News - 2016

  • EMMC University Medicine/Cutler Health Center Opening Delayed 12/30/2016

    EMMC University Medicine/Cutler Health Center on the University of Maine campus will be closed until at least noon today. University Medicine staff has been calling patients who have morning appointments to reschedule. If it is determined that the closure will extend into the afternoon, staff will be calling affected patients this morning. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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  • EMMC Cancer Care joins Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative EMHS also becomes Dana-Farber Affiliat 12/14/2016

    EMMC Cancer Care, located at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center, is the newest member of the Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative. Participation in the Collaborative reflects a demonstrated commitment to excellence by meeting a wide array of standards and best practices.

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  • EMMC Cancer Care joins Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative EMHS also becomes Dana-Farber Affiliat 12/14/2016

    EMMC Cancer Care, located at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center, is the newest member of the Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative. Participation in the Collaborative reflects a demonstrated commitment to excellence by meeting a wide array of standards and best practices.

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  • EMMC and Maine Discovery Museum December Education Session to Focus on Sleep Behaviors in Children 12/07/2016

    EMMC and Maine Discovery Museum December Education Session to Focus on Sleep Behaviors in Children

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  • Free Car Seat Safety Checks to be offered in Bangor 11/22/2016

    On the heels of a highly successful September car seat safety check event, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Safe Kids Maine, and Quirk Chevrolet are offering free safety checks on Saturday, December 10.

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  • EMMC Collaborative Art Piece Created by Employees Unveiled 11/15/2016

    (Bangor, Maine) – When EMMC’s Penobscot Pavilion opened in June, nearly 800 employees and volunteers commemorated the occasion by adding their thumbprints to an art canvas. Franklin Manzo Jr., database specialist, Performance Improvement/Data Management, offered to lead staff members in the interactive art piece, proposing a concept symbolizing the many helping hands it takes to care for patients and embrace the future of healthcare through EMMC’s Modernization Project.

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  • Maine Discovery Museum, EMMC Kick Off Monthly Education Sessions with Focus on Children’s Allergies 11/14/2016

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  • EMMC Recognizes World Stroke Day by Highlighting Lifesaving Tips 10/28/2016

    Time is the worst enemy for anyone who is experiencing a stroke, but with a quick response, it’s possible to save a life. EMMC is recognizing World Stroke Day by raising awareness about what to look for and how to respond if a stroke is suspected.

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  • EMMC Children’s Health Hosts Open House Filled with Halloween Family Fun 10/25/2016

    EMMC Children’s Health Hosts Open House Filled with Halloween Family Fun

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  • EMMC Appoints New Medical Director of Stroke Care 10/20/2016

    Eastern Maine Medical Center recently named Gillian Gordon Perue, MBBS, DM, consultant neurologist and stroke physician, as the new medical director of EMMC Stroke Care.

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  • EMMC Verified as Level II Trauma Center 10/18/2016

    (Bangor, Maine) – Eastern Maine Medical Center has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center after a rigorous review by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
     

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  • New Surgeons Join EMMC Orthopedic Surgical Specialists 10/12/2016

    EMMC Orthopedic Surgical Specialists recently welcomed surgeons Carmen Crofoot, MD, and David Newman, MD, FRCSC. Dr. Crofoot and Dr. Newman, both of whom provide hip and knee surgery as well as general orthopedic services, add to an experienced team that treats a broad spectrum of orthopedic needs.

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  • EMMC Seminars to Focus on Joint and Shoulder Pain, Pelvic Floor Disorder 10/12/2016

    EMMC Seminars to Focus on Joint and Shoulder Pain, Pelvic Floor Disorder

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  • Donna Russell-Cook, FACHE, Appointed EMMC President 10/06/2016

    Deborah Carey Johnson, RN, EMMC’s president and chief executive officer, is pleased to announce that Donna Russell-Cook, FACHE, has been appointed president of Eastern Maine Medical Center. Debbie, who has served as president and CEO of EMMC since 2004, will remain chief executive officer of EMMC and senior vice president of EMHS until her retirement in July, 2017.

