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Central Maine business briefs: Camden National Bank promotes Heather Robinson

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Heather Robinson has been promoted to executive vice president, chief human resources officer at Camden National Bank. Robinson has been a senior vice president, chief human resources officer since starting with the bank in 2018, according to a news release from Camden National Bank.

“Over the past three years, Heather’s experience and passion have helped us develop a strategic focus on our employee experience, including professional development and engagement,” said Greg Dufour, president and CEO of the bank. “Her strategic contributions have helped expand our organizational strategy and hire and retain exceptional talent who embrace our culture, work effectively through the rigors of the pandemic and are responsive to hybrid workplace transformations.”

In her current role, she is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the bank’s Human Resources Department, including compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, employee relations, human resources information systems, employee engagement, and learning and development.

Prior to joining the bank, Robinson was senior vice president of human resources, US and Canada for EVO Payments, International. She also held several leadership positions in human resources at Fairchild Semiconductor and its successor ON Semiconductor, where she worked for 16 years.

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Northern Light Health welcomes Dr. William Bassett

Northern Light Orthopedics and Northern Light Inland Hospital welcomes William Bassett, MD, the only fellowship-trained surgeon in the state performing complex pediatric orthopedic surgery. Because of a partnership with Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where Bassett also sees patients, he will now be available to the central Maine community, according to a news release from Northern Light Health.

Bassett treats benign bone tumors, club feet, foot reconstruction, fractures, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancy, lower extremity deformity and scoliosis.

Bassett joins the orthopedics practice at 25 First Park in Oakland.

Bassett earned his medical education from Drexel University College of Medicine, completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Orthopedic Residency, and a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics and scoliosis at Texas Scottish Rite for Children hospital.

He is proud to provide subspecialized surgical care to patients throughout Maine. Bassett said, “My goal as a pediatric orthopedist is to help children retain and regain their childhood by enabling families to take part in activities that they enjoy, while improving patients’ overall quality of life. I help families understand complex problems while providing realistic and attainable goals.”

A member associate of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and American Orthopedic Association, Bassett is eligible for certification by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance receives funding for STEM programming

AUGUSTA — UScellular recently presented Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance with a $5,000 donation to provide resources to advance its work. The wireless provider is supporting organizations that offer STEM programming in regions across the U.S. to help ensure the educational tools and opportunities youth need for a successful future in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, according to a news release from the alliance.

The alliance is a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and fostering critical thinking, problem solving and civic engagement through STEM education. It finds inspiring new ways to get people excited about science, technology, engineering and math, so that Maine youth can become the innovators and workforce of tomorrow. The alliance has a long history of spearheading innovative initiatives in teacher professional development, creating STEM education programs, and engaging students and their families in STEM opportunities.

“As a technology company, we want to do our part to advance opportunities for youth in STEM education fields to help solidify a foundation for future leaders,” said Tabatha McKay, area vice president/general manager for New England at UScellular. “We are excited to support Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance so they can continue their great work and encourage kids to explore their interests.”

This one-time donation of $5,000 is one of five surprise gifts UScellular made to youth educational nonprofits across the country.

“We are honored to have received this surprise gift from UScellular,” said Ruth Kermish-Allen, executive director for the alliance. “This gift has come at a pivotal time — the educators we partner with every day need the extra support this gift makes possible as they strive to continue creating fun, engaging and inspiring STEM learning experiences for kids. Connecting STEM companies, like UScellular, to empowering STEM education learning experiences will help make STEM careers more visible and achievable for today’s youth.”

Since 2009, the company has donated nearly $21.4 million along with countless experiences and technology items to nonprofit organizations across the country. Additionally, through its After School Access Project, UScellular has pledged up to $13 million in hotspots and service to help up to 50,000 youth connect to reliable internet in its markets.

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