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M I D C O A S T S E N I O R H E A LT H C E N T E R

Lifeline program leads growth at Senior Health Center

2006 HAS BEEN A YEAR OF GROWTH for the Mid Coast Senior Health Center.

Key among this growth has been the overwhelming success of its Lifeline Emergency Response System program.

Founded at Mid Coast Hospital and now operated by the Senior Health Center, Lifeline has expanded during its 23 years to reach more than 425 people in 27 communities, from islands to inland.

“Many Lifeline subscribers live alone,” explains Lifeline Coordinator Rhode Ann Jones. “If they have a health or security concern—or just need someone to talk to—all they need to do is press their personal help button.

“Of course meeting medical emergency response needs continues to be the leading reason why the Lifeline program continues to grow,” she said.

Lifeline brings assistance 24- hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Within 90 seconds, a Lifeline monitor will respond by phone and quickly appraise the situation, dispatching appropriate help be it medical, police, or fire personnel. Monitors will also call a neighbor or family member on request.

Lifeline call buttons are water- proof and continue to work for as long as 24-hour power outages and then recharges.

The greater Mid Coast community has responded to the Lifeline appeal for donations each year. These donations, represented by the increasing number of lights on the Lovelight Tree, underwrite subscribers with financial needs.

Among other highlights at the MID COAST SENIOR HEALTH CENTER, says Director Darlene Chalmers, have been the following:

  • Addition of five more Memory

Impairment apartments to The Garden

  • Focus on creating a home-like

environment for residents through renovations and the creation of “restaurant-style” dining

  • Primary Care Services at all

levels of care provided by Jane Colton, FNP

  • Addition of Geriatrician

Jabbar Fazeli, MD, as medical director

  • Addition of an admissions

coordinator for entire center to maximize census for the Continuum of Care.

Through the assistance of volunteers, Rhode Jones manages current subscribers while continuing to expand the service to the elderly and disabled.

Rhode personally installs the phones; the service is on a monthly rental basis, without long distance charges.

Annual Report 2006

F i f t e e n n e w W e l c o m e practitioners join medical staff

  • New physicians bring

added knowledge, skills, and breadth to our staff

FOURTEEN DOCTORS HAVE JOINED Mid Coast Hospital’s active medical staff in 2006.

All have all been credentialed by the hospital’s board and given hospital privileges.

They are Stuart Abramson, MD, nephrology; Patricia L. Cantlin, MD, nephrology; Marc D. Christensen, MD, PhD, neurosurgery; Elizabeth F. Connelly, DO, medical oncology; William W. Curtis, MD, surgery; Vaughn C. DeForest, MD, hospitalist.

Scott W. French, MD, internal medicine; Gregory L. Gimbel, MD, obstetrics/ gynecology; Patrick J. Keaney, MD, pulmonology and critical care; Jennifer M. Riehl, MD, internal medicine.

Gregory V. Sarka, DDS, MD, oral and maxillofacial surgery; A. Katrina Sawtelle, MD, anesthesiology; Melissa J. Streeter, MD, obstetrics/gynecology; and Paul Taylor, MD, internal medicine.

Joining our allied health staff is Elsa H. Levy, CNM, certified nurse midwife.

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