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SMHC Auxiliary Donates $5,000 to Support Palliative Care

At the Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) Auxiliary Annual Meeting last week, SMHC Auxiliary President Jennifer Paige presented a $5,000 check to SMHC’s Clinical Director of Practice Operations Louise Beaulieu, RN, MSN, FNP-C, and Palliative Care Program Manager Heather DiYenno, LCSW, to kick start the SMHC Palliative Care Program.

“We are very grateful for this donation to help our most vulnerable patients,” stated Louise Beaulieu, RN, MSN, FNP-C. “There are many people in our community that are struggling with health challenges and we want to help ensure they are living their life to the fullest despite their disease. I would encourage everyone to be sure they have completed an advanced directive and talked with their physician and family about their wishes.”

Palliative Care, also known as Comfort Care, is an area of health care that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients. Unlike hospice care, palliative medicine is appropriate for patients in all disease stages, including those undergoing treatment for curable illnesses and those living with chronic diseases, as well as patients who are nearing the end of life. It utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, relying on input from physicians, pharmacists, nurses, chaplains, social workers, psychologists, and other allied health professionals in formulating a plan of care to relieve suffering in all areas of a patient's life. This multidisciplinary approach allows the Palliative Care team to address physical, emotional, spiritual, and social concerns that arise with advanced illness.

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including two acute care medical centers; one in Biddeford, Maine licensed for 150 beds and one in Sanford, Maine, licensed for 58 beds. SMHC offers excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. Eldercare services are provided through four sites located in Sanford. Non-emergency care is available at Walk-In Care centers in Kennebunk, Saco and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smhc.org, https://www.youtube.com/c/smhcorgme, or https://twitter.com/SMHCHealth.

About SMHC Auxiliary
The SMHC Auxiliary has been an integral part of the hospital family since 1907, raising and donating over $2 million to SMHC over the past 100 years. This dynamic group helps people across York County through their support of many important patient care programs and services that would otherwise not receive funding, such as massage therapy for cancer patients.  

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Photo Caption:
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) Auxiliary President Jennifer Paige (center) presented a $5,000 check to SMHC’s Palliative Care Program Manager Heather DiYenno, LCSW and Clinical Director of Practice Operations Louise Beaulieu, RN, MSN, FNP-C to kick start the SMHC Palliative Care Program.

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