Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) and Goodall Hospital have announced the formation of a new parent corporation, Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC), which is now the York County member of MaineHealth. SMMC 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 will begin working closely together to develop integrated services and operations which will enhance patient care, control the rising cost of healthcare, and improve the health of people in the communities they serve.
SMMC has been a member of MaineHealth since 2009, and Goodall Hospital recently received regulatory approval for membership. This led the two organizations to consider how a closer affiliation might benefit their communities.
“Goodall Hospital is very excited to become a part of MaineHealth through this new partnership with SMMC and Southern Maine Health Care,” Patsy Aprile, president and CEO of Goodall Hospital stated. “We see this as a major step forward for our community and our healthcare programs. Now we can collaborate to provide the best health care services for our patients.”
Ed McGeachey, president and CEO of SMHC and SMMC noted that, “Over 85 percent of U.S. hospitals today are part of networks. By joining forces with other members of MaineHealth, SMMC has already been able to save millions of dollars through large group purchases of supplies and technology and shared resources and expertise. We have also been able to bring valuable services to our community, such as MedAccess, which has helped local people save over $5 million in prescription drug costs. These are the kind of benefits that one, independent health care organization does not have the ability to offer on its own. Simply put, by working together as a member of MaineHealth, SMMC and Goodall will be able to do more for all our York County patients and be more cost efficient at the same time. And that’s the goal as Southern Maine Health Care.”
The Southern Maine Health Care board of trustees includes: Bernard Gaines, chairperson, of Saco; Ted Hissong, vice chairperson, of Kennebunk; Brad Paige, treasurer, of Kennebunk; Merilee Perkins, secretary, of Shapleigh; Robert Bauman of Kennebunk; Lori Ann Black of Springvale; Donald Burgess, MD, of Kennebunkport; Michael Carroll, MD, of Kennebunkport; Jennifer Cutts, MD, of York; Joan Fink of Old Orchard Beach; William Frank, MD, of Sanford; Frank Goudreau, DO, of East Waterboro; Richard Hull, III of Lyman; Mark Mickeriz of Wells; David Nickerson of Sanford; Mary O’Hare, MD, of Kennebunk; Robert Quentin of Saco; Gina Quinn-Skillings, MD, of North Yarmouth; Robert Reinken of North Berwick; and John Thompson, DO, of Kennebunkport. Ed McGeachey, president and CEO of Southern Maine Health Care and SMMC, and William Caron, president and CEO of MaineHealth, serve as ex-officio members of the board.
Southern Maine Health Care was formed by the Goodall and SMMC boards with the intention that the two hospitals will merge in about a year. During this next year, the organizations, their medical staff and the community will be engaged in a strategic planning process to determine local health care needs and how best to meet those needs as one organization. For more information visit www.smhc.me.
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 care in 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 Health Care and the MaineHealth System. To learn more, visit www.goodallhospital.org/.
About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including a 150-bed acute care medical center 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 SMMC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMMC is Joint Commission accredited, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org.
Southern Maine Medical Center and Goodall Hospital have joined together through a new parent company, Southern Maine Health Care, the York County member of MaineHealth. The new board met for the first time on October 1, 2012, and elected officers. Pictured are (back row, left to right) Mark Mickeriz; John Thompson, DO; Mary O’Hare, MD; Michael Carroll, MD; Robert Reinken; Joan Fink; Robert Bauman; Richard Hull, III; David Nickerson; Jennifer Cutts, MD; William Caron, president and CEO of MaineHealth, ex-officio; Robert Quentin; William Frank, MD; Donald Burgess, MD (front row, left to right) Gina Quinn-Skillings, MD; Ed McGeachey, president and CEO of Southern Maine Health Care and SMMC, ex-officio; Merilee Perkins, secretary; Bernard Gaines, chairperson; Ted Hissong, vice chairperson; Brad Paige, treasurer; Patsy Aprile, president and CEO of Goodall Hospital; Lori Ann Black; Frank Goudreau, DO.