Maine Coast Memorial Hospital 26th Annual Poinsettia Ball Hailed as a Success

    Maine Coast Memorial Hospital 26th Annual Poinsettia Ball hailed as a SuccessNearly $60,000 raised to support cancer patients

    Twentieth Annual Schoodic Scramble

    The Twentieth Annual Schoodic Scramble, a benefit for the Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic in Gouldsboro - an outpatient clinic of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital - was played on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Grindstone Neck Golf Course in Winter Harbor.  Eighty-four golfers enjoyed this great golf outing sponsored by Edith Dixon and Vicki and Alan Goldstein.  Scramble proceeds of more than $26,000 will be used to refurbish exam rooms at the clinic.

    Ronan Officially Named President of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

    Blue Hill and Ellsworth, Maine – (August 17, 2017) – M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, president and CEO of EMHS announced today that John Ronan, FACHE, has been named president of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. Ronan has led Blue Hill since 2014 and has been acting president at Maine Coast since late 2016.  In making the announcement, Hood said she recognizes Ronan’s excellent work in overseeing the critical leadership needs of both Blue Hill and Maine Coast. “John has been instrumental in the ongoing integration of business and clinical services as well as planning for the future of health delivery service in Hancock County. Unifying leadership of the two hospitals ensures a big picture view,” she said. The community leadership at both hospitals praised the decision. Deb Ehrlenbach, chair of the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, said board members fully support John in this permanent role. “I am so very pleased with his strong commitment to our hospital. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with John this past year and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship. The board is excited about Maine Coast’s future and our ability to realize its mission of improving our communities with excellence in healthcare.” And Gordon Stewart, chair of the Board of Trustees at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, called Ronan a leader who gets things done. “He has extensive healthcare management experience and is committed to Hancock County healthcare. I know John will also contribute greatly to the success of Maine Coast."  Ronan, who has served in various roles with EMHS for more than 20 years, said he is excited about the possibilities before both hospitals. “The ability to plan services for the long-term benefit of Hancock County is a once in a generation opportunity, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. And, as I have so often said, I am most fortunate to have found my dream job in a region I love and at a health system I respect.” Ronan holds a BS in Business Administration from University of Maine, an MBA with healthcare concentration and a Master’s of Science in Human Relations, both from Husson University. He is also board certified in healthcare management. He serves on the board of the Maine Hospital Association, chairs the MHA’s Public Policy Council, and serves on the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association. Ronan is married, has two adult children, and lives in Holden.

    Heartsaver CPR and First Aid Classes

    Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Offers Heartsaver CPR and First Aid Classes

    Community Health Forum Understanding Heel Pain, Heel Spurs, and Plantar Fascial Strain

    Ellsworth:  Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will be hosting a free health education event “Understanding Heel Pain, Heel Spurs, and Plantar Fascial Strain” presented by Dr. Nicholas Vachon on Monday, July 10, 2017 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the MCMH Classroom.  (Door C).    Dr. Vachon will give an in depth presentation about the causes of these issues and the available treatment options, from conservative to surgical approaches.  There will be time during this presentation for questions and answers.   To register for this event please Click Here.  We will be serving a healthy, free meal at this event, so registration is required!

    CANCELLED: Orthopedic Seminar

    This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for fall.  

    Pediatric CPR for Babysitters

    Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will host child/infant CPR, AED, and first aid training on June 24, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This special course is offered for babysitters, and is designed for students between the ages of 11 and 16 years old. The course fee is $50 and students who complete the course are certified in CPR and first aid for two years.The class will be held in the classroom at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, 50 Union Street in Ellsworth. These classes are underwritten in part by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Class size is limited to 15 students, so please register early. To register, please call Staff Education at 664-5588.

    Twenty-Fourth Annual Chefs' Gala Results!

