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Eastern Maine Medical Center/Clinical Research Center

Center Information

Barbara Sorondo, MD, MBA
Director, Clinical Research Center
Eastern Maine Medical Center/Clinical Research Center
One Cumberland Place, Suite 300
Bangor, ME 04401
207-973-4146 (fax)
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Dental and Oral Health
Family Medicine
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Trauma (Emergency, Injury, Surgery)

Center Overview

Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) has over 30 years of research experience. The Clinical Research Center was established in 2006 to centralize research administration and support the efforts of EMMC staff participating in clinical trials and investigator-initiated research.

The Clinical Research Center is involved in all aspects of clinical trials and has trained research coordinators and database specialists who organize, facilitate, and coordinate trials. Center staff are involved in all stages of this process, including prospecting for new trials, writing IRB protocols, consenting patients, and collecting and analyzing data.

The Clinical Research Center draws from numerous patient populations in EMMC’s catchment area. These include:

  • Primary Care and Specialty Care Practices
  • Rehabilitation Center
  • Affiliated Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Mental Health Community Hospital
  • Affiliated Laboratory, Inc.
  • Spectrum Radiology
  • Dahl-Chase Pathology Associates
  • Affiliated Pharmacy, Inc.

Clinical Research Experience

The Clinical Research Center conducts Phase II-Phase IV clinical trials and has worked with many CROs and sponsors of clinical trials, including:

  • Agfa Health
  • Abbott Vascular
  • Alcon Labs, Inc.
  • Alquest
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • CoolSystems, Inc.
  • Binax, Inc.
  • BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc.
  • Clarity Research Group
  • Duke Clinical Research
  • Eyetech, Inc.
  • GE Healthcare
  • Guidant Corporation
  • Inspire Pharmaceuticals
  • Merck & Co, Inc.
  • Novartis
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • PRS Clinical
  • Simulution
  • Sirion Therapeutics
  • Theravance Pharmaceuticals
  • United Biosource

Facility Description

Located in Bangor, Maine, EMMC is a tertiary care teaching hospital. Under community direction, it has grown from a five-bed general hospital into a comprehensive medical center with 411 beds, 23 outlying physician practices, and over 70,000 Emergency Department visits per year. EMMC and its medical staff of 544 physicians provide specialty and intensive services to the northern two-thirds of the State of Maine.

Eastern Maine Medical Center is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare, providing exemplary service to the people of central, northern, and eastern Maine. EMMC is a Level 2 ACS-accredited Trauma Center and host of LifeFlight of Maine, a statewide medical helicopter service that transports critically ill and injured patients. Other noteworthy recognitions include: an ACS-accredited Surgical Weight Loss Program and Level 1A ACS-accredited Bariatric Center; designation of the Breast and Osteoporosis Center as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by The American College of Radiology's Commission on Quality and Safety and by the Commission on Breast Imaging; and EMMC named as one of the 100 Most Wired Hospitals in 2008 and 2009 by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

The Medical Center provides the community it serves a resource for healthcare and health information, a source of support and assistance for area physicians and other healthcare providers, and a training ground for the health professionals of the future.

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 accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and licensed by the State of Maine.

Investigator Experience

Approximately 15% of EMMC physicians are engaged in clinical research. The EMMC departments participating in research include:

  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Respiratory Care
  • Intensive Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neurology
  • Pharmacy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Urology
  • Trauma and General Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Endocrinology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Walk-in Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
  • Anesthesiology
  • Transfusion Management
  • Bariatric Surgery

Staff Expertise

The EMMC Clinical Research Center employs a management team and support staff that include certified clinical research coordinators, research associates, research administrators, grant writers, biostatisticians, and medical editors. All EMMC employees conducting research are required to complete training in the protection of human research participants and Good Clinical Practice.

The experienced professional staff serve as a liaison between clinical investigators and clinical trial sponsors, providing support in all areas of clinical trial budgeting, contracting, management, and operations. The Center also maintains a database of principal investigators in multiple specialty areas, and provides referrals to physicians for research opportunities.

Patient Demographics

The EMMC patient population consists of a large percentage of elderly patients and a high percentage of lower income residents, most of whom live in rural areas.

Breakdown by age:

Pediatric (0-18)27%
Adult (19-64)59%
Geriatric (= 65)14%

Breakdown by ethnicity:

Black/African American0.51%
Native American0.67%

Other Information

The EMMC Clinical Research Center utilizes both a central and EMMC IRB office, depending on the affiliated status of the PI. The EMMC IRB meets on a bimonthly basis with a 2-3 week turnaround time from submission to approval.

EMMC has an electronic medical record system, which makes data abstraction and trial pre-screening more efficient.

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