Hearing held on future of Brunswick's Parkview Hospital

6:11 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
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BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Medical service in the midcoast was up for debate Wednesday -- as the Department of Health and Human Services held a public hearing on a proposal to bring one Brunswick Hospital into the Central Maine Health Care system.

CMHC has filed a certificate of need to acquire Parkview Adventist Hospital. Supporters say it would give residents more options for care outside of the mid coast, while help controlling costs. But opponents are worried it would take away local services, and lead to more travel. DHHS is not considering any other proposals, but some are suggesting a merger between Parkview and Mid Coast Hospital would be a better option. Parkview officials say -- they're set on joining CMHC.

"If their proposal were to be carried out, their CON, which has never been accepted by the state, but their proposal is to eliminate us as acute care, and that's why we exist, is to be an acute care center. So we don't want to be eliminated," said Mike Ortel, the Board Chair at Parkview.

"Our idea is that we would work with Parkview Adventist, partner with them, to bring the best of both organizations together to meet the needs of our local community rather than having a health care system from another region of the state come in to our community to scoop up health care for their region of state," said Lois Skillings of Mid Coast Hospital.

DHHS will be accepting written public comment for the next 30 days.

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