SMHC Opens New Sports Performance Center in Sanford

February 05, 2018


Specializes in providing athletes with customized care



spc sanford newsWhether you’re a student or adult athlete looking to improve your strength and endurance, or a "weekend warrior" recovering from an injury, Southern Maine Health Care’s (SMHC) new Sports Performance Center in Sanford provides the specialized care athletes need to meet their goals. On February 5, the SMHC Sports Performance Center opened its doors at the Sanford-Springvale YMCA located at 1 Emile Levasseur Drive in Sanford to help local athletes optimize performance, prevent injury and maximize recovery. SMHC opened its first Sports Performance Center in Saco in November 2014. It provides all of the athletic training for Sanford High School, Biddeford High School, Old Orchard Beach High School and Thornton Academy.

"We are very excited to be opening a second SMHC Sports Performance Center location so that athletes in Sanford will have easier access to the specialized care and services it offers," said SMHC President and CEO Ed McGeachey. "Athletes of all ages have unique needs and the SMHC Sports Performance Centers provide integrated, state-of-the-art training, technology and clinical expertise backed by the full spectrum of SMHC’s award-winning medical services to help athletes reach their peak performance or get back into competition again."

"The programs at the SMHC Sports Performance Centers are designed to address the specific requirements of athletes," said Center Director Mike Hersey, PT, CSCS, CSAC. "Our team is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their full potential. We provide athletic training services at many local high schools, including in Sanford. SMHC’s new Sports Performance Center at the Sanford-Springvale YMCA brings our specialized services closer to home for these athletes so they can receive sports physical therapy, sports medicine, strength and conditioning training, and concussion management services without having to travel to our Center in Saco. "We have the training and expertise required to provide supervised, customized programs for each individual in a safe environment," added Manager Rick Sirois, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, CSAC.

SMHC also offers a comprehensive concussion management program through the Sports Performance Centers, including: baseline neurocognitive testing of student athletes using ImPACT™, post assessment and cognitive testing for concussions, and full rehabilitation services in conjunction with SMHC neurologists and primary care physicians.

The SMHC Sports Performance Center in Sanford is open Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information call (207) 490-7700 or visit

SMHC provides a full suite of healthcare services in Sanford, including Emergency Care – open 24/7, primary, specialty and ancillary care. In addition to the Sports Performance Center, SMHC has added or expanded the following services in Sanford since 2014: Walk-In Care – open 7 days a week, Cancer Care, Cardiology – open 5 days a week,  Pulmonology, Neurology, Women’s Health – open 5 days a week, 3D Mammography and, coming in 2019, a new Skilled Nursing Center of Excellence.

About Southern Maine Health Care

Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system with a non-profit mission "to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve."  SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford, North Berwick and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit,, or