Penobscot Community Health Care, the largest community health center in Maine serving nearly 60,000 patients, is proud to have been named – along with Northern Light Health and St. Joseph Health—business of the year by the Bangor Area Chamber of Commerce. The recognition of the value PCHC provides to the community is an honor and a reflection of the health center’s resilience and innovation in the face of huge challenges posed by the pandemic.
“Awards like this lead us to reflect on the “knock-on” effect of the good work we do,” CEO and President Lori Dwyer wrote to the PCHC workforce. “We are committed to our mission – serving all who come through our doors—but fulfilling that mission also offers powerful economic and social benefit to the community: we provide trained workers through (Unlimited Solutions) Clubhouse; offer care and shelter to our unhoused neighbors through Hope House; help lower the cost of healthcare through reduced emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and reduce death and hospitalization from substance use disorder.”
Dwyer also cited PCHC’s innovation and enterprise as a community benefit. The Adult Wellness Center, which expanded access to primary care for thousands of people in the Bangor area, opened during the pandemic. The innovative medically assisted treatment program for substance-use disorder, pioneered at the Bridge Clinic in Bangor is spreading statewide through a process led by PCHC providers. The WOW Clinic at 6 Telcom Drive treats the often-neglected disease of childhood obesity.
The awards will be given at a Chamber event in June.