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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.

Mount St. Joseph Voted “Best Nursing Care Facility” in the community for 11 years!

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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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