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Disaster Preparedness Drill planned for May 3

MEDIA RELEASE - UPDATE: On May 3, 2014 at approximately 1:00 pm a Disaster Preparedness Drill will commence on Depot Street at or around the entrance of the Lincoln Pulp and Tissue Paper Mill. The following agencies will be participating in the drill; Lincoln Mill Security, Pan Am Railways, Penobscot Valley Hospital, Lincoln EMS, Police and Fire, Mattawamkeag FD, Burlington FD, Lowell FD, Howland FD, Enfield EMS, Lee FD, State Police, Penobscot Sheriff’s Office.
The drill is expected to last approximately three (3) hours. Citizens should be aware that this is only a drill. Citizens can expect to see an increase in traffic during this time, especially traffic of emergency responders. Adams Street will be closed for approximately 8 hours to accommodate participating organizations.

The bridge is open!

April 18 - Here's a bit of welcome news for those who drive through Lincoln regularly: the bridge downtown over Mattanawcook Stream is open to traffic in both directions! The bridge has been under repair all winter. Detours set up to facilitate the repairs are now gone, to the delight of area motorists.

Natural gas pipeline work to begin May 8

Public Announcement from Bangor Natural Gas - April 16, 2014
Bangor Gas is pleased to announce the installation of Natural Gas to serve Lincoln Paper and Tissue and the Town of Lincoln to begin during the week of May 5th, 2014. The new gas line will be extended from Mattamiscontis Road down Access Road, under the Penobscot River, to West Broadway, North on West Broadway to Whitetail Inn, then West to Lincoln Paper and Tissue. The construction of this 3.4 mile pipeline will take approximately 4-5 months, with expected lane closures and heavy construction traffic. Bangor Gas is now taking new service applications for residences and businesses along this route for installation in the Spring of 2015. Application forms are available at the Lincoln Town Office or online at or call 207-941-9595. This new gas main extension will now bring low cost, reliable, enviromentally friendly Natural Gas and businesses in the Town of Lincoln.

Pain Management Services Now Available in Lincoln

April 14 - Did you know that pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer, combined? That is why Penobscot Valley Hospital is offering a new service in their Specialty Clinic: Pain Management with specialist Jonathan Herland, D.Sc., M.D.

Pain Management is the branch of medicine that focuses on treatments of many different types of pain. “Pain may arise from an array of different reasons whether it be injury, nerve damage, surgery, or even metabolic problems like diabetes,” adds Dr. Herland. “Many patients come to me seeking relief from lower back or neck pain.”

In addition to back and neck pain, Dr. Herland also works to alleviate joint pain without the use of narcotic medications. He is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain management and has over 16 years of experience in the field. Dr. Herland earned his medical degree at University of Massachusetts, his residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a pain fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Since 2000, he has practiced in Bangor and across northern Maine.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Herland on board providing this new service in our community. We hope to fill a void that will benefit many patients. Now people can seek treatment for pain and not have to worry about extensive time away from work or travel for services,” states PVH physician practice manager, Kathy Schneider, RN.

Recent data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and National Center for Health Statistics suggest that most people in chronic pain have multiple sites of pain, including:
- low back pain (28.1%),
- knee pain (19.5%),
- severe headache or migraine (16.1%),
- neck pain (15.1%),
- shoulder pain (9.0%),
- finger pain (7.6%),
- and hip pain (7.1%).

Many people suffering from pain report a negative impact on their overall quality of life, feelings of depression, trouble concentrating, negative impact on energy levels, and trouble sleeping.

“My ultimate goal is to improve the function and lives of my patients,” states Dr. Herland.

If pain is having a negative impact on your life, you may be a good candidate for interventional pain management services. Speak with your primary care physician about a referral for pain management at the PVH Specialty Clinic. Dr. Herland works closely with his patients' primary care physicians to insure good communication, which in turn helps provide the optimum treatment for patients.

The new pain management specialist at Penobscot Valley Hospital, Dr. Jonathan Herland, reviews his schedule with PVH Specialty Clinic medical assistant Tory Blomsma. Dr. Herland is accepting new patients, so speak with your physician to see if his services might be a good fit for you. 

Penobscot Valley Hospital Welcomes Interim CEO

MARCH 25th – The Board of Directors of Penobscot Valley Hospital has announced the appointment of Lynn W. Beasley as interim Chief Executive Officer, following the resignation of David A. Shannon.

