustachian tubes open briefly when a person yawns or swallows, and Hoyt said he works with parents to help the child open the tubes on their own so the fluid drains. One of these moves is similar to the reflex people have to yawn when their ears feel muffled, such as when they are in an airplane, driving up a mountain or have a cold with pressure in the ears. Chiropractors also can do light adjustments on the neck or treat a spinal problem such as misalignment, which irritates the nerve and also can lead to a lack of proper ear

drainage, he said. “It indicates some sort of malfunction,” Hoyt said, explaining there are reflex points that can be used to release pressure. “It’s all connected.” Children suffering from so-called “growing pains,” sometimes have leg pain, and also can benefit from chiropractic care, Hoyt said. While it often is believed the child simply is growing faster than that body can keep up, leading to pain, he said often there is a back problem, such as a pinched nerve in the lower back. By treating that problem, the leg pain will disappear. Among children who suffer growing pains, 60 to 70 percent also experienced colic as infants, a correlation Hoyt said is significant and not a coincidence. With both colic and growing pains, parents often believe there is nothing to be done for the child, he said. “The old mantra is ‘They’ll outgrow it,’ ” Hoyt said. But infants and More on CHIROPRACTIC, Page 31

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“Chiropractic care is probably the world’s best-kept health secret.” The treatment is “cost-effective and physically effective.” MICHAEL HOYT, DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC, HOYT CHIROPRACTIC CENTER

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children need not suffer from pain, he said, whether it is during infancy or a growth spurt. Hoyt said colicky babies experience real intestinal problems and painful cramping that can be corrected by addressing the connection between nerves and reflexes. In 98 percent of cases, colicky babies can be treated with a chiropractic technique so gentle they sometimes sleep through the visit and the condition is resolved in two weeks or so, Hoyt said. The only time chiropractic care is not recommended is when someone has a particular medical reason why it is not appropriate, such as a fracture, Hoyt said. It is true, however, that in most cases, chiropractors see patients who are seeking relief from severe, chronic pain. “Of course, we do what we can to relieve that as fast as possible,” Hoyt said. Doctors of chiropractic use technology including computerized scans such as the surface EMG, which detects imbalances in muscle activity, and thermal scans, which pick up temperature differences on either side of the spine. They also may use an algometer, which measures pain sensitivity to pressure; range-of–motion studies to grade a patient’s range of motion on a scale of zero to 100 and heart-rate variability tests to measure the difference in the rate of a patient’s heartbeats. A higher variability in the heart rate is a good thing, Hoyt said; he said there should be a difference in the rate of heartbeats. This can be improved in various ways, such as regular exercise, improved diet and getting adequate rest, he said.

Hoyt said these tests are “high tech, low cost,” and recommended them for anyone. “People who are interested in their overall health want to know, ‘Where do I stand?’” he said. If they are working to improve diet and exercise, these tests can be especially helpful, he said. “Most patients wonder, ‘Are the things I’m doing working?’ and now we have a way to measure that and give them a number.” Most insurances cover chiropractic care, Hoyt said. “Chiropractic care is probably the world’s best-kept health secret,” he said, calling the treatment “costeffective and physically effective.” Hoyt said he has three types of patients. One type has an occasional problem, visits him for “a handful of adjustments,” and then resumes his or her everyday life until another problem surfaces. Another type of patient has recurrent problems and needs ongoing treatment. He said some people criticize chiropractic care because patients must have repeat visits. But, he said: “You don’t go home with a bottle with only one pill.” Neither does one visit necessarily always solve a problem. He said people sometimes buy large bottles of pain relievers to treat ongoing pain. Finally, there are patients who visit a chiropractor for preventative care, just like they would visit a dentist for cleanings and ongoing maintenance. “These patients know the nervous system is important. It controls every function in the body and they want to keep it in good shape,” Hoyt said. He said these clients will schedule regular care forever. For more about Hoyt Chiropractic Center, phone 377-2151, stop by the offices off Route 202 in Winthrop, or visit the website at





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Advertiser Profiles ACHILLES FOOT & ANKLE CENTER  Location and Telephone: 12 Spruce Street Augusta, ME (207) 626-0100 84 Main St. Skowhegan, ME (207) 858-0100

 Description of services/products: Complete family foot and ankle care. Specializing in sports injuries, diabetic disorders, ingrown nails, wound care and heel pain.

ANNE PRATT GIROUX AUDIOLOGY  Location and Telephone: 124 Silver Street Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 872-0320 and RedingtonFairview Hospital Outpatient Clinic

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AMCOMM WIRELESS  Location and Telephone: 5 KMD Plaza Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 660-6466 Auburn Mall 550 Center St. Auburn, ME 04210 (207) 786-2600  Chief Executive: Peter McAvoy  Year founded: 2010

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BELTONE E NEW W ENGLAND D HEARING G CARE E CENTER  Headquarters: 12 Shuman Avenue Augusta, Maine 04330 (207) 622-5357  Chief Executive: Michael K. Andreozzi  Year founded: 2001  Number of employees: 125

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 Description of services/products: Beltone New England is the largest Beltone dispensership in the country with over 65 locations in New England, including eight in

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 Description of services/products: Private practice audiology with 34 years of experience. General Audiology, with special testing equipment for infants and children, and special expertise in geriatrics, CAOHC certification courses, Community presentations, Parent and Teacher in-services, Aural Rehabilitation including Lip Reading lessons, Assistive Listening Devices, Hearing Aids and hearing aid related services. We specialize in developing individual plans for improvement in communication situations and Better Hearing. Our best advice is “Better Hearing Never Sounded So Good.”

ME. Our Augusta office is run by Mark King, Hearing Instrument Specialist, License #366. Our services include complimentary video ear scans where we check for wax build up, complimentary audiometric hearing evaluations, and free clean and checks of all hearing aids, regardless of name brand. We offer the latest in digital hearing aid technolgy from Beltone Electronics, backed with 70 years of experience. All our hearing aids come with BelCare Promise, an exclusive aftercare program that provides cleanings and adjustments for the life of the hearing aid and yearly audiometric screenings at no extra charge.  Hours of operation: Hearing tests by appointment  E-mail Address:


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E NEW W ENGLAND D HEARING G CARE E CENTER BELTONE  Headquarters: 7 KMD Plaza Waterville, Maine 04901 (207) 692-2119  Chief Executive: Michael K. Andreozzi  Year founded: 2001

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 Number of employees: 125

 Description of services/products: Beltone New England is the largest Beltone dispensership in the country with over 65 locations in New England,

including eight in ME. Our Waterville office is run by Lisa King, Hearing Instrument Specialist, License #370. Our services include complimentary video ear scans where we check for wax build up, complimentary audiometric hearing evaluations, and free clean and checks of all hearing aids, regardless of name brand. We offer the latest in digital hearing aid technolgy from Beltone Electronics, backed with 70 years of experience. All our hearing aids come with BelCare Promise, an exclusive aftercare program that provides cleanings and adjustments for the life of the hearing aid and yearly audiometric screenings at no extra charge.  Hours of operation: Hearing tests by appointment.  E-mail Address:

ROBERT BENNER, PT, CSCS  Location and Telephone: 160 Old Waterville Rd. Oakland, ME 465-4601  Chief Executive: Robert Benner, PT  Year founded: 2006

 Description of services/products: With more than 30,000 babies born since 1986 we are among America's most experienced fertility centers. And with our new, state-of-the-art IVF center in South Portland, we are proud to now serve patients within the Maine community.

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 Location and Telephone: 149 Silver Street, Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-4638  Chief Executive: Susanne M. Bouchard, PT, LMT, CEO, Founder  Year founded: 1989

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 Location and Telephone: 660 Barnstable Road Hyannis, MA 02601 1-866-Cape-Air  Chief Executive: Dan Wolf  Year founded: 1989  Number of Employees: Over 800 company wide  Description of services/products: Cape Air is one of the largest regional airlines in the United States, flying over 680,000 passengers a year on over 125,000 flights to destinations around the world including in New England, New York, the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, the Caribbean, Florida and Micronesia. With a fleet of sixty Cessna 402s and two ATR-42s,

the employee owned company operates up to 525 flights per day. In addition, Cape Air has ticket and baggage agreements with most major airlines. Cape Air’s unique brand of customer service, OCHA HAGoTDI*, has won the airline accolades as ‘Best Airline’ on Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and in the United States Virgin Islands. Cape Air tickets are available at a number of online outlets including Travelocity and Expedia and can also be purchased online at Cape Air reservation agents are available to book your flights, for no additional charge, at 866-Cape-Air.  Hours of Operation: Our Reservation/ Sales experts can be reached at 1-866-CapeAir (1-866-227-3247) or 508-771-6944.  Web Site:

CEDAR RIDGE CENTER  Location and Telephone: 23 Cedar Ridge Drive Skowhegan, ME 04976 (207) 474-9686  Chief Executive: Mike McDougall

 Description of services/products: Cedar Ridge Center offers skilled rehabilitation programs, as well as nursing services in a lively, caring environment. Recovery from hospitalizations or elective surgery like joint transplants proceeds smoothly with the assistance of rehab therapists. Cedar Ridge Center is part of Genesis HealthCare.

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BOSTON IVF - THE MAINE CENTER  Location and Telephone: 778 Main St., Ste 2 So. Portland, ME 04106 (207) 358-7600

 Description of services/products: Conventional physical therapy, sports medicine, work injury rehabilitation, fitness and exercise consultation and supervision. Free injury screens. 27 years experience.

 Description of services/products: Over 40 years experience, specializing in hands-on muscle and pain relief. Treatment for headaches, back, neck, arm, and leg pain. Whiplash, TMJ, work injuries, sports and car accidents, after surgery.  E-mail Address:  Web Address:

CARDIOVASCULAR CONSULTANTS OF MAINE  Location and Telephone: • 330 Civic Center Drive Augusta, ME (207) 430-4321 • 149 North Street, MaineGeneral Medical Center Waterville, ME (207) 872-1800 • 96 Campus Drive Scarborough, ME (207) 885-9905  Chief Executive: William A. Dietz, M.D.  Year founded: 1970

 Number of employees: 80  Description of services/products: Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine is a full-service cardiology practice providing care for patients throughout Southern and Central Maine. Our team of experienced physicians is committed to delivering the highest quality of compassionate care to our patients, and personalized service to our professional colleagues.  Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Web Site:

CENTRAL L MAINE E ENDOSCOPY Y CENTER  Headquarters: 40 Airport Road, Suite 2 Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 680-2070  Chief Executive: John H. Irwin, D.O.  Year founded: 2002  Number of Employees: 6

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CENTRAL MAINE MEDICAL CENTER  Location and Telephone: 300 Main Street Lewiston, ME 04240 (207) 795-0111  Chief Executive: Laird Covery  Year founded: 1891  Number of employees: 2100  Description of services/products: • Cardiac surgery, angioplasty and electrophysiology program

• Minimally-invasive vascular surgery • Orthopaedics Institute of Central Maine • Bariatrics surgery • Maternity, Fertility Center and Neonatal intermediate care unit • Medical oncology, radiation therapy and cancer surgery • Inpatient rehabilitation • Trauma program and LifeFlight of Maine Base • Diabetes • Numerous surgery and medical subspecialties  Web Address:

CENTRAL MAINE ORTHOTICS & PROSTHETICS  Location and Telephone: 36 Silver Street Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-1131 276 State Street Bangor, ME 04401 (207) 941-9544

 Description of services/products: Evaluation, fabrication and fitting of custom made Orthopedic braces and prosthetic devices. Fitting of diabetic footwear and mastectomy services. Clinics in Farmington, Augusta, Skowhegan, DoverFoxcroft, Calais and Togus.

