Rural Hospitals Join EMHS Strategic Network

EMHS is pleased to announce that the health system has recently signed strategic network participant agreements with Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent and Down East Community Hospital in Machias.

The agreements, each for a minimum of three years, are intended to strengthen the relationships between EMHS and each hospital and advance the delivery of hospital specific, high quality, cost-effective integrated health delivery services. The Strategic Network is a new offering from EMHS and separate from a full membership affiliation agreement. Participants in the EMHS Strategic Network are independent hospitals that choose to align operationally and strategically with EMHS for access to a broad range of clinical and infrastructure services and expertise that help streamline operations, improve quality and/or anticipate change based on current and national trends.

According to M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, president and CEO of EMHS, “We look forward to sharing our administrative and clinical expertise with both NMMC and DECH. Through collaborative, annual operational and strategic assessments, we collectively will identify project and program initiatives that can benefit care delivery to each hospital’s patients. Furthermore, we welcome the opportunity to work more closely with the leadership, staff and Boards of Trustees at each facility.” Hood added that, “Individual agreements with both DECH and NMMC outline a variety of opportunities that will be different based on the identified needs of the hospital and are advisory in nature. Each hospital continues to maintain its independent and separate corporate status and retains total control of its assets.”

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