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Rumford Walk with a Doc Series Gets Community Moving

09/01/2017

Central Maine Healthcare will be holding a Walk with a Doc series at Hosmer Field in Rumford starting Wednesday, September 6. The walk is open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m.

The Walk with a Doc program brings together communities and local healthcare providers. The walks feature a short health education presentation and time for the attendees to talk with the hosting provider during the walk. The goal of the program is to counteract our sedentary lifestyles and get moving in nature. Each participant can walk at their own pace and desired distance. This year's participating providers are Stephanie Sinclair, M.D.; Anne Johnson, M.D.; Dieter Kreckel, M.D.; Sarah Kelley-Spearing, D.O.; Kathryn McLellan, M.D.; James Flannery, M.D.; and Jennifer Hanson, M.D. The walk will take place every Wednesday through October 18.

Get out and enjoy the sights of fall in the River Valley with Rumford's Walk with a Doc series.

When: Wednesday, September 6 through October 18 - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Hosmer Field, Rumford
What: Walk with a Doc - Central Maine Healthcare providers will lead a walk and short health presentation
Registration: Open to the public

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How to Avoid Tick Bites and What to do if You Get Bitten

07/21/2017

Imagine that after the best hike of your life you arrive home to find that a bug has latched onto you and burrowed its head deep into your body.

You start to feel stiff, a headache comes on, a rash starts developing and you might also experience nausea and muscle pain. This isn't just any bug -- you've been bitten by a tick.

Ticks are dangerous and can easily go unseen due to their small, almost imperceptible bites. They carry various diseases and can cause serious health issues if left unchecked for long. April to September is the worst times for ticks, especially in heavily wooded areas, so now is a prime time to refresh your knowledge of these sneaky insects.

How to best avoid ticks
Avoid heavily wooded areas, tall grass or areas where there are a lot of dry leaves on the ground. If you like hiking in the woods, staying in the middle of the trail is advisable as is keeping out of contact with stray branches and leaves where ticks can fall on you.

Use insect repellant that is at least 20 percent DEET. Also, treating your clothes with permethrin is helpful. Generously apply it to all clothing and gear you might use on your hiking or camping trip, or buy clothes and gear that are commercially pretreated.

How to find ticks
The best way to find a hiding tick is to bathe or shower immediately after your hike or trip. Because ticks are small, they can easily crawl down shirts, pants, socks and so on in search of a secluded dark space to call home. Don't be shy about using a mirror to check everywhere possible. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean a tick isn't there.

Don't forget about your gear. It is common for ticks to fall in or on tents, backpacks or other items, and then crawl out in a car or trailer and latch onto you later. Check your gear as soon as possible, and wash it thoroughly. If you brought a pet with you, check your pet for ticks as well. Ticks love to hide in human and animal hair and are easy to miss on quick examination.

One last tip for killing ticks is to wash your gear in hot water, and tumble dry on the high heat setting.

What to do if you have been bitten
If you find a tick that has latched on, do not panic. Most ticks, when found promptly, are not a great risk and are easy to remove. All you need is a pair of tweezers.

First, take the tweezers and press against your skin, with the tweezers around where the tick head is. Apply pressure on the head of the tick and firmly pull straight out. Do not twist or bend the tweezers, as this could cause the body of the tick to fall off, and the head to stay latched. If the body breaks off, press down firmly on your skin, and pull straight out on the tick's head. Be sure to remove the entire tick.

After you have removed the tick, first dispose of it by submerging it in rubbing alcohol, or by placing it in a sealed bag, wrapping it in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Don't be timid, as these are resilient little insects who will live on if given the opportunity.

Once the tick has been terminated, wash the affected area. Soap and water is fine, and rubbing alcohol works too. If you find a tick and develop a rash, aches, pains, a headache, or nausea, you need to see a doctor right away. Ticks carry a host of diseases, like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, so the earlier a tick is discovered and removed, the better.



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Rumford Hospital Emergency Department Clothing Drive

07/10/2017

Patients who come into our Emergency Department sometimes arrive in tattered clothes or need their clothing cut away. Too many are left wearing only a flimsy hospital gown. At Rumford Hospital, we see this as a great need to help our patients heal, mend, and to feel whole again. It's not just a matter of keeping people dressed - we want them to leave with dignity and focus on healing.

