June 2022 Calais – Calais Community Hospital is hosting a special celebration to commemorate its one-year anniversary as a member of the Down East Community Hospital organization.   A thank you BBQ is being held for staff and community members for the support received throughout the last year.

The event will take place on July 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the lower parking at the hospital.  It will celebrate a year of collaboration and commitment to serving the residents of Washington County and recognizing the hospital’s 100 plus year legacy in the community.

Calais Community Hospital CEO, Steve Lail, said, “Just a year ago the hospital was in the midst of bankruptcy and struggling with low volumes and low resources.   The acquisition by DECH brought a lot of hard work and some tough decisions, but CCH is now moving in a positive direction.  We truly have reason to celebrate.”

As a result, Calais Community Hospital has kept its doors open, ensuring ongoing access to vital care and services and providing benefits to both staff and patients.

Lail stated, “Among Calais Community Hospital’s first year achievements are the recruitment of new providers, including an orthopedic surgeon to bring back the orthopedic program to Calais and a full time general surgeon; upgrades to the radiology department; a new MRI machine, new testing equipment in the lab and provider offices to test for covid, flu and rsv onsite; and positive wage adjustments for staff across the organization to more accurately reflect appropriate market level.   Steadying the financial condition of the hospital has stabilized jobs for over 175 employees, which has a positive economic and employment ripple effect throughout the area.    Keeping the hospital thriving and viable is not just important to the physical health or our community members, but also to the economic health of our area.”

The celebration on July 1 will commemorate a year of new beginnings and celebrate a future of hope, healing, and shared commitment to serving the healthcare needs of the community.   “We are honored to continue the legacy of healthcare in Eastern Washington County through Calais Community Hospital as an essential community partner comprised of committed providers and staff dedicated to improving health,” said CEO Steve Lail.

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