Articles by TAMC Communication and Development

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Bargain hunters look for great deals and support a great cause Saturday, August 23 at TAMC’s Super Saturday Secondhand Sale.  The annual fundraiser, now in its second year, has raised funds for a Hospice Patient Room on TAMC’s Medical/Surgical Unit.

TAMC nurses Super Saturday Secondhand Sale another success

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 26, 2014, at 8:18 a.m.
Aroostook County – A second annual fundraiser, the proceeds from which provide added comfort to patients and their families at TAMC’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital, is being called a success by the nurses and staff on the Medical/Surgical Unit who organized it. More than $1,600 was raised in five hours …
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This photo of the Pioneer Club was taken in 1915 outside the Elisha Parkhurst house on the corner of Church and Third Streets in Presque Isle.  The Pioneer Club is the topic of an upcoming presentation by the Presque Isle Historical Society in the conference center at TAMC on Wednesday, September 3, at 5:30 p.m.

September 3 Presque Isle Historical Society community presentation at TAMC to feature story of The Pioneer Club

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 25, 2014, at 8:40 a.m.
Aroostook County – The Presque Isle Historical Society and TAMC invite local historians, enthusiasts and the general public to an exciting opportunity to learn about the history of the Presque Isle region as they offer their third quarterly presentation of 2014 on Wednesday, September 3, at 5:30 p.m. For the …
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Connor Junkins, who participated in the age 11-12 division of the REDY…Set…Let’s Go! Youth Triathlon a year ago, gets sprayed by water cannons as he makes his way to the finish line.

Calling all kids: REDY…Set…Let’s Go! Youth Triathlon set for UMPI September 7

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 20, 2014, at 8:14 a.m.
Aroostook County – Anticipation is building for the 2014 REDY…Set…Let’s Go! Youth Triathlon as the on-line registration site is live for the third annual event aimed at getting kids to be more active. The youth triathlon, a collaboration of TAMC, Aroostook County Action Program’s (ACAP) Healthy Aroostook, and the University …
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TAMC ‘Paints the Town’ and holds open house at North Street Healthcare during Crown of Maine Balloon Fest

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 18, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
Aroostook County – TAMC is taking part in the celebration of the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest, and the healthcare provider is inviting community members to join in. TAMC is bringing their theme of Paint the Town, which has been featured in their parade entries throughout the summer, to life …
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Significant construction and renovation at TAMC’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital designed to improve patient experience and convenience

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 15, 2014, at 9 a.m.
Aroostook County – For the past several months TAMC patients and visitors have taken note of the many construction and renovation projects underway at the A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle. The ongoing work represents the most significant changes to the buildings that comprise the medical center’s Academy Street …
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The Presque Isle Snowmobile Club was just one of over nearly 40 organizations or businesses present for the vendor fair at last year’s TAKE FLIGHT event.  Some sold food or craft items, while others distributed information on services.  Vendors are being sought for this year’s event on October 4.

Community groups, businesses, vendors sought for second TAKE FLIGHT event

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 13, 2014, at 4:41 p.m.
Aroostook County – Area exhibitors and vendors of all kind from throughout northern Maine are being sought for an event that drew more than 3,000 attendees in four hours last fall. The resounding success of the first ever TAKE FLIGHT in Presque Isle has organizers and others in the region …
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TAMC employees Cindy Deschaine (left), secretary for the medical/surgical unit, and Lauri Ryan-D’Aquino, RN, a nurse on the same unit, check out the progress on the renovations for a new hospice room on their floor.  The two are organizing the Super Saturday Secondhand Sale to raise funds to help pay for furnishings for the room, which is being created through the efforts of staff of that floor.