If you would like to donate, please drop off NEW clothing from July 10 through July 21 in the Rumford Hospital Main Lobby located at 420 Franklin Street in Rumford.

Make sure to spread the word on social media by using #RHClothesforaCause.

Due to policy, we can only accept new items. Thank you!

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Lacroix Receives National Recognition for Leadership at Rumford Community Home

06/21/2017

Rumford Community Home (RCH) Administrator Jeffrey Lacroix, LNHA received the 2017 New Administrator Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA). Lacroix was presented the award at the ACHCA's Annual Convocation and Exposition in St. Louis, MO.

The New Administrator award recognizes an ACHCA member who has been a practicing administrator for five years or less, and who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and potential as a leader, innovator, and motivator in long-term care and in the ACHCA.

According to ACHCA, "Lacroix accepts any challenge or task presented to him and promotes excellent performance. He sets an outstanding example for Administrators in long-term care and is highly deserving of this honor."

As a child, Lacroix spent a significant amount of time with his grandparents, which helped him develop a connection with the elderly and determined his career path.

Lacroix entered the long-term care industry as an Activity Assistant and quickly noticed the organized chaotic nature of the industry.

"I wanted the challenge of balancing cultural change to benefit the residents while also meeting and exceeding state and federal expectations," Lacroix said of his decision to become an administrator.

After a year and a half as an Activity Assistant, Lacroix entered into an Administrator in Training program and was assigned to lead Rumford Community Home. He views the facility as, "surrounded by multiple small communities, forming one common community. As a result, staff are caring for their own community members, which engages staff to a higher degree. Staff can approach leadership with questions or concerns to ensure voices are heard."

Lacroix, President of Maine's ACHCA chapter, is honored to be selected as ACHCA's 2017 New Administrator. He characterized the recognition as, "There are a significant number of individuals who could be recognized with this award, it is an honor to receive acknowledgement for the time spent in orchestrating a positive environment for our residents. This award is primarily a recognition of what a team of individuals can accomplish when working together."

As Maine's population continues to age, Lacroix understands the importance of long-term care facilities and hopes to continue providing quality care for the River Valley at Rumford Community Home.

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Lifestyle Change Program at Elsemore Dixfield Family Medicine

06/16/2017

Elsemore Dixfield Family Medicine will offer a free Lifestyle Change Program starting July 12.

The PreventT2 curriculum, approved for the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), features multiple sessions over 12 months covering healthy, long-term changes to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Any adults with a pre-diabetes diagnosis or at high risk for pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes are welcome to join the program.

Participants meet in a small group led by a trained lifestyle coach. The program begins with weekly one-hour meetings for eight weeks. After the initial meetings the group will meet bi-weekly for eight sessions and end with monthly meetings for six months as participants move toward a lifetime of healthy living.

To register for the program please contact, Karen Swan at 207-369-1151, Louise Ingraham at 207-330-7769 or e-mail, preventdiabetes@cmhc.org. To learn more about the program visit the Central Maine Health DPP website at www.cmmc.org/diabetes-prevention. Please register by July 3, 2017.

When: Begins on July 12, 2017 (24-26 sessions over 12 months)
Where: Elsemore Dixfield Family Medicine, 146 Weld St., Dixfield
What: Lifestyle Change Program to Prevent/Delay Type 2 Diabetes
Registration: Karen Swan, 207-369-1151, swanka@cmhc.org or 
Louise Ingraham, 207-330-7769, preventdiabetes@cmhc.org

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Advance Directive: What it is and why you need one

05/22/2017

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice will offer a free public talk about Advance Directives at Rumford Hospital on Tuesday, June 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The talk will cover:
  • What is an Advance Directive
  • Why have an Advance Directive
  • What to put in an Advance Directive
  • Choosing the person who will be your agent
  • Wishes for comfort care
  • Ensuring an Advance Directive is honored


  • When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Where: Rumford Hospital, Lower Level, Conference Room A
    What: Advance Directives Conversation
    Registration: Open to the public, call 207-369-1151 with number of attendees

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    David Crawford, RN, Named Rumford Hospital's DAISY Award Honoree

    05/19/2017

    Rumford Hospital presented its most recent DAISY Award to David Crawford, RN.