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  • EMMC Welcomes New Pediatric Specialty Care Doctors 10/03/2016

    When a child is sick, both the patient and the family appreciate the convenience of having access to a specialist without needing to travel outside of the region. Recognizing an opportunity to improve the availability of pediatric specialty care, Eastern Maine Medical Center has added several new specialists to its team. Pediatric specialties that have been added or expanded include endocrinology, gastroenterology, inpatient care, neurology, and surgery.

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  • EMMC, Safe Kids Maine, Quirk Chevrolet to Hold Free Car Seat Safety Check Event 09/19/2016

    Parents go to great lengths to keep their children safe, but one of the easiest ways to reduce the chance of harm, ensuring the proper use of car seats, is often overlooked. Eastern Maine Medical Center is teaming up with Safe Kids Maine to combat one of the leading causes of death among children by holding a free car seat inspection event on Saturday, September 24 from 10am to 1pm at Quirk Chevrolet.

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  • EMMC Takes Important Step to Reduce the Spread of Influenza 09/16/2016

    Thousands of people in the United States die each year from influenza. Beginning with the upcoming flu season, a change in EMMC’s flu prevention policy seeks to decrease the disease’s spread in the hospital and in other healthcare settings.

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  • EMMC Honors Richard Larrabee, CNA, with SUNSHINE Award 09/02/2016

    (Bangor, Maine) – EMMC recently held a ceremony to honor this year’s nursing technicians nominated for the SUNSHINE Award, which stands for Smiling, Understanding, and Nurturing while Sharing a Helping hand In Nursing Excellence. This year’s winner is Richard Larrabee, CNA, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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  • The EMMC Auxiliary Proudly Presents its Twelfth Annual Kitchen Tour 09/01/2016

    Saturday, October 1, promises to be an afternoon of food, fun, and fabulous kitchens as the EMMC Auxiliary presents its annual Kitchen Tour. Now in year 12, this year’s tour includes a mix of six interesting and unique kitchens, all new to the tour -- three in Bangor, two in Holden, and one on Phillips Lake in Dedham. The tour runs 12 noon – 4 pm. 

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  • EMMC Welcomes Cardiologist Eddy Karnabi, MD, PhD, FASE 08/22/2016

    (Bangor, Maine) – EMMC Northeast Cardiology Associates welcomes Eddy Karnabi, MD, PhD, FASE, to our team of cardiologists. Dr. Karnabi, who prefers patients and colleagues call him by his first name, Eddy, began seeing patients at the end of July.

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  • EMMC Heart Care Challenges Folk Festival-Goers to 10,000 Steps 08/16/2016

    (Bangor, Maine) – We all know that being active is an important part to keeping your heart healthy, and with that in mind, EMMC Heart Care has a special challenge for everyone at this year’s American Folk Festival, August 26-28.

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  • Healthy Living: Sidelined: Coping with an Athletic Injury 08/15/2016

    Injuries can be devastating to individuals who are consistently active and are training for an event or ongoing participation in a sport. The physical repercussions are usually apparent, but the emotional and psychological stress is often less obvious. Athletes can quickly experience a feeling of social disconnect when they are injured, especially when they are accustomed to being part of a community of athletes.

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  • Healthy Living: Heat-related Illnesses- Recognize and Act Fast 08/15/2016

    It’s that time of year from mid-July to late-August when heat waves and the humidity arrive to give us almost no reprieve from the sweltering conditions. With it comes the increased risk of developing a heat-related illness, especially when outside for long periods of time.

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  • Healthy Living: Concussions and Our Young Athletes 08/15/2016

    Concussions have created huge headlines over the past few years for not only many professional sports leagues, but also youth leagues and high school athletics. There are between 1.6 and 3.8 million concussions in the U.S. every single year, 66 percent of which occur during game play. How can we as parents, coaches, administrators and medical providers help athletes avoid playing while concussed? One of the best ways is by educating our young athletes, parents, and coaches about concussions and the health risks it may cause by playing while symptomatic.

