Welcome to Rosscare  

Rosscare was established in 1983 and became a member of EMHS, and provides continuing care, senior health and wellness services.  Rosscare includes 6 partnership nursing homes (Ross Manor, Stillwater Health Care, Katahdin Health Care, Colonial Health Care, and Dexter Health Care, and Hibbard Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Main Street West),  Dirigo Pines Inn and Sylvia Ross Home.  Our facilities are in Bangor, Millinocket, Lincoln, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, and Orono. We also provide LiveSAFE emergency response service (a help button), Telecare (a free daily call reassurance program), and senior wellness education.

Sylvia Ross

Rosscare is named after Sylvia Engel Ross, shown here in a Paris artist sketch as a young woman.  She was the only child of William and Rachel Engel.  William Engel was a German immigrant in the early 1880’s.  He was a successful Bangor businessman opening up a tea company.  He saw the rich resource of lumber all around and started buying up timberland and started a logging business.  He made millions by the early 1900’s and left his fortune to his only daughter, Sylvia.  Sylvia was a community philanthropist, along with her mother and had a special heart for aging men and women who needed health services.  Upon her death in 1962, Sylvia bequeathed her estate and trust fund to Eastern Maine General Hospital to be used to house and support aging adults.  In 1981, the hospital, now called EMMC, worked with Sylvia’s trustees to establish an affiliate of EMHS that served older adults health needs.  This was the origin of Rosscare.  Sylvia’s family estate, at 44 Ohio Street, was used for elderly boarding care until 2010, at which time a new Sylvia Ross Home was built on the campus of Ross Manor.  The Ross property on Ohio Street was donated to EMMC for use by medical students. Rosscare provides many services in Maine to support aging in place.

Our Mission – Rosscare’s Never Changing Purpose 

As a member of EMHS, Rosscare’s philosophy is to value aging and strive to improve the lives of older adults through a network of senior services that provide resources, education, housing, and support services for older adults, their families, and caregivers throughout the EMHS service region.

News & Events

  • Colleen Hilton Assumes Leadership of Rosscare

    1/19/2017 12:27:38 PM - EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, is pleased to announce that Colleen Hilton, RN, has been named president of Rosscare, EMHS’ not-for-profit company that oversees the Rosscare Nursing Homes. Hilton is currently an EMHS senior vice president and president of the system’s VNA Home Health Hospice.

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