July 30, 2013

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Police are also looking for a witness to the alleged abduction attempt. Connolly said a man was walking his dog in the area at the time of the attack.


Report shows improvement in hospital 'sentinel events'

A new state report shows some improvement in serious errors, injuries and accidents in Maine hospitals and other health care facilities.

The Department of Health and Human Services has required hospitals, surgery centers, kidney centers and intermediate care facilities to report "sentinel events" since 2004. Facilities have 24 hours to call a state hotline after an incident and 45 days to share a detailed analysis of how it happened, why it happened and what will be done to prevent more incidents.

According to the latest report, there were 156,698 surgeries at Maine hospitals in 2012. Two patients had the wrong body part operated on, and 14 had something left behind in their bodies -- such as sponges or medical instruments. Thirty-six patients died in a hospital setting from something they weren't expected to die from.

The statistic regarding incorrect body parts was unchanged from 2011, the Sun Journal reported. The number of items left behind during surgery dropped by two, while the number of unanticipated deaths decreased by 25.

Sandra Parker, vice president of the Maine Hospital Association, said her group plans an educational event for members about sentinel events this fall.


Ten Maryland girls working as Thos. Moser apprentices

A group of girls from a private boarding school in Maryland is in Maine to build furniture under the tutelage of Thos. Moser.

Ten students from St. Timothy's school in Stevenson, Md., are working this week as apprentices at Thos. Moser in Auburn. They will build dining hall furniture to be used by students this fall.

Last year, a different group of students from St. Timothy's traveled to Maine to build library tables and chairs.

The student program is an offshoot of the Thos. Moser Customer-in-Residence program, which is a woodworking camp for adults who want to build their own furniture.


Mother, son soon deploying in same Maine Guard unit

There's no need for a Maine soldier who's deploying to Afghanistan to send letters home to his mother. That's because she's deploying at the same time – in the same unit.

Spc. Andrew Parker and his mother, Spc. Holly Parker, expect to deploy soon with the Maine National Guard. Andrew Parker told WABI-TV that it's "comforting" and Holly Parker called it a "source of pride."

The two from Unity are among nearly 200 soldiers from the 133rd Engineering Battalion who will deploy in August.

Sgt. 1st Class Randal Parker, father and husband, said he's used to being the one leaving for deployment. He said he's happy they will have each other while on duty in a foreign land.


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