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Franklin Community Health Network to Join MaineHealth on October 1
Membership Ensures High Quality Care Continues in Franklin County

FARMINGTON, Maine —Today’s Certificate of Need approval by Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mayhew will allow Franklin Community Health Network to become the thirteenth member of the MaineHealth system, effective October 1, 2014.  

“Our health system has enjoyed a long-standing clinical collaboration with Franklin and its providers,” said MaineHealth President Bill Caron.  “Welcoming Franklin Community Health Network as a member of the MaineHealth family is a natural next step, and we look forward to working together to care for the greater Franklin County community.”

Franklin Community Health Network, which includes Franklin Memorial Hospital, is based in Farmington, Maine.  Last December, after engaging in a year-long process to evaluate options for the network’s future, Franklin Community Health Network’s Board of Directors unanimously approved joining MaineHealth.  They concluded that membership in the MaineHealth system would further the delivery and quality of healthcare in its network service area.  

“MaineHealth and Franklin Community Health Network share the same values and mission, and by joining MaineHealth, we will be able to partner with the system and other members to improve healthcare in our community,” said Rebecca Arsenault, president and CEO of Franklin Community Health Network.  She adds, “Membership provides us with a number of opportunities to strengthen our ability to provide high quality, safe patient care and to ensure that care remains available in our area.”

About Franklin Community
Health Network Franklin Community Health Network was formed in 1991 as the parent entity for a system that would include a variety of affiliates and owned enterprises, most prominent among them a 65-bed, 85-year-old Franklin Memorial Hospital.  Also included in this system are: Franklin Health physician practices, located in Farmington and Livermore Falls, representing more than 50 physicians and other clinicians who provide the vast majority of the region’s primary care and specialty practices; Evergreen Behavioral Services, an emergency mental health service; NorthStar, the region’s ambulance service; and Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County that is dedicated to prevention and health promotion. FCHN houses these diverse organizations, providing accounting and financial oversight, human resources, planning, facilities, maintenance, purchasing, and other administrative supports for all entities within its umbrella.

About MaineHealth
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit family of leading high-quality providers and other healthcare organizations working together so their communities are the healthiest in America. Ranked among the nation's top 100 integrated healthcare delivery networks, MaineHealth member organizations include Maine Medical Center, LincolnHealth, Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Memorial Hospital, Pen Bay Healthcare, Southern Maine Health Care, Waldo County Healthcare, Western Maine Health, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Maine Physician Hospital Organization, NorDx and Synernet. Affiliates of MaineHealth include MaineGeneral Health, Mid Coast Health Services, New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland and St. Mary's Health System. 

Franklin Community Health Network
Rebecca Arsenault, MS, FACHE
President and CEO
(207) 779-2265
Andrea Patstone
Senior Vice President, System Development
(207) 661-7001



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