February 2019 – Down East Community Hospital signed the Sunrise Care Facility Building over to the Arnold Memorial Medical Building Society (AMMBS) in Jonesport on February 27. AMMBS also received $20,000 for renovations to the facility from the Hospital.
DECH Board Chair, Wayne Peters, on the gift, “Closing the facility was not a decision we took lightly, but we are pleased we were able to bequest the land and the building to AMMBS for the Moosabec community and that we were able to include the $20,000 they requested for building renovations. It is our hope that the community realizes a great benefit in their future endeavors.”
“We at AMMBS remain optimistic with regard to the future of the Sunrise Care Facility. We look forward to working with the Moosabec community to endeavor to see this property continue to serve our aging population. We are thankful to DECH for a very smooth transition and for their generous gift,” stated William K. Milliken, President of the Arnold Memorial Medical Building Society.
DECH closed the long-term care facility in August 2018 due long-time losses, low census, increasing costs and non-sustainable reimbursements.