By Robbie McKay Lincoln News • October 24, 2019
MILLINOCKET – In July of this year Julia Greenwald, PA-C, accepted a full-time position with Millinocket Regional Hospital enabling her to return to the hometown she loves.
Since 2017, Greenwald has been working with MRH on a per diem basis while she pursued a career in emergency medicine. She began by obtaining bachelors and masters degrees in athletic training, and worked with high school athletes to enable them to return to their sport. While doing this, she also worked in an orthopedic practice doing casts, splints, and assisting the doctors in their day to day schedules. She explained how she came to make the switch to become a PA and work in emergency medicine.
“I did a bachelors and a masters in athletic training. I worked 10 years in the field, but didn’t feel like I wanted to do that forever,” Greenwald said. “I heard about PA’s in my last year of undergrad and was always fascinated with the role they played in healthcare. I had to re-take a bunch of classes because I had been out of school a while, but it was well worth it,” she said.
Greenwald is replacing Andre Parent, PA-C who, after 28 years in the emergency department, has moved to the MRH Walk-In Care Clinic. Greenwald’s appointment rounds out the department team of Doug Rhoda PA-C; Shaun O’Connor PA-C; and Kevin Olsen PA.
With family in the area and her husband also growing up in a small town (in Michigan), the chance to move back to Millinocket permanently was a “no-brainer” for the couple.
“My mom worked at MRH when we were growing up and my sister, Angela, has worked here in the Diagnostic Imaging department since 2003,” Greenwald said. “It was great to come to a hospital that is so much a part of this community, but also where my family has been forever,” she added.
In her spare time, Greenwald enjoys hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, gardening, and snowshoeing. She also loves spending time with her husband Lance and their two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Chesty and Opha Mae. She is very happy to once again call Millinocket her home.
“I love being in a small hospital where I know everyone (even if I’m still learning names)… I’ve had really good experiences everywhere I have worked but never felt so welcome as I do here,” Greenwald said.
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 2018, MRH was awarded the Press Ganey ‘Guardian of Excellence Award’ for exceptional patient experience; a nationally-recognized symbol of achievement for hospitals who consistently perform within the top 5%. Providing jobs to approximately 250 people, MRH is the largest employer in the Katahdin Region and a crucial economic driver within its community. For more information, please visit www.mrhme.org or www.facebook.com/MillinocketRegionalHospital