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

    Crawford was nominated for the DAISY Award by the grandparent of a patient who was in the midst of crisis. While in the Emergency Department, the grandparent and patient were treated with great care and felt just like another patient, despite the circumstance.

    "[Crawford's] care, comfort, and understanding helped us get through a rough night. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for all he did for us on our gloomy night. He made it so much easier to handle knowing that he was there if needed," the story continued.

    As a DAISY Award Honoree, Crawford was presented a bonsai tree as a symbol of goodness, a DAISY certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer's Touch. Additionally, everyone in attendance celebrated with specially made cinnamon rolls. The significance of the cinnamon rolls is that J. Patrick Barnes especially enjoyed sharing cinnamon rolls with his nurses, and his family felt this should be a part of the ceremonies across the country.

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

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    Carrie Thibodeau Receives Rumford Hospital's Sunshine Award

    05/12/2017

    Rumford Hospital presented its most recent Sunshine Award to Carrie Thibodeau, a Medical Assistant at Elsemore Dixfield Family Medicine.

    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.

    Thibodeau was nominated for the Sunshine Award by a co-worker who had witnessed her perform an act of kindness for a patient.

    "One of my less fortunate patients brought her child into the clinic for a visit. On the day of the visit, it was 2 degrees Fahrenheit outside. The child was dressed only in a jacket, and the mom admitted she didn't have the funds to afford anything warmer. [Thibodeau] went to her car and got a snowsuit she had recently purchased for her grandson for the Christmas holiday and gave it to the mom," said the nomination story.

    Thibodeau exemplifies the compassion and generosity that makes Elsemore Dixfield Family Medicine a top-quality community clinic. She is a wonderful addition to Central Maine Healthcare.

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    Rumford Hospital to Hold Jewelry Sale May 8th and 9th

    05/02/2017

    The Rumford Hospital Auxiliary will hold the popular InDesign Jewelry and Accessories Sale at Rumford Hospital on Monday, May 8th and Tuesday, May 9th. The sale will be located in Conference Room A on the ground floor and will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday and 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

    InDesign features a great assortment of jewelry, plus fabulous accessories, starting at just $6 - 30-75% off department store prices. The sale is a great time to pick up a gift for Mother's Day. Cash, checks, Visa and Master Card are all accepted. Payroll deduction is available for those employed at the hospital and medical practices.

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    Rumford Hospital Names Weight Loss Challenge Winners

    04/18/2017

    From January 1 to April 7, 2017 Rumford Hospital hosted a staff weight loss challenge. Winner Bonnie Pelletier, CNA (pictured right) lost 30 pounds and runner-up Laura Allain (pictured left) lost 22 pounds through the challenge. This year's challenge featured 40 participants ranging from ages 19 to 86. Pelletier and Allain received prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.

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    Rumford Hospital Seeks Scholarship Applications

    04/17/2017

    The Peg Blouin Nursing Scholarship was established in 2009 upon Ms. Blouin's retirement from Rumford Hospital, after 42 years as a registered nurse. Having been a recipient of the Auxiliary Scholarship, which enabled her to earn her nursing degree, Ms. Blouin expressed a wish to give back to the community.

    A $1,250 scholarship will be awarded to a new nursing student that has been accepted into either an Associate or Bachelor program. Applications are encouraged from new nursing students at any stage of life. The recipient will be chosen by the Rumford Hospital Nursing Leadership committee.

    Interested individuals should contact the Rumford Hospital Nursing Secretary at 369-1232 for applications, scholarship guidelines and additional information, or download application here . Applications must be received no later than May 17, 2017 for consideration.

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    Maine Commission for Community Service Recognizes River Valley Youths with the Governor's Awards for Service & Volunteerism

    04/12/2017

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

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

    The three local students are:

    Colby Volkernick of Rumford (pictured) with 294 hours of service to Rumford Hospital

    Alex Ferland of Canton with 51 hours of service to Rumford Hospital

    Perry Morton of Andover with 69 hours of service to Rumford Hospital

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    Rumford Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Receives Recertification

    04/03/2017

    Rumford Hospital is proud to announce the recertification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

    AACVPR certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, because they offer the most advanced practices available and they are committed to improving the quality of life for cardiac patients by enhancing standards of care. To achieve certification, the Rumford Hospital rehab team participates in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program's practices, and adherence to standards and guidelines. This certification is good for three years.

