MaineHealth Launches Comprehensive Medical Oncology Practice Serving Southern Maine

September 26, 2019

PORTLAND, Maine – MaineHealth announced today the formation of MaineHealth Cancer Care, an expanded medical oncology and hematology practice that will provide patients with fully integrated, state-of-the-art cancer care.

The practice, which brings together existing medical groups at Maine Medical Center/Maine Medical Partners and Southern Maine Health Care, as well as several recently recruited providers, will play a critical role in managing therapies and delivering highly coordinated care among a network of other specialists who are part of the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network.
MaineHealth Cancer Care will have locations in Biddeford, Sanford and South Portland.

Already home to some of the region’s highest levels of specialty cancer care, MaineHealth will now offer patients a greater breadth and depth of cancer care services, more coordinated care, and increased access. MaineHealth Cancer Care has nine practicing oncologists who come from a diverse range of leading clinical, research and academic centers. Altogether, these services and providers will give patients greater timely access to specialists providing the latest in treatment approaches.

“MaineHealth is committed to providing patients and families in our communities with the highest quality, most coordinated and most compassionate care as close to home as possible,” said Scot Remick, M.D., Maine Medical Center’s Chief of Oncology. “We are proud that our expanded medical oncology practice moves us closer to fulfilling this commitment.”

Medical oncologists and hematologists play a critical role in modern cancer medicine. Similar to a primary care provider, they serve as a patient’s lead provider who is trusted with overseeing increasingly complex therapies, often administered by a team of other specialists. Medical oncologists will typically oversee chemotherapy regimens and directly monitor a patent’s progress, but they will also coordinate care with radiation oncologists, surgical teams and even clinical trials enrollment.

“Medical oncologists are one of the most critical components in modern cancer care,” said Roger Inhorn, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director of the MaineHealth Cancer Care practice. “We have built an extraordinary team of medical oncologists and hematologists here at MaineHealth Cancer Care who will work hand in hand with our broad network of specialists to not only deliver personalized care and a world-class experience but to also earn the trust of patients and their families.”

The MaineHealth Cancer Care medical oncology and hematology practice builds on a significant and ongoing expansion in cancer care services by MaineHealth, including:

  • A $10 million investment from the Alfond Foundation to increase access and enhance care coordination through nurse navigators and other supportive care programs services.
  • The recently announced $5.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to create the Lifespan Program, dedicated to expanding access to clinical trials in rural areas of Maine that are intended to not only save lives but also contribute to new discoveries in the fields of cancer prevention, cancer treatment and cancer care delivery.
  • The impending opening in late 2019 and early 2020 of two new patient floors with 64 beds dedicated to surgical and medical oncology at Maine Medical Center as part of its ongoing expansion and modernization construction project in Portland. These floors will be part of the newly named Coulombe Family Tower made possible in part by a generous $7.5 million gift made by Paul and Giselaine Coulombe and their daughter, Michelle Coulombe-Hagerty.
  • Access to advanced precision medicine through the Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative.

For more information about MaineHealth Cancer Care, our locations, services and provider, please visit MaineHealth.org/CancerCare.

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About MaineHealth:

MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of eight local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and more than 1,500 employed and independent physicians working together through an Accountable Care Organization. With more than 19,000 employees, MaineHealth is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire. It includes Franklin Memorial Hospital/Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, LincolnHealth in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, Maine Behavioral Healthcare in South Portland, MaineHealth Care at Home in Saco, Maine Medical Center in Portland, Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H., NorDx in Scarborough, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County Hospital in Rockport and Belfast, Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and Sanford, Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, and Stephens Memorial Hospital/Western Maine Health Care in Norway. MaineHealth Affiliates include Maine General Health in Augusta and Waterville, Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. It is also a significant stakeholder in the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization in Portland. For more information, visit www.MaineHealth.org.

About Maine Medical Center

Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2019-2020, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 9,600 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 part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.

About Southern Maine Health Care

Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare organization with a non-profit mission “to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve.” SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services and Walk-In Care centers in York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. SMHC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. To learn more, visit www.smhc.org.