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St. Joe’s Recognizes Its Volunteers During National Healthcare Volunteer Week

We’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our 85 hospital volunteers for their 10,360 hours of service in 2017!

“People volunteer at St. Joe’s to give back to their community, help others, remain active and enjoy social interaction. It’s simply a fact that volunteering grows your circle of friends. Time and time again I’ve seen volunteers became great friends,” said Renee Bouchard, Volunteer Coordinator at St. Joe’s. “In addition, many folks volunteer because they’ve received care here and want to give back in a very personal way. They connect with our mission and genuinely want to be a part of it.”

For more information about volunteering at St. Joe’s, please call Renee at 207.907.1794 or visit

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In the news -Peri-Anesthesia Nurses Awareness Week

periop-nurses-week2This morning Lori Markevich [RN at St. Joe’s] and Aundra Graves [RN and ASU Clinical Leader at St. Joe’s] chatted with Wayne on WABI TV 5’s Healthy Start segment about Peri-Anesthesia Nurses Awareness Week.

February 6th through the 12th is Peri-Anesthesia Nurses awareness week.

The American Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses acknowledges the tremendous work that the nation’s more than 55,000 peri-anesthesia nurses do throughout the year.

Click here to watch the spot. Great job Lori and Aundra!

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Community Veggie Stand at St. Joe’s

OFFSt. Joe’s owes a huge THANK YOU to Jason Osborne of The Osborne Family Farm for supplying an abundance of fresh garden vegetables weekly to our Community Vegetable Exchange Stand. The Stand is open every Friday from 11AM – 1PM at the Broadway entrance of our main hospital.

Here’s the wonderful story behind this generous weekly donation …

Enter – Jason Thompson.
A Boy Scout pursuing the rank of Eagle Scout. Jason had a great idea; he was interested in building St. Joe’s a proper vegetable stand for his Eagle Scout project.

Jason met with Renee Bouchard [our wonderful Volunteer Coordinator here at St. Joe’s], talked about his idea to build us the veggie stand and also expressed a desire to connect St. Joe’s with a local farm to ensure vegetables would be available to the community each week.

That was when Jason put Renee in touch with the Osborne Family Farm.

Since then, Jason Osborne and the Osborne Family Farm has been supplying produce to our Community Exchange Vegetable Stand. Produce that has been donated has included cucumbers, potatoes, cabbage, zucchini, summer squash and buttercup squash.

The Osborne Family Farm is a family owned and operated farm located in Charleston, Maine, growing a variety of fresh market vegetables and dry heirloom beans. Their produce can be purchased from local supermarkets and at their farm. Through their website customers can purchase dry heirloom beans.

The amount of produce donated each week has been very generous and has provided nourishment to many community members and for that we are very grateful.

Veggie Stand 2015hand

Here is the contact info:
Osborne Family Farm
305 Ridge Road
Charleston, Maine

Jason Thompson is going through the approval process for his Eagle Scout project; he will be raising fund and building us an incredible veggie stand for next year! We will be sure to celebrate when it arrives!

Thank you Jason and Jason!

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Is Your Mom the Best?

You know your Mom’s the best – now tell the world! Is your Mom always there to lend a shoulder or a hand, inspire you or maybe it’s just the thousand little things that make her so special. Whatever your story, we want to hear it!

Let’s celebrate Mom! Tell us why your Mom is the best (in 200 words or less) and we’ll enter her into a drawing for a beautiful Alex and Ani gift package and dinner on the town – all set to arrive just in time for Mother’s Day!

Simply fill out the form below to enter before May 5. We’ll keep your contact info private – but we might share a few of our favorite stories with our readers!


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It’s a Simple Question: Cats or Dogs?

We want to give back – and we need your help! Simply vote below and we’ll donate $2 to the Bangor Humane Society for every vote and comment (up to $900 in honor of our building project at 900 Broadway!) – and no fighting like, well, you know…

Did you know…

• Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression.

• People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.

• Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.

You’ve got until April 27 to vote – then stay tuned for the final donation tally and more reasons why pets are good for your health!