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Acute Rehab

Our Acute Rehab team specializes in helping people who have experienced a disabling illness or injury. We provide medical care, education for the patient and family, and new skills necessary to improve quality of life so patients can live as independently as possible. Our nurses are specialty trained and available 24 hours a day. Our nationally-certified nurses are an integral part of our rehab team.

Coronory care/cardiac surgery unit

The 20-bed Coronary Care Unit/Cardiac Surgery Unit (CCU) is an all-RN unit that provides care to cardiac surgical and cardiac medical adult patients. Nurses on this unit care for a variety of patients, including those who are awaiting heart catheterization with a nitroglycerin infusion, patients who are being managed with therapeutic hypothermia following cardiac arrest, and cardiac surgical patients. Cardiac surgical patients come directly from the Cardiac OR under anesthesia. Nursing protocol-driven along with close contact with the cardiac surgeon allows the bedside RN to reach goals of extubation and getting the patient out of bed as quickly as possible.

Emergency department (ED)

Our 32-bed Emergency Department serves both adult and pediatric patients. As a trauma center and regional referral center, we have a very high acuity level. The ED is self-contained and staffed with RNs, CNAs, unit secretaries, board-certified emergency medicine physicians, and highly trained physician assistants. The department has dedicated radiology staff and equipment around the clock. Nurses enjoy a good working relationship with clinicians.

Intensive Care unit (ICU)

Our two, 12-bed Intensive Care Units serve the region's most critically ill patients. As a trauma center and the area's most advanced intensive care services, our nurses care for a lot of trauma patients. The units also see many septic patients, as well as those with post-surgical complications. Nurses, intensivists, and respiratory therapists all work very closely together to care for patients. Our team also includes decentralized pharmacists, social workers, and palliative care specialists.

Medical-Surgical Unit

Our Medical-Surgical units are, in many ways, the backbone of the hospital. They are a great place to work for nurses who want a constantly evolving, fast-paced setting. Our units include oncology, respiratory, neuro/orthopedic, surgical, and telemetry floors. Each individual unit supports one of our centers of excellence: joint, stroke, bariatric, and oncology. Nursing leadership encourages and supports medical-surgical nurses in pursuing certification through the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  

Nurses on our Grant 5 orthopedic and neurology unit care for a variety of patients. It is a fast-paced, multidisciplinary unit that builds a great knowledge base and strong clinical skills to be used in any specialty. The nursing staff is a part of a dynamic team consisting of therapists, and providers from orthopedic, neurology, neurosurgery, and trauma services. Through this collaborative approach, patients and families are highly involved in learning how to optimize their health outcomes. Our unit has been awarded both a Joint Replacement Center of Excellence and a Stroke Care Center by the Joint Commission.

Grant 6 West is a respiratory specialty unit where nurses encounter patients with a diverse range of diagnoses. Nurses have the opportunity to learn and care for patients with chest tubes, tracheostomies, and ventilators. We are a unit of preference for thoracic patients who have undergone complex surgery such as lung resection, video-assisted thoracotomy, open thoracotomy, and esophagectomy. We also care for patients with COPD, pneumonia, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, and a variety of other respiratory diseases.

Grant 6 East is a hematology and oncology specialty unit specializing in the care of patients with blood disorders and various types of cancer. Nurses have the opportunity to obtain chemotherapy/biotherapy certification, which allows them to administer medications and manage the care of patients receiving these therapies. The EMMC Cancer Care program is a member of the Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative. We offer patients and families support through the entire course of illness up to and including end of life care. Further opportunities include training in apheresis and obtaining oncology nurse certification.

Grant 4 and Penobscot Pavilion 6 are the dynamic, fast-paced cardiac telemetry units. They provide a unique opportunity to administer and manage medications that require cardiac monitoring and training to manage abnormal cardiac rhythms. We care for acute cardiac medical patients, as well as pre-op and post-op open heart surgery patients. All of our nurses receive their advanced cardiac life support certification in the first year of employment. The two units collaborate to care for our large cardiac population.

Merritt 3 Surgical is our advanced surgical post-operative specialty unit. We are one of the first surgery and weight loss centers in the country to offer robot-assisted surgical weight loss. We are a national and worldwide leader and resource for this technique. As a Bariatric Center of Excellence recognized by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, our nurses provide our patients with remarkable care everyday.


Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has 29 private suites which include space for parents to stay with their baby 24 hours a day. Individual nurse work stations are located between patient rooms for an optimal level of care at the bedside. Nurses who work in the NICU have access to the latest technology and a modern unit in the new Penobscot Pavilion that opened in 2016.

Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)

Our six-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit serves children from birth to age 18. Our PICU nurses are also ICU nurses and care for adults. Our patient population is varied and includes trauma, cardiology, neurology, and respiratory patients as well as children with rare genetic diseases. We have patients on ventilators and oscillators. We are supported by pediatric intensivists around the clock.


As a Trauma II Center, Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Advanced Surgical Care service provides a full range of surgical care (with the exception of organ transplants) which includes trauma surgery, open heart surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and robotic surgery. We are the first in Maine to acquire a second-generation robot and perform a vast range of robotic surgeries. EMMC is a Total Joint Center of Excellence, and our nationally-renowned blood management program has virtually eliminated the need for transfusions. EMMC has 22 operating rooms, 14 of which are newly renovated and include hybrid operating rooms and a state-of-the-art perioperative suite that has dedicated pre-operative and post-anesthesia care bays. Nurses are well-supported by team leaders for each specialty and a very accessible management team. Nurses have respectful, collaborative relationships with anesthesia providers and surgeons

Supplemental Staffing Unit

EMMC added a Supplemental Staffing Unit, which provides new opportunities for nurses and helps EMMC respond to fluctuations in the census and changes in acuity. It’s a good opportunity for nurses with at least one year of experience who are interested in a wide range of clinical areas to enjoy more variety in their work day. Opportunities for 8-hour and 12-hour shifts are available both day and night. 

Women's and Children's Health

Eastern Maine Medical Center provides a wide range of services for women and their children, offering a high level of obstetrical care to women of childbearing age and a family-centered care approach to their childbirth experience. The hospital's highly trained obstetrical nurses play a vital role with the maternal-fetal medicine physicians in the management of high risk pregnancies and follow up care. Our nurses believe that each birth is unique and supports parents in their choices regarding birth plans. Best practices in prepared childbirth education, lactation, and labor management/support are well integrated in the nursing care process.