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CMMC Opens new Emergency Department

CMMC Opens new Emergency Department

On Wednesday, February 9th CMMC held an open house to celebrate the completion of Phase One of the new Emergency Department. The new CMMC Emergency Department is the latest chapter in CMMC's long history of serving the region's emergency and trama care needs. Designed with the input of CMMC's emergency care providers-including Lanny Oliver, M.D., and Peggy McRae, R.N., medical director and manager, respectively, of the CMMC Emergency Department-the new facility extends a legacy that spans some 150 years.

Mended Hearts February 10

“Lifevest” will be the topic of discussion at the February 10 meeting of Mended Hearts at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston.
LifeVest is a wearable defibrillator for treating sudden cardiac arrest. It offers patients advanced protection and monitoring as well as improved quality of life.
Unlike an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), LifeVest is worn outside the body rather than implanted in the chest. The device monitors the patient's heart with dry, non-adhesive sensing electrodes to detect life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms. If a life-threatening rhythm is detected, the device alerts the patient prior todelivering a treatment shock, thus allowing a conscious patient to disarm the treatment shock.

STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION & AWARENESS MONTH

STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION & AWARENESS MONTH

Every year, thousands of teenagers across the State of Maine experience dating violence.  February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in youth relationships and promote programs that focus on prevention. The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault are calling on Mainers to help recognize this important month, not only for youth in Maine, but for communities statewide.

Dating violence is “controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It occurs in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships and can include verbal, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or a combination of these behaviors.”  Dating violence often starts with what may seem like minor behavior, such as teasing and name calling.

Bed Bug Forum for Professionals Scheduled for February 4th

Bed Bug Forum for Professionals Scheduled for February 4th

The Lewiston-Auburn Public Health Committee (LAPHC) will be hosting a half-day conference on February 4, 2011 (snow date February 9th) entitled, "Preventing and Eradicating Bed Bugs . . . A Forum for Professionals." The forum will be held at Bates College - Chase Hall from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 
It was the recent consensus of the LA Public Health Committee to respond to local concerns about bed bugs.  Those invited to the forum include landlords of multi-unit buildings, exterminators, public building managers, hospital and healthcare professionals, and social service providers.
 
Rene Dumont of St. Mary's Health System & Co-Chair of LAPHC, notes,  "The Lewiston-Auburn Public Health Committee is pleased to sponsor the bed bug forum on February 4.

Dempsey Center offers cancer education for kids

LEWISTON – The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center is offering a free workshop for kids ages 5-12 and their caregivers who have a family member or loved one affected by cancer. “Cancer Education for Kids” will take place Monday, Feb. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Dempsey Center, 10 High Street, Lewiston, Suite 303.
 
The educational workshop will discuss what cancer is, what it looks like and address common questions. The session will culminate with a field trip to the hospital to explore the inner workings of radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
 
Registration is available by phone or online. Please call 795-8250, toll-free 1-877-336-7287 or visit www.dempseycenter.org.

Advocates for Children will hold a Nurturing Fathers Program

Advocates for Children will hold a Nurturing Fathers Program beginning on Thursday, Feb. 10. It will be held at the Toy Library on 134 College St., Lewiston. The 13-session workshop will be held from 4:45 to 7:15 p.m., with a light dinner provided. The program is free and is designed for any father or “expecting” dad. To register, call Kim Desso at 783-3990, ext. 224, by Feb. 4.

The program is open to any father who wishes to explore attitudes and skills relevant to male nurturance. A “nurturing father” is defined by the program as “a man who actively provides guidance, love and support to enhance the development and growth of children for whom he cares.”
Concepts that will be included in program will include the history of fathering, nurturing oneself and others, barriers to being a nurturing father, discipline strategies, nurturing sons and daughters, and developing teamwork and nurturing practices with your partner.

Youth Mural Unveiling at Healthy Androscoggin

Youth Mural Unveiling at Healthy Androscoggin

LEWISTON - Healthy Androscoggin will be unveiling a mural created with youth from Androscoggin County that depicts their view of what a healthy community should look like.  Healthy Androscoggin and local artist Sherie Blumenthal worked with youth all across Androscoggin County to put the mural together over the past year.  The mural project is reflective of the overall mission of the agency which is to empower people and improve the public health of our communities through planning, community action, education, and advocacy. 

The mural unveiling will take place at an Open House being held at the
Healthy Androscoggin offices at 136 East Ave. in Lewiston.    The public
are invited to come to the Open House which will run from 4 pm to 6 pm.