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CENTRAL MAINE PHARMACY  Location and Telephone: 18 China Rd. Albion, ME 04910 437-7777  Chief Executive: Chuck Roy  Year founded: 2009

 Number of employees: 3  Description of services/products: • Full service pharmacy • Competitive prices • Easy Rx transfers - just call us! • Drive-thru window • Greeting cards, candles, candy and more!!  Hours of operation: 8:30 - 5:30 Monday - Friday

J.E. CIEMBRONIEWICZ, M.D. Clinical Neuroscience Associates / New England Neurosurgery  Location and Telephone: 76 Eastern Avenue Augusta, Maine 04330 (207) 622-6271 Skowhegan clinic: (207) 474-5121 ext. 125  Chief Executive: J. E. Ciembroniewicz, M.D.  Year founded: 1967  Number of employees: 3

THE CLINIC AT WALMART  Location and Telephone: • The Clinic at Walmart 80 Waterville Commons Drive Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 680-2110

• The Clinic at Walmart 201 Civic Center Drive Augusta, ME 04330 (207) 620-8570  Providers: Kimberly Fantasia, NP Kathy Dahms, NP-C Natacha Sovetsky, NP-C Dale Lowe, FNP-C

 Description of services/products: Inland Nurse Practitioners offer respectful, fast, and affordable basic healthcare services such as immunizations, screenings and treatments for minor illnesses, including sore throats, sinus infections, stomach aches and skin abrasions. Stay Well services include sports physicals and flu shots.

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DELTA A AMBULANCE  Headquarters: • 30 Chase Avenue Waterville, ME (207) 872-4000 • 10 Cony Road Augusta, ME (207) 623-4900  Chief Executive: Timothy A. Beals, MBA, EMTP  Year founded: 1972  Number of employees: 120  Main products/services: Paramedic ambulance, wheelchair van and education.

 Description of company: Regional provider of paramedic response care and transportation, wheelchair van transportation and health and safety education. Winner: Margaret Chase Smith Maine State Quality Award - 2000.  Hours of operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 Description of services/products: A highly experienced, Board Certified neurosurgeon providing expert surgical treatment of neck and back problems and other conditions requiring neurosurgical care. Dr. Ciembroniewicz provides comprehensive evaluations and treatment of a broad range of neurological conditions including a special interest in normal pressure hydrocephalus, and has successfully performed thousands of surgical procedures. Dr. Ciembroniewicz and his staff also provide expert support for overlapping medical-legal issues involving workers’ compensation, personal injury and insurance claims. Accepting new patients.

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CRISIS S & COUNSELING G CENTERS,, INC.  Headquarters: 32 Winthrop Street Augusta, Maine 04330 (207) 626-3448 CRISIS RESPONSE 1-888-568-1112 or 207-621-2552  Chief Executive: Lynn Duby, CEO  Year founded: 1970  Number of employees: 173  Main products/services: Sole provider of 24-hour crisis response services in Kennebec and Somerset counties. Outpatient treatment of mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring

disorders (Augusta and Skowhegan.) G.E.A.R. parent support services (statewide) and integrated correctional health care.  Description of company: Private, nonprofit. Revenue sources include fee for service; contracts with State of Maine and local municipalities; state, federal and private grants; United Way funds; and donations from businesses and individuals  Hours of operation: Crisis response 24/7. Outpatient and Admin: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. G.E.A.R. Parent Network, varies  Web Address:

DFD RUSSELL MEDICAL CENTERS  Locations and Telephone: • 180 Church Hill Road, Leeds • 11 Academy Road, Monmouth • 7 South Main Street, Turner • (207) 524-3501  Chief Executive: Laurie Kane-Lewis  Year founded: 1974

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 Number of employees: 50

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 Description of services/products: Community health centers offering complete healthcare with an emphasis on

physical and emotional well being. Services include primary care services, onsite laboratory services, preventative care, pediatric care, sports physicals, geriatric care, chronic illness care, minor surgery, health programs, smoking cessation, nutrition education, diabetes education and followup, behavioral health, substance abuse, sick call care, patient assistance for enrollment in MaineCare/ Medicare and sliding fee scale. 24 hour on call Provider, and evening and weekend hours for established patients.  Web Address:


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DUNN & PAKULSKI, OPTOMETRISTS  Location and Telephone: 10 High Street Skowhegan, ME 04976 (207) 474-9613 (207) 474-6590 Next to the Indian statue

 Number of employees: 7  Description of services/products: Full service family eye care with complete vision examinations and treatment for disease. Latest technology/equipment for detecting glaucoma. Contact lenses and eyewear for everyone - all styles/types. Varilux and Transitions lenses for your best vision. Most insurances accepted and credit cards. New patients welcome. Please see our website for more info.  Web Address:  Hours of Operation: Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 Doctors: Gerry Dunn, O.D. Alex Pakulski, O.D. David Benes, O.D.  Year founded: 1991, as a partnership

ELDER R CARE E PLANNING G AND D SOLUTIONS  Location and Telephone: 120 Drummond Ave. Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 660-6163  Chief Executive: Peg Soucy, LSW, ACM, CCM  Year founded: 2006  Number of employees: 3  Description of services: Comprehensive care assessment; individualized planning for short and long range


ESTHETIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE DENTISTRY/COSMETIC & GENERAL DENTISTRY OF WINTHROP  Location and Telephone: 98 Silver St. Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-2073 28 Old Western Ave. Winthrop, ME 04901 (207) 377-6958

 Description of services/products: • Implants (Replacement and Restorative) • Advanced Restorative Dentistry (Crown and Bridge) • Esthetics (Porcelain Laminates and Whitening) • Periodontal Surgery and Therapy • Dentures and Partials • Preventive Dental Hygience Services  Hours of operation: Waterville: Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Winthrop: Tuesday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Web Addresses:

 Partners: Peter B. Laliberte, D.M.D., M.A.G.D.; Jay R. Wietecha, D.M.D., F.A.G.D.; Peter G. Vayanos, D.M.D.  Year founded: 1976/2007  Number of employees: 12/9

EXPRESSCARE  Location and Telephone: 325-C Kennedy Memorial Drive Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-3961 Fax (207) 873-4125  Chief Executive: Shawn McGlew, PA-C  Year founded: 2008

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FRANKLIN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL  Location and Telephone: 111 Franklin Health Commons Farmington, ME 04938 (207) 778-6031 1-800-398-6031  Chief Executive: Rebecca Ryder, President/CEO  Year founded: 1929  Number of employees: Approximately 864  Description of services/products: Franklin Memorial Hospital is a progres-

sive, not-for-profit community general hospital whose mission is to provide highquality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care to residents and visitors of West Central Maine. The hospital is fully qualified and accredited to handle a broad range of medical, surgical, pediatric, women's care, and diagnostic services. The Franklin Health Medical Arts Center, housing six medical practices and the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center, was completed in 2008. Groundbreaking for a new Medical Arts Center in Livermore Falls will take place in the spring of 2011.  Web Address:

solutions; liaison for long distance family caregivers; arranging for home care and home management supports; information, education and referrals on medical, legal, financial matters and resources that relate to elders; relocating elders to alternative housing, assisted living facilities or nursing homes; arranging for state to state placement; coordinating and monitoring services; crisis prevention and intervention; advance directive planning; end-oflife planning. Home assessments by appointment. Free phone consultation.  Web Address:  Email:

 Location and Telephone: 281 Western Avenue Augusta, Maine 04330 (207) 622-0861

Dentistry, Root Canal Therapy, Tooth Whitening, Crowns & Bridges, Dental Implants, Surgery & Extractions, Treatment of Halitosis, and Nitrous Oxide.

 Chief Executive: Bruce C. Kilgour, D.M.D.

 Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 Year founded: 1977

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 Number of employees: 27  Main products/services: Preventive Dentistry, Periodontal Therapy, Restorative

EYE CENTER OF CENTRAL MAINE, P.A.  Location and Telephone: 40 Airport Rd., Suite 1 Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-6048 800-568-0494  Chief Executives: Marc B. Daniels, M.D. Peter C. Kohler, M.D.  Year founded: 2001

 Number of employees: 14  Description of services/products: Complete eye exams. Cataract, diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration treatment and surgery using the latest technology. Laser vision correction, Botox cosmetic, Juvederm injectable gel, and Latisse. Full service optical shop with the latest styles in eyewear.  Web Address:

GHM M INSURANCE E AGENCY  Headquarters: 51 Main Street Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-5101 12 Shuman Avenue Lee Farm Mall Augusta, ME 04330 (207) 620-8878 155 Center Street Auburn, ME 04210 (207) 689-9171

 Main products/services: Personal insurance, business insurance, employee benefits, life, health, disability, long-term care insurance, and bonding.

 Description of company: A family-owned independent insurance agency providing exceptional service, competitive insurance rates, loss control and 24-hour claim service to individuals, families and business owners throughout Central Maine.

 Chief Executive: Bill and Paul Mitchell

 Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (24-hour claim service) Evenings and weekends by appointment.

 Year founded: 1901

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 Number of employees: 28

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BRIAN GILLIS, D.O.  Location and Telephone: 8 Water Street Oakland, ME 04963 (207) 465-3003

 Number of employees: 7  Description of services/products: Anorectal surgery, colorectal endoscopy, defecatory diagnostics

 Chief Executive: Brian J. Gillis, D.O.  Year founded: 1999

HANGER PROSTHETICS & ORTHOTICS, INC.  Location and Telephone: • Augusta 24 Stone Street, (207) 622-9072 • Bangor 41 Bangor Mall Blvd., (207) 942-1353 • Lewiston 675 Main Street, (207) 782-6907 • Portland 959 Brighton Ave., (207) 773-4963 • Waterville 325-E Kennedy Memorial Dr., (207) 872-8779  Practitioners: Scott M. Hebert, CPO.; Mark D. Delmar, CPO.; Chris Brydges, CPO.’ Molly Pitcher, CPO; Gail O’Mara, CPO.; Jeremy Dular,

HEALTHREACH H COMMUNITY Y HEALTH H CENTERS  Headquarters: Hathaway Creative Center 10 Water St., Suite 305, Waterville, ME 04901  Chief Executive: Constance “Connie” Coggins, President/CEO  Year founded: 1975  Number of employees: 215  Main products/services: Providing primary family medical care to people of all ages. Affordable care and prescription assistance programs are available through the Navigator program.  Description of company: A system of eleven

federally qualified, community-based health centers located in central and western Maine which deliver high-quality, affordable healthcare to underserved residents in over 80 rural communities. HealthReach is a private, non-profit organization with a 35-year history, funded by patient fees, grants and individual donations. Health Centers are located in Albion, Belgrade, Bethel, Bingham, Coopers Mills, Kingfield, Livermore Falls, Madison, Rangeley, Richmond and Strong. Dental services are offered at Bingham and Strong.  Hours of operation: Waterville administrative offices are open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Closed on major holidays. Health Centers are open Mon.-Fri. with hours varying by location. Some offer evening, Sat. and walk-in hours.  E-mail Address:

assistance, homemaking, escorted transportation and respite care. Helping Hands Trade School is a state-licensed educational institution offering training for those seeking employment in the health care field. Branch office in Lewiston. Hours of operation Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 Chief Operating Officer: Kimberly Crawley

