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Let there be light … Monday, November 27th at 5.30PM

LOR 2017Join us next Monday, November 27th at 5.30 for our annual Lights of Remembrance event.

Click here to reach our website with more information about this wonderful event.

Your Lights of Remembrance donation to St. Joseph Healthcare will help our patients as you help spread comfort and joy to all who see the St. Joseph Hospital holiday light display. All donations of $25 or more will be recognized with a special ornament hung on the Remembrance Tree in the Demaso Lobby of St. Joseph Hospital. If you would like to remember your loved ones in a special way this holiday season, simply fill out the order form below.

And, please join us for our annual Lights of Remembrance tree lighting celebration on Monday, November 27 at 5:30 pm in the Demaso Lobby/Broadway entrance.

Levels of Giving

Perpetual Tribute – $100

• Ornament engraved with name of honoree displayed on tree in 2017 and every year after

• (1) Commemorative ornament mailed to you in 2017 and every year after

 • Recognition of donor and honoree in 2017 event

• Recognition of honoree on special event display in 2017 and every year after

2017 Tribute – $25

• (1) 2017 commemorative ornament mailed to you OR your loved one

• Recognition of donor and honoree at 2017 event


Click here for more information.


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In the news – WABI and the Great American Smoke Out

Be sure to tune in this evening as Dr. Ganesha Santhyadka, Pulmonary physician at St. Joe’s talks to WABI TV 5 about The Great American Smoke Out.

Five Ways You Can Prepare to Quit Smoking

You’re taking an important step toward creating a healthier life when you set out to quit smoking. A good plan can help you get past symptoms of withdrawal. Take these five steps to help improve your success:

  • Set a quit date. Choose the Great American Smokeout or another quit day within the next 2 weeks.
  • Tell your family and friends about your quit plan. Share your quit date with the important people in your life and ask them for support. A daily phone call, e-mail, or text message can help you stay on course and provide moral support.
  • Be prepared for challenges. The urge to smoke is short—usually only 3 to 5 minutes, but those moments can feel intense. Even one puff can feed a craving and make it stronger. Before your quit day, write down healthy ways to help cope:
    • Drink water.
    • Exercise.
    • Listen to a favorite song or play a game.
    • Call or text a friend.
    • Get social support by joining @CDCTobaccoFree on Facebook and Twitter.
    • Sign up for SmokefreeTEXT for 24/7 help on your mobile phone.
  • Remove cigarettes and other tobacco from your home, car, and workplace. Throw away your cigarettes, matches, lighters, and ashtrays. Clean and freshen your car, home, and workplace. Old cigarette odors can cause cravings.
  • Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider about quit options. Nicotine patches, gum, or other approved quit medication can help.

Dr S Smoke outWABI


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National Nurse Practitioner Week! Hug your NP today!

NP week 2017

National Nurse Practitioner [NP] Week 2017 is November 12 – 18.

The role of the NP will be showcased November 12 – 18, 2017, as NPs across the country celebrate more than 50 years of practice during National NP Week. In the United
States, this distinguished group of health care professionals number approximately 234,000 strong with an additional 23,000 NP students graduating each year.

We take advantage of this special week to bring recognition to the NP role and increase awareness of the exceptional contributions NPs make to the health of millions of Americans. The faith that patients have in the care they receive from NPs is evidenced
by the more than 1.02 billion visits made to NPs annually.

Nurse practitioners, also known as NPs, are expert clinicians with advanced training who provide primary, acute and specialty health care.
• NPs offer high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care.
• 22 states and the District of Columbia have granted full practice authority to NPs, giving patients more direct access to the primary, acute and specialty care services that NPs provide.
• NPs provide a full range of services, such as ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests; diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions; prescribing medications and treatments; and managing overall patient care.
• There are more than 234,000 NPs licensed to practice in America today, providing solutions to the health care provider crisis.
• NPs have master’s degrees, and many have doctoral degrees, as well as advanced education and clinical training.
• NPs are licensed and can prescribe medication and other treatments in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
• Patients whose primary care providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs.

This week … and every week … we give GREAT THANKS to our NP’s!


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In the news – The Great American Smoke Out

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Recognizes American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout

 Today, November 16, St. Joseph Healthcare will recognize the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke Out, which is observed annually on the third Thursday in November, to encourage smokers to call it quits for 1 day, or devise a plan to quit, and begin working toward better overall health.

Currently more than 36 million Americans smoke cigarettes. In fact, in 1965 42% of the U.S. population smoked. By 2015, through awareness and education, that rate dropped to approximately 15%. However, the addictive smoking of cigars, pipes and hookah are on the rise and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world.

“At St. Joe’s we are encouraging the local community to take inspiration from this event – to reach out to smokers in their lives and support them,” said Ganesha Santhyadka, MD, St. Joseph Healthcare. “Those who commit to kicking the habit will benefit from a healthier lifestyle and significantly reduce their risk of cancer.”

Our Respiratory Care Team Can Help

Our respiratory care practice sets the standard for excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of lung related diseases, offering a variety of services as well as a modern pulmonary function lab, medical imaging department and pulmonary rehabilitation program. They also offer smoking cessation counseling on an outpatient basis. For information on these sessions, call 207.907.1809. The respiratory care team may be reached at:
St. Joseph Hospital
360 Broadway – Suite 202
Bangor, Maine

Watch WVII TV 7 today as Dr. Santhyadka talks about the importance of this day!

Dr S Smoke out

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Today is World COPD Day

COPD imageCOPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is the name used to describe a number of conditions affecting the lungs including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

COPD makes it difficult to breathe and you might find everyday tasks can be a real challenge. But with the right support, it’s possible to live well with COPD.

Click here for more information about COPD.

November is COPD Month. Click the link below for more information.

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Being Mortal – free screening

Being Mortal 2017NovSt. Joseph Healthcare, in conjunction with St. John Episcopal Church, is airing the documentary “Being Mortal” on Thursday, November 30th at 6 p.m.

This film opens a discussion about end-of-life planning and is based on the best-selling book by the same title.

The event will be held in the St. John’s Parish House and Sunday School located at 234 French Street in Bangor.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Andrew Files, Director of Spiritual Care, St. Joseph Healthcare at

Or by calling Andrew at 907-1798.