Dr. Samuela Manages receives MPCA 2010 Karen J. Hallee, MD, Memorial Award

(2010) — The Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) presented Dr. Samuela Manages, a Family Practitioner at Pines Health Services, with the 2010 Karen J. Hallee, MD, Memorial Award for New Medical Professionals.

Dr. Manages joined Pines Health Services two years ago after completing her residency in family medicine. Since then she has provided primary care at the St. John Valley Health Center in Van Buren, the northern-most health center within Pines, serving one of the most remote, economically challenged, and underserved communities in northern Maine. In addition to her health center patients, Dr. Manages regularly cares for patients at the Maine Veteran’s Home in Caribou and the Borderview Manor Nursing Home in Van Buren. She also provides back-up for the hospitalists at Cary Medical Center in Caribou. Recently Dr. Manages traveled to Loring Job Corps in Limestone to provide physicals for the Job Corps students. Despite her diverse responsibilities, Dr. Manages has demonstrated a true commitment to delivering the highest quality medical care to the patients of our service area, regardless of their social or economic circumstances.

Dr. Sam, as she is known throughout the practice and community, is a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayer, reflecting her service in a Health Professional Shortage Area and her dedication to providing care to underserved people. She also demonstrates her commitment to delivering high quality patient care by serving on the Pines Electronic Medical Record (EMR) task force.

Since arriving in Aroostook County from her native New Jersey, Dr. Manages has embraced the area and become an active member of the community. She has developed a passion for many of the outdoor activities that mark northern Maine, including ATV riding, motorcycle riding, and hunting.

Dr. Manages is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She specializes in a biopsychosocial approach to patient care and provides the full scope of family medicine, including pediatric care and immunizations, women’s and men’s health, geriatric medicine, disease prevention, health promotion and maintenance, hepatitis consultation/treatment, management of acute and chronic conditions and diseases, minor surgical procedures including joint injections, patient education, and sports physicals.

About the Karen J. Hallee, MD, Memorial Award for New Medical Professionals Maine Primary Care Association initiated the Karen Hallee, MD Memorial Award for New Medical Professionals following the untimely loss of Dr. Hallee in 2007. The award is open to all primary care providers in their first five years of practice and recognizes clinicians demonstrating the level of dedication to the community being served, passion for medicine, and commitment to serving the underserved of Maine that Dr. Hallee exemplified. Prior to becoming a doctor, Karen worked at MPCA in the 1990s as the SEARCH Coordinator, where she placed medical students and residents in rotations across the state. It was Karen’s love of medicine that took her back to school where she graduated from UVM and then conducted her residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland.