Sylvia Getman, CEO TAMC (The Aroostook Medical Center), and Dr. Jay Reynolds, CMO TAMC, provided a TAMC 100 year’s overview and medicine in Fort Fairfield past, present, and future at a recent club breakfast meeting.

Stephanie Beaulieu (right), Club President, welcomes Sylvia Getman, CEO TAMC, and Dr. Jay Reynolds, CMO TAMC.

Dr. Jay walked the club down memory lane tracing TAMC’s and Fort Fairfield’s long medical relationship. From the 32-bed Community General Hospital opening in April 1952, through the sanatorium, to the present-day Fort Fairfield Health Center and TAMC’s Crown Ambulance Service, Dr. Jay visited the stepping stones along the way.

Sylvia described healthcare’s future in Fort Fairfield, many changes being brought about by the Affordable Care Act of 2012. TAMC/EMHS (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems) having been chosen as one of 32 pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) have entered into a pilot project that seeks to shift the economic model from volume to value. The goal is to provide care where and when it is needed keeping people healthier, reducing emergency room visits and hospitalizations and thereby reducing healthcare costs.

Fort Fairfield has been chosen as TAMC’s first medical home project. Care managers will be working out of the Fort Fairfield Health Center managing care for people throughout central Aroostook County. Two managers have already started and another will be added later this spring. Additionally, mental health services provided by a licensed clinical social worker were recently added.

Additional information may be found concerning this topic by visiting TAMC’s website, www.tamc.org.