Tim Talk
Creating a Welcoming Environment for People Who are Transgender

Creating a Welcoming Environment for People Who are Transgender

October 21, 2020

Fort Fairfield nurse practitioner and member of the LGBTQ+ community, Samantha Paradis, is passionate about helping people who are transgender feel welcome in the healthcare setting. Samantha sits down with Tim to share their personal experiences as someone who is nonbinary, genderqueer. They also provide an insightful perspective on the many obstacles felt by members of the transgender community who seek healthcare and what we can do to improve the experience as well as create a supportive environment for those we serve. Tim asks how we can best learn and  practice using gender appropriate pronouns in our daily lives and what we can do to better partner with local organizations.

Coming to Terms with Gender Identity

Coming to Terms with Gender Identity

October 8, 2020

“The best healthcare results from a patient truly being seen” is a top takeaway from this week’s new Tim Talk. In this episode, Robin Hirsh-Wright, director, Palliative Care Services, Northern Light Home Care and Hospice joins Tim Dentry, president and CEO, Northern Light Health, to discuss the importance of recognizing all patients as fully human regardless of their sexuality, gender, race, or spirituality. Robin shares her views on what a comprehensive training program might include to better educate healthcare workers about LBGTQ+ identity and the rewards we can realize by taking the time to develop these skills, including increased patient satisfaction and the retention of a highly skilled workforce. This podcast also includes a discussion on gender preference pronouns and our role in supporting our patients’ preference in how they like to be identified.

Healthcare Experiences of the LGBTQ+ Community

Healthcare Experiences of the LGBTQ+ Community

September 24, 2020

In this podcast, Chris McLaughlin, associate vice president of community and pediatric services at Northern Light Acadia Hospital and member of the LGBTQ+ community, and Tim Dentry, president and CEO of Northern Light Health, talk about the healthcare challenges faced by LGTBQ+ youth and families.

Opening Spaces for Dialogue

Opening Spaces for Dialogue

September 10, 2020

As one of his final acts as outgoing medical staff president for Northern Light Maine Coast, Douglas MacGregor, MD, pediatrician, wrote a profound statement to the hospital medical staff that questioned what should and can be done about racism.

In this podcast, Tim Dentry, president and CEO, Northern Light Health, welcomes Dr. MacGregor to share what motivated him to write the letter, the response he received, and the changes he hoped to see as a result. Tim also invites Dr. MacGregor to share his stories about racial, social, and medical injustices from his own experience as a pediatrician that have changed the way he looks at things and conducts himself.

How to be an ally

How to be an ally

August 27, 2020

“Take a Stand—It’s so easy to walk away.” That is one takeaway from the latest Tim Talk.  In this podcast episode, Tim Dentry, president and CEO, Northern Light Health, invites Robert Schlager, MD, senior physician executive at Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital, to discuss how to be an ally.  Dr. Schlager and Tim share their views on what to do when a colleague or patient make insensitive statements. In addition, Tim emphasizes the importance of showing cultural humility, adopting a natural curiosity for others, and taking a stand on what we won’t tolerate as a community. Listen to this discussion and much more during this Tim Talk podcast on how to be an ally.

Promoting the Desire for Actionable Change

Promoting the Desire for Actionable Change

August 12, 2020

In this Tim Talk podcast, Tim Dentry, president and CEO, Northern Light Health, chats with Andrew Dees, director of provider network management for Beacon Health. Andrew shares his perspective on what people might say to community members who may not feel they need to change how they interact with those they perceive as different. He also provides his thoughts on medical justice. In addition, Tim also shares his thoughts about how we need to change the culture when patients might ask for a different provider primarily based on the color of their skin or their accent.

Perspectives of Diversity in the Community

Perspectives of Diversity in the Community

July 30, 2020

In his third Tim Talk podcast, Tim Dentry, president and CEO, Northern Light Health, chats with Darmita Wilson, the acting director and vice president of physician practices at Northern Light Mercy Hospital, to discuss her cultural impressions of Maine as a new resident. Darmita also talks about the social justice advocates who inspire her, and she questions Tim about how we include diverse voices in our decision-making process concerning medical and social justice.  

White Fragility and Microaggressions

White Fragility and Microaggressions

July 16, 2020

In this episode of Tim Talk, Tim Dentry, President and CEO of Northern Light Health discusses white fragility and microaggressions with Doctor Seleipiri Akobo.

Northern Light Health’s Role in Medical Justice

Northern Light Health’s Role in Medical Justice

June 26, 2020

In this episode of Tim Talk, Northern Light Health President and CEO Tim Dentry, and Dr. Olamide Sobowale, discuss how to find and address racial inequality in healthcare.