Ann Gahagan, RN, BSN, MSN, CDE, BC-ADM, FNP-C
Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator,
Ann Gahagan, a Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator, has a passion for Diabetes. For more than 40 years she has crusaded for comprehensive, patient centered care for people with diabetes. Her work and the support of colleagues established one of the most recognized Diabetes Education Programs in the Nation. Ann, who began her career at Cary Medical Center and now practices with Pines Health Services, has devoted much of her career to improving diabetes care. She has received national recognition for her leadership in developing innovative and effective treatment, care management, and patient education programs that have made a real difference in improving the lives of diabetes patients in her community and beyond. Ann also is founder and director of Camp Adventure, an innovative diabetes education camp that makes it possible for teenagers with Type I Diabetes to live in the wilderness while they learn the lifelong skills necessary to successfully live with diabetes. Young people from throughout Maine have attended the camp since its founding in 1997. “In founding Camp Adventure, Ann saw a need, had an idea and has collaborated with staff, physicians and other healthcare professionals, local supporters, and parents to make this camp a reality,” explained Cary Medical Center CEO Kris Doody, RN. In recognition of her leadership, Ann was named as the Caribou and Mane State Business and Professional Women’s “Woman of the Year” in 2005. Ann also was the recipient of the Dr. Daniel Hanley Leadership Award in 2006. While raising a family of three daughters and working as a licensed practical nurse at Cary Medical Center, Gahagan pursued certification as a registered nurse. She later earned an undergraduate degree in Nursing in 1998 and a Master of Science degree in Nursing and designation as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2004. Ann earned her Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management, one of very few healthcare professionals in Maine to hold this unique certification, ADM the most advanced certification for the management of Diabetes.