CCH Nursing Service Manager Luann Reppert Retires

Luann was born in Bethlehem Pennsylvania on December 7, 1957.  She was raised in Bethlehem with her two younger brothers.  Her father spent his entire career with the local post office, while her mom had every teenage girls dream job working in the office of Piercing Pagoda providing Luann and her friends with the newest jewelry and a sweet discount!

     Prior to her career in nursing, Luann worked various jobs in the healthcare field such as pharmacy tech, house parent for mentally and physically handicapped children, and assisting adult cerebral palsy clients transition to living on their own through the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation.  Eventually Luann returned to school, earning her nursing diploma from St Luke’s School of Nursing in 1991.  A couple decades later she once again picked up the books and earned her Bachelors in Nursing degree from DeVry University / Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2013.   During her career she has worked in various roles including cardiac nursing, emergency and med/surg staff, case management, inpatient manager and nursing management.

Luann met her husband Bill at the Broadway Tavern in Pennsylvania on a Monday night while Bill was busy watching football.    They were married on August 1, 1977 and traveled all over different parts of the United States until returning back to Pennsylvania to welcome their first son Levi Reppert on December 29, 1985 in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania.   As a family they moved to Lakeland Florida when Levi was 7 and welcomed their second son William (Bill) Reppert on April 25, 1994. They lived in Lakeland for 9 years and moved to Satellite Beach Florida for an additional 5 years.

In 2007 the Reppert’s moved to Princeton, Maine. Luann worked at Calais Regional Hospital as a night shift supervisor and then transitioned to the Inpatient Care Unit Manager. They loved the Maine outdoors and enjoyed all Maine had to offer like ice fishing, being outdoors and sitting around the fire with family and friends.    Maine was wonderful but Luann and Bill missed Satellite Beach. Levi stayed in Maine in the family home while Luann and both the Bill’s moved back to Florida.

In 2017 Luann and Bill found out they were going to be grandparents! Levi and his wife Jamie were expecting a baby girl.  Naturally, the soon to be grandparents desired to be back in Maine close to their family.  In 2018 they bought a house in Baileyville where they still reside.

Luann and Bill have 2 dogs Snoop and Nadja, 1 cat Edna and Ricky the tortoise. They now have 4 grandchildren Cameron, Faith, Elaine and Ada.   Luann enjoys baking, canning, fishing, hunting, BBQ’s, the beach, backyard fires and anything outdoors.   She will surely keep herself busy in retirement and looks forward to seeing her family more and enjoying her grandbabies.  One thing Luann hates to do is clean, so Bill plans on teaching her a few new tricks so he can now transition some household chores her way.  However, Luann says why mess with perfection when he’s already doing such a great job!

Congratulations Luann and Happy Retirement!

CCH Begins Fundraising for Digital Mammography Equipment Upgrade

Calais Community Hospital is excited to kick off fundraising efforts to update its digital mammography equipment with a $10,000 donation from the CCH Auxiliary.  The goal of the campaign is to raise half of the funds from individuals, businesses, and foundations towards the $375,000 new digital mammography unit.  The hospital will fund the remaining portion of the purchase.  “The CCH Auxiliary is pleased to be able to support the purchase of the new mammography equipment,” stated CCH Auxiliary President Kathy MacLaughlin. “Access to quality mammogram services is good for preventative health and important for our community.” 

CCH Auxiliary President Kathy MacLaughlin (l) and CCH Auxiliary Treasurer Art Carter (r) present DeeDee Travis, CCH Community Relations Director with a $10,000 donation towards the campaign to upgrade the Digital Mammography Equipment at the hospital.

Each year over 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Meaning many of us know someone; a mother, sister, friend, who has had it.   Mammography is an important tool used to screen for and diagnose breast cancer.  If breast cancer is found early, there are more treatment options and a better chance for survival.  Women whose breast cancer is detected at an early stage have a 93 percent or higher survival rate in the first five years.

