Maine Medical Center

Maine Medical Center (commonly abbreviated to MMC or contracted to Maine Med) is a 637 licensed-bed teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine, and previously Robert Larner College of Medicine, located at 22 Bramhall Street in Portland, Maine, United States with a staff of over 6,000 people.[1] The facility has obtained the rating of Level I Trauma Center, one of only three in Northern New England. Founded in 1874, it is the largest hospital in northern New England with 28,000 inpatient visits, about 500,000 outpatient visits, 88,000 emergency visits, and over 27,000 surgeries performed annually.[2] MMC is structured as a non-profit, private corporation governed by volunteer trustees.

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Maine Medical Center is located in Maine
Maine Medical Center
LocationPortland, Maine, United States
Coordinates43°39′11″N 70°16′34″W / 43.653°N 70.276°W / 43.653; -70.276Coordinates: 43°39′11″N 70°16′34″W / 43.653°N 70.276°W / 43.653; -70.276
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityTufts University School of Medicine
Emergency departmentLevel I trauma center
ListsHospitals in Maine


The original hospital building on the campus.

Maine Medical Center is the largest tertiary care hospital in Northern New England, serving all of Maine and parts of Vermont and New Hampshire. It is a Level One Trauma Center, most recently named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top hospitals in America for heart care, orthopedics and gynecology, and home to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, cited as one of the Top 25 children's hospitals in the country.[3][4][5]

Maine Medical Center is a teaching hospital, with an affiliation with the University of Southern Maine, Saint Joseph's College, Tufts University and Dartmouth College. As a part of its mission, MMC is also a leader in biomedical research, through its Maine Medical Center Research Institute, ongoing clinical trials, and translational research.

The present-day complex of more than one million square feet (92,000 square meters) was completed in 1984. In 2009, Maine Medical Center completed a major expansion, to include a new or improved emergency department, birthing center, neonatal intensive care unit, helipad, utility plant, and parking garage.[6] In August 2007, it opened a new Ambulatory Surgical Center in Scarborough, Maine, named Scarborough Surgical Center. Maine Medical Center also has the Brighton Medical Center Campus, which is the location of Brighton First Care and New England Rehab.

In 2010, Maine Medical Center's 18,000 square foot, $6 million Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation opened at the Brighton campus.[7]

In 2014 Maine Medical Center began construction on a $40 million, 40,000 square foot surgical expansion on top of the existing Bean building. Opened in 2015, it features 5 operating rooms and 20 perioperative care beds, and allows for the creation of a cardiac hybrid operating room.[8]

Awards & RecognitionEdit

Becker's Hospital Review has named Maine Medical Center to its 2019 edition of "100 Great Hospitals in America". The hospitals included on this list have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and staff and physician satisfaction. [9]

U.S. News & World Report has named Maine Medical Center a “Best Regional Hospital” for the fifth consecutive year in 2018. MMC also is just one of 48 hospitals out of 4,500 nationwide and the only hospital in Maine that was recognized as “high performing” in all nine procedures and conditions included in the 2017-2018 survey of U.S. hospitals: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Colon Cancer Surgery, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Heart, Bypass Surgery, Congestive Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, and Lung Cancer Surgery. [10]

Maine Medical Center Research InstituteEdit

Since 1956, Maine Medical Center has recruited NIH-funded scientists to staff its research institute. The facility is subdivided into the centers for molecular medicine, clinical & translational research, outcomes research & evaluation, psychiatric research, and Lyme & vector-borne diseases. The institute also participates in multiple national and international clinical trials in fields ranging from cardiology to oncology, offering opportunities for graduate and post-doctoral training as well as funding [11].

Currently, Maine Medical Center Research Institute is one of 126 NIH-designated "Centers for Research Excellence" receiving funding for stem & progenitor cell biology and regenerative medicine. [12]


MMC as seen from the South Portland side of the Portland International Jetport

Maine Medical Center is owned by MaineHealth, the state's largest healthcare organization. MaineHealth formed in the late 1990s from MMC, with its first board of directors serving from 1999 to 2000. MaineHealth owns and operates a series of mental, long-term, primary care, emergency, and home healthcare facilities in southern, central, and western Maine. Other MaineHealth companies include Southern Maine Medical Center, LincolnHealth, Spring Harbor Hospital and HomeHealth-VNSM.[13]

Barbara Bush Children's HospitalEdit

Referred to as a "hospital within a hospital", the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital (BBCH) is integrated within Maine Medical Center to offer a complete range of pediatric services, specialties and programs including behavioral and developmental, neonatal, cardiology, infectious disease, neurology, palliative care and otolaryngology, among others.[14][15] The original Children's Hospital opened in 1908, later merging with the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary (opened in 1890) and the Maine General Hospital (opened in 1874) to become Maine Medical Center. In 1998, the facility sought formal accreditation for its children’s services as the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.[16]

The inpatient unit of BBCH is approximately 26,000 square feet (2,400 m2) with 109 beds including a 45-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a seven-bed continuing care nursery.[17][18]

Specialty programs and care centersEdit

  • Barbara Bush Children's Hospital
  • Joint Replacement Center
  • Family Birth Center
  • Cancer Institute
  • Digestive Health Center
  • Poison Center
  • Scarborough Surgery Center
  • MaineHealth VitalNetwork
  • Maine Transplant Program


A 2009-issued 550-piece jigsaw puzzle of Maine Medical Center commemorating the expansion of the hospital's emergency department

Maine Medical Center is a teaching hospital, with a former affiliation with the University of Vermont College of Medicine since the late 1970s that ended in 2011 with the introduction of the Maine Track program at Tufts University School of Medicine. This program allows students from Maine, or those interested in practicing there, to complete the third and fourth year of their clerkships at MMC in Portland rather than Boston.[19] MMC also hosts a number of third year clerkships for students from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Notable peopleEdit

On her Twitter account, Anna Kendrick revealed that she was born in Maine Medical Center.[20]


  1. ^ Bouchard, Kelly (2010). "Maine Med Appoints New COO". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  2. ^ "US News Best Hospitals 2014 Maine Medical Center".
  3. ^ "Maine Medical Center makes patient quality a priority with SAS for Performance Management". SAS Institute Inc. 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  4. ^ Maine Medical Center Website - 2007 Press Releases Archived 2010-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Maine Medical Center Website - 2008 Press Releases Archived 2010-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Maine Medical Center Website - Construction Archived 2006-05-02 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Hannaford Donates $500,000 for Simulation Lab at Maine Medical Center".
  8. ^ Maine Medical Center Website - Surgical Expansion Archived 2014-05-09 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "100 great hospitals in America - 2019".
  10. ^ "Awards Recognition".
  11. ^ Julianna. "Welcome to the Maine Medical Center Research Institute +". MMCRI.
  12. ^ "Participating COBRE Institutions".
  13. ^ "Maine Medical Center Website - History".
  14. ^ BBCH Website - About Us Archived 2010-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ BBCH Website - Pediatric Services Archived 2010-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ BBCH Website - Education and History Archived 2011-06-15 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ BBCH Website - Quality Care Close to Home Archived 2010-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Children's Miracle Network Hospitals". Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
  19. ^ "Maine Track MD Program | Tufts University School of Medicine MD Programs". Retrieved 2013-07-08.
  20. ^ "Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) - Twitter".

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