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Houlton, Maine

Houlton is a rural community of approximately 6,000 residents located on the Maine-New Brunswick border. Houlton and its surrounding areas host a variety of popular recreation activities with numerous lakes and extensive woodlands. The primary industries are farming, forestry, and wood products companies. In the early 1900's Houlton was one of the wealthiest communities in the U.S. due to its thriving logging and potato industries. In fact, the area had the largest number of millionaires per capita in the country!

Aroostook County's oldest community, Houlton offers easy access to some of the best snowmobiling, ATV trail riding, canoeing, and camping in the northeast. It is also the service center of southern Aroostook County, providing retail shopping, employment, social services, education, and entertainment activities to the residents in the region. On your time off you can catch a movie at the Temple Theater, check out McGill's Community Band, or check out events at the local Community Center.

Houlton Regional Hospital is located 250 miles from Maine Medical Center. The drive time is just under 4 hours and housing is available.

About Houlton Regional Hospital

Houlton Regional Hospital is a 91-bed acute care facility that provides service to an approximate population base of 18,000 Southern Aroostook and Washington County residents. There are 7 ICU beds, 34 medical/surgical beds, 8 modern LDRP units and a 28-bed skilled nursing/nursing home beds. Hospital services include a 24-hour Level II emergency department and a full diagnostic facility including CT and a mobile MRI service. The hospital also provides cardiac and pulmonary rehab as well as physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

The hospital employs over 450 people, making it the largest employer in the area. The medical staff includes seven family practitioners, two internists, one pediatrician, one radiologist, two general surgeons, one orthopedic surgeon, one anesthesiologist, and one urologist. They are complemented by a consulting staff providing a wide range of specialty services. In addition, the Center for Community Health Education at the hospital focuses on educating patients about individual, family, and community health.

Houlton Internal Medicine is the only group of internists in the southern Aroostook County area. They have an extremely busy practice that includes primary care for a large panel of patients, supervision of a local nursing home, staffing for a rural health center in Washington County, and coverage for more than 700 admissions at the hospital. Their practice provides a full range of internal medicine services, including non-invasive cardiology and emergency medicine. The practice opened in 1980 and currently consists of three physicians and one physician assistant.


Ted Sussman, M.D. is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, followed by a year of clinical cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He began practicing in Houlton in 1980. He is currently the Chairman of the Intensive Care Committee at Houlton Regional Hospital and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Hassan Abouleish, M.D. graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and did his Internal Medicine training at Wake Forest Medical Center. He joined Houlton Internal Medicine in 1990. He is Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Houlton Regional Hospital and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Jon Older, D.O. graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts and joined Houlton Internal Medicine in 2000. He currently serves as the Medical Director for the Progressive Care Facility at Houlton Regional Hospital as well as for the Congestive Heart Failure/Cardiovascular Disease "ME Cares" study.