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Central Maine business briefs: KeyBank holds Neighbors Make the Difference Day

The KeyBank Waterville Team did yard work June 7 at the Travis Mills Foundation location in Rome. From left are Nicole Dellinger, Anjel Browning, Kathy Overlock, Todd Desjardins, Michelle Deuble and Amy Slaney. Submitted photo

KeyBank’s Neighbors Make the Difference Day was held June 7. More than 165 Maine-based employees joined their KeyBank teammates across the nation in leaving their offices to volunteer for local nonprofits across the state, according to a news release from KeyBank.

More than 20 projects were undertaken around Maine, including several in the central Maine area. Among the local projects completed by employees:

• Augusta Downtown Alliance, Augusta — painting steps on Commercial Street.

• Main Street Skowhegan — event set up for Build Maine Conference Tactical Urbanism workshops.
• Travis Mills Foundation, Rome—yard work.

Neighbors Make the Difference Day is one of KeyBank’s most visible community volunteer initiatives. The companywide day of service is a long-standing annual event that demonstrates KeyBank’s commitment to helping its neighbors and communities thrive. Nationally, KeyBank closed the majority of its branches to enable teammates to complete more than 16,000 community service hours in a single day.

FirstPark in Oakland has new digital signage. Submitted photo

FirstPark installs new digital signage

A new sign that has been in process for a year is officially in place. The sign welcomes and encourages passersby to visit the FirstPark website where visitors can learn more about what the park has to offer. Businesses in the park will also be using the sign to share updates, events and promotions, according to a news release. FirstPark hopes the new digital signage will increase business through exposure to customers and potential employees driving by.

“We are very excited to have the new sign at the entrance of FirstPark,” said Jim Dinkle, executive director at FirstPark. “Since the sign has been installed, I have been blown away with the number of compliments we have received. There is a lot of traffic that passes the sign on Kennedy Memorial Drive so we hope the new, digital sign will be beneficial for the businesses in the park to attract new customers or draw in new employees.”

Northern Signs, a family owned business located in Fairfield, not only designed and built the new signage, but also stored the sign until it could be installed. Perry Electric, an Oakland-based electrical contractor focusing on commercial and design build projects, wired and installed the conduit to the sign.

Mainebiz to travel to Dover-Foxcroft on June 22

PORTLAND — Mainebiz brings back its “On the Road with Mainebiz” reception series and travels to Dover-Foxcroft on Wednesday, June 22, in its third stop of the year. Throughout 2022 Mainebiz will be celebrating with its readers, advertisers, and partners as they make four stops throughout Maine during the reception series.

The goal of these events is for all attendees, Mainebiz staff, and the editorial team to learn more about the region and to help spotlight the community being visited. These receptions are also hosted to create opportunities for business leaders to do business and provide a venue to meet and mingle with other members of the local business community.

Mainebiz will host the greater Dover-Foxcroft business community from 4 to 6 pm at the Mill Cafe in Dover-Foxcroft. The event will gather business executives from the area, along with Mainebiz staff members for an evening of networking. Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. This event is free to attend but space is limited so guests are required to register in advance at mainebiz.biz.

Leslie Tainter-Pond, a certified nuclear medicine technologist and operations manager for imaging/cardiopulmonary, shows some of the state-of-the-art imaging equipment available at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. Submitted photo

Franklin Imaging earns Nuclear Medicine Accreditation

FARMINGTON — The Imaging Department at Franklin Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

“Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by or injected into the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and certain other abnormalities within the body ,” said Christopher Bailey, the hospital’s director of radiology, cardiopulmonary and cardiology, according to a news release from the hospital.

The department boasts state-of-the-art equipment, including a dual-head SPECT/CT gamma camera, which picks up the isotope tracers and allows the organ functionality to be seen. A radiologist or cardiologist interprets the images and provides information necessary to make diagnosis and treatment decisions.

Three nuclear medicine technologists operate the equipment: Leslie Tainter-Pond, Adam Waleik and Heather Poulin, all of whom are registered and certified.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

In addition to nuclear medicine tests to provide images of the internal organs, the imaging department also provides mammography, ultrasound, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, DEXA bone density, and X-ray services.

Summit Natural Gas of Maine Community Giving Program announces grant winners

Summit Natural Gas of Maine in Yarmouth has announced the winners of its 2022 charitable giving grant program. Summit is committed to being a good community partner and neighbor. Each year, Summit donates resources to causes it feels maintains and improves the sense of community in the areas it serves.

Through Summit’s charitable grant and sponsorship program, Summit awards funds to organizations and businesses with strategies that align with Summit’s interests. Priority is given to environmental, health-related, and educational initiatives and programs, as well as economic and cultural initiatives geared toward improving the well-being of Summit’s neighbors, according to a news release from Summit.

After an application process, the grants were awarded to these qualifying nonprofit organizations that serve Summit’s service territory: Spectrum Generations; Full Plates/Full Potential; Augusta Food Bank; Kennebec Valley YMCA—Augusta; Alfond Youth Community Boys & Girls Club and YMCA of Greater Waterville — Waterville; Maine’s Children’s Home—Waterville; Kennebec Valley Community Action Program Educare Central ME — Waterville; Southern Kennebec Child Development Corp.—Farmingdale; Pine Tree Society; and Southern Maine Agency on Aging.

“We’re honored to award grants to these valuable community resources,” said Matt Jacobson, director of sales and marketing in Maine. “At Summit, we understand we are only as strong as the communities we serve. Providing community resources is just one of the many ways we can support our customers and community members.”

In addition to supporting community causes, Summit also provides members of its team with up to 20 hours of paid time off each year to volunteer in the communities it serves.

Lee Cabana now licensed as an insurance consultant in Maine

WATERVILLE — Lee Cabana of GHM Agency is now a licensed insurance consultant in Maine.

“Lee’s efforts demonstrate his commitment to continuing professional development. This is a significant step and is important to all of our insurance divisions — especially so in the always-changing field of employee benefits,” said Michael Pierce, company president, according to a news release from the agency.

Cabana, a Waterville native, joined GHM Agency in 1997. He works with business, families, and individuals on their health insurance needs as well as serving personal and business insurance accounts in the greater Waterville region.

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