Maine Medical Center, Portland Diocese reach agreement on Saint Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence

May 31, 2017


MMC Contact: John Porter
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PORTLAND, Maine – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has signed a memo of understanding to transfer ownership of Saint Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Residence to Maine Medical Center.

Saint Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Residence is a 121-bed facility on Washington Avenue in Portland offering high-quality, multidisciplinary rehabilitation and short-stay care, long-term care and memory care. It also offers services for those transitioning out of the hospital.

In 2016, Saint Joseph’s was elevated to a “4-Star Facility” by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and was found to be “deficiency-free” by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. The facility also received the 2016 Maine Health Care Association’s Celebrating Excellence in Innovation award for its commitment to improving resident quality of life and care, enhancing employee development and engaging community members in facility life.

“With firm roots in our community, Maine Medical Center is an outstanding local provider of healthcare services that can bring a deep level of expertise to Saint Joseph’s,” said Bishop Robert P. Deeley, president of the Saint Joseph’s Board of Directors.

“Our hospital depends on facilities like Saint Joseph’s to provide patients with a continuum of quality care,” said Richard Petersen, president and CEO of Maine Medical Center. “We can do amazing things for people with today’s technology, but not everybody we treat is ready to go home following their care at Maine Medical Center. It’s important that those patients are able to get the quality skilled nursing care they need. Additionally, many of our elderly Portland residents require long-term care.”

In addition to signing the memorandum of understanding, the parties also plan to file a letter of intent with state regulators at the Certificate of Need Unit of the Department of Health and Human Services. Barring an unforeseen development in the due diligence process, the transfer of ownership is expected to be made official in the coming months.

Petersen said Saint Joseph’s would continue to operate as a free-standing facility and there would be no disruptions for current residents. Petersen added that one hope he has for the transaction would be that clinical and operational expertise will be shared between the skilled nursing home and the hospital’s other operations.

About Saint Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Residence
Saint Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Residence is a 121-bed facility in Portland, Maine, offering skilled nursing & rehabilitation, long-term care, memory care, palliative care & hospice, pastoral care and respite care. Founded in 1975, it was rated a “4-Star Facility” by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In September of 2016 it received the Maine Health Care Association Celebrating Excellence in Innovation Award.

About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as the number-one ranked hospital in Maine by U.S. News and World Report for 2016-2017, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1864, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 6,500 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit

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