Health

  • Maine Coast recognized for safety

    Maine Coast recognized for safety

    ELLSWORTH — Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital was awarded an “A” in the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Maine Coast’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to

  • Sullivan Harbor Farm smoked salmon recalled

    Sullivan Harbor Farm smoked salmon recalled

    HANCOCK — Mill Stream Corp., which does business as Sullivan Harbor Farm, has issued a voluntary recall of 10 lots of cold smoked salmon because of potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause life-threatening illness or death. No illnesses have been reported to date. According to an announcement from the U.S. Food

  • Team Hope raises spirits and funds

    Team Hope raises spirits and funds

    ELLSWORTH — Close to 100 people registered for Team Hope Walk for Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) on Oct. 13 at Ellsworth High School. Six teams and many individuals hit the three-mile trail under sunny skies and in high spirits as they celebrated hope for a cure and gratitude for the support of each

  • Vaccine exemptions will be on the ballot in March

    Vaccine exemptions will be on the ballot in March

    ELLSWORTH — In March, voters will decide whether or not to keep a law that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for childhood vaccines. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced Thursday that his office had certified the signatures of 79,056 registered Maine voters on a petition seeking to reinstate exemptions, enough to get the issue put

  • Downeast births

    Downeast births

    At Mount Desert Island Hospital In Bar Harbor A daughter, Penelope O’Keefe, was born June 23 to Candace and Brendan O’Keefe of Seal Cove. A daughter, Hadley Chapman, was born July 4 to Alexis and Jason Chapman of Lamoine. A daughter, Lainey Jane Hoover, was born July 9 to Amanda and Logan Hoover of Southwest

  • Downeast births

    Downeast births

    At Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth  To Amethyst Cousins and Erick Swanson of Bass Harbor, a son, Erick River, Sept. 1. To Renee Lamb and Travis Fowler of Bucskport, a daughter, Makenzie Gene, Sept. 1. To Courtney and Chad McIntire a daughter, Lainey Mae, Sept. 3. To Aimee and Rob Brown of Deer

  • LifeFlight runs  lean in world  of rising costs

    LifeFlight runs lean in world of rising costs

    ELLSWORTH — On Jess Jordan’s first day of orientation at Kmart in Bangor three years ago, her cell phone wasn’t working. So when the call came in — her 2-month-old son, Landon, had been found unresponsive and not breathing in his crib — a staff member pulled her aside to hand her a store phone.

  • Urgent care clinic to open next summer

    Urgent care clinic to open next summer

    ELLSWORTH — Stop in at Hannaford for milk and eggs? Check. Pick up dry cleaning? Check. Get a blood panel or have that shoulder that’s been bothering you looked at? Check. Come next summer, the Maine Coast Mall plaza will add one more amenity to its lot: an alternative to the emergency room in the

  • March to bring attention to breast cancer issues

    March to bring attention to breast cancer issues

    MACHIAS — To launch Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to promote the importance of early detection, Down East Community Hospital will hold its second annual “Get Your Pink On” march down Main Street in Machias. The march will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, and begins at 9 a.m., rain or shine. Plenty of pink

  • Calais hospital files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    CALAIS — Calais Regional Hospital will remain open despite having filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sept. 17. “Filing for Chapter 11 protection during debt reorganization enables the hospital to continue providing high-quality health care in local communities and to keep jobs in the region,” according to a hospital statement. “Chapter 11 is also a

  • City ambulance contract extended

    City ambulance contract extended

    ELLSWORTH — Ambulances will be housed in the Fire Department for at least the next few years. That’s the word after the City Council approved an extension to the agreement with Bangor-based ambulance company Northern Light Medical Transport (NLMT). The agreement is valid for the next three years, with annual reviews and auto rollover “if