EMMC Chosen to Run University of Maine's On-Campus Student Health Center

11/25/2008

The University of Maine has selected EMMC's subsidiary Norumbega Medical Specialists LTD to operate the University of Maine's on-campus student health center. The University of Maine chose EMMC/Norumbega from three bidders at the end of a process the university initiated more than two years ago to improve student access to health care services.

Cutler Student Health Center becomes EMMC/Norumbega's seventh primary care physician practice, joining Family Medicine of Brewer, EMMC Center for Family Medicine, Husson Family Medicine, Husson Internal Medicine, Husson Pediatrics, and EMMC's Orono Family Medicine.

"We are gratified the university has chosen EMMC/Norumbega to deliver primary care services to the students in Orono. We look forward to a strong, collaborative relationship, and to the role we will now play in University of Maine students' lives," says Deborah Carey Johnson, RN, president and CEO of Eastern Maine Medical Center. "EMMC's award winning primary care offices have been recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance for delivering outstanding care. We're excited to be able to extend that same quality of care to University of Maine."

The collaboration will allow students access to EMMC's billing capabilities, our other EMMC facilities, as well as to EMHS facilities. "We want to provide more access to doctors at Cutler and more continuity with those physicians. Cutler Health Center will be more like a family doctor's office with care provided by physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. At the same time, it is important we preserve the outreach Cutler Health Center provides to the campus community," says Glenn Rampe, MD, a well known family physician at Orono Family Medicine, who will be the lead physician. Dr. Rampe will be joined by several other EMMC family physicians who will all serve patients at Cutler Health Center.

EMMC and the university are now entering into negotiations for the purpose of developing a detailed operating agreement. The transition is expected to take effect on January 1, 2009.

EMMC is a responsible steward and advocate for local healthcare, balancing cost considerations with individual and community needs. We are committed to a highly trained, dedicated staff and to program and facility improvements that ensure our patients and communities have access to the most up to date, exceptional care as close to home as possible.