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    Mercy’s Fore River project and operations receive $6 million boost

    Sisters of Mercy make transformational contribution to mark hospital’s centennial Mercy’s work to consolidate operations at its Fore River campus received a significant boost at the hospital’s centennial annual meeting. Sister Jacqueline Marie Kieslich, president of the Northeast Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, announced the completion of a $5 million pledge by the Mercy Endowment Foundation (MEF) to the hospital’s $20 million “One Mercy” Fore River II capital campaign.  

    Mercy Hospital Welcomes New Neurosurgeon

    Mercy Hospital announced today that neurosurgeon Dr. Nicolas F. Arredondo has joined Maine Spine Surgery. Arredondo is a board-certified neurosurgeon and has received specialized training in complex spine and minimally invasive surgical techniques. He has expertise in traumatic, metastatic, and degenerative spine pathology.  


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    Mercy Hospital Awarded Top Government Quality Rating

    The federal government awarded Mercy Hospital its highest possible quality rating of five stars today, making it one of only five hospitals in Maine to receive this designation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). The ratings are based on nearly 60 quality measures spanning everything from patient experience to the value and outcomes of services provided.  

    Robert J. Masterson Nursing Scholarship Awarded

    Matthew Bady, a CNA at Mercy, has been awarded a $1000 scholarship to assist with his studies.    

    Mercy StarLights: Complete list of those honored and remembered by their loved ones

    click to view list of those honored and remembered by their loved ones

    Portland City Manager to Lead Tree Lighting at Mercy Fore River Next Month

    Mercy Hospital will light up the holiday season by hosting the third annual StarLights tree lighting ceremony and reception at its Fore River campus on December 3.

    What You Need To Know: Preparing for the Cold and Flu Season

    By Regina Y. Kim, MD As students in Maine go back to school, they’ll load up their backpacks to greet new classmates and teachers. While germs and viruses are far from their minds, the reality is that students’ exposure to catching a cold or flu is increased in a school setting. This time for fun and learning shouldn’t be overshadowed, but it’s important for us all to arm ourselves with basic information that could help our families stay healthy.  

    Hospitalists: At the Heart of the Hospital

    By Ravi Chandrasekaran, DO I began my career in 2003 as a primary care physician (PCP) in Westbrook, Maine. As a PCP, I saw patients in my office. If my patient was hospitalized, I traveled to the hospital to oversee their care. This is the way medicine has been practiced for decades. Over the past 20 years, however, this model has changed. The needs of patients in primary care practices and the needs of hospitalized patients pulled PCPs in too many directions. As a result, hospitals began employing full-time providers, known as hospitalists, to oversee patients admitted to the hospital.  

    The only breast cancer screening method proven to save lives

    By Suzanne A. Hoekstra, MD FACS Growing up, I always enjoyed science and biology. But it wasn’t until medical school that I realized what I really wanted to do.  

    Mercy Hospital Receives an "A" for Patient Safety

    The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization, released new hospital safety grades today. The Leapfrog Group assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors and infections. Mercy Hospital was awarded an "A" for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the country.  

    Art Exhibition for Breast Health Awareness

    On Tuesday, October 10, Mercy Hospital hosts a community event to raise awareness of breast health at the Fore River hospital campus from 5:30 to 8 pm.  

    Renowned Kennebunkport Golf Professional and Syndicated Radio Host to Discuss New Book

    Portland, Maine – (Sept. 25, 2017) – On Saturday, October 7, Ken Raynor and Michael Patrick Shiels will discuss their new book, “I Call Him ‘Mr. President’: Stories of Golf, Fishing, and Life with My Friend George H.W. Bush,” with Foreword by Barbara Bush, at a ticketed reception at 1 pm at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre in Arundel, Maine.

    PEOPLE OF MERCY: Dawn MacFarland

    Meet Dawn MacFarland,  RN, OCN, BSN, MSM, office manager for Mercy Hospital's Oncology.  

    Mercy Hospital Welcomes Ed Gilman

    Mercy Hospital announced that Ed Gilman has joined the Mercy team as director of communications, where he will lead communication efforts for the hospital.   

    Mercy: Moving Forward in Our Community

    At the heart of Mercy are its people and the mission of providing excellent care to all who come through our doors. I couldn’t be more humbled to be the president of greater Portland’s community hospital and advance the caring tradition of the Sisters of Mercy.

