People and Business

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The Androscoggin Bank Board of Directors recently announced two additions: Wendy I. Bean and Jean E. Mattimore. Bean is a certified public accountant specializing in the taxation of individuals, trusts and estates. She is a graduate of Thomas College. Mattimore is a Portland resident and was most recently the executive director of the Center for Career Development for the Maine Community College System. She has had a career in insurance, education and state government.


The Portland Water District recently became one of 48 water systems in Maine to receive the Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the Centers for Disease Control. The award recognizes water systems than maintained a consistent level of optimal fluoridation throughout the year. Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in the water to optimal levels that prevent tooth decay. Community water fluoridation is recognized by the CDC as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements in the 20th century.  

At its recent annual awards luncheon, the Cure Breast Cancer for ME presented the 2012 Medical Care & Research Award to Neal Goodwin of the Vivo Pharmacology Services from The Jackson Laboratory. The Community Outreach Award winner is Lenore Kraus, a licensed clinical social worker and a certified oncology social worker. The Lifetime Inspiration Award was made to Carmen Darkis, cancer survivor and volunteer; and the Meredith Burgess Spirit of Life Award was presented to Stephanie Freeman, a breast cancer survivor and survivorship navigator for the Cancer Institute at Maine Medical Center.

Lisa Crowley, a kindergarten teacher at Ocean Avenue Elementary School, received an A Day Made Better award from OfficeMax because of her work to provide authentic learning experiences for her students. The surprise award includes $1,000 of school supplies from OfficeMax. Principals nominate teachers for the award based on their demonstrating dedication, innovation and passion. One thousand awards are given nationwide.


Mercy Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that Mercy has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology. Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps Mercy’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.

Good Deeds

Planet Dog Foundation recently raised more than $3,000 at their annual amateur dog show to help support service dogs, therapy dogs, K-9 search and rescue programs and other ways that dogs work to help people in need.

New Business

The Advanced Wound Center is now open and accepting patients at 210 Western Ave., in South Portland. The center is dedicated to providing a better alternative to those individuals suffering from chronic wounds. The center’s medical director and lead physician is Robert B. Abrahamsen. Abrahamsen is currently the medical director of the Advanced Wound Care Center and the Advanced Vein Center, both in South Portland. As the previous medical director of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Wound and Hyperbaric Center, he brings 13 years of hands on experience and holds board certifications in hyperbaric medicine and emergency medicine.  


The RAM Companies recently completed the purchase of 900 Middlesex Turnpike, Building 4, in Billerica, Mass. The 94,174-square-foot facility, which is long-termed leased to Lasermax Roll Systems, fits RAM’s strategy of acquiring stabilized property in strong markets. The property is a combination of office, light manufacturing and research and development space.