December 21, 2014

A Reflection for the Fourth Week of Advent

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
Luke 1:38

We now light the fourth candle of the Advent wreath and open the last few doors of the Advent calendar. Our countdown is almost complete, our lists nearly all checked off. Only the last few items remain to be purchased and wrapped, and there is a sense of the world winding down. For many of us, we can now stop to enjoy that experience for which we have so diligently prepared.

Saint Francis of Assisi gave us the gift of the Nativity scene after he grew weary of the materialism rampant in Italy in 1223. We are no different in our world today, as commercialism overshadows this holy event. Just as the people in the time of Saint Francis needed something to bring them back to the meaning of Christ, so too do we need the reminder of the creche. Many of us feel fatigued or we worry about all kinds of things that can spoil what is meant to be a joyous occasion. Whether we consciously realize it or not, our hearts are longing for that which cannot be bought or wrapped or placed under a tree.

We stand in life as do the figures in the Nativity scene, waiting around an empty manger. If we believe the good news, we wait with hope and we wait with joyful anticipation of the promise of Christ. What is important is not the number of lights on the tree, or how pretty the bows are on the presents, or even if there are presents under a tree. What is most important is that within our hearts a space has been prepared and we are ready to receive the most precious and sacred gift of all.

In these last days of Advent, may we wait in peace with holy longing and joyful anticipation.

December 21, 2014

Daily Reflection

“Everything that has a beginning has and end.  Make your peace with that and all will be well.”

December 20, 2014

Daily Reflection

“At any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end.”

December 19, 2014

Kingman Christmas!

Our kids in Kingman had a nice surprise when some of our SJH employees recently trekked up for a visit to bring each of them a special Christmas gift!

Sherri Sawyer of Education spearheaded a project to make special blankets for each child. Each blanket was designed to their specific likes and even embroidered with their names on them. Sherri stated, “It was awesome to see them so excited over blankets. They all wrapped up in them and asked if they could have nap time, then they all sat on them when they had a snack! It was so great! They were all so thankful!!” She also said they were even treated to a Christmas song sung by the children.

A huge thank you to Sherri Sawyer for pulling together this amazing project. Joining Sherri in making these fabulous blankets were, Paige Hagerstrom, Heather Lux, Lisa LaDuke, Katie Lambertson, Kim Mossler, Trudy Sluka, Lindsay Collins and Alexia Corbett.

Thank you ladies for spreading your heartfelt joy and gifts to these very special children. December 2014 visit 8 December 2014 visit 1 December 2014 visit 2 December 2014 visit 3 December 2014 visit 4 December 2014 visit 5 December 2014 visit 6 December 2014 visit 7

December 19, 2014

Daily Reflection

“Faith doesn’t make sense that’s why it makes miracles.”

December 19, 2014

Dr. Evans Named a “Top Doc”

Dr. Heather EvansHeather Evans DO of St. Joseph Family Medicine – Evergreen Woods has been named to DownEast Magazine’s annual list of Top Doctors for 2014. The fourth annual “Top Docs” peer survey is based on voting by physicians state-wide. The listing of all winners will be published in the forthcoming January issue of the magazine.

The survey lists top Maine physicians by specialty, based on the survey question: “If you or a family member had a problem in the following areas, who would you select as the best specialist in Maine?”

Dr. Evans is a Family Physician who is board certified in both Family Medicine and Neuromuscular Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulation. Her interests include nutritional health, women’s health and osteopathic manipulative medicine.

Dr. Evans also recently received a “Patient’s Choice” designation from Vitals.com, a nationwide physician search and rating website.

DownEast Magazine will host a reception in January to honor all of the 2105 “Top Docs” in Scarborough, Maine.

This is the second consecutive year a St. Joseph Healthcare physician has made the DownEast “Top Docs” list. Mark Henderson MD of St. Joseph Endocrinology was listed in 2014.

December 18, 2014

Congratulations to the Winners of the EAC Christmas Tree Decorating Contest!

1st-Cardiology-White Christmas-Bing Crosby

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2nd-Human Resources-All I Want for Christmas is a real good tan-Kenny Chesney

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3rd-Pre-Registration-I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

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Honorable Mention-Respiratory Care Department-Christmas Time is Here-Peanuts

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Check out more photos on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/stjoeshealing

December 18, 2014

And the “Suds” are off…

Thank you to all who donated to our St. Joseph’s Project of Suds! We collected over 150 containers of laundry detergent! The donations were delivered to the Salvation Army this morning and will be included in the Christmas baskets that they are putting together to be distributed to families in need throughout our community.
Once again, St. Joseph Healthcare employees have reached out to show their support of those in need. Thank you so much and Merry Christmas!!!

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December 18, 2014

Are You Ready for an Epic Announcement?

newnameHave you been wondering about the contest we ran a while back to rename Epic? Well, your wondering and wait is OVER!

Click HERE for an update on our new name and mascot.

Now that you have the great news on the name and mascot … click  HERE to see the mascot.

Congratulation to all our winners and a huge THANK YOU to all who participated in the contest!

 

December 18, 2014

New Dashboard is Online

Our monthly online Organizational Dashboard offers a quick, updated snapshot of what’s going on within the organization, featuring our financial health, quality measures, department highlights and more.  You can refer to the latest edition anytime by clicking the light blue “Organizational Dashboard”  link on the right-hand side of our intranet page.

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