Bangor area health news

Posted May 30, 2011, at 4:40 p.m.

Talk on wound care

BANGOR — Dr. Marian Benner, medical director of the Wound Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, will be the guest speaker at the Physical Disabilities Support Group meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, Winterberry Heights, 932 Ohio St.

Practicing since 1987 and having joined the wound care center in 2007, Benner is a diplomat with the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the American Professional Wound Care Association. Patients with diabetes and spinal cord injuries

are among those most susceptible to chronic wounds such as pressure sores and bedsores. Benner will discuss not only treatment, but also prevention of wounds.

Those with physical disabilities, their families and friends, caregivers, health professionals and the public are invited to attend. There will be a potluck supper at 5 p.m. For information, call 945-6878 or 942-6720.

Encore Leadership Corps

ORONO — The 2011 Encore Leadership Corps Summit will convene June 16-18 on the University of Maine campus. The Encore Leadership Corps is a statewide group of age

50-plus individuals engaged in volunteer work to strengthen Maine communities and the environment. There is no charge to attend.

Summit participants will learn from recognized speakers from the state and the nation on topics such as how to: make their communities great places to live, be a successful smart growth planner, work through challenges of revitalizing Maine’s downtowns, find a volunteer position that is the right fit, effectively network, understand and resolve conflict and more.

Participants will learn about the volunteer work being carried out by their fellow ENCorps members, as well as have the opportunity to tour the facilities and learn about the work being done by cutting-edge research and service programs at UM such as the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, Climate Change Institute, Sustainability Solutions Initiative, Cooperative Extension and more.

Participants may participate in some of the many activities the university and the town of Orono have to offer, such as the Jordan Planetarium at Wingate Hall and Orono Bog Boardwalk.

The summit is free to members of the Encore Leadership Corps, and individuals are encouraged to become new members of ENCorps. For registrants who would like lodging, rooms will be available at housing suites at the University of Maine. The deadline for becoming an ENCorps member and registering for the summit is the first week of June.

To view the program, register online and-or become a member of ELC, visit http://www.encoreleaders.org. Or call 262-7928.

Fast friendships

HERMON — It has been a good year for 16-year-old Jeffrey Buzzell. He’s doing well after a February transplant of a kidney from his older sister, Jenn.

And over Memorial Day weekend, the Hermon youth had a visit during a family barbecue from Army Sgt. Raymond Christie of Wilmington, N.C., a parachute rigger who was serving in Afghanistan last year when he saw Buzzell’s story on ESPN.

The “My Wish” segment told about Buzzell’s struggle with Alport syndrome, which damaged his kidneys, and the thrill he got through the Make-A-Wish Foundation when he and his family were able to meet race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Charlotte, N.C.

Christie began corresponding with Buzzell and his family, and ever since has been determined he would come to Maine to meet them all.

“It’s a bond that was forged 9,000 miles away,” Christie told a Bangor Daily News reporter on Saturday,  “and it’s only going to get stronger.” Christie hopes to bring Buzzell to visit him in North Carolina.

Make-A-Wish in Maine has more than 200 volunteers, and a staff of six, with offices at 87 Elm St., Camden, and 477 Congress St., Suite 7W, Portland. For information, visit http://www.maine.wish.org

Warren Center moves

BANGOR — Penobscot Community Health Care has announced that the Warren Center, which provides speech and audiology services, has moved from 175 Union St. to a newly renovated space at 992 Union St., right beside People’s United Bank.

The Warren Center continues to offer the same services, provided by the same professional audiologists, speech pathologists and staff, now conveniently relocated to PCHC’s main campus in Bangor. For information, call 941-2850.

Arthritis fundraiser held

BANGOR — Some 70 walkers and seven teams raised more than $10,000 for the Arthritis Foundation on May 21. During registration, located behind Sea Dog Brewing Co., activities included was face painting and balloon figures, a tai chi demonstration and vendors.

Robin Spencer-Laurie, the walk’s chairman and honoree, spoke about her work as an Arthritis Ambassador during the past year and thanked walkers, volunteers, business sponsors and gift certificate donors for making this year’s walk a success. Dr. Geoffrey Gratwick gave an informal presentation afterward. Representatives from the foundation’s New England Chapter also attended.

Spencer-Laurie discussed an issue that the Ambassadors are making senators, members of Congress and the public aware of — the fact that it’s not just the elderly who get arthritis, but even young children. In Maine there are 1,100 children and 316,000 adults with arthritis, a disease which can affect quality of life from a very early age. Another issue the Ambassadors are working on is an effort to have funding remain available so that research continues with the great steps that have been made in biological medications, Spencer-Laurie said.

Donations still may be made to the Arthritis Foundation by visiting the walk website at http://www.bangoraw.kintera.org.

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