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Island Health Care: How Island Communities Access Medical Care


Getting medical care can be difficult under the best of circumstances. For those living in one of Maine’s many island communities, accessing health care is a particular challenge. We’ll hear from a doctor who’s spent much of his career serving Mainers who live on an island, as well as others who are helping to find solutions.


Chuck Radis, primary care physician serving Maine islands; background in osteopathic medicine and internal medicine; serves year-round islands in Casco Bay; author of "Go By Boat" about being an island doctor.

Amy Tierney, resident of Long Island, Maine; chair, Wellness Council; coordinator, Wellness Center Coordinator; EMT; town clerk; registrar of voters; code enforcement officer assistant.

Sharon Daley, registered nurse, director of Island Health Services, Seacoast Mission

Kitty Gilbert, nurse practitioner who staffed the Peaks Island Health Center for many years

Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.
Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.