PORTLAND, Maine – A unanimous vote Monday night by the Scarborough Planning Board has cleared the way for Maine Medical Center (MMC) to invest $59 million in a new Maine Medical Partners (MMP) medical office building at its Route 1 campus as part of its overall expansion and modernization project.
The 108,000-square-foot, three-story building will be home to Maine Medical Partners practices including Neurology, Neurosurgery & Spine, Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat), Rehabilitation Medicine and Vascular Surgery. They will join at the campus the Scarborough Surgery Center (SSC), Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI), MMP – MaineHealth Cardiology, MMP Women’s Health Division of Gynecologic Oncology, the Maine Children’s Cancer Program and MMC Outpatient Imaging.
This is an important milestone for Maine Medical Center and Maine Medical Partners, and we are very pleased to be moving forward,” said Jeff Sanders, MMC President. “With this new medical building, we continue to develop the Scarborough campus into a regional center for specialty medical care that is convenient for our patients, with easy highway access, ample parking and state-of-the-art facilities.We’d like to thank the Scarborough Planning Board and all town departments that helped us move this project forward in a timely manner.”
This development allows the practices in the new building to expand and grow in response to patient demand. The new building will hold exam rooms, procedure rooms and doctor’s offices and will include the addition of 500 new parking spaces. It will allow for the development of existing programs as well as the potential creation of new programs.
This investment in Scarborough will ensure our colleagues have the most modern and professional facilities in which to offer the world-class care they provide to patients,” said Joel Botler, MD, MMC’s Chief Medical Officer and MMP President. “It furthers our strategy of providing critical services where our patients live and work, and will help us realize our mission of working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.
MMC will begin site work later this fall, and expects the overall Scarborough project to be complete in 2021.
Altogether, MMC’s $534 million expansion and modernization project will create 128 new private patient rooms, add 19 procedure rooms for surgeries and other complex treatments, provide an additional 225 spaces for patient and visitor parking, and consolidate MMC staff parking into one nearby garage that will meet current demand and future growth. It will create modern, state-of-the-art practice space allowing MMC and MMP to further develop its ambulatory care practices in Scarborough, convenient and easily accessible for patients and their families.
Work on the project began in the spring of 2018 at the Bramhall Campus in Portland with construction of two patient care floors with 64 new oncology patient rooms on top of the hospital’s East Tower, set to be complete later this year, and the now-complete addition of three levels to its visitor parking garage for an additional 225 parking spaces. Work on a new staff parking garage on St. John Street began in the fall of 2018, with use of that building set to begin in January 2020.
Also in January, MMC plans to begin the deconstruction of the old staff garage at the corner of Gilman and Congress Streets, a process expected to take roughly six months. When that site is cleared, MMC can begin construction of its new six-story medical building fronting Congress Street, expected to be complete in 2022.
For more information and to receive regular updates on the MMC Modernization project’s progress, please visit www.mmc.org/modernization.
An artist’s rendering of the new medical office building proposed for Scarborough. Courtesy
About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for2018-2019, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, MaineMedical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is part of theMaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.
About Maine Medical Partners
Maine Medical Partners (MMP) is the largest network of primary care and specialty practices in Maine with more than 50 practice and outreach locations across Maine and New Hampshire. Maine MedicalPartners is a department of Maine Medical Center and part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mainemedicalpartners.org.