Down East Community Hospital and its physician practices are following all Ebola precautions and guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Education and training have been provided to the staff in preparing to handle this viral disease.
On Tuesday, October 14, the 8th Annual Down East Community Hospital Health Fair and Flu Shot Clinic took place with 675 being vaccinated and over 800 people participating in the event.
Machias – A fully staffed Rehabilitation Department at Down East Community Hospital provides improved access to services.
After recently hiring two full time physical therapists and an occupational therapist, the Down East Community Hospital Rehabilitation Department is now fully staffed with four physical therapists, one occupational therapist, one speech therapist, as well as per diem staff. From Department Manager, Heather Dodsworth, “Because we are fully staffed, we have extended our hours of operation to better serve the community. Physical and occupational therapy appointments are now available from 7:15 am, and until 5:15 pm. We continue to provide speech therapy services, including swallow studies in conjunction with the radiology department. Our rehabilitation specialists provide services to a wide spectrum of the community and create a healthier and more active Washington County. We are very pleased they have chosen to practice at Down East Community Hospital.”
Machias – Instead of gifts for their birthdays, Emma and Nate Shaw of Milbridge asked their party guests to bring a DVD to donate to the Pediatric Service at Down East Community Hospital. Over 20 movies were donated for Pediatric Emergency Department patients and Inpatients to view. Here they are pictured with Interim Chief Nursing Officer / ED Director, Rob Janssen.
Machias – Community members came out to join Down East Community Hospital as they kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, raising awareness by painting Washington County pink.
Machias –The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with Down East Community Hospital and all hospitals statewide to improve patient outcomes and to reduce inappropriate use of Emergency Departments.
Machias – Down East Community Hospital is pleased to unveil our new patient portal. This web portal will empower patients and their families to take a more active role in their care by providing easy, secure access to select portions of their health records online.
Machias – Down East Community Hospital is pleased to announce that our Emergency Department has implemented an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system through T-System Inc.
Milbridge – The staff and family of Down East Community's Milbridge Medical Center entered its Doc McStuffins float into the Milbridge Days parade and won best overall float! All of the children (led by Dr. Kristen Barbee dressed as Doc McStuffins) had a wonderful time being dressed as characters from the favorite children's show and waving to the people in the crowd.
Machias - The Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation awarded $25,000 to Down East Community Hospital for medical equipment. These funds came in as a result of a grant request for Emergency Department equipment. Chief Nursing Officer, Charleen Ryan on the use of the gift, "The Emergency Department will purchase equipment that will support building our future and will support the excellent care we continue to give to our community."
"The King Foundation has given generously to organizations in Washington County and we are grateful to be a recipient of their benevolence," Rodney Sparks, MD.