Woodlands honored

Posted Nov. 02, 2011, at 1:07 p.m.

BREWER — Woodlands Assisted Living was recently honored by Beacon Hospice for its staff’s commitment to excellence in end-of-life care for their residents.

The award was presented on Oct. 19 by Beverly Wilson, director of operations, Beacon Hospice, at a special ceremony recognizing the professional contributions of the Woodlands Assisted Living team to caring for the terminally ill.

Woodlands Assisted Living of Brewer was nominated for the award because of their demonstrated ability, expertise, and performance in professional teamwork with a hospice provider; effective continuing education; compassionate assessment of patients and promoting access to the hospice benefit.

The award was received by Benjamin Smith, executive director, Woodlands Assisted Living.

Children’s art on display

BANGOR — Local schoolchildren’s talent is on display in the St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Department. Art in the ED is the name of the new program launched to help alleviate the fears of young hospital visitors, as well as recognize the talent of local schoolchildren.

The St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Department treats hundreds of children every year. Coming to the hospital can be stressful and scary to youngsters, particularly in an emergency. To help calm pediatric patients and create a colorful and inviting space, Art in the ED will feature student artwork on display in the pediatric waiting area.

Center Drive School in Orrington is the first school to participate in the new program. Students in grades one through seven have generously shared their work to help make the pediatric waiting area more comfortable for their peers. Each artist’s name and the school are on display, and each child will receive a special certificate for their work and generosity in sharing it with St. Joseph Healthcare to help other children. Children and their families are welcome to stop by the Emergency Department at any time to view their work while it is on display.

The St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Department is equipped to handle pediatric emergencies of all types, including a crib specifically dedicated to the Emergency Department and supplies to care for even the smallest of children. St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Department nurses are Pediatric Advanced Life Support, PALS, trained, and the ED’s board-certified emergency physicians are trained to care for acute pediatric problems including emergencies.

Health care expert

BREWER — There perhaps is no other topic that has led to more impassioned discussions than that of health care. From access and cost, to insurance and reform, health care affects everyone.

EMHS and Husson University are cosponsoring a very special breakfast with author T.R. Reid, a former reporter with The Washington Post and commentator for National Public Radio. Reid’s book, “The Healing of America — A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care,” is a New York Times best-seller and chronicles Reid’s journey around the world seeking treatment for an injured shoulder. His journey sheds light on systems of health care, and his opinion on what works and what does not. “The Healing of America” raises important issues about our national health delivery system and ways it could be improved.

Reid’s knowledge of health care delivery and his ability to have a conversation with his audience will make for an entertaining and informing discussion at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Husson’s Gracie Theatre. Registration and breakfast hors d’oeuvres begin at 7:15 am.

The event is free; however attendees must preregister by calling Julie Green at 941-7129, or emailing greenj@husson.edu.

Physical disabilities support

BANGOR — The Physical Disabilities Support Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Winterberry Heights, 932 Ohio St.

The group is open to people with disabilities, family, friends, caregivers and others interested. Participants are welcome to bring something for the potluck meal at 5 p.m.

Youth in Motion

BANGOR — Youth in Motion, an activities program for youngsters who use wheelchairs, will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Bangor Parks and Recreation, 647 Main St.

Extra wheelchairs are provided so that siblings of the participants may take part in the activities, too. Youth in Motion is sponsored by Alpha One, which helps provide independent living services to people with disabilities.

For information on Youth in Motion, call 942-6720.

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