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  • Salute! 08/08/2016

    The Acadia Hospital and EMMC Clinical Research Center have been recognized as a lead performer enrolling patients in the AZTherapies' clinical trial.

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  • EMMC Operating Rooms Go Green with Single Sort Recycling 07/19/2016

    A highly successful pilot project at Eastern Maine Medical Center focused on reducing waste shows that caring for the environment is one of the best ways to ensure a better future for our patients. Over the last year, in just two surgical suites, EMMC’s employees recycled 1.5 tons of waste and now the department is set to make an even bigger impact by rolling out the initiative to all of the hospital’s operating rooms.
     
     

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  • Eastern Maine Medical Center Named 2016 Most Wired for Using Technology for a Better Patient Experie 07/11/2016

    Technology is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions. As a recipient of the 2016 HealthCare’s Most Wired® Award from the American Hospital Association, Eastern Maine Medical Center is leading the way by introducing new, interactive technology that benefits patients in the recently-opened Penobscot Pavilion.

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  • EMMC Seminar to Focus on Removal of Excess Skin after Weight Loss 06/15/2016


    Significant weight loss is a tremendous achievement that can truly transform a person’s health and well-being. There can be a downside, however: lots of extra, loose skin that can cause health issues and prevent people from looking and feeling their best. On Tuesday, June 28, EMMC will hold a seminar to answer questions and provide more information on the topic, including a discussion of the options available to remove the extra skin.

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  • Young Scientists to Meet with Well-Known Nobel Insider at EMMC 06/10/2016

    Young Scientists to Meet with Well-Known Nobel Insider at EMMC

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  • A Nobel Story – Renowned Nobel Prize Chair Emeritus to Deliver Presentation 06/07/2016

    Winning a Nobel Prize is the pinnacle of achievement in the areas of physics, chemistry, physiology, medicine, literature, and peace. While most people know that the Nobel Prize is an international award that recognizes remarkable work, few know how Nobel Laureates are selected and the fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about the prize.

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  • EMMC and Bangor Historical Society Celebration to Focus on History and Family Fun 05/30/2016

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  • EMMC Welcomes New Cancer Research Director 05/15/2016

    Helen Hsu, MD, MS, recently joined EMMC Cancer Care as director of the Oncology Research Program. Dr. Hsu has over 20 years of experience as an executive in program leadership, clinical research development, medical affairs, monitoring, and quality management. She has successfully designed and carried through many national and global clinical trials in oncology and other therapeutic areas. She brings a wealth of knowledge and skills across the full spectrum of biomedical research from bench to bedside, and ultimately from bedside to community.

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  • Danielle Lawson, BSN, RN-BC, Honored with Nurse Excellence Award 05/06/2016

    Danielle Lawson, BSN, RN-BC, charge nurse, Merritt 3 Surgical, is the 2016 recipient of the Nurse Excellence Award. She graduated with an associate degree in Nursing from Eastern Maine Community College in 2003.

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  • Unsung Heroes of Surgery 05/04/2016

    Everyone expects surgical instruments to be clean, but to make sure they are the necessary level of clean for patient care requires much more than just soap and water. In June, a key behind-the-scenes function in the hospital that exists for the purpose of keeping patients safe will have a new space created for the sterilization of surgical instruments and equipment.

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  • EMMC Trees to Provide Comfort, Feeling of Home in New Lobby 05/02/2016

    When EMMC opens the doors to the new Penobscot Pavilion on June 7, patients and visitors will be welcomed by a healing environment that will make them feel comfortable and ease anxiety.

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  • Local Surgeon Co-Edits New Edition of Orthopedic Reference Text 04/04/2016

    EMMC Sports Health orthopedic surgeon Stephen Thompson, MD, MEd, FRCSC, is co-editor-in-chief of the recently-released seventh edition of “Miller’s Review of Orthopaedics,” a foundational orthopedic resource for medical residents and practitioners. Under the direction of Dr. Thompson and his co-editor, much of the new edition of the text underwent a complete revision.

