Maine medical center receives grant to expand rural health care service, critical care
By Meg Robbins
A clinic in Jackman has secured funding to expand urgent care services for patients in the rural Somerset County area.
Penobscot Community Health Care was one of four organizations to receive a grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation in March, according to a news release issued Monday afternoon. The medical group will be putting the money — a total of $75,000 — toward its Jackman Community Health Center location. It is also contributing a 20% match of the funds.
Currently, access to emergency care in the Jackman area is sparse. The nearest emergency rooms are in Greenville or Skowhegan, which are 55 and 75 miles away, respectively. Individuals with life-threatening illnesses or injuries must be stabilized in Jackman and then transported by ambulance to one of these locations.