Two Maine Communities Receive $50,000 Creative Community Development Grants

The Maine Arts Commission announced today that two communities in Maine will receive grants of $50,000 in order to effect community revitalization in their region.
The grants, designed to support dialogue and partnership between municipalities, business and the cultural sector regarding economic development, are the first to be awarded through the Maine Arts Commission’s new Creative Communities = Economic Development Grant (CCED). The grants have been delivered to consortiums of arts organizations in Biddeford and Eastport.
The City Theater, Engine, Heart of Biddeford, and University of New England will use the CCED funding for the promotion of economic development centered on the arts in downtown Biddeford.

New Rheumatologist Joins Staff of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth is pleased to welcome Deborah L. Shapiro, MD to the medical staff.   Dr. Shapiro will be seeing patients in her office located in the Mary Dow Center at the Ellsworth Union Street campus.

Dr. Shapiro received her Medical Degree from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.  She did her Fellowship in Rheumatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY and Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, NY. She holds a MA from New York University. 

Dr. Shapiro is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  She is fluent in Spanish and French.   


Gift Will Help Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Breast Cancer Programs

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital has received a gift from the Ellsworth American as part of the paper’s commitment to the battle against breast cancer in local communities.  Ten percent of the paper’s advertising and newsstand sales revenue were donated to local hospitals, including Blue Hill Memorial Hospital.   Alan Baker and Julie Clark of the Ellsworth American traveled to Blue Hill to present a check to Greg Roraff, CEO of the hospital.

“Breast cancer is an evil disease,” says Roraff.  “Generous gifts like this help our hospital to support patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or who are at risk for developing the disease.”  Roraff notes that many parts of the hospital are involved in diagnosing and treating breast cancer, including the primary care practices, diagnostic imaging, nutrition services, and the women’s health center.  “This disease affects virtually everyone we know in one way or another, so it should come as no surpri

The Acadia Hospital Promotes Staff Members to Key Positions

The Acadia Hospital is pleased to announce the promotion of three of its employees. Naomi Brown, PMH-NP has become the Director of Magnet and Research, Dan Johnson, PhD has become the Director of Education, and Jeanne Wypyski, LCSW, CCS has been chosen as the Administrator for Adult Inpatient Services.

Brown will bring her passion for nursing and Acadia Hospital to her position, and will work very closely with nursing leaders and with the new Director of Education to maintain Acadia's level of clinical and service excellence. She began her psychiatric nursing career at Acadia in 1994, working in various programs including inpatient, Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program and Ambulatory Services. Most recently Brown served as an administrator.

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Acquires State-Of-The-Art Ultrasound System

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital recently acquired and installed the ACUSON S2000™ ultrasound system from Siemens Healthcare as part of its ongoing mission of providing outstanding and personalized care to its patients. 

 "This new system is state-of-the-art and will enhance our diagnostic capabilities," says Richard Seger, M.D., radiology director.  "The advanced technologies significantly enhance ultrasound image quality.  This enhancement is timely for the patients in our growing obstetrics, gynecology, orthopedics, general surgery and oncology programs.  The new ultrasound equipment will also support patients who come to our emergency department." 

Kathleen Ober, MD, the hospital’s obstetrician and gynecologist, is excited about what the new system will offer.  "This system creates photo-realistic fetal ultrasound images.  While this image quality is critical to helping us diagnose clinical issues, even mothers with a routine pr