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$1 million gift to EMMC will name cardiac surgical, critical care units

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BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Medical Center Foundation announced an anonymous gift of $1 million from a grateful patient to support the “Remarkable Begins With You” capital campaign at a Thursday ceremony, bringing the total raised thus far to a little more than $6 million toward a $20 million goal.

The $1 million gift was given in honor of EMMC physician Felix Hernandez, MD, MMM, FACS, medical director of Surgical Services, and the entire team who provided care to the patient.

The gift will name the Cardiac Surgical and Critical Care Units, which comprise the new fifth floor of the tower currently under construction.

“I want to thank Felix and the cardiovascular team of nurses and providers for providing excellent care to our anonymous donor of this significant gift,” said Deborah Carey Johnson, RN, EMMC president and CEO, according to the press release. “We have a very grateful patient who has the utmost respect and appreciation for the care that Felix and his team provided, and has been very generous in his response to that care. So I want to thank all of you for your great work and the wonderful care you deliver every day.”

EMMC ‘s “Remarkable Begins With You” capital campaign benefits  a modernization project, which will will provide state-of-the-art operating rooms, consolidated heart care, updated space for laboring moms and their babies, new neonatal intensive care space, and increased private rooms for patients receiving care at EMMC.

“This will really help patients in the northern two-thirds of Maine. I’m glad he recognized the entire team that helped care for him in [surgery], the Intensive Care Unit, and on the floors,” said Dr. Hernandez. “This will help us build a more modern hospital with updated facilities, including operating rooms that will help us deliver state-of-the-art care to patients. It’ll also help EMMC recruit physicians to the area.”

Sue Bernier, senior director of philanthropy at Eastern Maine Healthcare Foundation, said Thursday the fundraising campaign is in its early stages. She described this as the “leadership” phase in which community leaders and the EMMC board members, physicians and employees will be invited to participate. She said that 100 percent of the board is participating, and the physicians are halfway to their $2 million goal. The next step will be to launch the employee campaign in September.

The capital campaign is expected to last into 2016 before the $20 million goal is reached.

For more on EMMC’s modernization project, visit