Health

  • Blue Hill Hospital closes surgical unit

    Blue Hill Hospital closes surgical unit

    BLUE HILL — Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital will no longer provide surgical services, according to President and Chief Executive Officer John Ronan. “We’re closing down the surgical services,” Ronan said Wednesday. “That would include scopes, which would include colonoscopies.” “This was a local management decision,” Ronan said. “We had a discussion with the board

  • Downeast births

    Downeast births

    At Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth   To Hannah Batley and Jason Bolton of Orono, a son Nathaniel “Ned” Stearns, May 1. To Gabrielle and Ben Connors of Ellsworth, a daughter, Grace Elizabeth, May 4. To Alyssa and Ryan Bushey of Bar Harbor, a daughter, Bella Marie, May 6. To Kerriann and Cameron

  • Peninsula Free Health Clinic seeking help

    Peninsula Free Health Clinic seeking help

    BLUE HILL — With the impending departure of two stalwart volunteers, the Peninsula Free Health Clinic renewed its plea for donations, volunteers and board members. The clinic’s mission is simple. “We will see anybody who has no insurance or is underinsured,” said board member Jan Snow of Blue Hill. The clinic’s board president, Jim Schatz

  • Downeast births

    Downeast births

    At Mount Desert Island Hospital In Bar Harbor   A son, Luke Beck Shattenberg, was born May 22 to Stefanie and Benton Shattenberg of Bar Harbor. A daughter, Hilda Mae Weiss, was born May 24 to Sally and Tim Weiss of Otter Creek. A daughter, Cedar Wight, was born May 27 to Emily Damon and

  • First state measles case in two years reported

    First state measles case in two years reported

    ELLSWORTH — Measles has arrived in Maine, according to a press release from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The state joins 24 others around the country where the disease has been confirmed. The Somerset County child who fell ill is vaccinated, has fully recovered and did not have any serious complications,

  • Downeast births

    Downeast births

    At Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth   To Desiree Gallant and Joshua Estes of Ellsworth, a daughter, Nova Rose, April 1. To Kristen and Dwight Hayward of Ellsworth, a son, Carter James, April 2. To Laura McLaughlin Weik and Brandon Weik, a son, Westley Ryker, April 2. To Kassidy DesJardin of Steuben, a

  • Downeast births

    Downeast births

    At Mount Desert Island Hospital In Bar Harbor A daughter, Isabella Gentile, was born Feb. 5 to Katelynn and Paul Gentile of Hancock. A son, Cash Church, was born Feb. 10 to Erin Walsh and Lucas Church of Hancock. A son, Jase Ryan Ellis, was born Feb. 11 to Jessica Carney and Eddie Ellis of

  • Bud for Boobs

    Bud for Boobs

    ELLSWORTH — Women: check your breasts and trust your gut. That’s the message Barbara Courchesne, owner of the Bud Connection, would like to impart with her new initiative, Bud for Boobs. For every reusable vase or basket that customers bring in, the shop will make a donation to the mammography scholarship fund at Northern Light

  • Vaccine exemption bill passes House

    Vaccine exemption bill passes House

    ELLSWORTH — On April 23, in a 78-59 vote that was largely along party lines with Republicans opposing, the Maine House of Representatives approved a bill that would end religious and philosophical exemptions for school vaccination requirements. The bill would bar children who have not received certain vaccines from attending school unless parents or guardians