Our History

The story of Mercy begins over 90 years ago during the devastating flu pandemic of 1918, when we first opened our doors as Queen’s Hospital on the corner of Congress and State Streets in Portland, Maine. At that time we only had 25 patient beds, but from the very beginning we were dedicated to our mission of compassionate healing.

In 1943, Mercy Hospital opened at 144 State Street – named for the Sisters of Mercy, who had assumed full responsibility for the new hospital. A major addition was built in 1952, and then the entire facility was renovated in the 1980s.

Over the years, Mercy has faced many challenges, among those a growing and changing population, and dramatically different medical technologies. At the turn of the new century, as those challenges began to exceed the capabilities of the State Street facility, we embarked on a campaign to create the Mercy Fore River campus. Phase I of Mercy Fore River opened in September 2008 with a state-of-the-art medical office building and an advanced new hospital facility – providing inpatient and outpatient surgical services, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, and The Birthplace – on a 42-acre site overlooking the Fore River in Portland.

As we continue to fulfill Mercy’s mission of service to the changing health needs of the greater Portland community, we will be implementing a two-phase plan that ultimately relocates most of our State Street services to the Fore River campus – though State Street will continue to operate as a full-service hospital and 24-hour Emergency Department. We plan to begin work on Phase II of the Fore River campus within the next few years, and expect to fully relocate well in time for Mercy’s 100-year anniversary in 2018.

Beyond Fore River, Mercy Health System of Maine has expanded even further into the community. Our growing number of Mercy Primary Care Practices in Falmouth, Gorham, Standish, Westbrook, West Falmouth, Windham, and Yarmouth provide individuals and families with quality health care services close to home. Four of these centers also have Express Care facilities, providing walk-in patients with speedy attention to minor medical problems – such as bumps, bruises, cuts, sprains, coughs and colds – when their own primary care physician is not available.

Mercy also reaches deeper into the community with a number of affiliated specialty practices that provide superior clinical care and expertise in a wide range of disciplines.