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Hospital filling a void for 43 years

It was over 50 years ago when Medicare became a law in 1966. Among numerous other changes, the law required hospitals to pass rigorous inspections in order to receive payment for the care of patients. At the time, neither the Lincoln Hospital nor the Workman Hospital passed certification to receive Medicare patients. Concerned citizens in our community held a meeting on July 26, 1966 at the Rosebowl Restaurant with representatives from the Maine Department of Health and Welfare to discuss the future of healthcare in the Lincoln Lakes Region.

By the end of the meeting, ten members were chosen to further review options of renovating the current medical facilities to bring them up to code, or constructing a brand new facility using Hill-Burton funds. Those original members of the Study Committee included: Chairman G. Daniel Aiken, Robert Barton, Wilbur Clay, Taylor Bradstreet, Eugene Libby, Kathleen McCormick, Perry Barker, Dr. A. J. Gulesian, Argie Edgecomb, and Percy Porter.

Over time, the Study Committee grew to 25 members who were devoted to the cause, spending countless hours collecting 2,858 signatures for a petition that was sent to Senator Margaret Chase Smith. She presented the petition to President Lyndon B. Johnson calling his attention to the struggle of Medicare patients in the Lincoln area.

In April 1967, legislation creating Hospital Administrative District #1 was signed into law by Maine Governor Kenneth Curtis and on September 10, 1967, voters of the 15 towns in the district gave overwhelming approval of Hospital Administrative District (HAD) #1. Over the next few years, the HAD #1 Board Members worked to raise $500,000, which would be matched by federal Hill-Burton funds for a total of $1 million to construct a new facility.

1973 Board Members (l to r): Dr. Carl Troutt, Jean Twist, Harold Noyes, Philip Reed, Skip Haskell, Fred Dingley, Raymond Dugan, Dr. Bourcard Nesin, Keith Ham, Linda Stone, Grace Bowers, Kay McCormick, Mabel Dill, Ruth Lewis, Walter Clapp, Theo Jipson, Rhoda Dolley, Administrator Leo Jonason, Donald Whitney, Dean Neal, Norman Blanchard, Ralph Hooke, Daniel Aiken, Roger Tourtillotte, Sam Shorey. Absent from photo were: Myron Doane, Rev. Lewis Chase, Hervey Jordan, Joey Crooker, Erroll Woodward, and Porter Bodine.

PVH is Hannaford reusable bag beneficiary for January

Penobscot Valley Hospital, a nonprofit committed to improving the health and well-being of those they serve, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of January.

This program has been designed to support local nonprofits like Penobscot Valley Hospital. For every blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag with the good karma message purchased at the Lincoln Hannaford in January, PVH will receive a $1 donation in order to help fulfill its mission:

To be our community’s first choice in healthcare, known for a culture of compassion, quality and safety. To be an excellent community partner, working together every day to improve the health and well-being of those we serve.

PVH has a goal of raising $46,000 for the Annual Fund running from February 2016-January 2017. Funds will be used to help purchase new equipment that will enhance safety, comfort, and healing for the patients and staff at PVH.

Purchasing Hannaford Helps Reusable Bags in January at the Lincoln Hannaford will support your local hospital and will help make an immediate impact on urgently needed healthcare services to our community.

Learn more about the PVH Annual Fund by visiting www.pvhme.org/donate.

For more information on the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, visit www.hannaford.bags4mycause.com or www.facebook.com/hhbagprogram

Penobscot Valley Hospital Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in “Excellence in Quality”

Penobscot Valley Hospital was recently recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in quality, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural acute care hospitals in the nation.

The rankings have been determined by the Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and nine pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

Senior Director of Quality Improvement at PVH, Crystal Landry, states: “PVH works hard to provide our community with necessary high quality of care. We are continuously working to ensure the care we provide meets or exceeds national best practice standards of care such as making sure patients receive certain treatments quickly when they are having a heart attack or stroke.”

