December 11, 2019
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Northern Maine Medical Center’s maintenance team lead earns unique certification

Community Author: Joanne Fortin
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Northern Maine Medical Center | Contributed
Northern Maine Medical Center | Contributed

FORT KENT — Joseph Bard, director of facilities at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), announced that Dean Lavoie has successfully completed a 32-hour course of instruction complying with ANSI/ASSE 6040 Medical Gas Systems for Maintenance Personnel. Known as the American Society of Safety Professionals since 2018, the organization represents more than 37,000 members worldwide and develops widely used standards in many industries, including those for fall protection, laboratory ventilation, general construction and demolition operations, as well as numerous other topics to better represent the organization’s current status for safety professionals.

Lavoie is the only individual in the hospital’s Maintenance Department to possess the unique certification.

“Dean is always looking to learn new things, so when he saw this course being offered, he was all over it,” said Director Bard. “With this new certification, he now has the skills to perform repairs on medical gas outlets and other equipment, making it very cost effective for the hospital.”

The hospital previously had to subcontract this service to a company out of state, said Bard. The onsite certification prevents down time of equipment, reducing inconveniences for both patients and staff.

Lavoie first became employed at NMMC in 2000 as a member of the general maintenance staff. In February of 2015, he was promoted to team lead, second in line to Director Bard. Lavoie also holds a license as a high pressure boiler operator engineer. He routinely receives accolades from coworkers in all departments, and patients as well, for his excellent service, strong work ethic and positive attitude.

Lavoie resides in Frenchville with his wife Pam, who is also employed at NMMC. He is an active member of his community as a volunteer firefighter and animal control officer. In his leisure time, he enjoys traveling with Pam.

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