Mercy Hospital announced Wednesday it will close its addiction recovery center in Westbrook and transfer services to its State Street location.
The move will affect about 250 patients and 90 employees at the Westbrook clinic, which provides Suboxone treatment and counseling for patients recovering from heroin, prescription painkiller and alcohol addiction.
While Mercy patients will continue to receive care, the hospital will stop accepting patients referred by other health practices throughout Maine for outpatient addiction treatment, said Scott Rusk, vice president and chief medical officer for Mercy. Health providers throughout the state, from Down East to north of Bangor, rely on Mercy for those referrals now.
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