The Rumford Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation department is offering free blood pressure screenings on Monday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 15 between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The screenings are open to the public.
Central Maine Healthcare Hires New Chief Financial Officer
David C. Thompson will join Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) as the system’s new Chief Financial Officer on Monday, January 30.
Thompson comes to CMH from Centura Health in Englewood, CO, where he’s served as a Chief Financial Officer since 2003. During his tenure at Centura, he also worked alongside Jeff Brickman, CMH’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Central Maine Healthcare has a long history of providing top-quality care for residents of central and western Maine. With the ongoing changes to healthcare in the United States, systems such as CMH face many challenges and opportunities. I’m looking forward to working again with Jeff to ensure that CMH’s finances and operations are ready to move the system forward,” said Thompson of his new role.
Prior to Centura Health, Thompson worked in various finance leadership roles with Tenet Healthcare in Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
Thompson replaces Phil Morissette, who will now serve as CMH’s Vice President of Finance and Controller.
Central Maine Medical Center One of Six Baby-Friendly Birth Facilities in Maine
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. announced that Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) has received prestigious international recognition and been re-designated as a Baby-Friendly birth facility.
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
CMMC has a “Breastfeeding Matters Program” which offers the services of Lactation Consultants—certified health professionals who specialize in educating and supporting breastfeeding mothers—to inpatients and outpatients. CMMC also provides:
Prenatal education about breastfeeding
Weekly Breastfeeding Support Group
Lactation Consultant support phone line: 207-795-2528
Newborn office visits at Central Maine Pediatrics
Pump rental and sales
As part of CMMC’s Baby-Friendly practices, the hospital features 24-hour rooming in, where the baby stays in the mother’s room during the full hospital stay. CMMC also promotes mother and infant bonding by encouraging skin-to-skin contact.
To see upcoming Childbirth Education events and courses log on to: CMMC Events & Classes.
CMMC joins an elite list of only six Baby-Friendly hospitals in Maine including Bridgton Hospital, a Central Maine Healthcare critical access hospital. Currently there are 403 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States and more than 20,000 designated institutions worldwide. The re-designation is given after a rigorous survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.
About Baby Friendly USA, Inc.
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA) is the accrediting body and the national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States. In this capacity, BFUSA is responsible for coordinating and conducting all of the activities necessary to confer the Baby-Friendly designation.
BFUSA is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1997 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since 2011, the corporate headquarters has been located in Albany, NY. Learn more at: www.babyfriendlyusa.org or by calling 518-621-7982.
Mike Potter, CNA, Receives Bridgton Hospital’s Sunshine Award
Bridgton Hospital presented its most recent Sunshine Award to Mike Potter, CNA. The Sunshine Award was established to reward and celebrate the extraordinary skills and compassionate care given by technical support staff. Sunshine Award recipients consistently demonstrate compassion, patient and family focused care, passion about life, patient advocacy, and their support of all healthcare team members.
Potter was nominated by three former patients at Bridgton Hospital who all described him as friendly, compassionate, respectful, professional, and always asking, “How can I help you?” with a smile on his face.
One patient noted that, “[Potter] seems to know what the patient needs before the patient asks.” An example from another patient was that he checked on her several times throughout the shift. At one point, when she came out of the bathroom, her bed was freshly made and the room was immaculate. Additionally, when she needed smaller slipper socks Potter not only got them for her but put them on her feet.
Another patient in Bridgton Hospital’s Swing Bed Program, which offers rehabilitative care to get patients home quickly and safely without needing to go another facility, was so impressed with the program that she wanted to nominate everyone for all awards. She specifically nominated Mike by saying that she was quite impressed with, “the true concern that he showed for my safety and being as comfortable as possible. He would come up with ideas to make things easier for me. He especially showed compassion, respect, and never once a comment or showing annoyance with the task ahead of him. He was always a gentleman.”
Potter began his career at Bridgton Hospital in the Environmental Services Department and became a Certified Nursing Assistant through Central Maine Healthcare’s Earn While You Learn Program, which provides further education while continuing to work and be paid.
As the patient nominations mentioned, Potter has a passion for helping others in any capacity and is a wonderful addition to Bridgton Hospital and Central Maine Healthcare.