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 Year founded: 1994  Number of employees: 100  Description of services/products: Home care agency providing personal care

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INLAND D HOSPITAL  Headquarters: 200 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 861-3000  Chief Executive: John Dalton, President/CEO  Year founded: 1943  Number of employees: 585  Description of company: Inland is a community hospital where patients and their families always come first. Services include: ambulatory surgery, birthing center, cardiology-including

 Established: 1861  Number of employees: 24 in Maine  Description of services/products: Fabrication and fit of custom-made limbs, braces and medical footwear. Branch offices are located in Augusta, Ellsworth, Farmington, Skowhegan, Belfast, Machias, Rockport, Togus and Lewiston. Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Emergency pager 24 hours a day.  Web Address:

HEART T FIRST  Location and Providers: 244 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville, ME 04901 Heart First cardiologists are board certified and compassionate caregivers: Kevin White, MD Anthony Sintetos, MD, PhD George Welch, MD Heart First includes: • Heart First Cardiology Associates 207-861-8030 • Heart First Diagnostics 207-861-5646 • Marden Cardiac Rehab Center 207-861-5591

 Description of Services/Products: Heart First is a health and wellness center that puts your heart first! Heart First offers complete community cardiology, diagnostics and rehab services linked to advanced cardiac treatment at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Hearth First is a service of Inland Hospital.  Web Address:

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HELPING G HANDS S & HELPING G HANDS S TRADE SCHOOL  Location and Telephone: 410 China Rd. Winslow, ME 04901 872-9075

CO; Eric Hurt, CO; Wade Bonneson, CPO; Jay Roy, CPO; Chris Blades, CPO; Rick Browning, PT, Prosthetist/Orthotic Resident

preventive, diagnostics and cardiac rehab services, women’s care, emergency care with on-site helipad, laboratory, Physician Finder Service 800-914-1409, radiology, rehabilitation, specialized clinics, sleep studies and cardiovascular diagnostics. Lakewood, a 105-bed continuing care center on the Inland campus offers skilled nursing, dementia and long-term care. Physician offices are located in Fairfield, Oakland, Madison/Skowhegan, Unity, and Waterville. As a member of EMHS, Inland ensures that residents of Greater Waterville have access to the highest quality healthcare they need close to home.  Web Address:

HEMATOLOGY, ONCOLOGY AND INTERNAL MEDICINE  Location and Telephone: 325D Kennedy Memorial Drive Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 660-6646  Chief Executive: Ann E. Traynor, MD, PA  Year founded: 2010  Number of employees: 4  Description of services: • Primary care / internal medicine for

women over the age of 45 • Diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders for men, women and adolescents • Personal care devoted to the treatment of breast cancer • Modern, pristine, and private chemotherapy infusion and blood transfusion suite • A modern CLIA authorized laboratory with immediate results • Offering national and international clinical trials  Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

INLAND MEDICAL ASSOCIATES, INTERNAL MEDICINE SPECIALISTS  Headquarters: Four Waterville physician practice locations  Description of services and providers: Internal Medicine: Rhonda Kroll, MD Uzma Naaz, MD Robert Cianfarano, PA-C 174 Kennedy Memorial Drive Waterville 207-861-7180 Roland Knausenbeger, MD 180 Kennedy Memorial Drive MAB/Suite 202, Waterville 207-872-2900

Rheumatology: Fadi Ajine, MD Marci Lowe, ARNP 246 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville 207-873-3914 Neurology: Traci Schilling, MD 180 Kennedy Memorial Drive MAB/Suite 203, Waterville 207-861-7050  Web Address:


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INLAND D ORTHOPEDICS  Headquarters: 325-D Kennedy Memorial Drive Waterville 207-861-7862

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INLAND D WOMEN’S S HEALTH H CARE  Location and Providers: 180 Kennedy Memorial Drive Suite 204 Waterville, ME 04901 Joyce Stein, DO William Bradfield, MD Susan Lufkin-Curtis, NP-C 207-872-5529

 Description of services: Orthopedic care by Vaughn Collett, MD specializing in adult reconstructive surgery, with a special interest in minimally invasive knee replacement, sports medicine and trauma. Inland Orthopedics is a division of Inand Hospital.

 Chief Executive: Thomas J. McAdam  Year founded: 1960  Number of employees: 341

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 Description of services/products: Inland Women’s Health Care is a practice that offers complete women’s healthcare services, specializing in care for girls and women of every age. At Inland Women’s


KENNEBEC BEHAVIORAL HEALTH  Headquarters: 67 Eustis Parkway Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-2136 or 1-888-322-2136

Health Care we will help you deliver your baby, provide routine and preventive care, offer the latest surgical advances and help you age with dignity and grace. Inland Women’s Health Care is a division of Inland Hospital.

 Description of services: A non-profit organization of mental health and substance abuse specialists, with facilities in Waterville, Augusta, Skowhegan and Winthrop; provides mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse services for adults, children and families in Kennebec, Somerset and Waldo counties. KBH offers adult, child, and family counseling; psychiatric, home-based and schoolbased services, community integration and substance abuse services; independent and supported housing; and a vocational clubhouse program.

 Location and Telephone: 216 Main Street Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 872-2797  Chief Executive: Dr. Frank Myska, O.D.

 Description of services/products: Medical and routine eye care, contact lenses, spectacle frame and lenses. Inhouse lab makes photochromic, glarefree, high index and aspheric lenses. One hour service available, some restrictions apply.  Hours of operation: Year round: Monday - Friday, 8 - 5 November - May: Saturdays, 8 - noon June - October: Thursdays, 8 - 7

 Year founded: 1955  Number of Employees: 11

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KENNEBEC PHARMACY & HOME CARE  Location and Telephone: 43 Leighton Rd., Augusta, ME 04330 207-626-2726 • 888-463-8083 Fax: 207-623-1960  Chief Executive: Mike Nowak  Year founded: 1995  Number of employees: 54  Description of services/products: Kennebec Pharmacy & Home Care has been providing quality specialty pharmaceutical and home care services in Maine for the past sixteen years. This includes home medical equipment such as hospital

beds, wheelchairs, scooters, seat lift chairs, diabetic, ostomy, incontinent supplies and a full range of other home medical products. KPHC also provides home IV therapy, customized compounded medications and a full range of home respiratory products, including home oxygen, sleep apnea equipment and supplies, nebulizers and full clinic support from our registered respiratory therapist.  Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Emergency on call service 24/7  Web Address:

KENNEBEC C VALLEY Y COMMUNITY Y COLLEGE  Headquarters: 92 Western Ave. Fairfield, ME 04937 (207) 453-5000  President: Barbara Woodlee  Year founded: 1969

 Chief Executive: Mark Yerrick  Year founded: 1914  Number of employees: 120  Description of services/products: Non-profit membership organization whose mission is to provide the community with an inspirational environment for the enrichment of all people through quality social, recreational and learning activites. With two facilities,

amenities include two pools, fitness centers with indoor walking/jogging tracks, cardio and weight training equipment, exercise studios, a gym, childcare classrooms, board room and library/reading room. Financial assistance for membership and programming is available to qualifying individuals and families.  Hours of operation: • Augusta Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Manchester Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday: closed  Web Address:

 Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (CED office only)

 Number of employees: 192 86 full-time, 106 part-time

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KENNEBEC VALLEY YMCA  Location and Telephone: 31 Union St., Augusta 40 Granite Hill Rd., Manchester 622-YMCA (9622)

 Description of Services/Products: Offering two-year associate degrees and one year diploma and certificate programs, liberal studies, opportunities to transfer credits to four-year colleges and universities, as well as customized computer training and professional development courses. Also offering some classes at off-campus locations and online.

 Headquarters: 222 College Ave. Waterville, ME 04901 207-872-5602  Chief Executive: Deserée A. Gilman  Year founded: 1954  Number of employees: 19

 Description of services/products: Savings, checking, business products, mortgages, home equity, youth savings programs,

ATMs, Certificates, IRAs, Gift and Travel Cards, VISA debit and credit cards.  Hours of operation: Drive-Up: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Except Thursday (Waterville only) 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Lobby: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Branch offices: 135 Waldo Avenue, Belfast, ME 04915 207-338-5160  Web Address:


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LAKEWOOD CONTINUING CARE CENTER  Location and Telephone: 220 Kennedy Memorial Drive Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-5125  Chief Executive: Shannon Coro Administrator  Year founded: 1974  Number of employees: 150

 Description of services/products: Lakewood is a 105 bed skilled care and nursing facility with a distinct 25 bed nursing rehabilitation unit and 2 distinct long-term care units. We are a not-forprofit facility and a member of Inland Hospital and Eastern Maine Healthcare. Our mission is to enhance the lives of our residents and their families. We achieve this through compassionate care, enhanced training for our certified nurse’s aides, skilled nurses, qualified rehab staff, creative activities programming, and foremost by listening to and meeting your needs.

THE MAINE CENTER ON DEAFNESS  Location and Telephone: 68 Bishop St. Portland, ME 04103 (207) 797-7656 1-800-639-3884  Chief Executive: Elissa Moran  Year founded: 1988  Number of employees: 10  Description of services/products: The Maine Center on Deafness (MCD) is

 Doctors: Steve R. Witkin, M.D. James R. Putnam, M.D. Laurie L. Parks, O.D. Helen L. Bell-Necevski, O.D. Michael C. Parks, O.D.

 Description of services/products: Maine Eye Care Associates is an ophthalmology referral and general eye care practice. We provide the most current and comprehensive services in eye care. We also have a stand-alone surgery center.  Web Address:

 Headquarters: P.O. Box 247 905 Main Street North Vassalboro, ME 04962 (207) 873-2158  Chief Executive: John E. Burke, M.D.

 Number of employees: 4

MAINE E PHYSICAL L THERAPY  Location and Telephone: 28 College Ave. Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-4302  Chief Executive: Rick Robinson  Year founded: 1993  Number of employees: 4

 Description of services/products: Physical therapy, post surgical rehabilitation, cancer related fatigue, pre-post mastectomy shoulder rehab, sports medicine, balance training/fall prevention, Medicare Certified Rehab Agency, most insurance accepted.  Hours of Operation: Monday: 7:30 - 4 Tuesday: 9 - 6 Wednesday: 7:30 - 4 Thursday: 9 - 6 Friday: 7:30 - 3

 Chief Executive: Dan Edmondson  Year Founded: 1971  Number of employees: 2  Description of services/products: Maine Professional Hearing Center is owned and operated by Daniel Edmondson, a licensed board certified hearing specialist. Maine Professional features Starkey

digital hearing aids. Starkey is the world’s largest hearing aid manufacturer and is rated #1 in quality and services of their products. Maine Professional recently began featuring the “S Series IQ” line of hearing aids from Starkey. “S Series IQ” is the most technologically advanced hearing instrument available. “S Series IQ” provides the highest sound quality and clarity that no other manufacturer can match! Hearing aid repairs and service on all makes and models is also offered. Maine Professional provides its customers with interest free and extended payment plans. Free hearing tests are always offered. The friendly, no-pressure service practiced has earned Maine Professional Hearing Center to be voted the #1 Hearing Center in Central Maine for 8 years running.  Web Address:

 E-mail Address:  Website:

MAINE PLASTIC SURGICAL ASSOCIATES  Location and Telephone: 325D Kennedy Memorial Drive Waterville, ME 04901 873-4411

 Number of employees: 3

 Chief Executive: Donald L. Schassberger, M.D. - Board Certified

 Description of services/products: Plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in breast cancer reconstruction as well as abdominoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation, breast reduction, post bariatric surgery, Juvéderm® and skin cancer reconstruction.

