The votes are in:
In Southport, Maine, 95% of voters want to keep St. Andrews Hospital's Critical Access Status (24x7 ER + up to 25 beds);
In Boothbay Harbor, 83% of voters said Yes to the same vote.
In Boothbay, 86% of voters said Yes.
Even in Edgecomb, the town furthest away from St. Andrews Hospital and closest to the closest competitor, Miles Memorial in Damariscotta, the vote to retain St. Andrews’ critical access status was still 81%!According to the Selectmen in all 4 towns, voter turnout was double that of last year. Saving St. Andrews brought out the vote, big time! This is quite a mandate. What does it mean? That a SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY of the voters on our peninsula want to keep our St. Andrews’ 24-hour emergency room along with acute care beds and recuperation beds for those who are too sick to stay home, who need nursing care and want to be near their families.
If 87% of your customers tell you they want a certain product, do you turn them away and close your doors? That’s not very good business, is it?