    Congratulations Ultrasound Team

    The American College of Radiology has granted accreditation through 2020 for Mercy's breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies. Congratulations to Jacob Tallman, Ultasound supervisor, and his team for their hard work in achieving this accreditation.

    Key to Better Health

    Thinking of a healthcare career? Our panel of Mercy professionals in medicine, nursing, imaging, finance, laboratory, and more can show you the college paths that lead there.

    Local Hospitality Executive to Receive Forsley Award

    The Gourmet Gala to benefit Mercy’s Gary’s House program will heat up the Ocean Gateway in Downtown Portland on Tuesday, April 1, and Gerard Kiladjian will become the third recipient of the Forsley Award.  The award, named for Fred Forsley, Founder of Shipyard Brewing Co., and long-time supporter of Mercy’s Gary’s House program, serves to recognize a “Corporate Citizen” who has truly made a difference in the communities that Mercy serves

    Charlie Therrien to Lead Mercy Hospital

    EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE is pleased to announce that Charlie Therrien has been selected as president of Mercy Hospital. Mercy, in Portland, is EMHS’ southernmost member, joining the system more than two years ago. A Catholic hospital, Mercy is EMHS’ only faith-based entity.  Therrien is currently president of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, which is also an EMHS member. He will remain a senior vice president of EMHS. 

    EMHS Hospitals Named Most Wired

    Technology is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions, according to results of the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released earlier this week by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. Of the eleven hospitals and healthcare systems recognized in Maine, nine of them represented EMHS.

    Building Support for Gary's House

    Four construction firms hammered it out on the cooking stage at the annual Gourmet Gala for Gary's House, with the chefs from Thomas & Lord taking home the trophy for "Corporate Chopped Champion." They bested Landry/French, Cianbro and Consigli. 

    Bishop Deeley Announces Additional Priest Assignment

    Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced that Fr. Donal MacVeigh, S.J., an emeritus professor at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, will serve as part-time hospital chaplain at Mercy Hospital and Maine Medical Center, both in Portland, and part-time parochial vicar at Our Lady of Hope Parish (St. Joseph Church, Portland; St. Pius X Church, Portland), effective April 15.    

    National Healthcare Decision Day

    Mercy’s Critical Care Unit (CCU) is supporting the National Healthcare Decisions Day for the fifth year in a row.  National Healthcare Decisions Day is an annual day of awareness in April that serves as a reminder of how important it is to make your own educated healthcare decisions.  National Healthcare Decisions Day focuses on the importance of expressing your personal wishes for care – no matter what they may be.  This can be easily accomplished with the completion of an advance directive.

    Erica Richards, MSN, CNM, IBCLC Joins All About Women

    Mercy All About Women is excited to announce Erica Richards, MSN, CNM, IBCLC, has returned to the growing practice.  Erica comes to Mercy from Women’s Wellness Comprehensive Care.

    CHNA Community Forums

    Please join us on Tuesday, February 2nd from 3:00- 5:00pm at St. Joseph’s College 278 Whites Bridge Road Standish, Maine 04084 for an important discussion of the health status of our community and the ways we can work together to improve it.  In the event of a snow storm, we will hold the event on Thursday February 4th from 3:00- 5:00pm at St. Joseph’s College 278 Whites Bridge Road Standish, Maine 04084.

    Robert J. Masterson Nursing Scholarship Awarded

    Brooke Harris, a student graduating from the University of Maine at Fort Kent School of Nursing, was awarded a $1000 scholarship to assist with her studies. Harris is currently working in the home health field as a nurse, and will be pursuing graduate school.  

    Dr. Harry E. Davis Pediatric Center Established at Mercy

    The family of the late Harry E. Davis, MD, a beloved pediatrician at Mercy and well-known member of the Portland community, has made a generous gift in support of the program that will forever bear the patriarch’s name.

    Mercy Pediatrics Now Open and Accepting Patients

    Mercy Pediatrics is now open and accepting new patients.  Serving patients from infancy to adolescence by creating a partnership between providers and families ensuring individualized care, Mercy Pediatrics will offer comprehensive well child care, inpatient well newborn care at The Birthplace at Mercy, sick child visits, and integrated behavioral health services.   

