Starting in March 2015, I have had the honor to serve this organization - first as interim CEO for two years before the creation of a shared-president model between Western Maine Health and Franklin Community Health Network. During that time, I have learned that this organization’s employees, physicians, nurses, and community volunteers form an dedicated and enthusiastic team - committed to providing exceptional care for our patients. This is a respectful and caring group that welcomes transparency and open communication. Like many small, rural hospitals, we have our challenges to overcome, but the team here is outstanding and well-equipped to meet those challenges.
Being part of the MaineHealth family has provided our organization with advantages around the sharing of resources: personnel, clinical best-practices, strategic planning, purchasing, and human resources, among others. This support allows us to continue to provide the highest quality care to the 40,000 residents in our service area and to remain an important employer in our region.
In closing, I would also like to extend special recognition to the local board who has volunteered hundreds of hours and immeasurable expertise to assure the success of this organization.
Franklin Memorial Hospital
Stephen Smith, WNR-Paramedic, NorthStar supervisor and performance improvement coordinator, has been appointed by Gov. Janet Mills to serve on the board of directors for Maine Emergency Medical Services.
Nicole Emery, RN, CMSRN, a nurse in charge at Franklin Memorial Hospital, recently earned the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®) credential from the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB). Emery joins a prestigious group of more than 24,000 CMSRNs.