Landry continues, “Being recognized as 1 of 10 hospitals in Maine to receive recognition for excellence in quality is evidence of us meeting the national, high quality of care goals we strive to provide every day. Ensuring that best practices in processes, systems and staff are always occurring is crucial for every patient. I am proud to see the staff recognized for providing excellence in quality at PVH.”


Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health, adds, “These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it’s an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face.”

About NOSORH
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities

About iVantage Health Analytics
iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and payment optimization. iVantage is part of The Chartis Group, a national advisory services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at Chartisrural.com

 Emergency department registered nurses Wendy Quartermain and Ashley Voisine pose with the PVH Excellence in Quality Award. Patient experience scores in the Emergency Room have routinely surpassed state averages.

Save a life! Find out more at January 10 meeting

As we know, the negative impact of substance abuse has only increased in the past few years. Save a Life is a substance abuse task force comprised of concerned citizens, pastors, medical providers, educators, and mental health professionals in the greater Lincoln area. This includes the communities of Danforth, Springfield, Lee, Lincoln, Enfield, Burlington, Howland, Kingman, Bancroft, Weston, and others.

On Tuesday, January 10, Heath Myers, Overdose Prevention Coordinator at Bangor Public Health & Community Services, will be at Lincoln’s Mattanawcook Academy library to present information about recognizing drug overdose, effective steps to help prevent death, and helpful strategies for helping people working on recovery from substance abuse re-enter their communities. He possesses a wealth of information about treatment options. There will be time for attendees to ask questions. This event will start at 6 p.m.

Representatives of the Brewer/Bangor chapter of Young People in Recovery will be at the same location (Mattanawcook Academy library) on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6 p.m. Young People in Recovery (YPR) is a national grassroots advocacy organization focused on creating recovery-ready communities throughout the nation for young people in, or seeking, recovery. YPR aims to improve access to treatment, educational resources, employment opportunities, and secure, quality housing on the local, state, and national levels. By creating a national network of young people in recovery, we empower young people to get involved in their communities by providing them with the tools and support to take charge of their futures. The January 31 speakers will share stories of recovery, resources to support recovery, and hope for loved ones.

“Reaching for Hope,” a Nar-Anon support group for people whose family or friends abuse drugs meets at Lincoln’s First United Methodist church every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and every Thursday at 6 p.m. Meetings are free and confidential. The church’s address is 8 Lee Road, Lincoln – at the “point” of Routes 2 and 6.

Dual diagnoses (substance abuse coupled with mental health diagnoses) are common. FaithNet is a NAMI support group for people with mental health challenges and their family/friends. Free confidential meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at Lincoln’s First United Methodist church at 6 p.m.

For more information please contact Cheryl at 207-794-8443, cherylstratton01@gmail, or visit our page at https://www.facebook.com/LincolnSaveALife

Cold? Look for a scarf tied to a utility pole!

December 16 - Sharlene Black has informed us that she has tied about a dozen scarves to utility poles around town. "If you're cold, take one", she says, "courtesy of the thrift shop!"

 

New Lincoln town councilors sworn in

November 14 - At tonight's Lincoln town council meeting, three newly elected councilors took the oath of office. In the photo above, Sharon Sibley, Marscella Ireland and John Trask are sworn in by Town Clerk Pro Tem Diana Hill.

George Edwards was voted Chairman, and Jeffery Gifford Vice Chairman. Both were voted in unanimously.

The photo below shows the town council: left to right, front row, Marscella Ireland, Vice Chairman Jeffery Gifford and Sharon Sibley. Back row, John Trask, Steve Clay, Chairman George Edwards and Sheldon Hanington.

Veterans Day ceremony held in Lincoln

November 11 - A small crowd braved strong winds to honor our veterans today at the Veterans Memorial on Goding Avenue in Lincoln. Scouts, politicians and veterans' organizations were represented as prayers were said, a salute was fired and taps was played. After the service, a special remembrance took place at the grave of Donnie Brown, the first person from Lincoln to die in the Vietnam War.

WelcomeToLincolnMaine.com would like to thank all veterans and active duty service members for their service and sacrifice. Your very important work helps to keep us free, and we love and appreciate all of you!

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