Inpatient Service

Inpatient Service

Inpatient Services

Northern Maine Medical Center offers inpatient care, 24 hours/day on our medical/surgical floor and intensive care unit for patients of all ages. Our team of doctors, nurses, and support staff go through intense training on a frequent basis to ensure the care provided is of top quality. Northern Maine Medical Center has a state-of-the-art simulation lab used in the process of training staff. Simulation labs help staff display their ability to critically think during a real-life scenario, demonstrate technical skills, and overall competency. This enables staff to provide the highest possible quality of care to our patients.

Patients are cared for by a competent staff of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Registered Nurses, Certified Nurses Aids, and other support staff. Our team of professional’s work with the patients’ and their family to make the patients’ hospital stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible all the while providing all necessary medical care/intervention. Your team of caregivers gather daily to discuss the best treatment plan for your specific needs. Your health and comfort are important to us and it’s our goal is to exceed your expectations.

The department participates in Quality initiatives put forth by the Centers for Medicare Services and The Joint Commission as well as internal quality measures to ensure we’re providing the best care to our patients at all times. Hourly rounding and bedside reporting are two major quality initiatives in place. The nursing staff will check on you hourly to ensure your needs are being met. When possible, the nursing staff will provide a bedside report, with you present in the room, an update on your progress and condition.

Discharge planning is a very important aspect of your care and starts on the day of admission. Planning for a patient discharge requires a multidisciplinary approach and requires a lot of coordination. Daily team meetings, including the patient’s physician, nursing staff, social worker, physical therapist, rehab staff, and pharmacist are conducted to ensure all patient needs are considered during the hospital stay and also upon discharge. The results of these meetings are then discussed with the primary care team who will work with the patient to educate them and assist with achieving treatment goals. Discharge planning is continued through each level of care a patient receives and goals are updated along the way.

Courtesy Home Visits

Your health is important to us!

Who qualifies for the services?
NMMC patients who are discharged to their home.

Does it cost anything?
It is NMMC’s pleasure to provide this free service to ensure a smooth transition back home.

What will the RN do for me?

  • Re-instruct home discharge orders by your physician.
  • Explain and re-educate new medications that have been prescribed for you to take at home.
  • Assess your basic vital signs in your home.
  • Evaluate how you are feeling at home since being discharged from the hospital.
  • Assist with organizing your medications until your home services are available, when applicable.
  • Answer any questions or concerns you may have since returning home from the hospital.
  • Relay any concerns to your physician, if needed.
  • Make recommendations to improve home safety.
  • Assist in coordinating follow up appointments as needed.

How can I get an appointment?

At the time of discharge, your nurse will review the summary of your discharge instructions. At the time of discharge, you will be asked whether you would like to take advantage of this free service.

To accept our invitation, you will simply need to sign a consent form.

By signing this form, we will gather information to schedule the courtesy home visit for you.

On the day following your return home, you will receive a phone call to set up a dater and time for a nurse to visit you.

Our home visit will not interfere with services you may already be receiving from other agencies. NMMC provides this one visit to all patients regardless of other services you may have at home.

Why is NMMC offering home visits?
The Northern Maine Medical Center healthcare team is dedicated to our patients and want to continue to exceed your expectations even after your discharge back home. We want to assist you in understanding the things you are responsible for in managing your health and ensure that you have a good understanding of the purpose for taking your medications and possible side effects.  We want to continue to be available to you.

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