No resting on laurels

Pen Bay Healthcare is proud to have received the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Good to be Green Award Saturday night at the chamber’s annual dinner. While the success of Pen Bay Healthcare’s Green initiatives is due to a group effort, there are a few individuals who need to be singled out for special thanks.

Those people are: Kathy Florance, RN; Don Gross, administrator at the Knox Center for Long-term Care; Jeff Space, director of Nutritional Services at Penobscot Bay Medical Center; Mike Collemer, PBMC Physical Plant staff; Sandy Whitney, materials director; Larry Mellenthin, PBMC Physical Plant director; Bruce Royer, Physical Plant director, Knox Center and Penobscot Bay Medical Center volunteer Bill Oldenberg.

No one at PBH is resting on laurels. We all recognize, as one of the largest employers in the area, when an organization of our size dedicates itself to reducing the environmental impact we make on our community, the results can be enormous. Just a few current initiatives have much potential for savings and reducing our environmental impact.

They include:

Reprocessing of medical supplies — essentially remanufacturing certain materials to Federal Food and Drug Administration standards where appropriate rather than dumping them in landfills.

Moving from gas sterilization to more effective plasma sterilization, reducing sterilization time, and energy usage from 13 hours to 45 minutes.

In the future, community members may see white plastic tubs around the hospital with the words “partners in world health” on them. These tubs are collection points for staff to contribute unused medical supplies for distribution to third world countries.

It is important to also note that our organization’s largest annual fundraising event, the Pen Bay Healthcare Gala, this year celebrates, and is in support of, these green initiatives. Everyone is invited to celebrate with us, May 8, at the Samoset Resort. Ticket information is online at

Roy A. Hitchings, Jr., CEO

Pen Bay Healthcare




The charter of the town of Rockport does not allow select board members to “…have business relationships with the Town for which they receive compensation.” Select Board members have been questioned about this. The response? Change the charter to remove that obstacle. A hasty effort to do just that has been put in motion in order to rush it onto the ballot for the June election. Meanwhile, a hearing has been scheduled regarding the future of two elected officials. It is on Tuesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House. Copies of the charter are available at the Rockport Town Office.

Kevin Shields