The Emergency Department (ED) at MMC is a state-of-the-art facility designed to meet the needs of a high-volume, tertiary-care patient population.
The ED is the busiest in Maine and serves approximately 70,000 patients per year from Maine and New Hampshire, as well as visitors from all over the world.
Our ED utilizes some of the most advanced technologic and therapeutic treatment modalities available in emergency medicine today, including bedside ultrasonography, light-speed CT scanning, digital radiography, and advanced airway management systems. The MMC ED is the gateway to the most advanced trauma system in Maine. We offer a full spectrum of emergency and trauma care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to patients of all ages.
The ED is staffed 24 hours a day by board-certified emergency medicine physicians. The MMC ED is home to the original, and still only one of two emergency medicine residency-training programs in northern New England. In addition, the full spectrum of sub-specialists, such as cardiologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedists and neonatologists, are available to assist in the care of our patients. Emergency nurses are highly-trained in all areas of emergency care and maintain specialty certifications in the administration of advanced adult and pediatric life support as well as adult and pediatric trauma care.
Our department serves patients from two locations. The Bramhall Campus Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides all types of emergency and trauma care. Brighton FirstCare is open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily and cares for patients with urgent injuries and illnesses.
A Message from our Chief
The mission of the Department of Emergency Medicine at MMC is to provide the highest level of compassionate care to acutely sick or injured patients in our region and state, recruit and train the best physicians in our specialty, and produce high-quality clinical research to shape the future practice of Emergency Medicine. We have enjoyed consistent success in these areas and look forward to a very bright future.
While there are innumerable factors that go into choosing a residency, there are a few that are particular strengths here at MMC that I would like to take a moment to highlight.
Our Faculty: TheEM faculty at MMC has grown to more than 27 members, with subspecialty representation in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, Toxicology, EMS, Wilderness Medicine, Ultrasound, Emergency Geriatrics and Critical Care. While our faculty are all dedicated bedside teachers, and we are leading the way in high-fidelity simulation education in our institution and statewide, many have earned a reputation for teaching at the national level, serving as faculty at numerous regional, national, and international meetings. Additionally, members of our faculty are active nationally in leadership positions helping to define the future needs and direction of our specialty.
Our Research: The research efforts of our department have been extremely successful. Under the direction of our research division leadership, our department has produced high-quality clinical research that impacts the way emergency medicine is practiced. Over the past five years our faculty have authored more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, acted as principle investigators in numerous ED trials, and authored a great number of editorials, review articles, and major textbook chapters. The research division is led by an experienced PhD researcher and includes strengths in EMS, Geriatric Emergency Medicine, Medical Education, Quality, International EM and Health Services Research. The Department has increased its focus on collaborative projects and external funding as it continues to advance the research program.
Our Facilities: With the opening of our new state-of-the-art ED in 2009 we were able to incorporate the latest technology with comfortable and functional patient-care space. We serve as the community hospital for Maine’s largest city, while at the same time serving as the only level 1 trauma center in the state, as well as the only major teaching institution in Maine. We have the only dedicated pediatric emergency department in Maine, and we continue to add new Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty. On the other end of the spectrum, we have also made significant investments in the care of the elderly; with the recruitment of a double-boarded (EM/IM) emergency physician who has a strong academic interest in Geriatric Emergency Medicine. Our Clinical Decision Unit offers longitudinal (observational) care to specific populations of ED patients in need. Our residents are active participants in all of these clinical programs.
Our Patients: At the center of MMC is our most valuable asset.... our patients. They come to us when they are ill, scared and vulnerable. Our patient population is diverse (more than 60 different languages and dialects are spoken in the Portland school system) and reflect Portland’s status as a city that welcomes immigrants from other countries. The pinnacle responsibility for every member of our department will always be to take care of every patient as if they were a member of our own family.
Our program provides a pinnacle training experience in a collaborative atmosphere and I invite you to come and see what makes MMC's Emergency Services so special.