Health center opening

Posted June 14, 2011, at 5:47 p.m.

CAMDEN — Camden Whole Health, a new center for integrative health, is  celebrating its grand opening with a week of special events scheduled for June 20-24. Offerings include free workshops on topics ranging from stress management and acupuncture to healthy eating and meditation. There will also be a public open house on Wednesday, June 22. All events will run 5-7 p.m. daily.

The open house will feature self-guided tours of the facility and the opportunity to meet each of the eight resident practitioners and have them answer questions. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served in the conference room and reception area.

On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, the public is invited to join Camden Whole Health for a series of free workshops presented by the center’s practitioners. Topics will include Stress Management Acupuncture on Monday, “Needless Acupuncture” and “Eating for Energy” on Tuesday, “Having a More Soulful Life” and “The Effects and Benefits of Colon-Hydrotherapy” on Thursday, and “Using Guided Meditation and Sensory Awareness for Health and Gastrointestinal Health and the Benefits of Cleansing” on Friday. During Friday evening’s presentations, patrons can enjoy a free 10-minute chair massage session to help unwind from the week and start the weekend refreshed.

For a complete list of the week’s events or for more information on the center or its practitioners, visit www.CamdenWholeHealth.com or call 230-7235.

Healthy Kids!

BELFAST — Waldo County General Hospital, local pediatricians and Let’s Go Waldo! 5-2-1-0 are teaming up to present a free workshop to promote nutrition and exercise. “Healthy Kids!” is designed to educate and encourage healthful habits to area children and their parents.

Registered Dietitian Jen Nelson and Health Educator Hester Kohl will lead the group in a variety of games and activities. Music and laughter will be featured throughout. Handouts, recipes and samples will also be available to continue health education at home.

Healthy Kids! will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 20, 22, 24, 27, and 29 and July 1, at the Education Center, adjacent to Waldo County General Hospital,.

For more information, call Jen at 930-2684 or Hester at 930-2514.

CNA graduation

CAMDEN — Quarry Hill Retirement Community played host as Mid-Coast School of Technology awarded certificates to eight new graduates of its Certified Nursing Assistant program on June 8.

Those participating in the graduation ceremony included Renee Adkins, Warren; Jamie Masonoff, Waldoboro; instructor Marian Rector, RN; Anna McEnulty, South Thomaston; Jennifer Wilson, Warren; Beth Anthony, Thomaston; Heather Long, Warren; Misha Taylor; Jefferson, and Amber Thomas, Thomaston.

Mid-Coast’s 200-hour CNA curriculum covers a wide range of basic nursing skills. In addition to classroom instruction, students complete 104 hours of clinical training at nursing care centers at Quarry Hill and the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland.

Cancer care program approved

ROCKPORT — The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has granted three-year approval with commendation to the Cancer Care program at Pen Bay Medical Center.

“This is a significant recognition of the quality of care offered by our doctors, nurses and staff at the Cancer Care Center,” said Dr. Dana Goldsmith, vice president for medical affairs at Pen Bay. “It also emphasizes the value of state-of-the-art cancer care close to home for the people of Midcoast Maine.”

“The Commission on Cancer Accreditation process is the gold standard by which cancer programs are judged across the country,” said Ginny Vaitones, MSW, OSW-C, clinical care coordinator of the Pen Bay Cancer Care Center. “To receive a full three-year accreditation with commendation is a credit to the employees of our Cancer Care Center and the rest of the hospital community.”

New Pen Bay ob-gyn

ROCKPORT — Dr. Richard Mellon, obstetrician-gynecologist, has joined Pen Bay Women’s Health, a department of Penobscot Bay Medical Center.

Born in Ohio, Mellon grew up in Bridgewater, N.J. He, his wife and their teenage children, ages 13 and 15, will be settling in the Midcoast area.

Mellon was drawn to Pen Bay because, he said, it “presented an opportunity to practice a high quality of general obstetrics and gynecology in a community that will serve our family’s needs very well.” Mellon will start seeing patients in July.

Mellon received a bachelor’s degree from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa.

He received his medical degree and completed his residency at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J. He has practiced medicine in New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia. Most recently he was with Abingdon Obstetrics and Gynecology in Abingdon, Va., and was chief of Obstetric Service at Johnston Memorial Hospital, also in Abingdon.

He is a member and fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He has a special interest in laparoscopic surgery and in endocrine and infertility evaluation.

To make an appointment with Mellon, call 596-8905. Pen Bay Women’s Health is online at pbmc.org/womenshealth.

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