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March 7, 2019

MMC announces $59M Scarborough medical office plan

Courtesy / Maine Medical Center
Courtesy / Maine Medical Center
An artist's rendering of the new $59 million medical office building proposed for Scarborough.

Maine Medical Center in Portland said Thursday that it will invest $59 million in a new Maine Medical Partners office building at its Scarborough campus as part of its overall expansion and modernization project.

The new building, on which it hopes to break ground this fall, will house practices including neurology; neurosurgery and spine; ear, nose and throat care; and vascular surgery. Completion is anticipated for early 2021.

"This investment marks the next stage in our development of the Scarborough campus as a regional center for specialty medical care that is convenient for our patients, with easy highway access, ample parking and state-of-the-art facilities," said Jeff Sanders, president of Maine Medical Center, in Thursday's news release.

Dr. Joel Botler, MMC's chief medical officer and president of Maine Medical Partners, added: "It is important that our colleagues work in facilities that reflect the world-class care they provide to their patients. This investment is not only in our facilities, but in our colleagues, our practices and in the care of our patients."

At MMC's Portland campus, the $525 million expansion underway will add private patient rooms as well as procedure rooms for surgeries and other complex treatments, provide an additional 225 spaces for patient and visitor parking, and consolidate staff parking into one nearby garage that will meet current demand and future growth.

Work in Portland began last year with construction of two patient care floors with 64 new oncology patient rooms on top of the hospital's East Tower (slated for completion this fall) and the now-complete addition of three levels to its visitor parking garage for an additional 225 spaces. A new staff parking garage on St. John Street is due to be operational in 2020.

When that garage is complete, the old staff garage at the corner of Gilman and Congress streets is to be torn down, which is expected to take about six months. When that site is cleared, Maine Medical Center can begin building a new six-story medical building fronting Congress Street, expected to be built from 2020 to 2022.

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