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MAINE GENETICS PROGRAM (MGP)

Ellie Mulcahy, RNC, Director
Division of Family Health
11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Phone:  (207) 287-5357 or 1-800-698-3624
Faz:  (207) 287-4743

The Maine Genetics Program (MGP) is a statewide program that provides grants to agencies to assure the availability of comprehensive genetic services for the citizens of Maine.  Services include risk assessment, laboratory and clinical diagnosis, counseling, case management and referral, and, education and training to providers and consumers.  The MGP also coordinates the Newborn Bloodspot and Newborn Hearing Screening Programs.  The Newborn Bloodspot Screening Program screens all newborns for 28 conditions, which if left untreated, would cause mental retardation, other serious health problems or death.  The Newborn Hearing Screening Program tests all newborns for possible hearing loss.  Both the Newborn Bloodspot Screening Program and the Newborn Hearing Screening Program make referrals for treatment and comprehensive follow-up care.

EASTERN MAINE MEDICAL CENTER GENETICS PROGRAMS

Pediatric Specialty Clinics
417 State Street
Webber East Suite 305
Bangor, ME 04401
Appointment Phone: 207-973-7559 or 1-877-366-3662 X7559
Administrative Phone: 207-973-7553 or 1-877-366-3662 X7553
Website: http://emmc.org/Patient+Services/Child+and+Adolescent+Care+Center/default.htm

The Genetics Program provides consultation and management services for individuals, couples, and families through a number of specialty clinics provided by the Genetics Program at EMMC. The Program provides initial genetic evaluation, assessment and ongoing management for persons with a known genetic condition.  In addition to the Genetics Clinic, the Genetics Program is also responsible for the following:

  • Metabolic Clinic - provides assessment, diagnosis, and management of inborn errors of metabolism.
  • Evaluation and assessment of persons with specific conditions and their families through a number of specialty clinics including the Spina Bifida Clinic, Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic and Hemophilia Clinic.
  • Muscular Dystrophy Clinic - provides evaluation and follows long-term, individuals and families with a wide variety of neuromuscular conditions.
  • Provides Medical Genetics consultations and prenatal and preconception counseling for area physicians and women’s health programs, including the Maternal Fetal Medicine Program at EMMC.
  • Developmental Evaluation Clinics provide consultation services.

All clients are seen regardless of ability to pay for services.

In addition to clinical services, the Genetics Program offers educational and training to health professionals and other groups throughout the state.

CancerCare of Maine
417 State Street, Suite 20
Bangor, ME 04401-6600
Phone: 207- 973-7476 or 1-800-987-3005

Cancer Risk Counseling Clinic - provides assessment for individuals and families at risk for a variety of hereditary cancer syndromes. Options for testing individuals for cancer susceptibility genes as well as screening and preventative strategies are reviewed. An oncologist is available for consultation.

MAINE CENTER FOR CANCER MEDICINE AND BLOOD DISORDERS

Scarborough office: (207) 885-7600
Brunswick office: (207) 729-1148
Biddeford office: (207) 282-0448
Sanford office: (207) 490-7777


MAINE MEDICAL CENTER, THE DIVISION OF GENETICS AT THE BARBARA BUSH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Maine Pediatric Specialty Group
887 Congress Street, Suite 320
Portland, ME  04102
Phone:  207-662-5522 or 1-800-860-6277
Fax  207-662-5528
Website:  http://www.mmc.org/mmc_bush/clinical_services_prog_genetics.htm

The Division of Genetics at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital provides Genetics services for individuals from primarily southern Maine and New Hampshire. Consultative and management services include dysmorphology evaluations, ongoing management of complex medical care for individuals with known diagnoses, family risk assessment, provision of genetic testing, genetic counseling, evaluation, diagnosis and management of inborn errors of metabolism, enzyme replacement therapy services for lysosomal storage diseases and prenatal consultations in complex cases. The Division of Genetics also provides essential services and education to primary care physicians and other subspecialists at MMC, in the community, as well as throughout the State of Maine and New Hampshire.

The Division is also responsible for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Metabolism Program, and provides support for the Southern Maine Cleft Lip and Palate Program, the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, the Hemophilia Clinic, the Maine Children’s Cancer Program and the Spina Bifida Program.  Medical Genetics consultations are also provided to the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at MMC and the Genetics staff at the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine.
All clients are seen regardless of ability to pay for services.