    On April 29, 2017 the greater Ellsworth area community came together to raise funds for new, three-dimensional mammographic imaging technology for the Breast Clinic at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.    “I am thrilled to announce that with the success of the twenty-fourth annual Chefs’ Gala event we have met our goal for funding the purchase of this equipment,” says Jack Frost, Director of Philanthropy at the hospital. “It’s really amazing to see our community – both businesses and private citizens – come together to support healthcare in Hancock County.  Every year we have seen more people get involved, from volunteering to ensure that all of the attendees have a great evening to sponsorships that help provide the decorations and entertainment.” Over 400 guests toasted the successful fundraiser and danced the night away at this year’s event, raising over $60,000.   Along with Camden National Bank, long time lead sponsor of the event , many of the supporting businesses and chefs return year after year. “It really is a stand-out event from a chef’s perspective,” says Chip Butterwick of Chipper’s Restaurant in Hancock, “it’s a lot of fun getting a bunch of different chefs together and having so many cuisines in one place – for restaurant owners it’s a really fun way to give back to the community.”  

    True Colors Spring 2017

    Click here to read the Spring 2017 True Colors newsletter.

    Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Invests in Community Volunteers with MCMH

    ELLSWORTH, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust invests in the communities of Hancock county in many ways, but at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital their support touches the lives of each patient that walks through the doors.  For six years, the bank has supported the volunteer program at the hospital providing funding for meals, uniforms, and supplies.  “Every person who comes into the hospital is impacted by our volunteers – from the person greeting you at the door to give you directions, to the delivery of supplies in nearly every department, all the way to the clean table tops in the cafeteria. Our volunteers help in big and little ways every day,” says April Bellatty, Director of Volunteer Services.   Hospital volunteer programs are vital to any hospital’s ability to fulfill their mission, but they also help bridge the connection between the community and the hospital. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital’s volunteers build friendships with one another, staff, and patients - research indicates that people who volunteer in their communities are healthier, happier, and even live longer.   If you would like to volunteer at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, or in one of their clinics, please contact the hospital at 207-664-5337 and ask to speak with the director of volunteer services.     [Photo Caption L-R:  Timothy F. Tunney, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust VP & Team Leader, Downeast Region Business Banking; Chelsea Sawyer, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Branch Relationship Manager; April Hartford, MCMH Director of Dietary and Nutrition Services, Director of Volunteer Services; Mary Townley, Poinsettia Ball and Chefs’ Gala Volunteer; Marian Wells, Front Desk and Surgical Center Desk Volunteer; Russell Grohe, Front Desk Volunteer.]  

    Free Community Health Forum: Is Arthritis Changing Your Life?

    Dr. Peter Copithorne of Frenchman Bay Orthopedics will be presenting a free community health forum “Is Arthritis Changing Your Life?” on May 8, 2017 from 5:30-6:30 PM in the classroom at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and on May 9, 2017 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM at the Blue Hill Public Library.   Dr. Copithorne is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement of the hip and knee he will discuss both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for hip and knee pain, discuss when it may be time to consider surgical intervention, and take questions from attendees.   To register for one of these events please call 664-5775.  A healthy, free meal will be served at this event, so registration is required!  

    Community Health Forum: Atrial Fibrillation (AFib): What Does It Mean to Me?

    Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will be hosting a free health education event “Atrial Fibrillation: What Does It Mean to Me?” presented by Dr. Adam Grasso of Maine Coast Cardiology on Monday, April 17, 2017 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the MCMH Classroom.  (Door C)    Atrial fibrillation (also known as AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). A serious condition that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications there are an estimated 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib.    Maine Coast Memorial Hospital’s new cardiologist, Dr. Adam Grasso, will lead a discussion to help our community understand what AFib is and how this condition can be treated.  There will be time for questions and answers during the presentation.   To register for this event please CLICK HERE.  We will be serving a healthy, free meal at this event, so registration is required!

    Twenty Fourth Annual Chefs' Gala

    Prepare to pass “Go” and contribute to the “Community Chest” because the theme for this year’s Gala is “Game On at the Gala!”  The event’s twenty-two-member volunteer committee is planning for a one of a kind experience where guests will be able to enjoy gourmet selections prepared by a variety of local chefs.  

