DECH Announces New Board Chair, Welcomes New Members

Wayne Peters becomes the new Board Chair of Down East Community Hospital as former Chair, David Whitney, terms off the Board.  Mr. Whitney was on the Board for 9 years and served as Chair since 2014.  “David dedicated many hours of service to the hospital over the past 9 years and we can’t say enough about how much we appreciated his work on the capital campaign to raise the needed funds for the Emergency Department expansion.” Dennis Welsh, DECH President & CEO.

DEC Rehabilitation Receives $7,500 Grant for Balance Program

Rehabilitation Manager, Heather Dodsworth, applied for and was awarded a grant in the amount of $7,500 from the Maine Community Foundation!  The funds are to help in the purchase of a Balance Assessment and Conditioning system to assist in the development and implementation a comprehensive balance program for the citizens of Washington County including identifying persons at risk for falls and improving agility, muscle tone and strength, range of motion, and safe mobility. 

Colon Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention – A Surgeons’ Perspective

Machias – Incidence of colorectal Cancer in Washington County is one of the highest in the nation.  Dr. Aziz Massaad will give an educational seminar on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the disease on May 5 at UMM Science Building 102 from 1pm to 3pm. Dr. Massaad is a surgeon who has worked in Machias for more than 20 years, performing colonoscopies and surgeries at Down East Community Hospital. His work has significantly contributed to the decrease in the death rate from this cancer in Washington County.
This is a Sunrise Senior College class, but it is free of charge and open to the public regardless of SSC membership or age.  For more information or to register, call Wayne Peters at 255-3768.

DECH Welcomes Nurse Midwife

Machias – Dr. Dwight. Dr. Inegbenijie and the whole OB/GYN team would like you to join them in welcoming Bjarni Thomas, CNM.  Bjarni is a certified nurse mid-wife who will see patients at the private practice in Calais and at the Women’s Center on the DECH campus in Machias.  Bjarni has already begun to see patients at the Women’s Center and she will start seeing patients in Calais, at 43 Palmer Street, later this month. 
Bjarni received her RN from Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston in 1997 and her BSN from the University of Phoenix in 2005.  She went on to earn her Certificate in Midwifery in 2007 from Philadelphia University.
Bjarni, Down East Community welcomes you to our OB/GYN team!