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St. Joe’s SAFE Program Treats More Than 150 Patients in 2018

SafeNurse2St. Joe’s Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program cares for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Team leader Michelle Markie (RN, SAFE-A-ME) says 2018 has been busy year for her team of SAFE Nurses.

Last year St. Joe’s SAFE Nurses completed 69 forensic exams. They estimated in 2018 that 100 patients in need of a SAFE Nurse would come to St. Joe’s. The numbers, however, have been much higher: as of December 10, they had seen 152 patients.

Michelle explains that rates of sexual assault are not growing, but more people are coming forward to seek treatment — a sign that St. Joe’s SAFE outreach is working. Outreach includes spending time with community organizations, advising on how to respond sensitively to incidents of sexual assault and sharing resources on what support is available to victims. This year, St. Joe’s SAFE Nurses trained Resident Advisors at University of Maine’s Orono Campus, travelled state-wide to train Police Departments on strangulation injuries, and presented at a conference for Public Housing Directors from throughout New England.

The SAFE team are also constantly learning so they can provide the best and most appropriate care to their patients. Two more ED Nurses have trained as SAFE nurses and will be fully certified by March 2019. This will mean five SAFE Nurses will be able to share the 24/7 on-call responsibility, on top of their usual full-time ED shifts.

All five nurses completed a workshop on forensic photography, which is an important element of evidence, should a patient wish to move forward with a legal case. SAFE nurses are often called to provide expert witness testimony in court.

Generous response to our SAFE Nurse appeal earlier this year has helped fund crucial outreach programs, training of additional SAFE Nurses and allow the purchase of a new camera and lighting for evidence collection. Thank you!

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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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It’s a St Joe’s Homepage Takeover!

What are you doing at 7PM tonight? Are you interested in connecting online with one of our St. Joe’s Rheumatologist to chat about join pain, carpel tunnel, arthritis …?
Dr. Jalal Mukhtar will be online at 7PM ready to take your questions.

CLICK HERE to join, then click the green banner ad at the top of the website to connect.

Check out BDN Online for all the details.


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“Scents” in the office

scentPaige Hagerstrom, Director of Human Resources at St. Joseph Healthcare chatted with Deb Newman about our No-Scents policy here at work.

We all want to smell good – right? But smelling too good in the workplace can be a problem for others who are sensitive to scents. This has led many businesses to create “fragrance-free” workplaces.

CLICK HERE for the full article.

Deb thinks Maine is a great place to do business and loves telling the stories of Mainers proving that it can be done! An entrepreneur at heart, she enjoys helping others with the same drive to create and innovate!

Read her articles at Back to Business. Thank you Deb!


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In the News … Dr. Mukhtar on PMR

PMRDr. Jalal Mukhtar, Rheumatologist at St. Joseph Healthcare in Bangor, was in the studio Wednesday for this week’s Senior Spotlight.

Dr. Mukhtar sat down with Wayne and spoke about the effects of PMR, or Polymalgia Rheumatica. PMR is an inflammatory disorder that causes muscle pain and stiffness; however, Dr. Mukhtar says the pain is generally much more significant than your average body pain.

CLICK HERE for the full story.