‘Sunbeam V’ Schedule: Island Telemedicine Visits Jan. 2-4

Please check the Sunbeam Island Services Schedule Calendar for any schedule changes due to weather conditions or other considerations.

The Sunbeam V is scheduled for a January 2-4 to visit Frenchboro, Matinicus, Isle au Haut.

Questions about Island Health Services and Telemedicine? Please contact Director of Island Health Services Sharon Daley, RN.

For other inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman.

‘Sunbeam V’ Schedule: Island Telemedicine Visits Dec 12-19

Please check the Sunbeam Island Services Schedule Calendar for any schedule changes due to weather conditions or other considerations.

The Sunbeam V is scheduled for a December 12-19 to visit Matinicus and Isle au Haut.

Questions about Island Health Services and Telemedicine? Please contact Director of Island Health Services Sharon Daley, RN.

For other inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman.

‘Sunbeam V’ Schedule: Island Telemedicine Visits Dec 5-7

Please check the Sunbeam Island Services Schedule Calendar for any schedule changes due to weather conditions or other considerations.

The Sunbeam V has a scheduled Telemedicine visit December 5-7 to Matinicus, and Isle au Haut.

Questions about Island Health Services and Telemedicine? Please contact Director of Island Health Services Sharon Daley, RN.

For other inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman.

Island Health at Sunrise, 20 Miles at Sea

BAR HARBOR, ME — Island Health Director Sharon Daley’s photo taken last week at sunrise on Matinicus Isle gives us an idea of life on a Maine island 20 miles from the mainland.

For island residents, even accessing basic health care is challenging. Some islands have no daily ferry service. Trips to the mainland, when possible, are expensive and time consuming.

The Island Health program is part of the Mission’s focus for 2017’s #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28th. Learn more: https://seacoastmission.org/givingtuesday/

Maine Seacoast Mission plays a vital role in connecting residents of Maine’s most isolated islands with medical care, personal care, modern technology, and educational services. Director Sharon Daley meets with islanders in their homes, and on the Sunbeam V. Between trips Sharon stays in touch by phone, internet.

Sunbeam V has state-of-the-art telemedicine facilities. Islanders can have virtual office visits with mainland doctors. Adults/children connect with psychiatrists for evaluations and medication reviews. A growing number of island residents use telemedicne equipment to meet with mental health and substance abuse counselors.

Tricky Tide Means Island Health Director Travels to Matinicus Flu Clinic by Skiff

Island Health Director Sharon Daley, RN travels by skiff to Matinicus flu clinic.

BAR HARBOR, Me — October 17, The Sunbeam V left Northeast Harbor for a three-day Island Health tour. Timing is critical when the Sunbeam V motors in to Matinicus harbor. Low tide will strand the boat for about 12-hours. On trips when the Sunbeam V cannot spend that much time at Matinicus, Sharon has to rely on the Sunbeam V skiff to travel to the island.

In this photo, taken from the Sunbeam V, the boat’s Engineer, Storey King, is taking Sharon to a scheduled flu clinic at Matinicus.

The Island Health program is part of the Mission’s focus for 2017’s #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28th. Learn more: https://seacoastmission.org/givingtuesday/ 

#GivingTuesday at Maine Seacoast Mission: Nov. 28

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#GivingTuesday 2017 Introduction

Maine Seacoast Mission kicked off its 2017 #GivingTuesday Land & Sea campaign this week with the announcement that Wyman’s of Maine will match every donation made up to $2,000. The Mission’s goal is to raise a total of $25,000 through the campaign.

We hope you will visit our web site and social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for an overview for the Mission’s work. Meanwhile, the Mission’s Island Health program (Sea), and our Food Program (Land) are our focus for #GivingTuesday 2017. Thank you for your help.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. Taking place this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the US, and after the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to give back.

Maine Seacoast Mission has stayed a trusted friend along the Maine coast for more than 100 years.

We are deeply attentive to, and guided, by the input and participation of the people we serve. We believe in the capacity of individuals and communities to determine their own futures. As one Maine islander said, “Maine Seacoast Mission doesn’t tell us, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do for you. The Mission asks, ‘What do you need help with? What can we do to help you?'”


Island Health & Telemedicine

Help Island Residents Access Medical Care

Maine Seacoast Mission plays a vital role in connecting residents of Maine’s most isolated islands with medical care. For island residents, even accessing basic health care is challengings. Some islands have no daily ferry service. Trips to the mainland, when possible, are expensive and time consuming.

We offer personal care, modern technology, and educational services. Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN, meets with islanders on the Sunbeam V and in their homes, keeping in touch between trips by phone, internet.

