CHCS Recognizes Staff for 1,120 Years of Combined Service to Community

WASHINGTON COUNTY, MAINE, October 20th, 2014 – Community Health and Counseling Services held their 130th Staff Recognition Ceremony on October 15th at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor. More than 220 staff, family, friends and board members attended to celebrate 90 individuals being recognized for 1,120 combined years of service to the community.

John Miller, President of CHCS Board of Directors, showed the agency’s appreciation by handing out gifts and certificates to those being recognized with the assistance of Angela Butler, Vice President of the Board of Directors, who announced their years of service. 

Dale Hamilton, Executive Director, addressed the crowd with an emphasis on giving thanks. “As a non-profit, [CHCS] doesn’t exist because of shareholders – we exist because of the people who work here providing the necessary support to those we serve. It’s our way to say ‘thank you’ to our contributors and to the people who deliver those services,” Hamilton said. 

Among those being recognized are 4 from Washington County. For 20 years: Jesse Burns and Bernadette Maloney; 5 years: Sarina Brooks and Ruth Ann Preston.

“Employee longevity is significant in an organization that provides human services,” 

Hamilton said. “It saves nonprofit organizations time and money when staff retention is high. If there is a significant number of employee turnover, more time is put into training and developing skills instead of into the services we provide.”

For more information about Community Health and Counseling Services and its programs, visit or contact Diane Nelson at (207) 922-4703.

Article written and submitted by Natalie Nightingale, student intern from NESCom, Bangor.

Community Health and Counseling Services (CHCS) is a private, non profit community home health, hospice and mental health services provider, serving individuals and their families living in eastern, central and northern Maine. CHCS is both licensed by the State of Maine and certified by Medicare as a home health and hospice provider.