MMC Awarded Accreditation for Protecting Research Participants
Maine Medical Center has been awarded accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).
The award recognizes an organization's commitment to ensure the protections for research participants and promote research of the highest quality.
AAHRPP accreditation provides assurances to research participants, investigators, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public that an organization is focused first and foremost on the safety of its research participants.
"This is a very important acknowledgement, by the nation's foremost accrediting organization, that the research being conducted at Maine Medical Center is of the highest quality with regards to its integrity and the safety of its participants." says Donald St. Germain, MD, Associate Vice President for Research and Director of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. "Patient care is at the center of our work, either in research that directly improves care, or that lays the groundwork for clinical advances. All of our researchers strive to make a difference, and they do so with the utmost respect for patients and study participants."
The hundreds of research studies currently underway at MMC focus on developing new treatments, diagnostic tests, and preventative strategies for cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, lung diseases and a host of other disorders, and are being conducted by physicians, nurses, pharmacist, and other members of our staff.
An independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that researchers meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence - through policies, procedures, and practices-of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research, participant safety, and continuous improvement.
About Maine Medical Center: Maine Medical Center 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 MaineHealth, a growing family of health care services in southern, central and western Maine.