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Emergency Medicine

At Cary Medical Center, we understand that physicians have a life beyond medicine.  It is our approachable, supportive style and the Cary culture that sets us apart from other hospitals.

 ER Physician Opportunity:

Cary Medical Center currently has a need for a full-time Emergency Room Physician to work in its 24-hour ED which sees about 16,000 visits per year, including the Walk-In Clinic.  The ED is a Level II trauma center, and sees a wide variety of cases; however, head and neck cases are transported to a tertiary center.  The physicians and nursing staff are specially trained in emergency medicine.  The department has one trauma room and 11 exam rooms; two Walk-In Care rooms with easy access to all diagnostic testing needs.  Although patients are seen in order of severity of illness, a PA or Nurse Practitioner in the Walk-In Clinic may see patients with less urgent needs.

The ER physicians typically develop their own shifts, and generally work three shifts one week and four the next.  In addition to working a full-time schedule, Cary can offer a flexible staffing model, such as per diem, and part-time; working site visits are welcomed.

Currently, there are three full-time, board certified ER physicians on staff. Dr. Dan Harrigan has been an ER physician at Cary for over 25 years and is the Senior Emergency Medicine Physician.  Dr. Beth Collamore has been at Cary for over ten years after completing an ER residency at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester.  In addition, Dr. Kristzina Morin, who has provided locum coverage for us in the past, joined the ER staff on a full-time basis in December, 2012.

Cary Medical Center is one of four rural hospitals in Aroostook County; the Emergency Department boasts the highest patient volume of all four hospitals. The majority of our ER patients are elderly with cardiac and respiratory complaints comprising a good portion of our visits, along with the expected primary care and emergent care visits. Our largest patient transfers consist of psychiatric, trauma, neurosurgical, and emergency cardiac catheterizations. Cary utilizes the services of a fixed-wing air ambulance service with a 40-minute in-air time to Bangor, Maine, location of the nearest Level 1 Trauma Center and Cardiac Cath Lab.

The ER physicians are employees of the hospital and are paid on an hourly basis, negotiable based on experience.  The hospital will pay a portion of the health insurance for the physician and will pay the full amount of malpractice insurance.  Additionally, the hospital will pay up to $600/year for licensing and subscriptions for their practice.  The candidate will receive six weeks for vacation, CME, sick and holiday time to be used on an annual basis.  The hospital will also provide CME of up to $2,500 per year and relocation assistance.  Education loan repayment is paid in six-month increments and is typically spread out over five years.

Opportunity requirements:

  • Board certified or board eligible in Emergency Medicine or board certified or board eligible with a primary care board and ER experience.
  • Allopathic and osteopathic physicians will be considered equally.
  • American born and trained physicians and foreign-born physicians who have completed a US residency and/or fellowship will be considered equally.  HIB and J1 Visa candidates will be considered.
  • In-practice physicians, 2013/2014 residents or fellows, and military-trained physicians will be considered equally.



We are caring people committed to excellence in patient centered health care and community well-being.


We aspire to create a healthier community.  Cary nurtures a supportive, professional environment to the benefit of patients, visitors, staff members, medical providers, and volunteers.

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, Cary Medical Center services include: general and vascular surgery, pediatrics, 24-hour emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, physical and occupational therapy, neurology, one-day surgery, family practice, sports medicine, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, occupational health, internal medicine, ophthalmology, urology, radiology, pathology, and a wide variety of specialty clinics (see list below).

In recent years, significant investments in technology have been made to enhance patient services, reduce the risk of medical errors, and to improve access to health information. At Cary Medical Center, we’ve proven that you can have the most modern medical technology while providing personal, compassionate care.  This high tech, high touch approach to healthcare separates Cary Medical Center from many hospitals in the United States.  In fact, Cary Medical Center has been listed in the top 2% of hospitals in the nation for health information and patient safety technology.

Technologies implemented at Cary Medical Center include:

  • Construction of a new Women’s Imaging Center with Digital Mammography and Stereotactic Biopsy capabilities completed December, 2012
  • Construction of a new Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Suite on campus completed November, 2012
  • New Siemen’s Mammomat Inspiration Full-Field Digital Mammography System
  • New MammoTest Digital Stereotactic Breast Biopsy System
  • 64-slice CT and Digital Radiographic Imaging
  • Phillips 1.5T MRI Fixed Base Unit, utilizing 40mT gradients
  • Fixed Base Bone Densitometry service
  • Northern Maine’s first Lithotripsy services
  • Signature Series Nuclear Medicine system
  • Advanced Sonography equipment
  • Computerized physician order entry (CPOE)
  • Automated medication dispensing
  • Electronic nursing documentation
  • Advanced endoscopy equipment
  • PACS imaging
  • Medication bar coding
  • Automated laboratory diagnostic equipment

Cary Medical Center is also home to the first Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic located in a private rural hospital.  Additionally, the hospital’s campus hosts a 40-bed long term care facility and a 30-bed residential care facility operated by the Maine Veterans Home.

