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Lifeline Workplace Health Program Joins Maine Medical Center

The Lifeline Workplace Health Program has joined Maine Medical Center (MMC), bringing one of the region's oldest and best-known community programs to the state's largest hospital.

The program, located at the University of Southern Maine (USM) for 33 years before moving to Maine Medical Center in late 2009, works with local companies to help improve the health of an organization's employees. At its peak, Lifeline provided wellness services to 75 companies throughout the state.

"Seventy-five percent of Maine people die from four chronic - and mostly preventable - diseases: heart disease or stroke, cancer, chronic lung disease, and diabetes," says Tom Downing, Director of the Lifeline Workplace Health Program. "Three major risk factors - tobacco use, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise - are contributing factors. Lifeline works with companies to help their employees lead healthier lifestyles by addressing these and other areas via a menu of onsite wellness services."

A second piece of the Lifeline program at USM, a fitness center, is not part of the new venture at MMC.

"By delivering health education and wellness programs in the workplace, we extend health care beyond our offices and hospitals into the community," says Ann Skelton, MD, Chief of Family Medicine at MMC. "To achieve the best possible health status for Mainers, we must adopt preventive approaches and reach people in innovative ways."

For more information about the Lifeline Workplace Health Program, contact:
Thomas Downing, Director of Lifeline Workplace Health Program, 781-1545 or Visit the Lifeline Workplace Wellness Program website.

Maine Medical Center (MMC) is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1864, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 6,000 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in southern, central, and western Maine.

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