April 23, 2018
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Long term care certification

BANGOR — Penobscot Community Health Care announced that Dr. Lawrence Smith, PCHC Community Care and Geriatrics medical director, has earned certification as medical director in long term care from the board of directors of the American Medical Directors Certification


Smith oversees PCHC’s Community Care and Geriatrics whose team of 20 clinicians provide care for many of the region’s nursing homes, as well as medical care in assisted living facilities and homes.

Smith has been in medical practice since 1987. He serves as medical director for a number of area nursing homes and was founder and lead family physician at Winterport Family Practice before joining Penobscot Community Health Care.


Alzheimer’s Walk results

BANGOR — Organizers of the Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s report that the event well exceeded its goals, raising more than $107,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. Last year, the walk raised $86,000.

More than 600 walkers participated in the event. Top individual fundraisers were Julie Crafts, $2,813; Heather Fletcher, $1,671.85; and Claire Cullinane, $1,600.

Top family and friend teams: Maynard Shute team, $8,258.17; in memory of Janet Long $3,553; and the Whitney family, $2,802.

Top business teams were Maine Veteran’s Home, Bangor, $9,998.81; Kindred Westgate, $7,197; and Dirigo Pines Retirement Community, $6,279.90.


Diabetes Expo

BREWER — A Diabetes Expo will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Jeff’s Catering,  East-West Industrial Park, 15 Littlefield Way. The event will offer workshops, exhibits and demonstrations on diabetes self-management techniques. Those with diabetes, friends, spouses and caregivers are encouraged to attend.

Visit PCHC.com/DiabetesExpo to register in advance for the event and for further details.

Admission is $5 and includes morning coffee and snacks, lunch and all day attendance.

For information, call Georgia Clark-Albert, Penobscot Community Health Center nutritionist and diabetes educator, at 941-2850.


Health and grants officer

BREWER — Eastern Maine Healthcare System president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood announced that Doug Michael of Mount Desert Island has accepted the position as chief community health and grants officer for EMHS. Michael is the former executive director and founder of Healthy Acadia, a charitable community health organization serving rural Hancock and Washington counties.


Best Places to Work ranking

BREWER — Eastern Maine Healthcare System was ranked recently as one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Maine for large companies employing more than 250 employees. Recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Maine awards ceremony on Oct. 10 in Portland, EMHS also is profiled in a special publication by Mainebiz. For information about EMHS, go to EMHS.org.


Nutrition workshops

OLD TOWN — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Nutrition workshops

four-part series will begin at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, at Old Town Public Library, 46 Middle St. Class also will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6, 13 and 20. Participation in all four classes is required.

Through hands-on activities participants will learn how to save money on groceries, enhance cooking skills, keep foods safe to eat and try new, healthful recipes.

Participants in the workshops will receive recipes, a cookbook, tips to help keep families healthy and active, and other incentives.

Income-eligible adults with children are invited to participate. Advance registration is required.

For information about program eligibility, or to request a disability accommodation,

contact Theresa or Wendy at 942-7396 or 800-287-1485, TDD: 800-287-8957 or email cepen@umext.maine.edu.

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