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February 13, 2024

With final touches, Northern Light prepares to open $27M ‘modernized’ Greenville hospital

rendering of one-story building Courtesy / Northern Light Health Northern Light Health’s $27 million CA Dean Hospital in Greenville is on target to open later this month.

Nearly two years after Northern Light Health broke ground on a $27 million replacement for much of CA Dean Hospital in Greenville, the new facility is on schedule to open later this month.

At the Buck Family Building, as the main wing of the hospital will be called, construction crews are installing the last ceiling tiles and flooring, paint is being touched up, and hospital staff are setting up equipment. The electrical feed to the building had recently been energized. 

“One of the most modern rural hospitals in the Northeast will be accessible right here in Greenville in a matter of weeks,” said Marie Vienneau, the hospital’s president.

The new construction, named after lead donor Dr. Peter Buck, will house five patient rooms with acute "swing" beds, a 24/7 emergency department and imaging and lab services. A new, separate ambulance station and a federally approved helipad are now in operation. 

Buck, who was co-founder of the Subway sandwich chain, was born in South Portland, went to Bowdoin College and had longtime ties to the Moosehead area. He died in November 2021.

The existing east wing, which is being renovated and will be renamed the Allen Family Wing, will have 10 additional private rooms with long-term swing beds. The 15 total beds are expected to meet the community’s needs for years to come based on hospital patient census data and trends.

It’s expected the Allen Family Wing will open in the spring and demolition and landscaping will continue on the hospital campus through the end of the year.

More than $6.2 million of the $27 million project was supported by philanthropy through the Preserving the Promise capital campaign, which was completed in 10 months. Buck provided $4 million.

The project was one of two “rural modernization” projects announced by Northern Light in 2021, with the goal of replacing century-old critical access buildings at Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital and Northern Light CA Dean Hospital.

The new Blue Hill facility opened last August and included private inpatient rooms with up-to-date technology, private bathrooms with showers, a full-service emergency department with 24/7 coverage and new spaces for lab, rehabilitation and specialty services.

Northern Light Health, headquartered in Brewer, is Maine's second-largest health care system and comprises 10 hospitals including 411-bed Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor; over 1,000 physicians; six home care and hospice centers; and a total of more than 120 care locations.

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