Repeal of Affordable Care Act Threatens Rural Hospitals, King Hears During Discussion at Bridgton Hospital
U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today convened a conversation with health care experts and providers at Bridgton Hospital where they discussed the harmful impacts that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on rural hospitals across Maine and the people they serve.
During the discussion, Senator King heard from hospital leadership that a repeal of the landmark health care law would leave a substantial amount of their patients without health insurance, which would have serious, and in some cases, catastrophic, financial ramifications for hospitals. One-third of rural hospitals in Maine, Senator King was told, are already operating at a loss, and a repeal of the health care law would threaten their ability to stay open and serve their communities. If the hospitals closed, then not only would countless people in Maine go without vital health care services, but hospital employees would also be laid off, which would detrimentally affect their livelihoods and hurt the local economy.
“The repeal of the Affordable Care Act will have a significant and far-reaching impact on Maine,” Senator King said. “Stripping tens of thousands of people of their health insurance is not only going to put lives at risk, but it’s also going to jeopardize the financial stability of rural hospitals. And that will only make health care services for people, especially those who live in rural areas, more difficult to obtain and more difficult to afford – and it will also could result in hospitals closing or downsizing, employees losing their jobs, and local economies suffering.
“The law isn’t perfect,” Senator King continued, “but rather than repeal it and risk havoc for people and hospitals across Maine, I hope we can discuss meaningful improvements or, at the very least, move forward first with a discussion of a replacement plan – because to leave people without health insurance and to threaten the stability of rural hospitals is just wrong.”
“Bridgton Hospital is thankful for Senator King’s visit today. He afforded our organization and this community a voice to express concerns over the proposed repeal of the ACA without a reasonable replacement in place first. A circumstance in which the ACA is repealed without a solid replacement option coupled with proposed cuts to hospitals at the State level would be catastrophic to many Maine hospitals and to hospitals throughout the country. We hope with Senator King’s leadership, Congress will soon arrive at a solution. We articulated to Senator King that Bridgton Hospital stands ready to provide assistance in developing workable solutions and would be happy to help in that effort,” said David Frum, President & CEO of Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals.
Additionally, Senator King expressed concerns during the discussion about how a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would prevent those battling drug and heroin addiction from obtaining the treatment they need to get better. In Maine last year, one person a day died from a drug overdose, a tragic record for the state. Senator King has made fighting the opioid epidemic one of his top priorities in the Senate.
Senator King opposes the repeal of the ACA, which would strip health care away from tens of millions of Americans, including more than 75,000 in Maine. Earlier this week, Senator King offered five amendments to legislation currently under consideration by the Senate that would preserve critical facets of the ACA. Last week, he also cosponsored an amendment that would stop efforts to dismantle the law, and he joined with several of his centrist colleagues in urging Senate leadership to discuss improvements to the law before rushing to fast-track a repeal of it.
Senator King also took to the Senate floor to share his personal story of how having health insurance saved his life and, later on, he once again spoke from the floor to share the stories of people from across Maine who have been helped by the ACA, some in lifesaving ways.
Bridgton Hospital live-streamed the conversation via Facebook. To watch an archived version, click HERE.
Rumford Hospital Raises Over $1,700 with Christmas Giving Tree
Rumford Hospital is pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual Christmas Giving Tree raised over $1,700 in support of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.
Donors were asked to purchase an ornament for $10 in honor of a friend or family member or in memory of a loved one. Ornaments with an honorary or remembrance tag were displayed on the Christmas tree in Rumford Hospital’s main lobby.
Local businesses could opt to sponsor the Christmas Giving Tree for $100 or more. Rumford Hospital would like to thank the following businesses for their 2016 Christmas Giving Tree Sponsorship: Carlisle’s, Inc.; Community Energy Co.; E.R. Field, Inc.; H.M. Payson & Co.; Oxford Federal Credit Union; Puiia Lumber Company; S.G. Thibault Funeral Home; Professional Vehicle Corporation, Inc. and Towle’s Hardware & Sporting Goods.
All donations made to the Christmas Giving Tree will directly benefit patients with cardiac issues and improve their quality of life through the Rumford Hospital Cardiac Rehab Program. Rumford Hospital offers a tailored and multidisciplinary program that helps patients achieve the highest possible functional capacity allowed by their physical limitations and life situation.
To learn more about the fundraising efforts at Rumford Hospital, contact the Development Office at (207) 369-1019 or Donate Online