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Posted May 06, 2014, at 9:17 a.m.

Outstanding service award

BANGOR — In late March, the Society of Hospital Medicine honored Dr. Kenneth Simone, a physician at Eastern Maine Medical Center Family Medicine on Corporate Drive, with the Award for Outstanding Service in Hospital Medicine.


Family Physician of the Year

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BANGOR — Dr. Barbara Vereault of Penobscot Community Health Care was named the 2014 Maine Family Physician of the Year by the Maine Academy of Family Physicians. Vereault was nominated by Dr. Vince Michaud of Eastern Maine Medical Center Husson Family Medicine and received the award at the academy’s annual meeting April 10-11. The award is given annually to a physician who provides his or her community with compassionate, comprehensive and caring medical services on a continuing basis, is directly and effectively involved in community affairs and activities that enhance the quality of life of his or her home area, and provides a credible role model as a healer and human being to his or her community, and as a professional in the science and art of medicine to colleagues, other health professionals and especially to physicians in training and medical students.

Vereault  is a PCHC founding physician and was clinical leader of PCHC since its inception in 1997 until July 2006. Vereault currently practices at Penobscot Community Health Center, 1012 Union St.


Hospital receives top rank in safety

BANGOR —Eastern Maine Medical Center announced that it has earned exceptional performance in hospital safety as ranked by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog that helps patients identify the safest hospitals. EMMC was again honored with an “A” in the latest Hospital Safety Score that rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. EMMC is one of only 251 hospitals in the nation to achieve an “A” all five times The Leapfrog Group has released surveys.

The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of public data to produce a single quality score, A through F, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

More than 2,500 US hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with approximately 32 percent receiving an “A” grade, including fellow EMHS members, Mercy Hospital in Portland, Inland Hospital in Waterville and TAMC in Presque Isle.


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