Press Release

St. Mary’s Health System in Maine joins Maine Community Health Options’ Preferred Provider Network

LEWISTON, Maine — Maine Community Health Options and St. Mary’s Health System announced today a collaborative partnership to provide people with comprehensive, patient-centered care. This is one of many managed care agreements Maine Community Health Options is developing as it assembles a comprehensive statewide, proprietary network of preferred providers.

“This partnership represents a milestone and reflects the style in which Maine Community Health Options has approached its network development: a collaborative partnership model that is a launching pad for further innovation and payment reform development that supports delivery system transformation,” stated Kevin Lewis, chief executive officer of Maine Community Health Options. “We are very pleased to contract with St. Mary’s Health System as an important part of our network. St. Mary’s brings valued clinical outcomes and vital community relationships that match the nonprofit mission and purpose of Maine Community Health Options. In partnership with our provider network and plan members, we will reduce healthcare costs by improving access to care with a focus on best practice and care integration, and by supporting community resources to promote the health and wellbeing of our members.”

St. Mary’s Health System is the parent corporation of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, a 233-bed acute care facility and St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, the state’s largest nursing home with skilled and rehabilitation nursing services, as well as an affiliate of Community Clinical Services, which provides primary and specialty care services.

Lee Myles, president and CEO of St. Mary’s Health System noted, “This partnership will ensure the people of our community receive the best possible care at a reasonable cost as we head into a new age of healthcare. We could not have asked for a better organization with whom to partner. Maine Community Health Options is a nonprofit insurance organization that shares our values of doing what needs to be done for the betterment of our community and doing so with compassion and respect for everyone.”

To learn more about St. Mary’s Health System, please visit www.stmarysmaine.com or contact Jennifer Radel at 207-755-3002 or jradel@stmarysmaine.com.

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MCHO enrollment opportunities will begin on October 1, 2013 with coverage policies effective January 1, 2014. For more information about MCHO and how to get involved, please contact Michael Gendreau, director of outreach, education and communications, 207-402-3330, or visit our website: www.maineoptions.org.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kevin Lewis, MPP, CEO

Maine Community Health Options

207-402-3330

klewis@maineoptions.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Website: maineoptions.org
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