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.