MaineHealth continues to make significant investments in building modernization and expansion of specialty care and services to serve the diverse needs of our patients and communities. Our expanded partnerships across the health system support our integrated approach to care and our commitment to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art care, close to home.
Maine Medical Center continues its significant investment in facilities, practices and people in support of patient care. Its $534 million modernization and expansion project has achieved several important milestones this year. The two new East Tower floors are nearly complete and will welcome patients by the end of the year, with 64 private beds dedicated to oncology care. The new dual-bay helipad supporting emergency care became operational in early September. An additional 225 visitor parking spaces were completed in fall 2018 and the new employee garage will be ready for occupancy in early 2020.
Maine Medical Center also announced it will invest $59 million in a new Maine Medical Partners (MMP) medical office building at its Scarborough campus as part of the project. The three-story, state-of-the-art facility will be home to MMP practices including neurology, neurosurgery & spine, otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and vascular surgery, enhancing a convenient regional campus for world-class specialty care.
The 15-room Waldo County General Hospital Emergency Department renovation was completed in summer 2019 and includes two trauma rooms, a “fast track” room, and 12 general-purpose rooms.
A new $34 million investment at Southern Maine Health Care’s Sanford Campus will establish a 94-bed Eldercare Center to provide skilled nursing, long-term and memory care services, a short-stay inpatient behavioral health care unit, and general campus improvements.
MaineHealth Care at Home ConnectedCare Clinics, a nurse-led and telehealth-supported population health initiative, expanded to seven locations, serving low-income housing residents and the communities of Chebeague and Long Islands.
Memorial Hospital’s Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center has opened, providing elder memory care services and respite for caregivers. The 14,000 square-foot facility features health monitoring, therapies, structured activities, and assistance with activities of daily living, meeting an identified need in this region.
The new Pen Bay Medical Center Health Center, opening in summer 2020, will house the pediatrics, audiology, speech pathology, and ear, nose and throat practices, as well as pediatric physical and occupational therapy. The Health Center will also provide space where specialists from the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland can meet with patients in Rockport. The second floor will house the internal medicine, family medicine and psychiatry practices, as well as the Integrated Medicated Assisted Treatment (IMAT) practice for treating opioid use disorder.
Since the opening of the Herbert and Roberta Watson Health Center, LincolnHealth has seen a marked improvement in care coordination, making it easier for patients to connect with highly skilled specialists. In addition, wound care services are now available on the Miles campus and behavioral health services have expanded. Soon, ear, nose and throat specialists will be seeing patients at the Center.
Franklin Health Orthopedics has added two orthopedic surgeons to its practice through a service partnership with Maine Medical Partners Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Patients can receive specialty services, including surgery at Franklin Memorial Hospital, for orthopedic trauma and fracture care as well as a variety of orthopedic and sports-related injuries.
MaineHealth and Western Maine Health are investing $10 million to build a new, 19,000-square-foot, two-story medical office building on the Stephens Memorial Hospital campus in Norway. The second floor will be home to the Stephens Memorial Specialty Care Clinic, which will provide expanded specialty care services to the Norway community with physicians from Maine Medical Partners. Specialty care will include oncology, cardiology, urology, and otolaryngology, with the potential for additional services in the future.