Originally published in The Weekly Packet, October 4, 2018
Blue Hill hospital becomes part of the Northern Light family
by Faith DeAmbrose
On February 6, 1921, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital opened its doors to receive patients. The hospital has remained open each day since (after a fire in 1929, it temporarily operated out of the first Blue Hill Inn located at the top of Tenney Hill). On October 1, the hospital again opened its doors, but with a new name: Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital.
As part of a wider healthcare system, the name change is reflective throughout the organization now known as Northern Light Health—replacing what had been called Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.
With over 12,000 employees, 1,000 providers, nine hospitals, 127 site locations and one unified electronic medical record, Northern Light Health came to be for all locations and employees simultaneously with a roll-out that included new email addresses, logos and branding, and a day of celebration at all its locations.
At Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital, Kristin Cyr, RN, Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care at Blue Hill and Maine Coast (now Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital) laid out what it means to be part of the new healthcare system. More than the direct-to-patient care, the brand also projects standards of “kindness and quality” and centers around behavior, actions and teamwork.
While some locations will see its exterior signage change immediately, the Blue Hill location will be many more months from that. New email addresses went into effect October 1, although the former addresses will forward for one year.