Fertility center named


LEWISTON – Central Maine Medical Center is expanding its relationship with Boston IVF, allowing some patients to get more of their lab work, medical procedures and care locally. On Thursday, CMMC formally named the growing local program: Central Maine Fertility Center.

CMMC and Boston IVF have worked together for years. In the beginning, though, patients had to travel to Boston for virtually every aspect of their care. In recent years, CMMC has taken on a larger role, expanding services so patients don’t have to leave the city.

Laura and Adam Garcia found it helpful when they needed assistance conceiving daughters Natalie, now 3, and Katharine, now 7 months. The long, complicated process included blood work, drugs, implantation and monitoring. The couple traveled to Boston twice. Most of the work was handled in Lewiston.

“It was very convenient for me, within walking distance,” said Laura Garcia as Natalie eagerly showed off her picture mounted to a Central Maine Fertility Center baby photo board during a news conference Thursday.

“Travel is especially hard if you have one child already.”

CMMC’s fertility program has seen an estimated 4,000 patients in more than 20 years, helping more than 1,300 of them conceive, according to Dr. Michael Drouin, who leads the Central Maine Fertility Center on Main Street in Lewiston.

Drouin and Dr. Allan Penzias from Boston IVF will host a free public informational meeting on fertility issues at the CMMC conference center at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30. For more information, phone 795-5785 or 1-800-978-0315.