When Edward Oetjengerdes retired and returned to the Conway, NH area to make it his permanent home, he was pleased to see how much Memorial Hospital had grown in their breadth of services as part of the MaineHealth system. Edward has sleep apnea and has used a CPAP mask to regulate his oxygen levels during the night for many years. Because his condition requires maintenance and monitoring as his needs change, he was glad to have services close to home to help him manage his care.
An active person who loves the outdoors, Edward struggled with sleep for many years. Before being fitted with the mask he had an extremely difficult time getting a full night’s rest. “I could wake the neighbors with my snoring, and I was very tired during the day, which made participating in physical activities almost impossible.” Today, telehealth technology enables Edward to “see” his provider Carri Kivela, APRN-FNP at Maine Medical Center in Portland from a patient room right at Memorial Hospital in North Conway by using the internet to connect. Coupled with the availability of centralized records and MyChart to access his patient profile, the management of his health is a breeze.
“This service is a first for me, and it’s been intriguing to receive care this way. I’ve enjoyed the process,” said Edward. He’s actively enjoying his retirement in the Northeast, taking advantage of the great outdoors to enjoy a variety of sports like cross country skiing and hiking. “I think it’s great, said Edward. “I was very sedentary living in Florida and I appreciate my new home and the energy I have very much.”