Kennebec Behavioral Health has been named 2013 Business of the Year by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber gives its award annually to the area business deemed to best exemplify commitment to growth within the community through an expansion of workforce, major renovations and foresight. (Morning Sentinel story.)
"Thanks for being such an asset to our community," said Kimberly N. Lindlof, president and chief executive of the Mid-Maine Chamber.
Based in Waterville, KBH has clinics in Augusta, Winthrop and Skowhegan as well as Waterville. Agency clinicians also provide at-home and in-school supports to youth, adults and families in six Maine counties ranging from the communities of Bangor to Lewiston and from Bingham to Rockland.
"We're very pleased the Chamber has endorsed our work and mission in this way, and that it has recognized KBH as a top-tier business and employer in the region," said Thomas J. McAdam, the agency's chief executive officer. "We're able to provide premier health care to our clients and reach the goals of our business strategies largely as a result of our excellent staff."
The Chamber Award will be presented at a business-community gathering April 29, 2014 at a banquet at the Elks Banquet & Conference Center in Waterville.
Kennebec Behavioral Health’s mission is to promote the well-being of persons who experience mental illness, emotional difficulties or behavioral challenges. KBH has more than 360 employees, 70 of whom work at its 67 Eustis Parkway facility, in Waterville.
KBH in 2014 will open a refurbished apartment for those with mental illnesses on Waterville's Silver Street. KBH offers a wide range of community housing options for persons with mental illness.
This year, the non-profit also received a three-year accreditation from CARF International, which is an independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of health-care services. The endorsement is the agency’s fourth consecutive three year-accreditation.