MILLINOCKET – Getting healthcare north of Bangor can be a hassle for many Mainers. Now the Millinocket Regional Hospital is boosting its systems and staff to meet the needs of the area.
New blue-tooth technology sends real-time vitals like breath and heart beats to doctors in Ohio. The staff has added two full-time surgeons. And a joint-venture with St. Joe’s in Bangor has specialists meeting patients in Millinocket each month.
The CEO Bob Peterson said the hospital that was once struggling, now can give people care they deserve. He stated “Our residents pay the same tax rate that the residents of Bangor pay, that the residents of Portland pay, and they should have access to quality healthcare services just like everyone else in Maine, and not have to drive very far to get services.”
The hospital also bought a local eye doctor clinic after the optometrist retired.
Since the mill closure, the hospital is the largest employer in Millinocket.