New hospital head sees telehealth and teamwork filling Aroostook well being care hole

Presque Isle’s new hospital chief desires to see native medical amenities unite to resolve Aroostook County’s distinctive well being care issues.

Longtime Fort Fairfield physician Jay Reynolds turned president of Northern Gentle A.R. Gould Hospital on Aug. 21. Greg LaFrancois, who served seven years at Gould, left in July to turn out to be president at Northern Gentle Jap Maine Medical Middle in Bangor.

About 26 % of Aroostook residents are 65 or older, in contrast with 22.5 % statewide, in keeping with the U.S. census. Cities are widespread, with solely 4 hospitals serving the world’s 68,000 residents. Folks typically need to journey to Bangor, 70 miles south of the county line, or farther for medical wants, which for some is troublesome.