• Nurses on front lines of war against opioid addiction

    Nurses on front lines of war against opioid addiction

    ELLSWORTH — The war on heroin being waged by law enforcement has an unexpected ally: certified nurse anesthetists who are working to reduce the amount of opiates used for surgery. “The number of overdose deaths has risen and there’s just no sign of it abating,” said Susan DeCarlo-Picirrillo, a certified nurse anesthetist who practices at

  • State suspends former Blue Hill doctor’s license

    State suspends former Blue Hill doctor’s license

    ELLSWORTH — The state Board of Licensure in Medicine has suspended the license of Dr. Brandt Rice following allegations that he wrote fraudulent prescriptions for thousands of pain pills. As of June 12, Rice’s Maine medical license was suspended for 30 days pending an adjudicatory hearing. According to state records, Rice has been practicing in

  • Nutrition program at Wright Center

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth City Council Chairman Marc Blanchette will share his story of successful weight loss and cholesterol reduction when he changed to a whole food, plant-based diet in a talk at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center. The program is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. It is free and

  • Wellness fair for women June 19

    BLUE HILL — Blue Hill Memorial Hospital will hold its seventh annual Women’s Wellness Fair at The Bay School in Blue Hill on Tuesday, June 19, from 4-6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and includes activities and information for women of all ages. Hospital departments will share information on surgical

  • CPR and first aid training at MCMH

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will offer CPR training on Monday, June 25, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for a fee of $40. First aid training will be offered on Wednesday, June 27, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for a fee of $30. The classes will be held in the hospital classroom, which is accessible via Door C

  • New support group for family members of overdose victims

    ELLSWORTH — Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County has announced a new support group for those who have lost a family member to drug overdose. The group will be held Mondays, June 11 through July 16, from 5-7 p.m. at the HVHC Ellsworth office. There were over 400 overdose deaths in Maine in 2017; that’s an

  • April births at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

    April births at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

    At Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth To Althea Messer and Russell Poors Jr. of Ellsworth, a daughter, Whitney Marie, April 3. To Ashley Lawry and Daniel Bechard of Monroe, a son, Kellin Roger, April 3. To Jessica Hikade and Timothy Hikade of Blue Hill, a daughter, Elena Rose, April 4. To Mia Bowden and

  • Free clinic gets grant from MCF

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic has received a $7,323 grant from the Hancock County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to purchase equipment and contracts for electronic medical records. This grant will enable the clinic to be in compliance with state of Maine-mandated use of electronic ordering of prescriptions and to better assist

  • MCMH hosts first responders

    MCMH hosts first responders

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, with the support of Machias Savings Bank, hosted emergency responders from Hancock and Washington Counties for an Emergency Responders Appreciation Dinner on May 22 in the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital cafeteria. The hospitals were looking to thank the men and women who are frequently

  • Relay for Life scheduled for June 2 at EEMS track

    Relay for Life scheduled for June 2 at EEMS track

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Relay for Life is scheduled for Saturday June 2, from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School track. Registration will continue throughout the day, so participants can either show up and register or pre-register at There will be carnival games, a band and Sip & Swirl events. There