ELLSWORTH, Maine — The F. Eugene Dixon Jr. Emergency Center under construction at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital has received a gift of $100,000 from R.F. Jordan & Sons Construction of Ellsworth.
Edith Dixon, a member of the board of trustees of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, said in a press release from the hospital that she was pleased with such a show of support.
“We are so thankful to see a local business step forth with this level of support,” she said. “It shows the need and commitment of our community to this state-of-the-art facility that will bear Mr. Dixon’s name.”
Patrick and Rhonda Jordan are longtime supporters of the hospital and have provided patron and auction support for MCMH fundraising events.
“Our community is fortunate to have businesses such as R.F. Jordan that give back to their community and its hospital,” campaign chairman Bob Merrill said in the release.
The donation from the Jordans joins other recent gifts to help the hospital reach its fundraising goal of $5 million toward the $10 million project.
Last month, Machias Savings Bank, another longtime corporate supporter of the hospital, pledged $50,000 to the campaign for the emergency center.
The new emergency center will replace the current department, which was built in 1989 and designed to deliver care to 12,000 people a year. The ER gets more than 18,000 patient visits annually. The new emergency center will be 3½ times the size of the current emergency department and will have 13 exam rooms plus two trauma rooms. It will feature bedside registration and an expanded waiting area for families.
The new structure is taking shape and has a January 2010 completion target date.
For more information or to donate to this important campaign, go to www.mainehospital.org.