Cary operates a 9-bed intermediate care facility for mentally challenged adults in Van Buren, Maine, where Pines Health Services also maintains a community health center.  The hospital offers numerous outpatient specialty clinics including an Oncology Service, Wound/Ostomy and Continence Clinic, Memory Clinic, and Pain Management Service. Cary features the Center for Women and Children’s Health, operated by Pines Health Services, the most comprehensive pediatric and OB/GYN program in Northern Maine. The hospital is a leader in health education and promotion, and features a Nationally Accredited Diabetes Education Program and Mammography Service.

Cary features all private patient rooms, a family centered maternity program, and a modern one-day surgery unit. The hospital provides the largest outpatient rehabilitation service in Northern Maine including a multi-stage cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program. In 2012 we opened our new Women’s Imaging Center and Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Suite. In 2013 we added two new permanent full-time Oncologists to our Provider Staff for the first time in Cary’s history. With this addition, our Outpatient Rehabilitation Services staff have teamed together to provide a new comprehensive and specialized Oncology Rehabilitation Program involving physical, occupational and speech therapies.

List of Cary Awards, (2009- 2012)

  • 2013 Women’s Choice Award – America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics
  • 2013 “Case In Point” Case Management Society of America Platinum Award for Inpatient & Outpatient Case Management Programs
  • 2013 Maine Department of Environmental Protection Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence – Community Safe Sharps Disposal Program
  • 2013 Quorum Health Resources Leadership in Quality Award
  • 2012 AVATAR Exceeding Patient Expectations Award (7 years in a row)
  • 2012 AVATAR Exemplary Service Overall Best Performer Award (2nd year in a row)
  • 2012  “A” Hospital Safety Score by the Leapfrog Group
  • 2011 AVATAR Exceeding Patient Expectations Award (6 years in a row)
  • 2011 AVATAR Overall Best Performer Award
  • 2011 HCAHPS Best Performer Award for Nursing Communications
  • Cary received the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) “Award of Honor” in 2011 for service to America’s veterans.  The award is given to organizations and individuals in recognition of exemplary contributions to the health and well-being of people through leadership on major health policies or social initiatives.
  • Robert Lester, RPh., Pharmacist at Cary Medical Center, was awarded the Maine Society of Health-System Pharmacists highest and most prestigious award, the Marco Gasbarrone Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
  • Sarah Anderson, CPhT, a Certifield Pharmacy Technican at Cary Medical Center received the 2011 Technician of the Year Award from the Maine Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
  • Betty Walker, Cary Volunteer and Seniority Program Coordinator, was named the Maine Hospital Association’s 2011 Caregiver of the Year.
  • The Downeast Association of Physician Assistants (DEAPA) recognized Lori Eckerstorfer, PA-C, as the Outstanding Health Care Professional of 2011.
  • The Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) awarded Dr. Samuela Manages the 2010 Karen J. Hallee, MD Memorial Award for New Medical Professionals.
  • Dr. Carl Flynn, a Family Practice physician with Pines Health Services and at the time, President of the Medical Staff at Cary Medical Center, was named Maine’s 2010 Family Physician of the Year by the Maine Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP).
  • Jason Tremblay, Pharm. D., Pharmacy Director at Cary Medical Center, was named the 2009 Maine Pharmacist of the Year by the Maine Society of Health System Pharmacists.
  • Cary and Pines received the 2009-2010 “Director’s Award,” (the highest award presented by the State’s Immunization Program), from the Maine Immunization Program, a Division of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The award was given in recognition for their public and school based clinics as part of their annual H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Vaccination Program.
  • The Maine Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Standards presented Cary Medical Center  with a SHAPE Award, (Safety and Health Award for Public Employers for Dec. 2009-Dec. 2011) Cary was the first hospital  to receive the award in Maine.
  • The Senior Management team at Cary Medical Center was named the 2009 Top Leadership Team in the nation for the ‘Small Hospital Division’ by HealthLeaders, an industry trade magazine that reaches over 40,000 healthcare leaders in the United States.
  • In 2009 Cary Medical Center was recognized as being one of the top 50 rural hospitals in the nation for their complete and compliant coding practices in Ingenix’s fifth annual study of inpatient coding performance.


  • Pines and the FQHC status renewal
  • Pines Prescription Assistance Program provides free or low-cost medications to area
  • patients who qualify and may be unable to afford the medications themselves.
  • Pines Access Program with free or low-cost healthcare services for patients who do
  • not have health insurance or whose health insurance is inadequate.
  • Pines onsite behavioral health services and tele-psychiatry services
  • Addition of almost 20 new physicians in the past 18 months at Cary and Pines, including primary care, (internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics and obstretrics-gynecology), general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurology, anesthesiology, pathology, and emergency medicine.

