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Medical Journal 2011

Morning Sentinel

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“There are two part-time clinics in Fort Kent and Houlton, a temporary clinic in Lewiston, and a full-time mental health clinic in Portland.” The VA created an Office of Rural Health, and Togus is the RuralHealth Resource Center for the eastern region. In addition to the existing clinics, Togus also continues to relocate and expand several of its existing clinics. Wellness and preventive health services include smoking cessation, cardiovascular fitness, preventive cardiology and women’s health. It also has special clinics to assist primary providers in managing diabetes, lipids (fats and other substances of similar properties) and anticoagulation. “Our healthcare system also has a close relationship with the five Vet Centers in Bangor, Caribou, Lewiston, Portland, and Sanford,” Doherty said. “They provide readjustment counseling and other services to all combat veterans.”

William George, M.D. OB/GYN, F.A.C.O.G.

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Each year, since 1992, handmade wreaths have graced the headstones at Togus National Cemetery and Arlington National Cemetery. The Maine wreaths are donated by Merrill Worcester, owner of the Worcester Wreath Co. in Harriman. Over 10,000 Worcester wreaths are destined for the annual wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington, and 2,500 wreaths will be sent to Togus Worcester Wreath also donates ceremonial wreaths that will be used as part of the Wreaths Across America events at over 230 State and National veterans cemeteries all across the Country.

Togus serves homeless veterans and hosts an annual Stand-Down program. The military term, which means to “stop in action,” providing service members an opportunity to focus on a specific issue or problem, he said. Volunteer organizers bring veterans to Togus where they receive health, dental

Karen Bossie, D.O. OB/GYN, F.A.C.O.O.G.

• Low Risk and High Risk Obstetrical Care • da Vinci Robotic Hysterectomy • Infertility • Gynecologic Surgery • Laparoscopic Surgery • Well Women Care • Midwifery Care • Treatment of Urinary Incontinence • In Office Routine 3D and 4D Obstetric and Pelvic Ultrasounds • In Office Novasure Ablations and Essure Tubal Ligations

Aimee J. Glidden, D.O., M.P.H., OB/GYN

Shannon Axelson, C.N.M., M.S.N.

Erma Evans, C.N.M.

seeing patients in both locations

25 First Park Drive, Suite D Oakland, Me 04963

219 Capital Street, Suite 4 Augusta, ME 04330

877-7477 or 1-800-998-4470 or 623-3790

and vision screenings, as well as information on Veterans Affairs, Social Security, food stamp benefits, housing opportunities and vocational-employment counseling. Homeless veterans get a good meal, haircut, shower, massage and a duffel bag filled with clothing and personal hygiene items. Follow-up med-

ical care, mental health and addiction services, VA-supported housing and applications for subsidized housing are all part of the Stand-Down program. Information about the program is spread through shelters, soup kitchens, town offices, and veterans’ service organizations, he said.