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  • 17 Dec 2015 2:08 PM | Deleted user


    Dr. Jennifer Zeliger Receives Board Certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Certification recognizes clinical competence at a level above that required for licensure


    Farmington, Maine¾


    Franklin Health Women’s Care and Franklin Memorial Hospital are pleased to announce that Jennifer Zeliger, MD, recently received certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Certification recognizes clinical competence at a level above that required for licensure.


    To become board certified, a physician must pass a written test to demonstrate that he or she has obtained the special knowledge and skills required for medical and surgical care of women; must also show experience in treating women’s health care prior to the oral examination; and successfully pass an oral examination given by a team of well-respected national experts that tests the physician’s skills, knowledge and ability to treat different conditions.

    “Women’s care providers focus on the health of women before, during and after childbearing years and diagnosing and treating conditions of the reproductive system and associated disorders,” said Dr. Jay Naliboff, vice president medical affairs. “This certification is an indication of the expert capabilities of the medical and surgical care of women that Dr. Zeliger provides to our community,”


    Dr. Zeliger completed a four-year obstetrics and gynecology residency at Maine Medical Center. Before that, she received her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. While there, she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the recipient of the Janke B. Mains Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance in Microstructure and Development.


    Dr. Zeliger’s professional interests include vaginal surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and caring for our obstetrical patients.

  • 17 Dec 2015 11:56 AM | Deleted user


    Governor Responds to Speaker Eves About “Comprehensive Proposal” to Address Drug Crisis

    For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 17, 2015 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary (207) 287-2531

    AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage responded today to a letter from Speaker of the House Mark Eves, which criticized the Governor for funding law enforcement efforts to hunt down drug traffickers. See links to letters above.

  • 16 Dec 2015 9:43 AM | Deleted user


    Governor Sends Letters to Treasurer and Legislative Leadership Regarding Bonds

    Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

    AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today delivered a letter to Legislative leadership and the State Treasurer clarifying his position and future intentions regarding bonding in 2016. In the letter the Governor indicates he will issue $5 million in Land for Maine’s Future bonds, which were ratified in 2012. Authority to issue another $6.47 million in LMF bonds was allowed to expire in November, due to Legislative inaction.

    “My position all along has been that if wealthy landowners are going to benefit from selling their properties to the publicly funded LMF program, then senior citizens and other low-income Mainers should get a commensurate benefit,” wrote Governor LePage. “LMF bonds pay to take large tracts of land off the local tax rolls, which forces local property taxes to go up. All of this combines to increase taxes on the Mainers who can least afford it: middle-class families, the working poor, senior citizens and others on fixed incomes.”

    “Make no mistake, I respect the will of the people. They elected me twice to bring fiscal responsibility and common-sense reform to state government, which includes managing our state’s debt and rooting out greedy politicians.”

  • 16 Dec 2015 9:42 AM | Deleted user


    MaineHealth to Partner with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to Enhance

    Quality Cancer Care in Northern New England


    PORTLAND, Maine – Maine’s largest healthcare provider is teaming with one of the nation’s foremost cancer specialty institutes, giving the people of southern and western Maine and Carroll County, N.H., improved access to the best possible cancer care.


    MaineHealth has formed a partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute of Boston so cancer patients at the 11 MaineHealth member and affiliated hospitals, including Franklin Memorial Hospital, will have streamlined access to Dana-Farber for complex specialty care and clinical trials. Dana-Farber will provide consultation, training, and other services to physicians and their teams throughout the MaineHealth system.


    MaineHealth and Dana-Farber will also work together to expand or develop a wide range of survivorship, second-opinion, education, and personalized medicine initiatives offered by MaineHealth.


    The agreement creates a full continuum of cancer care to be offered through MaineHealth, starting with many treatments that can be provided close to home at local hospitals. More complex cases can be addressed at Maine Medical Center, the state’s largest tertiary care hospital. And finally, for the most complex and challenging cases, Dana Farber’s resources can be leveraged to provide the most advanced treatments and clinical trials.


    Franklin Memorial Hospital has been in partnership with MaineGeneral’s Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care to provide oncology and hematology services at the Farmington hospital since 2007 and will continue. Doctors providing cancer care services include: Robin Locke, MD; Richard Krull, MD; and Gregory Emmons, DO.


    “We seek high-quality partners in cancer care to enable patients to stay close to home as much as possible, either for all of their care or after the most intensive, complex treatments,” said Bill Caron, president of MaineHealth.  “This partnership brings together Dana-Farber’s world-renowned cancer expertise and MaineHealth’s comprehensive health system to create an unprecedented range of options for cancer patients throughout the region.”  


    “We are excited for formalize the strong relationship we already have with MaineHealth,” said Edward J. Benz, Jr., M.D., president of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, “and we look forward to working together more closely to ease the burden of cancer in northern New England.”


