Bangor area business news

Posted June 07, 2011, at 7:51 p.m.

Health-care environments

BANGOR — WBRC Architects-Engineers of Bangor, Portland and Sarasota, Fla., held a health care symposium, “Achieving Success in Health-care Environments,” on May 18 at the University of New England in Biddeford. The primary audience of more than 60 included hospital and health care administrators.

Topics included hospital origins, ergonomics, advantages of modular case goods, Americans with Disabilities Act update and case law settlements in health care, environmental graphics, infection control and planning for construction, and selection of health care finish materials.

The address was given by Dr. Kathy Reno, lead consultant for Joint Commission Resources and Joint Commission International for Safe Health Design Solution Service, which provides accreditation review of hospitals and health care organizations nationally. She described the JCR’s recently launched global initiative, “Safe Health Design.”

Presenters were Michael Pritchett, WBRC; Claire Ganley, Humanscale; Nicole Ponte, Steelcase/Nurture; Jill Simpson, Access Design/Alpha One; Boyd Morrison, Gamble Design; Hank Dunn, Cianbro Corp.; Kathy Reno, Joint Commission Resources; Sandi Soraci, Environments at Work; Lynda Casteris-El-Hajj, WBRC.

For information on “Achieving Success in Healthcare Environments” and upcoming WBRC seminars, contact Judith Perkins at judi.perkins@wbrcae.com or 947-4511, Ext. 239.

Airport investments

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud praised the recent Federal Aviation Administration announcement that it has approved investments in several Maine airports.

“These investments are welcome news and will allow these airports to move forward with improvements that will increase safety,” said Michaud, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “Because airports are so important to communities and businesses, these projects also hold positive, long-term economic benefits for the regions they serve.”

FAA investments in local airports include:

• $451,538, Bangor International Airport, for rehabilitation of the apron so that structural integrity of the pavement is maintained.

• $80,750, Dewitt Field, Old Town Municipal, for the rehabilitation of the runway to maintain structural integrity of the pavement to minimize foreign object debris on the runway.

Community service

More than 300 employees in KeyBank’s Maine district participated in the company’s 21st day of volunteer community service, “Neighbors Make the Difference Day,” on May 24. Staff spent the afternoon volunteering for an array of community service projects;  44 branches closed at noon for the event.

“As one of Maine’s largest businesses and employers, we believe it’s our responsibility to give back to communities throughout the state,” said Sterling Kozlowski, Maine District president. “That’s why nearly all of our employees were out in local communities throughout Maine to help non-profits as well as to build relationships with our neighbors. Between the employee community service and our philanthropic investment in financial education and work force development programs, we work hard to make Maine a better place to live.”

Neighbors Day began in Alaska in 1991. Over the day’s 21-year history, employees have given more than a half-million volunteer hours to their communities.

One of the leading organized corporate volunteerism efforts in America, “Neighbors Make the Difference Day” is the signature piece in Key’s year-round philanthropic investment in its communities. Each project is an extension of the company’s commitment to strengthening the quality of life in the communities where its employees live and work.

New bank manager

HAMPDEN — Katahdin Trust Co. President and CEO Jon J. Prescott announced that veteran banker Sunny G. Somers has joined the bank as manager and retail services officer. In her new role, Somers will be responsible for retail lending, business development and the daily management of Katahdin Trust Co.’s newest branch opening June 20 in Hampden.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Sunny to the Katahdin family in Hampden,” Prescott said. “She has enjoyed an exceptional career with an in-depth knowledge of lending, account opening and branch operations. Our customers will be well-served by her presenc,e and we invite friends old and new to stop by our new branch located at 57 Western Ave. to meet her.”

A native of Winterport, Somers has more than two decades of experience in the financial services industry. She began her career as head teller at Fleet Bank and later joined Camden National Bank where she served as branch supervisor with responsibility for origination of consumer and business accounts and loans and worked closely with branch operations. Somers most recently was a loan officer with Maine Savings Federal Credit Union in Bangor.

Somers is the recipient of numerous customer service awards during her career. She resides in Searsport and has one grown son.

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