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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


We Salute Our Nurses

May 26th, 2017

Meet Dr. Brian Griffin

May 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.

Meet Dr. Keebler

May 1st, 2017
Peter J. Keebler, MD

Peter J. Keebler, MD

Dr. Peter J. Keebler attended Medical School at the Northwestern Ohio University College of Medicine and completed his residency of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York University. He also did his Fellowship in Electro Diagnosis and Neuro in Muscular Disease at New York University.

Keebler was the Assistant Professor at the Rehabilitation at the University of Cincinnati and Chair of the Pediatric Rehabilitation.

Dr. Keebler moved to Maine 20 years ago as Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine at Eastern Maine Medical Center and started the Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic and Houlton Regional Hospital soon after arriving.

Dr. Keebler clinical interests and specialties include: General Rehabilitation, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Electro diagnostic (EMG) testing, Spasticity Management, Botox Treatment for Headaches and Wheelchair Prescription.

Dr. Keebler’s other interests are his children, sailing, hiking and bicycling.

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.


Diabetes Support Program for May & June

March 25th, 2017

St. Mary’s Family Nutrition Program – “Healthy Eating Tips with Chris”

You are invited to join us for an exciting program about Healthy Eating. Catholic Charites Parish Social Ministry with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension – Eat Well Nutrition Education Program sent this information to me and I wanted to share it with you!! What an exciting program!! And…..Free Gifts with every program to take home with you!!







Each session will take place at St. Mary’s Parish Center from 11am to 12:30pm  – To sign up for this exciting program, please call them at 532-2871 or online at – Limit 20 participants.


If you have any questions, please contact Julie Codrey, RN, CDE at 521-2516 or 532-2900 ext. 2516.

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