 Year founded: 1989

 Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

MAINE PROFESSIONAL HEARING AID CENTER  Location and Telephone: 226 Western Ave. Augusta, ME 04330 207-622-5751

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 Description of company: Safe and Effective Skin Procedures – Skin Rejuvenation with Fraxel Resurfacing; Laser Hair Removal; Elimination of Spider Veins and Broken Capillaries; Acne and Rosacea Treatment; Botox®, Juvéderm®, Radiesse® and Restylane® Dermal Fillers for Facial Lines; Botox® for Excessive Sweating; Latisse® for Longer, Darker, Fuller Lashes.

 Year founded: 2003

 Year founded: 1922

 Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


MAINE EYE CARE ASSOCIATES  Location and Telephone: 325-A Kennedy Memorial Drive Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-2731

a non profit agency that provides hearing loss-related services across the entire state of Maine. Programs include: The Adaptive Telecommunications Program, Civil Rights Advocacy Program, Maine Relay Service Outreach, and Peer Support group activities. MCD staff are available to provide educational training to case managers, social workers, service providers, businesses and other groups.

MAINEGENERAL L HEALTH  Headquarters: • 6 East Chestnut St. Augusta, ME 04330 • 149 North Street • 30 Chase Avenue Waterville, ME 04901  Chief Executive: Scott B. Bullock  Year founded: 1898  Number of employees: 3,835  Main products/services: Health care services  Description of company: The state’s third largest health care system, MaineGeneral is an integrated non-profit organization with a range of services that includes: a

287-bed acute care medical center with campuses in Augusta and Waterville; a cancer treatment center which is the only program in the state to earn the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) certification; primary care and specialty physician practices; mental health and substance abuse services; long-term care facilities; rehabilitation; home health care and hospice services; special care for patients with memory loss; community outreach; and retirement living options.  Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  Email Address:  Web Address:


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N J.. MORIN,, DMD,, MMSC, PA BRIAN  Location and Telephone: 325-D Kennedy Memorial Drive Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 872-2094  Chief Executive: Brian J. Morin, DMD

 Number of employees: 4  Description of services/products: Quality orthodontic treatment for children and adults. Other locations are Skowhegan and Farmington.

MOUNT ST. JOSEPH  Location and Telephone: 7 Highwood St. Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-0705  Chief Executive: Kerry Sirois Administrator

Long-Term Care Services • Alzheimer/Dementia • Hospice • Mental Health • Residential and nursing level care

 Year founded: 1966

 Year founded: 1994

 Number of employees: 270

NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY AND SPINE CENTER  Location and Telephone: 325-C Kennedy Memorial Drive Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 872-5859 Fax: 872-0840  Chief Executive: Eric P. Omsberg, M.D.  Year founded: 1992

 Number of employees: 5  Description of services/products: • Neurological and spine surgery • Specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and peripheral nerve disorders • Offering state of the art microscopic and minimally invasive techniques  Web Address:

Linda Keniston, MD Lynn Cote, FNP: 207-861-6060

 Description of services: Healthcare for the whole family.

Oakland: Henry Glover, DO Diana Drown, PA-C: 207-465-7342

Fairfield: Kamlesh Bajpai, DO; 207-453-9211 Waterville: John K. Bonney, MD, Jennifer Penney, FNP: 207-873-1036 Susan Stevens, DO, Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment: 207-872-5952 James Douglas, DO Kerri McGlew, PA-C Tara Dwelly, NP-C: 207-877-7100

Unity: Gavin Ducker, MD, Charles Kriegel, DO, Susan Piotti, PA-C: 207-948-2100

 Headquarters: BaySide NeuroRehab: 26 Portland St. Portland, ME 04101 1-800-341-4516 WestSide NeuroRehab 618 Main St. Lewiston, ME 04240 1-800-352-9547  Director of NeuroRehabilitation Day Services: Sharlene Adams  Year Founded: 1991  Number of Employees: 70

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 Location and Telephone: 234 College Avenue Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-5503 1-800-838-5503  Chief Executive: Joshua D. Hunt, MS PT  Year Founded: 2009  Number of employees: 10  Description of services/products: Orthopedic Physical Therapy specializes

OAK GROVE CENTER  Location and Telephone: 27 Cool St. Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-0721  Chief Executive: Sara Sylvester, RN Administrator  Year founded: 1962

North Anson: John Garofalo, MD, Beth Held, PA-C,

 Number of employees: 130

ORTHOPEDIC PHYSICAL THERAPY in the rehabilitation of orthopedic, sports, industrial, and hand injuries as well as post-surgical and motor vehicle accident rehab. The OPT staff provides personalized, professional, high quality treatment in a non-institutional setting, taking pride in their community reputation. OPT is proud to be locally owned and operated with a family oriented atmosphere.  Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Web Address:

 Description of Company: Our programs provide comprehensive outpatient therapy services to individuals with an acquired brain injury or neurological impairment. Services include Physiatry, Neuropsychology, Nursing, Case Management, Occupational, Speech and Physical therapies, Chemical Dependency Counseling and Therapeutic Recreation. The NeuroRehabilitation Services at Goodwill Industries of Northern New England are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.  Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Some evening and weekend hours

Madison/Skowhegan: Loraine Paradis, DO, Elizabeth BaileyScott, PA-C: 207-474-2994

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Voted “Best Nursing Care Facility” in the community for 11 years.


NEW HORIZONS HEALTH CARE, FAMILY PHYSICIANS  Headquarters: Eight locations around central Maine

 Description of services/products: Nursing facility • Specializing in skilled and rehab services • Physical, occupational and speech therapies • 24 hour nursing services • Committed to getting you home

 Description of services/products: At Oak Grove, we believe care is about

more than state-of-the-art equipment: it’s about quality of life. Providing you or your loved one with the personalized attention needed to achieve the highest quality of life is our daily concern. We offer skilled care and subacute programs for people making that recovery transition between hospital and home. Physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapies, wound care and IV therapies assist in timely recuperation. Oak Grove Center is part of Genesis HealthCare.  Web Address:

REDINGTON-FAIRVIEW W GENERAL L HOSPITAL  Headquarters: P.O. Box 468 46 Fairview Avenue Skowhegan, Maine 04976 (207) 474-5121  Chief Executive: Richard Willett  Year founded: 1952  Number of employees: 500  Main products/services: Provides a full range of health care ser-

vices including primary care, pediatrics, surgery, specialty services and emergency medical services.  Description of company: RFGH is an independent, non-profit, critical acess community hospital providing quality, comprehensive health services to Somerset County.  Hours of operation: 24 hours, 7 days a week  Web Address:


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RETINA A CENTER R OF F MAINE  Location and Telephone: 195 Fore River Parkway Suite 480 Portland, ME 04102 (207) 773-3937 Fax: (207) 773-0801  Owner: Mark W. Balles, MD  Year founded: 1998  Description of services/products: Retina Center of Maine has been serving the Northern New England area since 1998 and we are based out of our beautiful Fore River location. Here, we specialize in caring for patients with macular and retinal diseases, such as diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, retinal detachment and other macular diseases. The

Retina Center of Maine takes pride in the fact that we have a highly experienced staff, offer the most current therapies available and pursue the latest in medical education to achieve these goals. Our practice has been on the forefront in small incision retinal surgery, digital angiography and computerized retinal scanning. Outpatient surgery is performed next door at the new Mercy Hospital in a state-of-the-art ophthalmology operating room. At the Retina Center of Maine, it is our mission to provide the highest quality retina care available in a warm inviting setting for our patients. Our friendly, highly trained staff is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art medical and surgical care to every patient we treat. It is an easy commute from central Maine down I-295 to our Portland Fore River location.  Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Web Address:

SMART T EYECARE E CENTER  Location and Telephone: 255 Western Avenue Augusta, ME 04330 (207) 622-5800 Branch locations: 210 Maine Avenue Farmingdale, ME 04344 (207) 582-5800 824 Stillwater Avenue Bangor, ME 04401 (207) 947-7554  Chief Executive: Richard J. Smart, O.D.

 Year founded: 1990  Number of employees: 43  Description of services/products: Full-service family eye care. Complete eye examinations including treatment of injury, diseases and low vision. Contact lenses - all types and styles - large optical dispensary with on-site optical lab for same-day service. Ophthalmology consultation/care available in office.

 President and Chief Executive Officer: Karen M. Denis  Year founded: 1953  Number of employees: 19

 Description of services/products: A federal credit union providing full service to its members  Branch offices: Skowhegan Branch: 1112 Waterville Rd, Skowhegan (207) 474-2254 1-800-339-2254  Hours of operation: Mon, through Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.* Thursday 8 a.m - 6 p.m. *Branch is closed on Tuesdays.

 Chief Executive: Kenneth A. Walsh  Year founded: •Boys & Girls Club, 1924 •YMCA, 1948  Number of employees: 90

 Description of products/services: The only merged Boys & Girls Club and YMCA in the nation! The 72,000 square-foot

 Chief Executive: Victoria Alexander-Lane, President/CEO  Year founded: 1963  Number of employees: 355  Description of Services/Products: Notfor-profit critical access hospital with Surgical Services (general, trauma, laparoscopic, and specialty surgeries), Diagnostics (CT, MRI, Nuclear

Medicine, Ultrasound, Digital Mammography, Bone Density Screening), Full Service Laboratory, SVH Family Care practices with outpatient lab service in Clinton, Newport, and Pittsfield, The Clinic at Walmart in Palmyra, Women’s Health Center, Outpatient Specialty Services, Emergency Services (emergency department, ambulance service, trauma team, helipad), Rehabilitation Centers in Pittsfield and Newport, Somerset Surgical Services, Eastern Maine Urology Services, Cardiopulmonary Services, SVH Courtesy Van, Community Health and Education, Diabetes and Nutrition Clinic, Dental Health, Business Health Services, EMHS member.  Hours of operation: Hospital - 24/7

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ST. MARY’S REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER  Location and Telephone: Campus Avenue Lewiston, ME 04240 777-8100  Chief Executive: Lee Myles

 Description of services/products: St. Mary’s is a regional hospital providing specialized expertise in minimally invasive joint replacement surgery; cancer and blood disorders; difficult to treat wounds; and women’s care.  Web Address:

 Year founded: 1888  Number of employees: 1900

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT AUGUSTA  Location and Telephone: 46 University Drive Augusta, Maine 04330 1-877-UMA-1234  Chief Executive: Allyson Hughes Handley  Year founded: 1965

 Description of services/products: Higher education.  Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Web Address:

 Number of employees: 400+

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WATERVILLE AREA BOYS S & GIRLS S CLUB B AND YMCA  Headquarters: Alfond Youth Center 126 North Street Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-0684

 Headquarters: 447 N. Main St. Pittsfield, ME 04967 (207) 487-4000 TTY: (207) 487-4590

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TACONNET T FEDERAL L CREDIT T UNION  Headquarters: 316 Benton Ave. Winslow, ME 04901 (207) 872-7909 1-800-339-7909


youth and family recreation facility is the largest Boys & Girls Club in the country! The Alfond Youth Center serves over 5,000 youth members reaching out to over 75 towns in central and northern Maine. The Alfond Youth Center has a state-ofthe-art summer camp and yearlong wilderness programs at Camp Tracy on McGrath Pond in Oakland where “Maine’s Harold Alfond Fenway Park” is located.

