We are pleased to announce this year’s Remember ME Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.  The judges selected 34 Recipients and 26 Honorable Mention Awards from the pool of 60 applicants.  Award recipients will be contacted regarding a photo shoot over the next two weeks.  Their photos and biographies will be included in the program book and in the Friday, April 11th exhibit at the Hall of Flags, where they will receive their Certificate of Lifetime Achievement. Honorable Mention recipient bios will also be featured in the program book and we will mail their Honorable Mention Certificates of Lifetime Achievement the week of April 14th. Please know that all are welcome to attend the Hall of Flags ceremony, which will begin at 10 am.

To view the list of Lifetime Achievement awards, click here: RM 2014 lifetime achievement recipients

To view the list of Honorable Mention awards, click here:  RM 2014 honorable mentions

MHCA would like to thank this year’s judges for lending their time and expertise. They indicated that it was very difficult selection process because all of our candidates deserve recognition for their important contributions in their lifetime.

Penny Ellis, Education/Accounting Associate, MHCA Staff Representative

 Mary Lou Ciolfi, JD, MS, Administrator, HillHouse Assisted Living, MHCA Board Representative

Brenda Gallant, RN, Long Term Care Ombudsman, Outside Agency Representative

 For more information on this event and awards, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Vice President and Director of Communications at 207.623.1146.

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We are happy to announce the expansion of our group purchasing medical supplies contract which now offers members choices between 3 vendors – McKesson, Medline and TwinMed. Each company offers a diverse line of products and services and a commitment to meeting your facility’s needs, especially in the reduction of costs through efficiency in ordering and product selection.

The following product categories are included in the contracts: durable medical equipment; incontinence products, both reusable and disposable; medical – surgical, including sterile and non-sterile gloves; enteral nutritional supplies; ostomy and tracheostomy; respiratory; skin care – personal care, including Provon products; textiles and linens; wound care/surgical dressing; third party billing.

Empowering healthcare defines everything we do. McKesson Medical-Surgical can help you streamline processes, reduce costs and improve patient care. From web ordering to bar coding, to meeting all your supply needs and more, you can rely on McKesson to help manage the business of healthcare — while you manage the healthcare of your residents.

To learn more, contact:

Timothy J. Button, National Accounts Director
Cell: 860.728.8630 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Geoff Jones, Account Manager
Cell: 603.716.6278 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Web: www.mckesson.com/supplyiq

Medline is the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies in the United States, providing more than 350,000 products that serve the entire continuum of care. Our innovative products and programs can be found in most hospitals, extended-care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care dealers, home health agencies and retail stores.

To learn more, contact:

Dan Rollins, Sales Representative
Cell: 207-415-1696 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Web: www.medline.com

TwinMed, LLC is one of the largest full-line medical supplies distributors in the United States today. TwinMed offers a patient per day (PPD) program for medical supplies allowing it to maintain some control over the ordering procedures and inventory in your facilities. In essence, TwinMed manages your medical supply costs so you don’t have to put in the resources to control your facility’s spending.

To learn more, contact:

Robert Mairs, Vice President of Sales
Cell: 401-497-2204 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Web: www.twinmed.com

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See Remember ME page for cover letter and nomination form.

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MHCA has partnered with Strategic Advocacy, a public affairs management firm, to implement a new advocacy initiative to support our traditional lobbying and grassroots efforts. The firm’s President, Roy Lenardson brings a wealth of legislative and public affairs experience to the job, while Dustin D. Brooks, Client Development Strategist is no stranger to MHCA, having worked with our lobbying team at Preti Flaherty. With an increased focus on nursing home issues this year and several important legislative proposals under consideration, MHCA and the Board of Directors agreed that the time was right to ramp up our efforts to achieve a positive fiscal result for members.

Against this backdrop, we are pleased to introduce a campaign to “fix our nursing home reimbursement.” Click here to see our two-page issue brief that provides an overview of the campaign’s messages. Subsequent pieces will have a similar look and feel and we are currently producing facility-specific profile pieces for member use. Please feel free to contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have questions or comments.

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For the second year in a row, Rima Daudaraviciene, Cook, Karen Marble, Food Service Director, and Jacob Worden, Food Service Worker/Cook of Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough won the Frying Pan trophy in MHCA’s fourth annual LTC Culinary Challenge …cooking for a cause, to benefit the Mike McNeil Scholarship Fund (Fund). On Saturday at Southern Maine Community College, the Maine Veterans’ Home team, along with 7 other culinary teams representing member nursing homes and assisted living facilities from around the state, showcased their talent and creativity to help raise over $2100 for the scholarship fund!

