The board of 304-bed MaineGeneral Medical Center, Waterville, approved a plan to keep open two acute-care hospital campuses, one in Waterville and one in Augusta, after community opposition to consolidating them at a single location. However, services will be reconfigured so that one hospital acts as a regional inpatient specialty center and the other as an outpatient site and community medical center. Separately, the system will apply for a certificate of need for a new oncology center in North Augusta and will close its rehabilitation and psychiatric hospital in Seton, Maine. Spokeswoman Diane Peterson said the cost of the changes hasn't been estimated and officials are still crafting a specific plan and timeline. -- by Jeff Tieman
Maine system drops plan to consolidate campuses
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