Staff Development Team Creates “Operation: No Harm Index”

The excitement was palpable as the day of the Skills Fair arrived, and the Operation: No Harm Index game took center stage, continuing the tradition of engaging hospital staff in critical topics of patient safety and the No Harm Index. Led by Kathleen Sheehan-Tartre, BSN, RN, Nursing Director of Nursing Education & [...]

Staff Development Team Creates “Operation: No Harm Index”2024-05-15T12:28:34-04:00

Southern Maine Health Care Tackles Length of Stay

“More than ever, we need to focus on taking time to listen to other’s perspectives, especially when their expertise differs from our own.” - Alex Reppond, MS One of the core principles of Innovation is the deliberate pursuit of diversity of thought, recognizing its important role in addressing complex [...]

Southern Maine Health Care Tackles Length of Stay2024-05-15T12:21:54-04:00

NeuroCOPE: Bringing Hope to the Neuro ICU Care Team

APP Program Manager Angela LeClerc and her team at Maine Medical Center are addressing the lack of information on post-ICU patient recovery in the neurology intensive care unit (Neuro ICU) to promote a better understanding of recovery outcomes and decrease moral fatigue and nurse burnout. The Challenge Maine Medical [...]

NeuroCOPE: Bringing Hope to the Neuro ICU Care Team2024-03-28T10:13:16-04:00

The Pediatric Well-Care Companion: An Innovative Information Gathering App

Charlotte Helvie, a pediatrician at Memorial Hospital, envisions improving connectivity for families while minimizing care team burn out.  The Challenge Recognizing its potential impact on pediatric care team burnout and worker shortages, Charlotte Helve is developing the Pediatric Well-Care Companion—a mobile application that leverages virtual chat functionality to supplement annual [...]

The Pediatric Well-Care Companion: An Innovative Information Gathering App2024-02-08T15:01:03-05:00

Reinventing Home Health Care Delivery: The Home Health Portable Workstation

Jim Byrne, a physical therapist at CHANS Home Health & Hospice, addresses an opportunity to reinvent the delivery of essential home health care. “If we can’t change the patient’s environment, then we must change our own,” asserted Jim Byrne PT, DPT − a physical therapist at CHANS Home Health and [...]

Reinventing Home Health Care Delivery: The Home Health Portable Workstation2024-02-08T14:55:15-05:00

Easing the Transition from Hospital Care: Community Partnership Helps Patients with Unstable Housing

People who have unstable housing or experience homelessness after hospitalization have 30 percent more visits to the ER after discharge than people with stable housing, a situation that creates major challenges in a patient’s recovery. To tackle the problem, Maine Medical Center (MMC), Greater Portland Health (GPH), a federally qualified [...]

Easing the Transition from Hospital Care: Community Partnership Helps Patients with Unstable Housing2023-08-18T13:19:12-04:00

Dementia Blankets: Cozy Comfort Calms Patient Confusion

When a patient with dementia enters the emergency department (ED), they may feel especially unsettled. They often don’t know where they are or what’s going on around them. The noises, bright lights and unknown people can cause confusion and fear. Sarah Shepherd, DO, an emergency medicine physician at Southern [...]

Dementia Blankets: Cozy Comfort Calms Patient Confusion2023-08-18T13:13:06-04:00

Tech Time: Phone Use Offers Freedom and Therapy for Patients

The TV and "tech" room at Mid Coast Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit (BHU). Imagine being without your phone, computer or iPad for weeks at a time. That’s the reality for many behavioral health patients. In inpatient behavioral health units, phones are taken from patients at admission and [...]

Tech Time: Phone Use Offers Freedom and Therapy for Patients2023-08-18T13:12:34-04:00

Tackling the Opioid Overdose Crisis: Post-Partum Patients Equipped with Naloxone First Aid Kits

As opioid overdoses continue to take the lives of drug users in the U.S., healthcare workers are looking for creative ways to educate the public on the use of naloxone, a nasal spray that reverses the effects of opioids. When used correctly, naloxone can save a life. Naloxone (widely [...]

Tackling the Opioid Overdose Crisis: Post-Partum Patients Equipped with Naloxone First Aid Kits2023-08-18T13:11:53-04:00

Picture This: Health hazards stand out with simple stickers

Heather Carll, of Maine Medical Center’s (MMC) Environmental Services (EVS) department, manages a team that comprises many employees who are non-native English speakers. Heather was concerned they might not understand the written safety labels on bottles that contain strong disinfectants and other chemicals they use in their daily work. She [...]

Picture This: Health hazards stand out with simple stickers2023-06-12T18:34:53-04:00
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