Certificate of Need granted by DHHS for Northern Light Health –Mayo Regional Hospital merger

Following years of work and planning, Mayo Regional Hospital won state approval in January to join Northern Light Health as its newest member hospital. Following a thorough review process that included a variety of public hearings, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) granted a Certificate of Need for the proposed merger.

The merger of Mayo into Northern Light Health is viewed as an important and positive outcome for both organizations. Leaders at Mayo sought to join Northern Light Health to preserve local access to healthcare for people in the Piscataquis County region. “By joining Northern Light Health and taking advantage of its expertise in so many areas that we could not feasibly duplicate, we are confident that we can fulfill our mission to provide high-quality, compassionate healthcare to those who live and work in our communities,” explained Marie Vienneau, president and CEO of Mayo Regional Hospital. Northern Light Health sees the merger as an opportunity to better coordinate healthcare services in Piscataquis County and to improve access to care by freeing up capacity at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center for care that can be provided at Mayo. “We know that consolidation reduces costs and improves quality,” explained Matt Weed, chief strategy officer, Northern Light Health, “We already have a long-standing relationship with Mayo Regional Hospital, and we can build upon that relationship by coming together in this newly formed relationship.”