Maine hospital to boost margins by hiring nurses from overseas, expanding surgical volume

Lewiston, Maine-based St. Mary's Health System, part of Covenant Health, will implement various changes in the coming years to reduce expenses and increase revenue through higher patient volumes, ABC affiliate WMBW reported March 10.

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center will add five surgeons this year and boost its primary care network from 22 to 35 providers over the next three years, according to the report. It will also hire 30 registered nurses and 50 certified registered nursing assistants from overseas. 

Sign-on bonuses, flexible schedules and competitive pay will also be used to attract nursing talent, Steve Jorgensesn, president of St. Mary's, told WMBW.

The hospital will also transition to private rooms across the organization and expand behavioral health services, including a new outpatient therapy program that will launch in the summer.

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