Alain Bois, director of nursing services at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent, shows off some of the new monitoring equipment in the hospital's newly renovated emergency room. The $2 million renovation and construction project wraps up in May.

NMMC’s $2 million ER renovations winding down

By Julia Bayly on April 15, 2015, at 3:11 p.m.
FORT KENT | Construction is winding down on a $2 million renovation project at the Northern Maine Medical Center’s emergency room, where medical staff are expected to completely move in by the end of next month. “Our emergency room has not had any facelifts since it was built in …

Freshstart Smoking Cessation

By Pen Bay Healthcare on April 15, 2015, at 3:02 p.m.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.Tuesday, May 12, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.Tuesday, May 26, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Picker Family Resource Center, 3 Glen Cove Drive, Suite 2, Rockport, ME For more information: 207-921-8950; …

LIVING LIFE BY MY DESIGN -mini retreat for girls grades 7-11

By Dede McIntyre on April 15, 2015, at 2:59 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Life By Design, P.A., 1510 State Street, Veazie, Maine For more information: 207-404-4596; Life By Design, P.A. presents a 5 hour mini retreat on Saturday, April 25 from 9 am to 2pm for girls in grades 7-11. Activities will …
Eileen Hawkins, Pen Bay Medical Center Stroke Program Coordinator

Let’s Understand Stroke

By Pen Bay Healthcare on April 15, 2015, at 2:38 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Picker Family Resource Center, 3 Glen Cove Drive, Suite 2, Rockport, ME For more information: 207-921-8950; As part of Stroke Awareness Month, Eileen Hawkins of the Pen Bay Primary Stroke Center is offering a free public educational presentation on …
New York University dental student Farzan Mojgani works on a patient Tuesday during the weeklong dental clinic in Machias.

Crowds at dental clinic highlight need in Washington County

By Johanna S. Billings on April 15, 2015, at 2:09 p.m.
MACHIAS | Robin Marble of Columbia Falls has been without dental insurance for several years. When she broke one tooth and knocked out a filling in another, she didn’t know what she was going to do. Then she heard about the dental clinic offered by New York University College …

How to choose a primary care doctor in Maine

on April 15, 2015, at 1:59 p.m.
Do you have a primary care doctor? The Affordable Care Act relies on the trusted family doctor to help transform the country’s health care system. Along with boosting Medicare and Medicaid payments to primary care providers and investing in their work force, health reform puts primary care doctors and nurses at the heart of efforts …

Report: Cost of doing business in Maine lowest since early ’90s

By Darren Fishell on April 15, 2015, at 1:41 p.m.
An annual report measuring 27 indicators of Maine’s economy, health and environment found the state’s cost of doing business and industrial energy costs have dropped in recent years but remain higher than national averages. The annual Measures of Growth survey — in its 21st year — tracks Maine’s performance against …

Red Cross to honor Southern Maine ‘Real Heroes’

on April 15, 2015, at 11:02 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — When faced with a challenge, everyday people often respond by doing extraordinary things. The American Red Cross will honor six individuals and one organization from Southern Maine at its Real Heroes Breakfast, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland. The event, hosted by …

Central Maine-Midcoast Red Cross ‘Real Heroes’ to be honored

on April 15, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A teacher who rescued a choking student, a 95-year-old volunteer, and a pair of football teammates who responded when a friend suffered a seizure are just four of the people who will be honored as American Red Cross Real Heroes at the “Real Heroes” breakfast 7-9 a.m. on …

In rare bipartisanship, Congress heads off Medicare pay cut for doctors

By Susan Cornwell, Reuters on April 15, 2015, at 9:22 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Congress on Tuesday approved a bill to repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement just in time to head off a 21 percent cut in the doctors’ pay. Final action came as the Senate voted 92-8 to approve the so-called “doc fix.” The …
Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald

‘Too many children are having their lives limited’: Tougher Maine lead poisoning standards sought

