Blue Hill OB Unit’s Future Still Unsure 

The fate of the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital’s obstetrics unit is still up in the air.The hospital was headed for bankruptcy when they started tightening belts back in December.To start the hospital cut 30 positions, then the board of trustees voted in February to cut the OB department unless supporters could raise $600,000 by March 10th.Efforts fell short of that goal, but they did raise a significant amount of money. Now supporters are waiting to see what happens. “I think there’s a lot of people within the Hancock County area that use Blue Hill, and I think they’re probably a lot of anxiety knowing they would have to travel the extra distance to Bangor.” A former patient of Blue Hill Memorial told TV5 on Wednesday.Hospital officials say the state owes Blue Hill Memorial $3,000,000 in payments.Dr. Erik Steele did meet with the obstetrics staff on Tuesday and thanked them for their hard work and congratulated them on raising the money for the program.Dr. Steele then began planning for the next fiscal year in budget meetings.They say the economic stimulus monies that are part of the Mainecare settlement will be included in discussions, but they need to analyze all the information before finalizing the budget.The administration of the hospital will be looking at whether the stimulus money and the funds raised by the staff will be enough to preserve the OB department for another year.