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Northern Light Health Partners with TeamHealth to Provide Emergency and Hospital Medicine Services

Date: 10/18/2018

Brewer, Maine (October 18, 2018) – Northern Light Health is now partnering with TeamHealth, a leading physician services organization, to provide emergency and hospital medicine services. Through this partnership, TeamHealth will collaborate with Northern Light Health’s clinical teams to maximize operational efficiency and continue our journey to consistently provide our patients with compassionate care of the highest quality.

Northern Light Health has a system collaborative for emergency and hospitalist services with the following Northern Light hospitals: Eastern Maine Medical Center, Sebasticook Valley, Inland, Blue Hill, and Maine Coast. Through this partnership, TeamHealth will become the employer of emergency department clinicians and hospitalists (physicians dedicated to serving hospital in-patients) at Northern Light Inland Hospital, Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital, Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital, and Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital. TeamHealth will also assume clinical oversight responsibilities with Northern Light Health for all other emergency department and hospitalists programs that are in the collaborative. However, those clinicians will remain employed by Northern Light Health.

“Our partnership with TeamHealth allows us to pull in their specialized expertise to enhance our ability to provide Mainers with the care they deserve,” says Steven Berkowitz, MD, senior vice president and chief physician executive, Northern Light Health. “TeamHealth excels at building an exceptional and seamless care experience, and I am excited by the opportunities this relationship will provide—care that leads to further decreasing the average inpatient length of stay and a reduction of readmissions.”

Founded in 1979, TeamHealth is a national physician services group that provides outsourced emergency medicine, hospital medicine, anesthesiology, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology hospitalist, urgent care, post-acute care and medical call center solutions to civilian and military hospitals, clinics, physician groups and post-acute care facilities nationwide. Through its vast network of service offerings and best practices, TeamHealth offers extensive resources and unparalleled support for physicians and advanced practice clinicians, and both Northern Light Health and TeamHealth are dedicated to ensuring clinicians feel well supported through the transition.

David Istvan, MD, MBA, president of TeamHealth, Northeast Group, shared, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Northern Light Health to provide emergency medicine and hospital medicine services in hospitals across the system. We look forward to a collaborative future built on a shared commitment to outstanding clinical quality and operational excellence.”

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At Northern Light Health, we’re building a better approach to healthcare because we believe people deserve access to care that works for them. As an integrated health delivery system serving Maine, we’re raising the bar with no-nonsense solutions that are leading the way to a healthier future for our state. Our more than 12,000 team members—in our hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, long-term and home healthcare, and ground and air medical transport and emergency care—are committed to making healthcare work for you: our patients, communities, and employees. To learn more about Northern Light Health and our locations across Maine, visit www.northernlighthealth.org.

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