MEMORIAL GETS OK TO JOIN MAINEHEALTH

by Gair on December 4, 2013

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE HAS GIVEN APPROVAL FOR NORTH CONWAY’S MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TO JOIN THE MAINE BASED HEALTHCARE SYSTEM MAINEHEALTH.

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL CEO SCOTT McKINNON SAYS IT’S THE LAST STEP IN A 2-YEAR EFFORT BY THE HOSPITAL TO MERGE WITH MAINEHEALTH – AND AFTER A LICENSE IS TRANSFERRED, MEMORIAL WILL OFFICIALLY BECOME A MEMBER OF MAINEHEALTH JAN. 1, 2014.

McKINNON SAYS MAINEHEALTH – INCLUDING ITS FLAGSHIP MAINE MEDICAL CENTER IN PORTLAND -IS RANKED AMONG THE TOP 100 INTEGRATED DELIVERY NETWORKS IN THE U.S. – MEMORIAL NOW BECOMES ITS 12TH MEMBER ORGANIZATION.

McKINNON SAYS HE FEELS VERY GOOD ABOUT IT BECAUSE OTHER HOSPITALS ARE JUST BEGINNING THE PROCESS AFTER RECOGNIZING THE NEED TO BECOME PART OF A STRONGER SYSTEM.

THERE WAS LIMITED OPPOSITION TO THE MERGER PLAN FROM THE VALLEY COMMUNITY, WITH MOST QUESTIONS COMING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF LOSING LOCAL CONTROL.

FORMER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BOARD MEMBER GEORGE EPSTEIN STRONGLY OPPOSED THE DEAL AND SPOKE AGAINST IT AT TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS AND IN PUBLISHED COMMENTS.

EPSTEIN ESSENTIALLY ARGUED MEMORIAL WOULD CEDE LOCAL CONTROL IF IT WENT THROUGH WITH THE DEAL AND WOULD NOT GAIN ANYTHING FROM THE ARRANGEMENT.

McKINNON SAYS MEMORIAL WILL REALIZE MANY BENEFITS BY BEING A MEMBER OF MAINEHEALTH, INCLUDING GETTING ASSISTANCE TO DEVELOP COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAMS – TO GREATER QUALITY INITIATIVES AND COST EFFICIENCIES.

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