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EMHS (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems) is an integrated health delivery system serving the state of Maine. EMHS offers a broad range of health delivery services and providers, including: acute care, medical-surgical hospitals, a free-standing acute psychiatric hospital, primary care and specialty physician practices, long-term care and home health agencies, and ground and air emergency transport services.

"Restructuring is critical to ensure our system is well poised to provide the people of Maine with the right care, at the right time, and in the right place."

At EMHS, in the past few years, we have reinvented leadership and governance structures and decision-making processes to better address the remarkable evolution of healthcare delivery and reimbursement that is predominant in our present environment. This restructuring is critical to ensure our system is well poised to provide the people of Maine with the right care, at the right time, and in the right place.

Below are just a few highlights from this past year of initiatives that we believe are symbolic of the progress we continue to make:

DIC-cover-2014.jpgEMHS continues to make healthcare transformation and population health come to life. Through our Difference in Care report, we share timely statistical improvement as well as show how we are energizing and engaging employees, patients, providers, and communities in this challenging effort.

hvhc_logo.jpgWe continue to work collaboratively at the national level, looking at not only making a difference in healthcare in Maine, but to be a change leader throughout the country. The Northern New England Accountable Care Collaborative is creating resources necessary to propel the reinvention of our care model. In addition, our work in the High Value Healthcare Collaborative (co-owned with Dartmouth, MaineHealth, and the University of Vermont Medical Center) this past year has been focused on sepsis care and prevention, patient engagement, and shared decision-making pilot projects.

COver image of the 2016 Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment ReportIn 2016, the Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), a comprehensive review of health data and community stakeholder input on a broad set of health issues in Maine, was conducted through a collaborative effort among Maine’s four largest healthcare systems – Central Maine HealthCare, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS), MaineGeneral Health, and MaineHealth – as well as the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an office of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). These reports are foundational and imperative to achieving our mission of improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve, and we are busy building work plans with partners in each of these counties to address the findings of the assessment.

7 Counties in Maine Served by the Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH).jpgIn addition, our community health work will advance as we embark on a three-year initiative to improve the health of Maine’s population in the seven most northern counties. This opportunity is made possible through a $4.05 million cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where EMHS will lead a collaborative of eleven Healthy Maine Partnerships and other strategic community partners to reduce barriers that affect health, such as improving access to healthy foods, increasing opportunities for physical activity, preventing and managing chronic diseases, and educating and empowering people to lead healthy lives.

This great work would not be possible without the efforts of the thousands of dedicated individuals who bring their talents and skills to EMHS sites of service across Maine. In addition, our team is superbly supported by more than 100 volunteer board members who give countless hours of guidance on behalf of their communities. Change is never easy, but all of us at EMHS are determined to create a healthcare delivery system of the future as we pursue our 2020 vision to be a nationally recognized model of excellence in healthcare.