EMHS (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems) and Mercy Health System of Maine have completed our affiliation. We look forward to furthering our exciting work together to improve the health of the people of Maine.
Mercy Health System of Maine includes Mercy Hospital and VNA Home Health Hospice. Mercy Hospital has become the eighth hospital member of EMHS. VNA Home Health Hospice joins three other EMHS based homecare agencies.
The affiliation will safeguard Mercy Hospital’s mission and identity as a Catholic health care system and will maintain Mercy’s strong commitment to treating all patients with compassion and respect, with special concern for the poor and disadvantaged.
At the start of this process in December 2012, we knew that EMHS and Mercy, as values-based, mission-driven organizations, had a lot in common. Since then, working together to complete our affiliation, we have seen first-hand what makes our organizations a perfect fit for each other.
Together, we will now enhance our focus on keeping people in Maine healthy, rather than treating people only after they become ill. Over the longer term, patients will benefit from leading-edge health information technology at Mercy as its integration into EMHS moves forward. EMHS will benefit from Mercy’s extensive work on the development of an ambulatory network and VNA’s innovative home-based care systems, which are now considered central to improving the health of our communities.
The EMHS-Mercy affiliation is based on the principle that patients will continue to go to the physician and hospital of their choice, and in their own communities.
While the affiliation will bring many exciting changes to Mercy, there are some important things that will remain the same: The Mercy name will remain in place. With support from EMHS, Mercy Hospital will continue to be a Catholic healthcare organization and will follow the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. In addition, local, fiduciary boards will continue to be involved in the oversight of Mercy and VNA.
Completing the affiliation took months and months of tremendous work on the part of many within our organizations and the state. This is just the beginning of what we can accomplish together for the state of Maine.
M. Michelle Hood, FACHE Eileen F. Skinner, FACHE
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What will happen next?
Mercy and VNA joining EMHS means the continuum of care for the people of Maine is strengthened. It means we can now build on our collective strengths as we continue our innovative work in managing the health of the communities we serve. It means that together, we will enhance our focus on keeping the people of Maine healthy, rather than treating people only after they become ill.