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Calais Regional Hospital Breaks Ground on New CRMS Medical Office Building
Calais, ME: The Calais Regional Hospital (CRH) Board of Directors invited the community, staff, city and state representatives, and trustees to a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Calais Regional Medical Services Medical Office Building. The new Medical Office Building will bring the Surgical Services and Orthopedics practices together in one space. Community leaders, medical providers and hospital administration joined in the official groundbreaking for the new building.
The groundbreaking marks the realization of a vision created and worked on by the hospital’s Building and Grounds Committee, along with administration and the medical staff since the Summer of 2010. CEO Michael Lally spoke of three “themes” that are brought together with this project: master facilities/campus planning, responsible expenditure of hospital funds and establishing centers of excellence.
|A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Calais Regional Medical Services new medical office building. (l to r) Dr. Christopher Hayward, General Surgeon; Michael Lally, CRH CEO; Cammi Deschene, Director of Practice Management; Dr. Michael Kessler, Orthopedic Surgeon; Linda Gralenski, CRH Board Chair; Larry Clark, CRH Building and Grounds Committee Chair; Dr. Bob Chagrasulis, Chief of Staff and General Surgeon; and Christopher Scalabrin, Family Nurse Practitioner.|
The new building will provide better access and better efficiency. Moving these practices together also allowed more space for the primary care practice and for the pediatric and adult offices to be separated. The different specialties will be centralized and organized in distinct locations. Other speakers at the event included Board Chair Linda Gralenski, Chief of Staff Dr. Bob Chagrasulis and Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Kessler.
The new Medical Office Building is a single floor design of approximately 5,000 square feet. The building will be placed on a full foundation, which will also provide some much needed storage space for CRH. The building is a modular structure built to the hospital’s specifications. The contract was awarded through a bid process to Coastline Homes of Ellsworth. Local contractors are being utilized for the groundwork, heating/air conditioning, electrical, plumbing and the foundation.
The new Medical Office Building includes a large, inviting lobby area, private registration, six exam rooms, staff offices. A new GE imaging system will also be housed in the facility which will give the providers the ability to have xrays of patients during office hours. The new imaging system will connect to the hospital’s record system so images from the hospital are available for viewing right in the office and vice versus as well. CRMS hopes to welcome patients at the new Medical Office Building by September.