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EMHS Takes Over Down East Community Hospital 

Catherine Pegram

Eastern Maine Health Systems is taking over operations of Down East Community Hospital in Machias. A judge appointed EMHS as emergency receiver of the hospital today.The Department of Health and Human Services and the hospital filed a petition for the move yesterday.The goal is to keep Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements coming in. The federal government notified DECH that it’s set to pull that funding July 10th based on a number of deficiencies found at the hospital. Doug Jones, the former Chief Executive Officer of Maine Coast Memorial, will be the interim C-E-O in Machias during the receivership process. DHHS Commissioner Brenda Harvey says turning over the operations of the hospital over is an important step toward bringing the hospital into compliance.She says she hopes the federal government will extend its reimbursements, based on the new plan for the hospital.