Finding a Different Way . . .
EMHS (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems), is “reinventing” how we deliver healthcare. These times are extraordinarily important in healthcare, and EMHS must be prepared so Maine people continue to receive the right care, at the right time, and at the right place. Nationally, attempts to cut costs have not worked. It’s time to redesign care to be more effective and less expensive. If we don't change with the times - and in most cases, anticipate and be in front of the market changes - we will have difficulty fulfilling our mission and will increasingly be subject to rather than managing the dynamics of healthcare delivery and reimbursement changes.
There is a way to provide the very best care, but save in cost. It’s about taking the most experienced and talented providers and professionals and discovering ways of providing care differently. We must be able to thrive in an environment that pays us for how well we keep people rather than how many tests and procedures we order. The foundation for what we call “EMHS Reinvented” is our Bangor Beacon Community
. As one of only 17 federal Beacon sites in the nation, we partnered with other healthcare organizations to create a
healthcare model that not only helps make care more cost efficient, but easier to navigate, and easier to understand. I invite you to view the Bangor Beacon Community website (www.bangorbeaconcommunity.org
) and view some of the remarkable stories from people who have benefited from ”care coordination” and are now living life to the fullest. After all, it’s not only about providing great healthcare, it’s about improving lives.
Together We’re Stronger
At EMHS, we say Together We’re Stronger! And those words have never been truer than they are today as together we reinvent healthcare delivery throughout the state of Maine.
A Pioneer – and Accountable
We are one of 32 Pioneer accountable care organizations in the nation. That means that we are piloting a program that is intended to improve the coordination, efficiency, effectiveness, quality, and cost of healthcare. While accountable care organizations are intended to improve the care delivered to Medicare patients, the model is transforming the overall healthcare delivery system. Currently within EMHS, approximately 8,000 people in our system are included in this model. These people receive Medicare benefits and see primary care providers who are participating. We know that more services and higher spending don’t always result in better outcomes – in fact, often exactly the opposite results. Through accountable care, the structure of care delivery shifts from how much a healthcare provider does to how well the patient does.
Our Geisinger Partner in Care
The Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania has achieved a national reputation for developing and implementing healthcare innovations that result in quality and value. Geisinger Health System and Geisinger Health Plan, the insurance component of the system, are viewed across the country as the model accountable care organizations. It’s a structure that puts doctors in charge to partner with their patients on their good health.
In announcing the EMHS-Geisinger partnership in 2012, Glenn Steele, MD, PhD, president and CEO of Geisinger Health System stated that people in rural Pennsylvania have benefited from Geisinger’s innovative efforts to redesign care focused on the needs of each patient, regardless of their health status. He said, “EMHS has a parallel, forward learning culture, and the necessary building blocks for accountable care. We look forward to partnering with EMHS, and demonstrating that our proven model can be successful in other rural areas.”
Lean on Me
The employees of EMHS consult with one another, sharing ideas, experience and expertise, so we can deliver better and more efficient care. All of our member organizations bring unique qualities, skills, and resources to other EMHS members, helping the whole become stronger. Whether it’s a local doctor taking care of families or a specialty surgeon backing up that doctor in times of crisis, or a care coordinator helping someone learn how to live with a chronic disease, our system of hospitals, provider offices, extended care facilities, home health experts, and other healthcare services brings the resources of more than 8,000 dedicated professionals to every patient.
Strength in Numbers
As a healthcare system, EMHS
members enjoy stronger buying power for healthcare materials and resources, which become more expensive, every year. Because we make many purchases as a group, our members are able to direct more financial resources to patient care, offering savings and also care that might not be affordable without the system buying power. EMHS participates in a regional purchasing collaborative with a hundred other hospitals and health systems.
Working together we’re taking care of the region of Maine we call home. Together we are working to strengthen our communities and our system. It’s what we do. Together We’re Stronger
Who we are
is a well-organized regional healthcare system serving all of central, eastern, and northern Maine. Our excellent hospitals offer access to high quality healthcare, while striving for efficiencies that will control costs and stabilize availability.
provides collection services to commercial businesses, municipalities and healthcare clients including EMHS companies.
provides various services to businesses throughout northern New England. These services include transcription, employee assistance programs and other services to hospitals and other healthcare organizations, including System companies.
