Sebastiook Valley Health EMS once again designated a Maine HeartSafe Community

Sebasticook Valley Health Emergency Medical Services of Pittsfield has been redesignated as a Maine HeartSafe Community by the Maine Department of Public Safety, the Maine CDC/DHHS and the Cardiovascular Health Program, Sebasticook Valley Health announced in a press release

SVH Emergency Medical Services has been designated as a HeartSafe Community since 2007.

SVH President and CEO/EMHS Senior Vice President Terri Vieira complimented EMS for its efforts. “I am proud that our EMS team has successfully maintained and enhanced our capacity to fulfill the requirements of the HeartSafe Program’s Gold Level,” Vieira said in the release. “Our first responders are committed to saving lives and protecting the health of our patients, and the HeartSafe designation ensures that our EMS team has the resources it needs for positive outcomes for heart attack and stroke patients.”

For the past eight years, SVH has met the criteria of the HeartSafe Community Program, which recognizes the work of Maine EMS programs and provides resources to improve the chances of positive outcomes for patients in cardiovascular events, like heart attacks or strokes.

According to Mainehealth.gov, about 335,000 people a year die of coronary heart disease without being hospitalized or admitted to an emergency room, which is why the Maine CDC/DHHS Cardiovascular Health Program, and the Maine Emergency Medical Services office have partnered to assist Maine cities and towns in improving the chances that anyone suffering a cardiovascular-related event will have the best possible chance for survival and recovery, according to the release.

Bernatchez, of Golden Pond Wealth Management, recognized as a top financial adviser by LPL Financial

Brian Bernatchez, CFP, president and managing partner at Golden Pond Wealth Management in Waterville, was recognized as a top financial adviser and named to the LPL Financial Chairman’s Council for 2014, according to a press release from LPL Financial.

The top advisor distinction is awarded to less than 2 percent of the approximately 13,100 advisers who are affiliated with LPL Financial nationwide. LPL Financial LLC, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer, provides investment services to the clients of Golden Pond Wealth Management.

Bill Morrissey, managing director, LPL Financial Independent Advisor Services, said in the release that Chairman’s Council advisers are “without a doubt among the premier” financial advisers in the industry.

Bernatchez said in the release, “This recognition is a reflection of the extraordinary commitment to service and performance the entire team at Golden Pond has shown to both our clients and our community.”

Delta Ambulance promotes Dixon, Mayotte

Two employees Delta Ambulance employees, Shon Dixon and Dan Mayotte, have been promoted to become the company’s newest supervisors, the Waterville-based company announced.

Dixon and Mayotte were selected for their significant emergency medical service certifications and experience, according to a press release from the company.

Dixon, of Benton, has 16 years of EMS experience and more than 12 years with Delta. He credits the company for inspiring him to elevate his clinical skills and become a field training officer, serving as a mentor for EMS students and new Delta employees, according to the release.

He has passed the Critical Care Transport program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, is active with Delta’s Clinical Standards and Practice Team, is an adjunct professor in the company’s education department and has taken part in the EMS Supervisor Boot Camp. Dixon is also pursuing an associate degree in paramedicine at Kennebec Valley Community College.

Mayotte, of Vassalboro, became a full-time paramedic at Delta in 2008, and this marks the 13th year he has been affiliated with the company. Throughout his career, he has been involved with a number of shifts that provided him with valuable insight into Delta’s operations and his responsibilities as a supervisor.

Mayotte is also recognized as a field training officer and received Critical Care Transport status from University of Maryland Baltimore County. He has served as a call firefighter with the city of Waterville for 15 years and holds the rank of lieutenant, has attended Fire Officer School and Delta’s EMS Supervisor Boot Camp, and continues to seek educational opportunities that will enhance his leadership skills. Most recently, he was instrumental in establishing an EMS First Response team for the town of Vassalboro.

“We are eager to welcome Shon and Dan as Delta’s newest supervisors,” said Executive Director Tim Beals in the release. “We know their top priorities are commitment to the company, and more importantly, excellence in patient care and ongoing education. They are truly invested in the central Maine communities Delta serves.”

Healthy Northern Kennebec welcomes Stevens, Cotnoir

Healthy Northern Kennebec, the Healthy Maine Partnership public health program based in Waterville, welcomed two new staff members last week.

Jacqueline Stevens, the organziations full-time SNAP-Ed health educator, will teach nutrition classes in schools and the community, according to a press release from the firm. Stevens previously worked at Healthy Communities of the Capital Area in Gardiner as the SNAP-Ed coordinator.

She graduated from the University of Maine with a BS in human nutrition and food science and earned an MS in public health nutrition from Case Western University. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and a licensed dietitian who lives in Waterville.

Jamie Cotnoir is Healthy Northern Kennebec’s new grant coordinator, with the primary responsibility for implementing the Healthy Maine Partnership grant.

Cotnoir has a BS in secondary education from the University of Maine and a master of public health from the University of New England in Biddeford

She has managed large federal grants and subgrantee contracts, developed and evaluated programs and participated in policy planning. Cotnoir, who lives in Sidney, previously managed the Ryan White Program with the Maine CDC and coordinated programs at the Eastern Maine AIDS Network.

Maine Medical Association joings Maine Health Management Coalition

The Maine Medical Association, the state’s largest physician organization, has joined the Maine Health Management Coalition, a non-profit organization working to reduce health care costs and improve the quality of clinical services, according to a news release from the coalition.

The MMA has more than 3,700 members and will work with the MHMC, which helps guide and combine efforts of health plans, purchasers, providers, consumer groups, associations and affiliate members, according to the release.

“The MHMC drives and achieves improvements in the Maine health care system by working with its members to foster innovative health plan approaches, provide ratings on clinician’s performance and educate members on how their individual healthcare spend compares to state benchmarks,” the release said.

The MMA supports Maine physicians to advance the quality of medicine in Maine and promote the health of all Maine citizens, according to the rlease.

The MHMC, a non-profit organziation, has more than 60 members, including public and private employers, hospitals, health plans, and doctors.

Laflin & Wolfington Realty holds commission-free home sale contest

Laflin & Wolfington Realty of Hallowell is holding a contest through Facebook in which the winner will have a chance to sell his or her house commission free.

“We want to start this selling season with a bang,” said Nate Laflin, associate broker and part owner of the company, in a press release. “We’ve stayed busy all winter, and we anticipate that we’ll be busy through the spring.”

Contestants must “like” the Laflin & Wolfington Realty Facebook, share the Commission Free Contest post on their own Facebook Page and private message Laflin & Wolfington Realty’s Facebook account or email your their name, phone number and the property address being entered to [email protected] with the subject “commission free home sale contest.” The drawing will be held March 20.


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