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Rural Hospitals: The Challenges Maine's Hospitals Face in Delivering Care to Rural Communities


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Maine’s primarily rural population is served by hospitals that are increasingly struggling to maintain the resources, staff and up-to-date health care that is needed to serve their surrounding communities. In the past year, two — Penobscot Valley Hospital and Calais Regional Hospital — have entered bankruptcy. We discuss the particular challenges that face rural hospitals, and what innovative solutions Maine’s rural health care leaders are pursuing to keep these hospitals strong.


Peter Wright, president, Bridgton and Rumford hospitals, Central Maine Healthcare

Lisa Letourneau, senior advisor of delivery system change, Maine Department of Health & Human Services; leader of rural health transformation work for DHHS

Kris Doody, chief executive officer, Cary Medical Center

Norm Dinerman (by phone), medical director, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Transfer Center, LifeFlight of Maine

Andrew Helman, attorney, Murray, Plumb & Murray



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