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Expansion Improves Access for Sangerville Community

Sangerville is the kind of small town where community news includes boat ramp repairs, the arrival of new chairs at the town hall, and praise for a local resident who planted flowers underneath the weathered town sign on Route 23. Historically a small lumbering and agricultural community, Sangerville is nestled in Maine’s Northwoods and home to about 1,300 residents. It is also home to one of three CA Dean Memorial Hospital (CA Dean) Northwoods Healthcare clinics. The Sangerville clinic is nearing completion of a $3 million expansion that will offer greatly enhanced healthcare for area residents.  

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Sangerville clinic staff pose in front of the new patient entrance. Pictured from left to right: Carla Nutter, CMA; Darla Wyman, team leader; Melissa Smith, CMA; Annie Edgerly, medical receptionist; Kylie Sands, RTP clinical lab assistant/medical receptionist; and Hilary Kendall, CMA.

“The original Sangerville clinic was a renovated home,” explains Megan Ryder, CA Dean director of practice management. “However, space was becoming an issue. With only six exam rooms, it was difficult to support the specialty services that are so needed in our region along with existing primary care, phlebotomy services, and physical therapy—we were at capacity and losing referrals. Offering these services under one roof, allows for better care coordination and convenience for our patients.”

After the expansion, the clinic will have 14 exam rooms, basic x-ray and ultrasound, dedicated space for the phlebotomy clinic, an anticoagulation clinic, and an expanded physical therapy space. The Sangerville clinic will continue to increase its specialty services currently offered in podiatry, orthopedics, gynecology, and physiatry. Along with primary care, patients will have access to behavioral health services with an embedded tele-psychiatry program through a licensed clinical social worker and psychiatric nurse practitioner—a new partnership with Acadia Hospital.

Leaders at both CA Dean and EMHS recognized an opportunity in Sangerville to bring more services to the people of the region in need of readily accessible, quality care. Terri Vieira, president of Sebasticook Valley Health, interim president of CA Dean, and EMHS senior vice president, looks forward to expanding the services provided at the clinic. “This new building is the culmination of three years of planning and supports our goals to deliver an outstanding experience for our patients and their families. With the enhanced space, we can bring more specialists and primary care providers to this region and create access to quality care for many who would otherwise need to travel—we’re keeping care close to home.”

The Sangerville practice has always cared for patients from, “birth to end of life,” Megan says. And despite a median age of 50 in the Sangerville community, CA Dean’s goal for the new clinic is to also become more involved with local schools and attract pediatric patients and their families to the practice. “We’re recruiting now for a fulltime primary care physician who will allow us to add approximately 1,000 to 1,500 new patients to the clinic, doubling our current size.”

A formal ribbon-cutting and celebration will be held on April 25, which is the first day of patient care at the renovated Sangerville clinic. A community-wide grand reopening celebration is planned for June. Stay tuned!