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  • EMMC and Local High Schools Work Together to Fill a Need for Athletic Trainers On and Off the Field 03/24/2016

    EMMC and Local High Schools Work Together to Fill a Need for Athletic Trainers On and Off the Field

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  • EMMC Seminar Offers Hope for Patients with Weight Issues 03/14/2016

    Less than 5 percent of people who need to lose a significant amount of weight can lose it and maintain the weight loss on their own. For many individuals carrying 100 pounds of excess weight, the answer may be weight loss surgery. Community members who have struggled with their weight and would like to learn more about weight loss surgery are invited to a free educational seminar offered by EMMC Surgical Weight Loss on Tuesday, March 15 in Bangor.

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  • EMMC Breastfeeding Station at Women’s Expo 03/10/2016

    Nursing mothers may struggle to find private places to feed their baby in public. This year, EMMC is ensuring this comfort is available to attendees of the What Women Want Expo on March 12 by offering a private breastfeeding station.

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  • EMMC Receives Distinction for Joint Care 03/07/2016

    Patients who walk the same day of joint surgery recover faster, go home sooner, and have fewer complications. Eastern Maine Medical Center patients walk within 12 hours of a joint replacement procedure 95 percent of the time, an achievement that was highlighted during an on-site review by The Joint Commission, an independent organization that recently re-certified EMMC’s Joint Center of Excellence.

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  • EMMC Celebrates Heart Month with Awareness Activities 02/18/2016

    (Bangor, Maine) — Every day in Maine, an average of nine people die from cardiovascular disease or stroke. Knowing that education saves lives, this National Heart Month, EMMC is raising awareness with events for patients, staff, and the community.

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  • EMMC First in State to Offer New Life-Changing Surgeries for Pediatric Patients 02/18/2016

    EMMC First in State to Offer New Life-Changing Surgeries for Pediatric Patients 

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  • EMMC First in Maine to “Light Up” Tissue During Robot-Assisted Surgery with Fluorescence Imaging 02/17/2016

    Eastern Maine Medical Center recently became the first hospital in Maine to use fluorescence imaging during robot-assisted surgery, an advancement that provides surgeons with better visualization of tissue and blood vessels and may lead to fewer complications.

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  • EMMC, CMMC Partner on Blood Supply Initiative 01/30/2016

    In February, Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) and Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) will begin working together to purchase blood and blood products through an affiliation with Seattle-based nonprofit Bloodworks Northwest. Bloodworks will supply Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston as well as its affiliated hospitals and will continue to be the primary supplier for EMMC and other EMHS hospitals, as it has been since 2013.

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  • EMMC, RSU 22 Collaborate on School-Based Health Center 01/25/2016

    Primary care is the foundation for maintaining a healthy community, and there are many children who may not have regular access to a primary care provider. Recognizing this issue, leaders at Eastern Maine Medical Center and RSU 22 came together to create the RSU 22 School-Based Health Center. The center is a place where students can be seen for health concerns, while staying right at Hampden Academy.

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  • Pediatric Gastroenterologist Joins EMMC 01/12/2016

    EMMC is pleased to welcome pediatric gastroenterologist Ajay Rana, MD, to its growing team of specialty physicians who care for children and adolescents. As the area’s only pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Rana fills an important need in the community.

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  • Grant Facilitates Cancer Research Collaboration in Maine, Improves Access to Research Tools 01/08/2016

    Cancer researchers will have easier access to biological samples used to conduct leading-edge research that may lead to new cancer treatments thanks to a Maine Cancer Foundation grant that will enhance collaboration between Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) and Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) Cancer Care. Each organization will receive $200,000 to improve their biorepositories (also known as biobanks), which are programs that distribute biospecimens (patient tissue samples) to researchers. These awards also fund a new web portal that streamlines the process researchers use to request and acquire samples.

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