EMMC Receives Final Approval for Modernization Project


(Bangor, Maine) – On Tuesday, Eastern Maine Medical Center received final approval from the EMHS Board of Directors to move forward with the Modernization Project that will bring updates to surgery, cardiac, and women and infants services for patients from throughout the region who receive care at EMMC. Tuesday’s unanimous vote came a week after the EMMC Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move forward with the project that was approved by Maine’s Certificate of Need Unit in 2008.  

The project will increase EMMC’s bed capacity to 411 and will expand the number of private rooms. In addition, EMMC’s operating rooms, which were built more than 35 years ago, will be updated to support modern surgical technology and the expertise of surgeons operating at EMMC.

“Tuesday’s vote, and the vote made by the EMMC board in late October, represents a true understanding of, and commitment to, the roll EMMC plays in providing specialty services to the northern two-thirds of Maine,” says Deborah Carey Johnson, RN, EMMC president and CEO. “This project creates facilities that will support our expert staff in their ongoing mission to provide high quality, accessible healthcare to patients far into the future.”

EMMC will meet with funding agencies and will complete several enabling projects through the winter. Construction of phase one of the Modernization Project is expected