Vital Signs newsletter: Mercy to close addiction recovery clinic

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.

Mercy Hospital to lay off 45, close Westbrook addiction center

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I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.