When Monsignor Aime Giguere arrived in Fort Kent in 1934, he was already familiar with the people of Aroostook County. From the time of his first pastorate, in Limestone in 1921, he had been committed to improving the quality of care available in the County. So after his arrival in the St. John Valley, he began working to meet the pressing health care needs of the people around him. His plans for a hospital to be located in Fort Kent began modestly. He hoped to build a twenty bed maternity hospital at the corner of Main and Pleasant Streets. The plans grew, however, and by the time of ground breaking on September 11, 1950, there was to be a modern 66 bed acute care hospital. On September 21, 1952, Peoples Benevolent Hospital opened its doors. For the next twenty three years the hospital was run by Les Petites Franciscan de Marie, a Catholic order of nuns with special skills in hospital management. Then, in 1975, Peoples Benevolent Hospital became a public community hospital and changed its name to Northern Maine Medical Center. For over forty years, Northern Maine Medical Center has provided high quality medical care to the citizens of the St. John Valley. NMMC, through a tradition of community outreach and excellence in health care, has fulfilled Monsignor Giguere's commitment. With his dreams as a guide, the hospital has continued to expand its programs and services over the years.Northern Maine Medical Center currently offers a wide range of medical, surgical, pediatric and obstetric services to the residents of the St. John Valley
Our Mission and Beliefs:
The Mission of Northern Maine Medical Center is to provide, coordinate, or support access to high quality, affordable health care and to positively impact our communities' quality of life by improving health status.As a charitable organization, NMMC provides general and acute health services to individuals and families in and around the St. John Valley. We coordinate and support access to high quality health care that impacts each person's quality of life by improving health status through services and programs related to the provision of health promotion, maintenance and care.- To foster excellence in health services, NMMC has a continuing commitment to health education.- Because we recognize the dignity of each person, we strive for excellence in our work.- We challenge ourselves to perform in a spirit of mercy characterized by compassion and caring.
Statement of Values:
Those who serve within NMMC support and uphold the following beliefs as the basis for decision-making and service provision:
- We demonstrate sensitivity toward all persons, especially those who are vulnerable and suffering.
- We demonstrate competence as we perform our work to the best of our ability, using our knowledge and skills.
- We strive to achieve outcomes of the highest quality while supporting innovations and continual improvement of the quality of our service.
- We support the affirmation that all human life is precious and unique and deserves to be treated with dignity.
- We nurture a service culture that is focused on meeting the needs of those we serve. We value the unique contribution of each and every person directÂly or indirectly involved in the provision of health care.- We demonstrate responsible and accountable use of all human, material and financial resources.Northern Maine Medical CenterCARE you count on.PEOPLE you trus
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