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MID COAST HEALTH SERVICES • Annual Report 2006 Mid Coast Hospital unveils expansion plans

Building to meet community needs

aced with unprecedented growth over the past five years, as well as with a burgeoning and aging population, Mid Coast Hospital has unveiled a $21.3 million expansion plan to meet our communities’ future healthcare needs and preferences. F

Bearing the crush of this growth are our Emergency Department, Medical/ Surgical unit, and Diagnostic Imaging.

Photo by Mike L’Abbé

Since 2000, visits to our Emergency Department have increased more than 16%, inpatient admissions have grown by more than 18%, and births in our

See Expansion, Page 10

Wellness Begins at Home...& Work

YOU KNOW THE OLD SAYING about charity beginning at home.

At Mid Coast, we believe the same logic applies to health, which is why we developed a company-wide employee wellness initiative.

The pilot program began in January with more than 170 staffers participating.

The only requirement for participation is a health risk appraisal, completed within the past two years. Appraisals are being offered through the program by the University of Southern Maine’s Lifeline Center for Wellness and

Health Promotion. They in- clude a fitness test, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, as well as a questionnaire that covers all aspects of wellness.

Based on their health risk appraisal reviews, participants in the program establish goals to improve or maintain their overall wellness.

If they’re on track at the mid- year evaluation, they’ll receive a $50 gift certificate—and another if they meet their goals over the full 12 months.

Mid Coast also has a fitness facility, available for staff use, and yoga and aerobics classes

are offered once a week. Weight management classes are offered twice yearly, and a new weight management support group is ongoing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on these and other wellness initiatives, contact Celeste Pascarella, MS, RN at 373-6362.

See Wellness, Page 4

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