A gaggle of residents in the Lakes region, who’s important of Bridgton's hospital well being care, is asking municipal officials and residents to assist it transfer hospital care from older Central Maine well being care to MaineHealth.
The Pondicherry Group has up to now sent letters to the Selection Boards of Bridgton and Harrison asking them to help what it calls an initiative to improve the quality and availability of healthcare in the Lakes space, about 30 kilometers northwest of Portland.
This features a plan to both transfer Bridgton's ownership of the Hospital to a brand new non-profit group or MaineHealth, which operates on the Maine Medical Middle and 9 regional hospitals, together with the Norwegian Stephens Memorial Hospital, roughly 14 kilometers from Bridgton.
“We do not sell Bridgton Hospital,” stated Jeff Brickman, CEO, Central Maine Healthcare in Lewiston. The hospital group consists of the Central Maine Medical Middle in Lewiston, the Bridgton Hospital, the Rumford Hospital, and numerous personal practices in Central Maine
Brickman stated the Pondicherry group hadn't met him. He also stated that his organization has not acquired an official supply from MaineHealth or anyone else to purchase a Bridgton hospital.
“MaineHealth hasn't officially approached us or given us anything to answer,” he stated.
Pondicherry Group and MaineHealth
Brickman took Mid-Maine Healthcare about 2 half years in the past and has turn into entangled since then in controversy and uphill battle to enhance money movement and enhance service effectivity.
successfully improved the circumstances of other struggling healthcare methods, his efforts to Central Maine well being care
In July 2018, docs, nurses and different employees in Brickman weren’t dependable. Service cuts and what they saw cratly with the employees. The hospital board supported him, and no confidence led to any type of sanctions.
Brickman stopped shortly with the purple ink that had been bleeding through the years from the Central Maine health care system. He admitted, nevertheless, that he may need moved too fast and that he was unable to completely communicate his views on the modifications to enhance financial anemia.
[Subscribe to our free morning newsletter and get the latest headlines in your inbox]
The Pondicherry Group claims that more than 50 % of the docs in the Lakes Area have left Bridgton Hospital, because in turmoil final yr. It additionally claims that the hospital's property will proceed in the downward cycle that started in 2018.
5 members of the group sent letters to the choice boards of Harrison and Bridgton asking them to help the vote in the possession and management of Central Maine Healthcare
. in main well being care and other property and either make investments in a brand new, native-owned healthcare holding firm that connects to or immediately connects to MaineHealth
Lori Valigra | BDN
Each cities are inclined to allow Pondicherry to speak at future selection board conferences, but in addition stated that they can’t publicly retrieve the group's concepts.
"Although we agree that health care in Bridgton has been severely weakened, I do not believe that the government can publicly support a private business organization," Lee Eastman, chairman of the Bridgton Selection Board, wrote to a member of the group, Dani Moone. its letter
“Although we want the new healthcare organization to revitalize the big system once, we believe this is the job of private companies to decide on the business practices they consider appropriate to convince Bridgton citizens that they are the best choice,” Eastman wrote in his reply.
Mooney, a Pondicherry group, can also be the leader of the Coalition of Substance Abuse Coalition. Other Pondicherry members talked about in the letter are James Cossey, Carhy Finck, Robert Slattery and David Welbourn. Previously, Slattery led the operation and improvement of the enterprise of Bridgton and Rumford hospitals.
Eastman stated that each the Pondicherry Group and Central Maine Healthcare will have the ability to submit info at a variety committee meeting on February 12th.
"This is only for the public," he stated. "The public has expressed a lot of opinions and concerns about health care at previous selection meetings, so I put this on the agenda so they could decide."
She stated she had lost her main well being care doctor on the Bridgton Hospital system and ended up following a physician in New Hampshire. He stated he heard other individuals do the identical.
"Many people see the system losing doctors," he stated. "It's a red flag."
He stated more about hospital group communication.
Mid-Maine Well being Care
Brickman questioned the Pondicherry group's claims, and the providers talked about at Bridgton Hospital are being renewed.
And the financial system is getting better. He stated that the Bridgton Hospital's internet profit was 2 %, or more than $ 1 million in 2017. The complete Central Maine Healthcare workforce's cash belongings rose to over 89 days, which was the goal that he lowered final autumn to increase cash move from July 678 to December 90th by the top of December 2018
The hospital additionally has a salary.
“We get more doctors this year than last year, both full-time and part-time,” he stated, but did not give actual numbers. The hospital additionally builds its maternity program and increases the number of nurses and nurses.
It has also hired a new president, Peter Wright, to begin in mid-March and open a new clinic in North Bridgton on February 15th
Harrison's choice board chairman Matthew Frank stated he couldn't touch upon Pondicherry's letter. He turned it over to Mayor Tim Pellerin, who in flip advised him handy it back to the Choice Board on 14 February.
Peller offered both Pondicherry's letter to the Harrison Choice Board and Bridgton's reply to the same letter
In his letters, Pondicherry Group announced that the care issues identified by the state and federal businesses are alarming and that wealth and
[Central Maine Healthcare to add walk-in clinic in Bridgton]
”Over 50% of Central Maine Well being Care Main well being and specialist docs, together with many medical directors, have left their jobs in the last 18 months, ensuing in an more and more dangerous lack of entry to healthcare for everybody dwelling and visiting Bridgton and the Lakes area, ”the group wrote in their letters.
”It appears that evidently the assets of the Lakes Area Health Care Middle, led by Central Maine Healthcare, have led to a decline in the supply of care and providers that started in 2018. The Pondicherry Group believes that Central Maine Healthcare has not been capable of resolve these destructive developments, however continues to reply
The Pondicherry Group also sent a questionnaire to the Monkey question, asking yes or no to the three questions.
Cossey, a member of the Pondicherry Group, reported by e mail that 51 % of respondents in need of hospitalization go to Maine Medical in Portland and 18 % go to the Central Maine Medical Middle in Lewiston.
[Lincoln hospital files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection]
The group has unfold its message to group teams, most just lately to Bridgton Rotary in Jan. 31, when George Szok, the rotary member of the meeting, stated he introduced about 25 individuals
"We are concerned about healthcare," Szok stated. "The number of locally administered doctors has decreased significantly."
He stated it was also troublesome for him and his spouse to find a main well being care doctor after final yr.
He asks if Central Maine Healthcare's monetary position is in danger and stated the state of affairs just isn’t clear
"The Lincoln Hospital just filed for bankruptcy," he stated. "I am concerned that the hospital did not go, because I do not know anything, but because I do not."
Brickman stated he was going to communities to talk to Bridgton Hospital and their position.
“When I came to Central Maine, there was no strategic plan for the Bridgton Hospital,” he stated. “We work on the plan and share it. It considerations hospital care and outpatient care in addition to parental care. "
He stated Central Maine Healthcare will continue to double its funding in Bridgton Hospital.
"You don't believe in the community," he stated. “We go through health look after a troublesome and changing time. And we are reforming. "