Weekly health news

Posted June 21, 2011, at 10:22 p.m.

Hospice information

DIXMONT, Maine — A public community education program, “Defining Palliative Care and Hospice,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the Louis I. Bussey Schoolhouse, 994 Western Ave. Guest speaker will be Marie Mallet, certified palliative care and hospice registered nurse with the program at Eastern Maine Medical Center. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. The event is free of charge.

Veterans’ wellness

GLENBURN, Maine — Maine Army National Guard Soldiers Lt. Col. Diane Dunn and 1st Sgt. John Brooks, both from Glenburn, recently ran a marathon in support of the onelifewarrior.org’s 2011 Resiliency Run.

The Resiliency Run is a five-day, 550.2-mile ultra run on the Capitol Mall in Washington D.C. to advocate health awareness and risk reduction in the veteran, family member and youth populations. Dunn and Brooks joined a group of 13 runners from across the nation that ran a combined total of 21 marathons in five days to support this initiative.

For more information about the Resiliency Run, go to www.onelifewarrior.org.

Saturday clinic hours

BANGOR, Maine — Penquis Health Services will offer Saturday clinic hours 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 25 at the Bangor office, 262 Harlow St. Services are offered for both men and women.

Services for women include pregnancy tests; gynecological exams; testing and treatment for infections; breast exams; Pap smears; affordable birth control including condoms, pills, Nuva Ring, the patch, Depo Provera, diaphragms, IUDs and emergency contraception; HPV vaccination and testing; STD testing and treatment; and HIV testing, treatment and counseling.

Services for men include testicular exams; reproductive physical exams including lab test; and HIV and STD testing, treatment and counseling.

All services are confidential. Men and women, regardless of age or income, are eligible. Clients may be eligible for subsidized services. Those who do not qualify for subsidized services can obtain services by paying on a sliding fee scale. Penquis Health Services accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, MaineCare, Medicare and most insurances. The staff can provide assistance with MaineCare paperwork. No one is refused for inability to pay. For more information, call 973-3650 or toll-free 800-941-2836.

Health fair planned

BANGOR, Maine — The Capehart Community Health Center will host a Health Fair at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at 86 Davis Road, with a rain date of Sunday, June 26.

“The event promises to be healthy and fun,” says Director of Clinical Operations Nicole Schobel. “We want the community to think about health through nutrition, exercise and work. There will also be things just for fun: face painting, games, passport to health, Zumba demonstrations, BBQ and bounce house.”

There is free cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar screenings. To sign up for a screening, email healthsolutions@gmail.com or call 942-9585.

The event will include information about services that the health clinic provides including general medical care, dental hygiene and counseling servings.

Hospice volunteer award

BANGOR, Maine — At its recent volunteer appreciation dinner and recognition evening, Hospice of Eastern Maine presented Joan Letourneau its highest honor — the Patricia Jameson Award for Hospice Volunteer Excellence. Letourneau received this award in recognition of the significant hours of quality, compassionate care she provided a terminally ill patient and the patient’s family in 2010.

Letourneau completed her volunteer training with Hospice of Eastern Maine in November 2002. She became a volunteer in order to bring comfort and peace to terminally ill patients and their families during the end of life process. She remarked that she has always found satisfaction in helping others, and she has demonstrated this by giving generously of her time and talent in numerous ways since becoming a hospice volunteer. She spent 161.75 hours with the patient and family she served in 2010 reminiscing, listening to concerns and allaying the patient’s fears while providing respite time for family caregivers.

Letourneau is a retired adult education teacher who enjoys singing in the choir at Holy Family Church in Old Town, counting the weekly church collection, going on outings with the Red Hat Society, being an affiliate of the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec, and spending time at home and camp with her husband, Tim, their children and grandchildren.

Blood drives In July

The American Red Cross, Northern New England Blood Services Region will hold blood drives in cities and towns throughout Maine. All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give blood. Donors are needed every day to make sure there is an adequate blood supply for patients in need.

• July 5: Orono, University of Maine, noon-5 p.m.

• July 11: Bangor, Hollywood Slots, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

• July 13, Bangor, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

• July 30, Orono, Friend & Friend, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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