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New Geriatrics Program at Maine Medical Center Receives Funding

Deborah Deatrick, MPH
Vice President, Community Health
(207) 775-7001

(December 2, 2003) — Expanded training for physicians to care for older patients is the focus of a new program at Maine Medical Center. A $42,000 grant from the Bingham Program, a philanthropy that makes grants to advance medicine and community health in Maine, will be used to lay the foundation for a new geriatric fellowship program. The grant was awarded recently to MaineHealth, the parent organization of Maine Medical Center.

Grant funding will be used to give physicians advanced training to provide specialized care related to chronic illnesses, Alzheimer's Disease, and other conditions related to the aging process. Maine has a higher proportion of elderly than the rest of the nation, and there are few physicians who are trained to meet their increasingly complex needs.

The project will also bring together experts at Maine Medical Center and Maine General Medical Center in Augusta to hold seminars and conferences on geriatric medicine with community based primary care physicians.

Maine Medical Center's program will be the second such program in Maine, following on one established in 2002 by the Maine Dartmouth Family Practice Residency Program, affiliated with MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta and Waterville.

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