HEALTH NEWS

Posted July 17, 2013, at 9:48 a.m.

New staff member

BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Community Health Care announce that Laura Connors, physician assistant, has joined the medical staff of PCHC’s Community Care and Geriatrics.

Connors received an undergraduate degree from Rivier University and a master’s degree in physician assistant Studies from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science.

Before joining PCHC, Connors received clinical training at hospitals in Maine and New Hampshire, and additional experience in orthopedics.

For information, call 945-5247.

 

Grade ‘A’ safety score

BANGOR, Maine —  St. Joseph Healthcare was recognized recently with an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The ‘A’ score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score. The letter scores assigned to U.S. hospitals are based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

St. Joseph Healthcare was also a 2012 recipient of the Grade ‘A’ award from the Leapfrog Group.

 

BRADLEY, Maine — The Greater Bangor Area Parkinson’s Support Group will hold its annual picnic on 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, July 21, on Chemo Pond at the home of Larry and Bonnie Bragg, 7 Mallard Lane, Bradley. Bring a salad or dessert to share.  For information, call Bonnie at 843-5908.

 

Psychiatric center now tobacco-free

BANGOR, Maine — Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center announced on July 1 that it now is a tobacco-free

campus.

Superintendent Sharron Sprague said, “Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in this country,” she said. “We are a healthcare institution and our job is to save lives and prevent disease, so becoming 100 percent tobacco-free not only makes sense, but it is key to our mission and our vision as part of the Bangor community.”

Neither smoking nor tobacco use will be allowed on the center’s campus and staff will

be expected to leave hospital grounds to use tobacco products.  Patients will not be allowed to

leave the hospital to smoke or use tobacco at any time.

Sprague said she and her staff are committed to doing all they can to help people adapt to the

policy. Patients will have a chance to discuss medication options with their doctors and receive

individualized assistance, while a tobacco treatment specialist is available to employees.

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