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EMERGENCY ROOM GROWING PAINS 

&quot:We are thrilled.We have been looking forward to this for years.&quot:

THE MAINE COAST MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SERVES HANCOCK AND WESTERN WASHINGTON COUNTIES.THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THEY TREAT IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT KEEPS GROWING.

&quot:There’s 18 thousand people visiting our emergency department that was designed to handle 12 thousand.&quot:

DOCTORS SAY IT’S HAD A DIRECT IMPACT ON THE PATIENTS.

&quot:What it means is a longer wait time to get in., as you try to come for a private place.It means much less privacy.It’s noisy.&quot:
&quot:You’re sick and the last thing you want to do is wait in a waiting room and our goal is to get them out of the waiting room much faster than we presently are doing.&quot:

HOSPITAL OFFICIALS SAY A GROUND BREAKING FOR THE NEW STATE OF THE ART EUGENE DIXON JUNIOR EMERGENCY CENTER WILL HELP THEM DO THAT.

&quot:We’re a growing community and we need to provide the services to help us grow.&quot:

THE NEW 10 MILLION DOLLAR FACILITY IS SLATED TO OPEN EARLY IN 2 THOUSAND 10.THE CAPTITOL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE IS HOPING TO RAISE HALF OF THE COST THROUGH PUBLIC SUPPORT.

&quot:We’re off to a good start.I’m confident we will be successful in this.We’ll be going to individuals,businesses,foundations and we will make it happen because it has to happen.&quot:

HOSPITAL OFFICIALS SAY IT’S A GOOD INVESTMENT .

&quot:This is something everybody needs-man,woman or child regardless of your income,your education.Everybody needs quality health care and the emergency department is extremely important and it benefits everyone.&quot: