Nursing developers share their plan for the new Damariscotta facility

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State-of-the-art nursing facility developers submitted a letter to the Damariscotta City Planning Board on Monday, sharing their desire to build a 102-bed facility in Damariscotta.

The facility, named Clippership Landing, will be located on Piper Mill Road. Residents of Cove’s Edge Nursing and Skilled Rehabilitation on LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus as well as residents of the Zimmerli Pavilion and Gregory Wing of St. Andrews Village in Boothbay Harbor will transition to this home once it is built. .

“We believe the name is appropriate for the town given its rich shipbuilding history,” wrote Daniel Maguire, managing partner of Sandy River Company, one of the project partners. “The proposed development will be a place of residence for people who require 24-hour nursing care as well as assistance with activities of daily living.”

Unlike current nursing facilities, Clippership Landing will have all private rooms, only the second such nursing facility in Maine. The Sandy River Company is currently building the state’s first fully private retirement home in Rockland.

LincolnHealth formally commenced a study with Sandy River Company in June 2021 to assess the viability of constructing a new nursing facility in Damariscotta. LincolnHealth President Cindy Wade said the goal is to ensure the availability of high-quality nursing care in Lincoln County for years to come. Many nursing facilities have closed due to insufficient reimbursement, understaffing, aging facilities and restrictive regulations.

“Our nursing facilities have not been immune to financial losses and regulatory pressures,” Wade said. “We don’t want Lincoln County residents traveling multiple hours to see loved ones, so we’ve started looking at all options to keep care close to home.”

Sandy River Company is a highly respected for-profit senior care development company based in Portland and is currently working with MaineHealth on several nursing projects. He has nearly 40 years of experience in the design and development of aged care centers with a particular focus on creating more home-like environments to replace older style retirement homes. North Country Associates, an experienced nursing care provider that operates more than 25 homes, will lead day-to-day operations, while LincolnHealth will appoint a medical director.

The project still needs to be approved through Maine’s Certificate of Need process as well as the Damariscotta Planning Board.

The 102 approved beds will be eligible for MaineCare and Medicare reimbursement and all major Medicare alternative plans and commercial insurance products will be accepted.

LincolnHealth continues to research how best to use space in St. Andrews Village and Cove’s Edge when it becomes available.

“We remain committed to the Boothbay area and will use the space to support community health needs,” Wade said.

Initial discussions on this project will take place at the Damariscotta Planning Board meeting on August 1.

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