Quarterly Newsletter, November 2018


In This Issue:

  • Our Merger with Miles & St. Andrews Home Health & Hospice
  • Video Launch! Meet our Team & Hear our Patient Stories.
  • Connected Care: Telehealth Kiosk Project
  • United Way of Greater Portland awards grant to MHCAH
  • Generosity in the Community: SHL Fundraising Event 
  • Community Events: Home Care and Hospice Month
W e are pleased to share that the much anticipated October 1st merger of Miles & St. Andrews Home Health & Hospice with MaineHealth Care at Home was a great success. We worked diligently to ensure that the transition was seamless for all of our patients and healthcare partners. 

As two MaineHealth organizations who offered home health services in a shared geographical service area, the time was right for MaineHealth Care at Home to take this important step with Miles & St. Andrews. Our combined entity is stronger and better positioned to care for the aging population in the coastal region of our state. We will advance collaboration with all of our MaineHealth partners to focus on important system-wide initiatives such as the expansion of telehealth, and the development of clinical protocols for our patients with cardiac conditions, pulmonary disease, and palliative care needs.

These are exciting times in home health and hospice care in Maine. Please feel free to call members of our team to learn more about our services.  
I n an exciting public private partnership, MaineHealth Care at Home has teamed with Avesta Housing and the Caleb Group—two housing organizations in southern Maine, to improve the health and well-being of older and disabled residents through Connected Care Clinics. 

MaineHealth Care at Home is an early adopter of telehealth with significant success in reducing hospital readmission rates for our most acute home care patients. The primary goal of our program is to assist residents with multiple chronic conditions to improve their self-management skills and health status through access to on-site nursing and telehealth services. 

Our Connected Care Clinics program features on-site nursing clinics and pre-scheduled video visits with telehealth nurses who conduct multi-dimensional individual health risk assessments to ascertain the resident’s health challenges, goals, needs, and deficits including their psychosocial/behavioral health concerns. Our nurses also offer biometric screening, support implementation of current prescribed therapies and education, and they identify and support residents in reaching their self-management goals. They also help by coordinating community referral services. To learn more about this innovative program, please contact Stephen Baybutt, Telehealth Director at  baybus@mhcah.org

UWGP Funding

F or more than 85 years, United Way of Greater Portland’s (UWGP) mission has been to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community . We are very proud to have been selected by the United Way to receive a 1-year $58,444 grant aimed at creating a brighter future for all local children by promoting healthy development and school readiness through quality early learning experiences. For more information about our award and this important project, please contact Mia Millefoglie at mmillefoglie@mhcah.org
Susan Hirschberg Linet Fund- November Fundraising Event
 C yd and Deb Zeigler, owners of Blueberry Fields Bed & Breakfast of Washington (ME), graciously hosted a fundraising event in support of the Susan Hirschberg Linet Fund on Nov. 2nd. In total, the event raised over $1000 dollars for the fund and spread the message of what great work they've done, and will continue to do, in the community for families in need.

The founders of the Susan Hirschberg Linet, MD Fund (SHL) and MaineHealth Care at Home (MHCAH) collaborate to raise funds that assist patients challenged with serious chronic and acute illnesses. Funding supports patients of all ages and includes medical supplies, medications, transportation costs, other emergency needs, and respite care for families.

For more information, please visit the  Fund's Facebook Page

To donate, please fill out  MHCAH's Donation Form
November is Home Care and Hospice Month!
D uring November, leaders across the nation commemorate the work of our home health and hospice community who serve a central role in our health care system. Each year, more than 5 million Americans receive home health and hospice care in the comfort of home and community. 

We share our appreciation to those who give compassionate care and support to patients, of all ages, across Maine.

Thank You!
Clinic Information: By appointment only. Clinic schedules may change due to demand. Generally clinics runs from 8:30am to 2:00pm. Services include free blood pressures & health education. Footcare $30. Fingernail Care $5.

Grief Support Group Information Our Grief Support Group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 2pm to 3:30pm.  Pre-registration for this free service is required.

To schedule a clinic appointment or to register for a support group, please call 800-660-4867.
Referral Lines

To make a referral contact: 1-866-255-8744

For general inquiries contact: 1-800-660-4867

For our Physician Order Line contact: 1-800-257-9099

For referrals via fax contact: 1-207-775-5521

For additional information se e: MaineHealth Care at Home's Referral Web Page
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