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Celebrating 10 Years in New Emergency Department

Ellsworth— In March of 2010, Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital (previously Maine Coast Memorial Hospital) opened its doors to a new, state-of-the-art emergency department.  Ten years ago the hospital hosted a public open house and Chamber Business After Hours and welcomed community members to tour the new $10 million F. Eugene Dixon Emergency Center before it opened for patients on March 1, 2010.

The impressive facility offered patients, staff, and providers a modern emergency center four times larger than the existing emergency department and capable of meeting the needs of the rapidly growing community.  Changes included more than a dozen new private treatment rooms, two fully equipped trauma rooms, imaging services, a new Sterile Processing Center and a LifeFlight helicopter pad.

“We are currently a CMS 5 star rated and Leapfrog Safety Grade ‘A’ hospital and those designations are certainly reflective of our emergency care today,” shares vice president of nursing and patient care services Kristin Cyr, MSN, MBA, CHC, CHPC.  “We are proud of the excellent care that we provide right here in Ellsworth.”  Over the past ten years, the Maine Coast Emergency Department has cared for over 161,000 patient visits, with over 800 of those patients receiving trauma services. The highly qualified providers, nurses, and staff have extensive emergency care experience and are “well equipped to care for patients with extremely critical needs including obstetric emergencies, mental-health crisis, traumatic injuries, stroke, heart attack, and the isolated treatment of infectious diseases,” explains Emergency Department Director Kara Taungatu’a, BSN, RN-BC, CEN. “Our team is exceptionally passionate about caring for our community – our neighbors, families, and friends.”

Next week, each patient will be sent home with a Northern Light Health water bottle as a thank you for choosing us for their emergency care.

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