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Penobscot Valley Hospital Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in “Excellence in Quality”

Penobscot Valley Hospital was recently recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in quality, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural acute care hospitals in the nation.

The rankings have been determined by the Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and nine pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

Senior Director of Quality Improvement at PVH, Crystal Landry, states: “PVH works hard to provide our community with necessary high quality of care. We are continuously working to ensure the care we provide meets or exceeds national best practice standards of care such as making sure patients receive certain treatments quickly when they are having a heart attack or stroke.”

Landry continues, “Being recognized as 1 of 10 hospitals in Maine to receive recognition for excellence in quality is evidence of us meeting the national, high quality of care goals we strive to provide every day. Ensuring that best practices in processes, systems and staff are always occurring is crucial for every patient. I am proud to see the staff recognized for providing excellence in quality at PVH.”

Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health, adds, “These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it’s an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face.”

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities

About iVantage Health Analytics
iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and payment optimization. iVantage is part of The Chartis Group, a national advisory services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at

 Emergency department registered nurses Wendy Quartermain and Ashley Voisine pose with the PVH Excellence in Quality Award. Patient experience scores in the Emergency Room have routinely surpassed state averages.

Save a life! Find out more at January 10 meeting

As we know, the negative impact of substance abuse has only increased in the past few years. Save a Life is a substance abuse task force comprised of concerned citizens, pastors, medical providers, educators, and mental health professionals in the greater Lincoln area. This includes the communities of Danforth, Springfield, Lee, Lincoln, Enfield, Burlington, Howland, Kingman, Bancroft, Weston, and others.

On Tuesday, January 10, Heath Myers, Overdose Prevention Coordinator at Bangor Public Health & Community Services, will be at Lincoln’s Mattanawcook Academy library to present information about recognizing drug overdose, effective steps to help prevent death, and helpful strategies for helping people working on recovery from substance abuse re-enter their communities. He possesses a wealth of information about treatment options. There will be time for attendees to ask questions. This event will start at 6 p.m.

Representatives of the Brewer/Bangor chapter of Young People in Recovery will be at the same location (Mattanawcook Academy library) on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6 p.m. Young People in Recovery (YPR) is a national grassroots advocacy organization focused on creating recovery-ready communities throughout the nation for young people in, or seeking, recovery. YPR aims to improve access to treatment, educational resources, employment opportunities, and secure, quality housing on the local, state, and national levels. By creating a national network of young people in recovery, we empower young people to get involved in their communities by providing them with the tools and support to take charge of their futures. The January 31 speakers will share stories of recovery, resources to support recovery, and hope for loved ones.

“Reaching for Hope,” a Nar-Anon support group for people whose family or friends abuse drugs meets at Lincoln’s First United Methodist church every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and every Thursday at 6 p.m. Meetings are free and confidential. The church’s address is 8 Lee Road, Lincoln – at the “point” of Routes 2 and 6.

Dual diagnoses (substance abuse coupled with mental health diagnoses) are common. FaithNet is a NAMI support group for people with mental health challenges and their family/friends. Free confidential meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at Lincoln’s First United Methodist church at 6 p.m.

For more information please contact Cheryl at 207-794-8443, cherylstratton01@gmail, or visit our page at

Cold? Look for a scarf tied to a utility pole!

December 16 - Sharlene Black has informed us that she has tied about a dozen scarves to utility poles around town. "If you're cold, take one", she says, "courtesy of the thrift shop!"


New Lincoln town councilors sworn in

November 14 - At tonight's Lincoln town council meeting, three newly elected councilors took the oath of office. In the photo above, Sharon Sibley, Marscella Ireland and John Trask are sworn in by Town Clerk Pro Tem Diana Hill.

George Edwards was voted Chairman, and Jeffery Gifford Vice Chairman. Both were voted in unanimously.

The photo below shows the town council: left to right, front row, Marscella Ireland, Vice Chairman Jeffery Gifford and Sharon Sibley. Back row, John Trask, Steve Clay, Chairman George Edwards and Sheldon Hanington.

