October 2016
MPCA Excellence Awards
Sharyl White Named CIO
Rural Healthcare Summit
Employees of the Year
New Providers at PCHC
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PCHC Providers Earn Excellence Awards 
PCHC is proud to announce that five of its providers were selected for Excellence Awards by the Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) and were recognized on October 19th at MPCA's Annual Conference in Bar Harbor. David Ulrich, FNP, received the Nurse Practitioner Excellence Award, Kay Nash, PA-C, received the Physician Assistant Excellence Award, Angela Fileccia, LCSW, received the Unsung Hero Award, Phil Higgins, DMD, received the Excellence in Oral Health Award, and Susan Cheff, MD, received the Physician Excellence Award. The MPCA Clinical Excellence Recognitions are bestowed to providers who exemplify the best of their field providing care for the underserved, who reach high standards of quality care, adopt innovations, promote greater access, and demonstrate leadership to advance care for all.
Sharyl White Named CIO of PCHC
Sharyl White, BA, MCP, has joined PCHC as Chief Information Officer where she will be responsible for oversight of PCHC's information technology, infrastructure, information security, programming, and data services. Sharyl is a graduate of Colby College with over thirty years of experience in the IT industry.  Since 2014 Sharyl has worked from Manager to Director within Data Management or Infrastructure Services at Eastern Maine Health Systems.  Prior to that, she served as Director of IT at Providence Service Corporation for the Northeast Region, where she was responsible for IT operations at 100 worksites with a workforce of over 1500, and managed the specification, purchase and deployment of a company-wide helpdesk system.
PCHC Presents at Rural Health Summit
PCHC was asked to participate on a panel at the CMS Rural Health Solutions Summit in Baltimore, MD, on October 19th to showcase examples of innovative solutions for meeting the health care needs of rural communities.  Sarah Dubay, M.Ed., MMEL, Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer spoke on behalf of PCHC.  Her presentation detailed how PCHC has ensured access to care through integration, education, and collaboration.  PCHC was the only FQHC represented on the panel and gave the 650 conference attendees a micro level, "boots on the ground" perspective of innovative solutions to access to care as the other speakers represented much larger systems.  Other panelists included Karen Murphy, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Beth Landon, Policy Director, New Mexico Hospital Association; and Pat Schou, Executive Director, Illinois Criticial Access Hospital Network.
PCHC Names 2016 Employees of the Year
Ken Schmidt, PCHC's President & CEO, was pleased to announce that Lily Stadig, PBT, Client Service Specialist, Laboratory, and Angela Huff, BA, Helpdesk & Project Manager, IT Department, were named PCHC's 2016 Clinical and Non-Clinical Employees of the Year!  This year's honorees provide exceptional care and service to others and were nominated by their fellow employees during PCHC's Employee Appreciation Events. Employees of the Year at PCHC are chosen for embodying the finest spirit, mission, and values of PCHC. Our values are Patient-Centered Care, Respect, Passion, Quality, Innovation, and Collaboration.
PCHC Expands Access with New Providers

Michael Farrell, DC,  has joined the medical staff of Penobscot Community Health Center and Brewer Medical Center to provide chiropractic services.  Dr. Farrell received his undergraduate degree from Husson University and earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Logan University, St. Louis, Missouri.  Dr. Farrell completed clinical rotations at the Human Performance Center and Paraquad.

Jenelle Hazzard, FNP-C, has joined the medical staff of Brewer Medical Center. Ms. Hazzard received her undergraduate degree from Ohio University and earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Husson University. Ms. Hazzard has more than 14 years of nursing experience, most recently as Emergency Department Charge Nurse at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital.

Rachel Stearns, PA-C, has joined the medical staff of Brewer Medical Center. Ms. Stearns received her undergraduate degree from College of the Holy Cross and her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management. Ms. Stearns has practiced since 2014 at Queens Hospital Center's Department of Emergency Medicine.

PCHC has been successful in attracting highly qualified new providers and have hired several in the past few years to meet the needs of our expanding patient population. Click Here to see our New Providers...