Jackie Farwell

Jackie Farwell

Enterprise Editor

Jackie Farwell of Gorham is the enterprise editor for the Bangor Daily News. Farwell began her career with the newspaper after graduating from the University of Maine's journalism program in 2004. She left in 2006 for a job with The Associated Press in New York, later returning to Maine to become a senior writer at business magazine Mainebiz. Farwell rejoined the Bangor Daily News in 2011 and works from the Portland area. She covers health issues that directly affect Maine residents.
 
Angela Young gets supplies to treat a patient at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor in this May 2016 file photo.

Study: Maine’s going to have to find 3,200 new nurses by 2025

By Christopher Cousins and Jackie Farwell on Feb. 14, 2017, at 4 p.m.
Maine nurses are aging alongside the patients they treat, setting the stage for a critical shortage of nurses across the state by 2025, officials announced Tuesday.
Gov. Paul LePage speaks to the Maine House of Representatives before swearing them in for the first session of the 128th Legislature on Dec. 7 at the State House in Augusta.

Reading between the lines of the LePage budget

By Christopher Cousins, Darren Fishell, Jackie Farwell and Michael Shepherd on Feb. 06, 2017, at 11:32 a.m.
Registered Nurse Rebecca Moak poses for a photo in a trauma center of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, in this October 2013 file photo.

A mixed early diagnosis from doctors, hospitals on DHHS plan to tighten MaineCare

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 26, 2017, at 3:54 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s administration’s proposal to further restrict eligibility requirements for Medicaid elicited a mixed response Thursday from Maine hospitals and doctors.
Sen. Susan Collins with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

Here’s the nitty gritty on Collins’ Obamacare replacement plan

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 24, 2017, at 2:06 p.m.
Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins joined a Louisiana senator Monday to unveil new legislation aimed at replacing the Affordable Care Act.
POLL QUESTION
Sen. Susan Collins (right) sits with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office in Washington, D.C., in this file photo.

Susan Collins wants to repeal Obamacare. Replacing it is a work in progress

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 18, 2017, at 4:35 p.m.
The national spotlight is shining on Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins as part of her party’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Applications are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act in Jackson, Mississippi, in this October 2013 file photo.

What health insurance in Maine could look like without Obamacare

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 15, 2017, at 7:36 a.m.
Let’s look at three of the most talked-about aspects of the law: Healthcare.gov, protections for consumers and Medicaid.
POLL QUESTION
Maine is one of few states to have tried allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines.

Maine tried allowing the sale of health insurance from other states. It didn’t work.

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 28, 2016, at 6:27 a.m.
Maine’s experience reveals some of the problems with this general approach.

Maine doctors grapple with new limits on painkiller prescriptions

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 20, 2016, at 5:24 p.m.
MAINERS WE MET
Physician Jabbar Fazeli works in his office on Washington Avenue in Portland on Monday. Fazeli's brother, Adnan, probably died at age 38 while fighting for the Islamic State overseas.

Maine doctor hopes to lay to rest the brother he reported to the FBI

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 16, 2016, at 8:42 a.m.
Adnan Fazeli’s body is somewhere overseas, likely in Lebanon, where he’s believed to have died at age 38 while fighting for the Islamic State.
Maine Medical Center, the state's largest hospital and a facility in the MaineHealth system, can be seen in Portland in this April 2013 file photo.

MaineHealth moves to centralize spending decisions for its $2B hospital network

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 13, 2016, at 12 a.m.
MaineHealth, based in Portland, seeks to combine its member hospitals into a single, $2 billion organization overseen by one governing board.

Device used in thousands of heart surgeries in Maine is linked to a rare infection

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 01, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
A rare, dangerous infection linked to a device commonly used in heart surgeries has prompted hospitals to gauge the risks for thousands of past patients, at the urging of federal regulators.
Eastern Maine Medical Center is seen Friday in Bangor.

Patient’s death by suicide at EMMC under investigation

By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 18, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
The hospital reported the death to a state licensing board and a state program that tracks health care safety issues, according to an EMMC spokeswoman.
Maine Medical Center in Portland

Case of rare, infectious brain illness confirmed at Maine Med

By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 11, 2016, at 7:59 p.m.
The patient has Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD, a degenerative brain disorder caused by an infectious type of protein, the hospital said in a statement. CJD is a form of prion disease, which is fatal.
Question 3 on the November ballot would have expand gun background checks in Maine had it passed.

Most Mainers who die by gun turned one on themselves

By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 11, 2016, at 7:36 a.m.
Much debate on Maine’s Question 3 — expanding firearm background checks — centered on how to keep firearms from people who wish to harm others. Yet the issue has another, less discussed side: people who want to harm themselves.
Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Why a suspected brain disease has a Maine hospital on alert

By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 10, 2016, at 8:11 p.m.
Maine Medical Center postponed elective surgeries at its Portland campus for two days this week in response to a patient suspected of carrying a rare but dangerous pathogen that’s resistant to sterilization.
Single mother Adena Wilcox and her son, Michael, eat dinner at St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen in Skowhegan.

Are single parents the reason poverty is rising in Maine?

By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 04, 2016, at 7:18 a.m.
A new five-part series, recently released by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, examines two troubling trends: the exponential growth of families in poverty and the percentage of children born to unmarried women.
THE LEVEL

Remember powdered alcohol? Maine banned it, but now you can bid to make it yourself

on Oct. 27, 2016, at 10:45 a.m.
POLL QUESTION
Marijuana-infused sour gummy bear candies (left) are shown next to regular ones at right in a photo illustration near to where they were purchased in Northglenn, Colorado, in this October 2014 file photo.

Legal marijuana’s risks for children aren’t what you might think

By Jackie Farwell on Oct. 23, 2016, at 7:23 a.m.
Marijuana poisonings among the youngest Maine children are uncommon, but rising.
THE LEVEL

A Maine paper mill joins the fight against superbugs, with a product inspired by sharks

on Oct. 11, 2016, at 5 a.m.
Suboxone strips sit on the shelf at Community Pharmacies in Gorham in this March 2015 file photo.

Maine joins suit against anti-addiction drug maker, months after company got a business boon

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 23, 2016, at 3:49 p.m.
Maine and 35 other states on Friday sued the maker of the opioid addiction treatment medication Suboxone.