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Goodall Hospital & SMMC CEOs to Hold Community Forums about January Merger

09/04/2013

The future of health care in York County looks very exciting!
Ed McGeachey, president and CEO of Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC), and Patsy Aprile, president and CEO of Goodall Hospital, are hosting a series of Community Forums to discuss their organizations’ merger into Southern Maine Medical Center (SMHC) on January 1, 2014. The public is invited to come and learn how SMHC will benefit the health and health care of local communities for generations to come.

“The formation of Southern Maine Health Care, a dynamic new regional healthcare system, will strengthen healthcare services in the York County region,” said Ed McGeachey, president and CEO of SMHC and SMHC. “By coming together, SMHC will be able to make investments in services and state-of-the-art technology that will benefit the community for years to come while also achieving cost savings that will help control the rising cost of health care.”

“Health care is extremely complex and changing rapidly,” said Patsy Aprile, president and CEO of Goodall Hospital. “Faced with shrinking payments, community hospitals are under tremendous financial pressure. Despite concerted efforts to manage healthcare costs, it’s no secret that Goodall has struggled financially for years. Our merger with SMHC will help ensure that the Sanford community will continue to have access to critical healthcare services through Southern Maine Health Care.”

The public is invited to come and learn more at any of the following Community Forums:

September 19 - 6:00 p.m.
Goodall Library, Sanford

October 2 - 6:00 p.m.
Nasson Little Theatre, Springvale

October 3 - 6:00 p.m.
MacArthur Library, Biddeford

October 9 - 6:00 p.m.
Brick Store Museum Program Center, Kennebunk

“These are exciting times for health care, and we look forward to talking to community members about how SMHC is ensuring a healthier future for York County,” added McGeachey.

On October 2, 2012, Southern Maine Medical Center and Goodall Hospital announced the formation of a new parent corporation, Southern Maine Health Care, the York County member of MaineHealth. SMHC and Goodall Hospital remain separate organizations at this time, each with their own operations and medical staff.  However, through their partnership within Southern Maine Health Care, both organizations and their medical staffs have been working closely together to develop integrated services and operations which will enhance patient care, control the cost of health care, and improve the health of people in the communities they serve.  The organizations will merge into Southern Maine Medical Center on January 1, 2014.

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including an acute care medical center licensed for 150 beds in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMHC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Medical Center and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org or @smmcHealth.

About Goodall Hospital
Goodall Hospital is a national award-winning community health system that includes a 58-bed acute care hospital in Sanford, Maine, four eldercare sites and services, and primary and specialty care services in Sanford, Kennebunk, and Waterboro.  Founded in 1928 by the Goodall family, the Hospital today offers state-of-the art health care services and serves as the primary health care resource for its community.  Goodall Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, licensed by the state of Maine, and is a member of Southern Maine Medical Center and the MaineHealth System.  To learn more, visit www.goodallhospital.org.

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Media Contacts:

Leslie Roberts
Southern Maine Medical Center
(207) 283-7232
lbroberts@smmc.org

Kristen Hill
Goodall Hospital
(207) 490-7034
khill@goodallhospital.org

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