July 28, 2016

Daily Reflection

“I have a plan.  Do you trust me?”  ~God

July 28, 2016

Want to be part of the fun?! Volunteer for the American Folk Festival August 26, 27 and 28

AFFVolunteers2St. Joe’s is a proud sponsor and partner of the American Folk Festival. This awesome musical event is coming up August 26, 27 and 28 on the beautiful Bangor waterfront and the Folk Festival organizers are reaching out for volunteers to help make the festival a success.

Are you interested in having fun and helping out?

Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, an invite to the staff and artist party and you’ll get to be a part of one of Maine’s largest cultural events.

Click here for a great video about volunteering!

Learn more about the American Folk Festival and register to volunteer online here:    http://www.americanfolkfestival.com/content/5017/volunteer

Or call the offices at 207-262-7765! See you at the show!

July 28, 2016

Covenant Employee Transitions

Please find below an announcement sent on behalf of Karen Leibold, Vice President of Human Resources and John Rafferty, System Director of Supply Chain

As part of our continued efforts to restructure and integrate Supply Chain management functions, we are pleased to announce that effective immediately Linda Henderson will be assuming the newly created role of Director Supply Chain Operations & Contracting. Linda will be responsible for the purchasing of supplies and contracting for services as well as the daily operations at the three acute care hospitals.

Linda brings to this position 25 years of experience at Covenant Health. Most recently, she served as Chief Supply Chain Officer at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, (ME) as well as Interim Director of Materials Management at St. Joseph Healthcare in Bangor, (ME). As Vice President of Clinical Services at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Linda garnered extensive experience in hospital operations.

Please join us in extending congratulations to Linda in her new role.

Patrick Williams joined the Covenant Corporate office as System Director of Lean Transformation in the fall of 2015 after serving in a number of leadership roles at St. Mary’s in Lewiston, most recently as Director of Safety and Volunteer Services.  He will be leaving Covenant today to pursue other endeavors.  Please join us in wishing him well in the future.

On an interim basis, Anne Berger, PhD, MBA, RN, CPHQ , Vice President of Quality Improvement and Safety, will be assuming many of Patrick’s responsibilities in guiding our Lean journey. In addition, Anne will be working with the entire Lean team to manage the important projects that lie ahead and to consider how best to structure the Department.

July 27, 2016

Daily Reflection

“Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.”

July 26, 2016

Daily Reflection

“God is more concerned about your heart than your performance.”

July 25, 2016

Daily Reflection

“Another day is another blessing.  Don’t take it for granted.”

July 25, 2016

Big Surprise!

keri_HKeri Holst, Staff Nurse in the St. Joe’s Emergency Department, received a surprise flash mob visit from VP of  Patient Care Services Dianne Swandal and others last week. The festive occasion, complete with balloons and cookies for the entire ED staff, was in celebration of Keri’s having been nominated for this year’s Caregiver of the Year award by the Maine Hospital Association.

Nominations for this prestigious award are sought from Maine hospital CEOs each year, and to be among those special nominees is a great honor.

In her nomination, Keri was cited for showing “a remarkable dedication to the mission of our hospital and its initiatives to care for many special patient populations.” Such activities include a project she spearheaded that significantly improved screening and appropriate care of suicidal patients in the ED.  She was also praised for her work on the Hospital’s Emergency Services Governance Council, as a liaison between front-line providers and nurses in the ED and St. Joe’s senior leadership.

In addition, Keri is actively involved as a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) nurse. Last week, she, along with SAFE nurse colleague Amanda Blake and others was instrumental in efforts by St. Joe’s and Shaw House in the rescue of a human trafficking victim (read the story).

Congratulations, Keri, and thank you for your dedicated commitment to our mission at St. Joe’s.

July 24, 2016

Daily Reflection

“Don’t call them mistakes.  Call them unexpected learning experiences.”

July 23, 2016

Daily Reflection

“The Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts.”

July 22, 2016

Grand Opening

Veg_cartSt. Joe’s brand-new Vegetable Exchange stand was delivered today by the young man who conceived, designed and helped build it. Jason Thompson, a Life Scout, is the son of Jerry Thompson of our Maintenance department and Cindy Thompson who works in Endoscopy.

The beautiful new stand is the result of Jason’s Eagle project – a requirement for any Scout who wishes to advance to Eagle, the highest rank in Boy Scouting. A successful Eagle project must not only demonstrate leadership but also provide a service to the community.

Along with the sweat equity he himself invested in building the stand, Jason coordinated the entire project, recruiting assistance from Mom, Dad and other family members, including the cut and milled lumber that went into it. Thanks also goes to Hammond Lumber, who donated all the hardware that holds it together! Built solidly of durable stained and finished cedar, this wonderful stand should last a lifetime!

One of our numerous Mission projects to help the community, St. Joe’s Vegetable Exchange is held on Fridays during July and August, adjacent to the Main Lobby entrance. It enables individuals and farmers with excess freshly grown vegetables to donate them, to be picked up by anyone who needs them. Home vegetable gardeners: donations always welcome!

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