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Initial Tally Shows Maine Medical Center Nurses Supporting Union Representation

April 29, 2021

Contact: Clay Holtzman
207-662-4239
CHoltzman@mainehealth.org

MMC had encouraged nurses to vote against unionization, as it believes working directly with its care team members is the best way to build on the organization’s success as the region’s premier health care provider.

PORTLAND, Maine – An initial count released today by the National Labor Relations Board indicates that a majority of Maine Medical Center nurses participating in a labor board election have supported union representation by National Nurses United and the Maine State Nurses Association. MMC is reviewing the election results within the guidelines and the seven-day timeframe set by the NLRB in accordance with the law. 

“We had hoped for a different outcome as we believe that the best way for Maine Medical Center to remain the region’s premier provider of medical care is to work directly with our care team members,” said Jeff Sanders, MMC president. “We will continue to put the care of our patients and welfare of our care team at the forefront of our decision making including putting our core values of respect, integrity, excellence, ownership, innovation and being patient-centered into action.” 

By many objective measures, MMC is a leading provider of high quality patient care. The medical center is a three-time nursing Magnet-recognized hospital, a two-time Leapfrog ‘A’ rated hospital for safety and is consistently named as Maine’s best hospital by US News & World Report. 

“MMC remains committed to providing the highest quality care and best possible work environment that fosters the health and wellbeing of all care team members,” Sanders said.

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About Maine Medical Center 
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2020-2021, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 9,600 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.

 

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