Although still operatable, the hospital’s current mammogram system was installed in 2010 and is due for replacement.   The new digital mammography equipment will have the latest technology, including 3D tomosynthesis diagnostic accuracy at the same low dose as a 2D view.  The system has a patient focused comfort design with a variety of paddles to accommodate all women.  Enhanced ergonomics and workflows make the technologists jobs easier, enabling a faster and smoother experience for both patient and staff.

CCH is working to ensure continued local access to advanced imaging equipment such as digital mammography, so community members are able to receive their care here, at home. Especially as some may find a hardship in accessing the service if travel is required, or, even worse, may opt not to follow up with recommended screenings.  We have found this to be true currently while our mammogram services have been suspended due to a lack of mammogram certified staff.  A plan is in the works to bring mammogram staff to CCH one to two days a week beginning in January 2023.

The hospital has and is investing in the future of this area through improvements in our facilities, technology, and services.   Join us as we work to sustain CCH as a resource where all people can turn for excellent medical treatment and compassionate care.  Show your support in us as we do in you and consider a donation to support the new digital mammography equipment.  For more information or to submit a donation, contact DeeDee Travis in the CCH Community Relations office at 207-454-9227.

CCH Hosts Orthopedic Mobile Learning Center Bus

Calais Community Hospital will host the Zimmer Biomet Mobile Learning Center (MLC) next week in Calais. Tour the bus and speak with orthopedics staff to learn what CCH has to offer for joint replacement options.

 

The MLC is a handicap accessible traveling education vehicle that provides training to health care professionals and also educates the general public on a wide range of orthopedic topics and treatment options. The vehicle offers a spacious viewing area, complete with audio/visual equipment, implant exhibits and workshop equipment. Participants will see demonstrations via LCD displays and workstations and take part in interactive experiences.

This is a great opportunity to learn about what goes into joint replacement surgery, get to experience hands-on joint replacement devices, and find out about the latest technologies to help restore mobility, alleviate pain and improve quality of life for patients.

The MLC will be available for visits on two dates next week:

Monday, August 1, the MLC will be onsite at Calais Community Hospital.  CCH Board members and Leadership will also be in attendance from 5-7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 2, the MLC will be at Triangle Park, 5-7 p.m. before Music on the Green.  Stop by the bus, speak with staff and see the hardware that typically only surgical staff see!

Stepping Out to Enjoy Spring?

By: Dr. Nima Moghaddas, Podiatrist

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month.  April is also the beginning of Spring in Downeast Maine, and a time when most people decide to start walking for their health.  Before you dust off your sneakers and take on that adventure, keep these foot tips in mind.

Dr. Nima Moghaddas, CCPP Podiatrist

Start with a new pair of sneakers that have been properly fitted to your feet.  The ideal time to purchase sneakers is in the afternoon or evening.   Be sure your shoes have shock-absorbent soles and supportive heel counters.  Purchase shoes for the specific activity in mind.  Please don’t hesitate to purchase new shoes when there are signs of wear and tear on the heels and soles.

Don’t forget the moisture-wicking socks to prevent excessive moisture which can lead to blisters and fungal foot infections.  If you are one of those athletes that ends up with “athletes foot,” remember to change your socks frequently, keep your feet dry, and if you develop a rash or an itch that doesn’t go away, see your podiatrist for treatment.  Don’t just ignore it, because it usually doesn’t go away on its own and can lead to further problems.

Lastly, start slow if you haven’t walked all year.  Stretch before and after you walk. If you develop heel and arch pain, reevaluate your sneakers and make sure you have good support.  If you have consistent pain, don’t walk through the pain – seek medical attention.

And most important of all, enjoy your walk!

Dr. Nima Moghaddas is a Podiatrist at Calais Community Provider Practices.  She sees patients for a variety of podiatry issues such as diabetic and geriatric care, heel pain and spurs, ingrown toenails, sports medicine, sprains or injuries of the foot, ankle or heel, and much more.  Call 454-9472 for more information.

