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Old 08-04-2018, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Maine
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I agree that anecdotes are just anecdotes. But if you know enough of them, in detail, then you actually know more than if you just look at aggregate detail. (That's why qualitative research is viewed as valid and just as important as quantitative research). Numbers can be rigged, as we have seen over and over again.
You mention TAMC being affiliated with EMHC. That SOUNDS fine in theory, but here is how it can play out: My father went to TAMC after having a stroke a few years ago. They stabilized him and he recovered 90% of his functioning within a day. The next day was Friday, and TAMC was allowed to staff their ICU with a very young PA during the Friday evening/overnight shift, because "Bangor is just a phone call away". But when the PA decided to add a new medication at 9:00 p.m., he didn't bother calling the specialist at home down in Bangor (a nurse admitted to me that he probably didn't want to disturb his superior at that hour, and he also probably didn't want to appear as if he couldn't "handle things" by himself). The new med had disastrous effects and my father stroked again within hours of getting it (I researched the drug and this is one of the risks associated with it). My father has never really recovered from the second stroke. As a sidenote, I met with TAMC's head of community relations later to relay what happened. I'm not the suing kind and I don't fault the PA personally; I just hoped for some systemic change to avoid similar things happening again. She apologized and said she would talk to the CEO.
This is but one of many similar events that my family and friends have had happen at TAMC. My mother's new knee put in at TAMC got staff infection during the operation and had to be removed the next day; she had to be sent to Lewiston for a month. Just this week a Presque Isle client of mine took their young child to the the TAMC ER twice and got very poor care, before eventually giving up and going to Cary instead. They got appropriate care there. I find that poorer people who literally don't have the travel means to get to Caribou are stuck with TAMC; people of more means tend to go to Cary for care.
Your experience is not uncommon at Cary, TAMC, and every other Maine hospital - healthcare is not a perfect science, and things go wrong literally every day at one hospital or another. Much work remains to be done before healthcare is as safe as, say, the airline industry. Fortunately, we don't need to rely on a limited number of personal anecdotes to evaluate a hospital; we have information that tells us what's really happening, and we know that both hospitals are similar, and that you're probably slightly more likely to have a good outcome at TAMC.

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I find that poorer people who literally don't have the travel means to get to Caribou are stuck with TAMC; people of more means tend to go to Cary for care.
If people can afford to are traveling from Caribou to Presque Isle, and not vice-versa, wouldn't you expect the hospitals to be closer in revenue? Both communities are similar in size, yet TAMC's revenue is quite a bit greater. It's not just a matter of one hospital charging more than the other; both are high cost hospitals. Also, if this is true, you would expect TAMC to have a significantly higher percentage of Mainecare/Medicare patients.
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Old 01-24-2019, 06:21 PM
 
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Hey! We moved a bit outside of Caribou almost three years ago. We absolutely love it. It is so family friendly. Lots of events and community. We also homeschool and have found a lot of like minded people. I don't think being from away will be a problem at all. I think moving to a place with a decreasing population really warms people to you. No one has ever been anything but extremely welcoming, whereas where we came from the population was growing and people viewed others much more skeptically and negatively. Most the people here have everything they need and more and are very happy to share be kind.
Have you visited the area?
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Old 03-22-2019, 08:14 AM
 
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Hey! We moved a bit outside of Caribou almost three years ago. We absolutely love it. It is so family friendly. Lots of events and community. We also homeschool and have found a lot of like minded people. I don't think being from away will be a problem at all. I think moving to a place with a decreasing population really warms people to you. No one has ever been anything but extremely welcoming, whereas where we came from the population was growing and people viewed others much more skeptically and negatively. Most the people here have everything they need and more and are very happy to share be kind.
Have you visited the area?
excellent point as my current location (boise, idaho) proves growth causes all sorts of drama. Glad you guys like caribou if only the wife didn't hate winter so much
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