• RecoveryCorps is seeking members

    ELLSWORTH — Community organizations in eight northern Maine counties are actively recruiting RecoveryCorps members to support the recently launched Maine RecoveryCorps. Maine RecoveryCorps focuses on expanding recovery coaching to strengthen recovery support services and to improve recovery success among individuals facing substance use disorders, including opioid use disorders. Healthy Acadia and organizations across Aroostook, Hancock,

  • New hires at Bucksport Health Center

    BUCKSPORT — Bucksport Regional Health Center has added two medical providers and one behavioral health provider to its team at the Bucksport location. “Providing the highest quality of care is our top priority so we are very fortunate to be able to add such talented providers to our team of skilled clinicians,” said Carol Carew,

  • Obamacare ruling worries local hospitals

    Obamacare ruling worries local hospitals

    ELLSWORTH—The future of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was thrown into jeopardy Friday hours before open enrollment for 2019 coverage was set to close. A federal district court judge in Texas ruled that the law was unconstitutional, sowing confusion among patients and advocates. “It would be very, very unfortunate if this ruling

  • November births at Northern Light Maine Coast

    November births at Northern Light Maine Coast

    Downeast births at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth   To Elizabeth and Thomas Conary of Trenton, a daughter, Willow Rae, Nov. 1. To Sarah Willey and James Welch of Cherryfield, a son, James Welch III, Nov. 8. To Margaret Wentworth and Derek Cole of Bucksport, a daughter, Edith Elizabeth, Nov. 13. To Molly Munn

  • Downeast births

    Downeast births

    At Mount Desert Island Hospital In Bar Harbor A daughter, Hope Michelle Emerson, was born July 1 to Krystal and Seth Emerson of Ellsworth. A son, Oak Smith, was born July 6 to Autumn and Kent Smith of Bar Harbor. A daughter, Evelyn Belle Ward, was born July 12 to Anna and Nathan Ward of

  • Hospital to have its own police officer on site

    ELLSWORTH — Patients and visitors may see a new face at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital come this spring: an officer from the Ellsworth Police Department. “People often ask me, what keeps me up at night?” said John Ronan, president of Maine Coast Hospital, at the hospital’s annual meeting on Tuesday evening. “Making sure our patients

  • Hospital projects $4-million loss

    Hospital projects $4-million loss

    ELLSWORTH — Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital is “on track” to become profitable in 2019 but is still projected to have a $4-million operating loss this year. Maine Coast President John Ronan gave a financial overview at the hospital’s annual meeting Tuesday. That loss is less than the hospital experienced the previous two years, but

  • Penobscot Nursing Home building sold at auction

    Penobscot Nursing Home building sold at auction

    ELLSWORTH — The facility that housed the former Penobscot Nursing Home is under contract, according to Tranzon Auction Properties. There is no word yet, however, on what the property’s future use will be. Tranzon’s Senior Vice President Jill Daviero said her firm held an online auction for the property from Nov. 20-27. “It was a

  • Poinsettia Ball raises $60,000 for women’s health care

    Poinsettia Ball raises $60,000 for women’s health care

    ELLSWORTH — Some 440 guests mingled, dined and danced into the night Saturday at the 27th annual Poinsettia Ball. The festive event at the Ramada Inn raised more that $60,000 to benefit Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital’s women’s health services. This year’s theme, the Poinsettia Ball Express, celebrated the golden age of passenger train travel.

  • Hospital to hold annual meeting

    TRENTON — Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital (formerly Maine Coast Memorial Hospital) will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at Big Cat’s Catering, 163 Bar Harbor Road in Trenton. The meeting is open to the public. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 30, to Marcy Phippen

  • Community Baby Shower designed to inform families, avoid infant abuse

    CHERRYFIELD — A Community Baby Shower? What’s that all about? The concept comes from the Washington County CAN Council based in Machias. “The CAN Council goal,” said Community Coordinator Mandie Pepperman, “is to prevent child abuse and neglect” in Washington County. “One way we do that is by providing information.” Maine Seacoast Mission Service Program

  • Senior health fair in Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — Bucksport Regional Health Center is holding a senior health fair on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at 110 Broadway, Bucksport. There will be more than two dozen vendors and health screenings, including blood pressure checks, blood glucose tests and flu shots. The Bucksport Police Department will be participating in a