Plans to Move Forward at Down East Community Hospital 

Plans to move forward at Down East Community Hospital are already being put into motion, just a day after they learned they’ll continue to receive Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, for the time being.The deadline for the hospital to meet federal standards has been extended to September thirtieth.Interim President and CEO Douglas Jones says they see the extension as recognition that the relationship with Eastern Maine Healthcare is a credible one.Last week a judge appointed Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems to take over the hospital and bring it back into compliance.Jones says he’s confident all the standards will be met by the new deadline.” The things that I’m particularly focusing on is high level organization of the hospital and making sure that we’re organized properly so people have the resources to do their work.”Jones says he and the staff have no doubt the hospital will be accredited.