Vital Signs: How Maine hospitals prepare for a snowstorm

Doctors, nurses and other hospital workers don’t get snow days. With one blizzard behind us and another foot of snow in the forecast for today and tomorrow, the state’s medical centers continue to stay open around the clock. 

Joel Farley, head of emergency preparedness for Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, spoke for many Mainers in summing up the hospital’s response to the blizzard.

“It’s Maine,” he said. “We don’t take this thing lightly, obviously, but we’re prepared.”

Joshua Frances, director of emergency preparedness at Maine Medical Center in Portland, said emergency room patients tend to show up with back problems from shoveling and injuries from slips and falls during a big storm.

Shovels, stat! How Maine hospitals prepare for a snowstorm

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Maine medical marijuana dispensary group promotes study that says THC slows Alzheimer’s disease

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Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell

Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.