Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
Maine Medical Center (MMC) traces its beginnings back to the mid-nineteenth century. Only two hospitals existed in Maine during this time - a marine hospital in Portland and an insane asylum in Augusta. The end of the Civil War and the devastation of the Great Fire of 1866 left Portland in great need of a general hospital. Eight years later, Maine General Hospital opened its doors as a forty-bed facility serving 114 patients in its first year. In 1951, Maine General Hospital joined the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary and Children’s Hospital to form Maine Medical Center, which is today one of the state’s premier healthcare facilities.
MMC’s Breast Care Center continues the hospital’s long-standing history of quality patient care as demonstrated by the full, three-year accreditation it was recently awarded by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). MMC is the first hospital in the state, and one of only a few in New England, to receive the prestigious accreditation. The Breast Care Center’s Clinical Patient Navigator program, funded in part by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, provides newly-diagnosed patients and their families with a highly-skilled oncology nurse dedicated to providing support throughout each step of the treatment process. The nursing staff at Maine Medical Center was recently rated in the top 3% in the world for nursing excellence.
"We are very appreciative of our NBCF grant to support our Breast Survivorship Navigator. She has provided the missing link in the care of our breast patients and her work has strengthened our program as it relates to survivorship issues. Integrating her into our team has improved coordination of services and helped survivors and families access supportive care resources. She has been key to the development of our survivorship clinic."
Jacquelyn Hedlund, Medical Director, Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
100 Campus Drive, Ste. 110
Scarborough, ME 04074