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Jacqueline White Earns Patient Safety Credential

April 2nd, 2014

Houlton Regional Hospital
Congratulates Jacqueline White
For Earning Patient Safety Credential

 

j_whiteThe Certification Board of Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) has recently recognized Jacqueline White of Houlton as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). Jackie has been employed by HRH since August of 2006 in the hospital’s Quality/Risk Management Department.

“Earning this credential attests to Jackie’s professional competency in patient safety science and application,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, President, CBPPS. “This achievement demonstrates her expertise in this critical discipline and positions her among those committed to and leading patient safety work.”

Jackie earned this credential in part by passing a rigorous, evidence-based examination that tests candidates on their competency in patient safety science and application. Jackie is 1 of 3 Certified Professionals in Patient Safety in the State of Maine, joining 470 internationally.
About CBPPS
The Certwcation Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) was established by, but is a separate organizational entity from, the National Patient Safety Foundation, and was created to advance, standardize, and promote patient safety knowledge competencies for health care professionals. To this end, successful completion of the rigorously designed Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) exam attests to candidates’ knowledge of essential patient safety competencies, upon which time the board confers the CPPS credential. Those attaining the CPPS designation represent a group of committed professionals from across health care who are determined to advance the patient safety yield and make the health care system safer for all.

To learn more, go to www.cbpps.org.

Shelby Stiles Has Joined Houlton Internal Medicine

March 10th, 2014

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Houlton Regional Hospital is pleased to announce one of their own in a new position.  Shelby Stiles has been an employee of Houlton Regional Hospital since 1985 in a variety of nursing settings, most recently spending the last ten years as Manager of the Outpatient Specialty Clinics and performing pacer checks with Dr. Sussman.

 While continuing to work, Shelby decided to further her education and is now a graduate of Husson University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing as Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified (NP-C).  Shelby is now providing care on a full-time basis to outpatients at Houlton Internal Medicine and one weekend a month to dermatology patients at the Outpatient Specialty Clinic.

 Please join us in congratulating Shelby on her accomplishments and welcome her to her new role at Houlton Regional Hospital.

 If you wish to see Shelby as a healthcare provider, please call Houlton Internal Medicine at 532-4068 to schedule an appointment.  For a dermatology appointment, please see your regular primary care provider and ask for a referral to the Dermatology Clinic at the hospital.

HRH Recognized For Excellence

March 2nd, 2014

Houlton Regional Hospital Recognized By National Organization as one of the Nation’s Best Rural Hospitals

Thomas Moakler, the CEO of Houlton Regional Hospital had this reaction to the announcement:

“Houlton Regional Hospital is honored to be recognized as one of the nation’s Top Rural Hospitals by the Leapfrog Group.  This is a tribute to our hospital medical staff and employees who provide our patients with safe, effective and quality care.  “

The Bangor Daily News offers full details in this article.

Welcome to DR. Khalid M. Husain

October 2nd, 2013
Dr. Khalid M Husain, Surgeon

Dr. Khalid M Husain, Surgeon

Dr. Husain has joined the surgical team at Houlton Regional Hospital.  Dr. Husain has more than 25 years of professional experience proficient in all aspects of general surgery including open and laparoscopic procedures as well as gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Dr. Husain practiced General Surgery for 15 years in Maryland and most recently for the past 11 years practiced as Attending General Surgeon at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent, Maine.

Dr. Husain’s wife, Patricia, is a Registered Nurse.  They have two sons, Kamran and Sami, both of whom are cross country skiers with the Maine Winter Sports Center.  Dr. Husain is a current Trustee of the 10th Mountain Ski Club in Fort Kent and a former Trustee of United Way of Aroostook County.

Appointments can be made by referral from your primary care practitioner or calling Houlton Surgical Associates of Aroostook at 207-532-7936.

Please join Houlton Regional Hospital in welcoming Dr. Husain to the Community.

