Most Wired awards

AREA — EMHS president and CEO M. Michelle Hood announced recently that all eight EMHS hospitals are again at the forefront of using information technology to improve health data security and patient engagement. That is according to the results of a 2015 survey published by the American Hospital Association.

EMHS as an integrated health delivery system, and its member hospitals Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and Mercy Hospital in Portland, were recognized with the 2015 Healthcare’s Most Wired award. Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville and Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield were each awarded Most Wired for Small and Rural Organizations. Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Inland Hospital in Waterville and The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle were each recognized with the 2015 distinction of Most Improved.

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Young Physician of the Year

BANGOR — Penobscot Community Health Care announced recently that Dr. Ellen

Lauer, a pediatrician at Penobscot Pediatrics, has been named on June 6 the Maine Osteopathic Association’s Young Physician of the Year. Lauer was recognized for her anti-bullying education work called “Skate Don’t Hate” with Central Maine Derby.

Central Maine Roller Derby started Skate Don’t Hate, an anti-bullying program, to share the belief that that everyone should live in a world without bullying. Through the program, skaters give presentations at local schools and talk to children about promoting tolerance and acceptance, working as a team, respecting diversity and speaking out against bullying.

Dr. Lauer was recognized by the Maine Osteopathic Association at its annual Presidential Awards Luncheon at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

The award is presented to an osteopathic physician who has been in practice for at least one full year but no more than five years, demonstrates involvement as a practitioner and member of his or her community, and is recognized as having the potential to become a major force in osteopathic medicine in the future.

Doula training

BANGOR —  toLabor will offer a birth doula training workshop Aug. 21-13, at Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, 700 Mount Hope Ave., No. 420.

Organizers of the event said the training is relevant to those who want or already have a career as a doula, and to other professionals such as nurses, childbirth educators, massage therapists and anyone with an interest in birth or a birth-related career or business. It is also relevant for women who want to be informed about choices in childbirth.

For information about the training and fees, contact toLabor Workshop Coordinator Nicole Sofranko at  For information on the skills covered in the training, visit To register for the training, visit

New staff member

BANGOR — Penobscot Community Health Care announced that pediatric nurse practitioner Karla Anne Rella has joined the medical staff of PCHC’s Penobscot Pediatrics, 1068 Union St., in

Bangor to provide pediatric walk-in care.

Rella received an undergraduate nursing degree from Liberty University, and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing.

Before joining PCHCare, Rella worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner in Georgia.

For information, call 947-0147.

New staff member

BREWER — EMHS president and CEO M. Michelle Hood announced recently that Nurse Nancee Bender has joined EMHS as the system’s first vice president of clinical performance and chief patient safety officer.

Most recently in her career, Bender served as a national consultant for Joint Commission Resources in patient safety and quality of care, with an extensive client list that includes Healthcare Association of New York State, U.S. Army Northern Regional Medical Command, and many community hospitals and academic medical centers in Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

Bender received a doctoral degree from the University of Rochester, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from the University of Michigan. She serves as a judge for the Pinnacle Award for Quality of the Hospital Association of New York State.

Among her many accomplishments, Bedner, as a faculty member at the University of Rochester, was co-principal investigator with the chief medical officer of the University of Rochester Medical Center for Achieving Competency Today, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded program for interdisciplinary education in patient safety and quality. She is a past recipient of the President’s Award from the American Hospital Association Society of Ambulatory Care Professionals.