Spectrum Healthcare Partners History, Vision, & Values
Once upon a time, doctors were the ultimate decision maker when it came to how patients were cared for and healthcare resources were allocated. And the patient’s best interests came first.
In the 90s, however, the healthcare environment began to shift as other stakeholders emerged. Managed care took hold as a way to control rising healthcare costs. Smaller hospitals were consolidated into large integrated delivery systems. Insurance companies and employers exerted growing influence on healthcare policy and reimbursement.
The end result was that while doctors were the ones actually taking care of patients, they had less say in how that care was delivered.
Spectrum Healthcare Partners is changing all that.
Spectrum was founded in 1996 to give physicians in Maine a strong, unified voice in what continues to be an evolving healthcare environment. Three independent practices merged—Northeast Anesthesia Professional Association, Maine Pathology Associates and Radiology Associates of Maine— setting the stage for physicians to have a strong leadership role in healthcare delivery, and have more control over patient care.
Today, Spectrum is Maine’s largest statewide multispecialty, physician-owned and –directed professional organization, with more than 200 physicians practicing in the areas of anesthesiology, orthopaedics, pain management, pathology, radiation oncology, radiology, and vascular and interventional radiology. We contract with healthcare facilities across Maine and in northern New England to provide these services.
As a result of our size, the diverse services we offer, and the breadth of our geographic coverage, Spectrum has a seat at the table with healthcare systems, employers, insurers, managed care organizations, and policymakers. So when it comes to making decisions about healthcare delivery, the physician perspective is represented.
And the patient’s best interests still come first.
We are an independent, physician-led, multispecialty medical practice that is committed to delivering high-quality, cost-effective care in every community we serve.
To be a fully integrated multispecialty practice that provides excellent care where patients, physicians, and employees are highly satisfied.