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Parkview Adventist Medical Center to Join Central Maine Healthcare

Parkview Adventist Medical Center leadership announced today that Parkview will join Central Maine Healthcare, a multi-hospital integrated health system located in Lewiston.

Central Maine Healthcare and Parkview have filed a Certificate of Need Application seeking state approval for this simple but vital change of control transaction. There are no capital costs, new equipment, any change of services or number of beds at Parkview associated with this project.

Parkview will be maintained as a healthcare organization in its current form. Responsibility for the day-to-day operational control of Parkview will reside with Parkview, subject to ultimate oversight by Central Maine Healthcare. Parkview retains ownership of its assets and its tax-exempt charitable status.

We are very excited to take this very positive step of becoming a member of the most progressive healthcare system in Maine, said Mike Ortel, Parkview Board Chair. This is by far the best option for both Parkview and the communities we serve as we go forward in the 21st century. Area residents will continue to have the very important local choice of hospitals. Parkview will continue to improve quality, control our costs and increase local access to care everything the community is asking us to do. This is a marvelous step forward for Parkview.

We welcome Parkview as the fourth hospital in our system, said Paul Dionne, Central Maine Healthcare Board Chair. Parkview is a fine hospital that shares our values and aspirations and our drive for current and future excellence. We continue to be respectful of the Seventh Day Adventist mission and values.

Independent hospitals across Maine and the US are joining larger healthcare systems to survive and thrive in todays challenging environment. Parkviews decision to join Central Maine Health is hardly unique as four other Maine community hospitals have joined larger systems in the last 5 years alone.

We have worked closely and very successfully with Central Maine Healthcare for over a decade, said Randee Reynolds, Parkview President. They helped us bring LifeFlight of Maine to our campus and the Telestroke service in collaboration with The Massachusetts General Hospital. Physicians specializing in cardiology, orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine, family medicine and gastroenterology have joined us which greatly expands our range of services. They have proven to be an outstanding health care partner and we look forward to our future association which will bring us so many benefits. We have been able to improve our financial performance and operations with their assistance in the areas of purchasing, financial management and other support services.

Central Maine Healthcare has gained a reputation for being a high value health system as measured by high quality and lower costs. Central Maine Medical Center is the lowest cost tertiary hospital and Bridgton and Rumford are two of the lowest cost community hospitals in Maine.

Central Maine Healthcare was invited into the Brunswick community nearly a decade ago to provide ED physician services. We have responded to requests from Parkview for collegial support and assistance in a number of ways just as we have done with Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital prior to joining us in 1999, said Peter Chalke, Central Maine Healthcare President and CEO. We have a long tradition of helping local hospitals greatly increase the scope and quality of their services. Parkview and Central Maine Healthcare agree that now is the time to move to the next level of cooperation as we work together to improve the health of the people of Maine.

About Parkview Adventist Medical Center

Parkview Adventist Medical Center is a 55-bed, acute care non-profit hospital which was opened in 1959 to care for the greater Brunswick community. In addition to treating patients in its Emergency Department, Parkview has earned a reputation for excellence in its Oncology/Hematology Unit, as well as Cardio-Pulmonary, Sleep Lab, Urology, Orthopaedic and Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging Departments. Parkview is a major employer in the Brunswick area, with 196 employees.

About Central Maine Healthcare Corporation

Central Maine Healthcare (CMHC) is the non-profit parent of a family of premier healthcare organizations serving western, central and coastal Maine. Major affiliates include: Central Maine Medical Center, a 250 bed tertiary medical center in Lewiston, Bridgton Hospital, Rumford Hospital, Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions, Central Maine Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups in Maine, and long-term care facilities, and specialty outreach clinics. Collectively they provide an expansive scope of healthcare services, health professions training and clinical research opportunities. CMHC is the co-owner of LifeFlight of Maine with one of the two helicopters is based in Lewiston. CMHC is a major employer with over 3,200 employees working at locations throughout the region.

For more information contact:

Tory Ryden, Director Marketing & Community Relations Parkview Adventist Medical Center 373-2160

Chuck Gill, Vice-President for Public Affairs, Central Maine Healthcare 795-2711