KVHC Donates 68 Thanksgiving Baskets to Local Families


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

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


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.


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.


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:

Flu Clinic October2015

KVHC Welcomes Suzanne Costallos, LCSW


A resident of Maine for 10 years, Suzanne comes to KVHC most recently from Belfast, Maine. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree in 1997 at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work in NYC. Her diverse professional background in mental health, teaching and performing arts, have provided her with many enriching opportunities to cultivate a unique combination of skills and working relationships with a diverse population of patients.

From New York City to Maine, Suzanne has spent the last 17 years providing mental health care to individuals and families. She is looking forward to the chance to return to her home “up North,” and working with the KVHC team to serve the patients in our communities.

Suzanne will begin seeing patients in Houlton and Ashland in September. For more information or to reserve your appointment now, call KVHC today!

Katahdin Valley Health Center Receives Grant Funding for New Brownville Health Center

During National Health Center Week, Health and Human Services announced $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 new health center sites in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most. These awards build on the $101 million awarded to 164 new health center sites in May 2015. “Across the country, health centers have provided a source of high-quality primary care for people in rural and urban communities for 50 years,” said Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield. “These Affordable Care Act funds build on the strong legacy of the health center program and provide even more individuals and families with access to the care they need the most.”

Katahdin Valley Health Center was awarded Affordable Care Act grant funding to start a new Federally Qualified Health Center in Brownville, ME. KVHC is one of the two recipients in Maine to receive the New Access Point Funding.

KVHC’s new clinic is projected to begin providing service to Brownville and the surrounding communities in December of 2015. The new access point clinic will join KVHC’s family of affordable health care clinics which are located in Patten, Houlton, Millinocket, Island Falls, and Ashland.

“Katahdin Valley Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center dedicated to providing quality, low-cost health care to the Katahdin region. We have recognized the need to improve access for the Brownville community and have been working towards this expansion for some time. We are extremely pleased to be awarded this funding as it enables us to bring these services to the people of this community and improve their access to health care,” said Chief Executive Officer Durward Humphrey.

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:
Flu Clinic 2015