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Penobscot Valley Hospital announces new Comfort Care Suite
July 24 - Today a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Penobscot Valley Hospital to celebrate the opening of the new Comfort Care Suite. During 2012, the Hospital collected contributions from members the community, staff, board of directors, and local businesses to create a new Comfort Care Suite. The Suite is designed to better accommodate extended families who want to accompany their loved one throughout their last treasured days of life. Over $30,000 was raised in 2012, and since then, many renovations have taken place including relocating offices, fully remodeling the suite’s two bathrooms, new flooring, lift equipment, electronics, artwork and comfortable seating.
The Comfort Care Suite was designed around an employee suggestion from Dolly Dill of the hospital's nursing department, who wanted to see better accommodations for families and friends to more privately share the last few days with their loved one in a comfortable environment that didn’t feel like a typical hospital room.
In addition to the family room, adjoining patient room and other accommodations, the hospital hopes to provide many other conveniences to help alleviate the stress, including shower facilities, free courtesy carts with beverages and snacks, special reading materials, games to help pass the time, and a sleeping cot if a family member wants to stay overnight.
Penobscot Valley Hospital Announces New CEO
In other PVH news, the Board of Directors at Penobscot Valley Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Poquette as Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Poquette most recently served as Chief Executive Officer for Wyoming Medical Center/Niobrara Health & Life Center in Lusk, Wyoming. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer for The Memorial Hospital in North Conway, New Hampshire.
For nearly 40 years, Poquette has been in healthcare administration in a wide variety of capacities. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Creighton University, his Master of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University and his Master of Health Administration from the St. Louis University.
QHR worked closely with the Board, medical staff, employees and community leaders to find a CEO that meets the needs of the hospital and community.
“Our goal was to work closely with the Board to find the right candidate for Penobscot Valley Hospital and for the Lincoln community,” explained QHR Vice President Chip Holmes. "I am confident that PVH will benefit beyond measure by having Mr. Poquette at the helm of its hospital.”
PVH Board Chair Fred Woodman added, “The Board of Directors is very excited to have a person of the caliber of Mr. Poquette as our new CEO. He brings a wealth of experience and other strengths that will help PVH continue to move forward in these challenging times for Critical Access Hospitals. As a Board, we look forward to working with Gary starting in early September and serving the healthcare needs of our community.”
Ron Weatherbee named interim town manager
July 22 - Lincoln Recreation Director Ron Weatherbee, on right talking with our sports photographer Lee Rand, was named Lincoln’s interim town manager, replacing William Lawrence, at Monday night's Council meeting.
Town manager resigns
July 1 - Lincoln Town Manager Bill Lawrence informed the town council at last night's meeting that he is resigning. His last day as town manager will be July 11. The following statement was issued by Lincoln Town Council Chairman Stephen Clay Tuesday evening, "Bill made Lincoln better. I will miss working with him. His no nonsense personality made things happen. He tackled issues head on and got results. If a question was asked and he didn't know the answer, he would work hard to find the answer. I wish him the best with his new job. I will miss him professionally and personally."
Lawrence has accepted an unspecified job in Florida. No interim town manager will be hired until at least July 14.
Lincoln voters approved increased spending by RSU #67 School Board by a vote of 312-189, Tuesday. In the Republican Congressional Primary Bruce Poliquin defeated Kevin Raye 168-95 and on the Democrat side Emily Cain beat Troy Jackson 116-37.
Water district seeking rate increase
June 5 - The Lincoln Water District will be filing revised rate schedules with the Maine Public Utilities Commission to be effective October 1, 2014, according to a letter sent to its customers. A projected $90,000 decrease in revenue from its largest customer, Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC, has led the district to reduce expenses and seek a 15% rate increase on all metered rates, a 15% increase on private fire protection charges and a 7% increase on public fire protection charges.
A public hearing will be held on July 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Town Council Chambers, when complete details will be furnished in support of the increase. Data relating to the present and proposed rates will be available for inspection at the District Office on Taylor Street before the hearing.
If within 30 days of the public hearing, 15% of the customers of the district file with the treasurer of the district and the Commission petitions demanding a review of the rate changes by the Commission, the rate change may be suspended, investigated, reviewed and changed in accordance with Section 310. Signatures on the petition are invalid unless accompanied by the printed names and address of the signers. Upon request, the water district will provide customers with the appropriate petition forms.
Lincoln celebrates Memorial Day
May 30 - Although many other area communities celebrated Memorial Day last Monday, Lincoln remembered its fallen heroes on the traditional date. A parade wound its way along West Broadway from the beginning ceremonies at the Veterans Monument on Goding Avenue near Hannaford, pausing at Mattanawcook Stream by the library. There, a wreath was dropped into the water and a salute fired to remember those lost at sea. The parade continued to Main Street, where a wreath was laid at Veterans Memorial Square and several speakers paid tribute to those who died for our country. Another salute cracked through the air as rain threatened but didn't spoil the celebration of this solemn occasion. For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE.
Lincoln Chamber cancels pageant event
May 19 - The Lincoln Lakes Chamber of Commerce will not be sponsoring the Scholarship Pageant during Lincoln's Homecoming this year.
In a statement issued today they said: "Unfortunately the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Board voted to discontinue sponsoring the Scholarship pageant. The Chamber has all of the earned scholarship in escrow for distribution to the winners college or university. Sadly there will be no scholarship pageant this summer during Homecoming.”
Homecoming will be held July 17-19.