Maine Street Station project gets boost with plan for area's first Walk-In Medical Clinic
A new 20,000-square-foot medical office building will also include offices for Mid Coast Medical Group-Adult Primary Care.

Mid Coast Hospital is adding momentum to Brunswick's Maine Street Station project with the announcement of an agreement with JHR Development to be anchor tenant of its soon-to-be-constructed office building, a core component of the community's multi-faceted downtown economic development plan.

The new two-story building, already approved in the Maine Street Station master plan, will total approximately 20,000-square-feet, of which nearly half will be used for the region's first Walk-in Clinic for non-emergency visits and Mid Coast Medical Group's Adult Primary Care offices.

The Walk-In Clinic and Adult Primary Care offices will offer basic on-site lab and x-ray services. Construction of the building is expected to take place this fall and throughout the winter, with opening expected in late spring 2011.

"We are so excited to be part of the vibrancy of Brunswick's downtown, not only to make high-quality healthcare more accessible for the people of our community, but also to support this important revitalization project for our region's future," said Mid Coast Hospital Executive Vice President Lois N. Skillings.

"The Maine Street Station project has just taken a giant step forward toward completion with Mid Coast Hospital's decision to open the Walk-In Clinic and Medical Offices downtown. The vision of this exciting and important center of everyday activity in the community is really coming to life," said J. Hilary Rockett, Jr., president of JHR Development.

Opening the Primary Care and Walk-in Center in the region is consistent with the State of Maine Health Plan, which encourages improved access to walk-in and primary care as a method to reduce expensive emergency room visits.

"By improving access to lower-cost walk-in services, the new site will support efforts by local employers to decrease rising insurance costs," said Mid Coast's Skillings. The center will also be linked to the health care team of primary care and specialty physicians affiliated with Mid Coast Hospital through the hospital's Community Electronic Health Record system to ensure coordination and communication.

The Primary Care offices and Walk-In Clinic will occupy nearly 10,000 square feet of the first floor of "Building 4" on Maine Street Station's east side, which will be similar in design to the existing building that houses the Brunswick Visitor Center, Scarlet Begonias, Byrne's Irish Pub, and Park Row Interiors & Accents. The Bowdoin College Store also has a building on the site.

The Maine Street Station project has had the active support of the major economic development and business groups in the Region. The Brunswick Downtown Association has been one of those organizations.

"We have hoped there would be a wide variety of important day-to-day services as well as destination retail and professional offices at Maine Street Station," said Greg Farr, the BDA's executive director. "Mid Coast Hospital's announcement certainly fits with those goals," he added.

The Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber has also been a strong supporter of the Maine Street Station project as well.

"This is a really important time for Brunswick and the Midcoast region to make investments in keeping this one of the most desirable and livable communities in the northeast. Access to high-quality healthcare always comes up as one of the most important reasons to choose or expand in a location. We're thrilled with Mid Coast Hospital's plans and the news at Maine Street Station," said Gil Buthlay, Chairman of the SMMC Board of Directors.

Both the Primary Care Offices and the Walk-In Clinic will accept a wide range of health insurances, including MaineCare and Medicare.

The Walk-In Clinic will be open without appointment 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and for four hours each on Saturdays and Sundays. The Walk-In Clinic will serve patients without a primary care relationship or anyone who needs non-emergency care after hours.

Mid Coast Medical Group's Adult Primary Care Offices will be moving from 81 Medical Center Drive to this new building at Maine Street Station, sharing the location with the Walk-In Clinic. Mid Coast Medical Group's Pediatric Primary Care services will remain at 81 Medical Center Drive, on the Campus of Mid Coast Hospital.

The Adult Primary Care Offices will be open for appointments 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additional after-hours or weekend scheduling will be made available as the need dictates. The Offices will serve adult patients, 16-years-of-age and older. The Walk-In Clinic will serve patients of all ages.

Mid Coast Hospital's Community Boards approved the project during their September meeting. According to Mid Coast's Lois Skillings, "The development of the downtown location supports our mission to improve access to high quality health care while finding ways to decrease the cost of health care in our community. This project will further our commitment to community outreach with preventive care and wellness initiatives," she said.