About the EMMC Clinical Research Center

EMHS-Hospital-Network-with-CAH-2016-2.jpgEastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC), the flagship hospital of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS), is a comprehensive 411-bed medical center located in Bangor, Maine and has served communities throughout central, eastern, and northern Maine for more than a century. The medical center and its medical staff of more than 500 physicians provide three-quarters of the hospital services offered in the Bangor area, and EMMC is the specialty referral hospital for the northern two-thirds of the State, providing leading-edge programs in pediatric/neonatal intensive care, oncology, orthopedics, and cardiac care, among many others.

EMMC also provides outreach clinics to many local hospitals in the region, allowing easier access for patients and supporting the role of those hospitals in their communities. EMMC is an American College of Surgeons verified Level II trauma center and host of LifeFlight of Maine, a statewide medical helicopter service that transports critically ill and injured patients.

The medical center is currently undergoing a major modernization effort. Among the many improvements that are being made to EMMC is implementation of Cerner Smart Room™ technology in all new patient rooms under construction, with plans to add this technology to current rooms over the next few years. Features of the Smart Room include: Instant bedside access to real-time device data; Smart infusion pump technology management; Bi-directional communication between medical devices and the EMR; Automated mobile vitals that capture with the EMR; Secondary alerting for clinical notification and escalation; Interactive patient console; Electronic signage outside the patient room; and Real-time tracking to manage assets, providers and patients.


The Clinical Research Center’s professional staff provide support to investigators throughout the System who have innovative ideas for research in epidemiological, clinical, behavioral, health services and outcomes-oriented clinical research.
The Clinical Research Center enables EMMC/EMHS staff to pursue independent clinical research by supporting all their research administration needs, including: 1) training and education for investigators and staff; 2) research project management (study design, data collection, statistical support, and database management); 3) pre- and post- award services (contract and budget negotiations, grant applications and post award services, Data Use Agreements (DUA) and Business Associate Agreements (BAA)); 4) research compliance (Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions, research Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Good Clinical Practice guidelines (GCP); 5) research mining and; 6) data safety and quality and control. Our staff includes: research project managers, certified clinical research coordinators, biostatisticians, research interns, manager of sponsored programs, and an office coordinator who supports the financial tracking system for all research activities.
Every year the Clinical Research Center, in collaboration with the EMMC Research Advisory Council, offers clinical research fellowships to qualified EMMC investigators, and seed grants to qualified research projects, allowing the staff protected time to work on the development and implementation of research projects. The Clinical Research Center also facilitates collaboration opportunities with local and national partners, by being the liaison for all required activities within the partnership, including the completion of allied scientist agreements, DUAs, BAAs, and institutional required research training.  All allied scientists have the opportunity to work within our facilities, with clinicians and patients, and have access to the EMMC IRB, and the EMMC Research Registry, on their EMMC IRB approved protocols.