Caribou, Maine

Caribou, Maine, is the most northeastern city within the United States, and has a population of approximately 9,000 people.  This dynamic community is economically, culturally, and socially inviting.  Caribou promotes and aggressively pursues innovative business and economic development, and welcomes, supports and responds to the diversity of new people and new ideas.  Caribou prides itself on the high quality of its public school system, extremely low crime rate and family-oriented community activities.

The residents of Caribou recognize children as their future, and share collective responsibility for the nurturing and education of each generation.  The community boasts a new multi-million dollar Recreation and Wellness Center that offers programs and activities for all ages, including a basketball court, walking/running track, field trips and game rooms.  A comprehensive weight/fitness center and indoor pool are planned for the next phases of this facility.  Cary Medical Center has been a catalyst in this effort.

An excellent school system is available and offers outstanding academics, athletics, music, the arts, and extracurricular activities.  The student-to-teacher ratio is 14:1.  Family ties are strong, self-respect and respect for others is instilled, trust and courtesy are a way of life, and the pace of life is consistent with these ideals.

This community celebrates the values and lessons of a multi-cultural heritage that serves as its strength and foundation in a progressive, modern world.  Caribou offers an outstanding environment in which to raise a family.  Enjoy breathtaking sunsets on nearby lakes.  The ocean is within easy travel distance.

Aroostook County provides great hunting and fishing, as well as a multitude of outdoor activities, including camping, biking, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, snowmobiling and downhill and cross-country skiing.  The Maine Winter Sports Center was recently developed as a premier cross-country skiing venue.  The Center hosted the 2004 World Cup, the 2005 Paralympics and the 2006 Biathlon World Cup.  Rural northern Maine enjoys a four-season environment, abundant opportunities for relaxed living, welcoming friendly communities, and a variety of recreational pursuits within minutes (rather than the typical hours).  A regional airport is available in nearby Presque Isle.

Websites of Interest

Cary Medical Center

Pines Health Services

Caribou area statistics:

Northern Maine Development Commission

Caribou Chamber of Commerce:

Cost of living index:
(Select Presque Isle, Maine for our area)

Local Media:

Bangor Daily News

Aroostook Republican – Caribou

St. John Valley Times – Van Buren

Star Herald – Presque Isle

WAGM TV8 – Presque Isle

Photos of Aroostook County:

Paul Cyr, photographer


Caribou School Department

Maine School of Science and Mathematics

Husson University

Northern Maine Community College

University of Maine-Presque Isle

Sampling of Housing prices/Caribou real estate companies:

Progressive Realty

ReMax Central

Mahoney Real Estate

Dobbs Realty

Crown Realty

Bernard-Coury Realty

Cheney Real Estate

This is truly an exciting opportunity for the right candidate. For more information or to inquire further please contact our Coordinator of Physician Recruitment, Tami Kilcollins at 207-498-1158 or toll free 1-800-858-CARY (2279) or by email Thank you!

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What People Say About Us

Here are just a few of the many positive things our patients have to say about their the care they received at Cary Medical Center.

  1. Mike is a great PT - - just loved him.

    Tyler H.

    Tyler H.

  2. The Cary Physical Therapy folks were friendly and welcoming. They introduced themselves and called me by my first name which made me feel like they thought of me as a person and not just another patien. We set goals and met them - they taught how to walk correctly with a cane which I found helpful. My month at Cary P.T. was an enjoyable experience. I'd recommend it to anyone.

    Linda M.

    Linda M.

  3. I always choose Cary for myself and my son without a doubt. We have always had a wonderful experience.

    Wanda L.

    Wanda L.

  4. I want to thank every one at Cary Medical Center for help and kindness. Not just one person everyone was so nice. That's why I only go to Cary Medical Center Cary is the best hospital around.

    Jenn W.

    Jenn W.

  5. I came in by ambulance due to heart issues. The nurses were excellent, lab techs very competent.

    Tyler H.

    Tyler H.

  6. I was very happy with the care I received at Cary. Just wanted to say that in addition to the clear level of medical competence & professionalism of all the staff I met, regardless of level, I also appreciated their interpersonal demeanor & bedside manner. I was afraid, and the were able to calm my fears.

    James R.

    James R.

  7. I had wonderful care from nurses & CNA's during my 12 day staff. Too many to record names.

    Linda M. - Surgical client

    Linda M.

  8. I was very impressed over all with my colonoscopy. Dr. & nurses were excellent and never once made me feel I was an imposition to them when they were so busy. I have already recommended Cary to my friends

    Wanda L. - Surgical client

    Wanda L.

  9. All were informed and had excellent attitudes. Very professional and caring.

    Jenn W. - Surgical client

    Jenn W.

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