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Stacy Hubel, Primary Care Director, Recognized as Maine's Community Star

Date: 11/18/2021

Stacy Hubel, director of Primary Care is Recognized as a “Community Star” on the 11th Annual National Rural Health Day
Stacy Hubel, director of Primary Care for Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield, has been named Maine’s 2021 Community Star, by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). Hubel was honored at the New England Rural Health Association on November 3 and is also being recognized nationally at a virtual event today, which is national Rural Health Day.

Hubel, who has been with Sebasticook Valley Hospital for more than 24 years, was nominated for the award by hospital executives, who recognized her for her leadership abilities and for her dedication to the patients the hospital serves in rural Maine. 

“We are very proud of Stacy. She deserves this national recognition for all she has done to help improve primary care access for the Sebasticook Valley region,” said Paul Arsenault, hospital vice president of primary and specialty care. “Stacy has played a key role in so many projects that have helped our patients beyond the care they receive at our primary care practices, such as helping improve food security. Her everyday commitment and collaboration to change lives in our community is admirable.”

Hubel said that she is humbled by the award and that she can’t imagine doing any other kind of work. “I don’t consider this award as praise for me alone; it’s recognition of the amazing team of people I work with every day at Northern Light. Together, we make a difference every day.” 

About National Rural Health Day
On the third Thursday of November every year, NOSORH, the member association for each of the 50 State Offices of Rural Health, leads National Rural Health Day. It’s an annual day of celebration that shines a light on those who serve the vital health needs of the estimated 57 million people living in rural America. November 18 marks the 11th annual National Rural Health Day and NOSORH honors and celebrates Hubel’s incredible contributions to rural health by sharing her story and others in the official book of Community Stars.

Beginning in 2015, NOSORH made a nationwide call for Community Star nominations, seeking individuals, organizations, and coalitions making a positive impact in rural communities. This year, nominations cover every state, making this the first time in the recognition program’s history for sharing 50 inspiring stories, including Hubel’s.   

The 2021 Community Stars eBook will be published today at National Rural Health Day website,