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Northern Light Mercy Hospital To Consolidate Operations

Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland has received approval from the state to complete consolidation of its hospital operations with construction to begin soon at it's Fore River Parkway campus.

Northern Light Mercy has been split between two locations since completion of a new facility on the Fore River about 10 years ago. Northern Light Mercy Hospital president Charlie Therrien says the old building on State Street in Portland will be closed in two to three years.

“Right now we are running some duplication of services and split services between the two campuses,” Therrien says. “We'll be adding both a new addition onto the hospital Fore River campus and also doing a separate building which be an ambulatory surgery center.”

Therrien says consolidation makes sense financially, operationally and clinically.

He says he anticipates breaking ground in the spring and construction taking about two years.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.