Friday, August 14, 2009

Goodall Hospital Enters Agreement
to Become MaineHealth Member

Goodall Hospital, an acute-care hospital based in Sanford has entered an agreement to become a member of the MaineHealth system. MaineHealth, a not-for-profit integrated healthcare system, is the parent organization of Maine Medical Center, Southern Maine Medical Center and several other hospitals and healthcare organizations. The agreement was unanimously approved by the board of directors of each organization.
The Goodall Hospital board of trustees developed an exploratory committee several months ago to analyze options for the hospital’s future and concluded that membership in the MaineHealth system would protect the accessibility and quality of healthcare in the area of York County it serves. Merilee Mapes Perkins, chair of the Goodall Hospital board of trustees explained, “We did our homework and decided that MaineHealth was the best option for the hospital and our community.”
With the downturn in the economy and healthcare reform on the horizon, 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 Darlene Stromstad, president and CEO of Goodall Hospital.
Goodall Hospital’s 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 improve its delivery of care to patients, realize efficiencies and cost savings, and ensure healthcare remains available in the area of York County it serves,” said Bill Caron, Jr., president of MaineHealth.
“By coordinating resources and collaborating on healthcare delivery, we’ll be able to deploy resources more effectively,” added Stromstad. “MaineHealth’s access to technology and specialists will help our hospital to more fully develop quality healthcare models. We’re thrilled to be bringing the resources of Maine’s premier health system to our community.”
“We’re excited about the opportunity this membership addition to MaineHealth presents,” stated Ed McGeachey, president and CEO of Southern Maine Medical Center. “It allows us to broaden our efforts for a rational and appropriate healthcare services planning approach for the York County regions we collectively serve.”
As MaineHealth and Goodall Hospital begin the due diligence process, they will simultaneously prepare an application to the State of Maine for a Certificate of Need and request an antitrust review. The merger may be completed by the end of 2009.
Goodall Hospital has a history of collaborating with members and affiliates of the MaineHealth system, including development of the Cancer Care Center of York County, a joint partnership with Southern Maine Medical Center and Maine Medical Center. Membership in MaineHealth allows Goodall to plan for York County’s community healthcare needs in conjunction with Southern Maine Medical Center.
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 healthcare delivery networks, MaineHealth’s member organizations include Maine Medical Center, Miles Memorial Hospital, St. Andrews Hospital & Healthcare Center, Southern Maine Medical Center, Stephens Memorial Hospital, Waldo County General Hospital, Spring Harbor Hospital, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Maine Physician Hospital Organization, NorDx and Synernet. Affiliates of MaineHealth include MaineGeneral Medical Center, Mid Coast Hospital, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Penobscot Bay Medical Center.