Top 10 percent nationally
ROCKPORT — Pen Bay Medical Center ranked in the top 10 percent in quality and safety among the more than 1,000 hospitals, in 43 states, that participated in a 2011 survey by the Leapfrog Group. Pen Bay also ranked fourth out of 37 hospitals in Maine.
“Congratulations to the medical staff and to all Pen Bay employees for helping to produce this very high ranking in both quality and cost savings,” said Roy A. Hitchings Jr., president and CEO of Pen Bay Healthcare.
The 2011 Leapfrog Hospital Recognition Program Summary Report placed Pen Bay in the top tier of hospitals that provide high-quality medical care at a low cost. The Leapfrog survey measured hospital performance based on national standards, including common acute conditions, outcomes for high-risk procedures, hospital-acquired conditions, computerized physician order entry, ICU physician staffing and safe practices as defined by the National Quality Forum.
For information, call http://www.pbmc.org.
CAMDEN — The Camden Public Library and the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor a special Brown Bag Lunch series of speakers on wellness topics at noon beginning Monday, Nov. 14, at the library. The lunches will take place on the second Monday of each month. The wellness series will cover presentations on wellness from mainstream practitioners as well as nontraditional practices.
The first speaker in the series, psychotherapist Gary Chapin, will give a talk on clinical hypnosis and its applications from sports psychology and medicine to treatment for trauma and spiritual development.
“Therapeutic hypnosis as a personal resource is elegant, efficient and powerful,” said Chapin. In addition to simply improving symptoms or difficulties, or completely eliminating them, it can be used as an “art form” by healthy, inquisitive people to explore imagination, creativity, and consciousness. Attendees will be offered instructions for learning self-hypnosis and how to access the naturally occurring process in order to manage emotional distress, unpleasant physical symptoms and to change habits or behaviors.
The next presentation in the Wellness Series, on Monday, Dec. 14, will be nutrition counselor Holly Noonan speaking on “Food, the Holidays and Health.” The series will continue through the winter. Topics already scheduled include Sue Draper on “Herbal Approaches to Wellness” on Jan. 9, Jennifer Ross-Boshes on “Love the Skin You’re In” on Feb. 13, Jacquelyn George on acupuncture on March 12, and more.
For information, call the Camden Public Library at 236-3440.
ROCKPORT — The Midcoast Ostomy Group, a support group for anyone who has had, or will have, ostomy surgery, will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Pen Bay Physicians’ Building, Conference Room C. Mike Rowan, Convatec representative, will be the speaker. Family members, friends and interested people are encouraged to attend. For information, call Wally at 563-8163 or Elaine at 785-5547.