Goodall Hospital Receives Final Approval to Join MaineHealth
Membership Presents Partnership Opportunities to Improve Care & Gain Efficiencies
Portland, Maine – September 6, 2012 – Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew recently granted final approval of Goodall Hospital’s certificate of need application to become a member of the MaineHealth system. With this approval, the last step in the regulatory process, the acute-care hospital based in Sanford, Maine will join Maine Medical Center, Southern Maine Medical Center and nine other MaineHealth member hospitals and healthcare organization, which comprise the MaineHealth system.
The Goodall Hospital board of trustees analyzed options for the hospital’s future and concluded that membership in the MaineHealth system would best protect the delivery and quality of healthcare in the area of York County it serves. Membership in the MaineHealth system, which will make MaineHealth the parent organization of the hospital, will allow Goodall to strategically partner with MaineHealth and its members to improve healthcare in York County. “Membership will help Goodall maximize its delivery of care to patients, realize efficiencies and cost savings and ensure quality healthcare continues to be available in its service area,” said Bill Caron, president of MaineHealth.
Fewer than 15 percent of all hospitals nationally remain independent, and with the downturn in the economy and the advent of healthcare reform, many independent hospitals are in merger discussions. “The changing landscape of government reimbursement, skyrocketing costs, increasing regulation and a drive to improve quality is paving the way for many small hospitals to seek membership in larger systems,” said Patsy Aprile, president and CEO of Goodall Hospital. “Our board and our management team did their homework and decided that MaineHealth was the best option for us. We’re thrilled to be bringing the resources of Maine’s premier health system to our community.”
Ed McGeachey, president and CEO of Southern Maine Medical Center, said, “We are excited about the opportunity presented by this membership addition to MaineHealth. It allows us to broaden our efforts for a coordinated, reasonable approach to planning healthcare services for the York County regions we collectively serve. We have a long-standing history of collaboration with Goodall, including our partnership in the Cancer Care Center of York County, and we expect that relationship to become even stronger.”
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit family of leading high-quality providers and other healthcare organizations working together so their communities are the healthiest in America. Ranked among the nation's top 100 integrated delivery networks, MaineHealth includes the following member organizations: LincolnHealth (Miles Memorial Hospital and LincolnHealth – St. Andrews Campus & Healthcare Center), Maine Medical Center, Maine Mental Health Partners (Spring Harbor Hospital), Pen Bay Healthcare (Pen Bay Medical Center), Southern Maine Medical Center, Waldo County Healthcare (Waldo County General Hospital), Western Maine Health (Stephens Memorial Hospital), HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Maine Physician Hospital Organization, NorDx and Synernet. Affiliates of MaineHealth include MaineGeneral Medical Center, Mid Coast Hospital, New England Rehabilitation Hospital and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center.
About Goodall Hospital
Founded in 1928, Goodall Hospital is a 58-bed, nonprofit, acute-care hospital located in Sanford, Maine. In addition, the organization offers primary and specialty care physician groups, assisted living facilities, and outpatient services in Sanford, Kennebunk, and Waterboro. www.goodallhospital.org/.
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