• Maine Coast Memorial outlines challenges, plans

    Maine Coast Memorial outlines challenges, plans

    ELLSWORTH — Sharing resources, coordinating electronic medical records and providing more patient options were some of the strategies presented Tuesday by speakers addressing today’s health care challenges. The venue was a Community Council breakfast hosted by Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. The biggest challenges, according to speakers, are recruiting staff, patients who can’t afford payments and

  • Tobacco cessation class in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — Healthy Acadia is partnering with the Maine Cancer Foundation to offer a free, four-week tobacco cessation group course in Blue Hill. The course uses the American Cancer Society’s Fresh Start curriculum. The classes will provide evidence-based tools and resources in a supportive, fun environment to help people quit tobacco and stay tobacco-free.

  • Ambulance calls up; city weighs options

    Ambulance calls up; city weighs options

    ELLSWORTH — At a meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Committee Tuesday, members considered the possibility of housing two ambulances in the Ellsworth Fire Department to deal with a dramatically increased call volume. The proposed public-private partnership calls for two fully staffed ambulances housed in the Fire Department for up to three years, at which

  • Healthy Acadia receives grant

    ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia has received an AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to launch the Maine RecoveryCorps Program. The program will focus on expanding recovery coaching to strengthen recovery support services in local communities and to improve recovery success among individuals facing opioid use disorders. This grant will support 30

  • County Ambulance settles case with government

    County Ambulance settles case with government

    ELLSWORTH — County Ambulance has entered into a civil settlement agreement with the federal and state governments to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare and MaineCare from January 2015 through April 2016, according to a press release issued Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank. County Ambulance, which belongs to John Partridge,

  • June births at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

    June births at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

    At Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth To Abbie and JoÃa Strout-Bentes of Searsport, a son, Oscar, June 3. To Nichole Johnson and Travis Higgins of Blue Hill, a son, Jackson Roswell, June 7. To Katrina Hayward and Jared Sandstrom of Gouldsboro, a daughter, Abigail Janean, June 9. To Kayla  and Joshua Beal of Milbridge, a

  • MCMH realty loses bid for tax exemption

    MCMH realty loses bid for tax exemption

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Board of Appeals on Monday rejected a request that would have opened the door for tax exemptions on over $3 million worth of property held by a real estate group affiliated with Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. Maine Coast Medical Realty group had applied for exemptions on the properties but was denied

  • Sleep workshop scheduled at Wright Center

    ELLSWORTH — On Friday, July 13, Dr. Penelope Houghton of Acadia Naturopathic Medical Clinic will present a workshop titled “Holistic Methods to Promote Sleep” from 11 a.m. to noon at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center. Houghton will explore how sleep can be affected by pain, side effects of treatments and the anxieties about

  • State tobacco sales age raised to 21

    State tobacco sales age raised to 21

    ELLSWORTH — Last year, Maine became the fourth state in the nation to raise the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21, joining Hawaii, California, and Oregon. That law, which includes all tobacco products including electronic cigarettes, went into effect on July 1. Interestingly, there’s a grandfather clause for people who could not possibly be

  • Tai chi classes scheduled

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth and Bucksport are among several communities across Hancock and Washington counties to host free Tai Chi for Health classes offered by Healthy Acadia. Bucksport Regional Health Center (110 Broadway) is hosting an eight-week beginner-level class on Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. running from July 6 through Aug. 24. In Ellsworth, an