March 10, 2010

Goodall Hospital to merge with MaineHealth system

— From staff reports

SANFORD — H.D. Goodall Hospital will become part of the MaineHealth system under a merger agreement announced Monday.

MaineHealth is a nonprofit system that includes Maine Medical Center in Portland, Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford and several other health-care groups. Trustees of Goodall and MaineHealth approved the agreement unanimously.

As Goodall and MaineHealth begin the due-diligence process, they will apply to state officials for a certificate of need and request an antitrust review. The merger may be completed by the end of the year, hospital officials said.

Goodall's board of trustees started exploring options for the hospital's future several months ago. It concluded that membership in MaineHealth would protect the accessibility and quality of health care in the area of York County that it serves, said Merilee Mapes Perkins, chairwoman of Goodall's trustees.

Many small hospitals are seeking membership in larger health care systems to deal with rising costs, increasing regulation and the changing landscape of government reimbursement, said Darlene Stromstad, Goodall's president and chief executive officer.

Goodall's membership in MaineHealth will help improve patient care, increase efficiency, reduce costs and ensure that health care remains available in York County, said Bill Caron Jr., president of MaineHealth.

Founded in 1928, Goodall is a 58-bed hospital that has three outpatient centers, five long-term care facilities and an occupational health and wellness center.

Other MaineHealth members are Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta, St. Andrews Hospital & Healthcare Center in Boothbay Harbor, Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses in Saco, NorDx in Scarborough and Synernet of Portland, which offers services for health-care providers.

MaineHealth affiliates include MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta and Waterville, Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston and Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

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