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Molecules to Medicine

Requiem for a Hospital

Last night I participated in a requiem for St. Andrews Hospital in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and for the lost innocence of rural communities. Just over a year ago, Lincoln County Health (LCH), part of MaineHealth, announced that they would be closing St. Andrews Hospital⁠ and Emergency Room, the community’s bedrock for more than 100 years. [...]

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Breach of a Community’s Trust

Community Sentiment

I’m back in Boothbay Harbor for a much anticipated summer vacation, and have promptly become immersed again in the fight over Lincoln County Healthcare (LCH) and MaineHealth’s plan to close St. Andrews hospital, beginning with the Emergency Room, causing it to lose valuable Critical Access Hospital designation. I wrote some about this last summer here [...]

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An Emergency Room’s Closure: A Community’s Betrayal

Although I’ve been busy traveling again, the struggle of the Boothbay peninsula communities to keep their hospital remains constantly on my mind. I’ve written two letters to the editor of the Boothbay Register*, which I am reproducing here to update my readers, as this is an example of broader David and Goliath healthcare struggles and [...]

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Big Fish Eats Little Fish- Warning for Rural Hospitals

St. Andrews Hospital, Boothbay Harbor, Maine update. In my previous post, I outlined the looming menace to tiny St. Andrews hospital in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. I’ve met with one Lincoln County Healthcare (LCH) executive, Dr. Mark Fourre, Director of Emergency Services at Miles Memorial Hospital and St Andrews Hospital and a Trustee of the Board [...]

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Hospital merger déjà vu

For past decades I’ve vacationed in mid-coast Maine, an enjoyable respite from sweltering Washington, D.C. weather. When I returned to Boothbay Harbor last week, I was dismayed to learn that local St. Andrews hospital will be closing its emergency room, part of its merger with Miles Hospital in Damariscotta, 20 miles away. While I have [...]

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