BANGOR, Maine — A family nurse practitioner at St. Joseph Internal Medicine, whose concern for under-served patients extends from Bangor to Nicaragua, has been named the 2013 Maine Hospital Association Caregiver of the Year.
Miki Macdonald FNP, travels each year, at her own expense, to set up a health clinic for women in Nicaragua. Accompanied by fellow nurses, nursing students and a gynecologist, she helps conduct PAP tests and cervical biopsies.
Here at home, Macdonald is known for championing patients who have unique needs. For example, she made frequent visits to a homebound couple because they needed a very high level of care. Eventually, when both needed long-term care, Macdonald arranged for them to be admitted together to a nursing home.
Nominated by St. Joseph Healthcare President and CEO Mary Prybylo RN, MSN, Macdonald received her award in June at MHA’s Summer Forum at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.
Macdonald’s commitment to caring extends to her community. She has volunteered her services at Shaw House, a shelter for homeless teens in Bangor. Earlier in her career, she gave presentations on cancer prevention to Chicago inner city groups in both Spanish and English. Macdonald and her husband maintain a public flower garden in downtown Bangor that was planted in memory of Charlie Howard, who died there in 1984 as the result of a hate crime.
In addition, she has advocated for patients at both the Maine State House and at the White House.