by Robbie McKay, The Lincoln News
In order to offer their patients a variety of options in health care choices, Millinocket Regional Hospital has announced that a new walk-in care facility will be opening in early August. Katie Mackin, marketing coordinator for MRH, said the offices will be located at 87 Main Street in East Millinocket.
“MRH has also purchased the building at 81 Main Street with demolition planned for the near future. Once demolition is complete, the site will be tastefully landscaped,” she said. The building will house a waiting room and four examination rooms; the former bank vault will be used for storage of medications and supplies.
As well as the new facility, MRH has announced that additional medical personnel have been hired to fill the Katahdin region’s medical needs. “Two providers have been hired full time to staff Walk-In Care – Sandra Gilbert-Lord, PA-C and Andrea Barr, FNP. It will also be staffed with two, full-time medical assistants,” Mackin continued.
Providers will treat conditions including: cough, cold, flu, ear aches, nausea, cuts, burns, minor stomach pain, urinary tract infections, rashes, boils and cysts. Providers will also be able to administer stitches when necessary, examine sprains, strains and possible broken bones; however, patients will need to go to MRH for x-rays. There are plans to add x-ray capabilities at the Walk-In Care in the future.
Expanded hours will also make health care more convenient for the communities that MRH serves. The WICF (walk-in care facility) will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Insurances as well as private pay will be accepted.
About Millinocket Regional Hospital
Millinocket Regional Hospital (MRH) is a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital nestled at the base of Baxter State Park that provides vital healthcare services to those who live, work and play in the Katahdin Region. Beyond the friendly staff and award-winning patient care, MRH provides an impressive range of specialty and general services; with a recent expansion resulting in the addition of eight new specialties and a Walk-In Care facility. In 2016, MRH was recognized as the Cleanest Hospital in New England by Becker’s Hospital Review and received a five star rating on the Medicare Quality Scale. Providing jobs to approximately 250 people, MRH is the largest employer in the Katahdin Region and a crucial economic force within its community. For more information, please visit www.mrhme.org or www.facebook.com/MillinocketRegionalHospital