Maine Medical Center

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Maine Medical Center is located in Maine
Maine Medical Center
Location Portland, Maine, United States
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Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Tufts University School of Medicine
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Beds 637
Founded 1874
Lists Hospitals in Maine

Maine Medical Center (commonly abbreviated to MMC or contracted to Maine Med) is a 637 licensed-bed teaching hospital 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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A 2009-issued 550-piece jigsaw puzzle of Maine Medical Center commemorating the expansion of the hospital's emergency department

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. Expected to open in 2015, it will feature 5 operating rooms and 20 perioperative care beds, and will allow for the creation of a cardiac hybrid operating room.[8]


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, St. Andrews Healthcare, Miles Health Care, Spring Harbor Hospital and HomeHealth-VNSM.[9]

Barbara Bush Children's Hospital

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.[10][11] 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.[12]

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.[13][14]

Specialty programs and care centers

  • 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


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.[15] 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.


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