    Free Community Health Forum: Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will be hosting a free health education event discussing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) – facts and resources presented by Charles Radis, DO and Karen Hawes, Arthritis Support Network Leader on Monday, March 13, 2017 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the MCMH Classroom. (Door C) Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissue, including the joints and joint linings. While RA is a progressive disease that currently cannot be cured, there are a number of treatments and medications that can slow the progress of the disease. Dr. Charles Radis of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital’s Mary Dow Center will discuss diagnosis, symptoms and treatments, and answer questions from attendees. Arthritis Support Network Leader Karen Hawes will provide information about local support options for people with RA and their families, and discuss how support can help make RA more manageable. To register for this event please call 664-5337 or visit us online at We will be serving a healthy, free meal at this event, so registration is required!

    Girls on the Run Maine - Ellsworth Chapter

    Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and the Down East Family YMCA are thrilled to welcome Girls on the Run (GOTR) back to Ellsworth for a third session this spring Girls on the Run is a 10 week afterschool program for girls in the 3rd-5th grade, Volunteer coaches guide girls through fun lessons that help them understand who they are, the importance of team work, and how they can positively shape the world.

    Free Venous Screening Event

    Coastal Skin Center of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will be hosting a Free screening event for people with varicose and spider veins on February 27, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Coastal Health Center located at 37 Commerce Park in Ellsworth.

    Nicholas Vachon, DPM, Joins MCMH

    Ellsworth, Me – (January 30, 2017) - On December 1, 2016, Nicholas Vachon’s, DPM, Podiatry Clinic became part of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. Dr. Vachon has owned and managed a private medical practice in Ellsworth since 1988.

    Heartsaver CPR and First Aid Classes

    Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Offers Heartsaver CPR and First Aid Classes

    Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Celebrates CMS Five-Star Rating

    In April of 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) changed its quality rating system to be based on one through five stars. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital received a five-star rating for the most recent period of measures, which were released on December 20, 2016. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital was one of only 112 hospitals in the United States to earn a five-star overall hospital quality rating, and the only hospital in the state of Maine to reach this benchmark for the period.In 2015, CMS started providing star ratings to help consumers compare hospitals more easily. The rating is based on reported data around 64 quality measures from seven categories including safety of care, readmissions, and effectiveness of care. Because of the complexity involved in measuring quality for healthcare, the results can be complicated for consumers to understand, the five-star rating system summarizes the complex information already available (on the CMS public website) into a single measurement.All hospitals are constantly looking for ways to improve quality and safety, the CMS measures help hospitals target areas of focus to effectively improve care. To learn more visit Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Located in Ellsworth, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is a member of EMHS, and a 64-bed, full-service hospital serving Hancock and western Washington Counties. Established in 1956, the Maine Coast comprehensive healthcare facility provides emergency, primary and specialty care, acute inpatient, diagnostic, and surgical services. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, reflecting our commitment to meeting the highest performance standards for patient safety and quality. Maine Coast has earned both national and state recognition for patient safety, outcomes, and patient satisfaction levels. More information can be found at About EMHSEMHS is an integrated health delivery system serving the state of Maine with nine acute-care, medical-surgical hospitals, a freestanding psychiatric hospital, primary and specialty care physician practices, long-term care and home health and hospice, and ground and air emergency transport services.

    Heartsaver CPR and First Aid Classes

    Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Offers Heartsaver CPR and First Aid Classes

    Community Health Forum New Year, New You: Making Healthy Food Choices

    Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will be hosting a Free Health Education event "New Year, New You: Making healthy Food Choices" presented by Amy Henderson MS, RD, LD; Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Nutrition Services Supervisor on Monday, January 16, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM in the MCMH Classroom. (Door C)January marks a new year and, for many, resolutions to make lifestyle changes – including diet. Making healthy food choices can be confusing with conflicting information and fad diets getting press, so join us to learn more about making choices that are not only good for you, but taste good, too. There will be a question and answer session along with this presentation. To register for this event please Click Here. We will be serving a healthy, free meal at this event, so registration is required!