Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) has announced plans to demolish its Woodbury Building at 27 June Street in Sanford, due to it being prohibitively expensive to maintain and not meeting current building code for clinical or administrative space. The demolition will take place between February 23 and April 30, with increased noise, heavy equipment, dust, and debris expected during this time. Close to half of the building’s materials will be recycled, and certain elements will be preserved to honor the legacy of Dorothy Woodbury.
The Woodbury Building was an integral part of the early success of Goodall Hospital and served as the home of the hospital’s nursing school upon its completion in 1929. The building was later named after Dorothy ‘Dot’ Woodbury, a nurse who gave over 55 years of service to the Sanford community. Woodbury was also a student in Goodall Nursing School’s first graduating class and served as a nurse anesthetist and nursing director at SMHC.
SMHC is a nationally award-winning health care organization with a mission to improve the health and health care of the communities it serves. It includes a full-service, acute care medical center in Biddeford and offers emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services. In addition to primary care and multi-specialty physician services, SMHC has Walk-In Care centers in York County communities. The organization is part of the MaineHealth system, which provides health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.smhc.org.