Maine- Maine Medical Center in Portland has won state approval for its $512 million renovation and expansion project that will add single-patient rooms, operating rooms and a new entrance facing Congress Street. According to an August 2017 analysis by Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the hospital’s expansion project is necessary for modern hospital needs. The project is scheduled to take place from 2018-2022.
The expansion would increase the footprint of the hospital’s main campus by about 25 percent and add 19 new operating rooms and 128 single inpatient rooms. The project did undergo one significant overhaul this summer when the hospital changed its plans on parking from an adjacent site to a 10-story parking garage, a quarter mile from the hospital. The hospital’s expansion would add two floors with 30,000 square feet and 64 extra in-patient beds to the East Tower, which was built in 2009. The state granted the Certificate of Need contingent upon Maine Med submitting annual reports on how the expansion improved “quality and outcomes” at the hospital. The reports are required for three years after the project is completed.