Stories about Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems


Winter is the time to move and improve

By Meg Haskell on Feb. 21, 2011, at 6:22 p.m.
Couchbound residents of wintry northern Maine are encouraged to blow the dust off their sneakers and sign up for the 14th annual Move and Improve fitness program, sponsored by Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems in Brewer. The free, 12-week program runs from the end of February through the end of May, …
A Maine lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make not wearing a seat belt no longer a “primary offense.” This means police could not stop anyone solely for not wearing a seat belt.

Doctors, police warn of loosening seat belt law

By Kevin Miller on Feb. 01, 2011, at 8:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Lawmakers heard lengthy testimony Tuesday on a bill that would loosen Maine’s seat belt law by prohibiting police from stopping drivers whose only violation was failing to buckle up. The bill, LD 64, would revert the law to the days when drivers and passengers could receive a …

EMMC nurses return to bedsides after strike, lockout

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 23, 2010, at 3:23 p.m.
BANGOR | Registered nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center returned to their patients on Tuesday following a two-day lockout on Saturday and Sunday and a one-day strike on Monday. Though the drama of the three-day work stoppage and a flown-in work force of 215 temporary replacement nurses induced heated …
Nurses picket in the front of Eastern Maine Medical Center along State Street in Bangor Monday morning.

EMMC nurses strike in front of hospital

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 22, 2010, at 8:14 a.m.
BANGOR,  Maine — With hundreds of nurses picketing outside in a cold rain for increased staff, administrators at Eastern Maine Medical Center said Monday that a three-day nursing work stoppage that began Saturday morning and is scheduled to wrap up at 7 Tuesday morning has proceeded smoothly and without any …
Nurses from Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor prepare picket signs in the basement of the Bangor Motor Inn on Saturday. The group has been locked out of the State Street hospital and will picket the campus on Monday.

EMMC nurses set to start Monday strike

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 21, 2010, at 9:37 p.m.
BANGOR | By the time most people finish their first first cup of coffee Monday, nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center will already be picketing outside the hospital. The nurses are holding a one-day strike, beginning at 7 a.m., to push for changes in patient-to-nurse staffing levels and other …

The doc is out; it’s your call

By Dr. Erik Steele on Nov. 02, 2010, at 12:32 a.m.
Being my patient should be pretty simple. You come into my office with a nail of a problem and I hit it with the hammer of my therapy.

Bangor named one of 17 'beacon communities' across the U.S.

By Meg Haskell on Sept. 30, 2010, at 8:55 p.m.
Thousands of Bangor area residents afflicted with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease stand to benefit from a new partnership among the area’s …