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More local workforce hires and promotions at PVH

Penobscot Valley Hospital is pleased to welcome new managers Jana Libbey, Jen Cowing, and Shelley Sides.

Jana Libbey
Senior Director of Human Resources

Jana has previously worked in the PVH Human Resources department on a part-time and per diem basis. Most recently she worked at Husson University as their Assistant Director of Admissions and has just one semester left in completing her Masters in Business Administration degree.

“I am pleased to join the Penobscot Valley Hospital Leadership Team, I look forward to providing employment and benefit services to all employees within our hospital so that they can focus on providing quality healthcare to others within the community," adds Jana. “It is one of my many goals moving forward to focus on building an environment where high performance is valued, rewarded and recognized throughout the hospital.”

Jana resides in Lincoln with her husband, Luke, and four children. Having grown up in this area, she understands the growing healthcare and economic needs of the community.

Jen Cowing, MS PT
Director of Rehab Services

Jen graduated with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2001. She has a diverse patient care background including several years specializing within an Orthopedic Surgical Practice in southern Maine as well as extensive work in pediatrics within early intervention and school-based programs. Jen joined the PVH team in 2014 as a therapist and stepped up to the role of director in October.

She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and is an Orthopedic, Cardiopulmonary, and Acute Care section member. Her special interests include post-operative orthopedic rehab, treatment of vertigo, and working with patients with chronic conditions such as cardiopulmonary disease, CHF, diabetes, or pain to better manage their health and reach their goals. Recent coursework includes attendance at a seminar for manual therapy treatment of lumbar, sacral, and pelvic dysfunctions. Jen volunteers for PVH helping to run a program several times a year called Healthy ME, which provides access to experts free of charge to community members working to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

"The PVH Rehabilitation Department is truly a fantastic resource for our community and I am proud to be a part of it,” states Jen Cowing. “Our team of Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists not only has a wealth of experience in their respective fields, but also represents the most advanced degrees and specialty certifications available within our professions. Our therapists work with patients within the hospital setting to regain function, allowing them to return to home safely after illness or surgery, and also staff a thriving state-of-the-art outpatient facility right in the heart of downtown Lincoln.”

Jen adds, “I am excited to see our outpatient department continue to grow while still offering all the services that set us apart from other clinics - including our commitment to early morning and evening hours to accommodate patient work schedules and the free use of our rehab gym to our patients between appointments, which affords many the opportunity to carryover their programs achieving better outcomes with fewer visits and lower out-of-pocket copays. One area we plan to expand is wellness programming for the entire PVH service area, with new membership options to our rehab gym and even more no-cost specialty programs to help our community increase their physical activity and improve their health."

Jen lives in Lowell with her husband and three children.

Shelley Sides, RN, BSN, MSN
Director of Inpatient Services

Shelley started in December as the new director of inpatient services, coming to PVH from Eastern Maine Medical Center where she was a nurse manager in the Adult and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. She began her career at PVH in 1994 as an EMT and gained interest in becoming more involved with patient care. Working through nursing school, Shelley graduated with her BSN degree in 2000. She continued work at PVH as a new grad in the emergency department while also working at EMMC in pediatrics. Shelley obtained her MSN in 2005 and continued to grow in the profession of nursing as a leader in emergency medicine. Shelley is experienced in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, pediatric medicine and nursing education.

“I am very excited to be returning to Penobscot Valley Hospital,” states Shelley. “PVH gave me a window into nursing that spearheaded my professional career. I am very thankful for the opportunities that have been opened to me as a result of my beginning at this organization. Healthcare has changed immensely over the last few decades but at the heart of it all, are the patients and the community. My goal is to support my team to provide high-quality care, promote wellness in my home community and help to lead a team with a vision for greatness.”

Shelley lives in Howland with her husband, youngest son and dog, and feels blessed to be working back "home" where she raised three children and has many connections.

Jen Cowing, Jana Libbey and Shelley Sides look forward to making a difference in the health of our community in their new roles at Penobscot Valley Hospital.  

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