Why Maine Center for Cancer Medicine Changed Its Name

Why Maine Center for Cancer Medicine Changed Its Name

What's in a name? Quite a bit believes the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Blood Disorders in Scarborough. The practice was founded in 1978 by Dr. Ronald Carroll, Maine's first medical oncologist. Today the private group practice has 13 cancer specialists on its staff. On any given day they will see from 150 to 175 patients. They also consult on cases across the country. Read more ...

SVH Announces New Specialty Physician

SVH Announces New Specialty Physician

Sebasticook Valley Health (SVH) President and CEO/EMHS Senior Vice President Terri Vieira announced that area gastroenterologist Phil Amidon, MD, FACP, FACG has joined SVH Specialty Physicians as a liver and digestive diseases physician providing consultations, endoscopic procedures, and colonoscopies to patients.

“We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Amidon, who treated SVH patients from 2006 to 2008” stated Ms. Vieira. “Dr. Amidon returns with expertise and much-needed services for our patients with IBS, GERD, and other conditions of the digestive system.”

Dr. Amidon is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and he completed both his internship and residency at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He received his fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California and is a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Mock Disaster Held at Nokomis Regional High School

Mock Disaster Held at Nokomis Regional High School

Sebasticook Valley Health (SVH) held a mock disaster on May 30th at Nokomis Regional High in Newport, Maine. Involving various local public safety departments and other organizations, the mock disaster provided a meaningful opportunity to evaluate the various processes involved when responding to dynamic life-threatening events.

SVH Ambulance Services arrived early that morning to apply realistic make-up to the several teens involved in the mock disaster, which involved two vehicles driven by teens, with one driver under the influence of bath salts.

The Difference Between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

The Difference Between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Summer has arrived in Maine! What fabulous weather we had this weekend. Because we're bound to get some really hot days this summer, I decided a refresher course in heat-related illnesses might be a good idea. Sometimes they can sneak up on you, like when you forget to put on sunscreen or lose track of the time at the beach. Elderly people —  my 87-year-old mother who insists on wearing a heavy sweater on an 80 degree day for instance — are especially susceptible to heat stroke or dehydration. Read more ...

Is the CT scan your doctor ordered really necessary? Why you should ask.

Is the CT scan your doctor ordered really necessary? Why you should ask.

It's summer in Maine — the time of year to open your windows, smell the flowers and enjoy being outside after many months of being cooped up indoors. It's also the time of year children are more likely to experience sprains, strains and falls. Outdoor sports and bike-riding are particularly likely to land them in the emergency room or urgent care office, frequently with head injuries.

Where to pick strawberries in Maine

Where to pick strawberries in Maine

Is there anything else quite as delicious as a handful of freshly picked strawberries? Check out the Catching Health list of farms across Maine that let you pick your own strawberries. Read more ...

Movement therapy helps you become more aware of your body and more in control of your life

Movement therapy helps you become more aware of your body and more in control of your life

A large circle of adults, most of them strangers to each other. They all listened carefully as movement therapist Michelle Joubert explained that she would help them "wake up" and become aware of their bodies in space and in relation to others. She put on some music, raised her arms and turned to the woman next to her, who had to come up with her own movement and pass it along. Read more ...