EMHS Annual Report 2017

Working Together is Success

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." The man who spoke these words understood the value of teamwork. He embraced technology in a way that nobody else had before him. His vision, passion, and innovation revolutionized the world. He made it possible for families to feel more connected despite living long distances apart. In many ways, EMHS shares the same goals championed 100 years ago by industrialist and automaker, Henry Ford...

Like Ford, we know that we are succeeding by working together. Our new integrated, systemwide electronic health record (EHR) will allow all our hospitals, primary care practices, and other members within the EMHS family to share information seamlessly. Using this system, we can collaborate more effectively and improve patient care.

By mass-producing the automobile, Ford helped rural Americans feel connected. We are connecting people through technology, too. People who live in rural communities can talk one-on-one through a computer screen with doctors who may be several states away, thanks to our investments in telemedicine. Patients have access to specialists that would have been out of reach without this technology.

Ford was an innovator. We too are embracing innovation in the way we deliver care. Our partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute affords opportunities for cancer patients to access clinical trials closer to home at our Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer. We are using paramedics to make routine house calls in our rural communities to perform wellness checks. This service is helping patients avoid trips to the hospital or doctor’s office while getting compassionate care in the comfort of their own homes.

Of course, all of these initiatives require dedicated people who are committed to teamwork. It’s the very reason why we take extraordinary measures to recruit and retain our employees. We have added a new nurse residency program, which is already showing signs of success in addressing a critical statewide nursing shortage and providing our nurses the tools they need to thrive. By working together, we can continue to do great things. 

To borrow another line from Henry Ford, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” In the pages that follow are numerous testaments to the innovative spirit underscoring many successes this past year throughout our system. While the hard work will continue, we are pleased to share with you the progress we are making towards achieving our vision to be a nationally recognized model of excellence in healthcare.

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M. Michelle Hood, FACHE
EMHS President and CEO

Barry McCrum
Chair EMHS Board

Connecting Around the System

Connecting World Class Care

The Collaborative

Terry White longs for the day that she can return to the sandy shores of Myrtle Beach to feel the warm Carolina sunshine on her face and the ocean waves splashing upon her feet. She has plans to go back to visit family and is determined that she won’t let cancer slow her down.

Connecting with Technology

Tuned In

Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital (CA Dean) in Greenville sits along the scenic shores of Moosehead Lake, one of Maine’s most treasured natural resources. It’s a peaceful, idyllic spot that draws tourists from far and away who are eager to get away from the hustle and bustle of their daily grind.

Connecting Your Care Team

The Home Team

Colbey Bowen noticed that Norma was clenching her hands and seemed a little uneasy at one point when he was explaining her medical care.

Connecting Beyond Medicine

More Than Medicine

Rhonda Jordan remembers exactly what went through her mind when she learned her stage four breast cancer had spread to her lungs, spine, liver, and hip.

Connecting all of Maine

Food Insecurity

On a trip to a public housing complex in Presque Isle last summer, Sherry Locke and Jamie Guerrette spotted a seven-year-old boy eating a cattail plant he pulled out of the marsh behind the housing authority building...

Connecting Where You Live

Community Paramedicine

When paramedic Kevin Springer pulls up in front of the home of Virginia Simko in Greenville, his lights aren’t flashing; there’s no emergency.

Connecting the Future

Solutions to a Shortage

Like most people who decide to go into nursing, Brianne Ecker has a passion for helping people, especially children. She graduated from the nursing program at the University of Maine (UMaine) in December of 2012 and went on to become a pediatric nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center.


Financials, Numbers, Stats, and More

Story Shorts


Bobbi Jo Sands had a long road to recovery after stepping into a pothole in a store parking lot.

Healthier Hospitals

It’s amazing how one simple idea can lead to changes that can affect thousands of people for the better.

Pathways to Our Future

Medical record-keeping has existed since the days of ancient Greece. The emergence of computers in the 1960s paved the road for the standardization and sharing of medical records.

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