Southern Maine Geriatrics Associates

As a geriatrician, Dr. Bither noted in his private practice the need for more comprehensive and high quality care of frail elders living in assisted living and the nursing home. In 2001, Dr. Bither founded SMGA with the intention of improving care for these older adults using the best available medical science from the rapidly expanding, new field of geriatric medicine. Since that time, seven other doctors and six nurse practitioners have joined Southern Maine Geriatrics to provide specialized geriatric care directly to older adults in 10 facilities throughout southern and central Maine.

Dr. Bither, Dr. Mosher, Dr. A Berman, Dr. K Berman, Dr. Ungar, Dr. Barr and Dr. Moore work collaboratively with our nurse practitioners and physician assistants to provide onsite services at long-term care and assisted living facilities. This team approach has proven effective in reducing emergency room visits and hospitalizations.  Research documents that patients, families and staff are much more satisfied with this model than the more traditional solo physician model of care.   Our nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and doctors routinely travel to our facilities a number of times a week. This eliminates the need for family members to schedule and transport patients to doctors’ offices. In addition, we provide on-call coverage to facility staff for urgent medical issues 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.  This provides responsive quality medical support necessary to keep patients in their facilities and out of hospitals.

All of our doctors are either certified, or in the process of obtaining certification, as Medical Directors from the American Medical Director Association.

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants provide high quality cost effective healthcare

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a Registered Nurse with additional advanced academic and clinical experience, which enables them to diagnose and manage most common and chronic illnesses as part of a health care team.  They provide some care previously offered only by physicians, and in Maine they have the authority to prescribe medications and treatments.

A Physician Assistant (PA) is a healthcare professional who is licensed to practice medicine as part of a team with physicians.  PAs are concerned with preventing and treating human illness and injury by providing a broad range of health care services under the supervision of a physician or surgeon.  They conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, develop treatment plans, perform procedures, prescribe medications, counsel on preventive health care, and may assist in surgery.  

We provide geriatric medical services at (our facilities):

Rehab/Skilled Nursing Facilities

Gorham House, Gorham

Greenwood Center, Sanford

Hawthorne House, Freeport

Horizons Living and Rehab, Brunswick

Sedgewood Commons, Falmouth

St. Mary's d'Youville Pavilion, Lewiston

Seal Rock Healthcare, Saco

Varney Crossing Nursing Care Center, North Berwick

Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facilities

Gorham House, Gorham

Greenwood Center, Sanford

Hawthorne House, Freeport

Horizons Living and Rehab, Brunswick

Legacy Memory Care At Ocean View, Falmouth

Sedgewood Commons, Falmouth

St. Mary's d'Youville Pavilion, Lewiston

Seal Rock Healthcare, Saco

Varney Crossing Nursing Care Center, North Berwick

Assisted Living Facilities

Avita of Stroudwater, Westbrook

Avita of Wells, Wells

Bay Square, Yarmouth

Falmouth House at Ocean View, Falmouth

Freeport Place, Freeport

Gorham House, Gorham

The Inn at Atlantic Heights, Saco

Sedgewood Commons, Falmouth

St. Mary's d'Youville Pavilion, Lewiston

Stroudwater Lodge, Westbrook

Independent Living Facilities

Gorham House, Gorham

Stroudwater Lodge, Westbrook

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