DECH Donates SCF Building Plus Money for Renovations

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.


DECH Welcomes New Year Baby

DECH welcomes its first baby of 2022!

Kristi Doten and Dan Jones’ daughter, Indira, was born at Down East Community Hospital on January 5 at 8:48am.  Indira weighed in at 5 pounds and 6 ounces and was 19 ½” long.  DECH presented the family with a gift basket full of items for Indira.  The basket also contained several gift certificates for her parents.

Congratulations from the OB staff and everyone at DECH on the birth of your beautiful daughter!

Podiatrist Joins DECH

We are happy to announce that Dr. Adam Simmons, DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) will be practicing at our Orthopedics practice at Down East Community Hospital beginning the week of March 21, 2022.  Dr. Simmons is an established area provider and a skilled healthcare services professional.

Dr. Simmons has a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) degree and is licensed by the state. He diagnoses and treats foot diseases and deformities. He performs medical, surgical, and other operative procedures, prescribes corrective devices and physical therapy, and prescribes and administers drugs.

Services and procedures include:

  • At Risk foot care; neuropathic, diabetic, and other at-risk foot evaluations /managements
  • Clinical / surgical lower extremity wound care management
  • Clinical / surgical foot evaluations – generalized foot pain, Ingrown toenail removal, wart removal, skin lesion biopsy/ removal, arthritis, foot fractures, bunions, hammer toes, flat foot, and other foot deformities

Dr. Simmons received a B.A. in Biology from Utah Valley University and a DPM degree from Barry University in Florida. He went on to complete his FF/RRA Surgical Residency program, specializing in wound care and foot and ankle surgery.
A podiatrist is a person qualified by a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) degree. Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot diseases and deformities. They perform medical, surgical, and other operative procedures, prescribe corrective devices, and prescribe and administer drugs and physical therapy. Podiatrists are also referred as foot doctors and/or chiropodist.  Podiatrists can be the first to identify systemic diseases in patients, such as diabetes and vascular disease.

To make an appointment with Dr. Simmons, call 255-0404.

Visiting Hour Restrictions at DECH

Visitation Restrictions Enacted to Protect Patient’s Safety

Machias – Due to the high numbers of respiratory illness and the recent news that Maine has experienced its first confirmed case of COVID-19, Down East Community Hospital and all its provider practices in Machias, Jonesport, and Milbridge have implemented visitor restrictions.  Those restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.
In an effort to protect our patients and the surrounding community, the following restrictions are in force.  Visitors who are ill with flu or cold symptoms, fever, sore throat, cough, sneezing, runny/stuffy nose, vomiting and/or diarrhea will not be permitted.  There will only be one visitor allowed per patient in all areas. Members of the public coming to the hospital can be expected to be screened and asked to clean their hands.  No visitors will be allowed for patients who have a pending or positive COVID-19 test.  Lastly, all visitors must be 16 years or older.  Special exceptions may be made to the visiting restrictions for OB patients and patients at end of life or in hospice care and those exceptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by a nursing manager.
President and CEO, Steve Lail,  “This was a difficult decision to make, but we must put the safety of our patients first.  We also need to protect our staff and the community.  We may find later that safety warrants an increase to the restrictions and we will absolutely do that if the need arises.  You can be assured that we are continually updated by the Maine CDC and have all infection prevention and emergency preparedness protocols in place.” 
If you have recently traveled to areas affected by COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has, or are showing signs of illness, please refrain from visiting family or friends in the hospital.  If you are exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection, and must be at the hospital, please wear a mask.  If you are exhibiting symptoms and need to come to the Emergency Department or visit your provider, call ahead so the caregivers can make the necessary preparations for your arrival.
There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
·         Stay at home when you are sick.
·         Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue into the trash.
For up to date information go to Maine CDC’s COVID-19 website at or by calling Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821.

DECH Employees Recognized for Years of Service

Lien Crocker and CEO Steve Lail have some fun during the presentation of Lein’s 40-year pin.

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! If you have ever visited or been a patient at DECH, you have probably met Lien.  Lien works in Environmental Services and will be the first to tell you she loves her job, cares for her co-workers and appreciates how everyone is always so good to her.  If you had the chance to encounter Lien while she was at work, she would have met you with a smile, a warm greeting and maybe even a hug if she knows you. Thank you, Lien, for being a member of the DECH family!

Other employment milestones reached during 2018:
35 Years: Elizabeth Faraci
25 Years: Nicholas Cianciola
20 Years: Dee Kelley, Lynnette Parr, Ernie Reisman
15 Years: Anna Baskerville, Patricia Bridges, Elaine Johnson, Gail Roberts, Heidi Schwinn, Jennifer Strout
10 Years: Ann Alley, Kim Dube, Aaron Fogg, William Howard, Monique Mills, Nicole Riddell, Sarah Trynor, Alf Wakeman
5 years: Kim Alley, Tonja Alley, Steen Belanger, Jennifer Brodie, Nancy Fitzgerald, Penny Guerra, Joelle Jackson, Karen Joeckel, Dana Lang, Darci Libby, Jessica Murry, Heather Wright

DECH Welcomes the First Baby of 2019

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.

DECH to Close Calais OB/GYN Clinic in December 

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 Received Platinum Award – Is Recognized Nationally for Promoting Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation

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.

DECH – New CEO Takes the Helm

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.