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Annually, DECH celebrates the years of service for those employees who, during the year, reached their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40th year of service. Lien Crocker, received her 40-year pin for reaching that landmark in 2018!

On January 1, DECH welcomed its first baby of 2019.  Matt and Molly Hall and their three daughters welcomed Ezra James Hall to their family at 7:33am.

Down East Community Hospital’s 2019 Employees of the Year Have Been Chosen


Lauren Ramsay is a nurse in the Emergency Department and Nikki Shaw is the Practice Manager at Milbridge Medical Center.  Below are some excerpts from the nomination forms received on behalf of these two very impressive employees. 

In November 2017, Down East Community Hospital and Calais Regional Hospital partnered to bring an OB clinic to Calais after CRH had to make the tough decision to close its OB unit.  That clinic is now scheduled to close on Friday, December 28, 2018.

Down East Community Hospital is among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide.

Steve Lail officially took the helm as Down East Community Hospital CEO on November 1, 2018.  With almost two weeks underway, everything is moving smoothly ahead.

Down East Community Hospital is having a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in Machias on October 13. 

DECH CEO, Dennis Welsh, announces Steve Lail as his successor.  Steve will take on the duties as the hospital’s new CEO on November 1, 2018. 

Wayne Peters becomes the new Board Chair of Down East Community Hospital as former Chair, David Whitney, terms off the Board.  Mr. Whitney was on the Board for 9 years and served as Chair since 2014.  “David dedicated many hours of service to the hospital over the past 9 years and we can’t say enough about how much we appreciated his work on the capital campaign to raise the needed funds for the Emergency Department expansion.” Dennis Welsh, DECH President & CEO.

Rehabilitation Manager, Heather Dodsworth, applied for and was awarded a grant in the amount of $7,500 from the Maine Community Foundation!  The funds are to help in the purchase of a Balance Assessment and Conditioning system to assist in the development and implementation a comprehensive balance program for the citizens of Washington County including identifying persons at risk for falls and improving agility, muscle tone and strength, range of motion, and safe mobility. 
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