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Mid Coast–Parkview Health, MaineHealth to Integrate

In separate votes in June, Mid Coast–Parkview Health and Portland-based MaineHealth agreed to move ahead with plans for Mid Coast–Parkview Health to become part of the region’s largest integrated health system.

On Thursday, June 13, the Board of Directors at Mid Coast–Parkview Health voted to proceed with joining MaineHealth. The following day, MaineHealth gave its approval to pursuing the merger, which will be subject to a due diligence review, necessary state and federal regulatory approval, a vote by the Mid Coast–Parkview Health corporators, and a final, formal plan of merger.

The decision to move forward was the next step in a process that began in February, when Mid Coast–Parkview Health announced the establishment of an exploratory committee, which performed a comprehensive evaluation of the risks and benefits of a potential integration, and met regularly over the course of four months.

During the exploratory process, discussions resulted in a number of commitments from MaineHealth. The commitments include honoring restrictions of previously donated funds for use in the Mid Coast–Parkview Health service area, purchasing and implementing a new shared electronic medical record system, and a shared commitment to continuing to lower the costs of healthcare in our region.

MaineHealth also committed to supporting the continuation of local culture and leadership, with retention of a local board that oversees care quality, credentialing of providers, local philanthropy, and community health initiatives, and also has a defined role in the budget and planning process. Additionally, if the merger is approved, a representative of the local board will be invited to join the MaineHealth Board of Directors.

Mid Coast–Parkview Health’s exploratory committee concluded at the end of their evaluation that it is in the best interests of Mid Coast–Parkview Health and its community to merge with MaineHealth in order to ensure a sustainable, affordable model for the delivery of high-quality healthcare in the Midcoast region long-term.

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