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2014 April E-newsletter

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

Maine Medical Center Geriatrics:

The Role of Prognostication in the

Care of the Elderly

This webinar is an archived talk from Maine Medical Center’s live Geriatrics Day program held on April 10, 2013. Dr. Alexander Smith’s presentation provides for the learner an overview of the process for estimating prognosis in the elderly and the importance of estimating prognosis and how prognosis can be estimated in clinical settings. The presentation also addresses the question, “Should prognostic information be freely available to patients?”

Faculty: Alexander K. Smith, MD, MS, MPH

Certified for physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and social workers

Innovations in Care Delivery: The Strategic Imperative for Innovation

In 2011, multiple macroeconomic and socio-political factors drastically changed the healthcare environment, prompting innovations in care delivery to increase efficiencies across the continuum of care with the ultimate goal of improving patient care. This session explores the ever-changing healthcare landscape and examines the antecedents to Innovations in care delivery.

Faculty: Edward O'Neil, PhD, MPA, FAAN

Certified for registered nurses

APRIL 2014


Jeanette Ives Erickson Speaks to UNE Students about Nursing Leadership and Education.

Watch the video!


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To collaborate with us on education, contact Denise O'Connell, Senior Program Manager, 207.747.3448 or