Health

  • 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

  • MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing

    MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital is set to begin contact tracing work to make sure that those who have come into contact with out-of-state visitors who test positive for COVID-19 are aware of the potential exposure. MDI Hospital will use the web-based Sara Alert tool to begin contacting those “close contacts” (anyone who

  • Third cluster of cases reported among blueberry workers

    Third cluster of cases reported among blueberry workers

    ELLSWORTH — The number of cases of COVID-19 among blueberry workers rose to 23 on Tuesday, after the state announced an investigation into an outbreak at Wyman’s in Milbridge. It was the third cluster of cases among blueberry workers announced within a week, all at different facilities. There have been four cases of COVID-19 detected

  • Testing sites delayed at area hospitals

    Testing sites delayed at area hospitals

    ELLSWORTH — Swab-and-send testing sites will be up and running at Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital later this week but will be delayed at Northern Light Maine Coast, said spokeswoman Kelley Columber in an email, “as we work to ensure patient safety and address some technology compatibility challenges.” “Patients are welcome to schedule themselves for

  • Two Blue Hill restaurants close to await staff test results

    BLUE HILL — Two Main Street restaurants, Arborvine and DeepWater Pub, have shut down for several days because a staff member had contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement posted on social media Sunday by the Hikade family, which owns the two restaurants. Both restaurants are temporarily closed effective

  • May and June births at Maine Coast

    May and June births at Maine Coast

    At Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth A daughter, Raelyn Alexandra, was born May 2 to Alexandra Lyakhovich and Brandon Becker of Ellsworth. A son, Lincoln Michael, was born May 4 to Cassie Williams and Michael Harkins Jr. of Tremont. A daughter, Everleigh Rae-Lynn, was born May 4 to Tori and Darrell Eaton of

  • More blueberry workers test positive for COVID-19

    More blueberry workers test positive for COVID-19

    ELLSWORTH – The state is tracking an outbreak of COVID-19 at another Hancock County blueberry company, Merrill Blueberry Farms in Ellsworth, said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday, in addition to the outbreak reported among workers at Hancock Foods in Hancock earlier in the week.

  • Hospitals announce new vice president of operations

    Hospitals announce new vice president of operations

    ELLSWORTH – Joseph Gaetano has been named the new vice president of operations at Northern Light Maine Coast and Blue Hill hospitals. Most recently, Gaetano worked for Siemens Healthcare advancing quality, improving technology, and enhancing physician and patient experience. He brings with him over 25 years of experience working in hospitals and healthcare systems around

  • City awarded grant to fight COVID-19

    City awarded grant to fight COVID-19

    ELLSWORTH — The city has been awarded a $25,372 grant from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services as part of a “Keep Maine Healthy 2020 Municipal COVID-19 Awareness Campaign” that will help fund activities to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The city has already provided about 30 gallons of bulk hand

  • New women’s health practice opens

    ELLSWORTH — Anchored Women’s Health is a new women’s health practice on Main Street. Its owner, Kristen Hayward, is a doctorally prepared certified nurse-midwife. She has been dedicated to women’s health for eight years and is excited to be in private practice. “My business name is a metaphor. I am anchoring myself to a health