    At Rumford Hospital, the cardiac rehab program is an individualized program of monitored exercise and education to help patients recover from a heart attack or heart surgery. The team consists of Registered Nurses, Cardiologist, Pharmacist, Dietitian, Diabetes Educator, and Respiratory Therapist. The Registered Nurses coordinating the rehab program are required to show their ongoing participation of attendance at current cardiac education as part of the recertification process.

    Patients who attend the program attend three times per week. Each session includes exercise with additional education incorporated into two sessions each week. The program is structured specifically for each individual's needs and goals with ongoing communication between the Cardiac Rehab team and their physician. The patients learn how to increase their physical activity safely and make lifestyle changes that may decrease future risk of cardiac incidents. With accurate diagnosis, therapy, emotional support, reconditioning and education, the Cardiac Rehab program helps patients achieve the highest possible functional capacity allowed by their physical limitations and life situations.

    The Cardiac Rehab program at Rumford Hospital receives numerous compliments from patients and families thanking them for the work they do and the successes patients accomplish. Staff from Cardiac Rehab are often quoted as saying, "We love what we do. We have the best job in the hospital."

    A key to the success of the program is individualizing the exercise to each patient, and celebrating even the smallest accomplishment for each patient as they progress.

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    Carrie Ponte, NP-C Joins Rumford Hospital Staff

    03/28/2017

    Carrie Ponte, NP-C has joined the staff at Rumford Hospital's Urgent Care.

    Carrie attended Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing in Lewiston receiving her Associate of Science in Nursing and the University of Southern Maine in Portland for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She received her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Husson University in Bangor. She is a board certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in urgent care medicine and member of the Maine Nurse Practitioners Association.

    She completed her clinical rotations at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, Maine Family Planning in Lewiston, and Waterville Pediatrics. With over 20 years of direct patient care experience, Carrie is committed to practicing a holistic approach to healthcare.

    "My healthcare philosophy includes treating every patient as a person, with the respect and dignity they deserve. I enjoy taking the time to counsel and educate patients and their family members about the condition or injury that brought them to urgent care and together we decide which treatment would work best to fit their needs and maximize a positive outcome. Additionally, I believe it is important to follow-up with patients to ensure the recommended treatment is effective in helping to restore health," she said of her healthcare philosophy.

    "I believe that during interactions a healthcare provider's ability to listen, empathize and explain has a profound impact on the care patients receive. In order to be present with my patients I have been practicing the habit of pausing before knocking on the exam room door, taking a deep breath, clearing my mind and I am ready to say, 'Hi, my name is Carrie. What can I do for you today?'" she explained.

    Rumford Hospital is part of Central Maine Healthcare and can be reached by calling 207-369-1000.

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    Central Maine Healthcare Recognizes Certified Nurses Day, March 19th

    03/19/2017

    "Certified Nurses Day honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty. A registered nurse (RN) license allows nurses to practice. Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing." ANCC, American Nurses Credentialing Center

    Central Maine Healthcare wants to thank the 163 Nurses who have sought this designation and for your professionalism and leadership in achieving and maintaining national board certification in your nursing specialty.

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    Rumford Hospital Donates to River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition's "Moving Freely" Class

    03/16/2017

    Rumford Hospital's VP of Operations Rob Slattery presented Patty Duguay, Executive Director of River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition (RVHCC), and Mitzi Sequoia, class facilitator, with a check in support of the "Moving Freely" program. The classes run for six weeks and focus on helping seniors increase flexibility, joint stability, balance, coordination, agility, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. The next classes start on Monday, March 20 and are held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-10 a.m. at the River Valley Recreation Center in Mexico. For more information contact Mitzi Sequoia at 364-7400.

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    Registered Dietitian Day - Featuring Favorite Healthy Recipe

    03/08/2017

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

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

    Elizabeth Perry RD, LD, works at Rumford Hospital. Read about her favorite recipe below and try it for yourself at home.