TAMC nurses plan Super Saturday Secondhand Sale at North Street Healthcare to raise funds for new Hospice Room during Crown of Maine Balloon Fest

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 11, 2014, at 3:57 p.m.
Aroostook County – As renovation work to create a special hospice patient room on the Medical/Surgical Unit at TAMC nears completion, the nurses and other staff members working on the floor, who were the catalyst for the project, are again rallying in support of the effort and asking The County …
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Dr. Jared Kohlbacher, a new surgical podiatrist at TAMC, exams the foot of patient Richard Kneeland of Presque Isle during a recent office visit.

TAMC’s orthopedic team expands to include foot and ankle specialist

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 07, 2014, at 8:48 a.m.
Aroostook County – The first full-time surgical podiatrist to ever practice north of Bangor has joined TAMC’s orthopedic team. Dr. Jared Kohlbacher began practicing with the most comprehensive team of orthopedic providers in The County in July. “As the leading healthcare provider for the region, TAMC is always looking for …
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New collaborative ambulance service between Crown Emergency Care and City of Presque Isle to begin on Monday

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 07, 2014, at 8:33 a.m.
Presque Isle -A new era in ambulance service in the Star City will officially begin on Monday, August 11, when Crown Emergency Care and the City of Presque Isle launch operations under a collaborative model approved this spring by the City Council and TAMC Board of Trustees. The tentative agreement, …
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TAMC Women and Children’s nurse Kimberly Tompkins, RN, uses the bar code medication verification system to ensure safe medication administration to Courtney Deabay of Ashland.  In the background, holding his newborn baby, Carter Michael Gordon, is proud father Michael Gordon.  This system is just one of the reasons that TAMC has been named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” small rural hospitals.

American Hospital Association again names TAMC among the nation’s top 25 “Most Wired” small and rural hospitals

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 06, 2014, at 9:15 a.m.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY, Maine – For the second consecutive year, use of technology to improve patient care has landed The Aroostook Medical Center on the American Hospital Association’s  top 25 list of the nation’s “most wired” small and rural hospitals. TAMC is one of six Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems hospitals cited as …
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Dr. Mridula Sood recently assumed her new role as lead of the care team at TAMC’s Caribou Health Center on Bennett Drive.  An open house at the Health Center this Friday between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. will serve as Dr. Sood’s official welcome.

TAMC to host Caribou Health Center open house this Friday as part of Caribou Cares About Kids Festivities

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 04, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.
Caribou – Community members are invited to attend an open house at TAMC’s Caribou Health Center on Bennett Drive this Friday, August 8, between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The event is held as part of the annual Caribou Cares About Kids Celebration and will happen prior to the parade, …
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TAMC’s Aroostook Health Center to host ice cream social and sock hop this Thursday as kick-off to Mars Hill Homecoming

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 04, 2014, at 4:50 p.m.
Aroostook County – Residents and staff at TAMC’s Aroostook Health Center in Mars Hill are inviting family members, friends and community members to join them this Thursday, August 7, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for a 1950’s-themed ice cream social and sock hop. The free community event is the …
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Pam Hocking of Houlton

Houlton Woman Uses Her Win Against Cancer to Help Others

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 03, 2014, at 7:07 p.m.
Aroostook County – In 2009, Pam Hocking’s regularly scheduled mammogram should have been a routine thing. Going into it, she knew this time would be different. “The mammogram revealed a suspicious are,” said Pam. She was referred to follow-up with a more detailed mammogram and an ultrasound which revealed an …
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More than 50 motorcyclists took part in the United Vets Teddy Bear Run on Sunday, July 27.  The run began in Houlton and made its way to TAMC in Presque Isle.  Altogether, more than 600 stuffed animals were collected and distributed to County organizations that have contact with children experiencing challenging situations.
During their stop at TAMC, the motorcyclists presented dozens of the stuffed animals to staff in the Emergency Department to give to children.  Taking part in the presentation were (front, kneeling) Colin Campbell, president, Sanctum Club; Stuart Craig, president, Pine State Motorcycle Club; (standing, left to right) Mike Tidd, president, Christian Crusaders; Glen Barnes, secretary, Mattawamkeag Club; Karla Hanson, director, HOG (Harley Owners Group); Bob Wright, president, United Vets; Georgina Schiff, TAMC Emergency Department manager; Dale Gordon, TAMC Emergency Department, TAMC Emergency Department family nurse practitioner; Beth Lint, TAMC Emergency Department registered nurse; and Chandler Cole, treasurer, Sanctum Club.

