Blue Hill Physician Returns from Deployment in Iraq

BLUE HILL — Richard G. Hines, MD, of Blue Hill Family Medicine recently returned from active duty in Iraq. He was stationed in Balad, also known as “Mortaritaville.”

Hines left Blue Hill on Oct. 29 and returned on Feb. 13.

“The hardest part of the trip was being far away from my family and friends,” Hines said.

Hines served as a colonel and brigade surgeon with the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade.

“We worked mostly with our troops, which included helicopter pilots and crew,” Hines said.

He also appreciates the support he received from the community upon his return home.

Hines said a lesson learned on the trip is that “we don’t realize how good we have it in places like Blue Hill.”

Hine’s military experience also translates into a greater appreciation for the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Hines will be sharing his insights with colleagues at the Maine Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting in Bar Harbor on April 3.

Hines has worked for Blue Hill Memorial Hospital since 1985.

Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

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