FARMINGTON – Franklin Community Health Network invites interested members of the community to become a corporator and share in the governance.

The network is a locally controlled not-for-profit group of rural healthcare providers that integrates medicine, health education and community involvement in the greater Franklin County region. It includes Franklin Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Behavioral Services, Pine Tree Medical Associates and the Healthy Community Coalition.

As a corporator, the main obligation is to attend the annual meeting to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

During the meeting, corporators elect new members of the network and affiliate boards, vote on bylaw changes and receive an annual report. The annual Community Health Leadership Award is also presented to a deserving member of the community.

Richard Batt, network president, will give a presentation as will Richard Dennis, board chairman, and Dr. Tom Marshall, president of the Franklin Memorial Hospital medical staff, regarding the network’s progress, difficulties being faced and plans and goals for the next year.

“This is a very challenging time for health providers throughout Maine and throughout the country,” said Batt. “We will discuss issues that affect the system, and celebrate our many accomplishments and the good work we do each day.”

Corporators will receive the network newsletter, HealthLetter, to stay informed of happenings.

To be eligible to be a corporator, one must be registered to vote or pay taxes in one of the towns in the service area. There is no fee.

Interested persons should contact Mandy Luce at 779-2265 before Sept. 1, or register on-line at

“Inquiries from community members who are also interested in serving on an FCHN committee or board are always welcome,” added Batt.

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