Stories about Eastern Maine Medical Center


Elderly couple injured in wrecker accident in Madison

By Abigail Curtis on June 22, 2014, at 1:16 p.m.
An elderly couple were both listed in fair condition Sunday morning after a flatbed wrecker hit their vehicle Saturday afternoon on Route 148 in Madison. The woman, who was driving, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by a LifeFlight of Maine helicopter after the …
A $250 million expansion and modernization project is under way at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

OSHA investigating injury at EMMC construction site

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 18, 2013, at 4:40 p.m.
BANGOR | The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating an incident that left a construction worker on the Eastern Maine Medical Center expansion project with a broken leg, according to a Cianbro spokesperson. Alan Grover, Cianbro communications manager, said an employee of a subcontractor on the project was …
Mercy Health System of Maine will be absorbed by Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

Merger of Eastern Maine Healthcare, Mercy Health likely to shake up southern Maine market

By Whit Richardson on Oct. 03, 2013, at 5:27 p.m.
PORTLAND | Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, based in Brewer, on Wednesday officially secured a beachhead in southern Maine when it received final state approval to absorb Portland’s Mercy Health Systems of Maine into its organization. The move pits EMHS, parent of 411-bed Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, head …
Kathy Day

A look at hospital infections after young Bangor mother’s death

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 15, 2013, at 6:14 p.m.
Kathy Day of Bangor read about the vicious infection that claimed the life of young mother Heather Nichols with a mix of heartbreak and recognition. Day, a former nurse, has worked to raise awareness about debilitating and deadly infections after a similar “superbug” sickened her elderly father following a hospitalization …
Sally Jordan, shown last year, says suffered for nearly four years with Lyme disease before a correct diagnosis was given.

Lyme disease bill pits frustrated patients against the medical mainstream

By Jackie Farwell on June 08, 2013, at 5:57 a.m.
At just 12 years old, Sally Jordan has spent a third of her young life tormented by a mystery illness that wracked her body with disabling pain and forced her to give up dancing and other activities she loved. She remembers spending days confined to her bed with fevers, rashes …
James Raczek

Eastern Maine Medical Center’s head doctor takes on expanded role

on May 15, 2013, at 7:39 p.m.
BANGOR | Dr. James Raczek, chief medical officer at Eastern Maine Medical Center, has accepted an expanded role at the hospital as senior vice president and chief operating officer. Raczek’s new role gives him ultimate responsibility for hospital operations, including the nursing and support service divisions at EMMC, in …
Phillip A. McCue

Autopsy of Bangor man shocked with Taser reveals bath salts overdose

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 22, 2013, at 7:06 p.m.
A local man who was stunned by Bangor police using a Taser last September after he consumed synthetic bath salts and was “out of control” died as a result of complications from overdosing on the lab-made drug, his autopsy report states. The man’s father disagrees with the …
Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor recently revived plans to construct a seven-story tower at its State Street campus as part of a $250 million project described as the largest ever undertaken by the hospital’s parent organization.

Hospitals take on building projects despite MaineCare debt

By Jackie Farwell on March 31, 2013, at 6:44 a.m.
As drivers pass through Augusta on Interstate 95, Maine’s newest hospital comes into view just off Exit 113. Four stories of brick and gleaming glass now stand in what was once a grassy field, a $322 million project just months away from opening to patients as the Alfond Center for …
Kathy Day

DHHS greenlights sale of EMMC dialysis clinics to national chain

By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 01, 2012, at 6:48 p.m.
BANGOR | Eastern Maine Medical Center has cleared the final regulatory hurdle in a more than $17 million deal to sell its dialysis clinics to one of the country’s largest for-profit dialysis chains. State Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew this week granted Colorado-based DaVita Inc. …

EMMC’s new pediatric cancer clinic to open in December

By Jackie Farwell on Oct. 25, 2012, at 2:47 p.m.
BREWER | Fire trucks from more than a dozen area fire departments will converge Saturday at CancerCare of Maine to support the construction of a new pediatric cancer floor. Local firefighters have rallied behind the $3.4 million project, which will relocate Eastern Maine Medical Center’s children’s cancer and blood …
Jodi Galli, chief nursing officer at EMMC, addresses the media during Friday afternoon's press conference in Bangor regarding the death of Phillip McCue.

