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About Us

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital (BHMH) is a 25-bed critical access hospital offering primary and selected specialty healthcare services.  Mrs. F.B. Richards donated the original hospital in 1922 in honor of her daughter, Katherine.  More than 90 years later, we are proud to be the largest employer in our region and an affiliate of EMHS. The hospital’s primary care practices are located in Blue Hill, Castine, and Stonington.

A Commitment to Our Community

BHMH is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve.  Our community outreach efforts, as well as the services we deliver within our hospital and practices, are shaped by our community’s needs. 

Assessing the Needs of Our Community

We identify the health needs of our community in a number of ways. First and foremost, we listen to our patients.  We also consider data, such as that collected in our Community Health Needs Assessment, which is conducted every three years.  We welcome input and seek feedback from various groups, such as the Community Advisory Council, made up of over 50 local residents representing all communities in our service area.  To the fullest extent possible, we respond to specific requests from our community partners, such as local schools and nursing homes, Healthy Peninsula, and the Parker Ridge Retirement Community.

Recent Community Outreach Activities

Examples of  outreach activities include: blood pressure screenings, Recipes for Wellness at The Simmering Pot, a men’s health overhaul, presentations on nutrition, the annual Women’s Wellness Fair,  early childhood development health fairs, an annual 5K race, and talks by our physicians and other providers in a variety of venues. In many cases, BHMH has partnered with other organizations, such as The Jackson Laboratory and Healthy Peninsula, in delivering educational programs.  We value these partnerships and our patients tell us they do as well.  As a not-for-profit hospital, we document many of these activities as a community benefit, and can even track the financial value of what we are extending at no cost to our local friends and neighbors.

Ensuring Access to Medically Necessary Care

Charity care is another example of how BHMH benefits our community. We work closely with patients to identify programs that will cover their healthcare costs. When no coverage is available, there are assistance programs to help ensure that every patient has access to medically necessary care.

Excellence within Our Healthcare System

As a member of EMHS, we are proud to uphold “community” as one of six pillars of excellence that serve as the foundation for all we do.  The other pillars are service, finance, people, quality, and growth.