According to the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps for Maine *, approximately 15% of Hancock County residents are medically uninsured, despite the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Starting in 2013, Peninsula Free Health Services (PFHS) has provided essential healthcare services to this significant population on the Blue Hill Peninsula and in surrounding communities.
After starting out in borrowed space at the Blue Hill Congregational Church, our clinic now has a permanent home at 26 Hinckley Ridge Road in Blue Hill, adjacent to the School Union 93 Superintendent’s Office. We are staffed entirely by volunteer physicians, nurses, paramedics and clerical support. We operate under the administrative umbrella of Downeast Community Partners, formerly Washington Hancock Community Agency (WHCA) (and Family Opportunities), which provides a network of supportive services to our patients. In addition, Downeast Community Partners is a 501(c)(3) corporation, allowing donors to receive a tax benefit for contributions to PFHS.
PFHS enjoys support from the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, which has been extremely helpful by providing laboratory tests and x-rays at the lowest possible cost. In addition, we have been able to extend the reach of our services by obtaining some low- or no-cost referrals to other medical and dental providers in the area for our patients. We continue developing these referral relationships for our patients who need specialty care beyond the scope of PFHS.
Our clinic promotes the importance of managing chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension as well as increased awareness of the effects of smoking, diet/nutrition and exercise. We also provide referrals to ACA Navigators to help people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), as well as resources for lower priced prescriptions.
We are taking a brief hiatus from January 29th to February 11th to focus on reorganization and recruitment of more MDs, DOs, Family Nurse Practitioners, PAs and nurses due to the recent retirement of founding medical director Dr. Jane Garfield and Dr. Robert Walker. We are also seeking additional dynamic board members interested in contributing to the growth, improvement, and financial stability of the clinic. We will reopen Monday, February 12th from 3-6 p.m.
We are normally open every Monday from 3p.m. to 6p.m. with the exception of major holidays. Walk ins are welcome! If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please call us at 207-266-5009 and leave a message if our administrator is unable to answer directly.