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A special two-sided card featuring information on each of the five central Aroostook County lodging establishments that have signed-on with TAMC to offer a discounted rate to patients of Aroostook Cancer Care, who travel from northern and southern Aroostook to receive cancer treatment, is now available to patients.

County Cancer patients to benefit from new partnership between area hotels and TAMC

By TAMC Communication and Development on Oct. 01, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
Aroostook County – Cancer patients from The County and beyond who travel to receive treatment at the region’s most comprehensive cancer care center can now take advantage of special offers from area hotels as they courageously battle the disease. Through a partnership between TAMC and several Presque Isle area lodging …
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FDA awards $150 million Sentinel contract to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 01, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
BOSTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has awarded a contract for up to $150 million to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute to lead the Sentinel System, a program using electronic healthcare data to monitor the safety of FDA-regulated drugs and other medical products. The Institute will partner with over …
Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles speaks at a Wednesday news conference in Dallas, Texas.

Up to 18 exposed to US Ebola patient

By Lisa Maria Garza and Marice Richter, Reuters on Oct. 01, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
DALLAS — Health experts were observing up to 18 people, including children, who had contact with the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the United States, officials said Wednesday. Confirmation that a man who flew to Texas from Liberia later fell ill with the hemorrhagic …
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The Collins Family was honored at Cary Medical Center’s 90th anniversary celebration on Sept. 24 at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center. Pictured from left, are Cary CEO Kris Doody, RN; chairman of the Cary Medical Center board of directors Gregg Collins; former member Cary Medical Center board of directors and member of the Caribou Hospital District, Don Collins; Mrs. Patricia Collins, Sam Collins and Shawn Laferriere, DO, president of the medical staff at Cary.

Cary Medical Center Celebrates 90th Anniversary

By Bill Flgg on Oct. 01, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
Cary Medical Center formally celebrated its 90th Anniversary on Wednesday, September 24th at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center. Some 150 people attended the event including hospital staff, board members, community members, physicians, volunteers and auxiliary members. The event was highlighted by a special video message from United States Senator, …

Maine child sickened by enterovirus spreading across US

By Jackie Farwell on Oct. 01, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
A child from York County tested positive for a respiratory virus that has sickened nearly 500 people across the United States and contributed to the death of a 10-year-old Rhode Island girl. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention received confirmation Wednesday from the U.S. CDC that the child …
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Bath Rotary 4-Way 5K Run/Walk

By Judith Kelsh on Oct. 01, 2014, at 9:09 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: 108 Centre Street, Bath, Maine For more information: Presented by Mid Coast Hospital, the Bath Rotary 4-Way 5K will be held on October 11. The event will start and end near the future Mid Coast Medical Group-Bath location at …

What you should know about the new doctor payment data

By Jackie Farwell on Oct. 01, 2014, at 8:46 a.m.
Planning to look up payments drug and medical device companies made to your doctor? Be aware of the information’s shortcomings first. The data’s missing a lot of payments. It covers payments made over only for five months, from August to December 2013. If your doctor received compensation in say, February …

Patient data can travel

on Oct. 01, 2014, at 7:45 a.m.
Does a central system exist to save patients records and provide access to the next doctor the patient visits?  Would regulations allow one to be created? Data Geek Dear Data Geek, There is such a system within each state and it is called a Health Information Exchange (HIE).  All of …

Where to Get Your Health Questions Answered

on Oct. 01, 2014, at 7:14 a.m.
I’ve been doing research for an upcoming blog post and was feeling frustrated because I couldn’t find what I needed. I decided to turn to the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center for assistance. The Learning Resource Center has been around as long as I can remember, offering health classes and education, and access …
The pharmacy where patients can pick up their prescription drugs after consulting one of the health care professionals is seen at the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C.,  July 19, 2012.

New database reveals payments to Maine doctors by drug, device makers

By Jackie Farwell on Oct. 01, 2014, at 5:45 a.m.
Maine doctors received more than $4 million from drug and medical device makers during the latter part of 2013, according to a new federal database that spotlights physicians’ ties with the health care industry. The searchable database includes $3.5 billion worth of legal — but often controversial — payments to …
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Maine lawmakers fault DHHS on answers to Riverview questions

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 30, 2014, at 9:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Lawmakers on the Legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee reviewed Tuesday a list of written answers from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services regarding a host of issues at the state-owned Riverview Psychiatric Center. The 92-bed center treats and houses the state’s most violent mentally ill patients. …
Visitors tour the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor last year.

Official: Jackson Laboratory hopes to expand to China

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 30, 2014, at 8:25 p.m.
BANGOR | A top official for Jackson Laboratory was in Bangor on Tuesday to talk about the organization’s economic impact and some of its hopes for the future — including a possible expansion into China. As Charles Hewitt, the lab’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, sees it, …

Poverty forum planned for Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 30, 2014, at 7:44 p.m.
The annual Greater Waldo Community Network Forum being held here Thursday will for the first time be focused specifically on poverty, according to one of the organizers. “We’ve obviously had a long-time interest in poverty in Waldo County. It’s a big issue,” said Patrick Walsh of Broadreach …
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit in the South Court Auditorium of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

Obama’s BRAIN Initiative awards $46 million in grants

By Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters on Sept. 30, 2014, at 6:18 p.m.
CHICAGO — Wearable brain scanners and lasers that can turn hundreds of cells on and off were among 58 projects awarded $46 million in federal grants as part of President Obama’s $100 million initiative to unlock the secrets of the human brain. Launched in 2013, the Brain Research through Advancing …
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ebola survivor Melvin Korkor of Liberia at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit at the White House last week.

CDC confirms first case of Ebola in United States

By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley, Reuters on Sept. 30, 2014, at 6:13 p.m.
U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country, in a new sign of how the outbreak ravaging West Africa can spread globally. The patient had recently traveled to West Africa and developed symptoms several days after returning …
Gov. Paul LePage, joined by his wife, Ann, discusses the need to combat domestic violence at a news conference Tuesday at the Blaine House in Augusta.

LePage praises donation to combat domestic violence, pushes mandatory minimum sentencing

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 30, 2014, at 5:55 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday praised a large donation to a leading anti-domestic violence group in Maine, and said the state must do more to eradicate abuse. LePage said that while there has been some movement to curb domestic violence, the state needs to do more. “We …
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Community-wide emergency preparedness drill tests procedures in active shooter scenario

By TAMC Communication and Development on Sept. 30, 2014, at 4:46 p.m.
Presque Isle – An emergency preparedness drill was held on Tuesday, September 30 in Presque Isle to test procedures and protocols and enhance the community’s ability to respond and recover from an active shooter event. “We accomplished what we set out to do,” said Daryl Boucher, TAMC director of emergency …

Pen Bay Healthcare projects small surplus

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 30, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
ROCKPORT | Pen Bay Healthcare, which provides services to the Knox County area, expects to operate in the black during the coming budget year. The 2014-2015 budget for Pen Bay Healthcare was adopted in September by the Pen Bay board of trustees and the parent corporation board of MaineHealth. …
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Komen Maine raises $200,000-plus in Portland, Bangor races

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 30, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Komen Maine, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Affiliate, raised more than $200,000 through their signature Race for the Cure® events in Portland, which raised approximately $60,000, and Bangor, which raised approximately $147,000 in September. More than 3,600 walkers and runners participated in the races held Sept. 14 and …
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Women’s Support Group

By Bev Wilson on Sept. 30, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
BANGOR- Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance support groups for women affected by partner abuse. Day and evening groups; child care activities. For details call Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance at 1-800-863-9909. This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →
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