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Summer day camp at PVH

Students at the first PVH Summer Camp learned about working in the laboratory, information technology, imaging, nursing, physical therapy and many more professions. Applications are due June 25 for this year’s Day Camp.

June 20 - Penobscot Valley Hospital would like to remind area students entering grades 6-12 to apply for the upcoming PVH Healthcare Summer Day Camp held on Friday, July 28. There is NO FEE for students to participate. Applications are due to PVH by June 25 at Paper applications have also been sent out to 850 students in area schools last week. Notification of acceptance to the camp will be made in early July.

This camp will provide students the opportunity to explore healthcare careers in a day camp environment at no cost. Students will participate in hands-on activities and challenges while exploring many healthcare careers.
· Healthcare career exploration with our professional staff
· Healthcare competitions 
· Physical challenges with our physical therapists
· Closing ceremony with your family

Expect a day of fun, excitement and education at Penobscot Valley Hospital!  

Participants enjoy laid-back environment at free weight loss classes

Penobscot Valley Hospital invites you to join us for our free weight loss program called Healthy Me on Thursday June 8, and the second Thursday of each month following.

The Healthy Me sessions are open to all, even those who have not attended a prior session.

Participants have claimed, “The information on exercise and stretching was very helpful, the nutrition lectures are very helpful. The best program I have ever been to. Thank you," and “The instructors are very knowledgeable, sincere, and truly care about the subject matter. One on one interaction is excellent!"

Healthy Me provides all the essentials to embrace healthy lifestyles including free use of the PVH Rehab & Wellness Center gym on Thursday evenings during class. The program provides education on heart rate monitoring, safe exercise options, meal planning and making healthy food choices.
· Reach your goals for weight loss in a supportive environment with guidance from licensed professionals
· Receive personalized support to incorporate aerobic exercise, strength training, and stretching programs into your daily routines
· Learn about personal energy needs & healthy food options

Participants in last year’s classes lost an average of 1lb per week over a 5-week session!

Classes are held the second Thursday of each month at the PVH Rehab & Wellness Center, 37 Main Street, Lincoln from 5:30-7:00pm. Call 794-7228 or visit today for more information on Healthy Me. 

Participants in the Penobscot Valley Hospital Healthy Me program will learn more about healthy lifestyles at this free weight loss program. Healthy Me is open to anyone interested in improving his/her health and runs the 2ndThursday of each month at the PVH Rehab & Wellness Center on Main Street in Lincoln.

New Rehab Services for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

May 24 - Penobscot Valley Hospital is pleased to announce that Occupational Therapist, Kristen Stanley, has obtained certification in the LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) Big Program. LSVT is a program specifically developed for patients with Parkinson’s disease to promote increased functional movement with exercise and balanced-based activity. The LSVT BIG program has documented improved function in people following this specialized treatment, which consists of four sessions per week for four weeks. Kristen is proud to offer this service to our community.

We encourage patients and caregivers to engage in discussions with your primary care provider regarding Parkinson’s Disease treatment. It is strongly recommended that patients with Parkinson’s or other Neuromuscular Disease receive therapy early after diagnosis, rather than waiting for symptom progression. However, it is never too late for patients to benefit. For more information on LSVT, visit

Occupational Therapists assist people of all ages to regain independence in meaningful activities through creative and therapeutic techniques. Specific OT services offered at PVH include:
· stroke rehabilitation
· hand therapy
· upper extremity strengthening
· adaptive equipment training
· pediatric rehabilitation
· splinting

Kristen Stanley, OTR/L graduated from Husson University with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2012. She has experience treating multiple complex medical diagnosis in the inpatient skilled care unit promoting safe return home for patients. She has also provided treatments for various diagnosis in the outpatient setting. Kristen is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the American Society of Hand Therapy and is certified through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and recently received certification in the LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Therapy) Big Program to treat patients with Parkinson's Disease. She is an active volunteer in the community, with recent projects including the Burlington 4-H club, Golden Key Senior Center, and will also be volunteering for House in the Woods in the near future.

Speak with your primary care provider to discuss how occupational therapy might be beneficial for you. Specific questions on OT or the LSVT program can be directed to the PVH Rehab & Wellness Center at 207-794-7228. 

Penobscot Valley Hospital Occupational Therapist Kristen Stanley, OTR/L, has recently received certification in the Lee Silverman Voice Training BIG program to help treat patients with Parkinson’s and other Neuromuscular Diseases.

