BANGOR — Last year, Eastern Maine Medical Center connected more than 500 patients with a free interpreter service, to ensure that patients and care providers were able to communicate effectively. Previously, patients may have had to wait for interpreters to travel to the hospital.
EMMC care providers use iPads to connect patients with medically trained interpreters via video chat. Ten languages are available through the video service. More than 198 languages are available through an audio conference.
The video chat service is available to patients at the EMMC Healthcare Mall, EMMC Cancer Care and EMMC’s State Street campus.
Another EMHS affiliate, Acadia Hospital, will implement the service within the next few months, EMMC officials said.
Varicose Veins Seminar
BANGOR — In response to the turnout at its January educational seminar on varicose veins, EMMC will hold a similar event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the Hilton Garden Inn. Spider veins also will be discussed at the seminar conducted by Dr. Ashley Robertson and Dr. Mona Li.
A dinner of sandwiches, soup, salad and dessert will be served.
Registration is required for the free seminar by visiting varicoseveins.emmc.org or calling 973-6670.
Heart failure clinic
Eastern Maine Medical Center recently announced that it has introduced supportive care, for patients with life-threatening illnesses such as congestive heart failure, at its congestive heart failure clinic.
“The EMMC Supportive Care team has done tremendous work over the years providing supportive care to cancer patients,” said Dr. Alan Jansujwicz, the EMMC Northeast Cardiology Associates cardiologist leading the clinic. The addition of end of life care to a congestive heart failure clinic is a relatively uncommon but much needed component, he said.
In the fall, Jansujwicz expects to continue the clinic’s expansion by enhancing inpatient services at the hospital.
For information on EMMC’s congestive heart failure clinic, watch a video at emmc.org/heart_center.aspx?id=117376.
VEAZIE — Josephine Cirrinone will talk about community resources for caregivers 1-2 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Veazie Town Office, Main Street. The event is sponsored by Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Call 889-3031 to register. The event is free.