Motorcycles roll into TAMC, bearing comfort for kids

By TAMC Communication and Development on July 28, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.
Aroostook County – On July 27 residents in Presque Isle may have heard a low rumble moving through town as dozens of motorcyclists made their way to TAMC with teddy bears they picked up along their journey from various places around The County. The United Vets Teddy Bear Run began …
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TAMC rheumatologist Dr. John Assini, is collecting data to help study people with, and treatments for, rheumatic conditions. Earlier this month, Dr. Assini began asking patients at the Rheumatology Clinic at TAMC to volunteer to take part in this vital study.

County patients take part in study that has nationwide significance

By TAMC Communication and Development on July 25, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
Aroostook County – Residents in the region who suffer from a rheumatic disease such as arthritis, gout, osteoporosis or hundreds of other conditions may now have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of their friends or neighbors who may suffer from similar disorders in the future. John …
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Members of the TAMC Team recently donated a “goodie” box to support troops in Afghanistan.  Participating in the project were, from left:  Michelle Boucher, compliance officer; Courtney Lovely, manager; Susan Forbes, RN, patient safety officer; Maureen Jordan, administrative support; Pam McClung, core measures specialist; and Sheila Bragdon, infection prevention tech.

TAMC workers send care package to troops, challenge others to take up the cause

By TAMC Communication and Development on July 25, 2014, at 9:20 a.m.
Aroostook County – What started as a personal desire to honor a parent has grown, with the help of coworkers, to a new mission on a broader scale. “I wanted to find a way to pay tribute to my father on Memorial Day,” said Pam McClung, whose late father served …
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TAMC announces Recent Births

By TAMC Communication and Development on July 23, 2014, at 8:21 a.m.
Aroostook County – TAMC welcomed the following babies born at A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle this spring. Ashland A Boy, Landon Eric Boyles, born May 26, to Danielle and Eric Boyles of Ashland. Maternal grandparents are Patrick and Tracy Long of Ashland. Paternal grandparents are Scott and Gail …
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TAMC, Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce, Town of Ashland, and Katahdin Valley Health Center Officials gathered for the official ribbon cutting ceremony and opening of TAMC Eye Care Services’ new location in Ashland on July 3rd.  The extension of TAMC Eye Care Services from their main practice at TAMC’s A. R. Gould Memorial Hospital campus in Presque Isle provides both convenience for patients in the Ashland area and a homecoming of sorts for Ophthalmologist Dr. Mark Morin, an Ashland native.  
Taking part in the ribbon cutting ceremony that was part of a larger open house event co-hosted by KVHC and TAMC are (left to right): Mary Hall, KVHC medical practice manager; Theresa Fowler, Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce executive director; Nola Farley and Sarah Brooks, Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce board directors; Ralph Dwyer, Ashland town manager; Dr. Mark Morin and Dr. Stephen Martin, ophthalmologists with TAMC Eye Care Services; Glenda Dwyer, vice president of TAMC Medical Group and KVHC board member; Steven St. Pierre, vice president and senior relationship manager for Key Bank and vice chair of the TAMC Board of Trustees; and Mary Beaulieu, TAMC Eye Care Services practice manager. Absent from photo, but also present at the official opening, is Gail Clukey, Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce board member.

TAMC Eye Care Services officially opens in Ashland

By TAMC Communication and Development on July 07, 2014, at 8:32 a.m.
Aroostook County – Renovations that began late last year on the ground level of the Ashland Health Center are completed and that means residents in the greater Ashland community will now be able to see their ophthalmologist closer to home. A ribbon cutting for TAMC Eye Care Services’ new location …
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