 Other Affiliates: South End Teen Center, North End Boys & Girls Club, Belgrade Community Center, Augusta Boys & Girls Club Teen Center, Sipayik, Passamaquoddy, Micmac, and Maliseet’s Boys & Girls Clubs.  Web Address:

WATERVILLE OB/GYN  Location and Telephone: 325-E Kennedy Memorial Drive Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-5665  Description of services/products: Waterville OB/GYN is a practice that offers complete women’s healthcare services and is committed to providing compassionate high quality care to women of all ages. At Waterville

OB/GYN we will help you deliver your baby, provide personalized women’s care, both routine and preventive, and offer the latest surgical procedures available. We also offer in office ultrasound. Waterville OB/GYN is a division of Inland Hospital.  Web Address:


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WATERVILLE E SURGICAL L ASSOCIATES  Location and Providers: 180 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Suite 101 Waterville, ME 04901 Michael Durr, MD Simon Gibbs, MD Craig Thompson, MD Jeffrey Gagnon, PA-C 861-7874

Comprehensive general surgery services include: Laparoscopic procedures - gall bladder, hernias and anti-reflux; EGD, colonoscopies; central venous access lines; office procedures include: skin lesion biopsies. Waterville Surgical Associates is a division of Inland Hospital.  Web Address:

 Description of Services/Products: Waterville Surgical Associates is a surgical practice providing consults and treatment of medical conditions.

WATERVILLE WOMEN’S CARE  Headquarters: 25 First Park, Suite D Oakland, ME 04963 877-7477 219 Capital St., Suite 4 Augusta, ME 04330 623-3790  Chief Executives: William A. George, M.D.

William A. George, M.D.

 Description of services/products: Low and high risk obstetrical care, da Vinci Robotic Hysterectomy, well woman care, gynecologic surgery, treatment of urinary incontinence and infertility. In office routine 3D & 4D obstetric and pelvic ultrasounds. • U/S • Well women care • Midwifery care

 Year founded: 2001 Karen Bossie, D.O. Aimee J. Glidden, D.O., M.P.H., OB/GYN

WINSLOW, UNITY, FAIRFIELD, OAKLAND PHARMACIES  Location and Telephone: Main office: 66 Western Ave. Fairfield, ME 04937 453-4411

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Home from the hospital At some point in a person's life he or she will spend time in a hospital and have to transition home after recovery. For seniors this is a common occurrence and one that can be particularly troublesome. A little planning can make the process easier on the patient and the caregiver. • Plan early. Learn when the discharge date will be and find out what will be needed at home. Talk with hospital staff about what equipment can make recovery at home easier. A caregiver may get recommendations on nearby medical supply stores and other vendors that can provide what's needed, such as visiting nurses. • Rearrange the home. Things at home may need to be changed depending on why the person was hospitalized. Individuals with crutches or in a wheelchair may need extra space made in the home to travel safely. If the patient normally sleeps upstairs, a bed may need to be set up downstairs instead. Ramps may need to be installed over stairs as well.

• Make a list. Keep a list of important phone numbers, including the doctor and the local pharmacy, on a central list so that it is easy to contact the person in case of an emergency. • Expect extra costs. Some procedures may be covered by health insurance, others may not. Family members may have to rally together to offset costs for medical care outside the realm of insurance. • Get help. Many family members want to be the sole caregiver for a parent or spouse who has left the hospital. But the demand of around the clock care can sometimes be overwhelming. Caregivers should not be embarrassed to ask for help, even if that means hiring a professional. Providing the best care for the patient should be the priority. • Patient support: The newly discharged patient may have mixed feelings about being at home and fawned over. Therefore, caregivers should tread lightly to develop a strategy that works well for everyone.

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Understanding vitamin D deficiency Spending significant time indoors could lead to a condition with some very negative side effects. Vitamin D has long been called the sunshine vitamin because it is largely produced in the body after absorption of the sun’s rays. Without exposure to the sun, then it’s very easy for a person to develop vitamin D deficiency, a condition affecting roughly 40 percent of the American public. Many people understand vitamin D’s role in promoting bone health, helping the body use the calcium consumed for strong bones. Vitamin D has often been linked to rickets, a condition in which bone tissue does not properly mineralize, resulting in weak, soft bones. But the importance of vitamin D goes beyond bones. Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with various maladies, including cardiovascular disease, an inability to fight certain cancers, cognitive impairment, and increased risk of depression. Some research also indicates that vitamin D can help prevent or treat a number of

conditions, including diabetes. Low levels of vitamin D may also attribute to schizophrenia and compound skin disorders like psoriasis. Vitamin D is fat-soluble and is delivered to the body through fat cells. Individuals who are obese or have a high body fat index are more susceptible to vitamin D deficiency. Although vitamin D is essential, many people take it for granted. It is virtually impossible to get all of the needed vitamin D through diet alone. Sunlight is the single most effective way to receive the vitamin D the body requires. Furthermore, this way of receiving vitamin D is entirely free. The trouble with sunlight exposure is that many people spend more time indoors than outside. Furthermore, when outdoors, many are heeding the warnings of dermatologists and other health experts and lathering on sunblock products. While they protect the skin from harmful UV rays, SPF creams and lotions also inhibit the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D

from the sun. Diagnosing vitamin D deficiency isn’t always easy. Many times doctors mistake it for fibromyalgia, simply because muscle aches, pains and weakness are symptoms of each condition. Doctors can determine vitamin D deficiency through routine blood tests. Sensible exposure to sunlight, around 15 minutes a day, 2 to 3 times a week could be enough to restore proper vitamin D levels. Otherwise, supplementation is an easy way to also increase vitamin D, primarily for those who are concerned about UV rays. Individuals who are undergoing a routine physical that includes bloodwork may want to ask their doctors to screen for vitamin D levels, as well as other essential vitamins. A doctor can determine whether a person is lacking in vitamin D and prescribe a regimen that may include dietary changes, supplementation, or increased exposure to sunlight.

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Laser therapy can be the answer for teens or adults with acne BY WANDA CURTIS Correspondent

Acne is an age-old problem that affects thousands of teenagers. It also affects some adults in their 30s and 40s. It is the most common skin disorder in the U.S. Waterville internist Dr. John Burke is one of only a handful of Maine physicians who offer laser therapy for acute acne and the scars that may result. “Dr. Joel Sabean was the original doctor in Maine who started using laser treatments in skin practice; he was the one who encouraged me to get involved in doing it. He was very busy,” Burke said recently. “I took about four year to get education and training to get certified. You have to get certified for each procedure.”

“In the midst of puberty, no treatment is 100 percent effective. Older people might only require treatments every six months, and then once a year.”

Burke explained that one type of laser therapy is used to help bring under control acute acne conditions that have not responded well to other types of treatment. “It helps to decrease oil production, tighten up pores, and kill off or reduce the number of bacteria on the skin that are prone to cause acne,” Burke said. According to Burke, those treatments usually take about 15 minutes. He explained that patients’ eyes are

said. “Older people might only require treatments every six months, and then once a year.” Burke explained the use of laser DR. JOHN BURKE, therapy for scars. He said that as peoWATERVILLE INTERNIST ple get older, the skin ages and collagen under the skin breaks down making scars more noticeable. He said the laser therapy he uses to treat scars is called Fraxel, which is much more protected with a titanium shield. He expensive — about $600 per treatment said that it often takes three to four depending upon how much of the skin treatments — at an average cost of is involved. $150 per treatment – to bring acute Burke explained the treatment costs, acne under control, and then treatments saying the machine and other equipmay be repeated every three to four ment is very expensive and some of it months. He said that some people has to be replaced at regular intervals. might not require the treatments as He said that people sometimes require often, depending upon their hormone three to five treatments about a month levels. “In the midst of puberty, no treatMore on SKIN, Page 47 ment is 100 percent effective,” Burke

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apart and then follow-up treatments one to one-and-a-half years later. “It’s not like they wake up one-anda-half years later and they’re back where they were. It’s more of a gradual return, like the scars might show up in the light. If they let it go completely, they might end up back where they were before,” Burke said. Burke said the same type of laser therapy is used to treat scars in younger people, who he said actually respond better because they heal faster. Burke said patients can expect some side effects. He said patients who have laser therapy for acute acne can expect


uring the past few months we encountered many requests that we provide primary care. We spoke with many women who were behind on their screening mammograms and colonoscopies and pap smears and had not seen a physician for two or more years. Many felt that they never saw the same provider twice when they did try to form an ongoing relationship to their regional provider, and were frustrated by the lack of continuity. This took us by surprise. We had not realized that there was such a shortage of primary care providers in Kennebec and Somerset counties. Therefore, we have expanded our practice to include primary care for women over 45 years of age, and primary care for women referred by the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program, in order to prevent advanced or incurable cancers in our community. We also will continue to serve women with breast cancer, with supportive counseling for adjuvant therapy and with access to international trials. We continue to serve in consultation and management for men, women and adolescents with all blood disorders, lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma.

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some redness and swelling in the area of the treatment for a couple of hours —similar to what might be caused by a sunburn. However, the redness from Fraxel may persist for several days, he said. “Their faces may be puffy and they experience a fair amount of peeling…It looks like a windburn.” Burke said that laser therapy has been used to treat other medical conditions since the 1970s. He said physicians began using lasers to perform eye surgery about 15-20 years ago. Burke said he uses laser therapy not only to treat acne, but also other skin conditions such as rosacea, precancerous skin lesions, age spots on the face and hands from sun damage, and some wrinkles from loss of collagen. “About one-third of my time is used for laser activities,” said Burke, a native of Boston.


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Wireless technology can benefit the deaf For generations, hearing impaired individuals have used sign language as a primary form of communication. Nowadays, many are turning to technological devices to “speak” and communicate on the same terms as everyone else. Smart phones that enable individuals to do everything from texting a quick message to a friend to taking and sending videos are becoming an asset to individuals who cannot hear or speak, profoundly changing the lives of deaf people along the way. Hearing impaired teenagers blend in with the scores of other teens texting about the latest gossip or homework assignments. Deaf husbands and wives are able to text to a loved one in the other room to announce dinner is ready or find out if a person is home. Instead of relying on an interpretor or pen and paper to

do mundane tasks, deaf individuals can type a text message on their phones and simply show it to another person. For example, “I would like to order meal #7 from the value menu.” Some mobile phones employ technology that will turn written phrases into spoken words, which can also prove advantageous to deaf individuals. Many hearing impaired people find that texting is very quick and efficient, more so than other methods of communication. Some mobile phone companies are even catering to the deaf, offering text-only plans for those who don’t need voice services. The “silent” mode on phones for hearing individuals is a viable tool for the deaf, who

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can rely on the vibrating device to alert to texts, e-mails, incoming photos, and more. Mobile phones can also be used to provide appointment reminders or serve as a vibrating alarm clock. Surveys by the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) have found that as many as 22 out of every 1,000 people in the U.S. have a severe hearing impairment or are deaf. Many deaf individuals were not born that way, having lost their hearing later in life. The convenience of texting is a technological asset for hearing impaired people who want to enjoy the independence of communicating with anyone, anytime.


