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EMHS and Massachusetts General Hospital Sign Affiliation Agreement

Date: 04/27/2018

In a continuing effort to provide the highest quality care to the people of Maine, EMHS has entered into a clinical affiliation agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the world’s preeminent academic medical centers.

Over the past months, EMHS and Mass General have been discussing ways they can work together to improve quality and reduce healthcare costs in Maine. These discussions include such ideas as advancing care models through technology and greater coordination of care for patients who use services offered through both health systems.  Located in Boston, Mass General offers geographic proximity to Maine, making it an attractive clinical partner and valuable resource for those patients in Maine who can benefit from the kind of expertise and care that Mass General offers, and still remain close to home. 

“Our EMMC providers are very excited to build on and expand our current working relationships with our MGH colleagues,” stated James Clarke, MD, senior vice president and senior physician executive at Eastern Maine Medical Center. 

Specialty physician experts from Eastern Maine Medical Center have hosted their Mass General counterparts on two separate occasions since the beginning of the year to talk about ways they might work better together for the benefit of Maine patients. Telemedicine, research, and shared clinical protocols have been the topics of these discussions.

“Our care teams are always working to strengthen relationships that advance offerings for the communities we serve. Our early discussions have been energizing and point toward opportunities to promote coordinated care and strengthen our ability to care for patients close to home,” explained Donna Russell-Cook, FACHE, president of Eastern Maine Medical Center.

MGH.jpg“In the provisional encounters between our hospitals we realized there was great mutual compatibility of purpose,” said Alasdair Conn, MD, physician director of Network Development and emeritus chief of Emergency Medicine at the MGH. “Both of our organizations enjoy a dedication of all staff to improve patient care across the board, share an enthusiasm for the education of the next generation of health care professionals and wish to collaborate and share data – through research – to improve both clinical outcomes and efficiency of health care delivery. In this exciting and challenging time in health care, this affiliation will enable us to work closer and attain these goals together.”

In addition to the collaboration at EMMC, EMHS and Mass General are also in discussions around opportunities to work together in population health and  cancer care at EMHS’ Mercy Hospital in Portland. In addition, Mass General providers are involved today at EMHS’ Acadia Hospital through the provision of direct patient care for inpatient adolescents through telepsychiatry.  

To formalize the collaboration between the two systems, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, president and CEO of EMHS, and Peter L. Slavin, MD, president of Massachusetts General Hospital, have signed a clinical affiliation agreement.  

“We are enthusiastic about the developing relationship between our two systems. There is a tremendous opportunity to make meaningful progress on tackling our mutual challenge of improved care at a lower cost,” stated Hood. 

“EMHS and the MGH share a profound commitment to ensuring that the highest quality care is available to the patients in our communities, in our region, and beyond,” Slavin said.  “MGH clinicians in such specialties as neuroscience, telemedicine, transplant, cardiac, pediatrics, orthopaedic surgery and trauma are excited to have the opportunity to work with their neighbors to the north to deliver on that promise. This new clinical affiliation enables us to not only expand upon the successful relationships that now exist among our hospitals but also to develop collaborations that will benefit even more patients and families going forward.” 

About Massachusetts General Hospital

The original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery, caring for more than 46,000 inpatients, performing 37,000 surgeries, and receiving over 1.5 million outpatient visits each year. Mass General leads the nation in medical discovery, conducting the largest hospital-based research program in the U.S., and is consistently ranked among the top few hospitals in the United States by U.S.News and World Report. For more information, visit

About EMHS

EMHS is an integrated health delivery system serving the state of Maine. EMHS offers a broad range of health delivery services and providers, including: nine hospitals, primary care and specialty physician practices, long-term care, home health and hospice agencies, and ground and air emergency transport.