Health

  • Hospital ER moves to a new staffing model

    Hospital ER moves to a new staffing model

    ELLSWORTH — The emergency department at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital (MCMH) is now part of a collaborative with several other Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) hospitals. The collaborative involves doctors from other EMHS hospitals working in the local ER as needed and vice versa. The new model went into effect Sept 20 and comes on

  • MCMH looks to cut losses

    MCMH looks to cut losses

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital lost more than $7 million in 2015, according to the most recent paperwork filed with the Internal Revenue Service. In 2014, the organization lost $887,772, according to the documents. In 2013, the loss was $4.6 million. Hospital officials said these losses came from below-cost reimbursements from the government-run insurance

  • MCMH staffer loses job after her letter published

    MCMH staffer loses job after her letter published

    ELLSWORTH — A woman who worked at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital (MCMH) for more than 13 years was fired last Thursday after her letter to the editor ran in The Ellsworth American. Karen Jo Young, a Corea resident, most recently worked in the rehab department at MCMH. She spent 10 years as activities director in

  • Maine Gleaning Week scheduled for Oct. 7-16

    ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia and the Maine Gleaning Network have announced the first annual Maine Gleaning Week, which will run from Oct. 7-16. Maine Gleaning Week will feature a collection of gleaning events — farm surplus rescue efforts that will gather crops and food that might otherwise be left in the fields or go to

  • Hancock County Medical Mission planning 2018 trip

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Medical Mission has begun planning for its February 2018 mission, which will be to Dajabon, Dominican Republic. The mission team will be led by Dr. Charles Hendricks of Eden Surgical Associates. The team will join volunteers from other parts of the United States and Canada to provide surgical care in a

  • Kentucky man walking to raise awareness of a global disease

    Kentucky man walking to raise awareness of a global disease

    GOULDSBORO — Erik Bendl is walking from Lubec to Acadia National Park, hauling a massive, spinning model of the Earth along with him. On Wednesday, he was in Gouldsboro, stopping to talk to residents along Route 1 as they asked for pictures and quizzed him about why he was walking. Bendl, 55, of Louisville, Ky.,

  • August births at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

    August births at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

    At Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth A daughter, Piper Anne, was born Aug. 2 to Kaity and Terrence Walsh of Hancock. A daughter, Luisa Jayne, was born Aug. 2 to Casey and Ben Thibodeau of Brewer. A daughter, Oceana Ann, was born Aug. 3 to Teresa Swedberg of Bangor. A son, Brooks Avery, was

  • Health center hours expand in Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — Bucksport Regional Health Center has expanded its urgent care hours. Anyone experiencing urgent care needs will now have access to medical care from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the health center, located at 110 Broadway in Bucksport. This service is open to everyone who needs it, regardless of whether they are a

  • Nurses urge MCMH to address staffing

    Nurses urge MCMH to address staffing

    ELLSWORTH — Nurses union representatives delivered a petition with 66 signatures to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital officials Aug. 28 urging that improvements be made regarding staffing at the hospital. According to Bruce Becque, a registered nurse and the chief steward of the nurses union at the hospital, many in the union are frustrated by what

  • Health care forum in Stonington

    STONINGTON — The Downeast chapter of Maine AllCare is hosting a health care forum on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. at the Stonington Opera House. The afternoon will begin with the screening of a short version of “Fix It – Health Care At the Tipping Point,” a documentary that makes the business case for