Maine Medical Center | 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015

Maine Medical Center (Portland). Maine Medical Center, located in the heart of Portland, is the largest hospital in the state and in northern New England. With 637 beds and more than 6,000 employees, the nonprofit hospital provides approximately 23 percent of the charity care delivered in Maine. The hospital has borne a Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 2006. It also ranked first in the state on the U.S. News & World Report's rankings for 2014-15 and earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Spinal Surgery.

Maine Medical Center has been treating patients in the greater Portland area since just after the city's great fire of 1866 which left most of Portland in ashes. The destruction and the economic impact of the end of the Civil War created the need for a general hospital, and Maine Medical Center opened in 1874. In its first year, the hospital treated 114 patients.

Maine Medical Center admitted 28,354 patients in 2014 and performed 12,902 inpatient procedures. The hospital partners with Maine Medical Partners, which employs more than 175 physicians and operates approximately 30 clinics throughout the state. The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center is named for former first lady Barbara Bush, who vacations in Kennebunkport, Maine, and regularly visits the hospital.

 

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