Stories about The Aroostook Medical Center


Hiring of rheumatologists for Presque Isle clinic to help meet growing demand

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 05, 2013, at 6:06 p.m.
Despite the aging population of the region, Aroostook County lacks enough rheumatologists at hospitals and medical facilities to care for patients suffering from diseases such as arthritis, gout, lupus and joint pain. So when a longtime Lewiston rheumatologist who had conducted a clinic at The Aroostook …
Dr. David Horne (second from right), a dermatologist at The Aroostook Medical Center, poses with other providers participating in the first domestic mission for Doctors Without Borders in New York City after superstorm Sandy. The photo was taken in the laundry room of a low-income apartment high-rise, where the organization set up a makeshift clinic in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

Aroostook hospital doctor helps superstorm victims

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2012, at 2:48 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | When superstorm Sandy devastated the New York and New Jersey areas in October, many looked on helplessly as residents suffered in the destruction. But David Horne, a doctor at The Aroostook Medical Center, knew exactly what to do. He packed up his doctor’s bag and hit …
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (right) presented the first potatoes harvested from The Aroostook Medical Center’s Centennial Potato Plot in Presque Isle to the White House on on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Collins, a native of Caribou, presented the potatoes to Ed Pagano (left), deputy assistant to the president, outside the East Wing at the White House.

Susan Collins presents first potatoes harvested from TAMC to White House

BDN staff reports on Oct. 02, 2012, at 4:55 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | U.S. Sen. Susan Collins presented the first potatoes harvested from The Aroostook Medical Center’s Centennial Potato Plot in Presque Isle to the White House on Tuesday. Collins, a native of Caribou, presented the potatoes to Ed Pagano, deputy assistant to the president, outside the East Wing at …

4 Maine hospitals praised in national quality report

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 20, 2012, at 5:23 p.m.
Four Maine hospitals are included on a national list of health providers excelling at treating common medical conditions and illnesses such as heart attacks and pneumonia. The Joint Commission, a major hospital accreditation organization, this week released its annual list of “top performers,” or hospitals that follow recommended treatment protocols …

County hospital using popular technology to help stroke survivors communicate

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 18, 2012, at 7:24 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Although not talked about as often as cancer or heart attacks, strokes kill more than 133,000 people each year. Strokes are also the leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability, according to the National Stroke Association. Today, more than 7 million people have survived a stroke, …
Dr. Vatsala Kirtani of The Aroostook Medical Center’'s Aroostook Cancer Care participates in the official launch of the County Cancer Hall of Courage by applying pink paint on the first frame that will feature a yet-to-be-named breast cancer survivor. The official opening for the County Cancer Hall of Courage will take place in early October when the first featured cancer survivor story and photo will be unveiled in the pink frame.

County newspapers join TAMC in honoring cancer survivors

By Kathy McCarty, The Star-Herald on Aug. 23, 2012, at 7:15 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | A ceremony was held Thursday at The Aroostook Medical Center dedicating an entire wall to a yearlong collaborative effort between four Aroostook County newspapers and the hospital to recognize area cancer survivors. With a brush stroke of pink paint, leaders of TAMC and representatives for the …

Changes at Aroostook Medical Center ER designed to decrease wait time, improve efficiency

By Jen Lynds on July 31, 2012, at 7:14 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Officials at The Aroostook Medical Center have revamped the emergency room in light of customer feedback in order to lessen wait times and improve other aspects of the department. Daryl Boucher, director of emergency services, said the emergency department team studied results received “repeatedly” on customer …
Kelly Tuttle, response center operator for TAMC LiveSAFE (formerly Lifeline) Response Service works in the new LiveSAFE operations center at TAMC

Change in TAMC’s service to expand client base to other counties, upgrade equipment

By Jen Lynds on July 27, 2012, at 4:15 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Officials at The Aroostook Medical Center say a change in an emergency protection service it offers to clients not only will provide subscribers with new equipment but also will expand the program to serve 11 additional Maine counties, thereby at least tripling its client base. Officials …
Special guests at the launch of the TAMC Centennial ice cream dish get the first taste after the announcement was made on Friday, July 20, 2012. Participating in the inaugural test tasting are (front, from left to right) 9-year-old Hadley McClean of Presque Isle; 6-year-old Kylie Pelletier of Frenchville; Adam Richardson, 3-week-old Aiva Richardson, and Lisa Plourde of Caribou. Waiting for their taste of the concoction in a waffle cone are (back, same order) TAMC Teddy, TAMC President and CEO Sylvia Getman, Miss Maine 2012 Molly Bouchard of Caribou, and Matthew Lincoln of Houlton Farms Dairy. The custom ice cream dish goes on sale on Aug. 1 and will help the hospital celebrate its 100th birthday and also raise money for needed pediatric equipment.