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Maine Veterans’ Homes often serve as teaching facilities nity colleges, and vocational schools, Roosevelt said. Medical students, social workers, nurses, certified nursing assisAUGUSTA - The first of six facilities tants, therapists, and dietary technicians run by Maine Veterans’ Homes, the train at home. Augusta home opened in March of 1983. “The medical director comes to us Inside four separate nursing units: a 40- through an arrangement with the bed rehabilitation and skilled nursing care University of New England, Division on unit, a 40-bed long-term care unit, a 40Aging,” he said. He said the University of bed secured long-term care unit for resiNew England also provides educational dents with Alzheimer’s Disease and other programs to the staff. Veterans who dementias, and a 30-bed residential care served honorably and the spouses of eligiunit designed to meet the needs of those ble veterans are eligible for care. in the early stages of dementia. Qualified veterans may also be entitled to “Maine Veterans’ Home of Augusta is additional benefits by way of a Veterans also a teaching facility,” said Jeff Affairs stipend, which can be used toward Roosevelt, facility spokesman. The home the cost of care. maintains affiliations with hospitals, This is something that is unique to vetschools of medicine, universities, commu- erans’ homes in Maine Veterans’ Homes BY VALERIE TUCKER Correspondent

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Maine Veterans’ Home resident Ray MacMillan (left), Crystal McLaughlin, a certified nursing assistant, and Diane Green, Social Services Director, hold Medusa, a 16-foot-long Burmese Python during one of the many activity programs offered at the Home. Derek Small (right), founder and director of the Granite State Zoo in New Hampshire, brought several wild animals as part of his Wildlife Encounters presentation.

zations, such as the VFW, American locations that depend upon a strong volunteer base to support many of the activi- Legion and Disabled American Veterans, ties. These volunteers have strong military are the foundation of the volunteer corps ties and share common bonds with many More on VETERANS, Page 51 of the residents. Veterans’ service organi-


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and have been since the inception of the Augusta home, Roosevelt said. The fifth home open in Bangor in October 1995, and overlooks the banks of the Penobscot River. It has four separate nursing units: a 40 bed rehabilitation and skilled nursing care unit, a 40-bed long-term care unit, a 40-bed secured long-term care unit for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and a 30-bed residential care unit designed to meet the needs of those in the early stages of dementia. A home was open in South Paris in July 1995 amidst a beautiful mountainous setting of western Maine. The 90-bed facility includes a 28-bed residential care unit, and families can visit their loved ones in the 24-hour medical and skilled care units. The focus here is on returning the patient to his or her home and community, whenever possible, Roosevelt said Caribou’s home opened in January, 1990, adjacent to Cary Medical Center.

“We have 70 beds and provide skilled nursing, rehabilitation and Alzheimer and dementia care,” Roosevelt said. “The medical and therapy team’s focus is on returning the patients to their homes and community, whenever possible.” The Machias home was built on the campus of the Down East Community Hospital and provides a 30-bed residential care facility for veterans, their spouses, widows, widowers, and Gold Star Parents in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementias. The Scarborough facility opened in July, 1990. It has four nursing units: a 40-bed rehabilitation and skilled nursing care unit, a 40-bed long-term care unit, a 40-bed secured unit for residents with Alzheimer or dementias and a 30-bed residential care unit for those in the early stages of dementia. The home is also a teaching facility. “We maintain affiliations with universities, colleges and vocational schools,” Roosevelt said. “Licensed nurses, certified assistants, therapists, and dietary technicians train at our facility. These affiliations help to keep us on the leading edge of gerontology.”

Staff members celebrate the holidays with enthusiasm, offering special events and activities for Maine Veterans' Homes residents and their families and friends. Kathleen Chase, Admissions Coordinator for the Augusta facility, said the positive energy of a dedicated staff and loyal volunteers make each day a new adventure.




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MaineGeneral hospital design offers a partnership of patients and caregivers hundreds of design details the 30-member advisory council will give feedback on over the next several months. The Whether to incorporate windows con- debate reflects the council’s goal to necting patient rooms to interior corriinvolve patients and dors in the 192 private patient rooms at caregivers in deciMaineGeneral’s new regional hospital sion-making that sparked a lively debate at a recent meetwill improve patient ing of the hospital’s Patient Family experiences. “The Advisory Council. PFAC is a partnerAt issue was a concern about balancship that involves ing patients’ privacy with nursing staff patients, their family concerns about patient safety. Nurses on members, volunteers the advisory council worried that without and caregivers,” said a window, they couldn’t maintain visual Elise Klysa, director Patricia Royall contact to ensure the safety of patients at of Family Centered risk from falls. Care. “We want to Patients and family members, on the make sure their voices are heard as plans other hand, believed windows would for the new regional hospital take shape.” compromise their privacy. This is one of Sherri Woodward, MaineGeneral’s chief BY DIANE E. PETERSON Maine General Health

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debate, Royall said, “There were several interesting points I wouldn’t necessarily have thought about, but are all part of the process to make this hospital the best it can be.” Longtime volunteers and sometime patients, Joyce and Don Douin agree. ”If we can bring synergy from all these different experiences and translate it into a patient and family-focused hospital, we’ll all be much more enriched,” Joyce Douin said. “So far, hospital administrators have been very receptive,” Don Douin added. Volunteering at the Augusta Campus information desk also gives Don and Joyce Douin ample opportunity to

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interact with patients and take their observations back to the council. “We sometimes hear patient complaints and we ask them, ‘what are your concerns, what would you like to see done better, what are some of the things we can address?’ I always have my ear to the floor,” Don Douin said. Council member George Fergusson wants to improve communications between caregivers and patient families. When his wife, Nancy, died last year from an aggressive cancer, he believed better communication could have left him better prepared him and given him the support he needed. Although he later aired his concerns with his wife’s caregivers in open and frank discussions that provided a measure of closure for him, he is convinced it could have been handled better by everyone, including himself. But whatever brought them to the table, council members are enthusiastic about serving. Don Douin described being

asked to serve on the council as a “wow” moment. “This feels great,” he said. “It’s exciting that the hospital is interested in hearing what we can contribute, from the perspective of both patients and volunteers. Building a new regional hospital is something we’ll never see again in our lifetime. It’s a tremendous opportunity.” “This is our hospital, we should be involved,” Joyce Douin added. For Royall, the experience is incomparable. “I’ve served on many boards but nothing seems quite as exciting. I really look forward to going to the meetings and hearing different viewpoints about how things should be done at our hospital.” Over the next several months, advisory council members will develop a charter, bylaws and membership recruitment plans to ensure that the council becomes a permanent part of MaineGeneral’s culture well into the future. Diane E. Peterson is senior editor at MaineGeneral Health.


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Inland Family Care plans to open office in downtown Waterville Downtown Waterville has a new neighbor moving in soon. Inland Hospital is introducing Inland Family Care — a new a primary care practice opening later this spring. The family practice will be located on The Concourse next to the Dollar Store in the building previously occupied by Ames; it will fill 12,500 square feet. Family Physician, Dr. John Bonney, and Family Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Penney, will be the first providers in the new space. Their practice is presently located in the Medical Arts Building attached to Inland Hospital on Kennedy Memorial Drive. Inland is currently recruiting for several more providers to join the growing practice when it moves to downtown Waterville.

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Inland and Sebasticook Valley hospitals are chosen as top rural hospitals Inland Hospital in Waterville and Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield have been named to the prestigious annual listing of the nation’s top five rural hospitals published by the Washington, D.C. based Leapfrog Group. The full 2010 list includes university and other teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings. The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s national survey that measures hospitals’ performances in crucial areas of patient safety and quality. The results are posted on Leapfrog’s website ( open to the patients and families, the public and employers and other purchasers of health care. “It represents an enormous commit-

ment by the institution to not only measure what they do against tough standards, but also to work for change and be transparent about it. And it’s a signal to employers and other health care purchasers in their community that these hospitals care,” said Elizabeth Mitchell, executive director of the Maine Health Management Coalition. The Maine Health Management Coalition partners with The Leapfrog Group to garner participation from Maine hospitals. MHMC then uses the survey results, along with other national indicators and measures developed in conjunction with Maine clinicians, to report on how well hospitals and doctors safely provide the care that experts recommend on their website “It is an honor to receive this award,”

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said John Dalton, Inland Hospital’s president and chief executive officer. “We consider it a tribute to the people who are at Inland and their dedication to putting our patients and their families first. It also recognizes the fact that our parent company, EMHS (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems) has made quality and safety a top priority for all its affiliates.” Victoria Alexander-Lane, Sebasticook Valley Health president and chief executive officer, the parent company of Sebasticook Valley Hospital was equally pleased. “It takes a collaborative effort to achieve these results,” Alexander-Lane said. “Everyone — providers, staff, board, volunteers, and our management — work together to provide the best care possible for our patients and their families. We are

always striving to make improvements, to never let good be good enough. Those we serve deserve the best of care.” The Leapfrog survey, which launched in 2001, focuses on four critical areas of patient safety: the use of computer physician order entry to prevent medication errors; standards for doing high-risk procedures; protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and other safe practices recommended by the National Quality Forum; and adequate nurse and physician staffing. In addition, hospitals are measured on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors, among other things. More on TOP AWARD, Page 57

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primary care practices in Pittsfield, Newport, and Clinton. A major responsibility in this role is the implementation of a chronic disease management program for patients, clinical practice protocols and a new quality assurance and performance improvement plan. He has the expertise to provide the leadership, mentoring, and guidance for our primary care providers as they provide the best care possible to our patients.” This is a bit of déjà-vu for Margolskee, as he returns to the medical office location that he established in the early 1990s as an independent practitioner. Margolskee practiced medicine in Pittsfield from 1988 – 2007. After a brief retirement, he returned to practicing medicine with the Auburn Medical Associates. The new position of SVH Family Care Medical Director seemed the perfect fit for both Margolskee and the needs of Sebasticook Valley Health, with its growing number of patients and primary care providers to serve them. Margolskee said he is glad to be back. “I am pleased to be practicing medicine again in the Pittsfield area, working with both new and former colleagues,” Margolskee said “This new

role is designed to provide a resource for our providers, and to help patients learn how to better manage chronic disease for optimal health. Patients have many opportunities to positively impact the quality of their lives and their health and I am looking forward to rolling out this new program that has been created to do just that.” Another new option for patients is the clinic at Walmart in Palmyra, which is operated by Sebasticook Valley Health and opened last September. The clinic is open seven days a week and no appointment is necessary; patients are seen on a walk-in basis. The health care providers are all SVH practitioners. They see people with minor illnesses and injuries, for school and sports physicals, for flu, pneumonia, and tetanus vaccines, and screening for a number of health conditions, including strep throat and glucose screening for diabetes. The providers at the clinic at Walmart will refer patients to their own regular primary care provider or recommend the patient secure one if the results of the visit warrant ongoing medical attention. For more information about all the services offered by Sebasticook Valley Health, visit, visit Sebasticook Valley Health on Facebook, call at 487-4000 or TTY 487-4590.

