Mayo Regional Joins Northern Light Health
Mayo Regional Hospital officially becomes the tenth hospital of Northern Light Health
Two organizations with a shared vision to meet the healthcare needs of the people of Piscataquis County have officially come together. Northern Light Health and Mayo Regional Hospital completed their merger agreement on March 1. Today, to commemorate this significant achievement, Michelle Hood, FACHE, president and CEO, Northern Light Health joined with Marie Vienneau, FACHE, president and CEO of the newly named Northern Light Mayo Hospital for a press conference and celebration at Mayo with hospital employees.
“As a stand-alone hospital, Mayo has been providing excellent care to people in Piscataquis County for more than 40 years. Working together, we can continue that mission,” said Hood, “We are pleased to welcome Mayo’s leaders, board, and employees into our organization as we work together toward a common goal to preserve rural healthcare services in this region of the state.”
Following a thorough review process with ample opportunity for public input, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) granted a certificate of need in January, which allowed the merger between Mayo Regional Hospital and Northern Light Health to go forward. For Mayo, integrating with a healthcare system provides a sustainable path forward.
“Mayo not only provides local care, but as the region’s largest employer, it is vital to the rural economy of Piscataquis County,” explained Vienneau, “As a member of Northern Light Health, we have found a better path forward for our patients, our employees, and our community.”
Following the press conference Hood, Vienneau, and Mayo employees signed a banner depicting Mayo’s new logo under the Northern Light Health brand. Although the legal aspects of the merger are complete, there is still much more operational work that will occur over the course of the year to fully integrate Mayo into Northern Light Health.