The Color Run Raises Money for Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital

August 29th, 2013

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Houlton Regional Hospital was represented at the The Color Run, held July 7th in South Portland at Southern Maine Community College by several runners. The event is sponsored by Chevy and benefits the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.  Pictured above are Michele Daigle (Positive Steps),  Heidi  Fitzpatrick (Support Services), and Mary Potter (Positive Steps.)  Also participating was Jenny Crandall from our Radiology Dept.

 

Heleana Nickerson Honored

April 9th, 2013

Heleana Nickerson of Houlton Regional Hospital

Honored At the Annual Maine Diabetes Conference

Congratulations  to Heleana Nickerson for being the recipient of the 2012 Beacon Award presented at the annual Maine Diabetes Conference.  The Beacon Award Speech 2012 read as follows:

Heleana Nickerson - This year's recipient of the Maine Diabetes Educator's Beacon Award.

Heleana Nickerson – This year’s recipient of the Maine Diabetes Educator’s Beacon Award.

     Three years ago she became the co-leader, job sharing that position with Laura Gordon and exhibiting great team work.  When Laura resigned as co-chair in 2010, this person managed the conference planning process for that year without a co-chair.

She assumed a major role in all committee activities, running bi-weekly meetings for at least half of the year, sending out meeting notices and minutes, taking an active part in lining up speakers and myriad other details.  She only had help with minute taking for part of the year, but never complained.

     This past year she has had the help of Ev Beliveau as co-chair, but has still taken on the major tasks of the committee and fulfilled them in an outstanding manner.  She has always been well organized and never seems to waiver in her enthusiasm.

     By now you should know, that the winner of the Beacon Award for this year is Heleana Nickerson.”  

The Beacon Award is an award given by the Maine Association of  Diabetes Educators (MeADE) annually to a member who has made an outstanding contribution to their Chapter.  This is the 7th year this award has been presented.

 Heleana is a Licensed Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator.  Heleana provides diabetes education, including insulin pump education and intensive diabetes management.  She also provides nutrition education, related to weight management, celiac disease and cardiovascular issues.  Services are available by appointment with a referral from a medical provider.

Heleana will be celebrating 30 years of employment with Houlton Regional Hospital in September 2013.

Healing Hearts and Touching Lives

April 9th, 2013

Healing Hearts and Touching Lives

Celebrated at Houlton Regional Hospital’s

 Cardiac Rehab Department

Edward Campbell in the HRH Cardiac Rehab facility.

Edward Campbell in the HRH Cardiac Rehab facility.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, celebrated at Houlton Regional Hospital this past February, was initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).  It coincides with both Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month in an effort to draw greater national attention to heart health.  This year’s theme, “Healing Hearts and Touching Lives,” honors the patients, families and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to cardiac rehabilitation as a vehicle for a healthy lifestyle.

 The Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Houlton Regional hospital has been “healing hearts and touching lives” for over 30 years.  Professional and compassionate staff provides a positive environment for patients at risk for heart disease and/or those individuals diagnosed with heart disease or dysfunction to improve their health and physical performance. 

As part of celebrating Cardiac Rehab Week, participants were asked to share their thoughts on what cardiac rehab means to them and we are pleased to be able to share them with you.

 

  • “The staff are professional, courteous and knowledgeable.  Participants develop a bond and a caring attitude for each other which encourages regular attendance.  Probably, most important, is that cardiac rehab makes you do what you probably would not do on your own at home – it develops commitment to better health.”
  • “Whenever I am asked why I am still in cardiac rehab I usually answer, ‘because it is a matter of life or death – Mine!’…..It is what keeps me going and striving for a long and healthy life.”
  • “Part of the reason Cardiac Rehab is important to my life is because of the education I have received on how I can now take better care of myself.”
  • “This program motivates me….to learn how to eat right….”
  • “Being here at Houlton Regional Hospital’s program has been a God-send to me because it allows me to pursue exercise with safety.  Put another way, it is like having a registered nurse as your personal trainer.  The machinery here is top notch, and while we use it, the nurses often provide the education we need to recover……..This is a safe and productive place for me to be, with friendly, supportive people, and is right across from the Emergency Room at HRH”.
    George Russell at HRH.

