H.D. Goodall Hospital, Sanford, Maine, has abandoned its previous partners in a planned cancer center and adopted Plan B: two new partners. Goodall Hospital and its original partners, York (Maine) Hospital and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover, in 2003 ran into trouble getting regulatory permission to build a cancer center in Wells. Now Goodall has partnered with Maine Medical Center, Portland, and Southern Maine Medical Center, Biddeford, to build a $6 million cancer center in south Sanford, about eight miles from the previously planned location. Goodall will provide land for the center, saving more than $250,000 in site costs. "We are concerned about the potential for still more legal challenges and resultant delays. ... Therefore, we are exercising our backup plan," Goodall officials said in a news release. In a written statement, York Chief Executive Officer Jud Knox said the hospital is "shocked" by the new partnership and that all area hospitals interested in a new cancer center should build it together. -- by Jeff Tieman
Battle to build cancer center in Maine gets messier
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