Augusta hospital building projects OK’d

Posted Nov. 08, 2010, at 9:40 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 09, 2010, at 5:05 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — MaineGeneral Medical Center officials say they’ve been given the green light for their $322 million project to build a new hospital in Augusta and renovate the medical center in Waterville.

MaineGeneral CEO Scott Bullock said Monday that the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a certificate of need allowing the project to move forward.

The certificate requires the hospital to reduce by 34 — from 226 to 192 — the number of beds in the original proposal and to eliminate a high-tech piece of X-ray equipment.

Under the plan, MaineGeneral will build a new hospital in Augusta and convert the Waterville Thayer Campus center into an outpatient and emergency services facility.

The new hospital will be located on Old Belgrade Road in Augusta, near the site of the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care. Construction is expected to commence in the spring.

MaineGeneral’s Seton campus, also in Waterville, currently houses a range of outpatient programs, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, a sports medicine clinic and a pediatric clinic. Those programs will move to the renovated Thayer outpatient campus and the Seton unit will be closed, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday afternoon.

Bullock says the new hospital is scheduled to open in late 2014, with renovations to the Thayer facility in Waterville set for completion in early 2015.

BDN reporter Meg Haskell

contributed to this story.

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