    George Russell at HRH.

 Many more comments received center around the camaraderie, support and motivation that is gained while attending rehab.

 The staff of Cardiopulmonary Services at Houlton Regional Hospital wish to congratulate all past and present attendees of the Cardiac Rehab/Wellness program for their accomplishments and progress towards a healthy heart.

 For more information on the Cardiac Rehab Department you may call 207-521-2517, or speak with your physician.

 

 

Community Health Needs Assessment

March 10th, 2013

Houlton Regional Hospital has joined other Maine hospitals in a joint effort to assess the health needs of the communities that we serve. The report and related articles from community forums held to discuss these issues can be viewed using the following link – http://chna.emh.org

HealthInfonet Details

October 3rd, 2012

Effective October 15 Houlton Regional Hospital will be participating with HealthInfoNet, Maine’s statewide health information exchange.

Houlton Regional Hospital will be joining 25 other hospitals in the State of Maine who are already participating with HealthInfoNet

It is anticipated that by January 1, 2013 an additional 6 Maine hospitals will be connected to HealthInfoNet, with the remaining Maine hospitals participating with HealthInfoNet by December 31, 2013

 

HealthInfoNet includes important information about your health.

Included in your HealthInfoNet record:                 Not included in HealthInfoNet:

Medicines (prescriptions), allergies, lab and test             Information created by a substance

results, image reports, conditions, diagnoses,                             abuse facility or a licensed mental

or health problems from your participating                                 health provider.

caregivers.

 

Your name, birth date, address, sex, phone                      HIV diagnoses and results of HIV

number, and social security number (if                              tests.

provided to your caregiver) to make sure                                  (Note: HealthInfoNet can include

your health information is entered into the                                  information that may indicate a

correct record.                                                                         sensitive health condition.  For

example: If a patient shares mental

health or substance abuse informa-

tion with a primary care provider or

in a hospital emergency room, this

information may be included and

viewed in HealthInfoNet by other

providers caring for them.

Houlton Regional Hospital will be continuing to provide additional information about HealthInfoNet over the next few weeks

Visit www.hinfonet.org for more information

TCAB

October 1st, 2012

Houlton Regional Hospital is participating in a program called Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB). This national program was developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The goal is to engage frontline hospital nurses and leaders at all levels of organization to:

-          Improve the quality and safety of patient care on medical surgical units

-          Increase the vitality and retention of nurses

-          Engage and improve the patient’s and family members experience of care

-          Improve the effectiveness of the entire care team

A TCAB committee was formed on the Acute Care Unit (ACU) in August 2011. Members include five staff nurses, the Nurse Manager of the Acute Care Unit, and the Director of Nursing. Many positive changes have been implemented on our Acute Care Unit to improve patient safety and patient satisfaction as well as increase nurse time at the bedside, such as the following:

Bedside Reporting: Bedside reporting takes place at the change of shift between the day nurse and the night nurse. With the patient’s permission, both nurses come to the patient’s room and present information about the patient’s diagnosis and explain their plan of care. This provides an excellent opportunity to ask questions about the care as well as meet your oncoming nurse.

Huddles: “Huddles” involve the healthcare team (doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and social services) gathering at the start of each shift for a brief meeting to discuss each patient’s progress and discharge plan. A communication tool to keep everyone informed of the patient’s plan of care.

Safety Stars: Safety stars were implemented as another communication tool for staff to identify patient need. Color coded stars symbolize the patient’s risk and what is required to keep them safe.

Newspapers: During the admission process, patients are now asked if they would like to receive the Bangor Daily News or Houlton Pioneer Times throughout their stay thanks to the Volunteers at Houlton Regional Hospital.