CALAIS – A federal bankruptcy judge says he will appoint an ombudsman to make sure patients at Calais Regional Hospital are being properly treated.
The ombudsman will be appointed in the wake of incidents at the Calais hospital that caused investigators with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to take notice.
During a bankruptcy hearing held via a teleconference, Federal Bankruptcy Judge Michael Fagone ordered the appointment of the ombudsman saying it was the right thing to do.
The hospital filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code last September.
The incident that alerted DHHS overseers occurred in February when an emergency room doctor failed to intubate, or open a hole in a patient’s throat to restore breathing.