STATEWIDE – Maine is the nation’s ninth state to pass a Death with Dignity law. The law, which took effect last September, allows terminally-ill patients to die using doctor-prescribed medications.
Hospitals now are working on internal policies to implement the new law.
A representative of St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor said they will not be participating.
“Maine Legislation specifies that organizations may opt out of participating with this law based on ethical and religious beliefs, and we have taken this option,” said Karen Sullivan, vice president for corporate communications for the hospital’s parent company, Covenant Health.
“Our commitment includes providing compassionate care and comfort to our patients so they can live with dignity until the time of natural death,” Sullivan said.
A representative of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor said they are working on policies that will include significant education to their providers.