Winterport Community Health Center Earns Highest NCQA Recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home

Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) is pleased to announce that the providers and staff of Winterport Community Health Center, 775 North Main Street, Winterport, have achieved Level III Recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the highest level awarded for NCQA Recognition. The Patient Centered Medical Home… Read more »

PCHC Now Offering eConsults for Specialty Care

PCHC is pleased to announce the addition of specialty econsults to its list of services at most of its primary care locations. The project is in collaboration with Community Health Centers, Inc. headquartered in Middletown, CT, who launched an eConsult network for specialty care as part of the New England eConsult Network (NEECN). eConsults are clinical… Read more »

Health Center Featured in AHRQ Guidebook as Model for Integrated Care

Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) is pleased to announce that its Summer Street Health Center practice was featured in A Guidebook of Professional Practices for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration, recently released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), an arm of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Summer Street… Read more »

Health Fair May 7th at Brewer Community School

PCHC’s Brewer School-Based Health Center is hosting its 6th Annual Health Fair at the Brewer Community School on Thursday, May 7th 8:30am-12:30pm. The event focuses on health and safety and will feature several area businesses and organizations. The Health Fair is geared toward children in Grades 5-8 and will cover topics ranging from bullying, nutrition,… Read more »

Penobscot Community Health Care Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

PCHC has achieved national accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this medical practice by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation. Status as an accredited organization means Penobscot Community Health Care has met nationally recognized standards for the provision… Read more »

PCHC Outreach & Enrollment Specialists Help Over 5,000 People

We are pleased to announce many positive results from outreach and enrollment efforts during the 2014-2015 Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period which ran from November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015, and was extended to April 30 for those facing tax penalties. PCHC’s team of Outreach and Enrollment Specialists are dedicated to helping uninsured Mainers… Read more »

PCHC Receives Maine Cancer Foundation Grant Award

PCHC is pleased to announce a recent grant award received from Maine Cancer Foundation in the amount of $38,500 to support efforts to reduce gaps in cancer screening for its patients. The goal of the project is to increase the percentage of patients who obtain appropriate cancer screenings and to improve patient outcomes by identifying cancers… Read more »

PCHC Receives $9,850 Plum Creek Foundation Grant

The Plum Creek Foundation recently awarded a $9,850 grant to Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) to help fund the Urgent Care Accessibility Project at Jackman Community Health Center (JCHC). The project aims to improve the urgent care facility at Jackman Community Health Center, which is part of the Penobscot Community Health Care network, by redesigning… Read more »

Christine Finn-McLaughlin, MBA Named PCHC CFO

We are pleased to announce that Christine Finn-McLaughlin, MBA, has joined Penobscot Community Health Care’s Leadership Team to serve as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for all financial oversight, including accounting systems, internal controls, and budget management. An undergraduate of the University of Maine, Ms. Finn-McLaughlin received her Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from the… Read more »

Monica Finley, FNP-C, Joins PCHC’s Community Care & Geriatrics

We are pleased to announce that Monica Finley, FNP-C, has joined the medical staff of PCHC’s Community Care and Geriatrics, whose multi provider team serves patients in area nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, or for in-home visits. Ms. Finley’s practice centers on all aspects of high-quality nursing home care, including patient physicals, acute visits, and health… Read more »

Samara Shiromani, FNP-C, Joins Penobscot Community Health Center

We are pleased to announce that Samara Shiromani, FNP-C, has joined the medical staff of PCHC’s Penobscot Community Health Center, 1012 Union Street, Bangor. Ms. Shiromani’s practice centers on all aspects of high-quality medical care, including patient physicals, acute visits, and health care maintenance. Ms. Shiromani received her undergraduate degree from Boston University, graduating cum laude,… Read more »

Michelle LaCombe, PMHNP, Joins Brewer Medical Center

PCHC is pleased to announce that Michelle LaCombe, PMHNP, has joined the medical staff of PCHC’s Brewer Medical Center, 735 Wilson Street, Brewer, to provide integrated mental health services for patients of that practice. Ms. LaCombe received her undergraduate degree from Husson University and her Master in Nursing also from Husson University. Prior to joining… Read more »

PCHC Receives HHS Funding for Quality Improvement Achievements

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell recently announced $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,113 health centers to recognize health center quality improvement achievements and invest in ongoing quality improvement activities. Penobscot Community Health Care received a $92,379 award for its quality improvement efforts. “This funding rewards health centers that have… Read more »

Seaport Community Health Center Opens On-Site Pharmacy

Seaport Community Health Center (SCHC), a practice of Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC), is excited to announce the addition of an on-site full-scale pharmacy to its practice at 53 Schoodic Drive in Belfast (on the athenaHealth campus). The pharmacy is open to patients and the community Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm and Tuesday 8:30am… Read more »

Longest Night Homeless Vigil Planned for December 21st

PCHC’s Hope House Homeless Shelter in collaboration with the Hammond Street Congregational Church and the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter will sponsor the Homeless Vigil at Hammond Street Congregational Church, 28 High Street, Bangor on Sunday, December 21st, Bangor’s Annual Homeless Memorial Day. Please join us in remembering those who passed away in homelessness this year…. Read more »

PCHC Named Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in Healthcare Equality Index 2014

PCHC has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” for the fourth year in a row in the Healthcare Equality Index, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual… Read more »

Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Kick-Off Nov. 13

PCHC invites you to help kick off the 2014-2015 Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period at 2pm on Thursday, November 13th at Brewer Medical Center. Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace runs from November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015. Thousands of Mainers are still without adequate health insurance coverage and PCHC alone has… Read more »

Medication Safety Checks Offered

PCHC and Eastern Area Agency on Aging have teamed up to provide Medication Brown Bag Days at 450 Essex Street, Bangor, from 9am-3pm on October 28, November 10, and November 19. The event is free and open to the public. Seniors are encouraged to drop by with all of their medications and pharmacy staff will… Read more »