Learn the Warning Signs of a Stroke

Public Encouraged to Learn Warning Signs, Prevention and Treatment Tips For May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month

May 9 - With more than 795,000 strokes occurring every year in the United States across the age spectrum, it is critical that all Americans adopt preventive lifestyle habits, know the warning signs, and understand the treatment options available to themselves and their loved ones should a stroke occur. May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month—a time for all of us to become more aware of the warnings signs of a stroke.

Although it’s more common in older adults, stroke can affect anyone. In fact, stroke is trending upward in younger Americans. A recent study showed that the rate of stroke increased by
· 147% in people ages 35–39,
· 101% in people ages 40–45,
· 68% in people ages 45–49, and
· 23% in people ages 50–54.

Lifestyle Modifications
Although not all strokes are preventable, certain lifestyle habits can reduce a person’s risk of having a stroke. Factors that work in a person’s favor include maintaining a healthy diet and low cholesterol, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol consumption, and refraining from smoking.

Early Action Is Vital
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 38% of respondents to one survey were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 9-1-1 when someone was having a stroke. Patients who arrive at the emergency room within 3 hours of onset of their first symptoms often have less disability 3 months after a stroke than those who receive delayed care, states the CDC—thus, recognizing the signs and taking quick action is key.

If you suspect someone is having a stroke, act FAST:
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Is one arm weaker?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
Time to act is now if you see any of these signs! Call 9-1-1 right away.

Treatment Transforms
Of the 750,000+ Americans who suffer strokes annually in the U.S., more than 130,000 die. For those who survive a stroke, quality of life is an important issue. In addition to regaining physical abilities such as the ability to walk, get dressed, and bathe independently, one’s capacity to communicate may also be severely damaged by a stroke.

“A person’s ability to communicate is the foundation of just about everything they do, and every interaction they have,” said Stacey White, Penobscot Valley Hospital’s Speech-Language Pathologist. “Beyond just having their basic needs met, the degree to which communication skills are restored affects stroke survivors’ social interactions and relationships, employment status and success, and overall satisfaction and participation in life. Seeking treatment from a speech-language pathologist can make a transformative difference in helping people enjoy a fulfilling life after stroke.”

One of the most common communication challenges that follow a stroke is aphasia, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to understand or produce language. About 25%–40% of stroke survivors acquire aphasia. Other communication difficulties include slurred speech due to weak muscles and difficulty in programming muscles for speech. In addition to these challenges, speech-language pathologists help with cognitive challenges following a stroke—which may include memory and problem-solving skills—and swallowing problems that result from weakness and/or in coordination of muscles in the mouth and throat.

“During Better Hearing & Speech Month, we want stroke survivors and their loved ones to know that speech-language pathologists are here to help with swallowing, communication, and thinking abilities that may have been affected by stroke,” Stacey added.

To contact Stacey at the PVH Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, please call 794-7228.  

Tick bites can cause many diseases

Watch out for ticks when outside now that spring is here. CLICK HERE to read more about the diseases tick bites can cause.


Allergy Allert

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Tomorrow's allergy levels:
3.1 - low/medium

Sharing Services to Improve Healthcare

Hospitals across the country are striving to reduce costs while maintaining high-quality care to meet the demands of their communities. For Penobscot Valley Hospital (PVH) and Millinocket Regional Hospital (MRH), two critical access hospitals 35-miles apart, that means enhancing service offerings while achieving economies of scale through shared services.

“Over the years, we have shared many specialists with area facilities including orthopedics, otolaryngologists and urologists. Today, PVH and MRH share many key positions including a health information management director, registered dietitian, social worker and an orthopedic surgeon,” states Gary Poquette, FACHE, CEO at Penobscot Valley Hospital.

“Because of our small, rural status, these positions can be more efficient when shared. It may not be feasible for one hospital to employ all of the full-time specialists, but when we share these employees, we improve access to high-quality care in both of our communities,” adds Bob Peterson, CEO at Millinocket Regional Hospital.

Patients benefit from these shared services as it means less time traveling to and from healthcare appointments. Since so many people live in one community and travel for work in the other, it is nice to have options to provide care to them, from the same provider, in whichever location they prefer.

Another benefit from these joint agreements is the ability to offer more services to the community than each hospital could offer individually. Orthopedics are one example of a service that was added in the Lincoln community in 2016 and the service will be enhanced with additional days in the PVH Specialty Clinic and Operating Room in May 2017 as Millinocket Regional Hospital has recently hired a second orthopedic surgeon to meet the increased demand in the two communities.

In thinking globally as partners and not competitors, PVH and MRH are setting a great example of two hospitals working together to meet the healthcare needs of their communities.  


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