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Let us introduce you to Cary Medical Center in Caribou, ME

Cary Medical Center is 65-bed acute care hospital in Caribou, Maine. Well known for its patient-centered services, the hospital and its staff have won numerous state and national awards for quality in both customer service and clinical performance. The Cary family includes approximately 540 employees, 60 active medical staff providers, 100 courtesy and consulting physicians, and 75 volunteers. In collaboration with Pines Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center, Cary Medical Center services include: general surgery, pediatrics, 24-hour emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, physical and occupational therapy, one day surgery, family practice, sports medicine, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, internal medicine, urology, radiology, pathology, and a wide variety of specialty clinics. The collaborative relationship that has developed between Cary and Pines has been called a model for the nation.
The hospital has made major investments in technology and was one of the first rural hospitals in the nation to develop bed-side medication barcoding, closed loop medication dispensing, and the hospital was a key player in the development of HealthInfoNet (a statewide health information system). The hospital also has available the latest diagnostic technology including multi-slice CT Scan, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Advanced Ultra-Sound, Stereo Tactic Biopsy, and highly automated Medical Laboratory. Cary Medical Center has all private patient rooms and recently completed more than a million dollars in renovations to its acute care unit. Thanks to a generous community the hospital opened a new ‘Women’s Imaging Center and the new Jefferson Cary Cancer Center, raising nearly $1 million dollars from our community.
Cary Medical Center has also developed a unique and powerful relationship with Aroostook County Veterans, the Maine VA Health System and Maine Veterans Homes. Cary was the first hospital in the nation to establish a Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic located in a private rural hospital. Additionally, on the hospital’s campus is a 40-bed long term care facility and a 30-bed residential care facility operated by the Maine Veterans Home. In 2011 the hospital was selected as one of five pilot sites in the nation to provide specialty care for Veterans, including hospitalization and surgery in a non-VA hospital through Project ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home), the hospital continues this effort and has signed a direct contract with the Maine VA Health System.
Thanks to our remarkable staff, including our volunteers, the hospital auxiliary, our board of directors, The Caribou Hospital District, the Jefferson Cary Foundation and the Jefferson Cary Estate, our hospital is well positioned for the future and we have become the employer and provider of choice for Northern Maine.
Look for other articles about Pines Health Care for your family care with locations throughout our area.

Of special interest to Veterans is the CBOC operated by Cary for over 30 years now.

CBOC is Community Based Outpatient Care
Established in 1987, Caribou VA Clinic was the first of Togus’ Community Based Outpatient Clinics and the first rural VA clinic in the nation! Following a clinic expansion, the patient population more than doubled to 3500 veterans. Caribou CBOC has a full complement of VA staff providing physical, mental health and administrative services.

Services Provided
  • Primary Care
  • Lab
  • Pharmacy
  • Mental Health
  • Telehealth services for mental health/wound care/dermatology/SCI/MOVE

Click here for more info on the Veterans CBOC at Cary.

On September 14, 2017 , In recognition of 30 years in operation , Cary was given special recognition for operating the first and most successful CBOC anywhere. Senator Susan Collins and other dignitaries spoke at the event held at the Caribou VFW where there were over 150 veterans and others in attendance.

Medical Care for Vets

Instead of traveling 10 hours down and back to TOGUS in Augusta for medical care, vets can go to the CBOC in Caribou. VA Maine Healthcare System (VA Maine HCS) is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Caribou-Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) – the first CBOC in the nation. The Caribou CBOC was established in May 1987 and grew from a very modest 2 rooms to a full CBOC and consistently provides first rate healthcare to Veterans in rural Aroostook County (largest county in Maine)

 

The Caribou CBOC is held in the highest regard by Aroostook County Veterans and like all events regarding the Caribou CBOC, the event will be very well attended by Veterans, Congressional offices and community stakeholders. The Caribou CBOC is more than just a medical facility, it is a major part of the community and is treated as such by Veterans and the general public and it typically garners significant media coverage.

Established in 1987, Caribou VA Clinic was the first of Togus’ Community Based Outpatient Clinics and the first rural VA clinic in the nation! Following a clinic expansion, the patient population more than doubled to 3500 veterans. Caribou CBOC has a full complement of VA staff providing physical, mental health and administrative services.

Services Provided

  • Primary Care
  • Lab
  • Pharmacy
  • Mental Health
  • Telehealth services for mental health/wound care/dermatology/SCI/MOVE

Key Contacts

Clinic Point of Contact: Gary Michaud, R.N., CPHQ, Head Nurse
Acting CBOC Firm Manager: Joel Murphy
Togus Point of Contact:
Kevin Kruse, M.D., Primary Care Service Line Manager
Women Veterans Liaison: Terri-Ann Miller, R.N.