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Mayo Regional Hospital merges with Northern Light Health

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By News Desk | Posted: Sun 11:31 AM, Mar 01, 2020

DOVER-FOXCORFT, Maine (WABI) - Mayo Regional Hospital is officially part of Northern Light Health. A spokesperson for the hospital made the announcement Sunday.

This makes Mayo Regional Hospital the tenth hospital of Northern Light Health.

Michelle Hood, President and CEO of Northern Light Health will join the president and CEO of Mayo Regional Hospital Monday morning for a press conference.

Employees will sign a banner depicting Mayo's new logo under the Northern Light Health brand.

State officials gave the green light to the merger in January.

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Women’s club’s Sebec Lake Ice Out Contest returns

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Contributed, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • February 25, 2020

DOVER-FOXCROFT — The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC)/Miosac Club is conducting its 2020 Sebec Lake Ice Out Contest for the 44th consecutive year.  Tickets may be purchased from any club member through March 31. Monies raised will be used to maintain a variety of club projects in the Dover-Foxcroft area.

Tickets are available for $1 each or six for $5.. The person who guesses the closest date and time the ice will go out of the Narrows at Sebec Lake will receive a $100 check.

Ice out dates on Sebec Lake have been recorded since May 1879. Research on the dates were released by the Sebec Lake Fish and Game Association with the assistance of Ruth Weatherbee. In the spring of 1976, former GFWC Miosac Club member Laura Stacy came up with the idea of a “Sebec Lake Ice Out Guessathon.”

It is now known as the Ice Out Contest.  This has become an annual event for the club since its inception with much anticipation from local residents. This year’s judges will be Jerry and Debbie Cole.  

For more information or for tickets, please call Anne Cress at 207-717-7576 or any GFWC Miosac Club member.

Lawsuit seeking to halt Mayo-Northern Light merger headed to court

Submitted by Seth Barden on February 26, 2020 - 5:48pm

Charles Eichacker, Bangor Daily News Staff • February 24, 2020

DOVER-FOXCROFT — A lawsuit seeking to block the merger of Mayo Regional Hospital with Northern Light Health is heading to court late next month after the Maine attorney general’s office and both health care organizations all filed motions seeking to dismiss the case.

Besides seeking to dismiss the legal case that was originally filed in December in Somerset County Superior Court, the Dover-Foxcroft hospital has also filed a separate motion seeking reimbursement of its legal fees from the plaintiffs. 

In December, the town of Cambridge and almost three dozen residents from the other communities that collectively own Mayo Regional Hospital filed the lawsuit trying to block the merger. They argued that special legislation authorizing the merger was unconstitutional and that leaders of the quasi-municipal entity that runs Mayo — Hospital Administrative District 4 — violated that entity’s charter by pursuing the deal without first holding votes in all of its 13 member communities.

On March 25, the various motions to dismiss the case are all scheduled to be heard at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta, according to one of the plaintiffs, Gerald Nessmann of Sebec. 

The original lawsuit named several defendants: Northern Light Health, Hospital Administrative District 4, the state of Maine and Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. 

The boards of both Northern Light Health and Hospital Administrative District 4 have cast two rounds of votes approving the merger. Both organizations have argued that it will help Mayo Regional Hospital to keep operating after suffering operating losses every year since 2010. 

After those boards gave initial votes approving the merger early last year, the Legislature passed the special legislation authorizing it. In January, Lambrew gave the deal its final approval, but it’s not clear how the lawsuit will affect the eventual outcome of the merger. 

A copy of Northern Light Health’s motion to dismiss the case was not immediately available. The attorney general’s office pointed to several factors in its motion, including that proponents of the merger had demonstrated to the Legislature that it was for the public good and that it was supported by 13 of the 14 towns in Hospital Administrative District 4 during a round of advisory votes. 

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