BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Mid Coast Hospital, located in Brunswick, announced it will be launching a major renovation project at its Parkview campus on Maine Street in Brunswick.
Last year, Mid Coast Hospital entered into a relationship with Parkview Adventist Medical Center following years of competition, and now there are plans to sink money into what they call important updates.
Mid Coast announced it will spend just over $6 million dollars to renovate the Parkview campus, which was built in 1959.
Officials say the changes will directly benefit the community, and fulfill a promise to the community and a vision for wellness. ”This past year, we have worked diligently toward fulfilling our goals of reducing costs and expanding services to support the healthcare needs of our community,” President and CEO of Mid Coast-Parkview Health Lois Skillings explained
The Parkview Medical Center campus now houses many non-clinical departments on campus. “A little over a year ago when Parkview and Mid Coast came together, we had a vision to create a center for health and wellness and also to renovate this building to be a center for outpatient services,” Skilling said. “So our new primary cancer center will round out the renovation. We’re very excited.”
The renovations will pave the way for a new seven-provider primary care practice. What’s being called a “cornerstone of the plan” is an innovative 9,000 square foot wellness center that will serve as a hub for community health programs. Mid Coast says it will build upon Parkview's historically popular wellness program to feature rehab, stress reduction and chronic disease prevention and management classes and the hospital's lifestyle program. The facility will feature a state of the art teaching kitchen and space for education, resources and counseling. Former Parkview CEO Randee Reynolds now serves as VP of Community Health at Mid Coast-Parkview Health. He applauds Mid Coast for absorbing 195 former Parkview employees, increasing primary and specialty care services, and saving more than $8 million in healthcare costs for the community. “Even as we continue to develop the master plan for the Parkview campus, we’ve transitioned many non-clinical departments to the campus,” Reynolds shared. “Realigning services has helped to accommodate growth in our practices by freeing up clinical space in essential areas. The Parkview campus is already feeling more vibrant and as we move forward with the master plan it will be even more active, with added services for our community.”
Plans also include an expanded medical oncology practice that's aligned with Maine Medical Center and Boston's Dana Farber Cancer Institute to provide a “continuum of cancer care” in the greater Brunswick community. An adjoining 43- hundred square foot medical infusion center will consolidate Mid Coast-Parkview’s infusion services and provide “additional outpatient medical treatments including hydration therapy, transfusions and injections.
“The anchor of our community health and wellness program will be our medical rehab wellness for cardiac rehab and pulmonary rehab,” said Skillings. “It will also cater to our patients with cancer or neurological disorders or any other debilitating illnesses that need some help as they’re starting to recover, providing exercise programs and the kind of care they most need.”
Renovations begin in 2016 with anticipated completion in early 2018.
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