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Literature & Medicine at SMH

The Literature & Medicine program at Stephens Memorial Hospital is in its seventh year and continues to draw a crowd.  Deborah Clark, librarian at Western Maine Health shared that the Literature & Medicine program at the hospital is still going strong, with as many as 16 participants in the 2009-2010 session.  This group includes physicians, nursing and other hospital staff as well as hospital administrators and board members. 


Stephens Memorial Hospital was recognized in 2008, by the Maine Humanities Council for their exemplary public service as a Literature & Medicine Program Partner Hospital.  Literature & Medicine is a book discussion program devised by the Maine Humanities Council.


The group is free to employees and is lead by a facilitator, usually a college professor.  Book choices range from novels to non-fiction to poetry and usually have relevance to health care or medicine, leading the group to think about the human side of the care they provide patients.


The group at SMH usually meets during the winter months, and Clark states, "This group has helped our hospital staff improve patient care by helping us better understand the patient's (MORE)

experience of illness as well as enhancing collaboration with co-workers."


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