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Waldo County Healthcare Joins MaineHealth System

January 13, 2009

Do The Waldo County Healthcare, Inc. (WCHI) Board of Directors unanimously endorsed entry into the MaineHealth system after nearly two years of study, according to WCHI Executive Director Mark Biscone. Entry into the MaineHealth system became official at the end of last month.

“The Board felt this was the time and the best way to work together to improve the care provided to the community while keeping costs as low as possible,” says Biscone. “With the national health care system in crisis and the growing numbers of uninsured and an increasing elderly population, it just makes sense for us to work more closely together.”

MaineHealth is the parent organization of Maine Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital. In addition to its hospitals, the MaineHealth family includes home care agencies, physicians, and long-term care facilities, as well as professionals in public health and health administration, clinical support providers, including laboratory services, and administrative support such as group purchasing.

Belfast-based Waldo County Healthcare serves the health care needs of residents through Waldo County General Hospital, five rural health centers, home health and hospice services, public health nursing, physicians’ offices and educational programs. Penobscot Shores, an independent living retirement community, is also an affiliate.

The purchasing power of MaineHealth will save WCHI more than $1 million in annual operations. Discounts on the purchase of major pieces of equipment could reach $500,000 annually. WCHI’s Board of Directors continues to maintain local control of the day-to-day operations.

“This is an important addition to the MaineHealth family,” says Bill Caron, President of MaineHealth. “Waldo County Healthcare has a long history of exceptional care, and like the current members of the MaineHealth system, is committed to working in partnership with other health care organizations for the benefit of all of our patients.”

MaineHealth is a family of leading, high-quality providers and other health care organizations dedicated to ensuring their communities are among the healthiest in America. Ranked among the nation’s top 40 integrated health care delivery networks, MaineHealth’s member organizations include Maine Medical Center, Miles Memorial Hospital, LincolnHealth – St. Andrews Campus, Stephens Memorial Hospital, Spring Harbor Hospital, Waldo County General Hospital, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, NorDx, Synernet, Maine Physician Hospital Organization. Affiliates of MaineHealth include MaineGeneral Medical Center, Mid Coast Hospital, Southern Maine Medical Center, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Penobscot Bay Medical Center.

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