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Date: 09/19/2017

The Maine Hospital Association today announced its opposition to the Cassidy-Graham bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
 

Date: 06/21/2017

Northern Maine Medical Center Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Sirois was installed as chair of the Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors on Wednesday, June 21, at the Association’s annual Summer Forum at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. 
 

Date: 06/21/2017

Lois Latour, LCSW, EMMC’s critical care social worker, has spent countless hours in her career helping patients and families navigate the challenges during one of the most difficult times of their lives.
 
 

Date: 03/22/2017

The Maine Hospital Association (MHA) today urged Maine’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against the American Health Care Act (AHCA), saying the legislation is bad for Maine hospitals and their patients. 
 

Date: 10/17/2016

The Maine Hospital Association is working with the Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association on a national initiative to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network contracts are part of a broader effort to transform our healthcare system into one that works better for the American people and for the Medicare program.
 

Date: 06/22/2016

Chuck Hays, chief executive officer of MaineGeneral Health in Augusta, was installed as chair of the Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors at the Association’s annual Summer Forum, on Wednesday, June 22, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.
 

Date: 06/22/2016

Kelly Hughes Wheeler has been selected the 2016 Maine Hospital Association (MHA) Caregiver of the Year. 
 

Date: 03/06/2015

Maine hospitals employ more than 35,000 people and help create nearly $9 billion in economic activity for the state.
 

Date: 06/25/2014

The Maine Hospital Association (MHA) is partnering with Let’s Go!, an award-winning obesity prevention program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, to help increase healthy eating and active living wherever kids live, learn, work and play.
 

Opinion Editorials

Date: 04/10/2012

Cost-shifting is real in Maine but Maine lawmakers have the power to keep it from becoming worse. 
 

Date: 04/12/2012

Maine offers higher quality hospital care than any other state in the country, according to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare Web site (www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov).
 

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Critical Care Social Worker is 2017 MHA Caregiver of the Year

Released on 06/21/2017

Critical Care Social Worker is 2017 MHA Caregiver of the Year

 
(June 21, 2017, Rockport, Maine)—Lois Latour, LCSW, EMMC’s critical care social worker, has spent countless hours in her career helping patients and families navigate the challenges during one of the most difficult times of their lives.
 
She has stayed by patients’ bedsides well after her shift was finished, arranged for their final wishes to be fulfilled and been there for families when patients take dramatic turns for the worse.  She has been honored with three Splash awards, EMMC’s highest employee honor, which is almost an unheard of accomplishment.
 
Now, for consistently exceeding expectations and her extraordinary commitment to caring for patients and their families, Latour is the 2017 Maine Hospital Association Caregiver of the Year.  The award was presented at the Association’s Summer Forum held Wednesday, June 21, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. 
 
Over the course of more than 20 years at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Lois has selflessly devoted her time and effort to working tirelessly to meet the needs of patients and their families while they are in the hospital’s care,” said her nomination, submitted by EMMC’s CEO Deborah Carey Johnson, RN.  “When she is with a family in crisis, their needs are her priority.  By going out of her way to help families take care of life’s heartbreaking details, Lois demonstrates her commitment to our mission to care for patients, families, communities and one another.”
 
Her co-workers call her “super hero” and the “mother caring for us all in the ICU.”  She honors staff members by celebrating holidays, applauding wins such as passing a course—even throwing baby showers.  She cheers up co-workers who are going through difficulties.  By doing these things, Latour cements a culture of caring in the department. 
 
Unfortunately, because she has a health crisis of her own, Latour isn’t working at EMMC right now.  Her colleagues miss her. 
 
“In our lifetime, we will each work with and for a number of people we hold in high regard,” the nomination said.  “Our patients and their families will meet all types of talented doctors, nurses and clinical staff.  However, you could travel the world and visit the most well-known hospitals and you would be hard-pressed to find anyone with as strong of a commitment to caring as Lois Latour.”