Sonogee closure effects being felt



BAR HARBOR — Even though Sonogee Rehabilitation and Living Center has projected a closing date of April 26, “they will remain open until everyone has placement,” according to Brenda Gallant of the Ombudsman Program, an advocacy group for residents of long-term care facilities.

“This is a hardship for everybody concerned,” Gallant said. “When [residents] are discharged we want them to have the best care possible, and for their wishes to be respected.”

“The Ombudsman Program wants people to know they have options,” Gallant said, the hope being that “if they move out of the area, let it be their choice.”

Gallant said that “staff are working hard, and we are progressing.” She anticipates all residents will find new placements by the closure date.

The closure of Sonogee will affect the town budget, according to Finance Director Stan Harmon.

Harmon told town councilors at a meeting Tuesday that the town ambulance service, run by the Bar Harbor Fire Department, earns $50,000 annually in net revenues from servicing Sonogee. “I think it’s about 175 runs a year,” Harmon said.

Harmon reported that Fire Chief Matt Bartlett said he may be able to pick up some medical runs to Bangor.

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