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MaineHealth Board joins MMC Trustees in approving expansion
$40 million project would add five state-of-the-art operating rooms, enhance capabilities

PORTLAND, Maine — The MaineHealth Board of Trustees today voted to join the Maine Medical Center board in approving a Maine Medical Center request to expand the hospital’s facilities and capabilities on its Bramhall Campus. Pending the city’s approval of the site plan and a Department of Health and Human Services review of a Certificate of Need, this $40 million project will locate new procedural suites on the rooftop of the existing Bean building.

“Maine Medical Center is committed to achieving our vision of making Maine the healthiest state in the nation,” says Jeffrey Sanders, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Maine Medical Center. “This project moves us closer to that goal.”

This expansion and renovation plan is aimed at two primary objectives for the hospital, allowing Maine Medical Center to  

  • modernize our interventional capacity; and 
  • alleviate capacity pressure in our current operating rooms, which today are running at rates that are higher than industry norms

This project, which is scheduled to be complete in October 2014, represents a portion of a larger master facilities plan that the Medical Center previously considered. Recognizing health care industry trends and local utilization rates, hospital leadership opted for a scaled-back project at this time with intent to revisit the remainder of the plan in the middle of this decade.

“Our leadership, including our Trustees, constantly weighs the balance between current realities and future responsibilities, which is why we’re not pushing forward with our full plan at this time,” says Sanders. “However, the benefits of this intermediate project to the hospital and the communities of northern New England will be tremendous.”

Construction is intended to begin this fall and will result in 

  • five new operating rooms and accompanying preparation and recovery areas on our Bean 2 rooftop 
  • improved sterilization procedures and areas 
  • development of a cardiac hybrid operating room in the main surgical suite for advanced heart surgeries

“The fact is that the added space will better enable Maine Medical Center to perform today’s complex procedures in a modern setting,” says Sanders. “The enhanced services we’ll be able to offer also give area residents a local option for even more best-in-class care and treatment.”

One such procedure — Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement — is a modern alternative to traditional valve-replacement surgery. This preferred process, which requires the presence of a cardiologist and cardiac surgeon and their staff members, is typically performed in a large operating suite. The majority of our existing operating rooms at the Bramhall Campus, which were built in 1984, are 400 square feet. This expansion will result in new spaces that average 650 square feet.

“With today’s equipment and the number of specialists required and the technology needed for very sophisticated interventional activity, the rooms need to be bigger,” says Brad Cushing, MD, Chief of Surgery, Maine Medical Center. “Our surgeons are already looking forward to more flexibility, both in terms of operating space and in scheduling procedures.”

Maine Medical Center leaders are also working closely with state and city officials and nearby neighborhood associations to minimize any impact to traffic and residents near the Bramhall Campus.

About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC) is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1864, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 6,000 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in southern, central, and western Maine.

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