Beacon health news Oct. 27

Posted Oct. 21, 2011, at 10:42 p.m.

Doctor joins family medicine practice

ROCKPORT — Pen Bay Healthcare announced that Dr. Elizabeth vonFelten has joined Dr. Aiofe Redmond-Durow and Family Nurse Practitioner Susan Butterworth at the new Rockport Family Medicine at 731 Commercial St.

VonFelten received a medical degree from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., and did her residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Her special interests are in women’s health and medical dermatology. “It started when I got frustrated with trying to get patients in to see a dermatologist on a timely basis,” she said. “My interest grew when a good friend had an undiagnosed melanoma for months while waiting to get in to see a dermatologist. Fortunately, she seems fine now. I am looking forward to seeing medical dermatology patients here at Rockport Family Medicine.” VonFelten grew up in southern Maine.

For more information, call 701-3900.

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Flu shots

ROCKLAND — Pen Bay Healthcare will offer free flu shots to adults 18 and older 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct, 29, at the Spectrum Generations second annual Day of Wellness on Oct. at Oceanside High School in Rockland. Clinicians from Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice will administer the shots, which will be available first come, first served. There are 300 doses available.

For more information about vaccination for the flu, call Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice at 594-9561. For more information about the Day of Wellness, call Suzanne Dunovent-White, Spectrum Generations, at 596-0339.

New physical therapist

ROCKPORT — Nancy Coyne-Chiras has joined the Pen Bay Outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy Department as a physical therapist with a specialty in vestibular rehabilitation therapy.

Coyne-Chiras has 31 years’ experience in physical therapy. In 1999 she achieved competency in VRT, an evaluation tool designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits.

“I look forward to working with our local physicians in treating patients with vestibular issues,” said Coyne-Chiras. “I chose to work in this community to bring my expertise to an area of need in midcoast Maine, since there are few therapists with competencies here. Neurological and vestibular patients are very challenging, and I hope to assist these patients and share my knowledge with fellow colleagues.”

For more information, call 593-5500. A physician referral is needed for VRT treatment.

Excellence in Action award

ROCKLAND — For the third year in a row, the Knox Center for Long Term Care has received My InnerView’s Excellence in Action award, a national honor recognizing the facility’s commitment to superior customer satisfaction. Nearly 5,500 nursing homes in the country participated in the 2010 satisfaction survey, and the award recognizes providers that performed in the top 10 percent of nursing homes.

“We’re pleased to be recognized for our continued hard work to provide resident- and family-centered care and maintain a high level of satisfaction among those we serve,” said Don Gross, Knox Center administrator.

The Knox Center for Long Term Care is a member of the Pen Bay Healthcare family of services. For more information, visit http://www.knoxcenter.org.

Appreciated

ROCKLAND — The Knox Center for Long Term Care extends appreciation to Lt. Jerry Smith Jr. and the crew of the U.S.Coast Guard cutter Thunder Bay for their recent service project at the Knox Center. Over the course of several days in September, the Thunder Bay crew reshingled the pavilion in the facility’s backyard where residents enjoy picnics and other outdoor events during the summer months. Since adopting the Knox Center as their community project several years ago, the Thunder Bay’s crew has supported the Knox Center’s residents with visits and work projects.

Blood drives

The American Red Cross, Northern New England Blood Services Region, will hold blood drives:

• 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, town hall in Searsport.

•10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, American Legion hall in Unity.

Donors are needed every day to make sure there is an adequate blood supply for patients in need. November will feature a Turkey-A-Day Giveaway at all Red Cross blood drives and donor centers. Each day during November, one donor will be awarded a $50 VISA gift card that can be used toward a Thanksgiving dinner. The prize is not redeemable for cash and is nontransferable.

The American Red Cross Donor Center, 900 B Hammond St. in Bangor, is open for donations 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays; and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month. Donors are encouraged to call 800 RED CROSS or visit http://www. redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.

Mindfulness class

BELFAST — Waldo County General Hospital will offer “Integrating Mindfulness into Work and Personal Life” for health care professionals and teachers 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, at the hospital’s Education Center on Northport Avenue.

Mindfulness is about paying attention to what is happening in the moment and experiencing life as it unfolds.

Participants in the class will have the opportunity practice mindfulness techniques that can be used in the helping professions as well as in personal life. During the first session, attendees will study and practice mindfulness skills. On the second day they explore more deeply the integration of mindfulness into work and personal life.

The instructor will be Nancy Hathaway, a licensed pastoral counselor in the Buddhist tradition and parent-educator with a private practice using the mindfulness approach. She is a senior Dharma teacher of the Cambridge Zen Center and has taught meditation for more than 20 years.

The cost of the course to health care professionals is $110, approved by the Maine Medical Association, and $100 for CEU credits, approved for seven contact hours by the University of Maine.

Registration and payment are due by Wednesday, Nov. 2. For more information, call Crowley at 930-2650 or email bcrowley@wcgh.org.

Bereavement support group

ROCKLAND — Coastal Family Hospice is offering a free, six-week bereavement support group 6-8 p.m. beginning Monday, Oct. 31 through Dec. 5, at Bartlett Woods Retirement Community Library.

The group, limited to 10 participants, is open to anyone who has experienced a loss, regardless of whether the person who died was a hospice patient. Nurse Jean Forest, one of the two facilitators, said, “Our intention is to be companions with each other in this journey of grief.” Rob Gabe is the co-facilitator for the group. Participants will explore thoughts, feelings, questions, and stories in a nonjudgmental environment, providing reassurance, support and assistance in moving forward.

Advance registration is requested. For more information, or to register, call Jean Forest at 230-0838.

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