Health news Sept. 8

Posted Sept. 04, 2011, at 10:17 p.m.

Oncology nurse practitioner

ROCKPORT — The Cancer Care Center at Pen Bay Medical Center announced that nurse Dawn Murphy has joined the staff. As the center’s oncology nurse practitioner, she will perform physical examinations, assess patient status, communicate with supervising physicians, and coordinate care of oncology patients in office, clinic and infusion settings. She also will be responsible for ongoing patient education about the disease process and treatment.

Murphy comes to Pen Bay from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where she worked as an oncology nurse practitioner, and oriented and trained newly hired oncology nurse practitioners and registered nurses. In addition, she identified and coordinated patients for clinical trials. She worked previously as an oncology nurse practitioner at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, and as a clinical nurse educator at Innovex-Bristol Myers Squibb in Princeton, N.J.

Murphy received a master’s degree in adult oncology advanced practice nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, graduating summa cum laude. She received a nursing degree from Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y.

For more information, visit http://www.pbmc.org.

Yoga classes

ROCKPORT — The Picker Family Resource Center announced that nurse Sarah Dwelley will teach two four-week yoga series this fall.

The Magic Four series will provide an introduction to Svaroopa yoga. Dwelley also will offer a new series, Slow Down and Breathe.

The Magic Four will be held 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 and 24, and Oct. 8 and 15, at the Picker Center. The cost is $75.

Slow Down and Breathe will be held 4-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 and 23, and Oct. 7 and 14. The cost is $55.

To register, call Sarah Dwelley at 763-2726.

Pre-diabetes class

BELFAST — Seventy-nine million people in the United States have pre-diabetes. If you are one of them or fear you might be, consider attending the class, Investing in a Future without Diabetes.

Learn what you need to know and actions you can take to reduce your odds of developing diabetes from two certified diabetes educators.

Nurse Sue Maxwell will discuss what pre-diabetes and diabetes are and the tests used to determine whether you have one or the other. She also will talk about setting goals to improve health, including developing a walking or exercise program.

Social worker and dietitian Phyllis Havens will discuss diet changes that can help. She also will talk about stress management and weight loss as self-care strategies.

There will be multiple opportunities to interact, including small group sessions, a handout table and an interactive game.

Investing in a Future without Diabetes will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Waldo County General Hospital Education Center.

The presentation is free, but preregistration is requested by calling Barbara Crowley, Learning Resource coordinator, 930-2650, or email her at bcrowley@wcgh.org.

Light refreshments, coffee and tea will be served.

Hospital honored

ROCKPORT — Pen Bay Medical Center has been recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through the American Heart Association-American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines program.

Pen Bay is among the hospitals featured in a special advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report (August issue) to commemorate receipt of the Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. To receive the highest honor, the Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award, Pen Bay maintained 85 percent or greater compliance with Get With the Guidelines measures for 24 consecutive months.

Get With the Guidelines is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for heart and stroke patients using the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. More than 1,400 hospitals participate in the program. For more information, visit http://www.heart.org/quality.

For more information, visit http://www.pbmc.org.

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