• MDI Hospital Hosts Health Fair

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital will host a health fair at the Mount Desert Island High School gymnasium on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.   The event will include live demonstrations and displays from a wide array of local health-related organizations. Adult flu shots for seasonal

  • Steele Talks Health Care Reform at Chamber Breakfast

    ELLSWORTH — More than 75 business leaders, workers and retirees attended the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs and Issues breakfast Wednesday morning to hear Dr. Erik Steele’s take on health care reform.   The robust turnout and engaging questions posed by the audience left no doubt that health care issues are leading the talk-of-the-town

  • Doctor Raises Vaccine Questions

    BAR HARBOR — While major public health organizations have mounted a widespread publicity campaign for vaccination against the H1N1 “swine” flu, one area health professional is questioning whether the vaccine is effective, or safe.   Dr. Meryl Nass, an on-call doctor at Mount Desert Island Hospital, is a nationally recognized expert on vaccine safety issues,

  • First Swine Flu Case Reported on MDI

    BAR HARBOR — One case of H1N1 “swine” flu has been positively confirmed at Mount Desert Island Hospital (MDIH).   The case was confirmed during the past month, hospital spokesman Jeff Nichols said. The patient, for whom no information has been released, was sent home with instructions to take fever-reducing medications and fluids, to rest,

  • Downeast Births At Mount Desert Island Hospital In Bar Harbor

      COLSON—to Jennifer Colson of Ellsworth, a daughter, Jaylen Aryanna, Sept. 1.   FOUNTAINE—to Stephanie and David Fountaine of Bar Harbor, a son, Wyatt Joseph, Sept. 5. CARRIER—to Krystal Carrier and Benjamin Maddocks of Ellsworth, a daughter. Madeline Rose, Sept. 5. TAPLEY—to Colleen Turner and Dennis Tapley of Swan’s Island, a son, Vincent William, Sept.

  • Seasonal Vaccine in Short Supply as Schools Prepare for Flu Season

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital (MCMH), for the first time in recent memory, is not offering a seasonal flu vaccine clinic, saying the hospital only received one-third of its usual 3,000-dose allotment.   The seasonal flu vaccine also is slow in making its way to schools in Hancock County. Schools are collecting consent forms

  • Downeast Births At Maine Coast Memorial Hospital In Ellsworth

      BUXTON—to Katrina Handy and Christopher Buxton of Orland, a son, Elias Robert, Sept. 1.   JONES—to Ashley Spofford and Jonathan Jones of Sargentville, a daughter, Jaylin Renee, Sept. 1. HEARN—to Alisa and Chris Hearn of Monson, a daughter, Rosemary Jane, Sept. 5. PAVLOFF—to Becky and Nickolas Pavloff of Trenton, a daughter, Ella Joy, Sept.

  • Maine Receives First Flu Vaccine Shipments

    ELLSWORTH — The first shipment of 8,700 doses of swine flu vaccine — all in nasal spray form — began arriving in Maine this week. The doses are intended primarily for healthy toddlers and households with toddlers, according to Dr. Dora Ann Mills, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC).

  • Flu Clinics Delayed

    BAR HARBOR — Plans for flu vaccine clinics in regional schools have been pushed back by at least a month, due to a supply delay.   Every Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDI RSS) school will host clinics. Plans for administering seasonal flu vaccines to students now are set for the beginning of November,