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Thomas Bartol, NP
Thomas Bartol, NP
Family Nurse Practitioner, Richmond Area Health Center
Tom Bartol is a Nurse Practitioner working at the Richmond Area Health Center, part of HealthReach Community Health Centers where he has been employed since 1998. He received his Master of Nursing degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1994 and his Bachelor of Nursing from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Besides his clinic work, Tom is a speaker, writer, and an optimist. He states, "Being an NP is the best job in the world!" and he believes NPs are the answer to many of the health care problems in this country. Tom Speaks nationally on several topics including recreating healthcare, motivating patients, creating healing relationships, diabetes, and understanding research among other topics. An avid writer, he writes a regular column for Medscape online and, also writes periodically for other journals. He has a vision of a culture change in health care where patients actively participate in decisions about their health care based on their unique circumstances, needs, goals and values. Putting the health and caring back into health care, it would not be “done to” patients but would become a dialogue, more of a dance with patients than a wrestling match. He has created a website, www.recreatinghealthcare.net, inspired by the model of open source software on which individuals can share information about how they have improved health care and see what others have shared. Tom lives with his wife, Barbara Moss, and two sons in Manchester. He enjoys tennis, gardening, sailing and just about anything else that comes across his path.
Ann Gahagan, RN, BSN, MSN, CDE, BC-ADM, FNP-C
Ann Gahagan, RN, BSN, MSN, CDE, BC-ADM, FNP-C
Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator,
Ann Gahagan, a Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator, has a passion for Diabetes. For more than 40 years she has crusaded for comprehensive, patient centered care for people with diabetes. Her work and the support of colleagues established one of the most recognized Diabetes Education Programs in the Nation. Ann, who began her career at Cary Medical Center and now practices with Pines Health Services, has devoted much of her career to improving diabetes care. She has received national recognition for her leadership in developing innovative and effective treatment, care management, and patient education programs that have made a real difference in improving the lives of diabetes patients in her community and beyond. Ann also is founder and director of Camp Adventure, an innovative diabetes education camp that makes it possible for teenagers with Type I Diabetes to live in the wilderness while they learn the lifelong skills necessary to successfully live with diabetes. Young people from throughout Maine have attended the camp since its founding in 1997. “In founding Camp Adventure, Ann saw a need, had an idea and has collaborated with staff, physicians and other healthcare professionals, local supporters, and parents to make this camp a reality,” explained Cary Medical Center CEO Kris Doody, RN. In recognition of her leadership, Ann was named as the Caribou and Mane State Business and Professional Women’s “Woman of the Year” in 2005. Ann also was the recipient of the Dr. Daniel Hanley Leadership Award in 2006. While raising a family of three daughters and working as a licensed practical nurse at Cary Medical Center, Gahagan pursued certification as a registered nurse. She later earned an undergraduate degree in Nursing in 1998 and a Master of Science degree in Nursing and designation as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2004. Ann earned her Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management, one of very few healthcare professionals in Maine to hold this unique certification, ADM the most advanced certification for the management of Diabetes.
Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung
Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung
Chief Executive Officer, Eastport Health Care Inc.
Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung is the Chief Executive Officer at Eastport Health Care Inc. (EHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center located in rural Downeast Maine. Holly’s academic profile includes receiving her BSN with a minor in public health from Molloy College (NY) and her MBA from Long Island University (NY). Her professional experience has been to provide direct care to medically underserved people in various care delivery settings: public health, skilled nursing, out-patient dialysis, forensic psych, intermediate care facility serving developmentally disabled adults and Federally Qualified Community Health Centers. Holly has held numerous progressive leadership roles, including her current position at EHC. Additionally, she has actively contributed to policy and regulatory development at both the state (NY and ME) and federal level. Leading transformative change in healthcare delivery systems, Holly presents an active voice focusing on patient centered care and the culture of relationship. Holly has written numerous articles focusing on the critical importance of including the peer voice and the presence of mindfulness as key drivers in the process transformative change. Holly is an alumnus of the Hanley Leadership Development Program (HLD IV), and has served on several Boards and Coalitions: Maine Primary Care Association (current President); Maine Quality Counts (founding member); NAMI Maine (represented Washington County); Sunrise Healthcare Coalition (current President). Additionally, Holly has participated in numerous ad hoc committees at both the state and federal level: Blue Ribbon Commission (Baldacci administration), Emergency Preparedness in Rural Communities (2007) and others. Holly resides in Eastport; hobbies include writing, reading, hiking, bringing circles of friends and colleagues together to celebrate relationship. She has two grown sons and three grandchildren.
Tracey Hair
Tracey Hair
Executive Director, H.O.M.E., Inc.
Tracey is the Executive Director of H.O.M.E. Inc. where she has worked for the last 13 years. H.O.M.E. Inc. provides services to low-income and homeless families in Hancock County. H.O.M.E Inc. services include, 5 shelters for the homeless, 18 transitional housing beds, a food pantry and soup kitchen, thrift store, affordable day care, an adult learning center, low-cost automotive repair, organic gardens, a craft coop for the sale of items such as, weaving, stained glass and pottery, plus programs to support a major house construction and repair effort that has built 53 homes for low-income families. Tracey has volunteered in partnership with H.O.M.E. Inc. at a homeless charity located in Harlem, NY, where she and her partner worked doing street outreach, handing out sandwiches and distributing organic produce to low-income families. In addition to street outreach, Tracey taught basic computer skills to undocumented and low-income families in the Bronx and has spent time advocating for Immigration Rights for LGBT couples. Tracey is a member of the Board of Community Compass, an organization working to break the cycle of poverty in Hancock County. Tracey also serves in an advisory capacity for Families and Children Together which provides services and programs to strengthen Maine families as they manage trauma, challenge, and change. She is also a member of Emmaus International, a global movement addressing poverty and homelessness. Tracey holds a lifelong passion for helping underserved populations. She and her partner Julia live in Bucksport where they enjoy gardening and tending to life in their little cottage.

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