    TruChoice Employees Deliver Supplies and Support to McAuley Residence

    Employees at TruChoice Credit Union visited the McAuley Residence in Portland on Wednesday bearing gifts of laundry detergent, paper towels, diapers, shampoo, soap, lotion, toilet paper, tissues, deodorant and several other essential needs. In total, the employees donated nearly 150 different products to be used by the residents of this transitional housing program for women. This donation is just the latest example of the employee-led activism at TruChoice.

    Mercy West Falmouth Primary Care Welcomes Dr. Adam Kazimierczak

    Mercy West Falmouth Primary Care is excited to announce Dr. Adam Kazimierczak, D.O. has joined the growing practice. Dr. Kazimierczak comes to Mercy from Oxford Hills Family Practice in Norway.

    Mercy Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Welcomes New Providers

    Mercy Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, led by Dr. Elvira Aguila, has welcomed new providers to its Portland practice: Dr. William Pease and Dr. Vu Ho. 

    VNA Presents Maine Artisans in Driven

    VNA Home Health Hospice, an affiliate of EMHS and Mercy Hospital, is an organization known for providing clinically excellent, compassionate home health and hospice care to individuals and families. VNA is presenting Driven, Pushing the Limits of Perception, Discovery and Enrichment with No End in Sight – an art exhibit and sale to showcase Maine artists while raising awareness for VNA and the importance of home health care.

    Mercy Gastroenterology Exceeds Quality Standards

    Mercy Gastroenterologists Dr. Christopher Kleeman, Dr. Joseph Yu and Dr. Kate McCrann have exceeded quality standards set forth by the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer for the third consecutive year. The doctors credit their combined 35 plus years of experience for their high adenoma detection rates and low complication rates.

    Eileen Skinner named Girl Scouts of Maine’s 2016 Woman of Distinction

    Eileen Skinner, President and CEO of Mercy, has been named the 2016 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Maine.

    NEDA Walk to End Eating Disorders

    People from all over Portland, ME will join the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) at Portland, ME NEDA Walk to end eating disorders on Saturday, August 8th. They will join thousands of walkers in cities throughout the country to raise awareness and much needed funding to provide programs and services to individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

    Mercy All About Women Welcomes Dr. JoAnna Wawrzycki

    Mercy All About Women is proud to announce that Dr. JoAnna Wawrzycki has joined the practice. Dr. Wawrzycki comes to Mercy from Rutland Regional Medical Center where she served as an obstetrician and gynecologist.

    Book Sale at McAuley High School!

    Book Sale at McAuley High School! New and used books on sale! On July 25, Catherine McAuley High School will host a used book sale sponsored by the Good Cause Thrift Shop.  All proceeds collected by the Good Cause Thrift Shop will be used for scholarships at McAuley High School.  

    EMHS Hospitals Named Among the Nation’s Most Wired

    All eight EMHS hospitals are again at the forefront of using information technology to improve health data security and patient engagement. That is according to the results of a 2015 survey published by the American Hospital Association.  

    Surgical Weight Loss

    Mercy Hospital’s partnership with EMMC Surgical Weight Loss allows members of the greater Portland community access to a highly developed surgical weight loss program. EMMC combines nutritional education, physical therapy, professional counseling, peer support and a nationally recognized surgical program in to a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary weight loss program. Learn more at our upcoming seminar!

    Scoops For Vets!

    Join us at Scoops for Vets!

    Mercy Yarmouth Welcomes Emily Wellerritter

    Nurse Practitioner Emily Welleritter joined Mercy’s Yarmouth Primary care in May 2015.  Originally from Michigan, Emily completed her Bachelors of Science of nursing from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1999. She completed her Masters of Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama in 2010.  

    Mattina R. Proctor Diabetes Center Earns NGSP Level II Laboratory Certification

    The Mattina R. Proctor Diabetes Center has successfully completed the NGSP Level II Laboratory certification! In the field of diabetes, practitioners rely heavily on the accurate measurement of hemoglobin A1c results to gauge the effectiveness of diabetes treatment and assess risk for microvascular complications.

    Primary Care Update

    Mercy is approaching a century of service to the greater Portland area. To continue to provide the care people want and need in the next century, we must continuously be reinventing ourselves. Just as we have evolved from a 25-bed hospital founded during the flu pandemic of 1918 into a comprehensive health delivery system serving patients across southern Maine, we must always be looking forward.

