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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Maine mental health provider Sweetser has announced it is ending its clinic-based therapy program, which will affect 450 children and adults.

An Aroostook County jury has awarded $1.2 million in damages to a patient who sued Cary Medical Center in Caribou for negligent care in 2015.

InterMed, a physician group based in southern Maine, announced this week that personal information of about 30,000 patients was compromised through an email hack.

Medical students at the University of New England will get training in how to treat opioid use disorders. 

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Today marks the start of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act marketplace. The Trump administration has slashed funding for outreach efforts, but Gov. Janet Mills says the state plans to fill that gap for Mainers who want to enroll.

As of Thursday, the Farmington Fire Department has enough staff to cover all shifts, following the propane explosion that killed one firefighter and injured six others last month.

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Physicians, health advocates, and lawmakers convened a news conference Tuesday to remind parents and doctors that a new state law now requires that every child be tested for lead exposure at ages one and two.

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Staffers from a private social services company that lost its contract with the state last week protested Monday outside the Department of Health and Human Services office in Portland.

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A Leavitt Area High School sophomore who has been fighting for the right to compete in his wheelchair in the regional cross country championships got his wish on Saturday.

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Bates and Colby colleges are part of four-year, nearly $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study harmful algal blooms in lakes caused by cyanobacteria.

The Biddeford-based company that lost its MaineCare contract after the death of a client has sent a notice of appeal to the state. 

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Menopause marks the end of reproductive years for half the population, and it can bring on significant symptoms as soon as a decade before menopause officially hits. And although it’s such a common process, some say the care for menopause is lacking. But now there are some providers in Maine who make menopause care a focus of their practice.

The state's largest healthcare organization, MaineHealth, is launching a national search for two new leaders. The nonprofit announced Wednesday that CEO Bill Caron is retiring at the end of 2020, and President Rich Petersen will retire six months later.

The CEO of the company that lost its contract with the state after the death of an adult resident in its care says the Department of Health and Human Services is responsible.

The state announced Monday that it has terminated its MaineCare contract with a Biddeford-based provider following the death of an adult with developmental disabilities in August.

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