Our Mission

Healing Care for the Whole Person

At St. Joseph Healthcare our Mission is to provide healing care for the whole person in service to all in our communities, which is why offering a healing presence and guidance to support the well-being of patients, their families and health care staff is very important to us.

The entire Mission team wholeheartedly believes an integral part of care is meeting the spiritual and religious needs of our patients regardless of their beliefs, traditions or spirituality. We offer patients appropriate prayer, comfort and support to help facilitate healing, recovery and peace.

Consult not your fears, but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself, not with what you tried and failed in, but what it is still possible to do. Now is the time to put aside past and present setbacks and failures and look with confidence to the new day called tomorrow. – Pope Saint John XXIII

 

 

If you need us, we’re here for you

Chaplains are always available, or on call, to provide spiritual care – and they’ll happily provide a Bible, Torah, Koran or even religious and uplifting text messages upon request. Call 207.907.1798.

 

 

For those seeking a space for prayer and reflection, the St. Joseph Healthcare chapel is open everyday for visitors from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Chapel services may be viewed within the hospital on channel 77.

 

All members of the public are invited to attend Mass in the hospital chapel at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Eucharistic ministers are available daily to bring communion to Catholic patients. Priests are not on staff, but can be called to administer the Sacrament of the Sick if requested.

 

Our Programs

The Mission Integration department at St. Joseph Healthcare supports a multitude of programs both in the hospital and in the community.

St. Joseph’s Pantry

The St. Joseph’s Pantry supports employees and patients who are experiencing food insecurity. Through generous donations the pantry helps minimize anxiety and maintain anonymity when accessing its resources. In addition, phone access is provided so employees can call if they prefer to request a few days’ supply of food.

St. Joseph’s Closet

This activity support inpatients who are being discharged that need some basic clothing items. The closet is stocked with items such as t-shirts, underwear, sweatpants, sweatshirts, socks. On occasion we also have shoes, winter coats, hats and scarves.

Kingman Elementary School Backpack Program

Each school year the Mission Committee coordinates sponsorship of the children attending Kingman Elementary School. St. Joseph employees commit to sending each child home from school on Fridays with kid-friendly foods, so the child has plenty to eat over the weekend and will be ready to learn on Monday.

Healing Arts Program

The St. Joseph Healthcare Healing Arts Program was established in 2014 by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, staff and artists. The purpose of the Healing Arts Program is to enhance the healthcare environment and aid in healing and recovery. LEARN MORE>

Mona Blitz Art Cart
It is proven that art can move, heal, inspire and connect people. The Art Cart is a volunteer program in which inpatients can select a framed piece of art to hang in their room during their hospital stay.

 

Community Vegetable Exchange Stand

Each summer we set up our vegetable exchange stand and supply the stand with fresh produce from Good Shepherd Food Bank. The stand also provides a place for local gardeners to share their excess crops with the community.

Blessing Bags

This is a new program that was created last year by our emergency room patient registration representatives who had a desire to help our homeless population. Blessing Bags are provided to qualifying patients who would benefit from receiving a light snack and basic hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, deodorant, and sunblock. A hat, socks, and gloves were added to the winter Blessing Bags.

Hear From a Chaplain on Spiritual Care

“At St. Joseph Hospital, we wholeheartedly believe an integral part of care is meeting the spiritual and religious needs of our patients and their family members as well as our staff. As a chaplain, my role is to connect with those in need and support them. Sometimes that means praying together. Other times, it simply means being compassionate. I genuinely love what I do. I’m often introduced to people in a sincere time of need. I’m blessed to offer them a measure of comfort.”

Jan Tardif

Chaplain

Celebrating our Heritage and Mission

With a calling from God and the vision of Blessed Mary Angela, the Felician Sisters extended their ministry of care to St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor, Maine in 1947. To all those in need, we provide compassionate, high quality holistic healthcare. We pledge to continue our mission as the leader of compassionate service, remaining a pillar of healing, while responding to the ever changing needs of our communities.

Each year, we celebrate our heritage and founding during Mission Week. It’s a special celebration that honors our employees and includes reflection, receptions with their founding orders and volunteer activities. Most of the facilities in the Covenant Health system celebrate the legacy of St. Marguerite d’Youville, the Sisters of Charity of Montreal and St. Hyacinthe, Canada, “Grey Nuns”.

Meet Our Team

Our Mission Integration team keeps our hospitals and clinics focused on fulfilling the commitments of our foundresses. Members of the team work together with our extended network of faith leaders, giving them the tools and resources they need to provide spiritual care to all of our patients.

 

Mission Integration staff:

  • Renée Peterson, Manager

 

 

Spiritual Care Staff:

  • Rev. Alice Hildebrand
  • Rev. Regina Christianson
  • Fr. Robert Tumwekwase
  • Eucharistic Minister volunteer team
  • Pastoral Visitor volunteer team

 

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