FORT KENT — Members of the Lions Club presented Northern Maine Medical Center officials with a pledge of $25,000 to support the hospital’s historic expansion project on Aug. 5.
“This is a very important addition for the Valley and we salute the entire hospital staff for their dedication to the well-being of our citizens. It is a pleasure that our Club is the lead on this most important expansion,” said former president Michael Collins at the time of the decision.
In 1952, the Lions Club was one of the original contributors recognized on the Founders List for the construction of Peoples’ Benevolent Hospital. Lions Club International has been serving communities around the world since 1917. According to the club, there are approximately 1.4 million caring men and women who serve together with uncommon kindness, putting needs of neighbors and communities first. The Fort Kent Club, comprised of over 120 members, is one of 48,000 in a global network of volunteers around the world serving their neighbors. In line with the club’s vision toward humanitarian service, the local organization continues to demonstrate their role as community leaders by supporting the building expansion at the hospital, 67 years after it was originally built.
Kristopher Malmborg, Fort Kent Lions Club president said, “While keeping in line with Lions International’s motto, We Serve, the Fort Kent Lions wholeheartedly stand behind and overwhelmingly support NMMC’S expansion and modernization project, just as we did 67 years ago when this amazing institution was built.”
The Lions Club is the first contributor to the Northen Maine Medical Center Foundation’s donor campaign for the Operating Room and four-story expansion.
The main areas at the hospital which will undergo expansion are: two new operating rooms with a private elevator dedicated to patient transport, renovation of the original 1952 laboratory, new space in behavioral health to enhance the inpatient treatment program, relocation and modernization of an efficient and welcoming cafeteria, relocation of the endoscopy service adjacent to the operating room and relocation of the oncology clinic to a bright and modern patient care area.
Peter Sirois, hospital president and CEO said, “The four-story, 15,600 square foot addition is vital to providing the highest quality care to our patients and to the continued success of the hospital. By building a new space, it allows the hospital to make the necessary upgrades and renovations, for the several service lines affected, without disruption to patient access”.
The hospital believes that the upgraded services will also support recruitment and retention efforts which are critical for a small rural community such as Fort Kent.
Individuals or groups wishing to learn more about the Northen Maine Medical Center Foundation’s campaign may call 207-834-1353. To learn more about NMMC’s many services, to make a donation or to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit nmmc.org and “Like” us on Facebook.