Veterans Day ceremony held in Lincoln

November 11 - A small crowd braved strong winds to honor our veterans today at the Veterans Memorial on Goding Avenue in Lincoln. Scouts, politicians and veterans' organizations were represented as prayers were said, a salute was fired and taps was played. After the service, a special remembrance took place at the grave of Donnie Brown, the first person from Lincoln to die in the Vietnam War. would like to thank all veterans and active duty service members for their service and sacrifice. Your very important work helps to keep us free, and we love and appreciate all of you!

For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE.

Auxiliary Fundraiser Brings Laughs and Love for Hospital

The Penobscot Valley Hospital Auxiliary hosted their sixth annual fall fundraiser “Out of the Woods” on Saturday, October 22. The event netted over $10,000 and included live entertainment from the area musical group StrumDingers, a delicious dinner catered by the Knights of Columbus Wives and wicked good stories by retired game warden, John Ford, Sr., and retired state trooper, Mark Nickerson.

The Auxiliary would like to thank the following sponsors: Platinum $2500 Modern Woodmen of America and $750 Machias Savings Bank; Silver $250 Dead River Company, F.A. Peabody Company, Hannaford, H. Joseph Thibodeau, DMD, Key Bank, Lincoln Maine Federal Credit Union, Thornton Brothers and Whitney's Outfitters; Bronze $100, DeLaite Trucking Inc., Dr. Durwin Y. Libby DMD, H.C. Haynes, Inc., Lincoln Color Center, Rick Burpee State Farm, S.W. Collins Co. Inc. and Whitetail Inn; and Friends $50 Bangor Savings Bank, Gillmor's Restaurant & Beef 'n Ale Lounge, Jeffrey M. Kyes, DMD, Lincoln Power Sports/Access Auto, Possibilities, Treeline Inc., Whitney Energy Inc. and Wireless Zone of Lincoln - Verizon Premium Retailer.

As the crowd settled in with full stomachs and smiling faces, they enjoyed a special pie auction by guest auctioneer Dale Tudor, silent auction, 50/50 and raffle prize giveaways. Over $10,000 in auction and raffle prizes were given away, many thanks to Ann Deyo who collected many of the items from businesses across the country. The Auxiliary also drew the winner of a boat donated by Fred & Pat Beck.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the hospital’s goal to raise $46,000 for new equipment that will:
• enhance employee safety,
• increase patient comfort and safety, and
• aid in patient recovery.

Specific equipment includes a new cardiac treadmill to enhance heart and lung testing, a high/low exam table to increase safety at therapy appointments, parallel bars allowing therapy patients the ability to learn to walk again, two stretchers for the emergency room that increase comfort for patients and decrease lifting responsibilities of staff, and a new therapy system to provide laser therapy to relieve pain and speed recovery.

Hospital CEO Gary Poquette adds, “Thank you to all of the Auxiliary volunteers and staff who have made the fundraising event successful, fun and entertaining. We especially would like to thank the long list of local businesses who have sponsored the event. Participation from our community is a powerful indication of your appreciation of Penobscot Valley Hospital.”

Mark Nickerson and John Ford, Sr. entertain the crowd at the Out of the Woods fundraiser on October 22, taking jabs at each others’ professions as they tell humorous stories of their time in the field (or in Mark’s case, on tar roads). The Auxiliary net over $10,000 for new equipment at Penobscot Valley Hospital.  

MetLife holds Grand Opening

October 15 - Nichole Hamm has opened a new MetLife insurance office in Lincoln. A Grand Opening was held today at the office, which is located at 115 West Broadway (hehind Subway), with refreshments and visits from Snoopy and Lincoln firefighters and EMTs. For a slideshow, please CLICK HERE.

Loon statue dedicated

October 8 - Lincoln now has a large loon statue beside the gazebo in downtown Lincoln. A dedication ceremony was held today, with Master of Ceremonies Lee Rand introducing Bart Stover and Jacob Smalley, who sang Lincoln's town song while officials from the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce cut a ribbon officially dedicating Lincoln's loon. It was a breezy, sunny day today, and a nice crowd of more than 50 people gathered to witness the dedication. People of all ages posed for photos with the giant statue. Following the ceremony, refreshments were served at the Lincoln Mamorial Library, including loon-shaped cookies!


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