Fournier, Ridley receive FMH’s Excellence in Nursing Award

FARMINGTON — Sharon Fournier, a registered nurse, and Judy Ridley, a certified nursing assistant, were picked as the winners of Franklin Memorial Hospital ‘s seventh annual Excellence in Nursing Award, according to a news release from the hospital. The awards were announced May 9 in coordination with National Nurses Week.

Fournier, who works in orthopedics, and Ridley, in medical/surgical, were among nine nominees for the award.

The award was established to recognize contributions by FMH nurses that support the advancement of nursing.

The other nominees were Pam Carlton, internal medicine; Janine Spiller, medical/surgical; Tania Dawson, education; Faith Collins, emergency department; Chanda Moody, intensive care unit and emergency department; Keelin Trask, maternal and child health unit; and Janine White, medical/surgical.

At the awards event, Dr. Jay Naliboff, who recently retired, was declared an honorary nurse for the support he gave to the nursing staff.

Registered nurse Sharon Fournier’s husband and many of her Franklin Health Orthopaedics colleagues gather with her to honor Fournier for her Excellence in Nursing Award. From left are husband Don Fournier, Dr. Zachary Blakeman, Heather Smith, Tia Robbins, Sharon Fournier, Carolyn Hastings, Dr. Thomas Pulling, Dr. Joseph Noonan and Molly Chaplin.


Small Business road tour due for Aug. 24 visit in Portland

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration recently launched an 18-state road tour, with a visit scheduled Aug. 24 at the Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St., in Portland. This will be the fourth year of the tour, led by the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, with participation from 11 other federal agencies.

Each tour stop will be hosted by a local organization committed to supporting technology-based entrepreneurship, and provides attendees an opportunity to meet directly with federal agency program managers and decision makers. The Maine visit will be hosted by the Maine District Office of the SBA and the Maine Technology Institute. The institute, a publicly funded private nonprofit, provides technical assistance to Maine small businesses and entrepreneurs to help them develop competitive proposals for the two programs. MTI’s Technical Assistance Program is an ongoing program that provides 10 to 20 hours of support to applicants submitting proposals.

The SBIR Road Tour’s entire Aug. 20-24 itinerary consists of stops in Wilmington, Delaware; New Haven, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Portland.

Small technology firms, innovators, scientists and researchers interested in learning more about SBIR and STTR opportunities or the SBIR Road Tour can visit or

To register, visit

Harvard Pilgrim awards Quality Grant funding to four Maine providers

WELLESLEY, Mass. — Physician practices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire will receive grant funding this year from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Quality Grants Program.

Harvard Pilgrim’s 19th annual grant program will fund 11 initiatives up to $100,000, with each designed to improve care delivery and reduce costs within a variety of care delivery models. Over the past 18 years, Harvard Pilgrim has funded more than 280 initiatives totaling more than $20 million.

The following Maine provider groups, listed with their projects, received grants from Harvard Pilgrim:

• InterMed, NICU to Home Transitions

• Maine Quality Counts, Project ECHO Medication Assisted Treatment: Building Competency and Capacity for Primary Care Teams

• MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization, Delivering Wrap-around Ambulatory Care for High-risk Patients with COPD and CHF

• Penobscot Community Health Care in collaboration with St. Joseph Healthcare, Improving Transitions of Care Through Innovative Community Provider Partnerships

Physician leaders from the Harvard Pilgrim provider network helped select the winning proposals. Review criteria included demonstrated need, innovation in providing care, sustainability, care coordination for complex and chronic care and behavioral health integration.

Skowhegan Savings hires Meisner as community banker

Skowhegan Savings Bank in Skowhegan has hired Brandi A. Meisner as a community banker in Somerset County. Her focus will be on assisting customers with their personal and small business banking needs throughout the region.

Brandi A. Meisner

A Skowhegan native, Meisner has a background in customer service for individuals and businesses. She worked more than 14 years as an insurance producer locally for Higgins & Bolduc, the Varney Agency and Miles F. Carpenter Co.

Meisner is on the executive boards of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Skowhegan, of which she chairs several subcommittees. A graduate of Thomas College, she has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business management and administration. Meisner lives in Skowhegan with her husband and daughter, where they help operate family businesses Maine Cedar Hot Tubs and the Skowhegan Wooden Rule.

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