NMMC Named One of the Greatest

By Joanne Fortin on July 20, 2016, at 7:52 a.m.
Fort Kent ~ Peter J. Sirois, Chief Executive Officer at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) learned last week that NMMC was named a Great Community Hospital when Becker’s Hospital Review released the 2016 edition of its 100 Great Community Hospitals in the country. NMMC is joined by only one other …

Penobscot Eye Care adds optometrist Alyssa J. Verrill

By Dale Graham on July 19, 2016, at 3:15 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Eye Care is pleased and excited to announce the addition of Alyssa J. Verrill, O.D. to our optometric staff. Dr. Verrill is a 2016 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Verrill got her start at Penobscot Eye Care as an ophthalmic technician while pursuing a …

How to eat like a happy loser in Maine

on July 19, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
It could be hard to be a happy loser on vacation. If you’re losing by restricting your food choices, there’s no happy in that. If you’re eating too much and you’re reversing your losing progress, there’s no happy in that either. Maine is Vacationland and what better thing to do …
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services office in Fort Kent

DHHS reverses its decision to close Fort Kent office

By Don Eno, St. John Valley Times on July 19, 2016, at 1:04 p.m.
Former Maine Sen. Judy Paradis said Tuesday she was “absolutely delighted” at the news DHHS would remain in Fort Kent.
Dr. Varun Dixit, an anesthesiologist at Eastern Maine Medical Center, shows a Go Green disposal unit.

Eastern Maine Medical Central operating rooms Go Green with single-sort recycling

on July 19, 2016, at 12:33 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A highly successful pilot project at Eastern Maine Medical Center focused on reducing waste shows that caring for the environment is one of the best ways to ensure a better future for patients. Over the last year, in just two surgical suites, EMMC’s employees recycled 1.5 tons of …

The facts about methadone and Suboxone

on July 19, 2016, at 11:38 a.m.
“The safety and efficacy of these medications (Methadone and Suboxone) are very well established.” But, “Access to treatment continues to be an issue.”

Sober living for women in Brewer

on July 19, 2016, at 10:44 a.m.
The best resources are usually the ones that nobody tells you about. If you’re a woman in recovery, you should know about Holyoke Haven for Women. It’s one of the greatest investments made in our community in years and it is currently accepting new applicants. Holyoke is a sober living home. …
MDI Hospital President/CEO Art Blank congratulates Shirley Conklin on receiving MDI Hospital’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award for her outstanding contributions to the MDI community.

Shirley Conklin named 2016 MDI Hospital Volunteer of the Year

By Bethany Roberge on July 19, 2016, at 8:48 a.m.
BAR HARBOR—Shirley Conklin of Salisbury Cove was named Mount Desert Island Hospital’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her contributions to the community and her outstanding commitment to the MDI Hospital Auxiliary. Conklin received the award at MDI Hospital’s Annual Volunteer Celebration on July 15 at the Kebo …

State board suspends Fort Kent psychiatrist’s license for 10 days

By Fiddlehead Focus on July 18, 2016, at 7:15 p.m.
Northern Maine Medical Center determined that Mark Overton had engaged in a “romantic workplace relationship” with a woman and treated her as a patient after their relationship ended.

Processing Trauma, Practicing Healing – A Workshop

By Milja Brecher-DeMuro on July 18, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, 2016 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: 54 Herrick Integrative Medicine, 54 Herrick Road, Southwest Harbor, Maine For more information: 207-288-3388; PROCESSING TRAUMA, PRACTICING HEALING – A WORKSHOP BAR HARBOR – The Counseling Collaborative is offering another wonderful workshop to the community: Processing Trauma, Practicing Healing …

Midcoast officials say need is strong for drug recovery center

By Stephen Betts on July 18, 2016, at 4:20 p.m.
Police, medical professionals and social workers gathered Monday at Rockland City Hall to discuss the opiate crisis and the need for recovery centers in the region.

Dementia & Engagement at the Museum

on July 18, 2016, at 9 a.m.
Museums all over the world (the MoMA, Denver Museum, National Gallery of Australia) are offering special programs for seniors with dementia and caregivers. These range from dementia-only viewing hours of specific pieces of art, to hands-on engagement through art making, tactile experiences with sculpture, to lecture and discussion of shows. Research …
Cranberry Island resident Michael Westphal will be the keynote speaker at Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Annual Meeting.

MDI Hospital’s Annual Meeting

By Bethany Roberge on July 18, 2016, at 8:55 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Bar Harbor Club, 11 West Street, Bar Harbor, Maine For more information: 288-5082 ext. 1423 BAR HARBOR—Cranberry Island resident Michael Westphal will be the keynote speaker at Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Annual Meeting on Monday, August 1 at 5 p.m. …

When you work for sick people, self care is crucial!

on July 18, 2016, at 8:30 a.m.
Every time I was hired by a social service agency they’d tell me, “We’re a family here.” That sounds like a nice sentiment. It’s a promise that you can expect support and acceptance because we’re in this together. …and it’s almost always a lie. People who have happy childhoods generally …

Where You Can Pick Blueberries in Maine

on July 18, 2016, at 6 a.m.
If you want to go blueberry picking in Maine this summer, you’re in luck! Check out the Catching Health list of where you can pick blueberries in Maine.

Midcoast Stroke Support Group

By Ken Gross on July 17, 2016, at 3:57 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., Camden, ME For more information: 207-236-3440; The Stroke Support Group meets monthly in the Library’s second-floor History Center meeting room, accessible by elevator. All are welcome. This post was contributed by a community …

Random Acts of Kindness

on July 16, 2016, at 6:58 p.m.
This week was a tough week for me. I learned that my main part-time job, the one that was going to come with some health insurance, is not likely to be funded. This is especially problematic for us, as it seems I have an ulcer, which is just no fun …
Brent Miller, director of Discovery House, talks about how LePage's hopes to shut down methadone clinics would affect the community Thursday.

Officials defend mission after LePage says he’s trying to close methadone clinics

By Nick McCrea on July 16, 2016, at 8:52 a.m.
Maine methadone clinic operators are defending their addiction recovery treatment facilities after Gov. Paul LePage said he was working to shut them down.

Come on Baby, Do the Local Motion

on July 15, 2016, at 10:46 p.m.
As Maine goes, so goes Vermont. No, this isn’t a piece about politics. It’s about bicycles, inspired by a recent conversation with an old friend who now lives near Burlington. Maine and Vermont have much in common. They’re both rural states with long winters and long roads. You need a …

Study: Maine among states with most corrosive groundwater

By Patty Wight, MPBN on July 15, 2016, at 7:10 p.m.
According to a new study, Maine is one of 11 states that has the highest prevalence of potentially corrosive groundwater.