By Associated Press - Tuesday, April 9, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) - A struggling Vermont hospital plans to start contracting with a Maine-based company to staff in its emergency department as part of a money-saving effort.

The Valley News reports that Springfield Hospital announced Monday that it would use BlueWater Emergency Partners, based in Brunswick, Maine, to start providing a board-certified physician, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to work alongside existing nurses.

BlueWater replaces a Vermont-based company that had provided emergency services at the hospital for 40 years.

Springfield Hospital had faced financial struggles for months before it announced job and pay cuts in early February. Officials say the hospital also received $800,000 from the state to be paid back next year. The hospital recently announced it was closing its birthing center.

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Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com

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