March 4, 2024 12:50 pm
Demolition of Woodbury Building on Southern Maine Health Care Campus is underway

Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) has announced plans to demolish its historic Woodbury Building at 27 June Street in Sanford, with demolition beginning on Friday, Feb. 23 and concluding by Tuesday, April 30. The decision to demolish the building was made due to its prohibitively expensive maintenance costs, its failure to meet current building codes, and its 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 has a significant historical significance, having played an important role in the early success of Goodall Hospital. It was the home of Goodall’s nursing school when it was completed in 1929, and later became a living space for Goodall nurses who served the hospital 12 hours a day, six days a week. In 1986, the building was named after Dorothy ‘Dot’ Woodbury, a nurse who gave over 55 years of service to the Sanford community as a nurse anesthetist and nursing director at SMHC.

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 with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care is available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford along with surgical services and diagnostic therapy services. SMHC offers primary care physician services through its Walk-In Care centers located throughout York County communities such as Biddeford Kennebunk Saco Sanford Waterboro . SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations . SMHC is part of MaineHealth system; A growing family of healthcare services in northern New England To learn more visit www

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