Sunbeam V has state-of-the-art telemedicine facilities. Islanders can have virtual office visits with mainland doctors. Adults/children connect with psychiatrists for evaluations and medication reviews. A growing number of island residents use the equipment to meet with mental health and substance abuse counselors.

Our Island Health program arranges for specialists, including podiatrists, dentists, and ophthalmologists, to visit the islands via the Sunbeam V.

And Island Health sponsors a free two-day Elder Care Conference on helping island community elders age in place. Caretakers from numerous islands collaborate, share resources, and learn about a variety of topics.

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Food: Reducing Threat of Hunger

The Mission takes a multi-faceted approach to reducing hunger and the threat of hunger in western Washington County.

We know different populations experience different obstacles to obtaining enough food. The challenges a third-grader faces are not the same as those encountered by an eighty-year old.

Our food programs go beyond simply delivering quality food. Each program promotes social interactions, builds a sense of community, and encourages learning about nutrition, trying new foods, making healthy food choices, and talking about food and nutrition. We hope to impact area residents’ eating habits, including the next generation’s habits, in order to create a stronger, healthier, and more informed community.

Learn more about our food School-Based Programs, our Organic Pantry Garden, our Food Pantry, and our Sunbeam on Wheels which home delivers to people who cannot get to our Food Pantry.

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Sigma Kappa Sorority Includes Mission in Ultra Violet Week

Thank you, Sigma Kappa!

Sigma Kappa Sorority raises funds for Alzheimer’s Research

Posted: Monday, November 6, 2017 4:34 pm
Swapna Vettiyil, Staff Writer 

Sigma Kappa members Larissa Enriquez and Ariel Forbes speak to Paul Napolitano about the Ultra Violet week

Sigma Kappa’s five philanthropies include the Sigma Kappa Foundation, Inherit the Earth, Gerontology with an emphasis in Alzheimer’s disease research, Maine Seacoast Mission and the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Sigma Kappa Foundation promotes service and leadership through scholarship, while Inherit the Earth helps protect the earth and save the environment.

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Island Elder Care Conference a Success

Island Health Director Sharon Daley, RN hosted another successful elder care conference to network with like-minded groups and individuals on ways to improve care for the elderly among Maine’s unbridged island communities.

What follows is a summary and two photos of the conference participants from Sharon Daley’s assistant, Margaret Snell. More details to follow.

Margaret Snell
Thu 10/26/2017 2:04 PM

Hello –

Here are some initial details about the conference. I will write up more later after I have gone through evaluations.

Who: Eleven island communities including: Cranberry Isles, Isle au Haut, Vinalhaven, North Haven, Matinicus, Islesboro, Chebeague, Long Island, Peaks Island, Cliff Island along with Indian Island.

Four representatives from State agencies.

What: Island Eldercare conference, bringing together those invovled in elder care on Maine’s coastal Island, and Indian Island to discuss challenges, learn about resources, make action plans.

When: October 24-25

Where: McNeil’s on Islesboro

Attached are a couple of pictures. The group is front row (l-r): Cheryl Crowley, Maddy Gates, Bonnie Hughes. Second row: Peggy Akers, Christina Noyes, Beatrice Bryne, Margaret Snell, Alison Richardson, Vicki Todd. Back Row Stefanie Alley, Marge Powers, Kathi Lovell, Robyn Sockbeson, Mikki Amers, Amy Tierney, Sharon Daley, Maura Michael, Amy Rick, Mary Terry, Beth Marcheson.

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Sunbeam V Schedule: Island Telemedicine Visits Oct 31-Nov 2

Please check the Sunbeam Island Services Schedule Calendar for any schedule changes due to weather conditions or other considerations.

The Sunbeam V is scheduled to visit Frenchboro, Matinicus, and Isle au Haut.

Questions about Island Health Services and Telemedicine? Please contact Director of Island Health Services Sharon Daley, RN.

For other inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman.

Island Health Director Attends National Telemedicine Showcase

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BAR HARBOR, Me — Mission Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN took a few days, while the Sunbeam V is in dry dock, to attend the Third National Telemedicine and Telehealth Service Provider Showcase in Phoenix, AZ. The two full-day convention (Oct. 2-3), according to the event program, “focuses on building partnerships to bring high quality telemedicine- and telehealth-enabled medical speciality services directly into hospitals, clinics, private practices, and patient homes.”

Director Sharon Daley said, “To improve what we do, I wanted to see the newest technology, and what others are doing in the field. It is amazing what technology can and will do. Also, it’s gratifying to know the Mission is at the forefront with offering telemedicine.”