Maine Medical Center’s Emergency Department cares for approximately 58,000 patients annually, with 25% of our patients admitted to the hospital. We are a Level I Trauma Center designated by the American College of Surgery and a Primary Stroke Center, accredited by the Joint Commission. Less than a year ago, we added a helipad with service provided by LifeFlight of Maine. In recent years we’ve developed Pediatric Emergency Care and Acute Psychiatric Care programs in our Emergency Department. We’re currently in the process of a major Emergency Department expansion. What does this all mean? It means that we are continually advancing our services and facilities to provide a modern facility in which our staff can best care for our patients. Care at Maine Medical Center, including the Emergency Department, is provided through a multidisciplinary patient centered approach. This is to ensure we give the best possible care for patients of all ages and all needs.
We are preparing to open Phase One of our newly expanded Emergency Department in December of 2008. Phase Two is due to open in May 2009 and Phase Three in August of 2009. This expansion provides us with a full-service, state-of-the-art facility. Planning for this new space has been based on contemporary standards of care and clinical best practice. The design and planning process has included patients, families, and clinical staff. The design of the new Emergency Department is intended to optimize patient and family centered care delivery and to provide an efficient work environment for clinical staff.