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Breast Cancer Awareness

October 13th, 2017

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Screening Mammography is one of the most effective tools for cancer detection. Early detection is critical in increasing the cure rate for Breast Cancer. One in eight women will develop Breast Cancer, in their lifetime. In 2017, it is estimated there will be 252,710 new cases of Invasive Breast Cancer diagnosed. Although it is rare, Breast Cancer also affects men. This year, it is estimated there will be 2,470 new cases of Invasive Breast Cancer in males.

The most significant risk factors for Breast Cancer are gender (being female) and age (getting older). A women’s risk of Breast Cancer nearly doubles if she has a 1st degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Although, genetics can play a large part, about 85% of Breast Cancer occurs with women with no family history of Breast Cancer.

The warning signs of Breast Cancer are not the same for all women. Be sure to notify your Health Care Provider of any changes or concerns. The American College of Radiology still recommends beginning annual screening Mammography at age 40.


Houlton Regional Hospital     207-532-2900    Radiology Dept.  207-521-2225

Welcome to Christine Thomas, PA

October 4th, 2017
Houlton Internal Medicine

Christine Thomas, PA
Houlton Internal Medicine


Christine graduated for the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton with a Science Degree, graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia as a Physician Assistant and received her Master’s Degree as a Physician’s Assistant at the University of Nebraska. Christine has worked in the Presque Isle Pines for the past 18 years. Welcome Christine to our HRH Family.


September 21st, 2017




  • We will bill your insurance, please bring your insurance card with you. Patients 18 years of age and older are eligible.
  • Flu Vaccine – self pay = $20.00
  • Pneumonia Vaccine is also available – self pay = $85.00
  • Location:    Houlton Regional Hospital – Sigrid E. Tompkins Rural Health Center
  • Please call 532-4068 for more information


 Friday October 13, 2017

8am – 4pm



New Pain Clinic at HRH

September 21st, 2017

Houlton Family Practice has added a Pain Clinic to their list of services. The Pain Clinic specializes in pain management for patients suffering from back, neck, or joint pain; arthritis, headaches, and sports-related injuries to help reduce pain and experience a better quality of life.  Pain Management can be a complex medical problem that simply writing a prescription can’t solve.  It may take a combination of cutting edge pain treatments to manage chronic pain.  Our patients receive the very latest medial and interventional treatments in one convenient place from a highly skilled, compassionate, coordinated team.  You will work closely with our pain management specialist, Matt Cowan, PA-C to customize your pain management care plan that may include:

  • Nerve blocks/ablations
  • Steroid injections for musculoskeletal pain
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Joint injections/ultrasound guided
  • Medication management and Consults
  • Trigger point injections
  • Physical Therapy

Meet Our Team

Matt Cowan, PA-C

Matt has practiced as a Physician Assistant for 21 years.  He has been at Houlton Regional Hospital since 2008  providing care in Houlton Family Practice and most recently in Houlton Internal Medicine.  “I felt there was a need for this service locally and in order for it to happen I decided to become involved.”

Dr. Peter Marshall

Dr. Marshall is on site in the Operating Room twice a month.  Dr. Marshall is a board certified physician with the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology, and the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Marshall is a 1985 graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts and he completed his medical internships through the Hartford Hospital Internal Medicine Residency and the Hartford Hospital Anesthesiology Residency. Dr. Marshall was president of Penobscot Anesthesia from 2001-2004, Clinical Director of EMMC Cardiac Anesthesia Services from 1991-1999, and Clinical Director of EMMC Pain Services from 1991-1999 and 2005-2016. Dr. Marshall also served in the Army Reserve 405th Combat Support Hospital in West Hartford, Connecticut. He was Chief of Anesthesia, Major rank, and was also active duty during Desert Storm in 1991.

Our team also includes Surgical Services, Anesthesia, and Radiology.

To be seen in our Pain Clinic have your primary care provider refer you to us by calling 532-3289.

Homeless Veterans Stand Down Event

September 18th, 2017

Support the Veterans Administration of Maine 20th Annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down Event!

Date of Event: Saturday, October 21, 2017 (Note: donations due by Oct 13)
How Can You Help: Donate Housewarming Kits & Bed, Bath & Kitchen Items

Support Houlton Regional Hospital and the American Red Cross of Maine collect items for the Togus VA and homeless Veterans. The “wish list” below is separated into two categories: Housewarming Kits and Bed, Bath, & Kitchen single item necessities.

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August 29th, 2017

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Curtis Rush is HRH’s new respiratory manager

August 24th, 2017

Welcome to

Curtis Rush, RRT Manager Respiratory Therapy

Curtis Rush, RRT Manager ; Naomi Mills, CNA, LPN, CRTT

January in Maine, being what it is, the day Curtis Rush arrived, temperatures hovered around minus 15degrees. Curtis, being from South Carolina, and not having been to Maine before, arrived with no coat and no windshield scraper. In spite of the 95 degree difference from what he considered “home”, Houlton soon began to feel like home. Initially Curtis worked as a traveler in the Respiratory Dept. at HRH. After a short time, he decided he enjoyed his fellow staff, other employees and the community enough to make Houlton a permanent move. Curtis brings with him his wife Bridget, two sons, Samuel & Sawyer and a daughter Sofia.  Their family has recently added a Great Pyrenes named Bella.

Curtis holds a Respiratory Therapy degree from Florence Darlington College. He is currently completing a BS in Healthcare Administration. He says that he is more than ready for the coming cold weather. .

Naomi Mills to Retire

August 24th, 2017

Thank You Naomi

For your Service at Houlton Regional Hospital

Curtis Rush, RRT Manager ; Naomi Mills, CNA, LPN, CRTT


Houlton Regional Hospital announces the retirement of Naomi Mills, Manager Respiratory Therapy after over 40 years of service.

Naomi started working at the Madigan Hospital in 1972 as a nurses aid. She graduated nursing school in 1975 working in all areas of Houlton Regional Hospital with her best memories being the years spent working in Intensive Care. Again furthered her career in 1995 with training and obtaining license as a Respiratory Therapist. These were her most gratifying year with the last eight years working as manager of the Respiratory Department.

Congratulations to Deborah Ganzel, RN, IBCLC

August 9th, 2017

Debbie has obtained her IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) Licensure.

Deborah Ganzel, RN, IBCLC

Debbie has been employed by Houlton Regional Hospital for 19 years, first working on the Medical/Surgical Unit and then switching to Labor and Delivery. Before coming to Maine, she worked on an Orthopedic Unit in Florida. Once Debbie realized Labor and Delivery was her love in Nursing, she decided to further her knowledge in that field. Breastfeeding is such an important part of newborn development and enhances the bonding experience for mom and baby. Debbie hopes to help our community by offering assistance to moms who are interested in or who are actively breastfeeding. By obtaining her IBCLC Licensure, she hopes to help with Mother/Baby’s Breastfeeding experience. A Breastfeeding Support Group will be offered soon at Houlton Regional Hospital. August is National Breastfeeding Month. Come visit our Breastfeeding table at Houlton Regional Hospital for more information. Please do not hesitate to call the Labor and Delivery Unit at 532-2130 with any questions.

Ticks: What You Need To Know

July 27th, 2017