Mike's Story

"Cardiac care at EMMC has always been the right move for me. The care is excellent and the major reason why I support the hospital."

For Bangor business owner, Mike Henry, there’s a great feeling of security in knowing that people in Maine have access to the advanced medical services of EMMC when life depends upon it. As a cardiac patient at Eastern Maine Medical Center since 1984, Mike’s confidence in the quality of cardiac care he receives today at Heart Center of Eastern Maine has a long and reassuring history.

When he was only 39 years old, Mike suffered a major heart attack, and the circumstances were dire. Mike and several of his young children and their friends were on his boat in the middle of a lake when he had his heart attack. “It took over three hours to get me onto land, into an ambulance, and over rural roads to reach EMMC’s emergency room. When I finally arrived at EMMC, they gave me a, new at the time, clot-breaking drug. It saved my life.”

Mike continues to receive cardiac care at EMMC, most recently benefitting from the surgical insertion of a stent. “My doctors monitor my heart condition very well, and always know the newest and best treatments for me”, he says. “EMMC’s Heart Center offers some of the most advanced cardiac care in Maine.”

It comes as no surprise to Mike that Eastern Maine Medical Center was recently recognized as a national leader in providing high quality, safe care. EMMC was one of only three hospitals in Maine – and the only one with an established Heart Center, to be recognized by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States, as a top performer in the key measures of heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, and surgery.

Mike knows that excellence in healthcare is sustained by community support. He and his family have been loyal donors to EMMC for many years. “We’ve always felt the need to give back to the community,” says Mike, “and having the very best healthcare services in our community is very important to me, my family, and our employees.” 

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