Coastal Healthcare Alliance, which includes Pen Bay Medical Center, Pen Bay Physicians & Associates, Quarry Hill Retirement Community, Knox Center, Waldo County General Hospital, Waldo County Medical Partners and Penobscot Shores Retirement Community, has been in preliminary unification discussions with other MaineHealth member organizations.

This reorganization, or unification proposal, would create a single, system-wide Board of Trustees for MaineHealth and a combined financial structure. It would leave in place local boards, which would retain significant responsibility for the hospital services and other care delivered in local communities.

In a series of board votes, MaineHealth members decided that the time was right to engage their communities in this dialog. Unification Community Forums are being held in all MaineHealth member communities to review the proposed unification and gather feedback from the community.

The Knox County Unification Community Forum will take place Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St.

The Waldo County Unification Community Forum will take place Thursday, Aug. 24, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the United Farmers Market of Maine, 18 Spring St., Belfast.

During the forum, the unification proposal will be discussed and there will be an opportunity to engage in a conversation with leaders from PBMC and WCGH. Forums are free and open to the public. Visit or for more information.