MMC Hosts International Learning Collaborative Conference for Nursing Care

June 9, 2023

The event provides an opportunity for MMC nurses to build on their foundation of nursing excellence through a focused discussion on the fundamentals of nursing care.

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Medical Center (MMC) will welcome nurses from around the world to Portland on June 12-13 when it hosts The International Learning Collaborative (ILC) 2023 Annual International Conference. The event, which takes place both virtually and at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine, focuses on ways to improve the quality of nursing care through an emphasis on meeting the fundamental needs of patients and their families. Approximately 150 nursing scholars, clinicians and thought leaders are expected to attend.

MMC is the inaugural founding partner of the ILC that advocates for the three-part Fundamentals of Care Framework. First, providers of care and their patients must have a trusting therapeutic relationship. Second, the provider must create a care plan that meets the physical, psychosocial and relational needs of their patients. Finally, the care needs to be delivered in a setting that supports the provider and patients.

Devin Carr

“A focus on the fundamentals of care is as important to healing as the provider’s diagnosis and treatment plan,” said Devin Carr, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, CPPS, Chief Nursing Officer for MaineHealth’s Southern Region that includes Maine Medical Center and Southern Maine Health Care. “Maine Medical Center has a long history of nursing excellence, and this conference and alignment with the ILC provides our nurses with an opportunity to learn from others and share best practices.”

MMC is engaging in pilot projects focused on fundamentals of care as it seeks to build on the research and evidence-based practice of its nursing staff. The hospital has received six consecutive ‘A’ grades for quality from The Leapfrog Group. Last year, MMC earned Magnet Recognition status, the gold standard for nursing excellence, from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for the fourth consecutive time. MMC also was the first practice (care delivery) institution outside of an academic setting to be granted chapter at large status in Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

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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 2022-2023, 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 700 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