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Upcoming Events & Programs

Following are upcoming events and programs that are open to Quarry Hill residents and the general public.

There are no upcoming events or programs scheduled. Please check back.

Recurring Events & Programs

New Pathways for Parkinson’s **Cancelled Until Further Notice**
Every Friday, 10:00 a.m.

Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden

This holistic fitness program is designed specifically for persons with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Participants Gordon Guist and Dan Avener co-lead this class. Free.

Alzheimers Disease Support Group **Cancelled Until Further Notice**
First Tuesday of Each Month, 6:00 p.m.

Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden

The Alzheimer’s Support Group provides information and support to area residents who have loved ones coping with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

Free. For details, please contact Cheri R. Blouin, LSW at (207) 301-6237 or at cblouin@pbmc.org.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group **Cancelled Until Further Notice**
First Tuesday of Each Month, 12 noon

Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden

The Parkinson’s Support Group is for people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, friends, and caregivers.

Free. Attendees should bring a bag lunch. Drinks and desserts are provided. For details, please contact Cassie Walters at 596-3978.

Learn more about ongoing resident activities, and those planned for this month »

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Quarry Hill Staffers Honored for Excellence in Healthcare
May 26, 2020

Camden, Me., May 26, 2020 Quarry Hill celebrated nine of its employees during an outdoor celebration held April 29 at the older-adult community’s Camden campus. The awards were given as part of the local healthcare system’s quarterly staff-recognition program.

Six staffers were singled out for “Standing Ovation” awards or nominations, which recognize workers who exemplify CHA’s mission and values. Certified nursing assistant (CNA) Iris Perkins-Powell, who works in Quarry Hill’s dementia-care center, was recognized for her unusual ability to pick up on nonverbal signs that residents are in distress and taking appropriate action to address the issues. Fellow dementia-care CNA Rebecca Twaddel was nominated for her caring and compassion as well as her willingness to go the extra mile to help coworkers; while assisted living CNA Grace Wagithuku was nominated by a resident for her intelligence, knowledge and intuition and for “interacting with each of us as people.”

Also nominated for Standing Ovation awards were: 21-year maintenance veteran Dean Curtis, described as a tireless workhorse and consummate professional who consistently “takes a resident-centered approach” to his work; dietary aide Acadia Calderwood, who, after serving residents their meals, always asks “How was the food today? May I get you something special next time?”; and activities director Noreen Clark, who, upon learning that the holiday gifts ordered in 2019 for assisted living residents might not arrive in time, went out and purchased new gifts so each person would have something to open on Christmas Day.

Two employees received nominations for “Sunshine Awards,” celebrating CNAs and other healthcare support staff who deliver exceptional care. Standing Ovation nominee Rebecca Twaddel drew praise for turning bath time into a spa time for a resident who hates washing up; Genny Flanders was noted for “radiating care and joy, whether she’s serving supper or helping a resident walk down the hall.”

Rounding out the list of Quarry Hill standouts was nursing care CNA Heather Long, named a “Smart Ducky” for using her computer skills to help the department save money.

Quarry Hill Nursing Care Center Named Among Nation’s Best
March 10, 2020

Camden, Me., March 10, 2020 Medicare.gov, the official U.S. government site for Medicare, has given Quarry Hill’s nursing care center its top, five-star rating.

The government called the 39-bed short- and long-term-care center, known as the Gardens, “much above average” overall. The overall ranking is based on health-inspection results, staffing and other “quality measures.” Quarry Hill was deemed above the national average in health-inspection results and quality measures and much above the national average in staffing.

Medicare.gov called the quality of resident care at the Gardens much above average, noting the center’s exceptional performance on 16 measures such as flu and pneumonia prevention and the percentage of residents who develop pressure ulcers (bed sores) or experience a fall during their stay.

The nationwide review also gave Quarry Hill its highest scores for fire safety and for maintaining optimal staff-to-patient ratios.

Quarry Hill director of nursing Heather Quesnel, MS, RN, NEA-BC, attributed the superior ratings to the quality of the Gardens’ staff.

“The ratings are a testament not only to our nursing team, but to our dietary, housekeeping, maintenance, and activities staff members as well. Their collective, unwavering commitment to providing the best care possible is truly impressive,” she commented.

She added that Quarry Hill now has the only five-star-rated nursing care community in Knox County.

Medicare.gov’s latest findings are published in “Nursing Home Compare,” an online tool that lets users look up nursing centers in all 50 states and see how they compare with others in the same states and nationwide.

Quarry Hill is one of several area organizations that hold membership in MaineHealth, a statewide network of hospitals and other healthcare providers. In addition to short- and long-term nursing care, the community offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living apartments and memory care.

For more information about nursing care at Quarry Hill, please contact the Marketing Office at 207-301-6116.

Quarry Hill Physician Achieves Board Certification in Geriatrics
January 3, 2020

Camden, Me., January 3, 2020 –Dr. Maureen Sauvage, D.O., supervising physician of Quarry Hill’s inhouse primary care practice, has become board-certified in geriatrics, having completed the requirements set by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Sauvage works in partnership with the practice’s nurse practitioner to cover the primary-care needs of the Camden senior-living community’s residents as well as those of the Knox Center for Long-Term Care in Rockland.

