Eleven Maine Hospitals Selected for National Quality Improvement Effort

Eleven hospitals across Maine will participate in the Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) Hospital Quality Network, an innovative, nationwide program led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The AF4Q initiative is RWJF’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, as well as reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models for national reform. Maine’s AF4Q initiative is led by Quality Counts in close collaboration with the Maine Health Management Coalition and the Dirigo Health Agency’s Maine Quality Forum.

During the AF4Q Hospital Quality Network, hospital teams will work together to improve the quality and safety of patient care by piloting and testing new quality improvement strategies over an 18-month period.

The Acadia Hospital Promotes Staff Members to Key Positions

The Acadia Hospital is pleased to announce the promotion of three of its employees. Naomi Brown, PMH-NP has become the Director of Magnet and Research, Dan Johnson, PhD has become the Director of Education, and Jeanne Wypyski, LCSW, CCS has been chosen as the Administrator for Adult Inpatient Services.

Brown will bring her passion for nursing and Acadia Hospital to her position, and will work very closely with nursing leaders and with the new Director of Education to maintain Acadia's level of clinical and service excellence. She began her psychiatric nursing career at Acadia in 1994, working in various programs including inpatient, Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program and Ambulatory Services. Most recently Brown served as an administrator.


James Owens, Master (President) of the Maine State Grange announces that the 137th Annual Session of the Maine State Grange will be held October 20-23 at the Skowhegan Community Center in Skowhegan.
 Approximately 145 Granges from across the state will send two delegates to debate resolutions and policies on many subjects ranging from replacing the State of Maine Board of Corrections to making all trash bags biodegradable.  They will also work on several resolutions dealing with a wide variety of internal issues.  Resolutions passed at the convention will become policy of the Maine State Grange and some will be lobbied for at the Maine State Legislature.  Those pertaining to national policies will be sent on to the National Grange Session to be held in November in Charlotte, North Carolina where delegates from across the country will consider them.
 Many awards will be presented to Granges and individuals including membership, publicity, and community

WLBZ 2 on channel 4 in Skowhegan area going digital

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The channel 4 signal that carries WLBZ 2 in the Skowhegan/Somerset County area is changing from an analog to digital.

On Tuesday, October 26, viewers watching WLBZ 2 over-the-air on channel 4 with a VHF antenna will no longer be able to receive the analog signal, but will instead be able to receive the signal on channel 4 through their digital converter box or digital television. 

"The low power transmitters are the last to make the transition from analog to digital," says WLBZ 2 President and General Manager Judy Horan.  "We are able to convert our existing transmitter to digital so that viewers can now receive both Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) programming on our main channel.  Plus, they can now get our 2.2 Weather Plus channel that offers news and weather 24 hours a day."

Some Madison parents upset about offensive language at bus stop

MADISON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Due to the school districts change to a consolidated bus route this year, parents say their elementary school aged children are now waiting at the bus stop with kids in middle school and high school, which is exposing their kids to obscene language and behavior.

Jessica Libby walks her two children to the bus stop in the morning and waits for the bus with them.  She says the older kids say and do things she doesn't want her kids exposed to.  

"They're ten and seven and they don't need to hear the language that the older kids are using," she said.  "They talk about sex...they use swear words that my kids shouldn't even know."

Libby, and another parent, Christy Asselin who also has two kids who wait for the bus at this stop are circulating a petition asking the school board to go back to the old bus routes.