New Emergency Room 

The Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth is putting the finishing touches on a new 5-million dollar emergency room. The hospital says the current E-R is often over crowded. Designed 15 years ago to accommodate 12 thousand visits, the emergency room accepts 18 thousand plus patients each year. The new facility will have room for 24 thousand patients. Through the hospital’s capital Campaign 3.6 million has been raised in collected donations, and a 500 thousand dollar challenging grant has been added by an anonymous donor. Bob Merrill, chair of the hospital’s capital campaign says he had a lot of concerns about raising the amount needed, but so far things have gone well. He says,”It was a worry because this area has been hit, and lot of areas have been hit by the economy, but area businesses, employees, residents and summer residents have stepped up to the plate.” In addition to space the hospital will gain equipment including a life flight helicopter pad.