October 23, 2014

Attention BOOys and Ghouls!

PunkinEveryone –  Sharpen your instruments and get ready to whittle up a scary scene to enter in the  annual St. Joseph Great Pumpkin Contest!  It’s all cooked up by the friendly folks in our Nutrition Services Department. Pick up your gargantuan gourd now in the kitchen, next door to the Cafeteria on the Second Floor – while they last – and create  your terrifying tableau. A First, Second and Third Place cash award ($50, $30 & $20) will be presented to the three departments creating the top three dastardly displays, as determined by our celebrity judges.

Contest entry sheets with all the rules are available in the Cafeteria, or just download one. Then, print, fill out and attach your entry form to your pumpkin display. To qualify, all displays must be placed on exhibit in the cafeteria by 10 a.m. on Friday, October 31. Cider and other treats will be served in the Cafeteria by Nutrition Services beginning at 2:00, when judging will commence, followed by the announcement of winners.

If you come incognito, be sure to enter the Employee Activity Committee’s Costume Contest…our judges will determine the best outfits during the spook-tacular Parade of Costumes.  Departments at 900 Broadway and other off-site locations can also take part in the costume competition by e-mailing photos of their sartorial supernaturals to Peggy Innocenti before 12 noon on Oct 31. The judges will select winners from among these images as well.  The top three costume winners from the in-town Broadway campus and three more from 900 Broadway and other external offices who submit photos will each receive a $25 gift card courtesy of the Committee.

Come One, Come All and be Afraid…be Very Afraid!

October 23, 2014

Daily Reflection

“When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.”

October 22, 2014

We Have Another Winner!

As many of you may remember, Mary Prybylo, CEO had donated her parking space for the months of August and September as part of a “give-a-way” during her President’s forum back in July. She has decided she would like to extend this parking privilege for the month of November.

We have randomly selected Kelly Oakes of the Cardiology Department as the winner for this drawing. Congratulations Kelly!  And thank you Mary Prybylo for graciously donating your parking spot!


October 22, 2014

Dr. Pattavina Chairs MMA Board

Congratulations to Charles Pattavina, MD who has been appointed chairman of the Board of the Maine Medical Association (MMA). Dr. Pattavina is an emergency medicine physician and is Chief of the Emergency Department at St. Joseph Hospital.  He was elected to the chairmanship at the MMA’s annual meeting in Bar Harbor last month and will serve a one-year term.

The MMA was founded in 1853, and serves as an advocacy group for physicians, their patients and the public health. It is one of fifty state medical societies that make up the American Medical Association.

October 22, 2014

Daily Reflection

“Don’t wait to realize you shouldn’t have waited.”

October 21, 2014

Nutrition Services Paying it Forward

Last summer, the St. Joseph Nutrition Services Department received the New England Region Account of the Year Award from Morrison Healthcare, the company that provides and manages food service to our Hospital.

As part of the award, Nutrition Services received a cash gift from Morrison, to be used by department employees to celebrate. Nutrition Services staff decided to donate a significant part of this ($250) to charity.  To make it interesting and fun, they organized a bowling competition, creating six teams to compete on behalf of six different local non profit organizations.  Last Friday, the team rolling for St. Andre Home wound up with the highest score, so the cash goes to a very worthy organization which provides parenting assistance, child services, residential care and adoption services in the region.

“I’m really proud of our staff,” said Peter Merritt, Nutrition Services Director.  “They’ve worked really hard to improve our services here and are so deserving of this award.  They should also be commended for recognizing the need in our community, and coming up with the idea on their own to donate some of the award money. It just goes to show the kind of folks we have working here, and how in tune they are with the St. Joe’s mission.”

October 21, 2014

Daily Reflection

My to do list for today…

~Count my blessings

~Practice kindness

~Let go of what I can’t control

~Listen to my heart

~Be productive yet calm

~Just breathe

October 20, 2014

Daily Reflection

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go.”

October 20, 2014

St. Joseph Receives Provider of Distinction Designation

Another testimony to the people of St. Joseph Hospital and their dedication to quality care: the Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust (MMEHT) has released its latest listing of hospitals in the state which the group has designated as Providers of Distinction. St. Joseph is one of 18 hospitals in Maine on the current top-tier list, which also includes sister Covenant facility St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

Hospitals are selected for this list based on criteria which reward safe, effective high quality care delivered at reasonable cost. MMEHT’s selection methodology is based on data from the Maine Health Management Coalition’s Get Better Maine website along with Anthem hospital unit cost data.

October 19, 2014

Daily Reflection

“If you can’t change the situation, you can change the way you think about it.”


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