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Maine Medical Center and the Portland area cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons established the Maine Heart Center, a taxable, non-profit entity in 1995. The original goals were to align physician-hospital incentives to secure more cost-effective management of cardiovascular patients, to streamline the processes of care and to compile a documented record of clinical and service quality in cardiovascular services.
In addition, the Maine Heart Center was intended to address the growing demands of managed care in Northern New England by developing a package-pricing methodology for cardiac services. Under this system, the charges from hospital and physician participants are "bundled" into one bill for cardiac procedures. The insurance companies and employers who contract with the Maine Heart Center for cardiac services benefit by having a predictable price for specific cardiac procedures.
Today, the Maine Heart Center network includes hospitals and physicians in Portland, Augusta, Waterville, Lewiston/Auburn, Brunswick, Scarborough and Biddeford.
A Network of Excellence
The Maine Heart Center is an organization dedicated to delivering superior cardiac care. The center is not just one place-it is a network of hospitals and doctors that share knowledge, programs and guidelines to promote medical advancements that improve patients' lives. Our hospitals and doctors in southern and central Maine meet the highest standard of excellence. By working cooperatively, they raise the level of care available.
Quality Control for Your Heart
Most diagnostic and treatment services are available at all Maine Heart Center hospitals, with advanced cardiac procedures available at the premier cardiac facilities of Maine Medical Center. Our doctors can determine the best treatment options and refer you to the most appropriate setting for various cardiac procedures.
As a patient, you are assured of receiving the highest level of care through the Maine Heart Center. You'll find that each of our partner hospitals offers high-quality cardiac programs. They also benefit from a close association with Maine Medical Center, recognized as having one of the top cardiovascular programs in the United States. This collaboration between members of the Maine Heart Center network assures you the same high-quality care-whether you receive diagnostic or treatment services at your community hospital or advanced procedures at Maine Medical Center.
Raising the Standard
Through the collaborative efforts of the network, we're raising the standard of cardiac care. We continuously measure the quality of performance and the level of patient satisfaction. This creates a quality benchmark that sets our members apart from others. Raising the standard of cardiac care is our primary mission.
Improved Care, Reduced Costs
The Maine Heart Center 's network approach actually reduces the cost of health care. One way is through the global package price we develop for our services. By working together, our network offers a forum for doctors and hospitals to raise the level of care and reduce costs through improved efficiency and collaboration. The package price is just one way to save healthcare dollars and lower the overall cost of insurance.
Promoting Healthy Change
Of course, our main goal is to keep people healthy. That's why doctors and hospitals throughout the network are promoting the basics of heart health including:
The Maine Heart Center is setting a new standard in cardiovascular health care-through a collaborative network of doctors and hospitals-all focused on working together for your heart health.
- Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack
- Promoting the benefits of regular exercise, smoking cessation and healthy eating
- Speaking out through lectures and seminars to share advances in diagnosis and treatment
- Continually setting new standards of care
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