Dr. Michael and Margaret LaCombe:
First Things First

MaineGeneral Medical Center

Augusta, Maine

We made a conscious decision with this gift to give until it hurts. It is a stretch for us to give a gift of this magnitude, but we believe this project is really important.

Dr. Michael LaCombe

Dr. LaCombe, MaineGeneral Medical Center Cardiologist, with wife, Maggie.

 

 

 

For Dr. Michael and Margaret LaCombe, the first official donors to the Alfond Center for Health capital campaign, their gift represents a tangible connection and commitment to community.  For Michael, who has been a cardiologist with MaineGeneral for 13 years, this connection has developed over time through his work with his patients. For Margaret, recent work with a local food bank has enabled her to get close to members of the community in a different and personal way, so much so that it has become an important weekly ritual for the couple. The LaCombe’s commitment involves a weekly food delivery that they most always do together, as evidenced by its prominence on the family calendar in the kitchen.

That connection is what led to the LaCombe’s gift. “It has really made us believe that the people of this community deserve a first rate hospital,” said Michael. “The decision to make this gift to support the new hospital was certainly a joint-decision; one that my wife and I arrived at together. We both wanted to do whatever we could financially to help make this happen.”

Dr. Lacombe explained that centralizing the medical care in the Kennebec Valley community is critical, as it will enable us to improve sub-specialty care in a way that non-medical folks might not understand yet. He believes it will have a mushroom effect.

“Our barometer for this was the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care which has been successful beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. It is certainly an indication that the Alfond Center for Health will succeed in ways that we can’t even imagine. Everyone will be considerably better off with this new hospital.”

The Alfond Center for Health and Thayer Center for Health will indeed be an important community asset but one that will also require widespread support. This gift from the LaCombes represents exactly the type of generous commitment we need to ensure the success of the largest hospital project ever undertaken in the State of Maine.

When we asked Dr. Lacombe to share any other thoughts about their gift his answer was simple yet passionate: “We hope that others will understand that we are not wealthy people. We don’t have a summer home, a ski chalet, a place on the coast or a boat. We have a lovely home in Augusta but that is it. We made a conscious decision with this gift to give until it hurts. It is a stretch for us to give a gift of this magnitude, but we believe this project is really important. We want others to say, “If they can do it, we can too.”

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