2001 A state-of-the-art laboratory facility for Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) is completed. Today MMCRI spans the spectrum of biomedical research, with basic research programs in cardiovascular biology and stem cell biology, a growing clinical and translational research program, outcomes research and evaluation, and psychiatric research.
2002 After Y2K, 9/11 and other uncertainties, the US enacts the Hospital Preparedness Program. Drills — that are coordinated with police, fire, ambulance and other public health responders — prepare staff for everything from natural disasters to bioterrorism.
2003 The first robotic-assisted surgery in Maine takes place, thanks to community donations to fund the technology, and to the surgeons who championed this innovation.
2006 After years of planning, MMC achieves Magnet status for nursing excellence, the highest achievement in nursing standards in the US.
2007 MMC’s first helipad opens leading the way for us to achieve Level 1 Trauma Center status — at the time one of only 100 hospitals nationwide.
2007 One of the largest freestanding ambulatory surgery centers in the country opens on our Scarborough campus, with ability to accommodate 10,000 outpatient surgeries yearly.
2008 The East Tower — made possible by the Building on Excellence fundraising campaign — opens and is home to The Family Birth Center, nearly doubling the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and the Emergency Department, which also doubled in size.
2008 MMC’s long history as a teaching hospital continues with Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) signing an agreement to collaborate in delivering a unique Maine Track medical school program. It was founded to: address the shortage of doctors in Maine; offer Maine’s brightest students the financial means to pursue a career in medicine; and develop an innovative curriculum focused on community-based education.