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SMH Welcomes 14 New RNs and 5 CNAs

NORWAY, ME - Western Maine Health Vice President of Clinical Service, M. Patricia Cook, RN, MBA, EdD, announced recently 12 new Registered Nurses and 5 new CNAs have been hired at Stephens Memorial Hospital.

Five full time RNs have joined the Medical Surgical Department: Barbara Bilodeau, Lori Douglas, Alysun Allen, Sue Rosenberg, and Karen Ferris.  The Emergency Services Department welcomes a total of 6 nurses, Corey Vail, Natalie McAllister, Genise Knowlton, Erin LaRochelle, as full and part time staff, Sue Lalemand and Joli Boulet as per diem staff.  Joining the Intensive Care Unit for full or part time hours are Theresa Putnam and Linda Marshall; Cathy Godwin joins the unit for per diem hours.  In addition, 3 full time CNAs: Lisa Leahy, Kimberly Martin, Danielle Young, and 2 per diem CNAs: Melissa Sheridan and Laurie Ann Patten have been hired on the Med/Surg Department.

For 8 years there has been an acknowledged shortage of nurses in the United States.  M. Patricia Cook states "In Maine, we have felt the shortage for the last 5 years.  The good news is that enrollment in nursing programs has increased by 15% as men and women realize that the opportunities in nursing are challenging and diverse.  The greatest growth in nursing employment is actually in the over 50 age group.  We welcome the above mentioned nurses and nursing assistants into their new positions.  At Stephens Memorial Hospital we provide RNs and CNAs with a solid orientation experience and partner them with preceptors or mentors.  We pride ourselves on a friendly, supportive work environment, and we practice our iCare values."

Stephens Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Western Maine Health, which is part of the Maine Health® family.  Visit Western Maine Health on the Internet at .

Photo Credits: Some of the new RNs at SMH take time out of new employee orientatio n to pose for photos.  L-R:  Genise Knowlton, Lori Douglas, Susan Lalemand, Natalie McAlister, Alysun Allen, Erin LaRochelle, Nina Howard, and Cathy Goodwin.
Missing from photo:  Barbara Bilodeau, Sue Rosenberg, Karen Ferris, Joli Boulet, Theresa Putnam, Linda Marshall.


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