Physician Opportunity Profile – OB/GYN
Pines Health Services, Caribou, Maine
To deliver the highest quality healthcare in a compassionate and nurturing environment throughout Aroostook County.
We are a community of providers committed to excellence in patient-centered healthcare and to improving the lives of those we serve. We are actively engaged in advancing the health and wellness needs of people in Aroostook County, including the unserved and underserved.
Pines Health Services is a physician practice management organization with
40 physicians and 20 mid-level providers. Pines’ northern Maine locations include Caribou (3 offices), Presque Isle, Washburn, Fort Fairfield and Van Buren. In the fall of 2007, the practice was designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center, providing enhanced access to health care services for all members of the community, and allowing the practice to employ providers holding H-1B and J-1 visas. Pines received a multi-year New Access Points grant from the Federal government in the fall of 2007. In 2016 The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded Pines Health Services for Oral Health expansion. The HRSA grant award improves and expands the delivery of oral health through our services area which encompasses 22 towns across 900 square miles. In addition, HRSA also awarded Pines with multiple grants for their quality performance. Pines led the field of 18 health center grantees in Maine with awards across four categories, including a prestigious National Quality Leaders award.
For over 38 years Pines Health Services has provided care to a service area population numbering about 35,000 people. Pines Health Services has a dedicated, volunteer Board of Directors and a strong, supportive relationship with Cary Medical Center. Pines providers are active members of Cary’s Medical Staff and work closely together to deliver seamless health and wellness services to every patient we serve.
Pines Health Services has received recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). PCMH is a comprehensive, coordinated team-based approach that enables patients to take an active role in their health status and decision making. This innovative model puts patients at the center of care as their primary care practitioner leads an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals to treat all aspects of the patient’s health. NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology, and coordinated care focused on patients.
Significant potential exists for an Obstetrician/Gynecologist to join our practice, working at our Pines Women’s and Children’s Health Center located on the Cary Medical Center campus. Caribou prides itself on the high quality of its public school system, extremely low crime rate and family-oriented community activities. The community boasts a new multi-million dollar Recreation and Wellness Center that offers programs and activities for all ages.
As an employee of Pines Health Services, the successful OB/Gyn candidate will receive a competitive salary, generous health and welfare benefits package, professional liability insurance, CME reimbursement, relocation assistance, and education loan repayment, if applicable. The physician will also receive an annual allowance for licensing, DEA registration, professional society membership, and medical journal subscriptions. Immigration assistance provided by expert legal counsel is provided at the expense of the practice for candidates needing a J-1 waiver, H-1B visa or green card.
- The successful candidate will join two OB/GYN’s, and two Certified Nurse Midwives in providing compassionate, high-quality care to obstetrical and gynecological patients drawn from multiple communities.
- The leader of deliveries, north of Bangor Maine, with over 200 deliveries annually
- High-risk mothers and neonates are referred for delivery to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
- The Women’s & Children’s Health Center is located downstairs from Cary Medical Center, providing inside access within minutes to the labor/delivery/postpartum unit of the hospital.
- Cary’s OB unit and team are award winning and have a well-earned reputation as the warmest, friendliest and most desirable place to deliver babies north of Bangor. For the 6th year, Cary earned the 2021 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience.
- Specialists available in Pines Caribou offices include urology, orthopedic and general surgery, and ophthalmology.
- Access to Cary Medical Center outpatient clinics including diabetes counseling and nutritional therapy
Expectations – provide high quality, compassionate and efficient outpatient and inpatient care. The successful candidate will be able to work closely and effectively with mid-level providers, be able to participate in marketing the OB/Gyn programs to increase volumes and be interested in continuing to advance the use of technology and techniques in gynecologicalsurgical care.
- Status: Full-time: 40 – 45 hours/week, including operating room time
- Patients: Community profile includes a sizeable population of women for whom gynecological surgical procedures and urodynamic testing are becoming increasingly important.
- On-Call Rotation – 1:3
Qualifications of applicants:
* Board Certified or board eligible
* 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. H-1B and J-1 visa candidates will be considered
* In-practice physicians, residents or fellows, and military-trained physicians will be considered equally
CARY MEDICAL CENTER
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
We are caring people committed to excellence in patient-centered health care and community well-being.
OUR VISION STATEMENT
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 currently underway updating the Maternal/Child Unit, 2021
New Siemen’s 3D Mammomat Revelation Mammography System, 2021
Renovation project completed in the ED Registration/Security Area, 2021
Renovation project completed 2020 to update the ICU
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)
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
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
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 Awards, (2009- 2021)
– 2021 Best Places to Work in ME
– 2021 Women’s Choice Award – America’s Best Hospitals in Emergency Medicine
– 2021 Women’s Choice Award – America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in
– 2020 Women’s Choice Award – America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics
– 2020 Women’s Choice Award – America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Patient Safety
– 2020 Kris Doody, RN, CEO, named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of “60 Rural Hospital CEO’s to Know”
– 2019 Pines Health Services was named as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in
Maine. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Society for
Human Resource Management – Maine State Council (MESHRM) and Best Companies
Group. Partners endorsing the program include: Mainebiz, the Maine State Chamber of
Commerce and Maine HR Convention. This statewide survey and awards program was
designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Maine,
benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2019 Best Places to
Work in Maine list is made up of 100 companies in three size categories: small (15-49
U.S. employees), medium (50-249 U.S. employees) and large (250+ U.S. employees).
– 2019 “A” Hospital Safety Score by the Leapfrog Group
– 2018 Kris Doody, RN and Chief Executive Officer at Cary Medical Center, and Pines
Health Services 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 times each year and reaches nearly 20,000 healthcare leaders
– 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
– 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
– 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)
– 2014 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 The Jefferson Cary Cancer Center was recognized by the QOPI Certification
Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, for successfully
completing a three-year certification program for outpatient hematology-oncology
practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care.
– 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
– 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
– 2011 Cary received the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) “Award of Honor” 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.
– 2011 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.
– 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
– 2011 Betty Walker, Cary Volunteer and Seniority Program Coordinator, was named the
Maine Hospital Association’s 2011 Caregiver of the Year.
– 2011 The Downeast Association of Physician Assistants (DEAPA) recognized Lori
Eckerstorfer, PA-C, as the Outstanding Health Care Professional of 2011.
– 2010 The Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) awarded Dr. Samuela Manages the
2010 Karen J. Hallee, MD Memorial Award for New Medical Professionals.
– 2010 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).
– 2009 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
– 2009 – 2010 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.
– 2009 – 2011 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.
– 2009 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
– 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, is the most northeastern city within the United States, and has a population of approximately 8,000 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. Construction began in 2017 to build a new K-8 Community School. The $50 million project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2020 to accommodate student enrollment that fall. 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
Aroostook County, Maine
Caribou area statistics:
Northern Maine Development Commission
Cost of living index:
(Select Presque Isle, Maine for our area)
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
Northern Maine Community College
University of Maine-Presque Isle
Sampling of Housing prices/Caribou real estate companies:
ReMax North – Caribou
Fields Realty, LLC