Goodall Hospital’s Dorothy Woodbury Building, which has played a significant role in the hospital’s early success, is set to be demolished by Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC). The decision to demolish the building was made due to its prohibitively expensive maintenance costs, its 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 a rich history dating back to 1929 when it was completed as Goodall Hospital’s nursing school. Later on, it served as a living space for Goodall nurses who provided 12-hour care seven days a week. In 1986, the building 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 and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services and Walk-In Care centers in York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco