BANGOR, Maine, Oct. 7— In honor of two board members who truly exemplified the spirit of service—and whose life work benefited the community in permanent ways—Penobscot Community Health Care has created an annual award that will bear their names.
The Doty-Woodward Community Service award will honor Rev. Mark Doty and Mark Woodward, now both retired, and be given to a community member who demonstrates exceptional community service. The PCHC Board announced the award this week.
“It is in recognition of those who demonstrate through their work and in their lives, empathy and compassion for the most vulnerable and who effect positive change to make a permanent difference in the world,” said President and CEO Lori Dwyer. “As a community health center, our role is as a resource, and this award recognizes those whose work goes above and beyond in our mission to serve. It also honors two men who embodied that spirit.”
Doty, longtime pastor of the Hammond Street UCC Church and deeply involved in local projects, causes, and organizations, was a PCHC board member for 10 years. He was a champion for diversity and inclusivity in the community and served on the board of EqualityMaine.
Woodward, a PCHC board member for nine years and most recently chairman, was a 38-year veteran of the Bangor Daily News, where he spent 12 years as executive editor. He was also a president of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of the Discovery Museum; he helped bring the National Folk Festival to Bangor and created an informal group on school safety.
The first award will be announced at PCHC’s annual meeting in April 2021.
About Penobscot Community Health Care
Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) is a non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) founded in 1997 to ensure access to comprehensive, integrated primary health care services for all to improve the health and wellbeing of patients and the Maine communities served. Seventeen practices and program service sites in the Bangor area, and in Belfast and Jackman, offer a wide range of services, including family medicine, dental, pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health, medication assisted treatment and substance use disorder services, urgent/walk-in care services, as well as specialty services such as speech, audiology and chiropractic services, retail and primary care pharmacy, and healthcare for the homeless. Online at www.pchc.com.