Decrease (-) Restore Default Increase (+)  font size

Ellsworth, Maine

Ellsworth is a community of 6,000 people located on the coast just southeast of Bangor. It serves as the gateway to Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park. First settled in 1763 along the Union River, lumber and boat building were primary industries. Today's business activities include farming and boat building as well as retail, banking, and tourism. The town has a public marina, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, two golf courses, and a movie theater.

The town has a distinct rural flavor, quiet in the winter and very busy in the summer at the height of the tourist season. Many who travel through Ellsworth stop to visit the Black Mansion (also known as Woodlawn), which was built in 1828 for Colonel John Black. The Stanwood Museum and Bird Sanctuary is also worth visiting, as it offers a nature walk filled with small ponds, wildflowers, picnic areas, and bird nesting areas. Ellsworth also offers many restaurants, motels, and shopping centers to choose from. The Wooden Boat School, where students learn to craft canoes and small sailboats in the traditional way, is located just outside of Ellsworth. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is located 156 miles from Maine Medical Center. The drive time is just under 3 hours and housing is available.

About Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

The Ellsworth area is served by Maine Coast Memorial Hospital (MCMH), a 64-bed community hospital with a range of medical and surgical inpatient and outpatient services. There is a 6-bed ICU/CCU, a 24-hour emergency room, routine radiology and CAT scanning capability, an obstetrics unit, and a geriatrics care center. In an effort to meet the growing needs of the community, a third operating room has been added to the surgical suite and MCMH now offers nuclear medicine services as well as a mobile MRI. The hospital has two outreach clinics - one in Southwest Harbor and one in Gouldsboro.

The medical staff includes physicians specializing in family practice, gastroenterology, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, orthopedics, podiatry, radiology, rheumatology, surgery and urology. There is also an extensive consulting medical staff with expertise in cardiology, neurosurgery, ENT, anesthesiology, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, podiatry, psychiatry and radiology.

MCMH is currently planning to build a new state-of-the-art Emergency Center and Sterile Processing Center as well as upgrading current buildings. The addition will add 13,500 square feet of new space to the hospital.

All practitioners with Ellsworth Internal Medicine are board-certified internists, certified physician assistants, and nurses. They enjoy caring for the full range of adult medical needs including preventive care items such as annual wellness exams, pap smears, and school physicals for adolescents age 13 and above. Patients range in age from adolescents to the elderly. Medical practitioners also care for patients in the hospital, the emergency room, and at local nursing homes. Ellsworth Internal Medicine opened in 1981 and since that time they have served thousands of patients.


Kathryn Rensenbrink, M.D. graduated from the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco. After an internship at the San Francisco General Hospital, she completed her training in Internal Medicine at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Rensenbrink's interests are in primary care Internal Medicine and issues special to women's health care. She is an enthusiastic preceptor who enjoys working with students and residents.

Richard LaRocco, M.D. is a graduate of SUNY Medical School, Downstate Medical Center. He then completed an Internal Medicine residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Greenwich Village, NY. He is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and has practiced primary care Internal Medicine for over 20 years, with a bent toward a family practice style. Having worked closely with Family Practice physicians and having completed a sub-internship in Pediatrics, he has been very interested in the treatment of multiple generations within families.

Patricia Wyshak, M.D. is a graduate of the University of California at Davis Medical School. She completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, after which she spent two years working in the Emergency Department at Harborview Medical Center. In Ellsworth, she focuses on primary care and because of her considerable experience in a teaching hospital; she looks forward to working with students and residents.

Laurie Yntema M.D., is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She joined Ellsworth Internal Medicine after completing her Internal Medicine residency at Maine Medical Center in 1998. Dr. Yntema has particular interest in preventive medicine and public health and also enjoys the wide range of primary care medicine seen in her office.