Stories about Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems

Mercy Health System of Maine will be absorbed by Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

Merger of Eastern Maine Healthcare, Mercy Health likely to shake up southern Maine market

By Whit Richardson on Oct. 03, 2013, at 5:27 p.m.
PORTLAND | Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, based in Brewer, on Wednesday officially secured a beachhead in southern Maine when it received final state approval to absorb Portland’s Mercy Health Systems of Maine into its organization. The move pits EMHS, parent of 411-bed Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, head …
Portland's Mercy Health System of Maine has signed a deal to merge with Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

EMHS signs deal with Portland’s Mercy Health

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 14, 2013, at 12:55 p.m.
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and Portland’s Mercy Health System of Maine moved one step closer to merging Monday by inking a deal more than a month after initially announcing their plans to join forces. EMHS and Mercy signed a “definitive agreement” in which Mercy and all of its divisions, including …
Mercy Hospital in Portland

EMHS bid for Portland hospital brings questions about effect on patients

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 11, 2012, at 6:50 p.m.
A move by Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems to plant stakes for the first time in southern Maine through a merger with Mercy Health System is raising questions about how the deal will affect patients. Mercy has signed a letter of intent to merge with Brewer-based EMHS after a planned deal …

Boston health care suitor didn’t trust Mercy’s numbers, memo reveals

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 11, 2012, at 6:48 p.m.
A confidential memo made public on Monday by The Boston Globe shed light on the breakdown of talks between Mercy Health System of Maine and Boston’s Steward Health Care System. Steward “unilaterally withdrew” from negotiations with Mercy, Chris Murphy, director of media relations for Steward, told presidents of the company’s …
Lobster traps sit stacked on the Casco Bay Bridge abutment in South Portland on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, with Portland's waterfront behind them. The greater Portland metro area now counts for more than half the state's economic output.

Portland area now accounts for most of state’s economy. What happens to the rest of Maine?

By Whit Richardson on Nov. 23, 2012, at 12:54 p.m.
The economic shift to Maine’s south has become so pronounced during the last decade that Greater Portland now generates more than half the state’s economic output and one-third of its jobs, as the economies of other Maine cities have been relatively flat and rural regions decline. While conceding Portland’s geographic …
The family of Sarah Robinson, who was honored with the Terry Fox Award posthumously at the Champion the Cure Challenge on Saturday, listens to presenters at the event. Laurel Hartley (left) is comforted by Ben Robinson, Sarah's husband, and Sarah and Ben Robinson's daughter, Morgan Robinson. Robinson's twin sister, Lindsay Turner, and Turner's fiance, Ben Fagan, sit behind them.

Woman’s work to build cancer hospitality house recognized at Brewer event

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 18, 2012, at 4 p.m.
Sarah Robinson was playing drums in a garage band with her bass-playing twin Lindsay Turner when one day in 2010, while playing “Brown Eyed Girl,” she started having trouble keeping the beat. “I kind of harassed her — I can do that; I’m her sister,” Turner recalled …

Penobscot Community Health Care joins effort to improve health of Medicare patients

By Jackie Farwell on July 30, 2012, at 5:43 p.m.
BREWER | Penobscot Community Health Care is the latest Maine health organization to join a national effort that rewards doctors for keeping their patients healthy and happy. PCHC announced Monday that it will join Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems’ “accountable care organization,” a group of providers tasked with better coordinating …
Dr. Stephen Sears

As whooping cough spikes, Aroostook hospital vaccinates employees

By Jackie Farwell on June 14, 2012, at 5:17 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | A rise in whooping cough across the state that has intensified in recent weeks is prompting The Aroostook Medical Center to offer free vaccines to its employees. In the last two weeks alone, whooping cough cases reported in Maine this year have jumped from 80 to …
A LifeFlight helicopter lands at Millinocket Regional Hospital.

LifeFlight raising money to add airplane to its fleet of helicopters

By Jackie Farwell on April 16, 2012, at 5:56 p.m.
LifeFlight of Maine is raising money to add an airplane to its fleet of two helicopters in response to growing demand for air ambulance services. Adding a third aircraft is expected to allow the statewide service to treat up to 300 more patients a year by freeing up the maxed-out …
Michael Crowley, president of EMHS Healthcare Charities

$55,000 taken from Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems fundraising nonprofit

By Jackie Farwell on March 20, 2012, at 11:52 a.m.
BANGOR | A former employee of the charitable arm of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems has been accused of taking roughly $55,000 from the nonprofit. Healthcare Charities discovered the missing funds in early March through a regular accounting review, according to President and CEO Michael Crowley. The organization is investigating, …
A recent Medicare survey ranked hospitals in the Bangor region, including the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, 10th nationwide for patient satisfaction.