By Scott Thistle on April 15, 2015, at 8:34 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald said the poorest children in his city have enough obstacles to overcome and he hopes state lawmakers will work to make sure lead poisoning is no longer one of them. Testifying before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee on Monday, Macdonald said …
Volunteers from Southern Maine Agency on Aging and a Representative from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield with the Mayor's Proclamation. Front row: Carol Rancourt (Southern Maine Agency on Aging), Priscilla Greene (volunteer), Peggy York (volunteer) Back row: Rory Sheehan (Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine), Elba Parr (volunteer), Pat McDonald (volunteer) Sharon Schulberger (Southern Maine Agency on Aging), Lairie Lin (volunteer) and Olga Schimmer (volunteer)

Southern Maine Agency on Aging’s OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits Program Receives Mayoral Proclamation in Westbrook

By Rory Sheehan on April 15, 2015, at 8:07 a.m.
WESTBROOK, MAINE — Recognizing the value of older adult volunteers helping to improve the health of kids and adults alike around the Westbrook area, Mayor Colleen Hilton declared Monday April 13th as OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits Day in the City of Westbrook at a City Council meeting last week at …

Bangor CHADD Meeting

By Barry Rubin on April 14, 2015, at 5:40 p.m.
The next Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD) meeting will be held 6-7 p.m. Tuesday April 28, 2015 at the office of Barry Rubin, MSW, LCSW, Bangor Family Counseling, 96 Harlow St. Suite #335 Bangor Maine. The topic to be discussed will be: Adults living with ADHD- how …
Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon

Senate leader’s infertility bill includes marriage, STD clauses

By Christopher Cousins on April 14, 2015, at 5:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, a Lisbon Republican known for taking socially conservative positions, has introduced a bill that would require health insurance providers in Maine to include coverage for infertility treatments as long as the patient is married and is not infertile as the result of …

Keeping more people alive by making CPR simpler

By Fran Kritz, Washington Post on April 14, 2015, at 4:28 p.m.
You need only two things to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation and possibly save a life: a willingness to press hard on someone’s chest and familiarity with the Bee Gees’ disco hit “Stayin’ Alive.” Yes, CPR has changed. The American Heart Association and other organizations, including the American Red Cross, are promoting …

What’s So Bad about Being Fat and Happy?

on April 14, 2015, at 2:52 p.m.
If you are reading this blog expecting me to tell you there is plenty wrong with being fat and happy, then you’ll be disappointed. I don’t see anything wrong with being fat and happy. In fact, I’d opine that it’s a great way to live your life. If you’re worried …

Portland-area volunteers provide emotional support after crashes, fires

By David Harry on April 14, 2015, at 1:41 p.m.
When accidents happen, the first responders are often police officers, paramedics or firefighters. But a growing number of second responders are volunteers, there to provide a different service to those left standing on the sidelines. The Trauma Intervention Program, a program of Maine Behavioral Health, is an …

Focus on Healthcare for ALL Mainers at the UUC of Ellsworth

By Robin Lovrien on April 14, 2015, at 11:33 a.m.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Sunday, April 26, 2015 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, 121 Bucksport Rd, Ellsworth, Maine For more information: 207-598-0468; Assuring that ALL have healthcare is one of the most straightforward ways for Mainers to take care …

Alcohol Awareness in a Sound Byte Culture

on April 14, 2015, at 8:46 a.m.
Every April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence promotes awareness of alcohol abuse and addiction by organizing local and national events for “National Alcohol Awareness Month.” I’m a bit embarrassed to have just learned of this (I’ve been an addictions counselor for many years). It seems …

Employee of the Quarter

By Joanne Fortin on April 14, 2015, at 7:52 a.m.
Fort Kent ~ Robin Damboise, Director of Human Resources at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), announced on April 3, 2015, that Claire Moss was selected as the Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2015. Moss is the Executive Secretary to the Chief Executive Officer as well as …
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