At the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine (OICM), we believe the people of central and western Maine deserve to receive top-quality orthopaedic care without having to travel long distances. At OICM, you get the highest level of care — the level you would expect in large metropolitan hospitals — close to home.
We’re proud to have earned numerous accreditations and distinctions from national and regional organizations. These groups recognize that the care professionals on our orthopaedic team provide excellent, supportive care to all our patients.
Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval®
Our orthopaedic care has been recognized as among the best in the nation by the Joint Commission, the country’s oldest and largest healthcare accrediting body. Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) has received recognition for providing the highest quality of patient care and safety in total hip replacement, total knee replacement, total shoulder replacement and hip fracture care.
More than one million total joint replacements, which are considered one of the most successful and cost-effective interventions in medicine, are done in the United States every year. In 2017, CMMC performed 181 total hip replacements, 316 knee replacements and 45 shoulder replacements in 2017. The hospital treated 162 hip fractures.
The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years and currently, more 4,000 hospitals nationwide maintain Joint Commission accreditation. CMMC’s accreditation is an initial certification, and the hospital will have a recertification inspection every two years going forward.
Blue Distinction Center
In honor of our clinical expertise and quality of care, OICM has been designated a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. Blue Distinction Centers are recognized for demonstrating an expertise and reliability in quality special care on a consistent basis, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients.
The designation is based on rigorous, evidence-based selection criteria established in collaboration with expert physician and medical organization recommendations. To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, our program was evaluated on a range of specific criteria, including quality of care, experience and training of surgeons, clinical outcomes, patient support services and multidisciplinary teamwork.