Health

  • Downeast births

    At Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth To Alexis Merchant and Jason Paine of Mount Desert, a daughter, Harper Marie, Dec. 2. To Britney White and Ryan McGuire of Jonesboro, a daughter, Rory Anna, Dec. 19. To Abigail Piacentini and Ryan Pendergist of Surry, a daughter, Irie Elizabeth, Dec. 19. To Olivia Perkins and

  • Lyme disease cases hit all-time high

    Lyme disease cases hit all-time high

    ELLSWORTH — The number of cases of Lyme disease reported to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reached a record high in 2019. Hancock County has experienced a more than fivefold increase in the number of cases reported compared to a decade earlier, according to data released by the center last week.

  • DECH names 2019 employees of the year

    DECH names 2019 employees of the year

    MACHIAS — Janet Monaghan and Amanda Tozier were recently named the 2019 employees of the year at Down East Community Hospital. “This is well deserved recognition for Janet and Amanda,” said hospital CEO Steve Lail. “Both ladies epitomize service excellence with patients and visitors and they received glowing recommendations from their co-workers. We consider ourselves

  • DECH implementing safe sleep program for infants

    DECH implementing safe sleep program for infants

    MACHIAS — Down East Community Hospital is in the process of becoming a safe sleep certified hospital through the Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is implementing the program in part because the state of Maine has one of the highest infant mortality rates

  • Hospital receives national recognition

    MACHIAS — Down East Community Hospital has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health for overall excellence in patient perspective. The awards are based on the results of the Hospital Strength Index from iVantage Health Analytics and recognizes top quartile performance among all

  • Mini grants available for youth substance use prevention

    MACHIAS — Healthy Acadia is spreading the wealth. The organization recently received a $300,000 grant, which is renewable for the next five years, said Tracey Carlson, Healthy Acadia communications director. The grant funds are coming from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and will be used for Healthy Acadia’s Partnerships for

  • DECH Auxiliary makes early donation

    DECH Auxiliary makes early donation

    MACHIAS — The Down East Community Hospital Auxiliary completed a fundraising pledge a year early. The hospital’s upgraded and renovated emergency department opened in November 2017 following a yearlong construction project. The hospital auxiliary had promised to contribute $10,000 in funding for the renovations and recently presented the hospital with $4,000, which pays off the

  • Hospital recognized for promoting organ donation

    Hospital recognized for promoting organ donation

    MACHIAS — Down East Community Hospital has earned national recognition for its efforts to increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registrations in Maine. The award was given by the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, a national initiative to spread the word about the importance of organ and tissue donation and increase registrations.

  • Poinsettia Ball reaches $1M in donations over event history

    Poinsettia Ball reaches $1M in donations over event history

    ELLSWORTH — One million dollars has been raised since the inaugural Poinsettia Ball in 1992, with every dollar raised staying in the community to support health care at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital. Supported by more than 100 patrons and 100 volunteers, this year’s Poinsettia Ball raised $85,000 for Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital’s women’s

  • Red Cross consolidates blood drives

    ELLSWORTH — Hoping to attract more donors and volunteers, the American Red Cross will try a new tactic for Hancock County blood drives. Starting in January, the Red Cross will consolidate its blood drives into twice-monthly events at the Ellsworth Elks Lodge. Previously, drives have been held at various locations throughout the area. Thomas Hinman,