Meet Our New Provider – Shannon Munro, FNP

Shannon Munro, FNP

Calais Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Family Nurse Practitioner Shannon Munro.  Ms. Munro will be providing primary care services in the Family Medicine office of Calais Community Provider Practices.  She brings over 16 years of primary care experience but shares that geriatric medicine occupies a special place in her medical practice.    

Ms. Munro began her career in healthcare as a social worker.  After spending a few years working at Maine Medical in Portland, Maine, she realized she preferred the medical side and headed back to school.  She earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Work and her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Southern Maine.  She spent five years practicing in South Portland and Berwick, before moving to the small western Maine town of Kingfield, where she provided care for the local community for over ten years. 

Ms. Munro grew up in Saco but has been a frequent visitor to the Down East area thanks to a family camp located on Meddybemps Lake.  A couple of years ago the opportunity to live year-round on the lake in a home full of family memories became a possibility.   Ms. Munro made Meddybemps her permanent home in February.     

Ms. Munro and her partner enjoy outdoor activities such as boating, swimming, cross-country skiing, hiking, biking and just wandering around in nature.  Their family includes an elderly greyhound lab mix, Daisy, and a youthful one year old lab, Finley who keeps them on their toes.  

Ms. Munro will begin seeing patients at the Family Medicine office in mid-January.  Call 454-8195 to schedule an appointment.  New patients are being accepted.  If the chance arises, please take the time to welcome Ms. Munro and her family to Calais Community Provider Practices.

Meet Our New Orthopedic Surgeon – Dr. John Gluscic

Calais Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. John Gluscic.   He will begin seeing patients in the office by the end of October.   Dr. Gluscic’ s procedures include, but are not limited to, ACL repair, arthroscopies, carpal tunnel release, knee and hip replacements, rotator cuff repair, nerve decompressions and sports medicine.   

Dr. John Gluscic, New CCH Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Gluscic is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon with over 30 years of experience.  He earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia.   His internship and residency were both completed at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.    Dr. Gluscic most recently practiced in Millinocket, which he considers his hometown, despite growing up in Pennsylvania.    He is thrilled to bring orthopedics back to Calais and has been working diligently with the CCH staff to prepare.      

Dr. Gluscic and his wife, Christine Lang, look forward to exploring the area, getting to know the community, and taking on some home projects around their new home.   His family also includes four adult children, whom he is proud to boast about.    Dr. Gluscic is an avid yogi, having been introduced to the practice by a highly regarded physical therapist (his wife).   He also enjoys the outdoors, biking, hunting, and traveling in his down time.     

Referrals for orthopedic consults can be made at the Calais Community Orthopedics Office at 454-8432.    Calais Community Hospital looks forward to once again serving the orthopedic needs of the greater Calais area.    If the chance arises, please take the time to welcome Dr. Gluscic and his family to our community.

Meet Our New Surgeon – Dr. Luis Santiago

Calais Community Hospital is pleased to welcome General Surgeon Dr. Luis Santiago.   Dr. Santiago looks forward to providing quality services to the people of Downeast Maine.   His surgical expertise includes, but is not limited to, abdominal surgery, endoscopy, colonoscopy, vascular operations, laparoscopic procedures and surgery of the breast and bowel.

Dr. Luis Santiago, New CCH General Surgeon

Dr. Santiago’s occupation as a surgeon is actually his second career.   He first graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an engineering degree and spent a few years working in the field.   He agreed to do some volunteer work while his sister was in medical school and ended up spending time at a children’s hospital where he was exposed to the medical field for the first time.  After much contemplation, he decided to follow his heart and head to medical school.   During his time at MIT, Dr. Santiago shared that he roamed all over New England and came to love the area, which is why he chose to move his family to Northeast Maine.  “I’m looking to grow roots and be somewhere my family can be happy and have a peaceful life,” shared Dr. Santiago.  “My wife and I prefer the small-town life and are excited to be a part of the community.”

