Mercy Health System of Maine and EMHS Sign Definitive Agreement
Brewer and Portland, Maine, January 14, 2013 – Mercy Health System of Maine and EMHS (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems) have signed a definitive affiliation agreement to form a strategic alignment in which Mercy and all of its service units, including VNA Home Health & Hospice, will be integrated into EMHS. The organizations had signed a non-binding letter of intent on December 7, 2012.
B“Signing the definitive agreement is another significant step toward fulfilling our bright future as a member of EMHS,” said Eileen F. Skinner, FACHE, president and CEO of Mercy Health System of Maine. “EMHS supports our mission and our identity as a Catholic health care system. We look forward to continuing to work with our EMHS colleagues through the approval process and the eventual integration of Mercy into EMHS.”
“We are excited to be Mercy’s choice as a strong, committed partner for the long term. Adding Mercy to our system helps us continue our innovative work providing the needed infrastructure and system processes to improve the health status of the people of Maine,” said M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, president and CEO of EMHS. “We will support Mercy’s Catholic health care mission and believe Mercy will benefit from our operational and clinical expertise and in a number of other important ways.”
The definitive agreement spells out the actions and commitments both health systems will undertake for Mercy to become an EMHS member. In addition to a commitment to operate Mercy according to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, a local board will continue to provide oversight for Mercy.
With the definitive agreement signed, Mercy and EMHS will seek all necessary regulatory approvals to close the affiliation transaction, including a state certificate of need and federal antitrust clearance, and the approval of the Vatican. This process is expected to take six to nine months. During this approval process, representatives of both organizations will work together on identifying the best methods for integrating Mercy into EMHS.
The mission of EMHS is to maintain and improve the health and well-being of the people of Maine through a well-organized network of local healthcare providers who together offer high-quality, cost-effective services to their communities. EMHS, headquartered in Brewer, Maine, is a not-for-profit health delivery system, with a strong imprint in central, eastern and northern Maine.
EMHS employs more than 8,000 people, including more than 500 physicians. The system includes seven hospitals, five emergency transport units, including half of the joint venture that is LifeFlight of Maine, a strong home care and hospice organization, and nine nursing homes and retirement communities. For more information on EMHS, go to www.emhs.org.
About Mercy Health System of Maine
Mercy Health System of Maine includes Mercy Hospital, Gary’s House, McAuley Residence, Mercy Recovery Center and VNA Home Health & Hospice. Mercy Health System provides a broad range of medical and surgical services, as well as primary and specialty care. It is a continuum of care provider for patients in southern Maine. A not-for-profit organization, Mercy is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Community. Mercy is a member of Catholic Health East, a multi-institutional Catholic health system serving communities in 11 eastern states from Maine to Florida. More information on Mercy is available at www.mercyhospial.org.