Health

  • Poliquin explores nursing facility issues

    Poliquin explores nursing facility issues

    ELLSWORTH — U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) was in town Aug. 10 to explore issues facing nursing facilities in the state. Poliquin met with Ken Huhn, administrator at Seaport Village Healthcare. Huhn had invited Poliquin, who is in the midst of a re-election bid for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. “Let me put my arms around

  • Bucksport Health Center expands into Ellsworth

    Bucksport Health Center expands into Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — Bucksport Regional Health Center is expanding into Ellsworth and employing a former Maine Coast Memorial Hospital doctor in the process. Come this fall, the health center will offer medical and behavioral health services at 37 Commerce Park in Ellsworth, which is the location of Dr. Stephen Nightingale’s practice. Nightingale will be the physician

  • Blue Hill Memorial Hospital in the black, getting a new name

    Blue Hill Memorial Hospital in the black, getting a new name

    BLUE HILL — Blue Hill Memorial Hospital is still in the black for the fifth year in a row and, come Oct. 1, will have a new name. President and Chief Executive Officer John Ronan discussed developments Tuesday in a conversation preceding the hospital’s annual meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 8. “I’m very pleased where

  • Maine Coast Memorial outlines challenges, plans

    Maine Coast Memorial outlines challenges, plans

    ELLSWORTH — Sharing resources, coordinating electronic medical records and providing more patient options were some of the strategies presented Tuesday by speakers addressing today’s health care challenges. The venue was a Community Council breakfast hosted by Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. The biggest challenges, according to speakers, are recruiting staff, patients who can’t afford payments and

  • Tobacco cessation class in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — Healthy Acadia is partnering with the Maine Cancer Foundation to offer a free, four-week tobacco cessation group course in Blue Hill. The course uses the American Cancer Society’s Fresh Start curriculum. The classes will provide evidence-based tools and resources in a supportive, fun environment to help people quit tobacco and stay tobacco-free.

  • Ambulance calls up; city weighs options

    Ambulance calls up; city weighs options

    ELLSWORTH — At a meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Committee Tuesday, members considered the possibility of housing two ambulances in the Ellsworth Fire Department to deal with a dramatically increased call volume. The proposed public-private partnership calls for two fully staffed ambulances housed in the Fire Department for up to three years, at which

  • Healthy Acadia receives grant

    ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia has received an AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to launch the Maine RecoveryCorps Program. The program will focus on expanding recovery coaching to strengthen recovery support services in local communities and to improve recovery success among individuals facing opioid use disorders. This grant will support 30

  • County Ambulance settles case with government

    County Ambulance settles case with government

    ELLSWORTH — County Ambulance has entered into a civil settlement agreement with the federal and state governments to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare and MaineCare from January 2015 through April 2016, according to a press release issued Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank. County Ambulance, which belongs to John Partridge,

  • June births at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

    June births at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

    At Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth To Abbie and JoÃa Strout-Bentes of Searsport, a son, Oscar, June 3. To Nichole Johnson and Travis Higgins of Blue Hill, a son, Jackson Roswell, June 7. To Katrina Hayward and Jared Sandstrom of Gouldsboro, a daughter, Abigail Janean, June 9. To Kayla  and Joshua Beal of Milbridge, a

  • MCMH realty loses bid for tax exemption

    MCMH realty loses bid for tax exemption

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Board of Appeals on Monday rejected a request that would have opened the door for tax exemptions on over $3 million worth of property held by a real estate group affiliated with Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. Maine Coast Medical Realty group had applied for exemptions on the properties but was denied