|Architectural rendering courtesy of Gawron Turgeon Architects
Mid Coast Medical Group, in collaboration with JHR Development and area architects, announced construction of a new primary care medical building in downtown Bath, Maine. With plans to open in early 2015, the new medical facility will be centrally located at the corner of Centre and Franklin Streets, easily accessible with ample parking available.
The Mid Coast Medical Group – Bath office,
and its team of healthcare providers and support staff, will relocate from its current Washington Street location. The facility will consist of eight physicians, one physician assistant, 26 support staff members, and one full-time licensed clinical social worker. The practice specializes in keeping patients healthy and well, offering preventative and chronic disease care as well as integrated behavioral health counseling. New and existing patients will be welcome.
"We are delighted for this opportunity to establish a modern medical facility in a convenient Bath location,” said Lois Skillings, President and CEO of Mid Coast Health Services. "Consistent with our mission to provide high quality, patient-centered care to our community, this facility will benefit the city, its residents, and the broader region by expanding healthcare services and providing easier access for all.”
"Construction of this new practice space in Bath represents an important next step in Mid Coast’s commitment to our patients and to the health of our community,” said Nancy A. Hasenfus, MD, an internal medicine physician with the practice. "Like our recently opened practice in Topsham, this space is being crafted to further improve the coordination of care and to facilitate seamless communication among the provider team. Designing a clinical space that supports patient participation in their care enables excellent health outcomes.”
Local developer JHR Development worked closely with the City of Bath to finalize plans for this 20,000 square-foot, two-story facility, valued at more than $6 million. JHR is known locally for its quality development in downtown Brunswick, including the thriving Brunswick Station. Mid Coast Health anchors this complex with its popular Primary Care & Walk-in Clinic.
"The facility that we are developing in downtown Bath is a great collaboration among several local partners,” said J. Hilary Rocket, JHR Development Owner/Manager. "With our past experience working with Mid Coast and the project architects and builders, as well as a great opportunity to work with the City of Bath, we are expecting this project to be mutually beneficial and rewarding for all involved.”
Designed by Maine-based architects Gawron Turgeon, the preliminary drawings indicate an emphasis on blending with the existing historic architecture of downtown Bath. SMRT of Portland will design the interior space, which will be occupied by the Mid Coast Medical Group practice. The building contractor is Wright-Ryan Construction of Portland.
The new space will be built to accommodate delivery of an advanced model of care known as the Patient-Centered Medical Home. This innovative concept encourages patients to become involved with their own care and has proven to improve outcomes and lower costs of healthcare. All Mid Coast Medical Group primary care offices have transitioned to this delivery model, supporting its mission to transform healthcare in the region.
The City of Bath, local businesses, and organizations have been vocal in their support for the new medical facility. Bath City Manager Bill Giroux has been supportive since Mid Coast proposed the idea in 2013.
Groundbreaking for the project is estimated for summer 2014.