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$820,000 for Bridgton, Rumford Hospitals Secured by Senator Collins in Funding Bill in First Key Step

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she secured $820,000 for Central Maine Health Care to make improvements to the Bridgton and Rumford hospitals in the draft Fiscal Year 2023 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill.  The bill, which was officially released by the full Senate Appropriations Committee today, must still be voted upon by the full Senate and House.


“Mainers in every part of our state should be able to receive the vital medical services they need, which is why I have long advocated for funding to support access to quality rural health care,” said Senator Collins.  “Upgrading medical equipment and replacing devices that have exceeded their useful lives will provide residents in the Lewiston, Rumford, and Bridgton regions with access to the most advanced care, improving health outcomes.  As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to champion this funding as the appropriations process moves forward.”


Bridgton Hospital 


The funding would support the purchase of a Seimens CIOS Mobile C-arm unit. This machine is designed to utilize an integrated app-based, non-invasive solution, which will allow orthopedic surgeons to streamline intraoperative imaging guidance, verify positioning, and improve efficiency during surgery. This purchase will improve precision and accuracy as well as reduce radiation exposure. 


The funding would also support the purchase of a Xeleris v2.0 work station for use in nuclear medicine. Nuclear medicine is used to diagnose, evaluate, and treat various diseases. It can pinpoint molecular activity and gives the potential to find and eliminate disease at its earliest stage. 


Rumford Hospital


The funding would support the purchase of an XR Portable 1 AMX4Plus and an OR C-Arm GE OEC. 


The portable X-ray unit is fully mobile and runs on batteries, which makes it easily adaptable to operating, intensive care, and emergency room applications. 


The OR C-Arm X-ray machine is suited to a variety of surgical needs, including orthopedics, gastrointestinal, endoscopic, urologic, critical care, emergency, and vascular procedures.

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