Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) has announced plans to demolish its historic Woodbury building at 27 June Street in Sanford. The demolition will take place from Friday, February 23rd to Tuesday, April 30th. The decision to demolish the building was made due to its extremely expensive maintenance costs, non-compliance with current building regulations and unsuitability for renovation or expansion.
During the demolition period, neighbors can expect increased noise, heavy equipment, dust and debris around the construction site. About half of the building’s materials will be recycled, and specific elements will be preserved to honor Dorothy Woodbury’s legacy. The footprint of the building will remain a green area.
The Woodbury Building has significant historical significance as it played an important role in the early success of Goodall Hospital. It was home to the Goodall School of Nursing when it was completed in 1929 and later became the living quarters for the Goodall nurses who served the hospital 12 hours a day, six days a week. In 1986, the building was named for Dorothy ‘Dot’ Woodbury, a nurse who gave over 55 years of service to the Sanford community as a nurse anesthetist and director of nursing at SMHC.
Southern Maine Healthcare (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare organization with a not-for-profit mission “to improve the health and healthcare of the communities we serve.” SMHC includes a full acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapeutic services are available at SMHC Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapeutic services