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Posted Oct. 10, 2013, at 8:35 a.m.

AUGUSTA — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reminds women that regular screening mammograms are critical in diagnosing and beginning treatment of the disease.

Women age 50 to 74 should have a screening mammogram every two years, while women age 40 to 49 should talk to a doctor about when and how often to have the screening.

The Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health and Colorectal Cancer Control Programs can

provide information about cancer screening tests and has some resources available for free

cancer screenings. Women must be age 40 or older and meet financial and other program criteria. For information, call 800-350-5180 or 287-8068; TTY users call Maine Relay 711.

For information, go to maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/population-health/bcp/.

 

Named to 20 in 20 list

BANGOR — Penobscot Community Health Care announced that Dr. Robert P. Allen, executive medical director, was named to Maine Health Management Coalition’s 20 in 20 list of influential health care leaders. He is slated to receive the award at coalition’s annual Symposium on Oct. 10.

The contest, which opened in June, was held in commemoration of Maine Health

Management Coalition’s 20th anniversary, and sought to recognize individuals from around the state who have made significant contributions to the coalition’s goals of improving population health, experience of care and cost of health care services in Maine. The winners were selected from a pool of applicants across the state and were judged by a panel of national health care improvement specialists.

Allen previously was with Northeast Cardiology Associates for 30 years.

New office building

BANGOR — St. Joseph Healthcare announced that is has made a donation of building materials and a $1,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor. The materials are being salvaged from a St. Joseph Healthcare property adjacent to the St. Joseph Healthcare Park at 900 Broadway, which will be the site of a new medical office building.

Hospital officials said the new 23,000-square-foot building is being constructed to better meet the area’s healthcare needs. Many of the St. Joseph physician practices will be consolidated in that one location.

The Clift Darling House property was home to St. Joseph Community Networks and Foundation, which is relocating to the former Felician Sisters residence on Congress Street. The new suite of offices will retain the Clift Darling House name.

An official groundbreaking event for the new medical office building at the St. Joseph Healthcare Park will be held 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at 900 Broadway. The public is invited to the celebration, which will feature popcorn, hot cider, fun activities for the children and more.

 

Boot Camp for Dads

BANGOR — Penquis Maine Families and Eastern Maine Medical Center will host Boot Camp For New Dads 6-9 P.M. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Eastern Maine Medical Center. For those planning ahead, another class will be held Jan. 22.

The workshop offers first time fathers-to-be a chance to talk with experienced dads who bring their own babies. The workshop is designed for dads-to-be who are in the last trimester of pregnancy. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

To register or for information, call Denise Trafton, Penquis Maine Families, at 974-2488 or Pam Smedick Houston, EMMC, at 973-8674.

Chief nursing officer

BANGOR — Wayne Steller of Hermon was named vice president and chief nursing officer of Acadia Hospital, effective Sept. 18. He has served as interim chief nursing officer since June 16.

In addition to his executive duties, Steller, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, will continue periodically to provide direct patient care services.

Steller is a board certified adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 33 years of experience, including 21 years at Acadia Hospital. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and has been a frequent speaker on a variety of mental health issues.

 

Affordable Care Act information

BANGOR — Bjorn Streubel, certified navigator, Waldo Community Action Partners, will speak on “The Affordable Care Act and the Individual,” 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Unitarian-Universalist Society of Bangor, Dorothy Memorial Hall, 120 Park St.

The talk, a community conversation, is free and open to all.

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