Health

  • LiveWell program offered online 

    ELLSWORTH—Join the free LiveWell health and wellness program offered on Zoom by the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.   The LiveWell program is a holistic approach to creating a personal wellness plan focused on emotional and spiritual wellness, physical activity, a healthy diet, personal environment and rejuvenation. The five elements, based on the American Cancer Institute’s “Five to Thrive” program, offers the opportunity for people living

  • Birch Bay testing not required 

    Birch Bay testing not required 

    BAR HARBOR — On May 16, Mount Desert Island Hospital reported that an employee of Birch Bay Retirement Village had tested positive for COVID-19.  All staff and some of the residents were subsequently tested. Around the same time, the Maine CDC began recommending that “congregate care settings,” such as retirement communities, with a single confirmed case have

  • May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month 

    May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month 

    AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention urges Maine people to take precautions against ticks during May, which is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.  This year’s Lyme Disease Awareness Month theme is “Tick Tock,” which reminds Mainers to slow down and take time to practice tick and tickborne disease prevention. Deer ticks, which can carry the germs

  • Downeast Treatment Center offers virtual services

    Downeast Treatment Center offers virtual services

    ELLSWORTH — As a result of new virtual services, same-day access to anyone with opioid use disorder (OUD) who wishes to begin medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is now available to anyone across Washington and Hancock counties. In response to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, the Downeast Treatment Center (DTC) in Ellsworth has begun offering immediate, virtual, rapid access to MAT

  • State to more than triple COVID-19 testing capacity

    State to more than triple COVID-19 testing capacity

    AUGUSTA — The state will partner with Maine-based IDEXX Laboratories Inc. to purchase enough of the company’s recently authorized COVID-19 testing kits to more than triple Maine’s testing capacity, Governor Janet Mills announced Thursday. “The breakthrough will soon allow anyone in Maine suspected of having COVID-19 to receive a test,” according to a statement from

  • Masks for Hancock County launched

    Masks for Hancock County launched

    ELLSWORTH — With increasing statewide and national guidance encouraging the use of cloth masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19, several community volunteers are working together to provide masks for those in need. Community volunteer mask makers and Ellsworth Public Library collaborated to create a Masks for Hancock County Maine Facebook page. The program is

  • Maguire named next CEO of MDI Hospital

    Maguire named next CEO of MDI Hospital

    BAR HARBOR — Christina “Chrissi” Maguire will succeed Art Blank as president and CEO of Mount Desert Island Hospital when he retires at the end of this year, the hospital announced today. Maguire is currently chief operating officer and senior vice president for the independent, nonprofit hospital. She joined MDI Hospital in 2011 as chief

  • Help for Mainers with health insurance worries

    Help for Mainers with health insurance worries

    Mainers who are uninsured, who recently lost job-based insurance or had a change in income may be newly eligible for free or low-cost health coverage through MaineCare or the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Ann Woloson, executive director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care, urges Mainers who are facing changes in their economic situation and worried about health insurance to

  • Virtual hugs at KidsPeace

    Virtual hugs at KidsPeace

    ELLSWORTH — “It’s not fair … just when we really could use a hug the most, we can’t get one!” That comment, from a young girl in the residential treatment program at KidsPeace gave voice to a need felt throughout our communities and our country at this challenging time. Combating the COVID-19 crisis demands a response rooted in caring for

  • Text line aims to provide mental health support

    Text line aims to provide mental health support

    HALLOWELL – Maine’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Maine) has launched a Teen Text Support Line, a new mental health program for youth 14-20 years of age living in Maine. The text line can be reached at (207) 515-8398 (TEXT). The Teen Text Support Line operates from noon to 10 p.m. each day and provides adolescents who may need