FAQs

What happens if I need to be hospitalized?
If you need to be hospitalized, we will refer you to a hospital specialist called a “Hospitalist”, who will manage your in-hospital care and then discharge you back to Hope Health Family Practice. Hospitalists are Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants who specialize in hospital care and are hired by the hospital to manage the patients in the hospital. 
As we are an independent practice, we can refer you to any hospital.  We usually refer to Waldo County General Hospital or Penobscot Bay Medical Center but will refer to other hospitals when necessary.

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What are Family Nurse Practitioners?
Family Nurse Practitioners have a  Master of Science or Doctorate in Nursing with a clinical specialty in Family Practice.  In an outpatient setting they function similarly to family physicians.  FNPs are especially known for providing comprehensive patient-centered care, as well as in-depth education about health and wellness.
In Maine and 15 other states, Nurse Practitioners may practice independently from Physicians.   Hope Health Family Practice is an independent Nurse Practitioner owned and run practice.   FNPs in Maine are licensed by the Maine Board of Nursing and are licensed primary care providers.   Our FNPs are nationally certified as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  The ANCC is a nursing credentialing and certifying organization responsible for maintaining a national standard for Nurse Practitioners.

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Can an FNP be my Primary Care Provider on my Insurance card?
Yes, FNPs can be your designated Primary Care Provider and be listed on your insurance card. Your insurance coverage will not differ if you have an FNP or MD. 

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Can I just walk-in without an appointment?
No, you will need to call first: 236-2201. As we have gotten busier we can no longer accommodate walk-in business. However, we are trying to keep some appointments open every day for sudden medical needs. Please call as soon as you know you need to be seen and we will do our best work you in. 

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Are you open to Complementary Medicine?
Yes.  Though we approach most routine health care issues from a traditional “western” perspective, we understand that, for many, complementary medicine plays an important role in their overall health.   We respect this approach and, when appropriate, we will weave this into the health care plan.  Additionally, Brien uses Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques and cranio-sacral therapy for painful muscle and joint issues.

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