Physicians quit Maine hospital as morale hits 'all-time low'

At least eight physicians are resigning from Bangor-based Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, and physicians from several departments warned that more physicians could leave if changes aren't made, according to the Bangor Daily News.

The hospital's parent company, Brewer, Maine-based Northern Light Health, has recently made changes to standardize operations and compensation. Physicians, including the eight hospitalists who have submitted their resignations since March 1, are displeased with the some of the changes, which make cuts to their benefits and require them to see more patients each day, according to the report.

Several physicians recently told Northern Light Health board members that physicians' morale is at an "all-time low." The physicians, who claim they have been left out of major decisions, warned that a "mass exodus" could occur if tensions between physicians and health system leaders continue, according to the report.

A spokesperson for Northern Light Health confirmed the eight resignations to the Bangor Daily News and attributed the departures to normal turnover.

Access the full Bangor Daily News article here.

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