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Mid Coast–Parkview Health, MaineHealth Explore Integration

On February 19, the Mid Coast–Parkview Health board of directors voted to engage with MaineHealth to explore the possibility of integrating into the MaineHealth system. A board exploratory committee has been formed, tasked with evaluating the integration in a four- to six-month process which will include comprehensive community and stakeholder engagement.

"Mid Coast–Parkview Health has been clinically affiliated with MaineHealth for more than 25 years, providing strong collaboration and a connection for tertiary care with Maine Medical Center," said Sandy Morrell Rooney, Mid Coast–Parkview Health Board Chair. "The goal of this exploratory process is to determine if joining MaineHealth could benefit the patients and this community by ensuring a sustainable model for healthcare in the Midcoast region for generations to come."

The uncertainty in our nation's healthcare system is a challenge for community hospitals. Shifting government policies, increased regulation, growth in uncompensated care, and rapid technology advancements are all examples of where integrating with a larger system like MaineHealth could create efficiencies and enhance the overall quality of care and services provided in the region. Mid Coast–Parkview Health is examining a more integrated relationship with MaineHealth as a long-term strategy for navigating the overarching complexities of modern-day healthcare while also enhancing the delivery of clinical care.

"The existence of a strong local healthcare system, centered around the needs of patients and the community's continued access to exceptional care, remains our number one priority," said Lois Skillings, President and CEO of Mid Coast–Parkview Health. "Despite relentless challenges of navigating healthcare at the local level, Mid Coast Hospital and the entire Mid Coast–Parkview Health system remain financially secure and clinically strong today, but trends that are likely to continue are threatening delivery of high-quality affordable healthcare in the Midcoast area over the longer term. We are engaging in these discussions with MaineHealth now from our current position of strength and see a potential opportunity to be part of a world-class system that could enhance the delivery of exceptional care."

The exploratory committee will determine if joining MaineHealth could better serve the long-term needs of the community ensuring continued clinical excellence, integrated services, shared technology, and more effective use of resources at the local level.

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As part of the exploratory process, Mid Coast–Parkview Health will engage with employees, medical staff, corporators, volunteers, Auxilians, patients, donors, and community members to ask for input on what is important to preserve within the local healthcare culture. Throughout the month of March, open public forums will be held as follows:

  • March 18, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street in Brunswick at 5:30 p.m.
  • March 19, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street in Bath at 3:00 p.m.
  • March 19, Harpswell Town Office, 263 Mountain Road in Harpswell at 6:00 p.m.
  • March 20, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road in Topsham at 5:30 p.m.

"Mid Coast Hospital has been caring for the health of this region for more than 100 years and we remain dedicated to delivering the highest quality care with careful stewardship of finances and resources," said Skillings. "We have been so grateful for the support of our community and value your input in this important discussion about our future."