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    Celia Geel and Dr. Hatem Hatem talk about the plan for the last few months of her pregnancy at her last appointment at Calais Regional Hospital. Geel, who is due in October, was planning on delivering her baby at CRH, but instead have to go to Bangor.

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    People gather at community meeting organized by the Coalition for Healthy Washington County to address the closure of the Calais Regional Hospital's obstetrics unit. Members of the board of directors for the hospital, who were invited and had chairs up front, did not attend.

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    Calais community members sign in at a meeting organized by the Coalition for Healthy Washington County to address the closure of the Calais Regional Hospital's closing of the obstetrics unit.

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    The board of directors of the hospital did not attend the meeting organized by the Coalition for Healthy Washington County.

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    Dr. Hatem gives Geel her last ultrasound at Calais Regional Hospital's Women's Health center. Among the many reasons Geel was upset by the closing were Dr. Hatem's personal care and the availability of ultrasounds at the center.

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    Nursings students at Calais Regional Hospital are part of a satellite nursing school program through Northern Maine Community College. Calais Regional Hospital worked for two years to get the program started on its campus. The hospital hopes some of the students, many of whom are locals, will continue on to become nurses at the hospital to alleviate some of the recruiting and turnover issues.

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    Supplies must sorted through by staff members to prepare emergency delivery carts for the Calais Regional Hospital emergency room. The ER staff are being trained to help for women who may have to deliver babies in the ER in the wake of the obstetrics unit closure.

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    An incubator sits in the empty hallway in the obstetrics unit at Calais Regional Hospital. The unit discharged it's last patient on Aug. 29.

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    Cora Geel, 2, peeks into Dr. Hatem's office before her mom's last appointment at Calais Regional Hospital. The night before her appoint Geel and others led a town hall meeting against the closure of the unit.

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    The entrance to the recently closed obstetrics unit at Calais Regional Hospital.

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