Endocrinology Specialists:
Maine Pediatric Specialty Group
887 Congress Street, Suite 320
Portland, ME  04102
Phone:  207-662-5522 or 1-800-860-6277
Fax: 207-662-5528

Pediatric endocrinologists in private practice offering ongoing care of children with inherited endocrine disorders, such as Congenital Hypothyroidism and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. 

MAINE MEDICAL CENTER, DIVISION OF THE CANCER GENETICS PROGRAM

Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic at Maine Medical Center
100 US Route 1
Scarborough, ME 04074
Phone: 207-885-7787
Fax: 207-885-8500
Website:  http://www.mmc.org/mmc_services/mainecenterforcancermedicine.htm

The Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic provides a family history evaluation and genetic risk assessment for individuals and families primarily in Southern Maine and New Hampshire.  A visit includes a review of an individual’s personal and/or family history of cancer in order to evaluate possible hereditary cancer susceptibility disorders (HCSDs).  The genetic counselor explains genetics, inheritance, genetic syndrome differentials, available testing, possible testing outcomes, and research possibilities.  A visit continues with the physician who reviews an individual’s personal history in order to provide a more personalized risk assessment. Furthermore, the doctor is available to answer medical questions, discuss differentials, and make recommendations for follow up surveillance, screening, and potential prevention.  Currently available clinic times are Tuesday afternoons from 12:30 – 4:00. Follow up visits may be scheduled on alternate days. 

While direct patient care is the main focus, the Cancer Genetics Program also provides essential services and education to primary care physicians and other subspecialists at MMC, in the community, as well as throughout the State of Maine and New Hampshire. 

OTHER RELATED SERVICES WITH A GENETIC COMPONENT:

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS PROGRAM, (CSHN)
Toni Wall, MPA, Director
Division of Family Health
11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333
Phone  207-287-5139 or 1-800-698-3624.  Call to refer a child/family.
Website:  http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/boh/cshn

The Children with Special Health Needs Program (CSHN) serves children who have a serious physical condition(s) that requires health and related services beyond those generally required by children.

Chronic physical conditions that are covered by the CSHN Program include, but are not limited to, the following:  Asthma and other Respiratory Disorders, Blood Disorders, Cardiac Disorders, Childhood Cancer, Chronic Ear Infections, Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate, Other Craniofacial Anomalies, Cystic Fibrosis, Developmental Delays, Diabetes and Other Endocrine Disorders, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Genitourinary Disorders, Juvenile Arthritis, Orthopedic Disorders, PKU and Other Inborn Errors of Metabolism, Seizure Disorders, Skin Disorders, Spina Bifida, Vision Disorders.

The Program pays for diagnosis and special medical care provided by medical specialists for those children who meet the medical and income guidelines. 

In addition, the Program supports and/or administers the following clinics:

Developmental Evaluation Clinics are available at Cary Medical Center, Eastern Maine Medical Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center in Waterville, and The Child Health Center in Auburn.  The clinic teams are composed of health professionals with a special interest and expertise in the field of child development.

Maine Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic is supported and administered by CSHN Program in two regional sites, Bangor and Portland.  Members of the Cleft Palate Clinic team include a variety of physician specialists, medical social worker, nurses and others.  The Maine Cleft Palate Clinic offers home visits to families of newborns with cleft lip/palate to provide information and resources available to families.  Feeding issues and nutritional status are assessed and appropriate referrals are made to assist the family.

MAINE MEDICAL CENTER, DIVISION OF THE BARBARA BUSH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, MAINE HEMOPHILIA TREATMENT CENTER:
Maine Children’s Cancer Program
100 U.S. Route One
Scarborough, ME 04074
Phone: 207-885-7565
Fax:  207-885-7577

Maine Medical Center provides comprehensive clinical services to individuals with Hemophilia and other coagulation disorders.  Genetic counseling services and coordination of DNA analysis for carrier testing and prenatal diagnosis are arranged when indicated. 

THE FOUNDATION FOR BLOOD RESEARCH

Divison of Genetics
8 Nonesuch Road
Scarborough, Maine 04074
Phone: 207-883-4131
Fax: 207-885-0807
Website: www.fbr.org/genetics/genetics.html 

The Division of Genetics at the Foundation for Blood Research (FBR) focuses on the integration of genetics into public health and private healthcare systems in Maine.  It addresses this pressing need though several activities.  Immediately available to primary and allied healthcare personnel are CME/CEU lectures and presentations offered either in person or via interactive TV (telemedicine), as well as publications. 

The molecular diagnostic laboratory is involved in research to test the feasibility of DNA-based population screening protocols for genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis (CF), and hereditary hemochromatosis.

 

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