Five-year Celebration

Five years ago this November, MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Alfond Center for Health (ACH) opened its doors. There was pride, optimism and anticipation. As a community, we had accomplished something incredible together: we built this for one another, for our aging parents, for our own aging knees, for our bright-eyed grandbabies, our economy – we built it for our futures.

The opening of the ACH was the culmination of a 14-year journey to regionalize inpatient care for the Greater Kennebec Valley. And with that decade-plus of effort behind us and a state-of-the-art facility now in front of us, the real work was just beginning.

The building was an important means to an end. Its construction boosted our local economy and put people to work when work was sparse; the consolidation of inpatient campuses encouraged physician recruitment, service expansion and workforce engagement as a result of frontline staff involvement in shaping the care environment. All these elements of success were geared toward one goal: taking better care of you.

So five years later we’re looking back nostalgically and realizing that what we imagined has become a reality and many of us have lived the scenarios we envisioned – our parents have had pneumonia; we’ve had surgeries, planned and unanticipated; our families have grown. Objective measures tell us we’re taking better care of you: we’ve recruited 58 new medical staff; we have added numerous new services; and you are telling us the same: patient satisfaction surveys reflect a positive impact on patients’ perception of care. Financials tell a similar story as revenues climb – the result of more people opting to get care here – and our budget has landed back in the black.

And if philanthropy is a reflection of confidence or satisfaction, donors — who often double as patients — are supporting our efforts with growing charitable dollars year after year. Our communities continue to support us by attending our events or putting their own passions to work raising funds for various programs and services. This is all during a time of national change on the tax reform front where the impact on philanthropy was and continues to be uncertain. As guest columnist Brian Bernatchez of Golden Pond Wealth Management explains, there are still ways to make your contributions work for you as the calendar year wraps up, IRA contributions being one of them.

With warmth,

               

 

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Meet Sarah

Stepping into the role as our new Director of Philanthropy is Sarah Kalagher. Sarah joins the team with nine years of experience at MaineGeneral. Her previous roles have included oversight of the Volunteer Services program and building relationships in Waterville as the director of Thayer Operations. Her work has included involvement in many internal initiatives, including the annual employee combined campaign and volunteering at our spring Farms, Forks & Friends event. Sarah says seeing the community impact of our work has ignited her passion for philanthropy. Sarah was born in Augusta, at Kennebec Valley Medical Center and often jokes that she was born into the MaineGeneral family. Growing up in Gardiner, Sarah is rooted in our communities and eager to cultivate relationships within them in support of MaineGeneral’s mission. She now lives in Chelsea, with her husband John and their “little stinker,” Norman. Sarah looks forward to jumping into her new role, and meeting all of you! Do not hesitate to reach out – with any questions or just to say hello – 626-7234.

 

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MaineGeneral Health
Office of Philanthropy

Physical location
35 Medical Center Parkway
Augusta, ME  04330-8067
Phone: (207) 626-1809
philanthropy@mainegeneral.org

Mail only
PO Box 828
Waterville, ME  04903

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MaineGeneral Health
Office of Philanthropy

Physical location
35 Medical Center Parkway
Augusta, ME  04330-8067
Phone: (207) 626-1809
philanthropy@mainegeneral.org

Mail only
PO Box 828
Waterville, ME  04903

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