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In Northern Maine, Collaboration Brings Better Health

One of her patients, an elderly man who lived alone on a fixed income, went to the emergency room 17 times, Patterson learned, simply because he was hungry. Patterson wishes the healthcare system didn't have to step in to help so many people, who in an earlier era might have relied on family and friends for more support. But she sees a simple value proposition in her work. "If I can keep a guy from going to the hospital because we find out that he's just after a sandwich, that's worth my salary," she said. In Carmel, about 15 miles west of Bangor, Patterson checked in on Christine McDonald, a former nursing home assistant who was sharing an apartment in an old farmhouse with a roommate and her dog, Brandy, a Chihuahua-terrier mix. McDonald, 58, has diabetes , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe depression, exacerbated by the death of her son over the summer. She is on eight medications as well as insulin. <br> In northern Maine, collaboration brings better health

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