New Palliative Care Program at VNA Home Health Hospice

New Palliative Care Program at VNA Home Health Hospice

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“Maine has many healthcare challenges, but none more pressing than the increasing rate of aging baby boomers. As the grayest state in the nation, and a rural one at that, Maine healthcare providers are developing programs to help keep their patients with advanced health issues living comfortably at home.”


Robin Hirsh-Wright, LCSW, to serve as the director of VNA’s Palliative Care Services.

Down East Hospice welcomes new volunteers


Down East Hospice welcomes new volunteers

After completing a 20-plus hour training, the following have joined Down East Hospice as new hospice volunteers. If you would like to become a hospice volunteer, we will be having a volunteer training in the spring of 2018 in the Machias area. For information and to get an application, call 454-7521 ext. 126.

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Annual Maine Hospice Council and Maine Veterans Partnership Conference

Event Postponed

We regretfully have to postpone the Maine Hospice Council and Togus Va Healthcare System Annual Partnership Conference set for November 3, 2017

This is a very important subject and of such value that we are not cancelling it entirely; we are merely postponing to early Spring.

We appreciate your interest in this event and would like you to continue considering participation when the new date is set.

Thank you for your time and patience with this matter. We recognize the investment many have already put into this event and believe your time is valuable.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Those who have already registered, we will hold those places for the Spring event.

Kathryn Randall, Executive Assistant, Maine Hospice Council


Chronic and End Stage Liver Disease:

Personal, Clinical, and Public Health Considerations

Annual Hospice/Veteran Partnership Conference

November 3rd 2017

  Togus VA Medical Center

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Friday, November 3, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
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VA Theatre on Togus Veterans Hospital Augusta, Me
810 Eastern Avenue
Augusta, ME 04330

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The Maine Hospice Council Team
Maine Hospice Council

Hospice-Veterans Partnership Conference

Hospice-Veterans Partnership Conference with a focus on Hepatitis and  its long list of complications. There is also a focus on end-stage liver disease and transplant issues.

Keynote speaker:  Dr. Alan Kilby. Dr. Kilby is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, and has a special interest in the treatment of liver disease (hepatology). He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan and his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Vermont. In addition to his clinical practice in gastrointestinal and liver diseases, Dr. Kilby is medical director for hepatitis at Maine Medical Center’s Virology Treatment Center. He is a clinical assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the Maine Medical Center medical staff.

There will be many more guest speakers along with break out panel opportunities for participant questions.

Guest Speaker Rhonda Jankovich FNP graduated from Husson University in 2005 as a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.  She has 24 years of experience in gastroenterology with an interest in viral hepatitis and cirrhosis.  She is a member of AASLD, ACG, and Maine Gastroenterology Society.  Rhonda is also a member of the VISN 1 Hepatitis Innovation Team.


Katie Cleary, PharmD, BCGP is a clinical pharmacy specialist working in the Hepatitis C Clinic and with the home-based primary care (HBPC) teams at the VA Maine Healthcare System.  She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2014 and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at VA Maine in 2015.  She earned Board Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (BCGP) in 2017. Her primary responsibilities include managing pharmacotherapy in veterans enrolled with the Hep C Clinic and comprehensive medication reviews, but is also involved in Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEMs), transitions of care,  and anticoagulation practice areas.

Conference made possible by our generous sponsors:


Maine Hospice Council Launches Act of Kindness Project

August 29, 2017

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Contact Kandyce Powell, Executive Director
207-626-0651 or

Maine Hospice Council Launches Act of Kindness Project

Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care (MHC), with statewide hospice members, is known for acts of kindness, especially to hospice patients and their families. And also for its work with prisoners, military veterans, and medical professionals practicing in a wide variety of areas.

What better way, then, to raise awareness of Maine Hospice Council and its work than launching the Act of Kindness project? The project is based on the simple idea of performing an act of kindness for someone without being asked. For example, paying for a restaurant meal of a military veteran, or for the toll cost of the car behind you on the highway.

Kate Sicotte, RN, a Clinic Supervisor at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, put together a sheet of ready to use Act of Kindness tags and a list of Act of Kindness ideas. Both the tags and the list are available for downloading from the Maine Hospice Council web site.

MHC Executive Director Kandyce Powell said of the Act of Kindness project, “We all need positive things to focus on during times of social and political turmoil.”

Visit the Act of Kindness project for more details at:

[Attached: Sample sheet of Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life’s Act of Kindness tags.]

NAMI Clinical Director: Embracing the Person: Overcoming Stigma in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Greg A Marley

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Clinical Director Greg A Marley, LCSW will speaking on Embracing the Person: Overcoming Stigma in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at the Maine Hospice Council – Maine State Prison conference, June 27-28, 2017. Won’t you join us?