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The rural hospital category specifically looks at an “efficiency” rating, which combines a hospital’s scores for quality and resource use, with quality given more weight. The Leapfrog Group says the efficiency rating is important because there is a concern about the cost of health care and a belief that it is possible to provide top quality care using the appropriate amount of resources (measured by Leapfrog in terms of length of stay and readmission). David Knowlton, chair of Leapfrog Board and president of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, said that qualifying for the top hospital rank grows more difficult each year as Leapfrog’s standards evolve and new standards are added. “Leapfrog’s members as purchasers of care, and our partners and supporters believe that the challenges for American health care go far beyond just keeping costs down. Making certain that patients get the right care at the right time — value — is an equal part of the equation.” The Leapfrog Group is a national coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded a decade ago to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability. Initially organized by the Business Roundtable, it is now an independent organization working with a broad range of partners, including hospitals and insurers. Additional information about the organization can be found at their website: To learn more about Inland Hospital, visit and about Sebasticook Valley Hospital, visit

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tion that CARF can award to an organization — for all of the agency’s programs and services. This accreditation is the third consecutive, three-year accreditation that the accrediting body has awarded to Kennebec Behavioral Health, which has clinics in Augusta, Skowhegan, Winthrop and Waterville and served more than 12,000 persons across central Maine last year. Kennebec Behavioral Health is a nonprofit health care organization that has provided mental health and substance abuse support services in central Maine since 1960. The accreditation decision, made in late December, is the result of a rigorous peer review process that demonstrated to on-site surveyors that the

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as exemplary Kennebec Behavioral Health’s integrated payment-processing software application called VIBE, and the agency’s advocacy work with the state’s news media to addresses the stigma of mental illness and substance misuse. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumerfocused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. According to the CARF Report, Kennebec Behavioral Health: • “Has developed excellent best-practice assessment tools for the field for co-occurring stages, maltreatment of More on KBH, Page 59


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children, and comprehensive substance misuse reports.” • “The management team is committed to providing services that have positive outcomes and its outcomes data demonstrate this commitment.” • “The organization’s process for collecting and analyzing data from the persons served and other stakeholders and the application of such information in the improvement of business functions and service delivery are impressive.” • “The organization maintains a well-organized and comprehensive system of fiscal management and controls with multiple funding sources that supports the operation of services, continued fiscal stability, and capacity to develop innovative programs for the persons served.” • “The long tenure of staff members provides stability to the organization and continuity of care, which benefits

CARF (The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities Rehabilitation) is a private, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation services. It does this by establishing standards of quality for organizations to use as guidelines in developing and offering their programs or services to consumers. CARF uses the standards to determine how well an organization is serving its consumers and how it can improve. The CARF standards are developed with input from consumers, rehabilitation professionals, state and national organizations and those who fund it. Every year, standards are reviewed and new ones developed to keep pace with changing conditions. the persons served and helps create a stable treatment environment.” • “The organization maintains a well-organized and comprehensive system of fiscal management and controls with multiple funding sources that supports the operation of services, continued fiscal stability, and capacity to develop innovative programs for the persons served.” In addition to its health-care services and supports, Kennebec Behavioral Health positively impacts the quality of life in central Maine by paying competitive salaries to hundreds of its employ-

ees, paying local businesses and vendors for their services and by providing more than $800,000 in unfunded health care to area residents who are underinsured or uninsured. Since the agency was founded 50 years ago, Kennebec Valley Behavioral Health has grown into one of the region’s largest employers with 341 employees. It operates 20 community mental health and substance abuse programs that serve 12,000 adults and children annually. Kennebec Behavioral Health contributed $13 million in payroll last year


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Medical careers are still a good choice for students dents are training to fill the gap. Surveys of recent admissions, enrollments and graduates reveal that medical careers continue to be a FAIRFIELD – Despite several years in a tough popular choice among new and non-traditional college economy, students continue to pursue medical careers, students. Educational institutions such as the commuand jobs are becoming increasingly available for a nity college in Fairfield are able to train and prepare wide range of graduates in the field of medicine. these students and help them find work. It was not long ago that there was a shortage of “The numbers of applications continues to be pretty medical professionals, which led staff at hospitals and consistent after the last two to three years, and we other health care facilities to recruit employees and have a very qualified applicant pool,” said Barbara encourage students to pursue medical careers. Woodlee, president of Kennebec Valley Community However, when the recession hit, that surplus of avail- College. able jobs disappeared and some professionals who The college continues to offer a broad selection of were employed even faced layoffs. health-related courses, including some that cannot be But times have changed. And whether it is a found elsewhere in Maine, she said. In total, there a rebounding economy, the growing population of aging 15 programs in the allied health field, ranging from baby boomers, or a combination of factors, the nursing and respiratory therapy to phlebotomy and demand for employees in the health field is increasradiologic technology. ing, according to some college leaders. “We offer the only two-year occupational therapy Nurses with longevity are getting ready to retire program in the state,” Woodlee said, noting the coland those vacancies will need to be filled. At Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, stuMore on CAREERS, Page 61 BY KRIS FERRAZZA Correspondent


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lege also has a two-year physical therapy program. “These are unique offerings.” Approximately 50 percent of the student population is 25-years-old or younger and many students, including those in the medical programs, found themselves displaced in this economy and decided to pursue other careers, Woodlee said. In 2009, KVCC had a 94 percent placement rate overall, with those graduates either finding work or continuing their educations within six months of graduation. “In the medical program, that number is even higher,” Woodlee said. The sonography program – which trains students to do advanced imaging – over the last three years graduated 23; currently 22 of them are registered, licensed and employed.

Although statistics for 2010 graduates still are in the process of being compiled, marketing specialist Jonathan Humphrey said 100 percent of 2010 graduates passed the nursing exam, and informal polling by instructors shows 100 percent placement. “The college still is receiving inquiries from employers,” Woodlee added, which is another indicator that jobs are available. Part of the reason for the demand is that a large number of health care professionals, nurses in particular, are at or approaching retirement age and qualified replacements will be needed. “We have received some feedback from the health care facilities in the region, and they are anticipating many retirements in the next three to five years,” Woodlee said. “That is encouraging as we continue to prepare nurses.” She said the economy appears to have played a role in this phenomenon. “During the recession, people were postponing retirements,” she said, “but

as things steadily improve, some are reconsidering their options.” Kennebec Valley Community College works closely with employers in the area to guarantee graduates have the necessary skills and certifications to be hired, according to Humphrey. The college’s programs continuously are adapted to meet the needs of the local economy. Woodlee, who has been president at KVCC since 1984, said the college has many clinical sites in the area where students work to gain hands-on experience, and those interactions often end up helping them land jobs. “They tend to make their own contacts,” she said. A health science preparation program offered at the college teaches students about all of the health occupations, and helps them determine which field of study they will pursue. The 15 health-related programs offered at KVCC currently include the following: advanced emergency care, massage therapy, medical assisting, mental health, nursing, computed

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First of its kind in Maine

New addiction recovery academy reinforces pro-social values break the criminal cycle. The program graduated its fourth class on Feb. 10 and is a first-of-itsMany people are haunted by the kind in the state, combining intensive past and the choices they have made, counseling, group work and a unique but a person who behaves in a crimiMIKE MITCHELL, therapeutic setting designed to reinnal way is often imprisoned by his or CLINICAL DIRECTOR OF CRISIS & COUNSELING CENTERS. force pro-social values. her entrenched, anti-social ways of “We all exist in a continuum thinking, some experts say. between pro-social and anti-social “We can learn a lot about ourselves values,” Mitchell said. “Most of us and gain insights about how we made pro-social attachments early on, develop anti-social and pro-social Services and others to pilot the ity. but many of the people treated in tendencies by considering how prisCriminogenic Addiction Recovery “We wanted to create something CARA became ingrained in their oners think,” said Mike Mitchell, Academy (CARA) program. that helped people understand how destructive behaviors at a very early Clinical Director of Crisis & Mitchell wrote the curriculum for they got stuck in criminal and antiage ... a majority come from families Counseling Centers. social behaviors and what they could who have been entrenched in these CARA, which addresses criminoThe Augusta-based nonprofit genic thinking and behavior, based on do to get out,” Mitchell said. anti-social behaviors throughout genorganization, which helps individuals best practices in the field and with The five-week intensive addiction erations,” he said. “Once they’re with substance abuse and other treatment program helps inmates rec- immersed in an anti-social lifestyle the aim of addressing the emotional behavioral health issues, recently ognize and avoid pathways to crime core of social behaviors. partnered with the Kennebec County Criminogenic means producing or and early risk factors, while promotCorrectional Facility, Maine PreTrial tending to produce crime or criminal- ing attitudes and relationships to help BY RANDY MOSHER Crisis and Counseling

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“I believe in redemption. None of us are throw-away people.”...programs like CARA are vital. “In many respects, this is the most important work we do here. The life changes are obvious to everyone; I have seen changes appear right before my eyes.”

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they learn to justify their behaviors.” The CARA program is designed to break this destructive cycle and help participants establish positive relationships. “Often when people become antisocial, they still look for help to get out of this mindset. Unfortunately, they often look in the wrong places,” said Bob Kingham, Crisis and Counseling Director of Correctional Health & Jail Diversion Services. “We try to get CARA graduates to reconnect to their communities and see that they can change …They can live productive lives,” Kingham said. Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty agrees: “I believe in redemption. None of us are throw-away people.” Liberty, who has spent more than 20 years at the Kennebec County


Sheriff’s Department, said programs like CARA are vital. “In many respects, this is the most important work we do here,” he said. “The life changes are obvious to

everyone; I have seen changes appear right before my eyes.” Hope and redemption are important ingredients of the program. When one participant was released early, he even returned to complete the program. “It is highly unusual for someone to ask to return to jail,” Kingman said. The program is sometimes unfamiliar to participants who might have felt like they didn’t belong or if no one cared for them since they were very young. “These people almost always come from neglected and dysfunc-

tional families, and one of our goals is to remind them that there was a time they stopped caring, a time they gave up … We combat this by anchoring to pro-social bonds,” Mitchell said. Sometimes these pro-social bonds come from institutions like church, work or schools, he said, but often they are the result of interpersonal relationships — connections with family, friends and loved ones – that establish empathetic bonds. “It’s important for them to develop empathetic bonds such as reciprocity, and learn how they can repair trust,” Mitchell said.

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Farmington Family Practice moves to Medical Arts Center this month SUBMITTED BY JILL GRAY Community Relations Manager Franklin Community Health Network

FARMINGTON —Franklin Health Farmington Family Practice will be in new offices on the ground floor of the Franklin Health Medical Arts Center on March 28. The Center is located on the Franklin Memorial Hospital campus. The new location will better accommodate the growing number of patients seeking health care at the practice. It also has numerous advantages for patients, including easier access to diagnostic services and outpatient specialty care at the hospital. A waiting area for patients overlooks the hospital’s healing garden. Farmington Family Practice offers a full range of family medicine services,

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from routine physicals such as wellbaby checks, sports physicals and adult physicals, to managing complex chronic medical conditions. Most blood drawing and other lab services are provided on-site. Additionally, providers at the practice offer patient education, call coverage 24 hours-a-day and hospital care for their patients at Franklin Memorial


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To reach the Medical Arts Center, patients should enter the Franklin Memorial Hospital main entrance, and then take an immediate left. Follow the road approximately one-quarter mile to designated parking. Enter the building’s main entrance, and then take either the stairs or elevator to the lower level to enter the medical practice.


