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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.

Diabetic Support Group Meeting for December

August 21st, 2017

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



This group will meet on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 6p.m. The meeting will be held at Houlton Regional Hospital in

The Center for Community Health Education.

  • Topic: “Holidays and Emotional Eating
  • Speaker: David Goodrich, AMHC
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017
  • 6p.m. – 7:30p.m.

Please 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.


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.”