FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington’s North Dining Hall was the setting for the recent employee recognition banquet for Franklin Community Health Network. Employees with 15 or more years of service and at five-year milestones were invited to attend.

Rebecca Ryder, FCHN president/CEO, welcomed the group.

Employees and their guests attended the banquet that included a meal, entertainment by comedian Tim Sample, and a booklet with anecdotes from a supervisor or colleague about each employee.

Mary O’Donal was acknowledged as the employee with 50 years of service. O’Donal started her career as a nurse’s helper at the original hospital on Fairbanks Road. When the hospital opened at its present location in 1975, O’Donal started as a unit secretary on the medical/surgical unit then moved to unit secretary in the operating room, before settling into the medical records department where she has been for the last 20 years.

Long-term employees Nancy Larue, med/surg unit coordinator; Carol James, lead laundry aide; Bill Nurse, medical lab histologist; and Susan Spear, patient registrar; were recognized for 40 or more years of service.

An additional recognition event tok place Monday in Bass Room at FranklinMemorial Hospital for employees celebrating their 15 or 10 years.

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