Rima Daudaraviciene, Cook, has 9 years of experience in food service. Favorite Food: Bacon. Why join the competition? The thrill of the challenge.

Karen Marble, Food Service Director, has 24 years in food service.  Favorite Food: Everything. Why join the competition? To try to raise the awareness of all the talented cooks that are in the healthcare field.

Jacob Worden, Food Service Worker/Cook, has 16 years in food service. Favorite Food: Pumpkin anything. Why join the competition? Likes a challenge.

Teams consisted of two cooks and one team manager who prepared a three-course meal using Pineland ball tip beef supplied by Sysco. Teams had two hours to complete the task and were judged on a 100-point scale by a team of certified chefs, which included Sysco Corporate Executive Chef Gary Sheldon, CEC, AAC, ACE, HGT, and Phyllis Flaherty, CEC,CCE, Business Resource; Chef Geoffrey Boardman, CEC, Director of Culinary, Southern Maine Community College; Wilfred Beriau, CEC, CCE, AAC, Director of Curriculum, Maine State Pro-Start; Rick Spencer, Director of Food Service, Gibson Center Senior Meals. While the judges were impressed by all the teams’ efforts, Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough won the competition with the following menu: Appetizer: Polenta Potted Pizza (gluten free); Entree: Oktoberfest ball tip with red wine sauce and spaetzle, roasted parsnips and carrots; Dessert: Chocolate peanut butter pie (gluten free).

MVH-Scarborough Team received the MMSF Frying Pan Trophy, a $300 gift certificate to Direct Supply. Taking second place and a $175 gift certificate to Direct Supply was the Lincoln Home Team of Julie Adams, Chef, Linda Allen, Cook, and Daniel Bailey, Cook. Third place trophy and a $125 gift certificate to Direct Supply went to the Durgin Pines Team of Larry Days, Cook/Supervisor, Theresa Hyatt, Cook/Supervisor/Baker, and Wanda Stadig, Cook/Supervisor.

In addition to the Third Place trophy, Durgin Pines also received the award for Best Overall Appetizer and Best Overall Entrée. Best Overall Dessert was won by the Bartlett Woods Team of Klarita Bicaj, Cook, Aaron Prescott, Dietary Manager, and Pam Stone, Waitstaff. Every team received a certificate of appreciation, 3 hour CEU certificate from Sysco/Casco Bay Culinary Association, and gift bag.

The Culinary Challenge is proudly sponsored by MHCA/MHCA Business Services and our business partner, Sysco Northern New England, with generous contributions from Southern Maine Community College Culinary Arts program, BerryDunn, as well as Sysco manufacturer Fusion Sales.

In addition to those above, we would like to thank all the participants for making this event a great success. They are:

  • Coastal Manor, Yarmouth – Healthcare Services Group Team: Jared Antill, Certified Dietary Manager, Wesley Courtney, Dietary Manager, and Douglas Parker, Food Service Director
  • Maine Veterans’ Home, South Paris: Barbara Hooper, Food Service Director, Cindy Snell, Cook, and Bethany Wing
  • Odd Fellows & Rebekahs Home of Maine, Auburn: Mike Lugner, Dietary Manager, Hilliary Miller, Cook, and Adam Rosado, Cook
  • Orchard Park & Edgewood Rehab & Living Centers, Farmington: Donna Boyce, Cook, Lona Ford, Cook, and Jessica Stevens, Dietary Aide

We offer our special thanks to Sysco Executive Chef Gary Sheldon for donating his time to organize the competition. He not only developed the contest rules, he spent considerable time planning, meeting with the teams, securing judges and managing the event onsite. Thank you Gary!

Since its inception in 2007, the scholarship fund has enabled 59 individuals to pursue their educational goals in long term care. Eligible fields of study include nursing, physical or occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work, activities and food service.

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We will be presenting awards in the following categories:

•       Caregiving  – Nursing and all other disciplines
•       Quality
•       Innovative Programming

We sent one awards packet via mail to all MHCA member homes last week. If you prefer, you may download the nomination forms and more information on the criteria for each award, by visiting our website at celebrating excellence program.

The Celebrating Excellence Award Selection Committee comprised of representatives from the long term care community will review all nominations submitted. The presentation ceremony and luncheon will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Please mark your calendar now and additional event details will be forthcoming.

