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(Acute Myocardial Infarction/Patients Emergently Reperfused by Facilities United for STEMI Excellence)

The AMI/PERFUSE Program helps caregivers provide the highest-quality care and achieve the best possible outcomes for patients who experience an acute myocardial infarction - regardless of the patient's point of entry into the MaineHealth system. A network of providers ensures that heart attack patients receive timely, evidenced-based treatment.

Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
AH! Asthma and COPD programs work to adapt quality measures that reflect evidence-based guidelines and national trends for demonstration of quality care. The programs provide training and education about lung health treatment, medications and devices. The development of patient and provider education material is a key component of program efforts.

Cancer Resource Center
MaineHealth Cancer Resource Center's website ( offers those affected by cancer in the state of Maine a sophisticated, comprehensive, highly accessible regional cancer resource. The website provides up-to-date cancer information and links individuals with resources in their local areas, including screening events, doctors, clinical services, support groups and health education programming.
CarePartners coordinates the provision of free or low-cost comprehensive medical care and pharmaceuticals to low-income, uninsured residents in Cumberland, Kennebec, Lincoln and Waldo counties. The program was designed for those who fall between public and private coverage programs. There are more than 950 physicians and eight hospitals that participate in the volunteer provider network.

Center for Quality and Safety
The Center for Quality and Safety serves all MaineHealth organizations to provide assistance in the identification, prioritization, implementation, measurement and communication of quality and patient-safety initiatives.

Center for Tobacco Independence*
CTI manages Maine's comprehensive, statewide tobacco treatment initiative, supported by the Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Maine (including the Maine Tobacco HelpLine, Tobacco Medication Program and tobacco training programs). CTI also consults with employers regarding tobacco policy development, treatment and education; manages Maine Medical Center's inpatient, outpatient and employee tobacco treatment programs; and conducts research relevant to tobacco.

Clinical Improvement Registry
The Clinical Improvement Registry was created in an effort to address the high cost of chronic illness while enhancing patient quality of life. The CIR allows caregivers to track health information for patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma and cardiovascular disease. When a patient is identified as high risk, the patient is referred to a care manager for one-on-one education and support.

The Target Diabetes Program helps improve care and outcomes for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and increases public awareness of diabetes. In collaboration with the Maine Medical Center Physician-Hospital Organization, the program works to adopt quality measures that reflect evidence-based guidelines and national trends for demonstration of quality care. The development of patient and provider education material is a key component of program efforts.

Educational Services
MaineHealth Educational Services delivers educational opportunities to healthcare providers and professional staff on topics including high-quality, efficient, evidence-based, patient-centered care.

Elder Care Services
Elder Care Services enables the MaineHealth system to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care in partnership with older adults. Elder Care Services includes representation from all MaineHealth members and affiliates.

Emergency Medicine
The Emergency Medicine Program improves the quality of care received by patients in the emergency departments of MaineHealth member and affiliate hospitals. The program works to streamline processes and to effectively meet the acute medical needs of patients in the emergency department.

From the First Tooth*
From the First Tooth promotes oral health in babies and young children aged
6 months to 3½ years at well-child visits with healthcare providers. The goal of the initiative is to reduce the incidence of dental caries, a transmissible disease, by increasing the number of young children who receive preventive oral healthcare, beginning with the eruption of their first tooth, which occurs around the age of 6 months.

Health Index Initiative
The Health Index Initiative is a systematic approach to measuring overall performance of the MaineHealth system. Improvements in health status of the communities served are monitored and evaluated; the cost, quality and access to care provided by MaineHealth organizations are also assessed. The Health Index Initiative tracks progress on six key health indicators: child immunization rates, tobacco use, prevalence of obesity, preventable hospitalizations, cardiovascular mortality and cancer mortality.

Heart Failure 
The Heart Failure Program improves health outcomes for patients with heart failure by promoting and supporting best practices in care at MaineHealth hospitals and across all care settings. The program supports a comprehensive, integrated approach to support patients and their families as they move from one care environment to another.

Hospital Medicine Program
The Hospital Medicine Program improves patient care across the continuum of care. Hospitalists play a large role in ensuring that care is patient-centric and occurs in the most appropriate setting. Hospital patients are sicker today than they were in past decades and treatment regimens are more technologically complex than ever before. These realities, combined with pressures on hospitals to control costs, increase efficiency, improve patient outcomes and reduce medical errors, are changing the nature of inpatient care.

Infection Prevention
The Infection Prevention Program works to reduce infection rates, improve outcomes for patients and decrease preventable hospitalizations across the MaineHealth system. The program aims to reduce hospital-acquired infections through improved hand hygiene compliance.

Learning Community
The MaineHealth Learning Community provides educational opportunities to healthcare providers and professional staff, supporting the delivery of high-quality, efficient, evidence-based, patient-centered care to continually improve the health of our communities.

Learning Resource Center
The Learning Resource Center empowers individuals to take an active role in managing their health and promotes informed, shared decision-making among patients and families, healthcare providers, and the public. The Learning Resource Center is a network of five health education centers located in or near primary care practices, staffed by professional health educators with expertise in behavior change, self-management support, decision support, health literacy, cultural competence and chronic disease.

