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Five rural Maine hospitals band together to improve care

collaborative photo.jpgFive hospitals in Maine have formed the Maine Rural Health Collaborative LLC with a goal of preserving and enhancing health care within the communities they serve.

The hospitals are: Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent, Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Houlton Regional Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor and Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor.

The collaborative was formally announced at a March 12 meeting of the five hospital CEOs and members of their boards of directors in Bangor. Tom Moakler, chief executive officer at Houlton Regional Hospital, said the move comes at a period of change in health care.

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Proud to Partner with Downtown with Rich Kimball

IMG_2109B IMG_2108 IMG_2106On The Pulse 620AM, have you caught the very popular talk show Downtown with Rich Kimball?

If so, you may have heard our weekly Minute of Healthy Active Living with St Joseph Healthcare; airs around 5PM on Mondays.

As a partner with Downtown with Rich Kimball, once a week we have the opportunity to highlight a service, product or activity here at St. Joseph Healthcare that exemplifies being and staying ACTIVE! Our Minute of Health Active Living is part of show content and airs each and every week.

We are very proud to be part of this great local show and encourage you to tune in and check it out. Feel free to send us topic ideas through Facebook or Twitter!

Pictured here, Amy Kenney, Director of Communications and Business Development at St. Joseph Healthcare, Dan Cashman of Cashman Communications, Owner of Downtown with Rich Kimball and Bryan Stackpole, Producer of Downtown with Rich Kimball.

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We have a Winner amongst us!

Joe BorerMDOur Chief of the Emergency Department received a wonderful letter the other day informing us of a winner within our team! The letter reads like this:

I’m pleased to inform you that one of your medical staff members was selected as HealthInfoNet’s HIE [Health Information Exchange] User of the Month. Each month, HealthInfoNet recognizes one of its highest volume users, highlighting the ways in which they use the health information exchange to support improvements in patient care at their organization.

Our February 2015 User of the Month is Joseph Borer, MD, one of your Emergency Medicine Physician at St. Joseph Hospital.

Below is the write up we worked with him on and will be including on our website and in a number of our upcoming communications to users and other stakeholders.

Joseph Borer, MD, FACEP, is an Emergency Medicine Physician in the Emergency Department of St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor. He’s worked in emergency medicine for many years, coming to Maine three and half years ago from Minnesota. “We had nothing like HealthInfoNet, where I came from,” he said. “It’s an important service that I’ve never had before. It’s increased my ability to take care of the patient incredibly.”

He uses HealthInfoNet regularly to gather medical history on a patient before seeing them. In the emergency room decisions are made quickly and as he explained “HIN allows me to understand who you are medically in a way you may not be able to relate to me during the visit”. It’s common for patients in the ER to have an altered level of consciousness, he said. “But if I can get their name, I can pull up a lot of medical history I wouldn’t otherwise have.” It also helps when he doesn’t think the patient is telling him their whole story, mostly because as he said, “they don’t understand we don’t have the information from other providers in our electronic medical records.”

He mostly reviews past medical problems, hospital admissions, and notes from recent visits to a primary care provider. This helps him better coordinate care. “It helps me understand what your providers are doing and participate in that care in an improved way.”

He added that he’s also seen use of the HIE reduce duplication. “For instance, earlier today, I saw a boy who had problems passing urine. I found that he’d already been seen for the issue in another hospital, a clinic and urologist’s office. I was able to get his images and blood work so I could get a game plan together. I didn’t have to duplicate what had already been done.”

Congratulations to Dr. Borer and St. Joseph Hospital.

GREAT work Dr. Borer! Thanks for everything you do – each and every day!

CLICK HERE for more information about HeathInfoNet and the HIE.