DOVER-FOXCROFT – Some of the communities that collectively own Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft are coming together to block a merger with Northern Light Health.
“I really question whether this is in the spirit of the public entity taking steps,” said Gerald Nessmann, one of the directors of Hospital Administrative District 4.
“I do wonder why the decision was made to do it in such a manner,” he said.
Nessmann said a lawsuit was filed recently to assert property rights that said Northern Light Health cannot transfer the assets without the consent of townspeople.
“The rights of the owners were to be impacted but the board leadership took the position to say well we cannot talk to our communities about what’s going on,” Nessmann said.
Nessmann said this deal is violating the charter by going through with it without the say from communities involved.
According to Nessmann, he thought of suggestions to bring to the board to develop alternatives and present them to the town. He said the idea was turned down.
Nessmann said he wants to know if this agreement is constitutional.
“The town has vested rights in the property. Then taking these rights away without compensation consent violates the constitution. That’s the challenge that’s being made at this point,” Nessmann said.
“The second challenge is the board entered an agreement while the board didn’t really have the authority to enter into an agreement,” he said.
Nessmann said the main problem is the validity of the agreement and how it’s gone on with no communication with the communities.
“If the answer is this is not constitutional well then what is currently set in place will be set aside by the courts,” Nessman said. “If it’s deemed to be constitutional well then the merger will continue.”
We reached out to the spokesman at Mayor Regional Hospital who said he doesn’t have a comment at this time.