Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) has announced plans to demolish its historic Woodbury Building in Sanford, with construction set to begin on Friday, Feb. 23 and conclude by Tuesday, April 30. The decision to demolish the building was made due to its prohibitively expensive maintenance costs, failure to meet current building codes and unsuitability for refurbishment or expansion.
During the demolition period, neighbors can expect increased noise, heavy equipment, dust, and debris around the building site. Approximately half of the building’s materials will be recycled and specific elements will be preserved to honor the legacy of Dorothy Woodbury. The footprint of the building will remain as green space.
The Woodbury Building holds significant historical significance in Sanford’s community as it played an important role in the early success of Goodall Hospital. It was home to Goodall’s nursing school when it was completed in 1929 and later became a living space for nurses who served at the hospital 12 hours a day, six days a week. In 1986, it was named after Dorothy ‘Dot’ Woodbury who gave over 55 years of service as a nurse anesthetist and nursing director at SMHC in Sanford.
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning health care organization with a non-profit mission “to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve.” SMHC includes a full service acute care medical center in Biddeford which houses York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services and diagnostic therapy services are available at SMHC Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care physician services along with diagnostic therapy services at Walk-In Care centers located throughout York County communities including Biddeford Kennebunk Saco Sanford Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations