Patty Wight

News Producer

Patty is a graduate of the University of Vermont and a multiple award-winning reporter for Maine Public Radio. Her specialty is health coverage: from policy stories to patient stories, physical health to mental health and anything in between. Patty joined Maine Public Radio in 2012 after producing stories as a freelancer for NPR programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She got hooked on radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and hasn’t looked back ever since.

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The board of Brunswick-based Mid Coast-Parkview Health has voted to join MaineHealth.

Central Maine Medical Center is no longer at risk of losing federal funding for deficiencies in safety and quality.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

For the second time this week, Maine has expanded access to abortion services. 

A case of meningococcal disease in a student at Wiscasset Middle High School has been confirmed by the Maine Centers for Disease Control.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Portland Press Herald/via AP pool

The highly publicized trial of the man accused of killing Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole began Monday morning in Cumberland County Superior Court.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The trial for the man accused of killing Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole last April is underway in Cumberland County Superior Court.

Mark Lennihan / Associated Press file

A national clinical trial that included researchers and patients from Maine has found that vitamin D supplements do not prevent type 2 diabetes. Vitamin D is widely touted as a supplement that can prevent diseases ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s, but this latest study provides evidence to the contrary.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public/file

Trials for the mother and stepfather accused of murder in the abuse death of 10-year old Marissa Kennedy will be held separately.

Central Maine Medical Center is working with consulting firm The Greeley Company to correct deficiencies to meet a federal deadline at the end of the month.

Contract negotiations between Calais Regional Hospital and the Maine State Nurses Association have stalled after nearly nine months of negotiations.

Jessica Hill / Associated Press file

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey is suing Purdue Pharma in Kennebec County Superior Court for unfair trade practices in its opioid marketing. The suit filed on Monday also names members of the Sackler family, who own Purdue.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Maine youth ages 10 to 24, and the rate of suicides among Maine's youth is higher than the national average.

Brunswick High School is responding to the problem with a new program that trains students to raise awareness and be a resource for peers. Maine Public reporter Patty Wight visited the student training Thursday as part of our ongoing series Finding a Way.

Samantha Sardina via AP

A custody battle over a pet dog that made it to Maine's Supreme Judicial Court is over.

Maine's Health and Human Services Committee is considering a pair of bipartisan bills Tuesday that address generational poverty.

Patrick Sison / AP Photo

A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston finds that prescribing practices are a stronger driver of the opioid crisis in New England than economic conditions. The goal of the study was to better understand the underlying cause of the epidemic, which has claimed 10,000 lives across the region in recent years.

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