ELLSWORTH, Maine — Maine Coast Healthcare Foundation’s board of trustees has approved a grant to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital totaling $100,000 in support of the F. Eugene Dixon Jr. Emergency Center Capital Campaign.
The new emergency center, which opened on March 1, is more than triple the size of the old emergency room and, with 15 examination rooms, has the capacity to treat 24,000 patients a year.
“This gift from the Foundation is tremendous,” said MCMH board Chairman Robert D. Merrill in a prepared release. “The Campaign Committee is diligently working to secure the remaining philanthropic support to meet the $5 million goal.”
The campaign for the emergency center began in the summer of 2008 and has received exceptional community support from individuals and businesses, according to Merrill. Over the past 12 months, donations of more than $2.5 million have brought the campaign total to within 2 percent of the $5 million goal.
The campaign also met a $500,000 challenge grant at the end of May.
Trustees provided careful oversight of philanthropic gifts received by the foundation over the past five years, according to foundation board Chairman John P. Lynch.
Lynch said he was pleased to announce the continued support of the hospital.
“The spending as recommended by the foundation’s investment committee and approved by the board recognizes the critical importance of meeting the campaign goal,” he said. “The trustees fully appreciate that Maine Coast Memorial Hospital could not have accomplished the construction of the new center without the community’s support, and the foundation is doing its part to help meet the goal.”
Maine Coast Healthcare Foundation was established in 2003 for the purpose of promoting, fostering and financially assisting Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and its affiliated clinics. Grants made by the Healthcare Foundation support patient care, education, technology and facilities at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.