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20180416_kaf_EMHS_001.jpgIn a move to help deliver the highest quality care to the people of Maine, EMHS has entered into a clinical affiliation agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital, which is one of the world’s preeminent academic medical centers and the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.
To formalize the collaboration between the two systems, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, president and CEO of EMHS, and Peter L. Slavin, MD, president of Massachusetts General Hospital, have signed a clinical affiliation agreement. 
“We are enthusiastic about the developing relationship between our two systems. There is a tremendous opportunity to make meaningful progress on tackling our mutual challenge of improved care at a lower cost,” said Michelle.
“EMHS and the MGH share a profound commitment to ensuring that the highest quality care is available to the patients in our communities, in our region, and beyond,” Dr. Slavin said. “MGH clinicians in such specialties as neuroscience, telemedicine, transplant, cardiac, pediatrics, orthopaedic surgery and trauma are excited to have the opportunity to work with their neighbors to the north to deliver on that promise.”
Over the past months, EMHS and Mass General have been discussing ways they can work together to improve quality and reduce healthcare costs in Maine. These discussions include such ideas as advancing care models through technology and greater coordination of care for patients who use services offered through both health systems. Located in Boston, Mass General offers geographic proximity to Maine, making it an attractive clinical partner and valuable resource for those patients in Maine who can benefit from the kind of expertise and care that Mass General offers, and remain close to home.
In addition to collaboration in the above specialties at EMMC, EMHS and Mass General are also in discussions around opportunities to work together in population health and  cancer care at Mercy Hospital in Portland. In addition, Mass General providers are involved today at Acadia Hospital through the provision of direct patient care for inpatient adolescents through telepsychiatry. For patients, this affiliation will mean greater access to Mass General physician specialists in Bangor. EMHS is the sixth healthcare organization to enter into a clinical affiliation agreement with Mass General. 

Left to right, front row:
Tim Ferris, MD, CEO, Mass General Physician Organization; Patti Masson, RN, Senior Regional Director, MGH Network Development; Donna Russell-Cook, CEO, Eastern Maine Medical Center and Senior Vice President EMHS; Tim Dentry, Senior Vice President and COO, EMHS; James Clarke, MD, Senior Vice President and Senior Physician Executive, Eastern Maine Medical Center Medical Group; Alasdair Conn, MD, Physician Director, MGH Network Development; Peter Slavin, MD, President, Mass General Hospital
Back row: Tony James, Senior Vice President MGH Network Development; Matt Weed, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, EMHS