Health

Hancock county Diabetes Support Group Meeting date changed due to Elections

The Hancock County Diabetes Support Group will be held on Tuesday, November 9,  at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, 50 Union Street in Ellsworth. 
 
The internet will be used to view recommended sites for reliable diabetes and healthy eating information. We will test drive some of these sites to see what kind of information they provide and how they can help you improve your health.
 
The Hancock County Diabetes Support Group is free and open to the public and  usually meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Boardroom at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.  Please call 664-5475 for more information.

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.

Turkey-athon has nonprofit staff dressed like turkeys

Nonprofits in Washington County are conducting a Turkey-athon to collect turkeys for low-income folks' holiday dinners. Our own Susan Farley is going to dress up like a turkey tomorrow and stand in front of the Blue Bird Restaurant in Machias to collect donations. Other WHCA staff members will be dressed as a pea, a potato and a farmer. It is rumored that County Manager Betsy Fitzgerald will be a pea as part of the effort. There is a challenge to local police departments to donate 10 turkeys each if Susan pulls off this stunt.

The turkey and her friends will be in front of the Blue Bird Restaurant in Machias from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, October 22.

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

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Offers Flu Clinics

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital will be offering flu clinics through its Peninsula Primary Care practices located in Blue Hill, Bucksport, Castine, and Stonington.  Last year, many patients elected to receive separate immunizations to protect them against H1N1 and seasonal influenza.  This year, a single immunization will provide protection against both strains of the flu.

Blue Hill Family Medicine will offer a flu clinic on Friday, October 22 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Patients who wish to receive an immunization at this location should call the practice at 374-2311 to schedule an appointment.

Island Family Medicine in Stonington will offer flu clinics on Tuesday October 19 and Thursday, October 21.  Both clinics will take place from 1:30 p.m.