Health

  • Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled

    Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled

    ELLSWORTH — Northern Light Blue Hill and Maine Coast hospitals are offering drive-thru flu shot clinics at various locations. The announced schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Sept. 23 – Blue Hill Hospital, 57 Water St., Blue Hill, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 – Blue Hill Hospital, 50 Water St., Blue Hill, 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday, Sept.

  • Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope

    Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope

    ELLSWORTH — In four decades, there’s been no challenge too great for Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County. Built on the foundation of countless volunteers’ care and dedication, the organization has become a vital service in the Hancock County health care community. Now, the independent service is in the midst of celebrating a major milestone: 40

  • Virtual walk for Huntington’s research planned

    ELLSWORTH — Team Hope, Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s largest national grassroots fundraising event, will host a virtual walk Sunday, Oct. 4. Participants will choose and complete their own course — be it through a neighborhood or on a treadmill. The goal is to raise money and awareness of Huntington’s, a fatal genetic disorder that

  • Maine Maritime reports COVID-19 cases

    CASTINE — As of Wednesday morning, Maine Maritime Academy had reported four individuals (out of 1,400 tested) had tested positive for COVID-19 as part of the college’s fall entry testing. Three cases are active, according to the MMA website. On Monday, MMA President William Brennan issued a letter advising the school community that “two students

  • Red Cross testing for COVID-19 antibodies

    Red Cross testing for COVID-19 antibodies

    ELLSWORTH — In an effort to identify possible convalescent plasma donors and as an incentive to get blood donations up after they plummeted this spring, the American Red Cross is testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies, giving those who donate confidential results in a week to 10 days. The Red Cross rolled out antibody testing

  • New women’s recovery center opening in Machias

    New women’s recovery center opening in Machias

    MACHIAS — Washington County’s first recovery residence for women and their children is accepting applications for residents. Safe Harbor, a recovery home for women and children, is the result of a collaborative effort between Healthy Acadia, Downeast Community Partners, Aroostook Mental Health Center and the Community Caring Collaborative (CCC) to provide a safe, supportive and

  • April-June Births at MDI Hospital

    April-June Births at MDI Hospital

    At Mount Desert Island Hospital In Bar Harbor A son, Colby Alley, was born April 15 to Morgan Reed and Jason Alley of Hancock. A son, Jacob Linares-Cruz, was born April 17 to Mariangely Cruz Rodriguez and Jose Linares of Southwest Harbor. A son, Roger Sparrough, was born April 23 to Elizabeth and Brendan Sparrough

  • Hospitals work to improve patient safety

    Hospitals work to improve patient safety

    ELLSWORTH — It may be as simple as removing little-used medications or reorganizing a crash cart, but it could have a big effect on patient safety. That’s the hope of staff at Northern Light hospitals, including Maine Coast and Blue Hill, who are in the midst of implementing new protocols aimed at reducing errors. Behind

  • City awarded second round of COVID funding

    City awarded second round of COVID funding

    ELLSWORTH — Preliminary grant awards announced on Tuesday show the city has been awarded $41,580 from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services as part of a second round of funding for the “Keep Maine Healthy 2020 Municipal COVID-19 Awareness Campaign” that will help fund activities to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

  • COVID-positive blueberry workers complete isolation

    COVID-positive blueberry workers complete isolation

    ELLSWORTH — Workers at Hancock Foods who tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago “have completed their entire cycle of isolation and are beginning the process of being classified as recovered and thus returning to work,” said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at a briefing on

  • Maine Coast medical technicians reach agreement with hospital

    Maine Coast medical technicians reach agreement with hospital

    ELLSWORTH — Five months after authorizing a potential strike and after more than two years without a contract, medical technicians at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital reached an agreement with hospital representatives in late June, said Northern Light Maine Coast Director of Communications Kelley Columber in an email last week. Union members ratified the agreement