Southern Maine Health Care Demolishes Iconic Woodbury Building: Preserving History While Building Future

Demolition of Woodbury Building on Southern Maine Health Care Campus is underway

Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) has announced its plans to demolish the Woodbury Building at 27 June Street in Sanford, with the demolition set to begin on Friday, Feb. 23 and end by Tuesday, April 30. The decision to demolish the building was made due to its prohibitively expensive maintenance costs, 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 significant historical significance as it played an important role in the early success of Goodall Hospital. It was home to Goodall’s nursing school when it was completed in 1929 and later served as a living space for Goodall nurses who worked tirelessly 12 hours a day, six days a week. In 1986, it 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, surgical services and diagnostic therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. Additionally, SMHC offers primary care physician services, diagnostic therapy services and Walk-In Care centers in York County communities including Biddeford Kennebunk Saco Sanford Waterboro among others. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations

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