We are pleased to announce the following 2014 Celebrating Excellence Awards Program winners:

CAREGIVING AWARDS – NURSING AND OTHER DISCIPLINES

Last Name    First Name    Title                               Facility

Canwell         Jasmine         CNA, II                             MaineGeneral – Glenridge
Lavigne         Albert             CNA/CNA-M                     MEVETS – Scarborough
Sukeforth      Edna              CNA II                              Cove’s Edge
Thornton       Allyson           RN                                   St. Andre Health Care
Nutting           Ashley            CNA                                Sandy River Center
Maxheimer    Mark              CNA                                  Odd Fellows
Coolbroth      Jean               MDS Coordinator            Durgin Pines
Deering         Michelle         CNA                                 Greenwood Center
Burns             Julie              Support Team Worker     Barron Center
Pierce           Rattiya           Food Service Worker      Aroostook Health Center
Meservey      Linda              CNA                                 Quarry Hill
McPhee        Elizabeth        CNA                                 Varney Crossing
Black             Shannon        Service representative    Quarry Hill
King               Sandy            CNA/CRMA                     Gorham House
Wright           Sonya            Ward Clerk                      Oak Grove Center
Poole            Dorothy         Laundry/Housekeeping    Stillwater Healthcare
Foster           Kristine          CRMA/PSS                      Fallbrook Woods

INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING AWARDS
Program                                                                                         Facility

St. Andre’s Camp Waban experience                    St. Andre Health Care Facility
Resident Facility Garden                                        Cedar Ridge Center
Gazebo Project                                                     Marshall Healthcare
An Open House Program                                       Durgin Pines
Residents Need a Purpose! Scholarship fund       Gorham House
Innovative Activity Programming for Seniors          Clover Health Care
Spa Days                                                                Collier’s Rehab and Nursing

QUALITY AWARDS

National Quality Award Winners – Silver:

Maine Veterans’ Home – Machias
Maine Veterans’ Home – Scarborough
Maine Veterans’ Homes – South Paris

National Quality Award Winners – Bronze:

Marshall Healthcare, LLC, Machias
Lakewood, A Continuing Care Center, Waterville
MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Long Term Care at Gray Birch, Augusta
Collier’s Rehab and Nursing Center, Ellsworth
The Inn at City Hall, Augusta
Katahdin Health Care, Millinocket
Clover Living Center, Auburn
MaineGeneral Rehab and Long Term Care at Glenridge
The Alzheimer’s Care Center – MaineGeneral Health

All winners will be recognized during the Celebrating Excellence Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Augusta Civic Center from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.  MHCA is pleased to announce that our keynote address will be given by David Farrell, MSW, LNHA – Senior Director of the GREEN HOUSE® Project. Farrell is a licensed nursing home administrator who has spent his entire career in the long-term care profession. In the 25 years he has served as a nursing home administrator and regional director of operations, David has advocated for patient-centered care using quality improvement practices. A published author and member of the Board of Directors at the Pioneer Network, his award winning book, “Meeting the Leadership Challenge in LTC: What You Do Matters!” co-authored with Barbara Frank and Cathie Brady, has received widespread acclaim.  Currently, David is the Senior Director of The Green House Project where he helps spread the Green House Model across the U.S.

Additional event details will be forthcoming soon.

Congratulations one and all!
Nadine L. Grosso, Vice President and Director of Communications

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We are pleased to announce the 2014 Celebrating Excellence Awards Program! This year, we have streamlined the process by implementing electronic nomination forms easily accessible on our website. We will be presenting awards in the following categories:

·       Caregiving  – Nursing and all other disciplines

·       Innovative Programming

·       Quality (Recipients of a national AHCA Quality Award will automatically receive the state award; we are not soliciting additional state nominations this year)

To complete the online nomination forms and for more information on the criteria for each award, please visit our website at:

celebrating excellence/caregiving-awards

celebrating excellence/innovative-programming-awards

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 Friday, September 26, 2014. Please mark your calendar now and additional event details will be forthcoming.

Nominations will be accepted until July 25, 2014. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments. Thank you and we look forward to learning more about how you Celebrate Excellence in your facility!

Sincerely,

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Tel: 207-623-1146

 

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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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