Bangor-area hospital patients among happiest in nation

By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 23, 2011, at 3:45 p.m.
The surveys ask how well doctors and nurses communicated with patients, managed their pain and explained their treatment.

Building to be named for man who died outside Down East hospital

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 13, 2011, at 6:31 p.m.
MACHIAS | Down East Community Hospital will dedicate its Medical Associates Building on Saturday afternoon in memory of Reid Wilder Emery. Emery died in 2008 after walking away from the hospital in a snowstorm, precipitating a long series of events, inspections and court actions that led to Eastern Maine …
Research assistant Anna Sitarski conducts toxicity tests on lung cells at the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health in July 2009 at the institute's laboratory in Bangor. MIHGH will discontinue the centerpiece of its biomedical research program in September, according to an official of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

Genetics institute to terminate central research function

By Meg Haskell on July 17, 2011, at 3:40 p.m.
BANGOR | Once touted as the ascendant economic star of Eastern Maine, the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health will discontinue the centerpiece of its biomedical research program in September, according to an official of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, the research institute’s corporate parent. Dr. Erik Steele, EMHS’ …

Patient co-pilot checklist for safety — Part 1

By Dr. Erik Steele on June 27, 2011, at 9:03 p.m.
(This is the first in a two-part series about a patient-driven checklist for their safe hospital care. It discusses the rationale for such a checklist. The second column will be the recommended checklist.) I used to think that if my nursing staff and my colleagues and I all did our …
Michelle Hood, CEO and Pres of Eastern Maine Healthcare, moderates a forum discussing a partnership with the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to improve patient care in area medical facilities. Photo taken in Brewer on Monday, June 13, 2011.

Local health care providers pledge support to reduce hospital infections and errors

By Meg Haskell on June 13, 2011, at 5:55 p.m.
BREWER | Despite widespread concern about the cost and quality of health care in the United States, the incidence of hospital-acquired infections, errors, accidents and other costly complications continues to grow. In addition, patients transitioning from hospital to home often suffer preventable relapses and are rehospitalized. On Monday, federal …

Medical officials target Somerset County’s poor health rankings

By Christopher Cousins on June 04, 2011, at 5:20 a.m.
PALMYRA | Somerset County ranks near the top among Maine counties in a lot of ways, but some of the county’s numbers in the medical and health realm are of rather dubious distinction. With the county tied for having the most overweight residents of any county and dead last …

Leaders stress importance of early education to business

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 01, 2011, at 6:47 p.m.
BANGOR | Approximately 35,000 Maine children under the age of 5 have no access to early education programs that studies show would significantly improve their futures, according to a report from a national business organization. Three area businessmen — John Bragg, president of N.H. Bragg and Sons, Arthur Comstock, …

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems joins regional purchasing collaborative

By Meg Haskell on April 19, 2011, at 11:26 a.m.
BREWER, Maine  — Twenty-eight New England health care systems, including Brewer-based Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and Portland-based MaineHealth, have joined forces in a new purchasing company, the Northeast Purchasing Coalition LLC. According to a statement released Tuesday by EMHS, the company represents more than 100 hospitals across all six New …

High-pressure fundraising calls prompt effort to reduce potential for scams

By Eric Russell on April 18, 2011, at 2:31 p.m.
BANGOR | A Bangor legislator is working on a bill that he hopes will reduce the potential for scams by creating a set of standards for third-party vendors who raise money specifically through telephone solicitation. Rep. Doug Damon, a Republican representing House District 15 in Bangor, said he was …

Move and Improve fitness program under way in Bangor

By Meg Haskell on Feb. 27, 2011, at 5:49 p.m.
Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the enrollment deadline for Move and Improve as Feb. 27. The correct information is below. BANGOR | The 14th season of the Move and Improve fitness program kicked off on Sunday with an energetic afternoon gathering at the Fields4Kids activity …