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Many Changes in Healthcare- Including at Mayo Regional Hospital
Since 2012, on average, 18 of Maine’s 25 community hospitals have operated with negative operating margins. Now, it seems that nearly every day there is news about a hospital or health system closing or reducing services to control costs. Most recently, Calais Regional Hospital in Washington County announced it will no longer be delivering babies and will shutter its Obstetrics program. Maine General Health in Augusta is closing a long-term care unit and the urgent care center in Jackman. In Ellsworth, Maine Coast Memorial is closing a dental clinic and eliminating its valet parking. These are some of the changes affecting the ongoing evolution of local healthcare — especially in rural Maine.
Hospitals are doing what they need to do to survive. Mayo Regional Hospital is navigating its own set of challenges, as unfortunately, we too feel the pressure of reduced reimbursement and expense control; and as a result Mayo has operated in the red for the past several years. So we continue to make hard decisions. We recently had to end the contract with a pediatrician at the Dover Foxcroft Family Medicine clinic. While access to service was not affected, it was a very difficult decision to make. Going forward, Mayo’s pediatric program will be well-managed by our highly qualified family physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.