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2014 Gubernatorial Candidates' Health Platforms

Date:9/16/2014 11:44:49 AM

The candidates for governor have released their health care platforms. 

Hospital Issues for State Office Candidates

Date:8/13/2014 11:36:49 AM

Maine’s hospital leaders look forward to working with Maine’s future policymakers on health care issues. 
Two years ago, we outlined four factors that are spurring change in the health care sector:

  • · Government Payers are Broke—and are Shifting Risk to Providers;
  • · Private Payers are Disappearing—Shifting Risk to Consumers;
  • · Poor Lifestyle Choices Are Costing More; and
  • · Payers Are Demanding Value and Are Learning How to Do It Effectively.   
This year, we wanted to identify one example of how these forces have been catalysts for reform in Maine.
 Read the document

Let's Go! offers free online course

Date:7/9/2014 3:10:12 PM

Let’s Go!, an obesity prevention program of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, has partnered with the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation to release a free online course that aims to equip pediatric providers with effective, evidence-based tools to guide their patients to better health.

MHA Partners With Let's Go!

Date:6/25/2014 2:13:49 PM

The Maine Hospital Association (MHA) is partnering with Let’s Go!, an award-winning obesity prevention program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, to help increase healthy eating and active living wherever kids live, learn, work and play.

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(news release from Pen Bay Medical Center)
Pen Bay Medical Center was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.
(news release from St. Mary's Regional Medical Center)
Lee Myles, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Mary’s Health System today announced his intent to retire during the coming year. Myles’ departure is expected by the end of 2015. During that time a search process will be undertaken to recruit a new President and Chief Executive Officer for the Health System.
(news release from Pen Bay Medical Center)
The Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network, an initiative of the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine, recognized Pen Bay Medical Center with a gold level award for taking steps to create a tobacco-free hospital environment and supporting tobacco-free lifestyles for patients, staff and the community.
(news release from Down East Community Hospital)
On Tuesday, November 18, Machias Savings Bank President and CEO, Larry Barker, presented a $1,000 donation to Down East Community Hospital CEO, Ralph Gabarro, and Board Chair David Whitney for Light A Life.
(news release from Pen Bay Medical Center)
Let’s Go! Knox County is pleased to announce that Ponderosa Playland is the first Let’s Go! site in Knox County to receive the Redy Award, given to community members or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding commitment, leadership and innovation to the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program. Ponderosa Playland is a home-based childcare facility located in St. George.
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2015 Small or Rural Hospital Conference

MHA’s popular Small or Rural Hospital Conference will be held February 11-13, 2015 at the Jordan Grand Resort Hotel at Sunday River in Newry, Maine.

The conference, attended by small and large hospitals alike, will begin Wednesday evening with a reception and dinner.  Several pre-conference meetings will take place Wednesday afternoon, including a Critical Access Hospital meeting and an Associated Health Resources (AHR) board meeting.

Location: Jordan Grand Resort Hotel at Sunday River
Date: 2/11/2015 - 2/13/2015
2015 Summer Forum

MHA’s annual Summer Forum Conference will be held June 17-19, 2015 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine.

The Summer Forum is MHA's largest venue for health care education.  Held annually, it attracts close to 400 health care professionals, business leaders and government officials from across Maine and New England.

Location: Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME
Date: 6/17/2015 - 6/19/2015
HCAHPS Workshop

This daylong HCAHPS workshop will provide you with the opportunity to delve deeply into understanding how HCAHPS can be used effectively to improve healthcare. The workshop will consist of a combination of presentations and interactive exercies designed to help you define, refine and implement new strategies to improve the patient experience as reflected in HCAHPs perforance. At the end of the day, participants should be energized and ready to immediately apply the knowledge they have gained.

Brochure and registration materials will be available soon!

Date: 4/16/2015
Statewide Quality Improvement Meeting

MHA's next Statewide Quality Improvement meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 17 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  The focus will be on discussing care transitions, readmissions, reducing adverse drug events and value-based purchasing and will include multiple presenters from the NE QIN-QIO.

Date: 12/17/2014
Transforming Fall and Fall Injury Prevention Practices

Hospital nurses and other interested healthcare workers from across the full continuum of care are invited to a day-long workshop to explore best practices in preventing patient falls and fall injury. The workshop will be led by Dr. Patricia A. Quigley, who is nationally and internationally known for her work in transforming fall injury prevention programs for the elderly and disabled. Dr. Quigley will motivate nurses and others to move beyond traditional fall prevention programs to design population-specific injury protection programs that reduce the risk for moderate to serious injuries and loss of life. Even falls with minor injury can have grave consequences for older adults. Nurses can lead changes in fall-injury practices that are both protective and promote patients’ independence, function and social integration. Attendees will be asked to go beyond an over-reliance on fall risk screening and universal fall precautions driven by scoring to implement a bundled approach to fall prevention, detection and protection.

Date: 12/10/2014, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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