Behavioral Health and Counseling Services: Mark Thurlow, LCSW

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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Assistance – January Meetings

Do you need Affordable Health Insurance?

Katahdin Valley Health Center will be hosting meetings on the Affordable Care Act, with Certified Application Counselors available to answer questions about the Act. Light refreshments will be served at the meetings.

January 14th, 2016 – 4:00 pm – 6:00pm
50 Summer St., Millinocket

Application Counselors: Megan Day and Cindee Perkins


January 21st, 2016 – 4:00 pm – 6:00pm
33 Walker St., Ashland

Application Counselors: Mary Michaud and Megan Day

January 26th, 2016 – 4:00 pm – 6:00pm
59 Bangor St., Houlton

Application Counselors: Megan Day and Tina McNinch

January 27th, 2016 – 4:00 pm – 6:00pm
30 Houlton St., Patten

Application Counselors: Megan Day and Tina McNinch

January 28th, 2016 – 4:00 pm – 6:00pm
180 Main Road, Brownville

Application Counselors: Megan Day and Cindee Perkins

Certified Application Counselors are also available to answer your Affordable Care Act questions Monday through Friday at 1-866-366-5842 extension 325.

KVHC Donates Christmas Gifts to Local Children

Katahdin Valley Health Center hosted its second annual “Giving Tree” event to provide Christmas gifts to local families.

KVHC employees wanted to make a difference in their communities this Holiday Season. KVHC partnered with local schools to determine what the children would like for Christmas. A Christmas tree was put up at each clinic and decorated with cards listing each child’s Christmas wish. The employees came together and through generous donations and internal fundraising activities raised enough money to provide 57 gifts to children in the surrounding communities. In addition to the gifts, KVHC also donated money to its local schools to assist families with meals for their children during the school break.

This initiative was directed by KVHC’s Eligibility Staff, Megan Day, Tina McNinch, and Mary Michaud. Megan says of the Giving Tree, “Working on KVHC’s Giving Tree over the past 2 years has been a very rewarding experience for all of us. As a child, Christmas time was always the most exciting time of the year. I remember the anticipation on Christmas Eve and then waking up bright and early filled with the excitement only a child can feel. We started our giving tree initiative to ease the financial burden on families in our communities and ensure the children get to enjoy the magic that is Christmas.”

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From left to right: Megan Day (Eligibility Coordinator), Tina McNinch (Eligibility Assistant),
Mary Michaud (Eligibility Assistant), Cindee Perkins (Eligibility Assistant)

KVHC Donates 68 Thanksgiving Baskets to Local Families

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For the past eight years, Katahdin Valley Health Center has held an employee fundraising event to provide Thanksgiving baskets to local families. This year KVHC employees donated a total of $1135 for the event. This total was generously matched by the health center for a total of $2270. This total will allow KVHC to provide 68 Thanksgiving meals to local families in Houlton, Island Falls, Millinocket, Patten, Ashland and surrounding communities.

Each basket has all the items needed to cook a complete Thanksgiving meal, including a 12-14lb turkey, stuffing mix, potatoes, gravy, various side dishes and trimmings, and a freshly baked pie. Community members that have received a Thanksgiving basket are given a voucher that can be redeemed for their basket at Ellis Family Market in Patten, Hannaford in Houlton, or the Ashland Food Mart.

This year’s fundraiser was once again directed by Megan Day with the assistance of Tina McNinch and Mary Michaud. Megan says of the fundraiser, “Each year KVHC employees generously donate towards our community giving initiatives, which include our Thanksgiving Meal Initiative and our Christmas Giving Tree Initiative. This year our staff has once again gone above and beyond to make sure the holidays are a little easier for those in our communities. I feel very lucky to be a part of the KVHC Team, and be able to participate in initiatives such as these, which allows us to help members of our communities.”

November ACA Meetings

Do you need Affordable Health Insurance?

Katahdin Valley Health Center will be hosting meetings on the Affordable Care Act, with Certified Application
Counselors available to answer questions about the Act. Light refreshments will be served at the meeting.

November 16th, 2015 – 5:00 pm – 7:00pm
59 Bangor St., Houlton
Application Counselors: Megan Day, Tina McNinch, and Mary Michaud
Kara Ohlund from Maine Community Health Options will be available to answer general questions about insurance.

November 17th, 2015 – 5:00 pm – 7:00pm
50 Summer St., Millinocket
Application Counselors: Megan Day and Tina McNinch
Kara Ohlund from Maine Community Health Options will be available to answer general questions about insurance.

November 18th, 2015 – 5:00 pm – 7:00pm
30 Houlton St., Patten
Application Counselors: Megan Day and Tina McNinch

November 19th, 2015 – 5:00 pm – 7:00pm
33 Walker St., Ashland
Application Counselors: Mary Michaud and Megan Day

Certified Application Counselors are also available to answer your Affordable Care Act questions Monday through Friday at 1-866-366-5842.

KVHC Welcomes Erica McDougal, LCSW

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KVHC welcomes Erica as the newest member of our behavioral health team. Erica was born and raised in Northern Maine, and completed her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from the University of Maine Orono. Erica has a long history of providing quality mental health services to patients of all ages and a particular passion for providing access to mental health services in rural areas. Erica has worked for the past 5 years at MAS Homecare of Maine. During her time at MAS her role evolved into that as the Clinical Director of Mental and Behavioral Health Services.

Erica brings a history of thinking “outside of the box” to problem solve barriers to needed treatment for our community members. She is looking forward to the opportunity to continue her passion of providing quality care to the members of our communities, and shares KVHC’s vision of providing quality, affordable care.

Erica will begin seeing patients at KVHC’s Millinocket clinic in November, and KVHC’s Brownville clinic opening in December. For more information or to reserve your appointment now, call KVHC today!

KVHC Welcomes Mark Thurlow, LMSW-CC

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Mark was born in Lincoln and raised in East Winn where he now owns a home with his wife and son. He received his education at the University of Maine, Orono where he attained his BA in Psychology as well as a Masters in Educational Counseling and Social Work. Mark has gained experience by working with various Behavioral Health organizations throughout Maine. He has served as the Guidance Counselor for MSAD 48 and MSAD 30. He has proudly served as a member of the Armed Forces for over 23 years, currently serving in the Army as Unit Commander of the 1-391st Detachment in Bangor, Maine.

Mark is excited to be able to continue to serve the local communities he has grown up in; being born and raised here in Maine, Mark has tremendous knowledge and insight to the culture and obstacles faced in rural communities. He is committed to providing affordable, high quality care to those in need.

Mark will begin seeing patients at KVHC’s Patten and Millinocket clinics in November. For more information or to reserve your appointment now, call KVHC today!

KVHC Brownville – A Patient Centered Medical Home

KVHC’s Brownville clinic, located at 180 Main Rd., will open on December 7th. Below is information about KVHC’s Patient Centered Medical Home standard of healthcare.

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KVHC Pharmacy – Online Access + Everyday Values

KVHC Pharmacy opens November 4th. Read below for information on our Easy Online Access and $3.89 Everyday Value Medications.

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KVHC October 2015 Flu Clinics

Have your had your flu shot for the 2015 flu season yet? Read below for more information on KVHC’s 2015 Flu Clinics:

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