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Local surgeon treats cataracts and glaucoma in same surgical procedure medications and requires no more follow-up visits than is needed for cataract surgery alone. Studies have shown that the laser procedure is safe and effective when performed during If a person has both glaucoma and cataracts, cataract surgery. Each of these surgical procehe or she may be a candidate for a combined dures lasts only a few minutes and the ECP procedure. method is performed using a laser microendoIn simultaneous cataract and ECP glaucoma scope. This allows patients a quicker and more surgery, Dr. Peter Kohler is treating cataracts comfortable recovery along with improved and and glaucoma in the same session. This allows more predictable outcomes. patients to improve their vision while reducing, Both surgeries are performed under local or completely eliminating, their dependence on anesthesia on an out-patient basis at glaucoma medications. MaineGeneralMedicalCenter, and Kohler’s ECP (Endoscopic CycloPhotogoagulation) is patients are getting extraordinary results. The a minimally-invasive laser procedure that lasts doctor said he is proud to offer this innovative just a few minutes and uses highly-refined surgi- technology here in central Maine. cal techniques and state-of-the-art instrumentaA native of Maine, Kohler has practiced ophtion. thalmology since 1992. He is board certified in The procedure is convenient, typically reduc- ophthalmology and specializes in cataract and ing the frequency, number and cost of glaucoma refractive eye surgery. SUBMITTED BY CINDY STURTEVANT Refractive Surgery Coordinator Eye Center of Central Maine



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This diagram shows the laser probe inside the eye being aimed through the pupil and under the iris. This where “fluid” is made in the eye. Treating with the laser results in less fluid being made in the eye, thus lowering the eye pressure.


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In 1865 near the end of the Civil War, President Lincoln signed an act creating the National Asylum (later changed to Home) for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The Eastern Branch at Togus, Maine was the first of the new homes to open in November 1866. In 1989, VA was designated a cabinet-level agency and became the Department of Veterans Affairs. Today, onboard Togus VA campus is a Medical Center, a Regional Office and a National Cemetery. Today, the Medical Center has a staff of over 1,050 personnel representing various disciplines.

Togus provides a wide range of services to US service veterans ices, a special care dementia unit, and a nursing home. Togus VA Medical Center is recognized by the Joint Commission’s national medical accreditation AUGUSTA — The Togus Veterans Affairs Medical group, according to Doherty. The facility has estabCenter is a 67-bed facility that offers a multitude of lished a wide range of mutually-beneficial academic services to U.S. service veterans. affiliations with major U. S. universities and organizaThe center includes general medical, surgical, inter- tions, he said. Togus has also begun a research promediate and mental health services, as well as a 100- gram and plans to expand its scope. bed nursing home with 50 skilled and longer-stay “Our program conducts research into various medbeds and a 50-bed dementia unit. ical and mental health issues to increase knowledge, Togus opened in the fall of 1866 and is the which helps the veterans and those providing them Department of Veterans Affairs’ oldest facility for vet- care,” Doherty said. erans in the country. The Togus campus is located The facility’s emphasis is on primary, specialty, and about four miles east of Augusta. Its buildings sit on preventive care in an outpatient setting, according to more than 500 acres of natural woodlands that is Doherty. home to wildlife habitat. The campus also has a “Our Comprehensive Outpatient Care services are National Cemetery with 5,373 burial sites. provided through hospital-based clinics and six full“The first veteran was buried in the West Cemetery time, community-based clinics in Bangor, Calais, in 1867, and the last burial was in the East Cemetery Caribou, Lincoln, Rumford, and Saco,” he said. in 1961,” said Jim Doherty, spokesman for the center. He said the campus facility provides a full range of medical, surgical, psychiatric and extended care servMore on TOGUS, Page 69 BY VALERIE TUCKER Correspondent

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“There are two part-time clinics in Fort Kent and Houlton, a temporary clinic in Lewiston, and a full-time mental health clinic in Portland.” The VA created an Office of Rural Health, and Togus is the RuralHealth Resource Center for the eastern region. In addition to the existing clinics, Togus also continues to relocate and expand several of its existing clinics. Wellness and preventive health services include smoking cessation, cardiovascular fitness, preventive cardiology and women’s health. It also has special clinics to assist primary providers in managing diabetes, lipids (fats and other substances of similar properties) and anticoagulation. “Our healthcare system also has a close relationship with the five Vet Centers in Bangor, Caribou, Lewiston, Portland, and Sanford,” Doherty said. “They provide readjustment counseling and other services to all combat veterans.”

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Each year, since 1992, handmade wreaths have graced the headstones at Togus National Cemetery and Arlington National Cemetery. The Maine wreaths are donated by Merrill Worcester, owner of the Worcester Wreath Co. in Harriman. Over 10,000 Worcester wreaths are destined for the annual wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington, and 2,500 wreaths will be sent to Togus Worcester Wreath also donates ceremonial wreaths that will be used as part of the Wreaths Across America events at over 230 State and National veterans cemeteries all across the Country.

Togus serves homeless veterans and hosts an annual Stand-Down program. The military term, which means to “stop in action,” providing service members an opportunity to focus on a specific issue or problem, he said. Volunteer organizers bring veterans to Togus where they receive health, dental

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ical care, mental health and addiction services, VA-supported housing and applications for subsidized housing are all part of the Stand-Down program. Information about the program is spread through shelters, soup kitchens, town offices, and veterans’ service organizations, he said.


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Maine Hospital Association In Pursuit of Excellence: The Hospital Commitment The Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors created an action plan with their vision of what hospitals could and should do to lead healthcare reform. The Board made a conscious decision to develop an initiative that was hospital focused. In other words, instead of developing the traditional health care reform proposal regarding universal coverage, payment system changes and other global reforms that others should undertake, we focused our efforts on what hospitals should do to reform the healthcare delivery system. It is a clear statement of the hospital commitment to a concrete substantive action plan around defined measureable goals that will, when achieved, make genuine progress toward better health and consistently providing evidence-based affordable care.

Our targets are designed to be reached over five years and organized around the pillars of wellness, quality, access, and cost. The specific priorities and the associated measures are in alignment with each other, as well as with ongoing work across the state and across the nation by other stakeholders to leverage efforts. While hospitals alone cannot solve all of the problems in health care, we will demonstrate leadership and accountability by publicly taking responsibility for our pursuit of excellence in health and health care. For a full report go to, call 622-4794, or write to MHA, 33 Fuller Road, Augusta, Maine 04330.

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Hospitals in Maine Listed by region CENTRAL REGION Inland Hospital 200 Kennedy Memorial Drive Waterville, Maine 04901 (207) 861-3000 John Dalton, President/CEO MaineGeneral Medical Center Augusta: 6 East Chestnut Street Augusta, Maine 04330 (207) 626-1000 Waterville: 149 North St. Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 872-1000 Chuck Hays, President and Chief Executive Officer Mid Coast Hospital 123 Medical Center Drive

Brunswick, Maine 04011 (207) 729-0181 Herbert Paris, President Miles Memorial Hospital (Lincoln County Healthcare) 35 Miles St. Damariscotta, Maine 04543 (207) 563-1234 James Donovan, CEO Parkview Adventist Medical Center 329 Maine Street Brunswick, Maine 04011 (207) 373-2000 Ted Lewis, President Penobscot Bay Medical Center 6 Glen Cove Drive Rockport, Maine 04856-4240

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EASTERN REGION The Acadia Hospital P.O. Box 422 Bangor, Maine 04402-0422 (207) 973-6100 David Proffitt, President/Chief Executive Officer Blue Hill Memorial Hospital 57 Water Street PO Box 1029 Blue Hill, Maine 04614 (207) 374-3400 Gregory E. Roraff, President/Chief Executive Officer

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Calais Regional Hospital 24 Hospital Lane Calais, Maine 04619 (207) 454-7521 Michael K. Lally, Chief Executive Officer C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital P.O. Box 1129 Greenville, Maine 04441 (207) 695-5200 Geno Murray, President & Chief Executive Officer Down East Community Hospital 11 Hospital Drive Machias, Maine 04654 (207) 255-3356 Douglas Jones, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Eastern Maine Medical Center 489 State St. P.O. Box 404 Bangor, Maine 04402-0404 (207) 973-7000 Deborah Carey Johnson, Chief Executive Officer Maine Coast Memorial Hospital 50 Union Street Ellsworth, Maine 04605 (207) 667-5311 Charlie Therrien, President/Chief Executive Officer Mayo Regional Hospital 897 West Main Street Dover-Foxcroft, Maine 04426 (207) 564-8401 Ralph Gabarro, President Millinocket Regional Hospital 200 Somerset Street Millinocket, Maine 04462 (207) 723-5161

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Marie Vienneau, Chief Executive Officer Penobscot Valley Hospital Box 368 7 Transalpine Road Lincoln, Maine 04457-0368 (207) 794-3321 David Shannon, Chief Executive Officer Sebasticook Valley Health 447 North Main Street Pittsfield, ME 04967 (207) 487-5141 Victoria Alexander-Lane, President & CEO St. Joseph Hospital PO Box 403 360 Broadway Bangor, Maine 04401 (207) 262-1000 Sister Mary Norberta, President Waldo County General Hospital 118 Northport Ave. PO Box 287 Belfast, ME 04915 (207) 338-2500 Mark Biscone, Chief Executive Officer NORTHERN REGION The Aroostook Medical Center 140 Academy Street Presque Isle, Maine 04769 (207) 768-4000 David A. Peterson, President/CEO More on HOSPITALS, Page 73

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Cary Medical Center 163 Van Buren Road, Suite #1 Caribou, Maine 04736 (207) 498-3111 Kris Doody, Chief Executive Officer Houlton Regional Hospital 20 Hartford Street Houlton, Maine 04730 (207) 532-2900 Thomas Moakler, Chief Executive Officer Maine Medical Center 22 Bramhall Street Portland, Maine 04102 (207) 871-0111 Richard Petersen, Chief Executive Officer Mercy Hospital 144 State Street Portland, Maine 04101 (207) 879-3000 Eileen Fayard Skinner, President/CEO New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland 335 Brighton Avenue Portland, Maine 04102 Southern Maine Medical Center One Medical Center Drive P.O. Box 626 Biddeford, Maine 04005 (207) 283-7000 Edward J. McGeachey, III, President Spring Harbor Hospital 123 Andover Road Westbrook, ME 04092 (207) 761-2200 Dennis King, Chief Executive Officer

Bridgton Hospital 10 Hospital Drive Bridgton, Maine 04009 (207) 647-8841 John Ludwig, Interim President R. David Frum, President Central Maine Medical Center 300 Main Street Lewiston, Maine 04240 (207) 795-0111 Laird Covey, President Franklin Memorial Hospital 111 Franklin Health Commons Farmington, Maine 04938 (207) 778-6031 Rebecca Ryder, President and Chief Executive Officer York Hospital 15 Hospital Drive York, Maine 03909 (207) 363-4321 Jud Knox, President

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Goodall Hospital 25 June Street Sanford, Maine 04073 (207) 324-4310 Darlene Stromstad, President


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Northern Maine Medical Center 194 East Main Street Fort Kent, Maine 04743 (207) 834-3155 Martin Bernstein, Chief Executive Officer



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Rumford Hospital 420 Franklin Street Rumford, Maine 04276 (207) 369-1000 John Welsh, Chief Executive Officer St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center P.O. Box 291 Lewiston, Maine 04243-0291 (207) 777-8100 Lee Myles, Chief Executive Officer Stephens Memorial Hospital 181 Main Street Norway, Maine 04268 (207) 743-5933 Timothy A. Churchill, President Source:

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