As Bangor gets ready to welcome more than 20,000 fans for Wednesday night’s Phish concert, Eastern Maine Medical Center is taking steps to respond to a possible increase in patient volume resulting from the influx of people in the city.
“There is always a potential for us to see more patients any time the number of people in the city increases substantially,” says Joel Farley, MS, FACHE, EMMC facilities and emergency preparedness administrator. “In collaboration with EMHS and other area hospitals, we have been taking inventory of what medical resources will be available on July 3 and 4 and ensuring that we are prepared to meet any needs that may arise.”
EMMC has evaluated its Emergency Department staffing to make sure the department is prepared to respond to an increase in in both medical emergencies and minor medical needs on Wednesday and Thursday. EMMC’s Walk-In Care Center on Union Street will be open from 8 am until 7 pm throughout the week to provide care for minor illnesses and injuries. In addition, local EMS have scheduled additional staff to assist with medical needs at the concert site and transport people to local hospitals if needed.
EMMC encourages concertgoers and others who will be outside on Wednesday night and Thursday to practice good health habits, including drinking lots of water, wearing proper footwear, using sunscreen, and taking a break from the heat if needed.
“The saying ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ definitely applies here,” adds Joel. “We want everyone to take care of themselves this week so they can have a great concert experience and Fourth of July holiday.”