Down East Community Hospital
11 Hospital Drive, Machias, ME 04654
Phone: 207.255.3356

DEC News

Machias - On January 2 at 10:50 am Brealyn Ember Rose Olsen, weighing in at 7 lbs., 14 oz., became the first baby born at Down East Community Hospital for the year 2015. 
Down East Community Hospital’s 26th Annual “Light A Life” celebration took place on Tuesday, December 2 with an estimated 300 community members in attendance. 
 For Immediate Release:  12/5/14
Contact:          Julie Hixson
Down East Community Hospital’s Quality Improvement Director, Andrea Poulos, RN, earned the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) certification. 
On Wednesday, November 19, the Down East Community Hospital Board of Trustees elected Rick Ramsdell of Machiasport to the Board. 
Machias – On Tuesday, November 18, Machias Savings Bank President, Larry Barker, presented a $1,000 donation to Down East Community Hospital CEO, Ralph Gabarro, and Board Chair David Whitney for Light A Life.
Down East Community Hospital announced a partnership with the Downeast Medical Associates' general surgery practice located at the Reid Emery Medical Building in Machias.
 Down East Community Hospital and its physician practices are following all Ebola precautions and guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Education and training have been provided to the staff in preparing to handle this viral disease.
On Tuesday, October 14, the 8th Annual Down East Community Hospital Health Fair and Flu Shot Clinic took place with 675 being vaccinated and over 800 people participating in the event. 
Machias – A fully staffed Rehabilitation Department at Down East Community Hospital provides improved access to services.
After recently hiring two full time physical therapists and an occupational therapist, the Down East Community Hospital Rehabilitation Department is now fully staffed with four physical therapists, one occupational therapist, one speech therapist, as well as per diem staff.  From Department Manager, Heather Dodsworth, “Because we are fully staffed, we have extended our hours of operation to better serve the community. Physical and occupational therapy appointments are now available from 7:15 am, and until 5:15 pm. We continue to provide speech therapy services, including swallow studies in conjunction with the radiology department.  Our rehabilitation specialists provide services to a wide spectrum of the community and create a healthier and more active Washington County.  We are very pleased they have chosen to practice at Down East Community Hospital.”
Machias – Instead of gifts for their birthdays, Emma and Nate Shaw of Milbridge asked their party guests to bring a DVD to donate to the Pediatric Service at Down East Community Hospital.  Over 20 movies were donated for Pediatric Emergency Department patients and Inpatients to view.  Here they are pictured with Interim Chief Nursing Officer / ED Director, Rob Janssen.
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