Public Health Advisory: Information and updates regarding Coronavirus
COVID-19 Relief and Response: How you can help.Current Visitation Policy

News & Events

Emergency Medicine

Cary Medical Center currently has a need for one full-time Emergency Room Physician to work in our 24-hour ED which sees about 16,000 visits per year.  The ED is a Level II trauma center, and sees a wide variety of cases, however, major trauma, cardiac, neurosurgery and other critical cases are transported to a tertiary care center.  The physicians and nursing staff are specially trained in emergency medicine.  The department has one trauma room and 11 exam rooms. Although patients are seen in order of severity of illness, a PA or Nurse Practitioner may see patients with less urgent needs.

The ER physicians develop their own schedules, generally working three 12-hour shifts one week and four the next.  In addition to working a full-time schedule, Cary can offer a flexiblestaffing model, such as per diem, and part-time; working site visits are welcomed.

Currently, there are five ER physicians on staff, working both full and part-time. Dr. Dan Harrigan has been an ER physician at Cary for 35 years and is the Senior Emergency Medicine Physician.  Dr. Beth Collamore has been at Cary for over 15 years after completing an ER residency at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester.  In addition, Dr. Kristzina Morin, who provided locum coverage for us in the past, joined the ER staff on a full-time basis in December, 2012. Most recently, Dr. John Beaulieu joined the ED staff in June, 2017 and Dr. Tanja Lindsey joined the team in November, 2017.

Cary Medical Center is one of four rural hospitals in Aroostook County; the Emergency Department boasts the highest Emergency Medicine 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 situations. Cary utilizes the services of a fixed-wing air ambulance service with a 40-minute in-air time to Bangor, Maine, location of Eastern Maine Medical Center, 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 professional licensing and subscriptions. 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 the life of the initial agreement.

Opportunity requirements:

  • Board certified or board eligible in Emergency Medicine or board certified or board eligible with a primary care board with ED 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, 2018/2019 residents or fellows, and military-trained physicians will be considered equally.

Cary Medical Center

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 and sports medicine, cancer care, 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:

  • Renovation project completed summer of 2016 to update all ACU Rooms and Nurses Station. (all private rooms with the addition of two adjoining Palliative Care Rooms); Renovations to continue with all Maternal/Child Rooms and ICU Rooms
  • Construction of the new Jefferson Cary Cancer Center in 2014
  • 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 a Wound/Ostomy and Continence Clinic, Memory Clinic, and Pain Management Service. In 2013 we added two new permanent full-time Oncologists to our Provider Staff for the first time in Cary’s history, and in June 2015, our Specialty Clinic area was renovated to accommodate our new Jefferson Cary Cancer Center.

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. And, with the addition of our Hematologist/Oncologists and the Jefferson Cary Cancer Center, our Outpatient Rehabilitation Services staff have teamed together to provide a new comprehensive and specialized Oncology Rehabilitation Program involving physical, occupational and speech therapies, and a comprehensive navigator program for our patients.

List of Cary Awards, (2009- 2017)

  • 2017 “A” Hospital Safety Score by the Leapfrog Group, (One of only 63 hospitals from more than 2,500 in the nation to earn the ‘A’ grade since the inception of the grading process in 2012.)
  • 2017 Women’s Choice Award – America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics, (4th time we have received the award, also received in 2013, 2015, and 2016)
  • 2017 Kris Doody, RN and Chief Executive Officer at Cary Medical Center, was named by the Becker’s Hospital Review as one of “60 rural hospital CEOs to know”. Becker’s Healthcare is the leading source of cutting-edge business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders. Becker’s Hospital Review is published 12 time each year and reaches nearly 20,000 healthcare leaders.
  • Kris Doody, RN, CEO was awarded the 2017 Board of Trustee Award by The American Hospital Association (AHA). The award is presented to individuals or groups who have made substantial and noteworthy contributions to the work of the AHA.
  • Kris Doody, RN, Cary CEO, named 2016 CEO of the Year by Quorum Health Resources
  • 2016 “A” Hospital Safety Score by the Leapfrog Group (One of only 72 hospitals nationwide to have achieved Straight A’s from the Hospital Safety Score since 2012.
  • 2016 Women’s Choice Award – America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics, (3rd time we have received the award, also received in 2013 and 2015)
  • 2015 Top Rural Hospital Award by the Leapfrog Group (One of only 98 Top Hospitals recognized and selected from more than 1600 hospitals nationwide participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. The list includes:
    • 24 Top Rural Hospitals
    • 62 Top Urban Hospitals
    • 12 Top Children’s Hospitals
  • 2015 “A” Hospital Safety Score by the Leapfrog Group (One of only 133 hospitals in the country to have achieved Straight A’s from the Hospital Safety Score since 2012.)
  • 2015 AVATAR Exceeding Patient Expectations Award (10th year in a row)
  • 2015 AVATAR Exemplary Service Overall Best Performer Award (5th year in a row)
  • 2015 Gold Recognition for Cary’s National Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • 2015 Gold Star Standards of Excellence Award, Maine Tobacco Free Hospital Network
  • 2015 Women’s Choice Award – America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics, (2nd time we have received the award, also received in 2013)
  • 2014 AVATAR Exceeding Patient Expectations Award (9 years in a row)
  • 2014 AVATAR Exemplary Service Overall Best Performer Award (4th year in a row) Named a 2014 Healthstrong Hospital by IVantage Health Analytics
  • 2014  “A” Hospital Safety Score by the Leapfrog Group
  • 2014 Top Hospitals HealthGrades
  • 2014 Quorum Health Resources Leadership in Quality Award
  • 2014 Women’s Choice Award – America’s Best Breast Centers
  • 2014 NDNQI/ANA Outstanding Commitment to Patient Care Award
  • 2013 AVATAR Exceeding Patient Expectations Award (8 years in a row)
  • 2013 AVATAR Exemplary Service Overall Best Performer Award (3rd year in a row)
  • 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.

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 developed as a premier cross-country skiing venue.  The Center has hosted several World Cup, Paralympics and Biathlon World Cup events since 2004.  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, Maine

Aroostook County, Maine

Caribou area statistics:

Northern Maine Development Commission

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 

Bernard-Coury Realty


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. The staff in one day surgery is absolutely amazing. I was very thankful for my team of nurses, doctors and right down to the secretary that checked me in. You all were so amazing, friendly and professional. Thank you so much!

    Desiree S.

    Desiree S.

  2. I am beyond happy with our visit at Cary! We can't thank you and your amazing staff for keeping our little boy your #1 concern. You did such an amazing job! Thank you Cary Medical Center!

    Whittni N.

    Whittni N.

  3. This hospital was exactly what a hospital should be. The took such good care of my grandmother and the display of humanity and compassion was genuine. I am forever grateful.

    Joshua S.

    Joshua S.

  4. I had my son at Cary and I couldn’t imagine being treated better anywhere. The staff were attentive, empathetic, and went above and beyond for my comfort. I wouldn’t want to give birth anywhere else.

    Emily O.

    Emily O.

  5. A big shout-out to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Cary Medical Center’s ER, Imaging, Lab, Food Service, and ACU Departments. I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful care from each of you.

    Stephanie P.

    Stephanie P.

Healthy You