• 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

  • After a career of volunteer work, Dr. Marshall Smith retires for good

    After a career of volunteer work, Dr. Marshall Smith retires for good

    ELLSWORTH — Surry resident Dr. Marshall Smith has practiced medicine since 1960, but he hasn’t been paid for his work since 1997. That’s the year Smith retired from full-time practice, but he continued to treat Mainers with the Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic. The clinic is staffed by volunteers who provide free primary care for low-income

  • Herbalist to speak at Wright Center

    ELLSWORTH — The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth is offering a free workshop with local herbalist Stephanie Tourles titled “Herbal Remedies for Pain Relief” on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tourles will speak about natural remedies for the aches and pains that ail cancer patients and survivors, as well as

  • Rewritten contracts cause unrest at MCMH

    Rewritten contracts cause unrest at MCMH

    ELLSWORTH — Dissatisfaction among doctors has been a pre-existing condition at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, according to two providers connected with the facility. That condition was exacerbated by recent changes made to practitioners’ contracts. The two providers who spoke to The American said some physicians are leaving the hospital as a result of that feeling

  • Healthy Acadia classes starting

    ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia is offering “10 Tips – Eating Better on a Budget” sessions in Surry and Stonington beginning in September. This free workshop series is designed to empower adults who are experiencing a limited budget with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable choices. Classes meet for one hour each