Augusta moves closer to getting new hospital

Bangor Daily News | BDN
The Associated Press
Posted Sept. 24, 2010, at 6:57 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A new regional hospital will rise and two medical facilities in Waterville will shrink or close after a proposal from Maine General Medical Center won a conditional go-ahead from state regulators Thursday.

The state Department of Health and Human Services gave conditional approval Thursday to plans for a new Maine General Medical Center, which will cost $312 million to build and have up to 226 beds.

In their filing to the state, Maine General officials stressed the need for a consolidated inpatient facility, saying that model “is far more efficient than its current two-campus, inpatient structure.”

The Morning Sentinel reports that a final decision on the hospital plan is expected in the next few weeks.

The new hospital will combine inpatient services currently offered at the hospital’s Thayer campus and the Augusta hospital on East Chestnut Street.

The proposal also calls for the closing of the hospital’s Seton campus and the in-town Augusta hospital.

Hospital administrators say the new regional facility will provide better service to residents and help the company attract and retain top doctors. The project also includes $10 million in renovations to the Thayer Campus, which will remain a fully occupied outpatient hospital with a 24-hour, seven-day emergency department.

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