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Fudge Makers Wanted

April 14th, 2017

The Houlton Regional Hospital Auxiliary will hold their annual May Basket Fudge Sale, in the hospital lobby on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 9a.m. until they run out. Money raised from this project, as well as monies from the Gift Shop sales, will be put towards purchasing new equipment for the hospital. This past year monies went to purchase a Defibrillator for the Ambulatory Surgery Unit.

If you make fudge, of any kind, and donate it to us, it would be greatly appreciated. We have 200 baskets to fill. Fudge can be left in the Gift Shop or Front Desk by 11 a.m. on Monday, May 1st. If you have any questions, you may call Joan Logan at 532-4196 or the Gift Shop at 521-2304. There is a signup sheet in the Gift Shop and at the Front Desk. Our Gift Shop is open from 9a.m. to 4p.m. Monday through Friday.



March 28th, 2017

Houlton Regional Hospital has announced the retirement of Janet Parker, M.D. on March 31st, after 40 years of medical practice in Houlton. Dr. Parker and her husband, Dr. Donald Brushett, moved to Houlton in 1977 and set up private practice in Family Medicine and Obstetrics at 59 Bangor St. where they spent the majority of their career. Dr. Parker has worked at Houlton Family Practice for the last 5 years.

Dr. Janet Parker

Dr. Janet Parker

Dr. Parker was the first female physician to practice in the Houlton area. In addition to doing Family Practice for 40 years, she delivered babies at Houlton Regional Hospital for 10 years and worked in the Emergency Room for 15 years.  She was a member of the Board of Directors of Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Maine when it was a nonprofit Maine-based medical insurance company, and is a past President of the Houlton Regional Hospital Medical Staff.

Dr. Parker will be joining her husband in retirement who retired in December 2014. They will continue to live in Houlton and will spend part of each summer in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, where Janet was born. Dr. Parker and Dr. Brushett have 3 children.  Chris is a biomedical engineer in Nashua, New Hampshire, David is a municipal energy engineer in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Katie is a physician, in Obstetrics and Gynecology residency in Brisbane, Australia.

Dr. Parker says “it has been a privilege and a joy to have been able to provide care for families in this area for all these years. Practicing medicine in Northern Maine has given our lives great meaning….and it has been an honor to have worked with so many dedicated and compassionate physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and support staff. I will miss everybody.”


March 26th, 2017

This group will meet on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6p.m.  The meeting will be held at Houlton Regional Hospital in The Center for Community Health Education.

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  • 6p.m. – 7:30p.m.
  • Speaker: Vance Palmer
  • Topic: “Living With Diabetes”
  • Speakers: Jennifer LaPierre, Type 1 Diabetes -Insulin Pump
    • & Ralph Wakeling,II, Type 2 Diabetes -Insulin Pump

Please join our guest speakers for this very informative session.

Remember that you may bring family and friends with you. For more information, please call Julie Codrey, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator at 521-2516 or 532-2900 ext. 2516. There is no cost to attend.


Meet Dr. Brian Griffin

March 8th, 2017
Dr. Brian Griffin

Dr. Brian Griffin

Dr. Griffin has been with Houlton Regional Hospital since 2005 at which time he started working in the Emergency Department. His medical career began in 1982 when he took a position as a medical laboratory technician in Franklin, NH after he graduated from a technical college in Claremont, NH. He then returned to school 2 years later and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado. Following this he went on to medical school attending the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In 1994 he completed his residency at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency in Augusta, ME and went to work in Greenville, ME . For 12 years Dr. Griffin provided the residents of the Moosehead Lake region with a full range of family practice services including Obstetrics. In April 2006, he decided to move his family to Houlton and accepted a full time position as an Emergency Department physician after he had worked some shifts in our ER.. In 2010 he accepted the role of Medical Director for the Emergency Department. In October 2016 he, additionally, took on the role of Medical Director for the hospital. Dr. Griffin still continues to work part time in the ED.
Dr. Griffin recently celebrated his 33rd wedding anniversary and has 6 children– 3 of whom are still living at home. When not at work Dr. Griffin enjoys working on his “farm” raising a few critters and fresh veggies. He, also, enjoys participating with his family in the many outdoor activities available in beautiful Aroostook County.

Childbirth Education Classes

February 22nd, 2017

Attention Expectant Parents!!

The Labor and Delivery Staff at Houlton Regional Hospital welcomes you to a day filled with fun, relaxation, interactive and childbirth education.

In this one day session, we will explore:

  • Topics of Pregnancy
  • Managing Your Labor
  • Breathing and Relaxation  
  • Pain Control Options
  • Positions in Labor
  • The Delivery Process
  • Breastfeeding
  • Newborn Care
  • Car Seat Safety 
Janelle Hardy, RN, BSN, CLC and Jayme Hovey, RN

Janelle Hardy, RN, BSN, CLC and Jayme Hovey, RN

As Professionals Specializing in maternal newborn care we strive to provide you with knowledge and support for the comfortable and intimate birth experience.


