Major Expansion Approved for Hospital 

A vision that began eight years ago will finally become a reality for Maine General Medical Center. The state just approved a 322-million dollar plan to build a new regional hospital in Augusta, and renovate its Thayer Campus facility in Waterville. Maine General staff has been anxiously awaiting the news for almost a year. “I’ve been excited about this for a long time – this space is going to be fabulous,” said Nurse Manager, Edie Welch.The new building will be built on a 160-acre piece of property adjacent to the Center for Cancer Care in Augusta. Expansion will allow Maine General to put all of its in-patient care facilities under one roof. In the last year, the hospital has gradually been reducing the number of offices it uses.The hospital’s CEO, Chuck Hays, says the development is necessary.”Being able to care for the amount of patients we need to care for in this region is really tough in these facilities that we have, so staff and medical staff are very excited.”The money headed to Waterville will help create a center that is solely focused on out-patient care. Hays believes it will help Maine General keep up with the constantly evolving health care system.”When you look at your lifetime of acquiring healthcare, the majority of your care will be on an outpatient basis.”The hospital applied for approval almost a year ago, but the wait is finall over. Construction is scheduled to begin next summer.”We’re just thrilled they agreed with us. That this is the right thing to do for the Kennebec Valley and the communities.”