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As the numbers of cases of COVID-19 rise in Maine, we hear from hospital representatives about what is being done to prepare facilities, equipment and health care workers to deal with the growing pandemic. 

Guests: Dr. John Alexander, chief quality officer for Central Maine Healthcare

Dr. James Jarvis, medical specialist, Incident Command, Northern Light Health at Eastern Maine Medical Center


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As confirmed cases of COVID-19 increase in Maine, we talk with medical professionals about the spread of the virus here, as well as what some Maine hospitals are doing to prepare for cases. Our panelists will answer your questions about how to deal with the spread of the coronavirus, how testing works, who is at risk and more.

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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date December 18, 2019); no calls will be taken.

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.


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Due to Maine Public Radio's coverage of the impeachment vote, Maine Calling will be live-streamed at 1 pm on mainecalling.org and Facebook.

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.


Calais Regional Hospital is cutting hours for 90 employees and eliminating two special care rooms. The hospital faces a funding loss of more than half a million so far this year.

Chief Financial Officer Nancy Glidden said Calais Regional Hospital has seen a big drop in outpatient services in recent months, due to bad weather, a short flu season, and changes in reimbursement.

  A leading cause of death in hospitals and the number one reason for costly hospital readmissions are blood clots. It is a silent killer that now causes more deaths than breast cancer, AIDS and vehicular accidents combined.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Dr. Paul Kim, Assistant Director of Vascular & Interventional Services for Spectrum Medical Group. He is on the forefront of a new DVT treatment study here in Maine.

Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen, Founder of the Vein Healthcare Center