Summer 2015
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Through a grant received by Maine Quality Counts, Mid Coast Health has been selected as one of two healthcare systems to focus on promoting the Choosing Wisely Campaign. A program of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, this national effort aims to increase communication between patients and physicians about the overuse of tests and procedures, ultimately reducing those identified as unnecessary. Over the course of this 34-month concentrated effort, Maine Quality Counts is partnering with Mid Coast and other community groups to increase awareness of the campaign with a focus on reducing the use of antibiotics for bronchitis, diagnostic testing for low back pain, and use of benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety medication) by older adults.

Carl DeMars, MD, Primary Care Physician with Mid Coast Medical Group-Bath and Medical Director of Mid Coast Hospital’s Accountable Care Steering Committee, recently completed a one-year Certificate Program offered through the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. The Fundamentals of Value-based Health Care program consisted of five sequential courses designed to prepare professionals with a greater level of understanding in areas that influence value-based, patient-centered care including variation in care delivery, shared decision making, quality, ethics and finance. With this new training, Dr. DeMars intends to integrate the strategies and concepts into the hospital's Accountable Care Steering Committee, which helps guide its leadership in transforming healthcare in the region.

Sixteen cyclists on the Mid Coast team took part in the 3-day, 180-mile Trek Across Maine, held June 19-21. Now in it’s eighth year of participating, the 2015 Mid Coast cycling team raised more than $8,000 in support of the American Lung Association (ALA) and healthy lungs in Maine. The 2015 Mid Coast team rode in memory of David Mason, a firefighter from Coppers Mills, Maine who died of Lung Cancer in March of this year.

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