Affiliated Healthcare Systems ("AHS")
AHS, a taxable holding company, is a wholly owned subsidiary of EMH. AHS has several subsidiaries and is a member in four joint venture limited liability companies.
The first joint venture if 50% investment in MedComm, LLC, a medical communications company located in Bangor, Maine that is owned equally with one other private investor. The second joint venture is a 7.5% investment in Intellicare Maine, LLS, another medical communications company located in southern Maine. The third joint venture is known as Dirigo Pines Development Company, LLC. AHS is a 50% owner in this joint venture created to construct a cooperative retirement housing community in Orono, Maine. The fourth joint venture is to develop and operate a courier and delivery service to serve Northern New England.
provides medical laboratory services to various system companies, physicians and other health care providers. ALI operates medical laboratories in Bangor and Portland, Maine. Another entity owns approximately 1% of the outstanding stock in ALI. This other investment is included in "minority interest" in the accompanying combined financial statements.
is a multi-state distributor of medical and other supplied to various System companies, physicians' offices and other health care organizations. AMS also provides consulting services in materials management and owns and operates Affiliated Pharmacy Services ("APS"), a retail pharmacy with three locations in Maine.
Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home ("C.A. Dean")
C.A. Dean, a tax-exempt charitable corporation, operates a 14-bed acute care hospital and a 24 bed long-term care facility in Greenville, Maine.
Eastern Maine Healthcare Real Estate ("EMHRE")
EMHRE is a tax-exempt organization which holds the title to various real estate properties which are leased to EMH, EMMC, AMS, ALI, physicians and other medical organizations.
Eastern Maine Medical Center ("EMMC")
EMMC, a tax-exempt charitable corporation, operates a regional 411-bed acute care medical center located in Bangor, Maine, which provides a variety of inpatient and ambulatory health care services.
Eastern Maine Medical Center Auxiliary ("EMMCA")
is a tax-exempt organizations which operates a gift shop in the lobby of EMMC and raises funds to benefit EMMC. EMMCA is a subsidiary of EMMC.
is a tax-exempt charitable corporation which holds and manages donor-restricted funds for the benefit of various System companies and other exempt organizations in the Bangor, Maine area. The amount of assets held for the benefit of unrelated organizations is not material.
EMHS Foundation owns 50% of the stock in New England Home Healthcare; a Bangor based home health care company providing services to the general public of central and eastern Maine.
For more information about Inland Hospital visit their "About Us"
Meridian Mobile Health, LLC ("Meridian")
Meridian is a limited liability company providing ground medical transportation services. AHS is a 90% owner of this company. The remaining 10% of the stock is owned by a private investor. The minority share investment is included in "minority interest" in the accompanying combined financial statements.
Norumbega is a tax-exempt charitable corporation. Its operated physician group practices at several locations in Bangor and the eastern Maine region. During 2004, the assets and liabilites of Norumbega were transferred to EMMC.
philosophy is to value aging and strive to improve the lives of older adults through a network of senior services that provide resources, education, housing, and support services for older adults, their families, and caregivers throughout the EMHS service region.
Colonial Health Care
Dexter Health Care
Katahdin Health Care
Stillwater Health Care
Sylvia Ross Home
, a tax-exempt charitable corporation, operates a 28-bed, acute care hospital located in Pittsfield, Maine.
The Acadia Hospital Corp. ("Acadia")
Acadia, a tax-exempt charitable corporation, operates a 100-bed acute care, behavioral medicine hospital located in Bangor, Maine. Acadia is the sole corporate member of Acadia Healthcare, Inc. ("AHI").
AHI provides outpatient mental health services. AHI is a tax-exempt charitable corporation.
The Aroostook Medical Center
, a tax-exempt charitable corporation, operates an 89-bed hospital, a 72-bed nursing home, an ambulance service, and a multi-specialty physician group. TAMC also owns a 50% interest in Aroostook MRI and a 50% interest in County Physical Therapy, LLC.
Horizons Health Services
TAMC Title Corporation is a tax-exempt real estate holding company that owns buildings that are leased to various health care related organizations.