Southern Maine hospital offers program to help people manage heart health problems

Posted April 08, 2013, at 2:02 p.m.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Southern Maine Medical Center is joining forces with the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center to answer your questions about heart failure through a program entitled “The Beat Goes On.” The series will teach skills to help individuals with heart health problems manage their condition or connect with others. Classes will be held 1:30-3 p.m. Thursdays, April 25-May 23, at SMMC PrimeCare Physicians, 9 Healthcare Drive.

Topics for “The Beat Goes On” include:

• You Can Do This: Self-Management Skills for Living Well with Heart Failure;

• Eating Well with Heart Failure: Get the Low Down on Salt;

• Pills and Me: Understanding the World of Heart Failure Medicines;

• Pump it Up: Exercising with Heart Failure; and

• Ahhhh: Managing the Stress of Heart Failure.

The cost to participate is $5 per person for the entire series. Scholarships are available. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For information or to pre-register, call 1-866-609-5183.

NorDx enhances clinical laboratory diagnostic services

PORTLAND, Maine — NorDx, Northern Diagnostic Laboratories, a member of MaineHealth, recently announced the acquisition of Sysmex XN-Series Automated Hematology Analyzers. NorDx and MaineHealth are the first clinical laboratories in the country to acquire the new Sysmex XN-Series hematology analyzers. The analyzers enhance the clinical laboratories’ turnaround times for patient blood counts results, enabling physicians and other health care professionals to treat patients sooner, according to Stan Schofield, NorDx president and senior vice president of MaineHealth. The analyzers also offer unique advantages for testing both normal and abnormal hematology samples.

NorDx is accredited by the College of American Pathologists and offers a full range of laboratory services to multiple hospital sites, physician practices, and long-term care facilities in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The acquisition of the Sysmex XN-Series automated hematology analyzers also helps NorDx and MaineHealth address cost and labor pressures, including projected shortage of medical technologists, increasing workload demands and the testing complexity of an aging population.

Diabetes Support Group meeting for April

PITTSFIELD, Maine — Kelsey Cler, health educator with the MaineGeneral Prevention Center in Waterville, will be the guest speaker at the Sebasticook Valley Health Diabetes Support Group meeting, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the SVH Administration Building, 130 Leighton St. Cler will discuss safe storage and disposal of prescription medications.

For information, call 487-4000 (TTY 487-4590).

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