Health news, July 7

Posted July 05, 2011, at 4:25 p.m.

Hospital employees honored

BELFAST — Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast held a recognition luncheon at Penobscot Shores in Searsport on June 23 to honor employees for their years of service.

Twenty-nine employees were honored for five years of employment; 29 for 10 years of service; 10 for 15 years; 14 for 20 years; six for 30 years; one for 35 years, nurse Sue Drinkwater; and two for 40 years, Donna Fish and Diane Nickerson.

Another 50 employees were honored for having worked at the hospital for at least 21 years with one employee, Faye Ward, having worked at the hospital for 42 years.

Lee Woodward, president of the hospital’s board of directors, handed out bonus checks to those celebrating five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of employment.

Achievement and certification

ROCKPORT — Pen Bay Healthcare noted these recent achievements and certifications among its employees:

• Nurse Julie Clark and physical therapist Jill Saucier, employees of Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, acquired national certification in OASIS-C, a group of data elements that form the basis for measuring patient outcomes.The certification denotes a high level of expertise in assessing patient care quality and accurate reimbursement.

• Nurse Eileen Hawkins earned certification as a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse through the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing. Certification attests to the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation. It is evidence of clinical expertise and leadership in neuroscience nursing practice.

• Nancy Marks attained Certified Emergency Department Coder status, awarded by the American Academy of Professional Coders.

• Nurse Marsha Newman earned A credential from the Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board and has become board certified by passing the orthopaedic nursing examination.

For more information, visit http://penbayhealthcare.org.

Nutrition and cooking classes

BELFAST — Food for Life nutrition and cooking classes will be offered 5:30-7:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, July 27, in the Education Center at Waldo County General Hospital on four Wednesdays. Participants will sample 24 recipes.

The classes will be taught by MiMi McGee of Appleton, who has a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University and is a Food for Life cooking instructor for The Cancer Project.

The four classes are:

• Introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer.

• Fueling Up on Low-Fat, High-Fiber Foods.

• Discovering Dairy and Meat Alternatives.

• Cancer-Fighting Compounds and Health Weight Control.

The cost of the four-class series is $60. Scholarships are available. To sign up or to get more information, call Barbara Crowley at 930-2650, Hester Kohl at 930-2514 or email info@cancerproject.org.

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