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Busting Vaccine Myths! A Novel Approach to Engaging with Vaccine-Hesitant Healthcare Workers

Andy Patstone, President of Western Maine Health, leaned on Dr. Carolyn Plourde’s expertise as an experienced physician and educator to engage in critical COVID-19 vaccine myth busting among vaccine-hesitant healthcare workers concerned about pregnancy, fertility, and breastfeeding. Dr. Plourde, a Western Maine Health OBGYN employs a simple yet impactful [...]

Busting Vaccine Myths! A Novel Approach to Engaging with Vaccine-Hesitant Healthcare Workers2021-10-11T15:08:03+00:00

Robotic Clot Retriever

Minimally invasive techniques for vascular surgery are progressively claiming more and more territory from open surgery. Intra-arterial therapy for stroke is now the Gold Standard of care. In Neuro-intervention, the tools brought to the brain blood vessels need to work at 100-150cm from the point of access (femoral or [...]

Robotic Clot Retriever2021-09-03T18:59:50+00:00


Bethany Sweet is a certified child life specialist at Maine Medical Center. Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) help patients and families identify ways to cope with various medical procedures. Real medical equipment is often used to teach patients about procedures and allows patients to engage with the equipment in [...]



Gastrostomy tubes (G-tubes) are feeding tubes that are placed surgically through the abdomen directly into the stomach, and are life sustaining for millions of patients for medications and nutrition. Fortunately many patients' health conditions improve and they no longer require their g-tube. Standard practice is to simply remove the tube [...]


Creating a Novel Shared Surgical Coverage Model

As a small rural hospital that runs a full service, 24/7 Emergency Medicine Department, WesternMaine Health needs 24/7 general surgical call coverage. And yet over time as the population of Norway, ME has shrunk, the hospital has gotten to the point where they don't have enough demand to support [...]

Creating a Novel Shared Surgical Coverage Model2021-07-15T17:45:00+00:00

Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program – A Novel Workforce Solution

Memorial Hospital, North Conway, NH, has had an increasing need for clinical practice support in the form of Medical Assistants (MA). To address this gap in care, a team comprised of members from clinical education, talent acquisition, primary care, and human resources at Memorial convened to evaluate the local [...]

Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program – A Novel Workforce Solution2021-07-15T17:42:46+00:00
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