Houlton Farms Dairy, TAMC announce fundraising partnership

By Jen Lynds on July 26, 2012, at 2:02 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | While rich in calcium and vitamin D and just what the doctor ordered after a patient has had tonsils removed, it still would be a stretch to call ice cream medicinal. But the ice cream created by a local dairy has brought smiles to countless faces …
The staff at The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle have been planning for the birth of the 100th baby born at the hospital this year, as this year marks TAMC's 100th birthday. That baby, Aiva Mae Richardson, was born on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. She is pictured here with parents Lisa Plourde and Adam Richardson of Caribou.

Presque Isle hospital’s ‘Centennial Baby’ born on Fourth of July

By Jen Lynds on July 06, 2012, at 1:42 p.m.
One hundred years ago, a Presque Isle hospital was founded to free people from sickness and to help families safely usher in and celebrate new lives. So officials at The Aroostook Medical Center found it especially poignant that its 100th baby this year, as the hospital …
Laura Turner, manager of social services at The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle, tries to hide after she was "arrested" Thursday, May 17, 2012, as part of the Rally On The Roof fundraiser. For $150, a donor could secure a "warrant" to have someone detained and taken up to the hospital roof. It is then up to the detainee to raise an average of $300 bail by calling friends, family members and others to pledge the money to secure their release.

Citywide arrests benefit Presque Isle hospital

By Jen Lynds on May 17, 2012, at 6:53 p.m.
Dr. Roger Pelli became one of a number of physicians and other medical providers from The Aroostook Medical Center incarcerated Thursday amidst a police roundup in the city. Fortunately for the detainees, the crackdown was part of a 24-hour fundraiser to secure money to improve the …

Mars Hill accident victim in critical condition

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 06, 2011, at 4:46 p.m.
The condition of a 52-year-old Mars Hill man who suffered significant injuries after the vehicle he was riding in was hit by a drunken driver on Saturday evening has become more serious. Herb Young was listed in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor …

Presque Isle hospital secures patient-based award

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 04, 2011, at 6:36 p.m.
An Aroostook County hospital has received national recognition for exceeding patient expectations. The Aroostook Medical Center, which has a medical staff of more than 60 physicians, garnered the accolade from Avatar International, a company that assists hospitals with measuring and improving the care they provide. Hospital …

Bruises, burns and broken bones: Are doctors ready to call it child abuse?

By Meg Haskell on June 23, 2011, at 7:49 p.m.
ORONO | Physicians are often the first to examine babies and children who have been injured deliberately at the hands of their parents or other adults. The locations of bruises or burns, specific types of fractures and elevated levels of certain blood enzymes are among the red flags that …

Ashland man charged in family stabbing

By Jen Lynds on March 07, 2011, at 10:17 p.m.
An Ashland man has been charged with elevated aggravated assault after stabbing his younger brother during a family argument over the weekend, Ashland Police Chief Cyr Martin said Monday. The victim was taken by ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle and later flown to …

County hospitals seek millions in MaineCare payments

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 27, 2011, at 1:07 a.m.
HOULTON | Like other facilities around the state, hospitals in Aroostook County have been waiting for years for the state to pony up the millions of dollars it owes them for care they have extended to patients covered by the MaineCare program. With a number of County hospitals under …
Caleb Derosier, dubbed 'Caleb the Incredible' by family and friends for his big smile despite chemotherapy for leukemia, may need a bone marrow transplant. To help raise awareness, the family is encouraging participation in an upcoming bone marrow drive in Presque Isle.

Bone marrow drive in PI could help baby

By Kathy McCarty| Presque Isle Star Herald on Jan. 27, 2011, at 12:24 a.m.
Cancer is never an easy diagnosis to accept, especially when a child is involved. But for one family, the news has served as an inspiration to help others while hoping for good news of their own. Caleb, the 11-month-old son of Derek and Meghann Derosier, has been battling acute myeloid …

Houlton hospital, nurses fail to work out contract

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2010, at 10:43 p.m.
A fourth negotiation session Thursday evening, this one overseen by a federal mediator, failed to resolve a contract dispute between about 100 unionized nurses and administrators at Houlton Regional Hospital. A fifth meeting has been scheduled for January even though an extension of the existing contract will …

Nurses at County hospital OK 2-year contract

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 20, 2010, at 8:07 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | After four months of negotiations and threats of a one-day strike, The Aroostook Medical Center and the union representing registered nurses at the hospital have come to an agreement on a new two-year contract. The decision came after a vote by the TAMC board of directors …

Tentative nurses deal at TAMC

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 19, 2010, at 11:58 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | After four months of negotiations, officials at The Aroostook Medical Center have reached a tentative agreement with the facility’s registered nurses regarding their two-year contract. While the 150 nurses in the local Maine State Nurses Association Unit 7631 voted last week to ratify the contract, the …