Dr. Santiago earned his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.   His general surgery residencies were at the University of South Florida, University of Puerto Rico, and Hospital Episcopal San Lucas.  He also completed two research fellowships at the University of Colorado in Denver and the University of Texas at Houston. 

Dr. Santiago relocated to Calais from Trinidad, CO with his wife Awilmarie and three-year-old daughter Clarisse.   He was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where his parents still reside.   He has two younger siblings, a brother in the US Air Force stationed in Florida and a sister who is a radiologist in Houston, Texas.     Dr. Santiago and his family look forward to exploring the many outdoor activities in the area, completing projects around their newly purchased home, and getting to know the community. 

Dr. Santiago will begin seeing patients at the General Surgery office later this month.   Call 454-8432 for an appointment or to inquire about services.  If the chance arises, please take the time to welcome him and his family to our community.

CCH Staff and DECH Leaders Celebrate New Beginnings

July 1, 2021, marks the day that Calais Community Hospital transitioned out of bankruptcy and became Calais Community Hospital (CCH).  To commemorate the day and celebrate new beginnings, CCH staff members were treated to pizza and ice cream; many sported their “Two Hospitals, One Team, One Focus” t-shirts.

DECH and CCH, President & CEO, Steve Lail, “It feels really good to officially bring Calais Community Hospital and all its staff into the fold and we look forward to many years of service to the community.  We have all worked hard these last three months putting things into place to ensure we maintain some solid footing.  We had to make some difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions along the way. These decisions were not made lightly but were needed to maintain core operations, to become sustainable, and to work towards being a stable organization.  Our plans for the facility remain the same as they were when we began this endeavor.  We want Calais to have a fully functioning hospital and want to bring back full-time general surgery, add primary care providers, and eventually bring additional specialties that will benefit all of Washington County. We all need to work together to stabilize this hospital and make our new mini healthcare system financially strong.  It will take time to get us to that point but once we stabilize, we hope to rebuild bigger and better than before.”

Down East Community Hospital, through an affiliated entity and with the cooperation of many of the creditors of Calais Community Hospital, acquired substantially all the assets of CCH.  The petition to acquire the hospital was filed with the bankruptcy court on February 19, 2021; it was approved by bankruptcy judge presiding over the chapter 11 bankruptcy case of CCH on March 24, 2021.

To commemorate the day, the Senior Leadership Team and staff members from both hospitals stand by the front entrance sign that now reads Calais Community Hospital.

Visitor Restrictions Effective June 30, 2021

Consistent with our ongoing efforts to protect our patients, staff and the community, the Calais Community Hospital Visitors Policy will be restricted beginning Wednesday, June 30 as indicated:

We apologize for any inconvenience or hardship this may cause. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information and to learn how to protect yourself and those around you, you can visit: www.cdc.gov/COVID19

 

Employee Recognized

CNA Mary Waycott was nominated for the Dunkin’ Donuts healthcare hero promotion last month by her former patient Sandy Lyon of Cooper.

Calais Community Hospital employee Mary Waycott was recently recognized as a deserving healthcare hero through a Dunkin’ Donuts promotion.  Mary was nominated by Cooper resident Sandy Lyon last month.   Mrs. Lyon was a patient a few years ago at the hospital.  Mary is a CNA and was one of the staff members taking care of her.  Mrs. Lyon explained that Mary saw that she was feeling low, anxious and very nervous.  Mary’s attentive care and compassion came at a time when it was greatly needed and has never been forgotten.  When Mrs. Lyon came across the Dunkin’ Donuts Healthcare Heroes promotion her memories of the care provided by Mary immediately came to mind and she completed the submission.   Mrs. Lyon was notified that Mary was the grand prize winner from the promotion.  She stopped by the hospital and happily presented Mary with the documentation and prize of free coffee for a year.   Thank you to Mrs. Lyon for taking the time to share your experience and to Mary for providing exemplary and memorable care!