Clinical social worker German joins Jackman Community Health Center

Nancy German has joined the medical staff of Penobscot Community Heath Care Center’s Jackman Community Health Center. German is a licenced clinical social workwer, whose practice centers on all aspects of high-quality mental health care, according to a news release from PCHC.

The health care center at 376 Main St. has also resumed X-ray services.

German earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Akron, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan. She also received a certificate in health care management from the University of Maine. Before joining PCHC, she was a military family life counselor at the Air Force Base High School in Ramstein, Germany. She is also certified as a guidance counselor and has worked many years in schools in the U.S.

Patricia Doyle, MD, Jackman Community Health Center’s medical director said in the release that the position allows people to get services who would normally have to travel 50 to 100 miles for them.

In another addition, X-ray services are available at the health center.

The service is available to patients and the community and is provided by a licensed radiology technician, accorcing to a news relese from PCHC.

Dawn Cook, chief operating officer said that while low volume and technician availability make the service part-time, “our goal is to be as responsive as possible to our patients’ needs.”

McCullough named president of engineering council

Owens McCullough of Sebago Techics has been named Maine president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Maine.

McCullough replaces James Wilson of Woodard & Curran, who will be completing his two-year term this month, according to a news release from the council.

McCullough is the vice president of engineering for Sebago Technics, an employee-owned engineering consulting firm located in South Portland. He has 28 years of experience as a professional engineer.

“I am pleased to work with the rest of the Board to engage our membership with quality networking and educational opportunities, as well as look after the interests of Maine’s engineering community at the State House,” he said in the release.

Also elected to the ACEC of Maine Board of Directors were Ray Bolduc, of WBRC; Dale Mitchell,of HNTB; and Theresa Patten, of Credere Associates.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Maine was formed in 1964 and is the only organization in the state devoted solely to protecting the public interest and advancing the professional quality of consulting engineering, both nationally and in Maine, through the improvement of the business practices of engineering companies, according to the release. It represents more than 50 statewide consulting engineering firms dedicated to the private practice of engineering. ACEC of Maine members are engaged in a wide range of projects that drive our economy and enhance Maine’s quality of life.

Clinical social workers made part of Franklin Health primary care team

Three licensed clinical social workers have been relocated from Franklin Health Behavioral Services medical practice to a primary care practice, Franklin Health announced last week. The move came after a six-month pilot project that placed licensed clinical social worker Anna D’Epiro Cushing in the Franklin Health Farmington Family Practice, performing direct behavioral health services for patients, proved successful, according to a news release from the group.

Having clinical social workers alongside health care providers is a new integrated model being used at four Franklin Health primary care medical practices. These social workers now perform direct delivery of behavioral health services on the spot—rather than by referral—providing immediate assessment and diagnosis and brief solution-based therapy for patients of all ages, the release said. They also provide patient education and support and complete referrals to case management and other services as needed.

“Adding a social worker to the team in a primary care setting removes barriers and improves access for patients. They now have immediate support from a group of health professionals who work together to coordinate care so our patients can be as healthy as possible,” said Dr. Kendra Emery in the release. “We believe that this collaborative approach improves continuity of care and produces better health outcomes at lower costs for our patients.”

In addition to D’Epiro Cushing, the social workers and their locations include: Paula Lumb, LCSW, Franklin Health Internal Medicine; Sheila Hoyt, LCSW, Franklin Health Livermore Falls Family Practice; and Christina Christie, LCSW, Franklin Health Pediatrics.

Dow, of Southern Kennebec Child Development, earns degree

Sarah Dow of South China Village, an employee of Southern Kennebec Child Development Corp., earned a bachelor’s with high honors in Early Childhood Education from Kaplan University in Augusta recently.

Dow has been with SKCDC since 2012 and is an assistant teacher, working in a child care center in the Augusta area, according to a news release from the agency, which operates Head Start/Early Head Start and child care in several centers providing education programs including a home visiting expectant family service.

Maine CU League announces new board members

Three individuals were recently elected to serve on the Maine Credit Union League’s Board of Directors, including:

Director-at-large, Joann Bisson, president/CEO of Trademark FCU, with locations in Scarborough, Augusta and Portland. Bisson has been with the credit union since 2009 and became president/CEO in 2013.

Director representing the York County Chapter, Scott Chretien, president/CEO of York County FCU, with locations in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and York.

Director representing the Norm Nolette Chapter of credit unions, Vicki Stuart, president/CEO of Central Maine FCU, with locations in Lewiston and Auburn.

The three were elected at the league’s May annual meeting, according to a news release.

FAME announces online Claim Your Future game

Claim Your Future, a Finance Authority of Maine interactive game that encourages exploration into education after high school, future careers and money management, is available online, the agency announced in a news release.

The objective of Claim Your Future, which, as Get a Life, was used in the classroom, is to teach learners important lessons, including understanding “wants” versus “needs” and the impact of making choices. Students also learn the strong connection between the choices they make today and their future opportunities, according to the release. “Most importantly, students learn that education and training after high school typically leads to more career options and higher paying jobs,” it said.

The online version of the game offers resources that the traditional classroom version does not, including navigating career and spending choices, the release said. Students also will find descriptions of academic degrees, careers, key vocabulary and various spending options. Students can also see a visual representation of how much money they’ve spent as they progress through the game.

In addition to the online game, FAME recently redesigned the Claim Your Future classroom game to include new career options and an extensive educator’s guide that includes budget worksheets, detailed lesson plans, homework activities and additional resources. Interested middle schools should contact [email protected] to request a free game kit.

FAME is a quasi-independent state agency that provides innovative financial solutions to help Maine residents pursue businesses and educational opportunities.

Compiled from contributed releases

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