LEWISTON, Maine — Central Maine Healthcare is laying off 35 employees at Central Maine Medical Center and two other hospitals in an effort to stabilize its finances.
Central Maine Healthcare said the job cuts include seven managers and 28 non-management jobs. Most of the layoffs are taking place at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, with smaller numbers at CMH’s other two hospitals in Rumford and Bridgton.
Hospital officials say the volume of patients is down and more people aren’t paying their bills. President and CEO Peter Chalke says the biggest problem is the millions of unpaid state reimbursements for services provided under MaineCare, the Medicaid program for low-income and disabled residents.