- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

SANFORD, Maine (AP) - Southern Maine Health Care will end overnight hospital care in Sanford due to low patient volume.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1Fzdgy9 ) the state’s fifth largest health care system is reorganizing its services and plans to eliminate about a dozen positions.

Officials say it will keep its 24-hour emergency center in the former Goodall Hospital in Sanford and add a walk-in care center. It will also open a new cancer care practice with more specialists.

Southern Maine Health Care CEO Ed McGeachey says many of the staff who lose jobs - estimated at 13 - will be offered positions over the next six weeks.

Sanford patients needing overnight inpatient care will be sent to the Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford starting Oct. 23.

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