Health

  • Cases of whooping cough confirmed at local schools

    Cases of whooping cough confirmed at local schools

    BLUE HILL — Eleven cases of whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory disease, have been confirmed at George Stevens Academy (GSA) since the beginning of November, said GSA School Nurse Nikki Jaffray. A case was also recently confirmed at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School (EEMS), according to a letter to parents from EEMS school nurse, Melissa L.

  • Free vascular screenings set

    ELLSWORTH — Bucksport Regional Health Center will be offering a free vascular screening in the Ellsworth location, Coastal Health Center, 37 Commerce Park, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dr. Stephen Nightingale, BRHC physician, internist and expert in vascular conditions, will be conducting the screenings. Anyone suffering from painful varicose veins, leg

  • Area blood drives scheduled

    ELLSWORTH — The American Red Cross is holding three upcoming blood drives in Hancock County. The Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January – National Blood Donor Month. Drives are scheduled at VFW Post 109 in Ellsworth on Tuesday, Jan. 15,

  • Health center adds walk-in care hours

    BUCKSPORT — Bucksport Regional Health Center is expanding its walk-in care hours at its Bucksport location, located at 110 Broadway. The hours are expanding from the current Saturday hours to also include a Monday through Friday schedule. Beginning Monday, Feb. 4, the center will offer walk-in care from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. during the week.

  • December births at Northern Light Maine Coast

    December births at Northern Light Maine Coast

    At Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth   To Katlyn Cox and Daniel Seamans of Waltham, a daughter, Amelia Elizabeth, Dec. 3. To Rebecca Strickland and Patrick Aucoin of Ellsworth, a daughter, Ariana Rose, Dec. 5. To Coral Bubel and Jacob Britton of Surry, a daughter, Remi Raine, Dec. 9. To Ashley Morse and Travis

  • Wright Center receives $25K grant

    ELLSWORTH — The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation in Falmouth. The Beth C. Wright Center serves both Hancock and Washington counties and is one of a few free-standing cancer resource centers in Maine. The general, unrestricted operating grant will enable the center to

  • Cooking demo at Wright Center

    ELLSWORTH — Jacob Wartell will be in the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center kitchen to introduce people to the power of nourishing fats for health and happiness on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn about using fats and oils for food and medicine. Concepts from Ayurvedic bodywork, such

  • Northern Light outsources ER, in-patient providers

    Northern Light outsources ER, in-patient providers

    ELLSWORTH — Beginning in February, the doctor who treats you in Ellsworth or Blue Hill may actually work for a private for-profit firm 1,100 miles away. Northern Light Health has contracted with Knoxville, Tenn.-based TeamHealth to employ emergency medicine and hospitalist providers (those who care for in-patients) at four of its hospitals, including Northern Light

  • Clinic urges Mainers to get their flu shots

    Clinic urges Mainers to get their flu shots

    ELLSWORTH — Flu shots can prevent illness and lost work hours and save lives. The staff of the Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic Jan. 8 issued a statement urging people to get their flu shots. Last flu season was unusually severe in Maine, with 1,750 people hospitalized and 82 deaths. The people most likely to die

  • Free clinic to be open extra day

    BLUE HILL — Peninsula Free Health Clinic, which provides care for people without health insurance will be open an additional day the third Thursday of each month beginning Jan. 17 from 3-6 p.m. The additional hours are thanks to a new volunteer, Linda Napier, a family nurse practitioner. Board member Marcia Schatz said Napier comes