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New Agreement Encourages Public Transit Use by MaineHealth Employees

June 24, 2019

PORTLAND, Maine – MaineHealth has entered into agreements with METRO (Greater Portland Transit District) and the city of South Portland, allowing all colleagues to board buses in those transit systems for free (any day, anytime, unlimited travel) using their employee badge.

This program includes local service and METRO’s HUSKY Line and BREEZ routes, serving the Portland-Gorham corridor and Portland-Brunswick corridor, respectively. The agreements cover all MaineHealth employees, including Maine Medical Center, Maine Medical Partners, Maine Behavioral Health, NorDx Laboratories, Maine Medical Center Research Institute, MaineHealth corporate and more.

“We are taking this important step in order to reduce vehicle traffic on our roads and to help the environment, supporting our vision of working together so our communities are the healthiest in America,” said Jennifer McCarthy, Maine Medical Center Chief Operating Officer. “It also provides an attractive option to colleagues who want to make that positive impact while saving money on gas, vehicle maintenance and, now, public transportation costs.”

The transit agencies will keep a tally of MaineHealth boardings, and will bill MaineHealth appropriately.

These agreements are part of Maine Medical Center’s overall Transportation Demand Management plan, which seeks to reduce single-occupancy travel by encouraging alternative modes of commuting to work, including carpooling, public transit, walking and cycling. As part of this plan, Maine Medical Center is also upgrading and expanding bicycle parking options throughout its Bramhall campus in Portland.

Maine Medical Center was designated one of 2019’s Best Workplaces for Commuters in the nation, the first workplace in Maine with the honor. Being nationally recognized as one of the 2019 Best Workplaces for Commuters signals MMC’s commitment to its employees, its communities and the environment.

About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2018-2019, 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 nearly 8,700 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.

About MaineHealth
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of eight local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies and more than 1,500 employed and independent physicians working together through an Accountable Care Organization. With more than 19,000 employees, MaineHealth is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire. It includes Franklin Memorial Hospital/Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, LincolnHealth in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, Maine Behavioral Healthcare in South Portland, MaineHealth Care at Home in Saco, Maine Medical Center in Portland, Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H., NorDx in Scarborough, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital in Rockport and Belfast, Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and Sanford, Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook and Stephens Memorial Hospital/Western Maine Health Care in Norway. MaineHealth Affiliates include Maine General Health in Augusta and Waterville, Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. It is also a significant stakeholder in the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization in Portland.
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