Let's Go!*
Let's Go! is a community-based initiative that promotes healthy eating and active living for children, youth and their families. Let's Go! partners with community organizations, such as Healthy Maine Partnerships and health systems, and works across many sectors of our community (healthcare, schools, after school, early childhood and workplace).  

MedAccess is a comprehensive medication assistance program that increases access to low-cost or free prescription medications for individuals throughout Maine. MedAccess achieves this goal through a variety of methods, including direct assistance by MedAccess staff, medication management, website information, healthcare provider education programs and free community educational classes. The staff assists individuals with free drug applications to pharmaceutical companies' patient assistance programs, information on local low-cost generic programs and cost strategizing to avoid the Medicare Part D doughnut hole.

Mental Health Integration
The Mental Health Integration Program works to improve patient care by bringing mental health clinicians into medical settings, and by improving the collaboration between medical and mental health providers. The goal of the program is to help people get effective and efficient care for mental and behavioral health problems.

The Oncology Program promotes high-quality oncologic care across the system, ensuring easy access and effective transitions among specialists and locations. The program provides training for clinicians on guidelines, improves availability of clinical trials, improves access to genetic services and improves the overall delivery of cancer care.

Palliative Care
The Palliative Care Program promotes palliative care across the system. The initiative includes clinician education on identification of patients who may benefit from palliative care, provision of palliative services for complex medical conditions, addressing ethical issues and engaging patients in discussing goals of care.

Partnership for Healthy Aging
The Partnership for Healthy Aging is a collective enterprise established by MaineHealth to improve services to older adults and support active participation in self-managing their healthcare by linking clinicians, evidence-based programs and community services. The PFHA engages local and statewide organizations in developing, translating and disseminating programs that improve the health status of older adults and their caregivers. This collaborative approach ensures that effective, evidence-based programs address community needs and are accepted by older adults and their caregivers.

Perioperative Care
The Perioperative Care Program is the continuum of care that includes preoperative evaluation, operation, postoperative care and transition across all MaineHealth acute-care hospitals. 

Pharmacy and Therapeutics
The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Program works to improve outcomes of patients in the MaineHealth system by reducing variations in care and promoting best practices. The program seeks to coordinate purchasing and performance initiatives in MaineHealth hospitals.

Physician Leadership Development Fellowship
The cornerstone of the program is a series of learning sessions; each session is based on a critical element of successful leadership and features national and local faculty.

Pre-Hospital Care/Emergency Medical Services
The program works with hospital emergency medical service medical directors to support obligations in education, quality management and case follow-up. The program also works to standardize the quality improvement process of difficult calls and procedures and to provide education opportunities and credits for emergency medical technicians to maintain licensure.

Preventive Health
The Preventive Health Program works to deliver consistent, high-quality, preventive healthcare across the MaineHealth region for adults and children by providing best-practice, evidence-based tools and support to primary care practice teams. Its purpose is to provide a preventive health focus for patients and providers that helps to reduce the prevalence and severity of chronic disease.

Raising Readers*
Raising Readers is a health and literacy program that provides quality children's books to all Maine children, from birth to the age of 5, at each well-child visit with their healthcare provider. Since 2000, Raising Readers has provided more than 1 million books free of charge to Maine children, regardless of economic means. The program has been funded by the Libra Foundation since its launch.

Shared Health Record
MaineHealth's Shared Health Record initiative is developing and implementing a systemwide integrated electronic health record for providers and patients. The largest project in the history of MaineHealth, the SHR vision is to achieve "one patient, one record" across the entire MaineHealth system.

The goal of the Stroke Program is to improve care for stroke patients who arrive at MaineHealth member and affiliate hospitals within three hours of symptom onset. Each hospital in the MaineHealth system collects and shares data, which is analyzed and reviewed to determine opportunities for quality improvement initiatives. The program aims to standardize stroke care across the continuum of providers within the MaineHealth system by using evidence-based guidelines to improve outcomes for stroke patients.

The Telehealth Program works to improve the health status of our communities by integrating, advancing and optimizing the use of telehealth technologies. Current telehealth technologies include connections between hospitals, such as bringing specialists to rural areas, connecting providers to patients' homes and remote monitoring of patients in critical care units in most MaineHealth hospitals. The technologies include desktop units and mobile carts.

Transitions of Care
The Transitions of Care Program works to ensure that patients receive excellent care throughout the transition from hospital to home and to community-based provider. Too often, patients experience challenges in the coordination of their care, resulting in poor outcomes and avoidable hospital readmissions. The program works to improve patient outcomes and reduce unnecessary readmissions by supporting best practices for provider follow-up visits, coordinating medications as well as patient and family education, and enhancing the communications critical for excellent care once the patient leaves the hospital.

Works on Wellness (employee program)
Works on Wellness is a comprehensive program to maximize the health, quality of life and overall well-being of MaineHealth employees and their families, with the complementary goals of reducing unnecessary and inappropriate use of health services, reducing annual increases of healthcare costs, reducing illness-related absences and increasing productivity/work performance.

*Partner program, working with other care providers in our communities.








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