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SMMC Breaks Ground on New Medical Office Building in Biddeford

09/20/2013

Building to be named in honor of CEO Ed McGeachey
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for its new medical office building in the Robert G. Dodge Business Park located on Barra Road in Biddeford. The building, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, will house offices for internal medicine, orthopedics, neurology and will include a rehabilitation gym and services. This is the first stand-alone building that SMHC has built since erecting its facility at 13 Industrial Park Road in Saco 15 years ago.

During the ceremony Bernard Gaines, chair of Southern Maine Health Care’s (SMHC) board of trustees, parent company for SMHC, announced that the trustees had voted to name the new facility the Edward J. McGeachey Medical Office Building in honor of SMHC’s long time president and CEO.  McGeachey’s career spans 37 years and he has served as SMHC’s president and CEO for the past 25 years.

“When many of us think about medical care in this community, we think of Ed McGeachey,” Gaines stated. “Ed has spent his entire career dedicated to providing our community with the best possible health care. So it seems fitting that we would find a way to honor that commitment, leadership and guidance.”

Gaines also noted the McGeachey is a respected leader who has led SMHC to a point where today the organization is a national award-winning healthcare system employing 2,200 people that is projected to provide more than $33 million in uncompensated care to our communities next year.  SMHC is merging with Goodall Hospital on January 1, 2014 and will be known as Southern Maine Health Care, a dynamic new regional healthcare system that will be the fifth largest in the state.  McGeachey will continue to serve as SMHC’s president and CEO.

“Just a few years ago, SMHC was a hospital that primarily cared for hospitalized patients who were seriously ill or recovering from surgery,” McGeachey said after the name was announced. “Today, we are a healthcare system that includes over one hundred primary care physicians and specialists. Last year alone, patients turned to us for over 250,000 physician office visits and this new facility will help us continue to meet the growing health care needs of our community.”

The City of Biddeford is a strong partner with SMHC,” added McGeachey. “I want to take a moment to thank Legislator and Mayor of Biddeford Alan Casavant and the planning and development team for the City of Biddeford for all they do to promote growth and health in this city.”

Mayor Casavant spoke about SMHC’s dedication to providing high quality health care, its reputation for excellence and treating patients with compassion and respect. Casavant noted that the City of Biddeford and SMHC have developed a long time partnership that is valuable to the people of this community.

More than 100 attended the ceremony. Guests included members of Mr. McGeachey’s family, members of the SMHC Board, Honorary Board, SMHC Auxiliary Board, Legislators, elected officials, SMHC physicians and staff, as well as representatives from the architectural firm SMRT, which designed the building, and Ouellet Associates, the contractor for the project. 

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.

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

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