In this episode of Tim Talk, we continue our discussion on religious diversity in healthcare. During this episode, Tim invites Omar Conteh, community outreach coordinator, Islamic Center of Maine and psychiatric clinician at Northern Light Acadia Hospital to share with us the rich tradition of the Maine Islamic community as well as the important role of the Islamic Center of Maine in Orono in helping those of all faiths get to know one another better. Omar also shares how those who do not practice the prominent religious traditions in their community may feel lost, and he asks Tim how Northern Light Health may help these people feel more included in honoring and celebrating each other’s holidays.
In this episode of Tim Talk, Tim invites Pastor Jerry Mick of the nondenominational CrossPoint Church in Bangor to join him in his series of discussions about religious and spiritual diversity in healthcare. Pastor Jerry shares the many community efforts of his church and the importance of spirituality in helping people recover from physical ailments. He also asks Tim to share what Northern Light Health is doing to help people of all faiths feel spiritually supported when they come to us for care. Finally, Pastor Jerry shares his role in chairing the Faith Outreach Committee, which connects faith communities to the hospital's services and breaks down barriers between the hospital and those faith communities. Together, they discuss a vision of how hospitals and faith communities can work closely together.
In this episode of Tim Talk, Tim welcomes Melissa Skahan, vice president of Mission Integration, Northern Light Mercy Hospital, to continue our discussion about religious diversity in healthcare. Melissa shares Mercy’s commitment of delivering holistic, person-centered care as a hospital founded in faith-based tradition. Melissa also shares how Mercy has tended to the personal and spiritual needs of weary team members who continue to battle a relentless pandemic. Finally, Tim and Melissa spend some time discussing the role and importance of spirituality—in all its diverse forms—within healthcare, especially at Northern Light Health.
As we approach the end-of-year holidays, many of us have our own cultural and religious traditions that we embrace. In Maine, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, among others, are present in our communities and our workplaces. In this episode of Tim Talk, Rabbi Darah Lerner, of Congregation Beth El in Bangor, joins Tim to discuss religious diversity and differences around the holidays. Rabbi Lerner also shares lessons from the Jewish tradition that speaks to strength and resiliency within our current times. In addition, Tim shares his thoughts on how Northern Light Health can bring more inclusivity and awareness of all holidays during this time and throughout the whole year.
In this episode of Tim Talk, Tim shares, “One huge lesson in healthcare we are learning all over again with this pandemic is that health, and the risks of poor health, start in the home and on the streets.” As we open a new chapter in our podcast series, we explore how we can better work our community partners to deliver healthcare that is medically just. This week, we welcome Sgt. Wade Betters, the public information officer for the Bangor Police Department. Sgt. Betters discusses his perspective on social and racial justice and how we can all work together to create a safer, more accessible pathway for the homeless and other vulnerable populations to receive the healthcare that they need.
What’s to come: Look for a new Tim Talk podcast every two weeks, as we work together towards breaking down barriers, opening our hearts and minds to diversity, and focusing on issues of social and medical justice. On November 19, Melissa Skahan, vice president, Mission Integration, Northern Light Mercy Hospital, joins Tim to discuss religious diversity and tolerance.
During the month of October, we have cast a light on domestic violence to bring awareness and share information about this critical topic. As the month comes to a close, we present a special Tim Talk featuring Tricia Mercer, system director for Medical Group Practice Management and Ann-Marie Williams, associate vice president of Patient Care Services at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center—both senior leaders of Northern Light Health as well as domestic violence survivors. We thank both Tricia and Ann Marie for both courageously coming forward to share their story as well as dispel some of the myths and erase some of the stigma surrounding domestic violence. Also, joining Tim, Tricia, and Ann-Marie is Amanda Cost, facilitative director at Partners for Peace, a domestic violence prevention organization serving Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties.
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.
“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.
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.
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.