    Banana Nut Breakfast Bread Pudding
    Serves 1


    Ingredients
    1/2 Banana
    1/3 cup 1% Milk
    1 Egg
    1/2 T Maple Syrup
    1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
    1 slice whole wheat bread, toasted and cubed
    1/2 T walnuts, chopped

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

    2. In a small bowl, mash banana.

    3. Whisk in milk, egg, maple syrup and vanilla until smooth.
    4. Fold in cubed bread.
    5. Pour mixture into oven safe dish and top with chopped walnuts.

    6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set.

    7. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.

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

    03/06/2017

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

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

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

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

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

    03/06/2017

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

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

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

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

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    Rumford Hospital to Host Super Shoes Fundraiser

    02/16/2017

    Rumford Hospital will be hosting a Super Shoes fundraiser on Thursday, February 23rd from 7:00am to 5:00pm and Friday, February 24th from 7:00am to 3:00pm. The sale will be in Conference Room A located downstairs by the cafeteria and will feature a great selection of brands, styles and sizes of shoes, boots, accessories, handbags, workwear, and nursing apparel.

    A percentage of sales from this event will benefit the Support Staff Education Fund, which provides financial resources to Central Maine Healthcare employees (including Rumford Hospital staff) to offer educational opportunities to staff in non-clinical positions. This fund is supported by donations and internal fundraising events. The sale is open to the public.

    For more information about the Super Shoes sale and other fundraising activities, contact the Rumford Hospital Development Office at 207-369-1019 or email rumfordhospitalgiving@cmhc.org.

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    Rumford Hospital Offering Free Blood Pressure Screening in February

    02/02/2017

    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.

    All screening participants will be entered to win a free month of the Community Wellness Program, allowing community members to exercise in the Rumford Hospital Wellness Center Gym. To learn more about the Community Wellness Program call Jackie Gammon at 207-369-1172.

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    Rumford Hospital Auxiliary Valentine Treat Sale February 14

    01/25/2017

    The Rumford Hospital Auxiliary will be hold the annual Valentine Cookie Walk and Sweet Treat Sale on February 14, 2017 in the Rumford Hospital Cafeteria.

    The Rumford Hospital Auxiliary is an essential part of Rumford Hospital. Auxiliary members volunteer at the hospital, organize and participate in fundraising events, and serve as goodwill ambassadors in their local communities. Click on the link to learn more about the Rumford Hospital Auxiliary or call Barbara Belanger at 207-364-3648.

    What: Valentine Cookie Walk & Sweet Treat Sale
    When: February 14, 2017, 8am - Sell Out
    Where: Rumford Hospital Cafeteria, Lower Level

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    Rumford Hospital Raises Over $1,700 with Christmas Giving Tree

    01/11/2017

    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

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    Rumford Hospital Jewelry Sale Set for Nov. 28th & 29th

    11/15/2016

    The Rumford Hospital Auxiliary will hold the popular InDesign Jewelry and Accessories Sale onsite at Rumford Hospital on Monday, November 28th and Tuesday, November 29th. The sale will be located in Conference Room A on the ground floor and will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

    InDesign features a great assortment of jewelry, plus fabulous accessories, starting at just $6 - 30-75% off department store prices. There will be glitz and glam and trendy summer accessories and totes to get you ready for the summer. Cash, checks, Visa and Master Card are all accepted. Payroll deduction is available for those employed at the hospital and medical practices.

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    Rumford Hospital Announces 2nd Annual Christmas Giving Tree

    11/10/2016

    Rumford Hospital announces the launch of its 2nd Annual Christmas Giving Tree in support of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Last year's inaugural event raised nearly $2,200, which directly benefited cardiac patients.

    Donors can purchase an ornament for $10 in honor of a friend or family member or in memory of a loved one. A silver ornament with an honorary or remembrance tag will be displayed on the Christmas tree at Rumford Hospital's main lobby.

    Local businesses can opt to sponsor the Christmas Giving Tree for $100, which is indicated by a red ornament, as well as recognition of their sponsorship in the newspaper, on social media, the 2016 Annual Report, the Rumford Hospital website and company name listed on signage in the lobby at Rumford Hospital.

    All donations made to the Christmas Giving Tree will 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 purchase an ornament or to sponsor the Christmas Giving Tree, contact the Development Office at (207) 369-1019 or purchase an ornament securely online at www.rumfordhospital.org/giving-tree.

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