NMMC to announce cost-saving measures

Posted Feb. 02, 2009, at 4:13 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:02 a.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — Administrators at Northern Maine Medical Center expect to announce on Wednesday the details outlining how the hospital will deal with a record budget shortfall.

Martin Bernstein, NMMC chief executive officer, said Monday that he and his department heads are continuing to “explore all options and crunch the numbers.”

Bernstein said Friday that a hiring freeze, decreased employee hours and curtailed travel were measures under consideration.

Bernstein also said Friday that the hospital’s budget crisis is the worst he has seen in 25 years and that it stems largely from the overall economic decline and a loss of key health care providers at the facility.

At the same time, the state of Maine owes the Fort Kent hospital $7 million in MaineCare payments, while the hospital also took more than $300,000 in losses due to outstanding accounts between 2007 and 2008.

Northern Maine Medical Center is a not-for-profit community hospital and employs about 600 people in facilities that include an acute-care hospital, a long-term care facility, wellness clinics and a psychiatric unit.

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