Dates for 2017: January 14, March 18, May 20, August 12 and October 14

Time:                 9a.m. to 4p.m. (break for lunch at noon)

  Location:  The Center for Community Health Education at Houlton Regional                                    Hospital

Instructors:       Janelle Hardy, RN, BSN, CLC and Jayme Hovey, RN


A tour of the Labor and Delivery Unit and Light Refreshments will be Provided

For More Information or to Register, Please contact Janet Vose at 532-5969



Meet Tammy Farwell

February 8th, 2017
Tammy Farwell, R.N., Nurse Education Coordinator

Tammy Farwell, R.N., Nurse Education Coordinator

Tammy began working for Houlton Regional Hospital in 1995 as a Phlebotomist.  She loved the patient interaction and went on to obtain her R.N. Degree at Northern Maine Technical College in 1999. Tammy started her career at Eastern Maine Medical Center, but missed the community hospital setting.  Tammy joined the Med/Surg Peds Unit at Houlton Regional Hospital and transitioned to the Intensive Care Unit, until its closure where she transferred to the Acute Care Unit.   In the Fall of 2016, she became the Nurse Education Coordinator.

The Nurse Educator not only provides ongoing classroom instruction to the nursing staff and other medical professions, but also serves as a mentor for newer nurses and nursing students.  Tammy’s education and experience will be very beneficial in this role.

Tammy resides in Houlton with her husband and has three children.

Meet Trudy Rairdon

January 20th, 2017
Trudy Rairdon, Quality/Risk Manager

Trudy Rairdon, Quality/Risk Manager

Trudy started at Houlton Regional Hospital in January 1987 as a Lab student through the University of Maine at Presque Isle and as an employee shortly after. She worked in the Laboratory Department at HRH for 14 years and then transitioned to the Quality Department.
Trudy is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management. She is the Immediate Past President of the Maine Association of Healthcare Quality, having been a member of that organization for about 10 years. She is co-chair of the Link for Hope Community Coalition in the Greater Houlton area. She also represents Houlton Regional on the Healthy Houlton grant project. Both of these groups are working for a healthier community for us to live in.

Trudy has two adult daughters and one grandson. She is happily married to Roger and they live in Hodgdon, with their “bonus child” Sierra.

Trudy’s goal at HRH is for every patient to get safe, effective and compassionate care at Houlton Regional Hospital.

Renovated Gift Shop Now Open and Dedicated to Jeanette Anderson

November 1st, 2016
Left to Right: Kathy Lancaster, Bob Anderson, and Chris Anderson

Left to Right: Kathy Lancaster, Bob Anderson, and Chris Anderson

Jeanette Anderson was instrumental in the establishment of the Gift Shop at Houlton Regional Hospital. She was former trustee of the hospital, past president of both the Houlton Regional Hospital Auxiliary and the statewide organization of hospital auxiliaries. While her own health prevented her from taking a national leader position, it did not limit her willingness to continue to lead local auxiliary effort in promoting the gift shop.


Please come visit the newly designed HRH Gift Shop. You will find something for everyone from new baby items, inspirational items, books, cards, Rada knives and everyday gifts. The Gift shop is open weekdays from 9am to 4pm, operated by volunteers from the HRH Auxiliary. Employees and Volunteers for Houlton Regional Hospital are grateful to the Bob Anderson Family for their dedication to our hospital.

The Houlton Regional Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to offer am impressive selection of beautiful gifts.

The Houlton Regional Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to offer am impressive selection of beautiful gifts.

The shop now offers items for all ages.

The shop now offers items for all ages.




















  Pre- Diabetes: Could It Be You

October 21st, 2016

 Pre-Diabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal; but not high enough yet  to be diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetes.


The Center for Disease Control ( CDC, 2014) estimates 86 million  American Adults have Pre- Diabetes . One out of three adults have Pre- Diabetes and nine out of ten do not know they have it. Pre-Diabetes can occur at any age and if left untreated, 15-30% of people with Pre- Diabetes will develop Type 2 Diabetes  within 5 years.


Pre-Diabetes increases a person’s risk of : Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease , and Stroke.


There are things that can be done to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. Research studies have shown that early management  with continued care prevents or delays Type 2 Diabetes. Studies have shown that with just 30 minutes of daily activity  and slight weight loss the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes decreases by 58%. There are other things folks can do to decrease their risk of Type 2 Diabetes as well.


If you have Pre- Diabetes losing weight by: eating healthy and being more active can cut your risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes in HALF.


Learn more from the CDC and take the Pre- Diabetes Risk Quiz at


Having Pre- Diabetes, is your early warning sign. Take action now and avoid the problems that diabetes and heart disease could bring. Small steps can make a BIG difference in your health.


If you are at high risk for Pre- Diabetes, talk to your doctor about getting your blood tested.

Managing Diabetes Stress Topic At November Support Group Meeting

October 21st, 2016

Houlton Regional Hospital would like to invite you
to the November meeting of the


This group will meet on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 6p.m. The meeting will be held at Houlton Regional Hospital in The Center for Community Health Education.

  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016
  •  6p.m. – 7:30p.m.
  •  Speaker: David Goodrich, AMHC
  •  Topic: “Managing Diabetes Stress by Talking Back to Bad Thoughts”

Join our guest speaker for this very informative session.

Please remember that you may bring family and friends with you. For more information, please call Julie Codrey, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator at 521-2516 or 532-2900 ext. 2516. There is no cost to attend.