Our History

Our story began in 1858 with the opening of the Marine Hospital in Portland, Maine. The Marine Hospital was established to care for ill or injured merchant seamen and coastal lighthouse keepers and their families. The facility also served as a Union hospital during the Civil War, and eventually came under the administration of the US Public Health Service (PHS).

In 1981, a group of Maine doctors—Penobscot Bay Medical Associates—acquired the Portland site from PHS and began providing primary care to the general Portland community as a not-for-profit health care organization, Martin’s Point Health Care.

Martin’s Point continued caring for local military beneficiaries, including the Coast Guard, as a Uniformed Service Treatment Facility contracted through the Department of Defense.

In 1993, Congress named Martin’s Point one of six designated providers in the US of the Uniformed Services Health Plan. Now known as the Martin’s Point US Family Health Plan, we provide TRICARE Prime® coverage for military families in our service area from Fort Kent, Maine, all the way to Erie, Pennsylvania.

In 2007, we launched a Medicare Advantage plan called Martin’s Point Generations Advantage. The plan is offered statewide and has become the most popular choice for Medicare Advantage coverage in Maine. In 2013, we expanded our coverage area and now also offer the plan statewide in New Hampshire.

Over time, we added other Health Care Centers in Maine and New Hampshire, and today we operate seven state-of-the-art health care facilities that provide primary and specialty care.

Martin’s Point has a deep and rich history of serving our community with the highest-quality care and coverage in our home state of Maine and beyond. We look forward to continuing that tradition of service in the years ahead.

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