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Weekly Health News: Feb. 6-12, 2013

National honor

BANGOR — Norm Dinerman, M.D., EMMC’s iconic emergency physician responsible for bringing LifeFlight of Maine to our state, was recognized this week for his tireless work to improve pre-hospital care over many years. At its annual meeting Jan.16-18, the National Association of EMS Physicians recognized Dr. Dinerman with the Ronald D. Stewart Award, the most significant honor among EMS physicians, akin to a lifetime achievement award. The award is given out annually to a person who has made a lasting, major contribution to the EMS community in the U.S. and Canada.

“It remains an honor to have witnessed and participated in the arc of evolution of EMS as it becomes an acknowledged sub-specialty of emergency medicine in this very year,” said Dinerman. “To the extent that I have been accorded the opportunity to contribute in some small measure to its growth and maturation is a blessing. I am humbled by this affirmation by my colleagues that my professional journey remains contributory, and is of purpose.”

Health insurance classes

BANGOR — Penobscot Community Health Care will host free educational sessions about the Health Insurance Marketplace. These sessions will take place on the indicated weekdays until March 31 at these locations:

• Brewer Medical Center, 735 Wilson St., Brewer: 5-7 p.m., Monday and Thursday.

• Helen Hunt Health Center, 242 Brunswick St., Old Town: 5-7 p.m., Tuesday. Use the Walk-In Care entrance.

• PCHC, Suite 3, 1012 Union St., Bangor: 5-7 p.m., Wednesday. Use the Walk-In Care entrance.

For more information, call 992-9200, ext. 2003 or log onto pchc.com/marketplace.

Vitamin supplements

BANGOR — Katie Mroz-Kuhn, the nutritionist for the Bangor Y, will discuss the effectiveness of vitamin supplements at the Caring Connections Bone Health Information & Discussion Group, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m., at the Bangor Y, Second Street. She will discuss when supplementing with vitamins is important and will provide tips on maximizing health through better food choices.

The session is free. A calcium-rich snack and recipe will be provided. For more information, call Robin Long at 941-2808.

Eastern Maine AIDS Network moving to Summer Street

BANGOR — Eastern Maine AIDS Network (EMAN) is moving to 34 Summer St., Bangor and will open for services there Feb. 10. The move will allow EMAN to focus its scarce resources on client services and places them at a convenient location, adjacent to Summer Street Health Center and the Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse.

EMAN works to improve the lives of those impacted by HIV/AIDS by advocating for fair and effective programs and policies, and providing support services, including case management, HIV antibody testing, clean needle exchange, and prevention, education, and outreach.

Established in 1987, EMAN is a not-for-profit agency that provides many services in eastern and northern Maine to afford support to clients who are living with HIV/AIDS through case management. EMAN merged with Penobscot Community Health Care in 2010.

Michael Hendrix Named St. Joseph Healthcare CFO

BANGOR — St. Joseph Healthcare is pleased to announce Michael Hendrix recently assumed the role of its Chief Financial Officer. Hendrix has served as the Assistant Vice President of Finance at St. Joseph Healthcare since July 2012, and most recently served as the interim CFO.

Hendrix previously served as the CFO at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and Controller at both Mayo Regional Hospital and Penobscot Valley Hospital. Hendrix also has extensive experience within the reimbursement arena for both hospitals and physician practices.

“Mike’s solid financial experience and enthusiasm have already been of great benefit to the Organization and will continue to be so within this new role,” said Mary Prybylo, RN, MSN, FACHE, president and CEO of St. Joseph Healthcare.

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