As part of his visit with local officials and families of those affected by the Oct. 25 mass casualty event in Lewiston, President Joe Biden today met with healthcare professionals from Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).
The group of Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) team members consisted of surgeons, nurses, laboratory technologists, security and environmental service workers and others who were part of CMMC’s response on the night of the incident.
“Central Maine Healthcare deeply appreciates President Biden’s support during this difficult time,” said Steve Littleson, president and CEO, Central Maine Healthcare. “On the night of October 25, our team members faced substantial challenges to care for those members of our community who were wounded in the two attacks, and they met that challenge with the professionalism and compassion they display every day.
“For the President to come to our community and acknowledge our team members for their efforts that night meant a lot to all of us.”
All but one of the 14 patients who initially survived the attacks were transported to Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC). Three of those patients died at CMMC. One patient was transported to Mass General Hospital. The rest were discharged from CMMC.
On the evening of the tragedy, Central Maine Medical Center assembled a team of more than a dozen surgeons with expertise in orthopedics, cardiovascular, thoracic, colorectal, plastic, urologic and general surgery. They were aided by more than 100 other physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals, all of whom received training in mass casualty incidents.
The doctors, nurses and team members of CMMC extend our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this tragic event.
As part of our ongoing responsibility to continue serving as the regional trauma center for central Maine, we have established the CMMC Compassionate Care Fund for Trauma Response and Support. To donate, please click here.
Pictured: President Biden meets with Debbie Emmons, RN, and other Central Maine Healthcare team members.