Southern Maine Medical Center and Goodall Hospital have completed their merger, making the new health care system the fifth-largest in the state.

Goodall Hospital in Sanford merged Jan. 1 with the larger Biddeford-based hospital to become Southern Maine Health Care after two years of preparation.

“This merger marks a huge step forward for health care in York County,” Ed McGeachey, president and CEO of Southern Maine Health Care, said in a prepared statement. “By bringing together two great organizations, we have created a dynamic new health care system, ensuring that we will continue to provide high-quality care to our communities for generations to come.”

McGeachey said the merger will allow Southern Maine Health Care to decrease the cost of providing care while sustaining critical services.

The new health care group will offer full-service medical centers and emergency departments in Biddeford and Sanford and non-emergency walk-in care in Saco and Waterboro.

Southern Maine Health Care also includes more than 20 offices throughout York County.

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