EMHS was recently notified that some cities and counties in Maine, including the cities of Bangor and Portland, are pursuing a lawsuit against national pharma manufacturers and distributors for causing the opioid abuse epidemic. We are concerned that some physicians, formerly employed by EMHS member organizations, will be named in the suit as a legal tactic to keep the cases in Maine state courts. By suing individual physicians, these cities and counties have essentially named EMHS and any member organization that employed these physicians in the opioid lawsuit. The suit alleges that EMHS and its employed physicians caused the opioid abuse epidemic in this area and caused $1 billion in damages, including law enforcement costs, first responder costs, public health costs, and social services costs. 
In a continuing effort to provide the highest quality care to the people of Maine, EMHS has entered into a clinical affiliation agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the world’s preeminent academic medical centers.
Cotton has 31 years of service at EMHS in both clinical care and operational leadership roles.  She began her career as a staff nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center and was quickly promoted to department head nurse. She went on to become a Family and Gerontological nurse practitioner and was instrumental in the development and leadership of quality geriatric services in central and northern Maine. She also has served on numerous boards as a community advocate and provider of care to older adults.
EMHS announced today that after more than four years as vice president and chief information officer, Kyle Johnson plans to leave the organization later this month. Johnson has accepted the position of chief information officer for a larger healthcare organization. In this new role, she will be responsible for health systems on the east coast and will be relocating to Florida.
In October of this year, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, EMHS, will become Northern Light Health. The name change reflects a key step in the system's evolution from individual locations with a regional focus to an integrated health delivery organization with coordinated statewide offerings. This shift is one of the changes that the organization is making in order to build a better healthcare system for every person in Maine.
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