Certificate of Need Approved - EMHS and Mercy can officially move forward with affiliation

Effective today, Mercy Health System of Maine and EMHS (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems) have received CON approval to make Mercy and VNA Home Health Hospice the newest members of EMHS. The affiliation can officially move forward.
As a member of EMHS, Mercy Health System will be able to continue to deliver high-quality, compassionate care in the Portland area, now as part of an extensive Maine-based healthcare system. Patients will experience the same high standard of quality and safety, but will also benefit from the leading-edge health information technology from EMHS as the integration proceeds. EMHS will benefit from Mercy’s extensive work on the development of an ambulatory network and VNA’s extensive home-based care systems, which are now considered central to improving the health of our communities.
Mercy Health System and EMHS will mark this milestone with a day-long celebration for employees and invited guests on Friday October, 4We will also offer media availability at that time; please see a schedule of media events below.
“This day caps months and months of tremendous work on the part of many individuals across our organization and the state; we look forward to celebrating with our employees and others,” stated Eileen F. Skinner, FACHE, president and CEO of Mercy Health System. “As we knew at the outset and can repeat with certainty today, EMHS is the perfect match for Mercy Health System on every level. We are eager to move forward under the strong EMHS umbrella on behalf of our patients and community.”
“This is a great day for so many people across Maine,” said M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, president and CEO of EMHS. “Our efforts as a healthcare system to deliver the right care, in the right place, and at the right time will be enhanced with the addition of Mercy Hospital to EMHS. We are equally pleased to have VNA Home Health Hospice as part of our system. We look forward to strengthening the continuum of care for patients and families and harnessing our collective strengths for the greater good of those we serve. EMHS is committed to preserving Mercy’s Catholic identity and to extending the legacy of dedication to the local community that has been a Mercy hallmark and proud tradition of the Sisters of Mercy.”
Improving care together
We will enhance our focus on keeping people in Maine healthy, rather than treating people only after they become ill. Some of the ways we will accomplish this include:
  • Sharing of best clinical practices
  • Implementing quality initiatives
  • Expanding EMHS’ leading-edge use of information technology into Mercy sites of care
  • Improving coordination of care and taking advantage of Mercy’s strong focus on primary care and home care settings
As a member of EMHS, the Mercy name will remain in place, taking advantage of the strong reputation Mercy has built up over nearly a century of serving the Portland community. With support from EMHS, Mercy will continue to follow the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. A local fiduciary board will continue to be involved in the oversight of Mercy and VNA.
Media schedule for Oct. 4
  • 12:45 pm flag-raising at Mercy’s Fore River Campus
  • 1 pm news conference at Mercy’s Fore River campus in Portland. Media will be provided the opportunity to ask questions during this event. This news conference will also include a photo opportunity of both Michelle Hood and Eileen Skinner signing a banner together.
About EMHS
The mission of EMHS is to maintain and improve the health and well-being of the people of Maine through a well-organized network of local healthcare providers who together offer high-quality, cost-effective services to their communities. EMHS, headquartered in Brewer, Maine, is a not-for-profit health delivery system, with a strong presence in central, eastern and northern Maine. EMHS employs more than 10,000 people, including more than 600 physicians. The system includes eight hospitals, five emergency transport units, including half of the joint venture that is LifeFlight of Maine, a strong home care and hospice organization, and nine nursing homes and retirement communities. For more information on EMHS, go to www.emhs.org.
About Mercy Health System of Maine
Mercy Health System of Maine includes Mercy Hospital, Gary’s House, McAuley Residence, Mercy Recovery Center, and VNA Home Health Hospice. Mercy Health System provides a broad range of medical and surgical services, as well as eight primary care locations, four express care locations, and 17 sub-specialty physician practices ranging from thoracic and spine surgery, to ENT and cancer care. It is a continuum of care provider for patients in southern Maine. A not-for-profit organization, Mercy Hospital is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Community. More information on Mercy is available at www.mercyhospital.org.
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