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Future of healthcare in the St. John Valley, topic of September 30 UMFK business breakfast

September 16, 2005

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NMMC CEO Martin Bernstein will be the featured speaker at a September 30 Business Breakfast

The University of Maine at Fort Kent will kick-off a new season of its regular business breakfast series, with a discussion on the future of healthcare in the St. John Valley, presented by administrators at Northern Maine Medical Center on Friday, September 30 at 7:30 a.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room on the University campus.

Martin Bernstein, chief executive officer of NMMC, will discuss highlights of the hospital's newly developed strategic plan, which will have a significant impact on the health care, economy and quality of life of people in the northernmost part of the state.

Leading into Bernstein's presentation will be a viewing of the hospital's new recruiting video geared toward medical professionals. The ten minute piece will be introduced by CarolAnne Dube, director of community relations and development for NMMC.

Peter Sirois, associate administrator, will present NMMC statistical information of local and regional interest and significance, with a brief discussion about the healthcare provider's impact on the economy of Northern Maine, just prior to Bernstein's keynote address.

Martin Bernstein has been CEO at NMMC for more than 20 years. He has been in the field of healthcare administration for 35 years.

Prior to heading the St. John Valley hospital, Bernstein held administrative positions at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York; St. Mary's General Hospital in Lewiston, Maine; and R.T. Jones Memorial Hospital in Canton, Georgia.

He also served four years as a field consultant with the American Hospital Association in the hospital administrative services program.

Bernstein is a Diplomate in the American College of Health Care Executives.

He received his maste's degree in healthcare administration from Georgia State University in 1970 and his baccalaureate degree from the State University of New York Buffalo campus in 1967.

The hospital CEO is very involved in his local community and in numerous professional organizations, including the Fort Kent Rotary Club, as an active member and past president, as chair of UMFK's nursing advisory council and as a board director of the Maine Hospital Association.

Bernstein served on a Blue Ribbon Commission established by former Maine Governor John McKernan to examine what type of healthcare regulation was necessary in the state and on regional boards of national organizations, including the American Red Cross and American Cancer Society.

Tickets for the event, which will include a full breakfast buffet, followed by the presentation by NMMC officials, are $8 (US funds) $10 (Canadian funds) and can be purchased through the university's Madawaska Alumni House by calling (207) 834-7557.

Deadline for reserving tickets is Friday, September 23.