Last week, Cary Medical Center in Caribou celebrated National Hospital Week with a number of programs engaging the community and honoring hospital employees who marked significant milestones in their careers at the hospital. 

Last week the hospital began gave flowers to all in-patients and to Cary employees who worked on Mother’s Day.  Then closed the week with its annual employee longevity awards banquet at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center on Friday evening where 67 employees with more than 750 years of service were honored.  Kris Doody, RN, MSB, FACHE, and Chief Executive Officer at Cary said that Hospital Week demonstrates the bond between the hospital, the community, and employees.

Cary Medical Center

Events during National Hospital Week also included a recognition luncheon for the Caribou Fire and Ambulance Service.  The service was named EMS service of the year for Region 5.  Tuesday night the hospital hosted a large crowd in the Chan Center to view the film, ‘The Genius of Marian’ a documentary on one family’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.  On Wednesday, May 14th Cary held its Hospital Week Clergy Appreciation Luncheon where Rick Duncan discussed the ‘Aroostook House of Comfort’ the new Hospice House being developed for the County.  On Thursday morning, representatives of local media attended the annual ‘Media Breakfast’, and National Hospital Week Jeopardy Game.  The Aroostook Republican and News defended their title after winning the trophy in 2013.    On Thursday and Friday of Hospital Week Cary Senior Management, Public Relations and Nutritional Services Departments provided an Employee Appreciation Barbecue to all shifts at the hospital and also served the night shift at the Maine Veterans Home.  Throughout the week hospital employees brought various food items in support of the Hospitals Against Hunger initiative, a collaborative effort of Cary Medical Center and the Aroostook Medical Center.

Other events during the week included a Tuesday morning press conference where the hospital announced the launching of the ‘Cary Kids Cook’ program.  Walmart has funded the project with a $50,000 grant.  The program aims to assist families who are struggling with the cost of eating a healthy diet.  But the true highlight of Hospital Week was the 90th Anniversary Seniority Luncheon held at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center on Thursday.  Nearly 200 members of the hospital’s Seniority Program (a membership program for people 50 and older) attended the luncheon which was designed as a special event of the hospital’s 90th Anniversary Celebration.  A special focus of the event was the attendance by 17 individuals over 90 years of age.  Kris Doody said that the luncheon was really unforgettable.

The last event of hospital week was a special healthcare historical exhibit at the Caribou Historical Museum.  The exhibit will run for the next month and features artifacts from Dr. Jefferson B Cary and other items.