    About MaineHealth

    MaineHealth is a not-for-profit family of leading high-quality providers and other healthcare organizations working together so their communities are the healthiest in America. Ranked among the nation's top 100 integrated healthcare delivery networks, MaineHealth member organizations include Maine Medical Center, Franklin Community Health Network, Lincoln County Healthcare, Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Memorial Hospital, Pen Bay Healthcare, Southern Maine Health Care, Waldo County Healthcare, Western Maine Health, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, NorDx and Synernet. Affiliates of MaineHealth include MaineGeneral Health, Mid Coast-Parkview Health, New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland and St. Mary's Health System.


    About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    From achieving the first remissions in childhood cancer with chemotherapy in 1948, to developing the very latest new therapies, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is one of the world’s leading centers of cancer research and treatment.  It is the only center ranked in the top 4 of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals for both adult and pediatric cancer care.

    Dana-Farber sits at the center of a wide range of collaborative efforts to reduce the burden of cancer through scientific inquiry, clinical care, education, community engagement, and advocacy.  Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center provides the latest in cancer care for adults; Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center for children. The Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center unites the cancer research efforts of five Harvard academic medical centers and two graduate schools, while Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care provides high quality cancer treatment in communities outside Boston’s Longwood Medical Area.  

    Dana-Farber is dedicated to a unique, 50/50 balance between cancer research and care, and much of the Institute’s work is dedicated to translating the results of its discovery into new treatments for patients locally and around the world.  


  • 14 Dec 2015 3:31 PM | Deleted user


    Governor to Visit Waterville for Next Town Hall

    December 14, 2015

    For Immediate Release: Monday, December 14, 2015
    Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

    AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has announced he will hold his next town hall meeting on Thursday, December 17 in Waterville where he will deliver remarks about moving Maine forward and answer questions from students and residents.

    Waterville Junior High School will host the town hall from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Junior High Auditorium, 100 W River Rd, Waterville.

    The town hall meeting will focus on the Governor’s vision for Maine, including further reducing

  • 14 Dec 2015 10:48 AM | Deleted user


    Governor and First Lady Lay Wreaths to Remember, Honor and Teach

    Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-592-3718

    Wreaths Across America tribute draws thousands of volunteers to Arlington National Cemetery

    ARLINGTON, VA – Today, joining more than 30,000 volunteers, Governor Paul R. LePage and First Lady Ann M. LePage participated in the annual Wreaths Across America remembrance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Paying tribute to the men and women who served our nation with dignity and honor, more than 230,000 remembrance wreaths were placed on their graves.

    Since 1992, Morrill and Karen Worcester, founders of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine have organized a group of volunteers to place wreaths in Arlington, Virginia.

    The laying of the wreaths has become an annual tradition for the Governor and First Lady. For the past four years, First Lady LePage has traveled with the Wreaths Across America convoy – referred to as “The Arlington Project” – from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery, which began on Sunday, December 6 this year.

     “Shortly after Paul took office, I adopted the Wreaths Across America mission statement as my driving force - to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and their families, and teach our children the value of freedom,” Mrs. LePage said. “The placing of the wreaths in Arlington, and really the whole trip, is such a powerful experience. I can’t thank Wreaths Across America enough for all they do to honor our veterans.”

    For many years The Arlington Project had been the quiet mission of Morrill Worcester and his family. In 2006, internet stories fueled attention for his annual quest, and Worcester was contacted by the Patriot Guard Riders who generously offered their help with the project. Since then the Patriot Guard Riders have escorted the wreath trucks down the East Coast and taking several days to make the trip.

    The week-long trip allows stops at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities and gives the group an opportunity to promote their mission: Remember, Honor and Teach. This “parade” of truckers, supporters and well-wishers has become an annual event and teaching opportunity for Wreaths Across America and a valued part of the Arlington Project.

    “The First Lady and I would like to say thank you to all of the professional drivers and the trucking companies that support this mission,” said Governor LePage.  “This trip helps to show our nation what it means to be from Maine. This Maine-led commemorative convoy, now known as the world’s largest veteran’s parade, makes Ann and me proud to call Maine home.”

    The placing of a wreath also occurred at the mast of the U.S.S. Maine with various members of Maine law enforcement. The mast was removed from the ship in 1905 shortly before the ship was taken out to sea and sunk with military honors. The mast was then installed above a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery in honor of those who lost their lives when the ship sank in Havana, Cuba, Harbor in 1898. This sinking was the event that started the Spanish-American War.


  • 14 Dec 2015 10:47 AM | Deleted user

     Health Foundation Support Expands Care for Uninsured

    Franklin Memorial Hospital one of three statewide awardees

    Augusta, Maine (November 23, 2015)—The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) announces the award of $672,887 in grant funding to three health care systems to expand access to quality health care for people who are uninsured. Awardees for the Access to Quality Care program include Franklin Memorial Hospital, MaineHealth CarePartners (Knox County), and Penobscot Community Health Care.

