Rebekah Paredes

• Rebekah Paredes joined New Hope for Women as executive director.
Paredes brings an extensive background working with victims of domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking, as well as the homeless and impoverished. She has more than 18 years of experience in the nonprofit and community services sector.





Northern Light Mercy Hospital hired the following new providers in its spine, gastroenterology, women’s health and ENT practices.

Mark Branda

• Mark Branda, M.D., a gastroenterologist,  joined Northern Light Mercy Gastroenterology. Prior to joining Mercy, Branda was a staff physician in gastroenterology at Central Maine Medical Center.




• Ashton Piers joined Northern Light Mercy Women’s Health as a nurse practitioner. Piers previously worked at Mercy as a nurse and clinical educator.

• Daniel Stone joined Mercy’s spine surgery practice as a physician’s assistant. He was previously a physician assistant in spine surgery in North Andover, Massachusetts.

• Ginger Layton joined as a family nurse practitioner at Northern Light Mercy Ear, Nose and Throat Care. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish.


Alex Roy

• Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice named Alex Roy as chairman of its board of directors. Roy works for Easy Payment Solutions in Scarborough. Christopher Gagnon, of Ameriprise Financial Solutions, was named vice-chairman. Jeffrey Gosselin, of Mechanics Savings Bank, was named treasurer. Elizabeth Keene, of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, was named secretary; and Michael Martel, of The Fortin Group/SCI Management Corp., was named officer at large.


• The Maine Cancer Foundation welcomed three new members to its board of directors: John Benoit, vice president and senior benefits strategist for Cross Benefit Solutions; Linda Halleran, community engagement manager, Town & Country Federal Credit Union; and Justin Lamontagne, partner/broker, NAI The Dunham Group.

John Benoit

Linda Halleran

Justin Lamontagne







• The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its hospital quality ratings, and awarded Northern Light Mercy Hospital with a top score of five stars again this year.
“Fewer than 300 hospitals nationwide received this distinction,” said Charlie Therrien, president of Mercy Hospital.
Northern Light Mercy Hospital was also named to Newsweek’s Best Hospitals list. The rankings are based on patient satisfaction, surveys of health care professionals, and safety and quality measures.

Jessica Scherb

• Jessica M. Scherb and Pamela Sawyer Tait joined the board of directors for the Women’s Board of Maine Medical Center. Scherb is a shareholder at Drummond Woodsum in Portland, where she has practiced for 13 years.
Sawyer Tait is an actuary and has been working in the long-term-care product line for UNUM since 2004.



Pamela Tait







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