Chronic Disease Program

The Chronic Disease Program provides support to MaineHealth hospitals and practices in their efforts to decrease clinical variation and achieve a high standard of care. The current areas of focus are diabetes and lung health.  The program creates and provides: clinical tools, in-service trainings, patient education, and resource materials.

For patients:  Regardless of where patients enter the system, they will receive the same level of coordinated, high quality, evidence-based care

For providers: Ability to care for patients living with chronic diseases is improved because of the tools, resources and supports that result from a system-wide initiative

For system: Chronic disease efforts are aligned across the MaineHealth care continuum, creating efficiencies and resulting in high quality, evidence-based care with appreciation for regional differences


To achieve the vision, the Chronic Disease Program:

  • Identifies evidence-based clinical strategies

  • Trains care team members on national treatment guidelines, common medications and current trends utilizing hands-on practice sessions

  • Facilitates system wide efforts to improve patient outcomes and increase provider satisfaction

  • Develops and evaluates clinical content for patient education materials

  • Provides standardized patient education materials

  • Provides support for reaching regional and system metric goals


Contact Information

Martine Eon, BS, RRT-NPS, RPSGT, AE-C
Lung Health Clinical Specialist

Joan Ingram, MPH
Diabetes Program Manager

Crystal Tufts
Administrative Coordinator

About These Guidelines

About the Guidelines

The clinical guidelines and policies on this page assist clinicians in standardizing the evaluation, diagnosis, and care of patients, with the goal of achieving optimal outcomes. The guidelines translate national recommendations and the best available evidence into local context.

Adherence to these guidelines should limit unwanted or unintended variation in practice, but guidelines are not meant to be prescriptive. The clinician retains the responsibility to select the appropriate guideline for a particular patient and to use the guideline to the extent that it serves the individual patient.

Any given approach must be carefully considered with each individual patient to ensure that an effective Shared Decision Making process is in place, which reflects the patient's personal wishes, medical history, and family history.

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