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Central Maine Healthcare expands rural care services

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Central Maine Healthcare expands rural care services

A new partnership between Central Maine Healthcare and DFD Russell Medical Centers aims to expand access to cardiovascular care for hundreds of people living in rural Maine.

According to a Central Maine Healthcare news release, the program will launch this month and will allow physicians from Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, the nationally-recognized program in Lewiston, to see patients at DFD Russell’s health center in Leeds. Instead of having to travel long distances and pay more expensive hospital costs, patients of DFD Russell can see heart specialists where they receive their primary care, at lower costs and on a more convenient schedule, according to the release. Diagnostic services will initially include electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, and stress testing. Laurie Kane Lewis “DFD Russell Medical Center is excited to enter into this new venture to expand access to high quality cardiovascular care in our rural areas,” said CEO Laurie Kane Lewis. “DFD Russell has been recognized by the Health Resources and Service Administration as a Health Center Leader — among the top 10% of all health centers — and a National Quality Leader for Cardiovascular and Diabetes Health; the addition of cardiac specialty services to patients on a sliding-fee scale furthers our mission to provide the highest quality of care to patients in our region.”

Doctors will start seeing patients in Leeds once a month, increasing clinic days as demand increases, according to the release. Patients who require a more complex level of care will […]

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