New CMMC faculty

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions has appointed several new faculty members, according to Susan Baltrus, the school's acting president.

Dana Law-Ham, M.S.N., R.N,. F.N.P., has a passion for teaching nursing students. Law-Ham is an experienced nurse practitioner and college instructor; she¹s worked in obstetrics, pediatrics, and oncology. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Oncology Nursing Society, and the National Education Association; she is a CMMC GEMS (Growth, Enthusiasm, Motivation, and Spirit) recipient. Law-Ham is a content reviewer for nursing textbooks.
Her master¹s degree is from the University of Lowell, Lowell, Mass.

Deana Renander, B.S,N., R.N., is a certified childbirth educator with experience in obstetrics, medical-surgical, and hospice. Renander is accredited in advanced cardiac life support and neonatal and pediatric advanced life support.

Upcoming wellness programs

Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning November 1:
Bellydancing ­ Imari (a.k.a. Lisa Cummings) will lead this six-week series presenting bellydancing as a therapeutic, energetic and beautiful cardiovascular exercise suitable for all ages and body types. Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m
Cardio Sculpt and Sweat ­ This ongoing series combines low-impact moves with weight training targeting major muscle groups while addressing hard to reach spots. The routine includes extensive floor work. Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Ian Barclay.
Circuit Training ­ This class incorporates personal training with weights, machines and cardiovascular exercise in a group setting. Circuit rotation focuses on a different muscle group for one minute at each of 10 stations, with trainer Sharon Bergeron guiding each step of the way.

EMS program November 4


Central Maine Medical Center will host a Community Outreach Conference on November 4.

The program will cover advances in heart disease treatment, with a special focus on women and heart disease. A segment on asthma care will also be presented.

Continuing education hours (CEHs) are available for emergency medical services (EMS) participants.

Leading off the schedule of events will be William Phillips, M.D., medical director of cardiology at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute. He will discuss ³Developments in Cardiology at CMHVI², including the results of the heart attack program at CMMC-CMHVI.

His presentation will address ³door-to-balloon time², the time between a patient¹s arrival at a hospital and the reopening of the blood vessel causing the heart attack.

Dempsey Center offers Family Game Night

LEWISTON – The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center is offering a free workshop for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers titled Nourish Your Soul.
The workshop, part of the ongoing Growing through Cancer series, is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 8 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at 12 High St., Lewiston, conference room A.
Presenter Marcy Covey will introduce a combination of physical and attitudinal approaches that can assist those who are feeling depleted or stuck in life.
Pre-registration is available by calling the Dempsey Center at 795-8250, toll-free 1-877-336-7287 or online at

Lewiston/Auburn VA Clinic Moving Forward

Congressman Mike Michaud, Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded a contract for the construction of the new VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), which will be located at 15 Challenger Drive in Lewiston, just off the Lewiston exit of the Maine Turnpike.  CD Smith Construction, which is the same company working on the new Bangor CBOC, was selected by the VA for the construction of the Lewiston CBOC.

“I have been working with the VA to make sure that this project stays on track and gets up and running as soon as possible,” said Michaud.  “I am pleased that the VA is moving forward with construction, and I will continue to monitor their progress.  Our veterans, in particular our older veterans who have difficulty traveling to Togus, have waited long enough for VA services closer to home.”

According to the VA, the new CBOC will be a one-story building that wi

More than 4,000 registered for Dempsey Challenge

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- More than 4,000 people have registered for this weekend's Dempsey Challenge to raise money for a center that helps families cope with cancer.

It's the second year of the fundraiser, started by "Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey. He's from Buckfield.

He launched the challenge last year with a bike ride to raise money for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

This year's event has been expanded to two days. There will be walking and running events Saturday and bicycle rides through central Maine between 10 and 100 miles on Sunday.