(Norway, Maine) – MaineHealth and Western Maine Health (WMH) have announced a joint investment of $10 million to build a new, 19,000-square-foot, two-story medical office building on the Stephens Memorial Hospital campus in Norway.
The building will be located on the hospital’s Main Street campus and feature an architectural design meant to complement the look of the hospital. The redesigned site will also provide ample parking for patients and improve both pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow into and out of the main campus.
“This joint investment between MaineHealth and Western Maine Health is evidence of how local communities benefit from being part of an integrated healthcare system. Through this collaboration, local community hospital systems are stronger than ever,” said Tom Morton, Chair of WMH Local Board. “This development reinforces our commitment to providing high-quality care, close to home.”
The second floor of the new medical office building will be home to the Stephens Memorial Specialty Care Clinic, which will provide expanded specialty care services to the Oxford Hills community with physicians from Maine Medical Partners. Specialty care will include: Oncology, Cardiology, Urology, and Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat). Additional services will be added in the future.
The expansion will provide state-of-the-art clinical space for specialists to serve the Oxford Hills community, resulting in shorter wait times for patients to see a specialist and in many cases eliminating the need for patients to travel for care. Western Maine Health’s partnership with Maine Medical Partners supports an integrated approach to care, delivering on MaineHealth’s commitment to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art care, close to home.
“We are privileged to expand specialty care services in the Oxford Hills community,” said Richard Petersen, President of MaineHealth. “Our goal is to expand the reach of our Portland-based nationally-renowned specialists to promote access for patients and families in need of these services within the local community whenever possible. This project is one important example of our vision of ‘working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.”
The first floor of the new building will be home to the Stephens Memorial Hospital Physical Rehabilitation department, currently located in the lower level of the Ripley Medical Office Building. The space will double in treatment size and be designed to enhance services. The new facility will offer expanded gym space and patient exam rooms; a new ceiling-mounted Gait Trainer, which allows people who have had a stroke or spinal cord injury to more quickly re-gain the ability to walk and stand; a multi-purpose room simulating a home environment for patients to practice activities of daily living as part of their treatment; and a dedicated group exercise room, which will accommodate exercise classes of up to 14 people.
WMH has successfully secured the necessary state and local permits and construction will begin in the summer of 2019, with a targeted completion by the end of 2020.
“As the construction of this new building progresses, we will maintain communication with our local board, physicians, staff, as well as the community,” said Timothy Churchill, President of Western Maine Health. “We want to ensure everyone is as excited as we are about this new facility.”
The new medical office building, designed by Portland-based architects SMRT and to be built by Langford & Low, also of Portland, is the latest in a series of recent investments Western Maine Health has made to improve health care in the community. Over the past five years, the hospital has undertaken initiatives to support and enhance local health care services and facilities, including: The William L. Medd, MD Health Center, home of Western Maine Primary Care and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and practice facility improvements, including complete renovations to Western Maine Pediatrics, Western Maine OB/Gyn and Western Maine Surgery.