Beasley most recently served as Chief Executive Officer for Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston, FL. He has also provided leadership for QHR client hospitals in South Carolina and Louisiana.

For nearly 30 years, Beasley has been in healthcare administration in a wide variety of capacities. He received a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana Tech University. He received his Master of Science in Economics with emphasis on Community and Resource Development from Louisiana State University.

On behalf of the Board, QHR has initiated a national search for a permanent CEO for Penobscot Valley Hospital, and is working closely with the Board, medical staff, employees and community leaders to find a CEO that meets the needs of the hospital and community.

QHR Vice President Mike Halstead noted, “Our goal is to provide a seamless transition of leadership during the CEO search process, giving the Board time to find the right candidate for the permanent position.”

David A. Shannon, outgoing CEO at Penobscot Valley Hospital, welcomes Lynn W. Beasley to the organization. Mr. Beasley started his position as interim Chief Executive Officer at PVH on Monday, March 24.   

Patients Give High Satisfaction Scores to Area Hospitals


MARCH 18- In a time where healthcare needs are constantly evolving, area hospitals seem to be doing something right. Recent patient survey results on satisfaction show Millinocket Regional Hospital ranked 3rd in the state and Penobscot ValleyHospital ranked 8th, and within New England, these organizations ranked 7th and 13th, respectively.

Data was compiled from over 50,000 surveys across New England by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) on measures from communication to the hospital environment. The hospitals randomly select adult patients following discharge to complete these surveys which serve as a useful tool for implementing improvements based upon patient suggestions. Results from the latest HCAHPS surveys show that our local hospitals are truly committed to providing the best patient experience possible.

“The staff at Millinocket Regional Hospital are serious about the delivery of patient care with compassion and dignity,” states MRH interim CEO, Jim Sexton. “Patient needs come first and our physicians excel in communicating effectively with patients and families. In addition, MRH places a high degree of emphasis on the professional growth and development of staff and physicians alike.”

Top ratings across the board help distinguish MRH above the rest, but especially impressive are satisfaction scores in communication with doctors and cleanliness.

At PVH, nurses like Kathy Parlee often go the extra mile utilizing personal skills to benefit their patients. Kathy is a licensed cosmetologist and will do hair and makeup for her patients, giving them some extra attention and care, while boosting their spirits.

Housekeeping staff like Sabrina Fogg also play an important role in patient care at PVH. Sabrina will enter patient rooms with courtesy and a smile, asking permission to clean their rooms, and taking time to help a patient search for an item or track down a special request.

“Our housekeeping team at PVH is fantastic, and we have a lot to show for it,” states PVH CEO Dave Shannon. “Time after time, our highest satisfaction scores are in the cleanliness of the facility. Our nursing staff and physicians have also been very successful at continuously improving communications with both patients and caregivers through programs like Teachbacks and TLC.”

MRH and PVH are both 25-bed, critical access hospitals serving the northern Maine area providing emergency care, laboratory services, imaging services, rehabilitation, primary care, surgical procedures and so much more. Staff at both facilities take pride in their work and demonstrate a tremendous devotion to quality patient care.

“Through a team effort of highly competent staff, we have created and maintained a reputation for excellent quality of care provided in a safe environment. Staff take pride in ‘giving their best’ to each patient. Staff genuinely care for all the people we serve,” adds Sexton.

The next time you have healthcare needs, look no further than the facilities right at back door. Rest assured that you’ll receive quality care from staff that are willing and able to serve you with compassion. Your neighbors, friends and family all give MRH and PVH extremely high marks, so take their word for it. 

Lincoln Republicans to caucus

February 17- Jeffery Gifford, Chair of the Lincoln Republican Town Committee, has announced that Lincoln Republicans will caucus on:

Friday February 28, 2014, 5:30 pm at 305 W Broadway, Lincoln, ME. (the former Lincoln Rental building).

The purpose of the caucus is to elect Delegates and Alternates to the State Convention, elect members of the Penobscot County Republican Committee, and organize for the upcoming elections. All Lincoln Republicans are urged to attend this event.

The State Convention will be held in Bangor on April 25th & 26th at the Cross Center. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet and speak with those who are running for office.

Please call Jeffery Gifford for more information at 290-5088. 

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