Dineen's Mission: A career-long effort to inspire quality patient care through health education
Teams, organizations and businesses operate successfully when they have access to the best resources. This is especially true for the health care community, where new treatments, new protocols, and methods of caring for patients develop so quickly that implementing best practices and updated evidence-based care can be challenging for providers.
Gardiner, Maine native Dr. James J. Dineen has made health education a focal point of his distinguished medical career, aiming to provide health care professionals with accessible and innovative training opportunities, and to give patients and families the knowledge they need to improve their health.
Dr. James J. Dineen
“Health education can help to improve the health of Maine residents in several ways,” says Dr. Dineen. “Education helps to expand patients’ and families’ understanding of their health care needs. It also provides guidance in advocating for their health care needs, promoting healthy lifestyles, supporting health screenings for preventive care, and providing information about health care resources beyond their doctor’s office or hospital.”
The presence of effective educational resources for health care professionals has also had a positive effect on the quality of medical care and the physician-patient relationship. “I think the public does recognize when quality care is provided,” says Dr. Dineen. “All of us want and deserve to be cared for by health care professionals with compassion, understanding, knowledge, skill and ability. Health education is one of the proven ways to maintain and advance quality patient care and patient safety.”
Learn more about Dr. Dineen's distinguished career and the mission of Lunder-Dineen on our website.
Dr. Dineen (center) with the Lunder family and members of the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine