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New interim Lincoln town manager

The Lincoln Town Council voted 7-0 to hire former Millinocket Town Manager Peggy Daigle effective Aug. 23. She'll replace Ron Weatherbee and will be paid $60 per hour to work four-day weeks at six hours per day. The Council hopes to hire a full-time Town Manager by October.

Landmark gone!

August 7 - Yesterday a violent thunderstorm rolled through the area, leaving residents and businesses without power for several hours. Along with the power outage, damage to trees by the high winds associated with the storm occurred all over town.

The skyline along West Broadway will never look the same again. A massive elm, dubbed "Elmo" by those who appreciated the tree that survived the Dutch elm disease that took most of Lincoln's ancient elms a few decades ago, was uprooted and toppled across the street. Crews worked for hours to clear the tree from the road and repair power lines. West Broadway was closed to traffic for the duration of the work.

We took a ride along West Broadway this morning and stopped to pay our respects to "Elmo" and take a few photos to commemorate its demise.According to Terri Coolong, who has been counting the tree's growth rings, Elmo was about 210 years old!

Thankfully no one was injured when the tree fell, or during the tricky cleanup of the street and restoration of power. Hats off to the crews who accomplished this tough task as quickly as they did.

Students Suture Chicken at PVH Healthcare Career Camp

Stitching chicken, injecting oranges, and tending to a hamburger wound were some of the fun activities students participated in at the first PVH Healthcare Career Summer Day Camp. In support of the hospital’s new mission to be an excellent community partner, PVH hosted the Healthcare Career Summer Day Camp for area high school students to explore healthcare careers first-hand.

On July 29, ten students spent the day at PVH visiting healthcare information technology, radiology, laboratory, operating room, emergency and emergency medical services, nursing, medical assisting and physical therapy areas. They met more than 30 PVH staff who provided an overview of their career field. The students were engaged in related activities including suturing incisions, mock emergencies and an obstacle race. Students also met members of the Auxiliary over lunch and discussed volunteer opportunities to help boost their resumes and college applications.

"What better way for students to expand their interest in a healthcare career than to spend a day learning inside a hospital,” states camp organizer and PVH senior director of quality improvement Crystal Landry, RN. “This is a great opportunity for the students in our communities to partner with PVH while they are in high school and making career path decisions. The students were very eager to learn and had a great time with the activities.”

At the end of the day, families were invited to the closing ceremony where students received awards and recapped their day with a photo presentation. Students commented in a follow-up survey about their day that: "everyone was friendly," "it was fun," and "this camp is great!"

“I have been involved in many summer camps over my career and they are always a highlight,” states PVH chief executive officer Gary Poquette. “It is a fantastic way to connect with our youth and community to build excitement for healthcare careers.”

PVH physician practice manager Amy Theriault adds, “I was fortunate to be able to enjoy the healthcare day camp experience from two different perspectives: as a parent and as a hospital leader. Both experiences were incredible! As a parent, I was so happy to hear the stories and see the smiles from my child when she was telling me about her day. As a hospital leader, it was not only a fun day with great kids, but it was time well spent.

“We, at PVH, understand that the best way to secure quality healthcare professionals for our community’s future is to grow them. The time we spend with these students, as well as the students in our job shadow and externship programs, is an investment in our youth, in our community, and in our future.”

Special thanks to all the PVH volunteers and East Millinocket EMS crews that shared their career knowledge and made the day interactive and fun for the students. Also thanks to Emera Maine for grant funding to make this event possible. Photos from the PVH Healthcare Career Summer Day Camp can be found at www.Facebook.com/PVHME

Orthopedic practice opens at PVH

July 19, 2016 - Penobscot Valley Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of a new orthopedic practice with orthopedic surgeon Nilesh K. Patil, M.D. Dr. Patil brings years of experience in orthopedic care to Lincoln providing office visits and surgical procedures. Pictured l to r: PVH practice coordinator Tory Blomsma, hospitalist Dr. Babar Junaidi, practice manager Amy Theriault, chief financial officer AnnMarie Rush, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nilesh Patil, chief nursing officer Monica Vanadestine, director of ancillary services Mike Butterfield, and director of human resources Sarah Loman.

MA second semester honor roll

Henry Pietras, Principal of Mattanawcook Academy has announced the second semester honor roll for the school year 2015-2016.

FRESHMEN: HIGH HONORS: Lynn Dwelley, Natalie McCarthy
HONORS: Ila Arthurs, Alex Brown, Garrett Caruso, Ainsley Hainer, Sarah Hanington, Sydney Jones, Kathryn Libby, Kaitlyn Pelkey, Elyssia Smith, Lucien Tibbetts, Katelyn Tolman

SOPHOMORES: HIGH HONORS: Morgan Beaulieu, Nicholas Ireland,
Bailey Markie, Duncan McIntyre, Kalista Severance
HONORS: Corbett Arnold, Natalie Beyenberg, Hannah Bubar, Joshua Burris, Malinda Davis, Brittney Drinkwater, Shania England, John Farrington, Koby Farrington, Benjamin Fiske, Lindsey Gelfuso, Kiana Hafford, Makenna Hanson, Cameron Johnstone, Ashley LaDuke, Zachary Leet, Devin Littlefield, Zachary McIntyre, Maci-Lynn McReavy, Meagan OConnor, Kyleigh Oliver, Brayden Pepin, Lyla Priest, Abigail Slauenwhite, Natalie Tilton, Mark Twombly, Kimberlee Voisine, Harleigh Weston, Matthew Young

JUNIORS: HIGH HONORS: Christopher Anderson, Lanita Briggs, Ava Broderick, Meagan Butler, Siarra Chabot, Jeffrey Garfield, Courtney Gordon, Saige Lakeman, Bryson Martinez, Carmen Ocana, David Susen, Gabrielle Tilton, Carter Ward
HONORS: Isaiah Birtz, Marley Bubar, Levi Coro, Ryan Drinkwater, Tiffany Dyer, Emily Gray, Justin Gray, Jordan Hanscom, Reilly Hesseltine, Courtney Kimball, Robert Lancaster, Devin Maynard, Sydney Morrison, Gabriel Olsen, Megan Porter, Lauren Ray, Erica Slomienski, Taylor Wotton

SENIORS: HIGH HONORS: Elise Arnold, Emily Buckner, Liana Dudley Holland, Laci Hanington, Indigo House, Cheyanne Libby, Camryn Lyons, Abigail Morrison, Michelle Porter, Jaclyn Rideout, Harley Rogers, Elliott Sibley
HONORS: Shayna Chandler, Travis Cropley, Allen Dorn, Logan Ham, Ali Hardy, Paige Hesseltine, Scott Jipson, Monette Kierstead, Shayla Labossiere, MacKenzie Lee, Tysen Libby, Gunner Maxwell, Maranda McAlpine, Samuel Neil, Mazie Palmer, Maci Pond, Robert Reynolds, Arron Rideout, Keirsten Robinson, Nathaniel Rockwell, Joseph Santore, Albert Schultz, Jordanna Sprague, Alexander Warner, Shawn Yusko                                                       

Scouts canoe the St. Croix

Twelve members of Troop 50 of Lincoln spent 4 days and 3 nights on the St. Croix River. They put their canoes in the river in Vanceboro and ended up at Kelly's Landing (approx. 30 miles). The scouts spent their long weekend canoeing, camping, fishing, swimming, exploring and cooking. This trip was limited to Scouts ranked 2nd class and higher. A one day canoe excursion is planned for all scouts in August. Pictured are Joseph Aldrich, Lucas Jordan, John Farrington, Corbett Arnold, Braedon McFalls, Jacob Dwelley, Tim Lattig, Dakota Lattig, Ethan Kimball, Dan Aldrich, Matthias Aldrich, and Paul Farrington.

PVH Earns Award of Excellence

PVH’s director of marketing and development Kristie Libby received the Lamplighter Award of Excellence from New England Society of Healthcare Communications for the hospital’s 2014 Community Benefit Report.

 

Penobscot Valley Hospital was recognized with an Award of Excellence by the New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo) for the concept and design of the 2014 PVH Community Benefit Report. The award was granted from NESHCo’s Creative Design & Photography Division for printed piece design in the esteemed Lamplighter Awards. Other winners in this category were MIT Medical, Hartford HealthCare, Lowell General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.

“This was the first year PVH joined the professional group, New England Society for Healthcare Communications, which has provided the hospital staff with training and networking opportunities,” states PVH director of marketing and development Kristie Libby. “It was our first opportunity to apply for a Lamplighter, and we were thrilled to be recognized in a category with other respected institutions such as MIT Medical and Harvard Medical School.”

NESHCo’s Lamplighter Awards were created to recognize excellent and exceptional healthcare communications. They are awarded each year in a wide variety of categories including publications, public relations, and advertising. Over 380 applications were received for this year’s Lamplighter Awards.

As a follow up to the award winning 2014 Community Benefit Report, the hospital is publishing its 2015 Community Benefit Report and distributing to the community as an insert in this week’s Lincoln News. This year’s report lists PVH’s local and state economic output at over $47 million while employing and supporting 478 good paying jobs. To see a copy of the 2014 or 2015 Community Benefit Reports, visit www.pvhme.org/publications.  

Healthy Me participants drop nearly 100 lbs

Twenty-three participants began their journey to wellness through Penobscot Valley Hospital’s Healthy Me program in May. Over the course of the five-week program, participants lost an average of five pounds each. They also received healthy eating advice from registered dietitian Mark Robinson and safe exercise methods from physical therapist Jen Cowing.

One participant exclaimed, “This class is a lifesaver!”

Hospital staff couldn’t agree more.

According to the 2016 Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment, obesity and physical activity/nutrition are two of the top five health issues in Penobscot County. Penobscot County Data reports undesirable figures:
- 36.7% of adults are overweight (Maine average is 36%)
- 32.4% of adults are obese (ME avg. is 28.9%)
- coronary heart disease mortality per 100,000 people is 105.5 (ME avg. is 89.8)
- heart attack mortality is 41.9 per 100,000 people (ME avg. is 32.2)
- diabetes mortality 26.4 per 100,000 is (ME avg. is 20.8)

“Our hope is to have a positive impact on the Healthy Me participants who will take these healthy lifestyle habits and healthy recipes back to their family and friends. The long-term goal of the Healthy Me program is to see improvements in the Penobscot County data at our next community health needs assessment in 2019,” states Kristie Libby, PVH director of marketing and development. “Creating healthy habits can have positive effects that start from within and radiate through the community.”

In addition to 23 Healthy Me participants, 100 pedometers were given out to the community and nearly 60 people participated in the month long challenge to walk 10,000 steps per day. The hospital randomly drew Samuel Hitchings as the winner of the 1-year membership to the PVH Community Fitness Center.

The hospital would like to thank Jen and Mark for volunteering their time to organize and teach the Healthy Me program, and other staff members and volunteers who assisted: registered nurses Kara Peters and Monica Vanadestine, doctor of physical therapy Martine LeGassey, occupational therapist Mike Butterfield, and volunteers Ann Clifford and Kristie Libby. And a special thank you goes out to all of the Healthy Me participants for making a positive change and setting life-long healthy habits.

PVH plans to have another Healthy Me session in the fall. In the meantime, follow the PVH Rehab & Wellness Center Facebook page for healthy tips, and consider joining the PVH Community Fitness Center for a great air-conditioned space to work out.  

Physical therapist Jen Cowing (left) and the staff of the PVH Rehab & Wellness Center would like to congratulate Samuel Hitchings, winner of our 1-year PVH gym membership. Sam, along with 58 other community members, joined PVH through the month of May in counting and recording our steps working toward a goal of increasing physical activity.

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