Growing physician practices and community need spurs developer to build new Medical Office Building
n 1996 there was only one pulmonologist at Mid Coast Hospital. Today there are four practicing pulmonology, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. In support of this group, Mid Coast has a full-service, four-bed Sleep Lab for diagnostic studies of sleep disorders.
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Other specialties have exprerienced similar growth. There are now two surgical oncolologists staffing the Breast & Surgical Oncology Clinic; three gastroenter- ologists supported by the Digestive Health Center; and three medical oncologists and hematologists who are part of our Comprehensive Cancer Center and Breast Health Center.
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In addition, five podiatrists are affiliated with our Wound Care Clinic; and five OB/GYNs (with a sixth due in August) and two nurse midwives serving the Maternity Care Center which sees more than 500 births a year.
“This breadth and depth of specialists is phenomenal,” says George A. Hunter, VP–Administration and Human Resources. “It has taken us well beyond the common conception of what constitutes a community hospital.”
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Unprecedented growth drives demand for space
This unprecedented growth in practices and subspecialties has meant an increased demand for space and is the impetus for developer Health Settings Network, Inc. to construct a new 40,000 square foot medical office building (MOB) in 2007. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy by late fall.
The facility will be built on the east side of Medical Center Drive just up the hill from the current Medical Office Building. Health Settings Network, Inc., is the same development corporation that built the existing MOB adjoining Mid Coast Hospital.
Expected tenants of the new facility at the end of the year are Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Blood Disorders, Maine Surgical Care Group, the Breast Health Center, Women’s Diagnostics, the Breast & Surgical Oncology Clinic, Foot and Ankle Associates of Maine, the Wound Care Center, and Sleep Lab.
Primary Care Center addresses unmet need
Additionally, Mid Coast Medical Group will operate a Primary Care Center in the new building. This walk-in clinic will be available to MaineCare patients and others without their own primary care physician.
This segment from the 2004 MID COAST HOSPITAL Medical Center Master Plan shows the site of buildable Parcel D.
“This is a significant unmet need in our community,” says Hunter. “We expect it will also relieve the number of patients who currently visit our Emergency Department in lieu of having their own primary care provider.”
The new building, which will have additional expansion capacity for the future, will have 250 dedicated parking spaces associated with it.
Vacated space in the current MOB will then be available for the expansion of Digestive Health into former Sleep Lab space on the third floor and Mid Coast Medical Group-Women’s Health Care and Surgical Care office expansion on the second.
The Health Science Library, Healthline and its related offices, Staff Development, meeting and work rooms, and the Physician’s Lounge will all be relocated. Beginning in Spring 2008, the entire southwest side of the first-floor corridor will be converted into two operating rooms and Ambulatory Care recovery rooms for outpatient surgical procedures.