NORWAY — The newly opened medical building on Pikes Hill has been named for a longtime local physician.

David Preble, Western Maine Health Board chairman, announced the naming of the new medical office building at 8 Pikes Hill in Norway at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new building has been named the William L. Medd, MD, Health Center in honor of the doctor who has practiced in Norway for nearly 42 years.

Medd and his wife, Marge, settled in Norway in 1974 with friends Dr. Don Ware and his wife, Hilary, establishing the Oxford Hills Internal Medicine Group. Medd has served on the Western Maine Health and Stephens Memorial Hospital boards for decades and was instrumental in bringing the Maine Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine Rural Clerkship program to Stephens Memorial Hospital. He has also served in numerous medical staff leadership and committee roles.

It was also announced that the conference room in the new health center has been named for James E. Eshleman, DO, in honor of the longtime family medicine physician. He has practiced at Oxford Hills Family Practice for 43 years. He has also held medical staff leadership roles and has served on the Western Maine Health and Stephens Memorial Hospital boards.

Hospital officials say the new health center is designed to allow the practitioners to use the Patient Centered Medical Home model, the most current approach to delivering primary care. Additionally, the health center will include the relocated cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program and a blood-drawing room.

On Monday, patients of Oxford Hills Internal Medicine and Western Maine Family Medicine began going to the new center.

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