    George H. W. Bush Celebrity Golf Classic

    The 13th Annual George H.W. Bush Celebrity Golf Tournament will be held at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine on Tuesday, June 23rd.  Tee off time is 10AM.  Former first lady (and recent nonagenarian) Barbara Bush is the Honorary Chair of the event, a fundraiser for Gary’s House. 

    Dr. Inhorn Receives Cancer Community Center Founder's Award

    Roger Inhorn, MD, Director of Oncology and Hematology at Mercy Hospital, is the newest recipient of the Founder’s Award presented by the Cancer Community Center. This award is given to an individual who embodies the vision and values of Center Founder Jane Staley as described in the agency’s mission to support and promote the well-being of people living with cancer, their families and their friends.

    Mercy’s Gourmet Gala

    Gary’s House, a program of Mercy Hospital, held its annual Gourmet Gala and “Corporate Chopped Challenge” on April 16 at Ocean Gateway. Over 300 guests attended to sample food from several area restaurants, and enjoy wine and beer from Pine State and Shipyard Brewery. Channel 8 WMTW’s Norm Karkos hosted the event and led the rowdy live auction.  

    Mercy Gastroenterology Welcomes Dr. McCrann

    Mercy Gastroenterology, led by Dr. Christopher Kleeman, is proud to announce that Dr. Catherine H. McCrann has joined the practice. Dr. McCrann comes to Mercy from Central Maine Gastroenterology in Lewiston where she specialized in general gastroenterology with special interest in women’s health, inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune liver diseases.

    Mercy and Portland Area Healthcare Providers Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings

    Mercy Oncology-Hematology, in collaboration with Southern Maine Health Care and Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute, is offering free skin cancer screenings to qualified patients. If you or a loved one are uninsured or underinsured and have freckles, sunburn easily or have a family of skin cancer, you should be screened. All screening locations will host free events in May – the month dedicated to Skin Cancer Awareness.

    Mercy Recognized as a Leader in Patient Satisfaction

    Mercy has been recognized as a leading hospital in the nation for Patient Satisfaction by Modern Healthcare magazine.

    Dr. Cole Initiated into the American College of Surgeons

    Dr. Karin Cole was among 1,640 Initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) during the Convocation ceremony at the College’s 2014 annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, Calif., last month. This year’s class of Initiates was among one of the largest ever admitted into the College.

    Lung Cancer Screening Grant

    Mercy Hospital, through the collaboration of Mercy Portland Thoracic Surgery and Mercy Radiology has been offering a comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Program for people at high risk since March of 2013. In January 2015 Free ME from Lung Cancer received a grant in the amount of $15,000 from the Maine Cancer Foundation to help promote and support early detection programs.

    Gary’s House is Crocketts Cove Non-Profit Of The Month

    Gary’s House, a subsidiary of Mercy Health System of Maine that offers a quiet, safe and affordable home-away-from-home for families of loved ones receiving care at Portland hospitals, has been recognized as Crocketts Cove’s non-profit of the month. As non-profit of the month, Gary’s House will receive a percentage of the proceeds for the whole month of December.

    Mercy Providers Bring Over 200 Shoes To Those In Need

    Mercy’s New England Foot and Ankle Specialists (NEFAS) are proud to participate in Our Hearts to Your Souls for the seventh consecutive year. This partnership provides new shoes, new socks and a foot examination to those in need in the greater Portland area. In previous events, over 100 pairs of shoes and countless socks have been donated and given out. This year, the total topped 200.

    Second Robert J. Masterson Nursing Scholarship Awarded

    Bob Masterson was a tireless advocate for family presence at the bedside in critical care at Mercy Hospital for more than thirty years. And so it was, in his honor, that Mercy Hospital established the Robert J. Masterson Nursing Scholarship to provide financial assistance to students attending a Maine college or university who, like Bob, aspire to one day work at the bedside in critical care

    Volunteer Opportunity at Mercy

    There has never been a better time to volunteer than now! Join a dynamic team of volunteers at the Mercy Gift Shop. We have current openings at the State Street and Fore River campuses. Volunteer once a week, or once a month. Schedules are flexible.

    Hard Work, Innovation Lead Mercy Back to Black

    Mercy Health System (Mercy Hospital and VNA Home Health Hospice) and EMHS are pleased to share that Mercy marked its first year as a member of EMHS by closing the 2014 fiscal year in the black.