~ Members in the News ~

(Please submit items for "Members in the News" to Executive Director at maineafp@tdstelme.net)

Patten Maine Family Doc New Occ Doc Leader                       

Dr. Ronald Blum MD, of Patten, was elected President of the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NECOEM) at their Annual Meeting held in Newton, MA, early this month.  He will serve a two year term.  Dr. Blum is Medical Director of Twin Rivers Paper Company, Madawaska, Mt. Heights Health Care Facility, Patten, and Tate & Lyle, Houlton, and consults in a variety of other Occupational Medicine settings including Worker’s Compensation, Social Security Disability, and Independent Medical Examinations from his office in Patten.  

.  Blum served as Medical Director for Great Northern Paper Company from 1978 until its closure in 2013.   He has served on the NECOEM Board of Directors since 2002, and served as an officer of the Work Fitness and Disability Section of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).  He has lectured extensively throughout the country and most recently developed and delivered mandated training to prepare Examiners of commercial drivers to certify for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration program.  Dr. Blum is a Fellow of ACOEM.

            Dr. Blum also maintains an active Family Medicine practice, which he started in Island Falls in 1978.  Currently the practice is with the Health Access Network in Medway, ME.  He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and serves as one of two Maine delegates to that professional organization.

            NECOEM is the New England regional component of ACOEM, and strives to improve the health and safety of workers, workplaces and environments by education, encouraging research, championing high quality Occupational Medicine practice, and working to advance the field of occupational and environmental medicine.

For additional information contact:

17 Founders Street, PO Box 385, Patten, ME 04765
207 267-0267 (cell)  207 528-2257 (FAX)


MAFP Member - Dr. Robert Hunold - featured in Maine Quality Counts Podcast

Maine Quality Counts recently released the third episode of its new audio podcast series Brightspots: What Works in Health Care.

The series introduces listeners to front line health care professionals who have discovered practical, measurable and replicable ways to improve patient experience, address population health, reduce costs or improve provider satisfaction.

Episode three profiles Dr. Robert Hunold, a Family Physician  in Damariscotta, and his efforts to increase the number of eligible patients in his practice who complete the POLST advance directive. The episode can be found by searching for “Brightspots” using the iPhone podcast app, iTunes or Stitcher.

It’s also available on the Maine Quality Counts website: https://www.mainequalitycounts.org/articles/176-1491/3-polst-rob-hunold/2

Congratulations Dr. Katie Adams!

Katie Adams MD, EMMC Family Medicine Resident, recently received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society from the University of Vermont College of Medicine.  Dr. Adams was identified by the medical students on rotations at EMMC for her commitment to teaching and compassionate treatment of patients, families, students, and colleagues.  She received nominations for the award from 75% of the students who worked with her.

Congratulations to Dr. Ann Dorney!

Congratulations to Family Physician Ann Dorney MD of Skowhegan who recently received the Dr. Roger A Renfrew Award for Individual Commitment to Public Health. The award is given each year to a physician for their commitment and contributions to Public Health in the Somerset area.

(The GSPHC (Greater Somerset Public Health Collaborative) Dr. Roger A. Renfrew Award for Individual Commitment to Public Health is named in honor of it’s first recipient – Dr. Roger Renfrew, an Internist and Geriatrician practicing in Augusta)

MAFP Member - Ron Blum MD of Patten - Among the Primary Care Physicians from Maine featured in the Quinnipiac University Documentary - "The Doctor Will See You Now - The Changing Face of Primary Care"

Documentary- The Doctor Will See You Now

 "THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW: THE CHANGING FACE OF PRIMARY CARE" explores the evolution of primary care in America, and the current health care industry from the perspective of primary care physicians and their patients. Doctors share the challenges and rewards that come with practicing general medicine. Patients share the importance of the doctor-patient relationship in their personal health care.

Dr. Blum's Campaign for AAFP Board of Directors - Congress of Delegates, October 2014

Re-cap of Dr. Blum's AAFP Board of Directors campaign in pictures - HERE

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