Swan’s Island: Mill Pond Health Center resuming regular services 

Jeanne Hoyle notifies us about a donation of books for the library collections from Bekah Treadwell Qu. Bekah shares with us: “I’m really excited to be able to donate these books to the library. Growing up on Swan’s Island, I felt a little isolated, but I loved exploring the world through books. One summer there was a reading program that focused on books about India. It is still one of my favorite memories and I still have all the books from that program. In college, I completed an East Asian Studies certificate, and I am really interested in Chinese and Korean history and culture. So I wanted to share some of that through these books, which range from children’s books to coming-of-age stories to adult reads.” Grace Lin’s, The Year of the Dog and The Year of the Rat, Angela Duckworth’s, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, and Mary Lynn Bracht’s, White Chrysanthemum,” are some of the books so generously donated by Bekah and we thank her for broadening our horizons as well as our collections. 

Donna Wiegle provides us with an update from the Mill Pond Health Center: After six long months, it looks like we will be dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for a while longer. Services at the health center have been limited since the pandemic started, but it is time to resume many of our regular services with the appropriate precautions in place. There are also many new folks on the island and lots of people staying longer and requiring medical services, so I’d like to update everyone on what is available at the Mill Pond Health Center. 

The health center is open part time and services are limited. You must wear a properly fitting mask, one that covers your nose and mouth, when you come into the clinic. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you. Call the clinic at (207526-4264 if you have any questions regarding our safety protocol. 

Some of the regular and upcoming services we provide are phlebotomy (blood draws) every Tuesday morning from 7:308:45 a.m. You must have your doctor’s order and your insurance information with you when you come to the clinic. You can have your order faxed ahead of time to (207526-4038. Please be sure to ask your physician if you need to be fasting for your bloodwork. You do not need to schedule an appointment to have your blood drawn, just come to the clinicPrimary Care Medicine – Dr. Grace Price from Community Health Center in Southwest Harbor is at the health center the second Thursday of the month. Her next visit is Thursday, Oct. 8. Please call her office at (207244-5630 in Southwest Harbor for an appointmentDental Care – Dr. Timothy Oh and the staff of Caring Hands of Maine from Ellsworth provide services on the island at the Mill Pond Health Center three to four times per year. Their next visit will be on Friday, Oct. 9. Dr. Oh is accepting new patients. Adults and children are welcome to be seen. Dr. Oh accepts MaineCare for children up to age 20 and accepts most dental insurances. They do a wide array of services from cleanings and sealants to extractions and restorative dental workPodiatry – Dr. Robert Scovin, a podiatrist from Ellsworth, has been providing foot care to residents on island since before the health center opened in 2007. His visits are every other month to coincide with the reimbursement cycle of Medicare, but you do not need to be a Medicare patient to see Dr. Scovin. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Scovin, call his office in Ellsworth at (207667-3033. His next visit is on Friday, Oct30.  

Please feel free to call me on my home phone at 526-4101 if you have any questions. Please call 911, not me, if you are having a medical emergency; the quickest way to get the help that you need during an emergency is dialing 911. 

Happy birthday to Jennifer LeMoine Turner, Scott Carlson, Carolyn Martin, Brianna Ashley Davis, Teresa Marie Buswell, Julie MacDonald, Lester Logan Stanley, Sharon Stone and Karen Griffin. Anniversary blessings to Jerry and Monica Cease, Kevin and Debbie Staples and Sam and Abigail Dy.  


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Kimberly Haller

Kimberly Haller

If you have news to share, email or call me by Sunday noon if you need it to be included in the following edition. Email me at [email protected]or call me at 526-4488.

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