Do you have questions about the Federal Healthcare Marketplace?
How do I enroll or re-enroll?
Which healthcare plan will work best for me?
What is the penalty if I do not want to enroll?
Join DFD’s Certified Application Counselors for a free information session to answer all of your health insurance and Federal Marketplace questions, analyze 2018 plan and coverage options, and schedule enrollment services.
Pre-registration is requested.
To register call DFD at (207) 524-3501
December 12, 2017
Monmouth Community Health Center
11 Academy Road,
DFD is excited to support our communities and encourage others to walk, run or bike in support of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in this year’s Dempsey Challenge.
When and Where does this happen?
The 2017 Dempsey Challenge takes place in Lewsiton-Auburn, Maine, Octbober 7-8.
What does it benefit?
Proceeds from the challenge go to the Dempsey Center. The Dempsey Center offers a vibrant and compassionate environment where an interdisciplinary team of oncology professionals improves the healing experience for those impacted by cancer. Through customized programs The Dempsey Center provides support services that complement treatments, support caregivers, patients and their families equally Source: Demspeycenter.org
How to get involved:
Anyone can get involved and there is an event for everyone.
Bike – 10, 25, 70, or 100 miles
Two-day 140+ mile bike ride presented by L.L. Bean
Run or walk 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles)
Festival in the Park – Saturday 8 am – 1 pm, Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
DFD Russell Medical Center is partnering with The Pixel Fund to promote dogs in need of homes in Maine.
The Pixel Fund is a nonprofit established to raise needed funds to support animal rescue and advocacy groups with “paws on the ground”. The Pixel Fund works to save the lives of animals by working to reduce shelter admissions through addressing the issues that cause people to give up their pets, support low and no-cost spay and neuter clinics and encourage shelter reform. The Pixel Fund’s mission is to save lives that would otherwise be lost to the shelter system.
DFD will be featuring an adoptable pet every other week.
This week we want you to meet Makayla.
She’s a sweet 2-year-old hound mix who loves her people. She enjoys leashed walks and playing outside with other pups. If you’re ready for a sweet and cuddly best friend, Makayla is the one for you.
Not only will you be saving a dog’s life through adoption, you can also see significant health improvements in your own life!
Pets keep you active. A study by the University of Victoria showed dog owners were more likely to participate in mild to moderate physical activity. They walked an average of 300 minutes per week, compared with non-dog owners, who walked an average of 168 minutes per week.
Pets can reduce stress. There is a reason therapy dogs are so effective. Spending just a few minutes with a pet can lower anxiety and blood pressure, and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine.
Pets add meaning and purpose. Pets help prevent loneliness and isolation which is key in preventing cognitive decline and disease. Owning a pet provides responsibility to get up every day and take care of your furry friend.
This month we celebrated National Health Center Week to raise awareness of the important role health centers play in our communities.
But, why just celebrate one week? Let’s spread awareness year-round about the positive impact health centers have.
Health centers serve 23 million patients in the United States, which is about one in fifteen people who utilize health centers as their health care home. As a Patient-Centered Medical Home, DFD meets and exceeds the healthcare needs of its patients through innovative, patient–centered primary care services.
Through our system focused on care coordination, patient education, and medication management, DFD Russell has seen a:
20% decrease in non-preventative medical provider visits
50% decrease in patient visits to the ER
38% decrease in patients requiring hospital stays
Health Centers across the United States perform just as well or better than private physicians on 94% of quality measures and save an average of $1,263 per patient per year.
DFD is the highest-ranking community health center in Maine and the nation for its commitment to quality care. Each year DFD serves more than 8,000 local patients with 25,000 encounters.
But what makes DFD different from other providers?
More night and weekend hours
More likely to accept new patients
More services under one roof
Health Centers make a tremendous impact in our communities. DFD alone employs 54 individuals, providing over $3,900,000 in salaries and benefits that go back into our community each year.
Together, let’s raise awareness about the positive impacts health centers have on our communities, Share with friends and family on how DFD is supporting our neighborhoods and can help support them.
You’ve scrubbed the floors, put away winter clothing and now it’s time to tidy up your health! Follow our tips below to give your health a fresh spring start.
Clean your home for your health:
Go through your medicine cabinet and safely dispose* of any prescription medications that are no longer in use or past their expiration date.
Wash your linens and blankets, and wipe down all smooth surfaces like ceiling fans to eliminate dust and pollen in your home. If you use forced air heating or air conditioning now is a great time to replace your furnace filters.
At the gym, people typically only spend about an hour or two exercising. Find an activity you enjoy outside, such as gardening, and you’ll find you might spend a whole afternoon getting in a natural workout.
Kill kitchen bacteria:
Your kitchen sink probably contains more E. coli than your toilet, and your sponge and dishtowels are breeding grounds for salmonella. Wipe down your kitchen regularly with a trusted cleaning solution. And don’t forget to regularly wash your reusable grocery bags, too!
Make an appointment with your primary care provider:
Many adults only visit the doctor when they’re sick. Make it a point to have regular check-ups with your primary care providers. Taking preventative measures now can prevent emergencies from happening later.
*Expired and unwanted medication is a significant public safety and health hazard. Androscoggin county hosts a drug take-back program every spring and fall. Visit healthyandroscoggin.org or call to talk to a DFD Community Health and Outreach Worker for more information.
DFD has been diligently managing the opioid crisis, leading the medical community in responsible prescribing. By taking proactive steps we are able to achieve goals of ensuring responsible, safe, and effective prescribing of powerful pain medications (when truly necessary and if other measures fail). We want to keep our community safe, while at the same time treating patients in need of pain management with comprehensive measures to help improve their function and quality of life.
Steps we have taken include:
Additional training in pain management strategies
Expansion of behavioral health-oriented pain management techniques
Stronger relationships with physical therapy partners
Enhanced risk-oriented monitoring programs
There is always room for growth and improvement, but with these changes, we continue to lead the medical community in responsible prescribing.
7 South Main St.
Turner, ME 04282 phone: 225-2676 fax: 225-2692
180 Church Hill Rd.
Leeds, ME 04263 phone: 524-3501 fax: 524-2093
11 Academy Rd
Monmouth, ME 04259 phone: 933-9646 fax: 933-9645
180 Church Hill Road, Suite 1 LeedsME04263-3348 United States
DFD Russell Medical Centers - Leeds
Leeds, Your health. Your community. Your home.
180 Church Hill Road, Suite 1Leeds,
DFD Russell Medical Centers - Turner
Turner, Your health. Your community. Your home.
7 So. Main StreetTurner,
DFD Russell Medical Centers - Monmouth
Monmouth, Your health. Your community. Your home.
11 Academy RoadMonmouth,
DFD Russell Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).
DFD Russell Medical Center is a FTCA deemed facility.