Central Maine Medical Center temporarily stops pediatric, cardiac and trauma admissions

Central Maine Medical Center announced Monday that it is suspending admissions to children, heart patients and trauma patients. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

LEWISTON — Central Maine Medical Center is suspending admissions to pediatric, cardiac and trauma patients, a statement posted Monday night on its website.

Patients arriving at the emergency department will be “evaluated, stabilized and, if necessary, transferred to another facility for patient treatment,” the message said. Cardiac and trauma patients are “screened and stabilized” before being evaluated and transferred.

A spokeswoman for Central Maine Healthcare, the hospital’s parent organization, did not immediately respond to calls and emails, and it’s not clear why the services were halted. The message no longer appears to be on the website.

CMMC has already closed its neonatal intensive care unit due to staff shortages.

Earlier this month, CMH’s medical director, Dr. John Alexander, that about 70 employees have left due to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. The required deadline was October 1, but state officials said they would not enforce it until October 29.

At the time, Alexander said about 86% of CMH’s staff had been fully vaccinated, but about 300 employees across the system have yet to receive their vaccinations or confirm their vaccination status.

This story is being updated.

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