Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN) believes that better health for populations, better care for individuals, lower cost per capita care and improved staff and provider satisfaction is the appropriate framework for our future.
Since March 2015, I first served in the role of interim CEO for two years before the creation of a shared CEO model between Western Maine Health and FCHN. I’ve learned that this health system’s employees, physicians, nurses, and community volunteers form an exceptional and enthusiastic team. People here are committed to providing exceptional care for our patients. This is a respectful and caring group that welcomes transparency and open communication. Like many small, rural hospitals, we have our challenges to overcome, but the team here is outstanding.
Successful efforts in recruiting have resulted in nine new providers joining our organization in the past year. These doctors and a nurse practitioner are great additions to Franklin Memorial Hospital’s already outstanding medical staff and allow patients greater access to primary care patient-centered medical homes, general surgery, orthopedics, and an expanded cancer care network.
Our relationship with MaineHealth has provided our organization with advantages around the sharing of resources: personnel, clinical best-practices, strategic planning, purchasing, and human resources, among others. This support allows us to continue to provide the highest quality care to the 40,000 residents in our service area and to remain an important employer in our region.
In closing, I would also like to extend a special recognition to the Franklin Community Health Network board of directors who have volunteered hundreds of hours and immeasurable expertise to assure the success of this organization.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Franklin Community Health Network
Our annual report is a tribute to our health system employees, physicians, nurses, and community members who volunteer and contribute to the good work of Franklin Community Health Network.
Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) has been in the process of constructing an expansion of its facility to house a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. This week the magnet of the new technology arrived and was placed in the new space.
Stakeholders from across Franklin County will be given an opportunity this month to shape priorities for community health at a special forum aimed at providing input to the region’s health care organizations.