Bangor police, EMMC reviewing death of man shocked with stun gun

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 21, 2012, at 5:54 p.m.
Officials from the Bangor Police Department and Eastern Maine Medical Center both said Friday that they are conducting internal investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 28-year-old Bangor man who died while in police custody. Phillip McCue, who had a history of mental illness and …

EMMC program to reduce blood transfusions draws international interest

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 17, 2012, at 4:48 p.m.
BANGOR | Eastern Maine Medical Center is hosting physicians and researchers from abroad this month who are interested in the hospital’s work to reduce unnecessary blood transfusions. On Monday, a team from western Australia visited Bangor for a hands-on introduction to EMMC’s “patient blood management program,” which began in …

Maine child abuse likely under-reported because law lacks training rules, expert says

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 07, 2012, at 7:31 p.m.
If the mandated reporters are not trained, the system doesn’t work, says the executive director of the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children.
Georg Rymph

Eastern Maine Medical Center doctor dies overseas at age 44

By Andrew Neff on July 31, 2012, at 6:51 p.m.
BANGOR | Dr. Georg L. Rymph, a physician at Eastern Maine Medical Center, died at the age of 44 on Monday while overseas in Sri Lanka, the hospital said Tuesday. A memo sent to EMMC physicians Tuesday said hospital personnel have no details about Rymph’s death “other than it …

Penobscot Community Health Care joins effort to improve health of Medicare patients

By Jackie Farwell on July 30, 2012, at 5:43 p.m.
BREWER | Penobscot Community Health Care is the latest Maine health organization to join a national effort that rewards doctors for keeping their patients healthy and happy. PCHC announced Monday that it will join Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems’ “accountable care organization,” a group of providers tasked with better coordinating …
Dr. James Raczek, EMMC’s chief medical officer

Sale of EMMC dialysis clinics stirs concerns about patient safety

By Jackie Farwell on July 10, 2012, at 6:33 p.m.
BANGOR | The proposed sale of Eastern Maine Medical Center’s dialysis clinics to a for-profit corporation roused concerns Tuesday about the safety of patients seriously ill with kidney disease. The hospital has signed a letter of intent with Colorado-based DaVita Inc., one of the country’s largest for-profit dialysis chains, …
Jay Blais, co-owner of Patriot Fireworks in Monmouth, shows Lewiston residents (from left) Jacob Mottram, 11, with his father, Jason Mottram, and Greg Morin how to safely use a canister shell firework on Tuesday afternoon. "You should designate a shooter for your Fourth of July parties just like you would a driver," said Blais. "Alcohol and fireworks do not mix."

Mainers encouraged to use caution, be a good neighbor when using fireworks

By Alex Barber on July 02, 2012, at 11:04 a.m.
NEWPORT | For Cedric O’Donnell, business has been steady since his Newport Fireworks store opened along Route 7 a couple of weeks ago. O’Donnell still was adding shelves to his store last week while people waited in line to buy various fireworks they held in their hands and arms, …
Todd Rogow, director of information technology for HealthInfoNet.

Maine launches first-in-the-nation medical image archive

By Jackie Farwell on June 06, 2012, at 7:06 p.m.
Maine doctors will have access to patient X-rays, mammograms and other medical images regardless of their location as part of a new electronic archive described as a nationwide first. The archive is expected to free health care providers from the hassle and cost of copying scans to CDs when a …
A women selects a sign from a pile to support Members of the Maine State Nurses Association as they rally in front of EMMC in Bangor on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, for an informational picket to allow members of the public to know about their negotiations with EMMC administrators.

EMMC nurses union sets date for contract vote

By Dawn Gagnon on May 21, 2012, at 8:42 p.m.
BANGOR | The union representing roughly 850 registered nurses employed at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor has set a date for a vote on hospital administrators’ final contract offer. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, at the Bangor Motor Inn …

EMMC nurses gearing up for informational picket

By Dawn Gagnon on May 14, 2012, at 7:27 p.m.
BANGOR | Union nurses and their supporters will conduct an informational picket Tuesday at Eastern Maine Medical Center. The event is set for 4-8 p.m. and will include a news conference, the nurses said in an announcement issued on Friday. EMMC administrators and members of the Maine State Nurses …