On Friday, Gov. Janet Mills signed into legislation laws that can permit Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft to maneuver ahead in merging with the statewide well being care group, Northern Gentle Well being.
Hospital officers have been pursuing the merger since earlier this yr. Mayo Regional Hospital directors have stated that merging with Northern Gentle Well being will assist maintain the hospital financially secure after almost a decade of working losses.
â€œSmall hospitals are discovering it more and more troublesome to supply entry to high quality healthcare in a means that’s financially viable; our built-in healthcare system has the infrastructure and assets to assist in that regard,â€ Michelle Hood, Northern Gentle Well being president and CEO, stated in a press launch Friday.
The merger required legislative approval as a result of it’s owned and overseen by a quasi-municipal entity, Hospital Administrative District 4, which has a constitution thatâ€™s set in Maine legislation. The district contains Abbot, Atkinson, Bradford, Cambridge, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford, Milo, Monson, Parkman, Sangerville, Sebec and Willimantic.
Of the 13 communities that make up Hospital Administrative District 4, 12 voted in favor of the merger, with Cambridge opposing the merger.
Amendments from Piscatiquas County lawmaker Rep. Paul Stearns, R-Guilford, weren’t included within the laws that was handed. Stearns proposed a number of amendments that might have given the 13 communities extra say over the occurs to the hospital after the merger.
One of many amendments would have liquidated the belongings of the Mayo Regional Hospital on the time of the merger and have the cash return to the communities as a substitute of to Northern Gentle Well being.
Nevertheless, if the merger goes by way of, few belongings are anticipated to be left over from the financially troubled hospital. Mayo Regional Hospital did have about $13.7 million in a reserve fund early this yr, these funds can be wanted to pay the hospitalâ€™s money owed as a part of the merger, in keeping with CEO Marie Vienneau.
With approval from the Legislature and the governor, the subsequent step within the merger can be for Mayo and Northern Gentle Well being to submit a certificates of want utility with the Maine Division of Well being and Human Companies, in keeping with Fridayâ€™s launch.
If the merger receives approval from DHHS, Mayoâ€™s board and Northern Gentle Well beingâ€™s board will maintain a ultimate vote on the merger this fall.
Previously often known as Japanese Maine Healthcare Techniques, Northern Gentle Well being is a Brewer-based group that features 9 different hospitals stretching from Portland to Presque Isle, together with Northern Gentle Japanese Maine Medical Heart in Bangor.