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The coronavirus pandemic has thrust us all into a new situation that can be disorienting. That's especially true for doctors and nurses who are treating patients with an illness they've never seen before. On Tuesday, the Mills administration launched a new statewide telephone line to support frontline workers, but there are also local efforts underway — including a new online peer support group at Maine Medical Center.

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Two Maine hospitals are listed on a federal government website that tracks the most serious quality deficiencies cited in the past six months. As the Bangor Daily News first reported this week, Maine Medical Center and York Hospital were both identified for patient safety issues.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Medical Center is warning people who visited the hospital's emergency department on July 30 that they may have been exposed to the virus that causes chickenpox.

Maine Med Ends Use Of Live Animals In Training

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Maine Medical Center has ended the use of live animals in its emergency medical training.

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Maine Medical Center has announced $10.5 million in donations from two Maine families. The funding is being used to build two new floors for the oncology department and a heliport for critical patients coming in from across the state.

PORTLAND, Maine - Nine nurses who work in the labor and delivery unit at the largest hospital in Maine are expecting babies in the next few months. Maine Medical Center announced the bonanza of babies with a Facebook post on Monday featuring eight of the nine nurses and their respective bumps.

PORTLAND, Maine - Officials in Portland, Maine, have approved the final phase of a proposed $525 million hospital expansion project.

The nonprofit healthcare organization MaineHealth has earned and maintained a strong credit rating as it prepares to borrow $300 million in bonds for an expansion project at Maine Medical Center.

The credit agency Moody’s assigned an A1 rating, and the agency Standard and Poor's assigned an A+ rating.

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Construction has begun for Maine Medical Center's $500 million expansion.

The hospital's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Sanders says the entire project will take about five years.

"What we're starting today is construction that will eventually add 128 private rooms, 19 procedure rooms for surgery and cardiac care at Maine Medical Center, and additional parking for our visitors and employees, which is much needed," Sanders says.

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The Portland Planning Board Tuesday gave the green light to Maine Medical Center's plans for a $512 million dollar expansion of its facility in the city's West End.

Maine Medical Center and its partners, the University of Southern Maine and the University of Vermont, will receive a five-year, $20 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health. 

The funding will establish a biomedical research network.

The goal is to develop innovative treatments for chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and substance abuse. 

Researchers will also identify the best methods to deliver health care in rural environments and will improve access to clinical studies. 

WESTBROOK, Maine - The largest office building in downtown Westbrook is being purchased by Maine Medical Center.
The $10.75 million purchase of One Riverfront Plaza will allow Maine's largest hospital to consolidate information services and administrative employees spread across eight office locations in Greater Portland.
Up to 500 people will eventually work in the building.

A spike in patients caused Maine Medical Center to divert nonemergency ambulances from its Emergency Department this week.

Hospital spokesman Clay Holtzman says there’s no single cause for the increase in demand.

“Because the Medical Center has a significant number of double-occupancy rooms, and we see the sickest level of patients in the state, we have a reduced capacity to respond to sudden increases like we saw earlier this week in patient admissions,” he says.

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Maine Medical Center announced Wednesday it’s planning a $512 million renovation and expansion. The project would modernize the facility and add more single-patient rooms, which hospital officials say are becoming the standard for care of patients with increasingly complex health issues.

When Dr. Joel Botler began practicing at Maine Medical Center 37 years ago, the patients who came through the hospital’s doors typically had just a single health problem that needed to be treated.

“Those days are over,” he says.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The federal government has given Maine's largest hospital a grant to start a new residency program in preventive medicine.