This Week in History - March 10

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March 14, 2005 - 15 Years Ago
Three Rivers News | Vol. 4 No. 18

March 12, 1970 - 50 Years Ago
The Town Crier | Vol. 9 No. 11

2019 Milo Town Report

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MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020 AT 10:00 AM

The polls for balloting on Elective Town Officials will be open at the Milo Town Hall Dining Room at 10:00 AM and will close at 7:00 PM.

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020 AT 7:00 PM

The election for the Annual Budget will be open at the Milo Town Hall Art Center at 7:00 PM.

2019 Lake View Plantation Annual Report

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Northern Light shuffles leadership at central Maine hospitals after latest addition

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Charles Eichacker, Bangor Daily News Staff • March 4, 2020

With the pending retirement of a Waterville hospital executive and the recent addition of a new hospital, Northern Light Health is shuffling around the leadership of its hospitals in central Maine and Piscataquis County.

On March 3, the Brewer-based health care system announced the retirement of John Dalton, who was the president of Northern Light Inland Hospital in Waterville for 14 years as well as a vice president with the parent organization.

Dalton will be succeeded by Terri Vieira, the current president of Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield and Northern Light CA Dean Hospital in Greenville. Vieira will also hold onto her leadership position at the Pittsfield hospital, but she will leave her post at CA Dean Hospital.

That position will be taken by Marie Vienneau, the president of another Piscataquis County hospital that officially joined the Northern Light Health network at the start of this week: Northern Light Mayo Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft. 

With that change, Vienneau will become the third executive to oversee more than one Northern Light hospital in the 10-hospital network. Besides Vieira, the other executive in the organization who has led two hospitals is John Ronan, the president of Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital and Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth.

Mayo Regional Hospital officially joins Northern Light Health

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Staff, Piscataquis Observer • March 2, 2020

DOVER-FOXCROFT — Two organizations with a shared vision to meet the health care needs of the people of Piscataquis County have officially come together. Northern Light Health and Mayo Regional Hospital completed their merger agreement on Sunday, March 1. On Monday morning, Michelle Hood, president and CEO of Northern Light Health, joined with Marie Vienneau, president and CEO of the newly named Northern Light Mayo Hospital, for a press conference and celebration at  the hospital with employees.

“As a stand-alone hospital, Mayo has been providing excellent care to people in Piscataquis County for more than 40 years. Working together, we can continue that mission,” Hood said. “We are pleased to welcome Mayo’s leaders, board and employees into our organization as we work together toward a common goal to preserve rural healthcare services in this region of the state.” 

Following a thorough review process with ample opportunity for public input, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services granted a certificate of need in January, which allowed the merger between Mayo Regional Hospital and Northern Light Health to go forward. For Mayo, integrating with a health care system provides a sustainable path forward. 

“Mayo not only provides local care, but as the region’s largest employer, it is vital to the rural economy of Piscataquis County,” Vienneau said. “As a member of Northern Light Health, we have found a better path forward for our patients, our employees and our community.”

Following the press conference Hood, Vienneau, and hospital employees signed a banner depicting Mayo’s new logo under the Northern Light Health brand. Although the legal aspects of the merger are complete, there is still much more operational work that will occur over the course of the year to fully integrate Mayo into Northern Light Health.

At this point, the only noticeable change to patients will be staff calling the hospital by its new name, said Northern Light Health spokesperson Chris Facchini. Later this week, the hospital plans to hang a temporary wrap over its main entrance that includes the new name. Gradually, it will replace its permanent signs, according to Facchini. 

“In terms of patients, they shouldn’t notice any difference in the care they receive,” he said. “They will go to the same providers in the same locations.” 

Although the merger has legal taken effect, Facchini said, Mayo and Northern Light will need more time to merge their medical services, human resources, technology, philanthropy and other operations. 

In regards to a lawsuit seeking to block the merger Facchini wrote in an email that the legal aspects of the merger are complete and the operational work continues to fully integrate Mayo into Northern Light Health.

“As far as the lawsuit our position is that the lawsuit is...

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