Bath is situated on the coast of Maine, just 30 miles north of Portland. It is a community of approximately 9,000 people.Situated along the Kennebec River, Bath has a very active cultural center for a small town, housing its Center for the Arts in an 1846 wooden gothic church. At the mouth of the Kennebec River, historic Fort Popham stands guard. Nearby Popham Beach and Reid State Park in Georgetown offer miles of sandy beach and rocky cliffs. You might even find some harbor seals hanging out at the Fort Popham State Historic Site! In 2005 the National Trust named Bath one of "America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations" due to its small, historic, and relatively unspoiled New England charm.
The principal hospital for Bath and Brunswick is Mid Coast Hospital, which provides care to 22 neighboring communities constituting a population of roughly 80,000 people. The acute care facility is located in Brunswick. The hospital opened its new state of the art facility in December 2001.
Mid Coast Hospital is a full-service hospital with thirty-six medical/surgical, eight intensive care, seven maternity, eleven psychiatric, and sixteen sub-acute care beds. The emergency room sees approximately 20,000 patients a year.
The active medical staff includes over twenty-five primary care internists, family practitioners, and pediatricians as well as specialists in cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, oncology, pulmonology, and gastro-enterology. There are several general and specialty surgeons and other medical specialists in house as well. The hospital offers patients access to a CT scanner, MRI, x-ray, and ultrasound as well as an outpatient surgery center, rehabilitation programs, 24-hour emergency services, and a brand new maternity care center.
In 1987 Mid Coast Hospital joined forces with other local healthcare providers to form Mid Coast Health Services. The affiliation now includes CHANS Home Health Care, Mid Coast Medical Group, Mid Coast Senior Health Center, and Thornton Oaks Retirement Community.
Mid Coast Medial Group serves the towns of Bath, Brunswick, and Topsham, specializing in obstetrics, gynecology, internal medicine, endocrinology, addiction medicine, and primary care. There are currently thirteen physicians and five nursing staff working for this very busy and growing practice. The Brunswick site, which focuses solely on obstetrics and gynecology, recently moved into a new Women's Health Care Center office building. The practice in Bath is the largest of its three sites with eight physicians providing top-notch care to hundreds of patients. Mid Coast Medical Group prides itself on providing community-based, state of the art health care. Mid Coast Hospital is located 32 miles from Maine Medical Center and approximately 42 minutes drive. Housing is available for on-call and winter months only.
Nancy Hasenfus, M.D. graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1981 and then completed her residency at Maine Medical Center. She has also earned a Masters Degree in Education and a Ph.D. in Psychology, both at the University of Maine. After three years in the National Service Corps in Mississippi, Dr. Hasenfus entered the practice of primary care internal medicine in Bath. After several years of private practice she joined Mid Coast Medical Group in 1997. She enjoys discussing medicine with students and residents, as it helps her to see issues from a different point of view. She also feels it is important to provide a supportive atmosphere for students to encourage learning.
Scott French, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison who completed his residency training at Maine Medical Center. Dr. French worked at hospitals in Wisconsin and in Rhode Island before joining Mid Coast Medical Group in 2006. His interests include cooking, mountain biking, and sea kayaking.
Matthew Hanna, M.D. graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School and did his residency training at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Hanna joined Mid Coast Medical Group in 1999. He enjoys working with students and residents and stresses independence and having fun. He volunteers at a free teen clinic and enjoys travel, camping, and photography.
Benjamin Herman, M.D. earned his degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he also completed his residency in 2003. He worked for two years as an attending physician and hospitalist at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center before joining Mid Coast Medical Group. Dr. Herman is board certified in Internal Medicine.
James Rines, M.D. graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Maine Medical Center. He then spent a year working in Thailand before opening his private practice in Bath. In 1997, he also joined Mid Coast Medical Group.