Silver Collar Award
BANGOR — Eastern Maine Medical Center was named recently one of Maine’s best employers for workers over age 50 by the State Workforce Investment Board’s Older Workers Committee. EMMC, along with the two other award recipients, was honored with the Silver Collar Employer Award during National Employ Older Workers Week, Sept. 23-27.
The Silver Collar Employer Award honors employers whose policies and practices match the needs of mature employees, tapping into their skills and experience, strong work ethic, flexibility and enthusiasm.
National nursing award
BANGOR — Licensed Practical Nurse Debbie Lancaster, director of Engel Place, a division of Ross Manor in Bangor, is the sole recipient of the Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award from the National Gerontological Nursing Association. This award was established to recognize excellence in individuals who have been inspirational role models by providing outstanding care to older adults.
Lancaster has been director at Engel Place, Ross Manor’s memory impaired assisted living neighborhood, since 2007. Prior to that position, Lancaster served as a primary care nurse in Ross Manor’s long-term care unit.
Lancaster will accept the award during Geronotological Nurses Week at the Gerontological Nursing Convention Oct. 3-5, in Clearwater Fla.
Chief nursing officers
BANGOR — Wayne Steller of Hermon was named vice president and chief nursing officer for Acadia Hospital effective Sept. 18. He has served as interim chief nursing officer since June 16.
In addition to his executive duties, Steller, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, will continue periodically to provide direct patient care services.
Steller obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maine in 1988 and completed a master’s degree in nursing at Husson University in 2007. He is a board certified adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 33 years of experience, including 21 years at Acadia Hospital in positions of increasing responsibility. Steller is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and has been a frequent speaker on a variety of mental health issues.
New office building
BANGOR — St. Joseph Healthcare announced that is has made a donation of building materials and a $1,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor. The materials are being salvaged from a St. Joseph Healthcare property adjacent to the St. Joseph Healthcare Park at 900 Broadway, which will be the site of a new medical office building.
Hospital officials said the new 23,000-square-foot building is being constructed to better meet the area’s healthcare needs. Many of the St. Joseph physician practices will be consolidated in one location.
The Clift Darling House property was home to St. Joseph Community Networks and Foundation, which is relocating to the former Felician Sisters residence on Congress Street. The new suite of offices will retain the Clift Darling House name.
An official groundbreaking event for the new medical office building at the St. Joseph Healthcare Park will be held Saturday, Oct. 12. The public is invited to join the celebration 1-3:30 p.m. at 900 Broadway for a fall celebration with popcorn, hot cider, fun activities for the children and more.