May/June 2016
Winterport Grant
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Expansion to Begin at Winterport CHC 

PCHC was just awarded a major infrastructure grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration in the amount of $806,870 to expand and renovate Winterport Community Health Center at 775 North Main Street, Winterport. Funds will be used to make safety and patient care renovations, including a rest room in the waiting room and expanded exam rooms, a new entrance, an elevator, and sewer upgrades. Renovations will add about 1,300 square feet to the current 4,000 square foot building. The construction project will begin this fall and be complete by fall of 2017.
PCHC's Brewer School-Based Health Centers Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary
The Brewer School-Based Health Centers celebrated 10 years of service with an open house and enrollment event for Brewer students and their parents, as well as Brewer city officials, with guest speaker Kevin Mannix who spoke about shame, mental illness, and his new book Weathering Shame.  The Brewer School-Based Health Center (SBHC) was established in 2006 as a partnership between the Brewer School Department and Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) to provide accessible medical, dental and mental health services to Brewer students in grades K-12. PCHC has practices in both the Brewer High School and the Brewer Community School.
Welcome New Board Members

PCHC is pleased to announce that three new volunteers have joined its governing Board of Directors: Ms. Carin Sychterz, Ned Robertson, DMD, and Robert Allen, MD.  Ms. Carin Sychterz is Director for Maine Career Connect and FUSION Program Coordinator in Bangor. Ned Robertson, DMD, is a dentist at Penobscot Indian Nation Health Department in Old Town. Robert Allen, MD, FACC, served as PCHC's Executive Medical Director from 2006-2014 and is currently retired.
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PCHC Sponsors One Life Project Event

PCHC was the proud presenting sponsor for the Bangor Daily News One Life Project, a community event held May 4th at the Cross Insurance Center to brainstorm solutions for addressing addiction in Maine. Attendees worked in small groups to answer a set of questions and generate ideas which the BDN will compile and report back to the public and attendees. The Community Health Leadership Board, a partnership of hospitals, health-care providers and the city of Bangor, will review and potentially pursue some of them. PCHC's VP of Medical Affairs, Dr. Noah Nesin helped the groups with medical expertise, while U.S. Sen. Angus King, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and Maine Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick of Bangor spoke and worked at the tables with the public. The name of the event comes from a quote by Garrett Brown, a young man from Augusta, who let the BDN  chronicle his life before he died of a heroin overdose late last year.
PCHC Expands Access with New Providers
Susan McKinley, MD, experienced Pediatrician, has joined the providers and staff of Seaport Community Health Center. Dr. McKinley received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her Doctor of Medicine degree from Albany Medical College, followed by a residency at Tufts University, Boston Floating Hospital for Children.  Dr. McKinley has more than 30 years of experience.

Ronald Oldfield, PA-C, has joined the staff of PCHCenter's Walk-In Care. Mr. Oldfield received his undergraduate degree from U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences/Affiliated University of Oklahoma and his Masters of Science in Emergency Medicine from the University of Nebraska.  He served at Concentra Urgent Care prior to PCHC and has practiced for 24 years.

Christopher McInnis, MSW, LCSW, has joined the staff of Penobscot Community Health Center to provide integrated mental health services. Mr. McInnis received his undergraduate degree and his Master of Social Work from the University of Maine. Mr. McInnis has practiced for more than 12 years, most recently served at Community Health and Counseling Services.

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...