Bangor, ME


Northern Light Health System




Master Plan, Inpatient Beds, Maternal Health, Surgery, NICU

project type

Acute Care


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The multi-phased $308M modernization project for Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) includes 361,000SF of projects that will provide state-of-the-art operating rooms, consolidated heart care, updated space for laboring moms and their babies, new neonatal intensive care space, and increased private rooms for patients.

The EMMC modernization project is focused on creating opportunities for the Bangor-based hospital to adapt to emerging technology and modern procedures while accommodating increased demand on a limited footprint. This project incorporates the latest advances in evidence-based design. Views of nature, natural light, decentralized nurses’ stations, adaptable-acuity single patient rooms, patient lifts, and respite areas for patient families and staff are all incorporated into the design of the new tower.

With expansive views of the adjacent Penobscot River, the tower supports a new main lobby, cafe, heart and vascular care space, surgical suite, NICU, two floors of private patient rooms, and a newly renovated labor and delivery center. The private rooms are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of patients and provide a warm and relaxing atmosphere for healing by surrounding the patient with organic textures and ample natural light.

The 29 single-bassinet rooms in the new NICU are designed to accommodate around-the-clock care for EMMC’s most vulnerable patients. The NICU, 25 postpartum rooms, 32 inpatient telemetry rooms, and the 24-bed critical care unit all feature rooming-in accommodations for families, improving patient outcomes by enhancing the family’s role in the healing process.

The new facility also includes 14 operating rooms with pre-op and PACU, as well as a new sterile processing department. Two of the new operating rooms are hybrid ORs equipped with advanced medical imaging devices, enabling minimally invasive surgery. The design of these areas focused intensely on infection control, taking into account the carefully orchestrated workflow of the surgeons and staff, as well as creating a separate, dedicated sterile pathway for supplies and instruments. The spaces are connected to the existing ambulatory surgery department, creating one of the largest, most comprehensive surgery centers in the state.

Modernization Case Study

E4H's passion for the welfare of our patients kept the focus on outcomes, while integrating this major
building design on a narrow, challenging site. Through their leadership, I have the knowledge and
comfort of their methodologies around workflow redesign and applied it to other performance improvement efforts at NL EMMC. The staff is thrilled with the new space, but most especially the patients are more comfortable, and the families more supported. Their professionalism and
commitment has led to an exceptional environment of care that will make a meaningful impact on the lives of the patients and staff of NL EMMC.

Deborah Sanford, MBA, MSN, VP Nursing & Patient Care Services RN

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center