Completed, typed nominations must be received or postmarked by July 24, 2013 and should be sent to the attention of:

Maine Health Care Association
317 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 623-1146   Fax: 623-4080
Caregiving awards:
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Quality and Innovative Programming awards:
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Please feel free to contact either of us if you have questions or comments. Thank you and we look forward to learning more about how you Celebrate Excellence in your facility!

Sincerely,

Nadine Grosso, Vice President & Director of Communications
Holly Harmon, Director of Quality Improvement & Regulatory Affairs

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The Mike McNeil Scholarship Fund is currently accepting applications for the 2014 school year. Administered by MHCA in partnership with BerryDunn, the Fund promotes careers in long term care through scholarships for individuals affiliated with Maine’s long term care facilities. Scholarships are open to facility employees, their immediate family members and volunteers wishing to pursue post secondary education and training in the areas of Nursing, Physical or Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Social Work, Activities and Food Service.  We encourage you to share the attached scholarship information with potential applicants. Scholarships are renewable for up to three years at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee so previous winners are encouraged to reapply.  All applications for the 2014 school year will be accepted until August 1, 2013. To obtain an application, click mmsf_application_2013-14. For the guidelines, see mmsf_guidelines_2013. For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at 207-623-1146.

Staff Contact:
Nadine Grosso
Vice President & Director of Communications

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Maine First Lady Ann LePage opened the 11th annual Remember ME Photography Exhibit and Recognition Ceremony held in the Hall of Flags on Friday, April 12, at the State House and personally presented each award to this year’s winners. To a crowd of 300 residents, staff members, friends and family, the First Lady told our long term care residents how much she appreciated all that they’ve accomplished and sacrificed to build the foundations of our country and the great State of Maine. Several legislators also joined us to help present constituents with awards.

Awards were presented to 34 individuals: 15 women and 19 men, ranging in age from 61-107. MHCA President and CEO marked the 11th anniversary of the project by noting that we have now honored 400 deserving individuals since the inception of the program. He told the crowd,

“In some ways, your stories are even more important today as they were when you blazed the trails, fought the wars, and raised your families with conviction. You represent a generation who understands challenge and how to rise above it. Yours is a generation that saw a problem and took matters into your own hands to fix it. You are part of a generation that has wisdom and lessons to share with those who follow so that we might learn from your mistakes and be inspired from your achievements.”

This year’s event was well covered by the media, including Channels 5, 6, and 13. Tune in to the news tonight! The SunJournal newspaper previewed the event this morning; to read coverage of Lewiston/Auburn area recipients, click here: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/1346979

MHCA would like to thank this year’s judges: Ashley Ellis, MHCA Staff Support Specialist; Venise Minkowsky, CEO of Continuum Health Services; and Lori Parham, State Director of AARP Maine. We also thank our sponsors for their financial support:  Maine Veterans’ Homes for program books; First Atlantic Healthcare for breakfast; MHCA Workers’ Compensation Fund for flowers and OfficeMax for awards.

As always, we thank the staff that makes it possible for the residents to attend the event, for we know that they not only provide transportation, they lend moral support and comfort too. Congratulations to all of our honorees – it’s our pleasure to salute you!

Staff Contact:
Nadine Grosso
Vice President & Director of
Communications
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We are pleased to announce this year’s Remember ME Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.  The judges selected 35 Recipients and 24 Honorable Mention Awards from the pool of 59 applicants.  Award recipients will be contacted regarding a photo shoot over the next two weeks.  Their photos and biographies will be included in the program book and in the Friday, April 12th exhibit at the Hall of Flags, where they will receive their Certificate of Lifetime Achievement. Honorable Mention recipient bios will also be featured in the program book and we will mail their Honorable Mention Certificates of Lifetime Achievement the week of April 15th. Please know that all are welcome to attend the Hall of Flags ceremony, which will begin at 10 am. Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at the Association by April 8th.

Lifetime Achievement award recipients

Honorable Mention award recipients

MHCA would like to thank this year’s judges for lending their time and expertise. They indicated that it was very difficult selection process because all of our candidates deserve recognition for their important contributions in their lifetime.

Ashley Ellis, Staff Support Specialist, MHCA Staff Representative

Venise Minkowsky, CEO, Continuum Health Services, MHCA Board Representative

Lori K. Parham, State Director, AARP Maine, Outside Agency Representative

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