LINCOLN, Maine — Penobscot Valley Hospital has begun offering a twice-monthly urology clinic as the latest in a series of additions that includes full-time orthopedic surgical services for the first time in its history, hospital officials said Tuesday.
Urologist Dr. Jeffrey Graham, formerly of a Bangor practice, began running the clinic this week. He sees patients the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. He joins Dr. Philip Scaglione, the hospital’s first full-time general orthopedic surgeon, who began work at the Lincoln hospital in mid-March, said Kristie Libby, the hospital’s marketing and fund development manager.
Several new pieces of equipment have been ordered to complement the new offerings or to bolster other services, Libby said.
“It is a good testament that shows that the hospital is really going forward with our mission,” Libby said Tuesday. “It shows that we are listening to our community and trying our best to provide all of the services the community wants.”
The other new offerings include:
• A new C-ARM machine that allows Scaglione and other doctors to do low-dose X-rays on patients during surgery to allow the doctors to almost instantly assess a patient’s condition. The surgical staff involved wear lead vests to protect themselves as a precaution, but the radiation does not harm patients.
“The staff stays right there the whole time,” Libby said.
• A top-line mammography machine and high-definition digitizer that allows three-dimensional renderings of new scans and converts two-dimensional films into 3D images. No other facility in northern Penobscot County has one, Libby said.
The new machine allows for 24-hour turnaround on test results, which “improves comfort for the patient,” Libby said.
With most analog mammography machines, it takes three or four days to turn around test results, she said.
• Dr. Glenn Deyo joined the hospital staff early last month as its second general surgeon. Formerly of Tacoma, Wash., the Texas native has completed several thousand laparoscopic procedures and has a special interest in gastroesophageal reflux disease. He also performs other laparoscopic surgical procedures, including cholecystectomy, colectomy, adrenalectomy, herniorrhaphy and splenectomy. He also does thyroid, parathyroid and breast surgery, officials said.
Workers spent a year searching for someone with Deyo’s qualifications, hospital CEO David Shannon said.
“We wanted to be sure we hired just the right person. With nearly 30 years of experience in General Surgery and his history as a pioneer in laparoscopic procedures, Dr. Deyo is that person,” Shannon said in a statement.