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Maine hospitals could face penalties for high rates of infections, complications

By Jackie Farwell and Lindsey Tice, BDN Staff and Sun Journal on June 23, 2014, at 12:51 p.m.
LEWISTON — Half a dozen Maine hospitals may be penalized by the federal government for their high rate of complications and infections. Two hospitals are most likely to face penalties, according to a report by Kaiser Health News: St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston and Maine Medical Center in …

MaineHealth defends top executives’ pay despite major cuts

By Stephen Betts on June 07, 2014, at 10:38 a.m.
MaineHealth, which oversees the health care system for much of southern Maine, says the pay for its top executives is reasonable, even as the organization cuts jobs. Last month, Pen Bay Healthcare — a MaineHealth affiliate — announced $2 million in cuts to reduce a projected $2.7 million operating loss. …
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 …
Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Maine Medical Center announces 50 layoffs, 175 position cuts, other reductions

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 13, 2013, at 4:44 p.m.
PORTLAND | Maine Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon announced a slate of personnel and payroll cuts, including the elimination of 175 positions, layoffs of 50 employees and 12.5 percent reductions in compensation for top hospital administrators. “This is a difficult day that is unfortunate, but necessary for creating the …
Raymond Hurd, regional administrator for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, visited Portland to raise awareness for new health insurance marketplaces being launched as part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

US Medicaid official visits Portland for training on Obamacare insurance exchanges

By Seth Koenig on June 24, 2013, at 3:42 p.m.
A federal health official visited Portland Monday as the Obama administration ramps up outreach efforts around Affordable Care Act provisions set to kick in later this year. Raymond Hurd, regional administrator for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, led a training forum with area health …
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 …

Maine Medical Center notifies state of $40M renovation project

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 26, 2012, at 3:58 p.m.
PORTLAND | Maine Medical Center has notified the state that it’s planning a $40 million expansion and update of several of the hospital’s operating rooms. MMC plans to replace and modernize five surgical rooms to help the hospital accommodate surgeries that are increasing in volume and complexity, said Mark …

4 Maine hospitals praised in national quality report

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 20, 2012, at 5:23 p.m.
Four Maine hospitals are included on a national list of health providers excelling at treating common medical conditions and illnesses such as heart attacks and pneumonia. The Joint Commission, a major hospital accreditation organization, this week released its annual list of “top performers,” or hospitals that follow recommended treatment protocols …

Suit claims Maine Medical Center retaliated against employee for reporting strip club outing

By Jackie Farwell on June 19, 2012, at 6:52 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Maine Medical Center administrator is suing the hospital for allegedly retaliating against him — including moving him to an attic office “visited by bats” — after he questioned a tradition of male residents and fellows going to a strip club during an annual out-of-state work conference. …
Dr. Sam Broaddus, director of Maine Medical Center's division of urology with Dr. Jory Desir (left) of Cap-Haitien, Haiti, at Maine Medical Center's Scarborough Campus operating room.

Haitian doctor trains with Maine Medical Center urologists

By Jackie Farwell on May 31, 2012, at 1:25 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | Dr. Jory Desir sat before an ultrasound machine Wednesday at Maine Medical Partners’ urology practice in South Portland. With his 6-foot, 8-inch frame tucked onto a small stool, he learned how to operate the lifesaving equipment that will soon follow him back home to Haiti. Desir …
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Educated workers needed for health care jobs, LePage says

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 18, 2011, at 6:20 p.m.
As Maine’s economy continues to struggle, state leaders say the health care sector remains strong and is expected to grow. At a conference on Tuesday, officials said training a qualified work force is the key to both meeting the growing demand for health care services in Maine and taking advantage …

Shortage of health care providers prompts Maine schools to place students in rural clinics

By Meg Haskell on Sept. 30, 2011, at 6:31 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | Like much of the rest of the nation, Maine faces a critical shortage of doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and other health care providers. On Friday, at a conference appropriately titled “Growing Our Own,” state officials and health professionals explored ideas for attracting young Mainers into health …

Ailing captain rescued from Maine fishing boat

The Associated Press on Sept. 19, 2011, at 4:44 p.m.
PORTLAND | The captain of a Portland fishing boat has been hospitalized after being hoisted to safety by a Coast Guard helicopter 90 miles out to sea. The Coast Guard said it rescued the 48-year-old fisherman at 10:15 a.m. Monday after crew members aboard the 44-foot Rachel T radioed …

Early morning accident injures two in southern Maine

on Sept. 19, 2011, at 2:44 p.m.
LEBANON | Two people are in the hospital Monday afternoon after an early morning car crash on Sunday in southwestern York County while authorities are looking for the driver and another passenger, police said. According to a Press Herald report, the single-vehicle accident occurred around 2:20 a.m. on a …

Brunswick man gets 7 years for trespass, threatening

By Beth Brogan, Times Record on Aug. 04, 2011, at 7:52 p.m.
A local man convicted in March of aggravated assault, aggravated criminal trespass and criminal threatening in connection with a September 2010 incident on Stanwood Street was sentenced Wednesday to serve seven years in prison for those crimes. Manesseh Massaline, 41, initially was charged by Brunswick police with …

Maine Cancer Foundation awards more than $1 million in grants

on Aug. 02, 2011, at 7:32 p.m.
FALMOUTH | Maine Cancer Foundation, an independent statewide nonprofit, has distributed more than $1 million in grants to organizations throughout the state during the past year. Ten grants totaling $830,300 were awarded to cancer research projects in Maine. After a competitive, peer-review process, 10 proposals were selected from the …
Emily Cole (right), 26, of Ellsworth stands with attorney James Diehl during her videoconference first court appearance before Justice Kirk Studstrup. Cole is accused of setting her grandmother ablaze Friday at her grandparents' Bangor home.

Woman who allegedly set grandmother on fire moved to Riverview for competency evaluation

By Judy Harrison on July 07, 2011, at 6:34 p.m.
BANGOR | The Ellsworth woman accused of pouring gasoline on her grandmother and setting the 77-year-old woman on fire has been transferred from the Penobscot County Jail to Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in Augusta for a mental health evaluation, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said Thursday. Emily …

Police seeking public’s help in 2008 Portland shooting

The Associated Press on July 06, 2011, at 3:43 p.m.
Portland police are appealing to the public for help in the unsolved killing of a Mercy Hospital security guard who was fatally shot in the back in 2008 in the hospital’s parking lot. Police think 27-year-old James Angelo was killed by a stray bullet in an exchange …

Bruises, burns and broken bones: Are doctors ready to call it child abuse?

By Meg Haskell on June 23, 2011, at 7:49 p.m.
ORONO | Physicians are often the first to examine babies and children who have been injured deliberately at the hands of their parents or other adults. The locations of bruises or burns, specific types of fractures and elevated levels of certain blood enzymes are among the red flags that …

NH boy, 3, hurt in accident listed in serious condition at Portland hospital

By Roni Reino, Foster's Daily Democrat (MCT) on June 21, 2011, at 9:40 a.m.
ROCHESTER, N.H. — A 3-year-old involved in a car accident Saturday night remains in serious condition at a Portland hospital, according to police. At about 9:30 p.m., police, fire and ambulance crews responded to the intersection of Walnut and Twombly Street for a two-vehicle accident. Police said Michael Bandach, 22, …