At an event attended by hundreds of business, government and education leaders in January 2020, MaineHealth announced it joined The Roux Institute at Northeastern University, an innovation hub based in Portland, Maine, as a founding partner. The Institute is a new kind of learning institution offering programs to prepare people for high-demand jobs, particularly in the life sciences, digital engineering and artificial intelligence (AI).
Technology entrepreneur and Maine native David Roux and his wife Barbara announced a plan to invest $100 million to establish the Institute, which focuses on certificate, graduate and post-graduate offerings.
This partnership offers exciting new training and experiential learning opportunities at MaineHealth, with programming that is both relevant to the organization and responsive to the dynamic conditions facing health care. Working together with the Institute, MaineHealth will:
- Enable career progression and continuous learning for MaineHealth team members
- Attract and support Institute learners to become prospective MaineHealth employees
- Design and execute customized research, innovation, and other initiatives consistent with MaineHealth’s strategic priorities
- Pioneer the state of the art in experiential AI learning and applied research
- Catalyze economic impact and opportunity for the people and business of Maine.
As the pandemic unfolded and MaineHealth quickly scaled up its telehealth services to deliver care safely and effectively to patients, MaineHealth partnered with The Roux Institute to pilot Northeastern’s Virtual Care Certificate — a self-paced learning experience designed to build clinician and care team skills in delivering care and managing teams in a remote setting. The program covers a wide range of topics, from virtual communications to health informatics to innovations in remote care delivery.
“Our partnership with the Roux Institute could not have happened at a more opportune time, given the rapid change in demand for virtual care,” said Douglas Sawyer, MD, Chief Academic Officer, Maine Medical Center. “The Virtual Care Certificate Program is incredibly valuable to our patients by helping us learn how to provide optimal care when we cannot be physically together with them.”
MaineHealth will continue to build its course catalog with The Roux Institute, offering expanded training, certification and degree programs to providers, employees, and the community at large.