Before joining Quarry Hill in 2017, Dr. Sauvage served as a geriatrician at MorseLife Health System/PACE in West Palm Beach, Fla.; previously, she had practiced at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bangor and Maine Medical Partners Geriatrics at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She earned her doctor of osteopathy at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009 and completed a fellowship in geriatrics at Maine Medical Center in 2013.

Quarry Hill administrators say the inhouse practice, launched in 2009 under Dr. Richard Kahn, M.D., has contributed to enhanced quality of care, swifter response to emergent medical concerns, and fewer hospitalizations for residents, as well as reduced healthcare costs.

Quarry Hill Dominates Healthcare Staff Awards
October 29, 2019

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L to R: Joel Shuman, Amy Tyler, Millie Wright, Annette Merrifield, Kristina Ott, Lori Gary, and Rick Mitchell

Camden, Me., October 29, 2019 Quarry Hill stood out as the most honored of the several healthcare organizations participating in the Coastal Healthcare Alliance (CHA) employee awards program for this quarter, with a total of eight employees celebrated as winners and nominees.

At gatherings held October 14 at Pen Bay Medical Center and October 22 at Quarry Hill, excitement centered on DAISY Award winner Amy Tyler, RN, clinical nurse manager of Quarry Hill’s long- and short-term nursing care center. Tyler topped a field of 13 other CHA nominees for the DAISY, awarded by healthcare systems around the world in recognition of outstanding performance in the field of professional nursing.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. It was established by the DAISY Foundation and the family of a man who died of an autoimmune disease. Impressed by the compassion and skill of the nurses who cared for their loved one, the family sought a lasting way to recognize nurses who deliver extraordinary care.

Quarry Hill director of nursing Heather Quesnel, MS, RN, NEA-BC, said anyone can nominate a nurse for a DAISY; local committees select as winners those who have made the most significant difference in the lives of patients, established special connections with patients and families, served as role models for other nurses or met other criteria set by local healthcare systems.

“Amy’s selection as a DAISY Award winner is well-deserved,” Quesnel commented. “Her patient-centered approach, coupled with her stellar clinical skills, make her such an asset to the team and residents at Quarry Hill.  She is truly an amazing role model.”

Seven other Quarry Hill employees were also singled out for recognition in this quarter’s awards program. CNAs Annette Merrifield, Kristina Ott,and Millie Wright were nominated to receive Sunshine Awards, CHA’s equivalent to the DAISY for nursing assistants and other healthcare support-team members. CNA Lori Gary, physical plant director Richard Mitchell and environmental services director Judith Harrington were nominated for “Standing Ovation” awards for exemplifying the organization’s mission and values; while Maintenance staff member Joel Shuman won a Standing Ovation during the quarter.

Quarry Hill Named a Winner in Chili Challenge
February 14, 2019

Camden, Me., February 15, 2019 Kudos to Quarry Hill executive chef Scot Pierce for his winning entry in the West Bay Rotary Chili Challenge, held February 9 at 16 Bay View restaurant in Camden.

Pierce’s Oktober Fest recipe took third in a field of 10 concoctions submitted by restaurants and professional kitchens and judged by hungry locals. His recipe for success: a chilblain-chasing blend of bratwurst, sauerkraut, beef, bacon, beans and veggies (plus a generous swig of Sam Adams lager) that tasters said was like Bavaria on a spoon.

West Bay Rotary donates all proceeds from the Challenge, held each year in conjunction with the National Toboggan Championships at Camden’s Ragged Mountain Recreation Area, to local nonprofits. In recent years, it has provided vocational scholarships for students, donated heating-oil funds to area towns for distribution to people in need, and supported caring organizations such as Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, Knox County Homeless Coalition and community food banks.

Shown here: Pierce (far right) with other 2019 Chili Challenge winners.chili_challenge_qh

Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser to Benefit Parkinson’s Research
February 12, 2019

Camden, Me., February 12banner, 2019 – The Camden-based Parkinson’s Support Group invites pizza lovers to follow their noses to Flatbread Company in Rockport on Tuesday, March 5, between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. for a deliciously inspiring fundraising event aimed at advancing research into Parkinson’s disease, a neurological condition that affects more than 1 million people and their families worldwide.

During the event, Flatbread will donate $3.50 for each large flatbread pizza and $1.75 for each small flatbread pizza sold to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. A deejay will keep toes tapping, and a raffle will be held, with prizes donated by local businesses.

The Parkinson’s fundraiser is part of Flatbread’s tradition of holding benefit nights in support of nonprofit organizations throughout the Penobscot Bay area. It will be the second time Flatbread has collaborated with the Camden Parkinson’s Support Group to benefit Parkinson’s research.

The support group meets regularly at Quarry Hill in Camden on the first Tuesday of each month from noon to 2:00 p.m. It provides opportunities for people with Parkinson’s, their family members and caregivers to come together to learn, share insights and enjoy the support of others affected by the disease.

For more information about the fundraiser or the support group, please contact Cassie Walters, 596-3978 or ckwalters66@gmail.com.

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