    “People without health insurance face significant challenges in accessing health care services to maintain their health,” said Dr. Wendy Wolf, MeHAF’s president and CEO. “We want everyone in Maine to be able to have an ongoing relationship with a trusted doctor or other primary care provider. This kind of relationship supports better communication between provider and patient and more robust coordination of specialty care, including behavioral health services and other care. Our goal with the Access to Quality Care program is to ensure that people who are uninsured experience better, more coordinated care that can result in better health outcomes.”
    The three awardees have developed specific strategies to meet the health care needs of people who are uninsured. Franklin Memorial Hospital will use a community resource coordinator to coordinate transitions of care for people without insurance, linking them to primary care providers and to other services in Franklin County. MaineHealth will implement its nationally-recognized CarePartners program in Knox County to expand access to care. Penobscot Community Health Care will coordinate care for persons with chronic pain or opiate addiction by linking patients to high quality primary care and collaborative care management teams.

    In Franklin County, Tracy Harty who is based at Healthy Community Coalition, is the project’s lead and is currently getting systems in place, developing a universal referral form, connecting with community resources, and contacting patients who are uninsured and seeking primary care services in the Emergency Department. After the first of the year, Tracy will provide resource coordination and care transition support for those without health insurance, based initially in the Franklin Memorial Hospital Emergency Department (ED). Responsibilities will include face-to-face encounters when appropriate, follow-up calls within 48 hours of an ED visit, making appropriate referrals, and ensuring individuals have access to a primary care provider, dental care and behavioral health services.


    For additional information on the Franklin County program, contact Tracy Harty, RN, senior program director/nurse navigator at 207-779-2830.


    AboutMeHAF: The Maine Health Access Foundation is Maine’s largest, private, nonprofit health care foundation dedicated to promoting access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improving the health of everyone in Maine.  MeHAF uses its grant resources and expertise to identify and advance key initiatives and issues to improve Maine’s health care system, so people across every region of Maine have access to quality care for better health. 


  • 11 Dec 2015 9:58 AM | Deleted user


    Franklin Memorial Hospital ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition

    from The Joint Commission




    Franklin Memorial Hospital announced today that it has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.


    Franklin Memorial Hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for surgical care and venous thromboembolism (formation of blood clots in the vein).


    Franklin Memorial Hospital is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States, and one of 10 Maine hospitals to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction. This is the third consecutive year that FMH has been recognized as a Top Performer.


    The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.


    “Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Franklin Memorial Hospital for its excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.


    “We understand what matters most to patients at Franklin Memorial Hospital is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Rebecca Arsenault, FMH president and CEO. “We are proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”


    For more information about the Top Performer program, visit

  • 11 Dec 2015 9:57 AM | Deleted user


    Governor Takes Action to Address Maine's Heroin Crisis

    Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

    AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today took action signing a financial order to authorize the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency to hire 10 drug agents to help combat Maine's drug pandemic.

    Please see the attached letter and financial order delivered Wednesday to Senate President Michael Thibodeau and Legislative leadership.

  • 08 Dec 2015 11:47 AM | Deleted user


    Participate in the Sugarloaf Summit Snowshoe Shuffle

    Teams of coworkers, family, or friends are encouraged



    This year’s Sugarloaf Charity Summit kicks off with the Snowshoe Shuffle on Wednesday, December 30 at 10 a.m. All proceeds from Charity Summit events benefit the Maine Cancer Foundation and the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center.


    According to organizers if you can walk, you can showshoe! The shuffle route is about an hour-long gentle route through beautiful trails at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, offering spectacular views of Sugarloaf Mountain.


    Individuals are welcome and teams of coworkers, family, and friends are encouraged to join in on the fun. Registration is $25 per person and includes a day pass to the Outdoor Center. New this year is a family package ($25 for each adult and children are free) and a group package (register three and get the fourth participant free). Costumes are welcome and a tradition. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers and best costumes.


    The Sugarloaf Charity Summit, which will include the Sugarloaf Charity Ball on January 30, raised more than $200,000 last year. Now in its sixteenth year, Summit organizers hope that after this season’s events the collective total will exceed $2.2 million.


    For more information and to register go to


    Maine Cancer Foundation, established in 1976, improves the health and well-being of Maine people. A grant-based organization, the Foundation supports scientific laboratory and clinical cancer research, professional and public education, and patient support programs throughout Maine.


    Franklin Memorial Hospital’s Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center provides timely access to state-of-the-art screening, diagnostic, clinical, and care-support services, provided by a multi-disciplinary team of experts. Services are available in two convenient locations in Farmington and Livermore Falls.

Contact us at:

Phone: (207) 500-2464


Mail: P.O. Box 458 Livermore Falls

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