Vital Signs: EMHS in talks to add Ellsworth hospital

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems is again expanding its footprint, less than a year after adding Portland’s Mercy Health System of Maine to its collection of hospitals. Now, the Brewer-based health system is in talks to bring Maine Coast Memorial Hospital into the fold, a move that would mark the end of the Ellsworth hospital’s nearly 60 years as an independent organization.

In Maine and throughout the country, independent hospitals struggle to access the capital and resources they need to survive. Many, like Maine Coast, are turning to big health systems for help.

EMHS in talks to add Ellsworth hospital to system

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Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell

Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.