Health

  • Hospice Volunteers trainings scheduled

    ELLSWORTH — Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is partnering with Sage Maine (advocacy and services for LGBT elders) and several community partners sponsoring an organization-certification training to enhance service to members of the elder LGBT community. Co-sponsored by Downeast Community Partners, Healthy Peninsula, the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center and Friends in Action, this

  • ACA health coverage a mixed bag for Mainers

    ACA health coverage a mixed bag for Mainers

    ELLSWORTH — It has been eight years since Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often shortened to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and more colloquially known as Obamacare. Four years after the law took effect in full, results are decidedly mixed. The average cost of premiums will be down this year but

  • Cooking demo at Wright Center

    ELLSWORTH — The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center welcomes Cas Dowden back to the center’s kitchen on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dowden will offer a cooking demonstration for the cold winter weather ahead. She will be sharing recipes for two vegetarian dishes, squash soup and a vegetarian chili. Participants

  • Fired hospital employee wins in labor dispute

    Fired hospital employee wins in labor dispute

    ELLSWORTH — A federal administrative law judge has ruled that Maine Coast Hospital engaged in unfair labor practices when it fired an employee for writing a letter to the editor that was critical of the hospital. The judge also ruled that the hospital must offer the former employee, Karen-Jo Young, her job back and compensate

  • Ambulances will be housed in Fire Department within next few weeks

    Ambulances will be housed in Fire Department within next few weeks

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors voted unanimously Friday morning to approve a contract to house two ambulances owned by Northern Light Medical Transport at City Hall over the winter, possibly within the next few weeks. Councilors Dawn Hudson, Dale Hamilton, John Moore, Steve Beathem and Marc Blanchette approved the proposal. Councilors Bob Crosthwaite and Gary Fortier

  • Forum focuses on Hancock County’s health

    Forum focuses on Hancock County’s health

    ELLSWORTH — Residents of Hancock County are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer (but less likely to die of it), more likely to be uninsured and more than twice as likely to contract Lyme disease as the average Maine resident, according to data discussed at a forum at the Moore Community Center on Tuesday

  • 100-plus turn out for benefit walk for Huntington’s Disease research

    ELLSWORTH — Maine’s Team Hope Walk for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America took place on Oct. 14 at Ellsworth High School starting out with a lively Chinese auction, face painting, refreshments, information on Huntington’s disease and a big dose of high spirits. The sunshine and brilliant foliage enhanced a day that was already special

  • Nursing shortage addressed by educators, employers

    Nursing shortage addressed by educators, employers

    ELLSWORTH — Officials from the University of Maine System were in Ellsworth on Oct. 16 to discuss plans they say will eventually bring more nurses to the region to address a projected shortfall. “An aging population with aging nurses doesn’t make for a good recipe,” said Jonathan Henry, vice president of enrollment management and marketing

  • Public forum to discuss Hancock County Health Profile

    ELLSWORTH — Stakeholders from across Hancock County have an opportunity this month to shape and select priorities for community health during a special forum aimed at providing input to the region’s health care organizations. The forums will discuss the Hancock County Health Profile. Community members are invited to attend a forum on Tuesday, Oct. 30,