Dr. Paul and Alison Gagliardi: Grateful Givers

Oakland, Maine

For the sake of patients and families, the new regional hospital should be supported by the physician community.

Dr. Paul Gagliardi









Like many of you here in the Kennebec Valley, Paul and Alison Gagliardi are a hard working, unassuming couple who have made their home and raised their family in a scenic farmhouse in central Maine. They believe in the value of family, friends, and community.

The Gagliardis recently made a wonderfully generous gift to support the New Regional Hospital and have agreed to share their story, and in doing so their valuable perspective, on the changing medical landscape in our community.

The Gagliardis moved to central Maine in 1989 from New Haven, Connecticut after Paul completed his studies at the Yale School of Medicine and a Residency and Fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital.Since then, Paul has practiced at Mid-Maine Medical Center/MaineGeneral Medical Center as part of Mid-Maine Radiology, a 5-person Radiology group. Alison is an RN currently working at Colby College, and the couple has three adult daughters.

Paul and Alison used a deferred charitable gift annuity added to an outright gift to make a more significant total contribution to the campaign. This proved to be a valuable gift for them as well, as it creates a fixed income stream for them to ease into retirement. The couple says they made their gift for two reasons, the first of which is gratitude for the opportunity to practice medicine here in central Maine.

"This was my first job and I was very fortunate to find a great group of well-trained referring physicians, up-to-date imaging technology and a hospital organization that has always been committed to providing for the medical needs of the community.  MGMC has been an enlightened institution and always tried to provide a full spectrum of medical services, even those services that are financially challenging."

The second is to set an example in the hope of inspiring others to consider supporting the project as well. "We are low-profile, private people.  Neither of us would be a great salesperson and neither of us likes arm-twisting.  We try to influence others by educating and setting an example.  If we can commit to supporting the NRH, so can others. For the sake of patients and families, the New Regional Hospital should be supported by the physician community. Even if a particular physician never works there, the new hospital is the best way to preserve the local specialty care we have enjoyed in the past. It is the best way to build new specialty care for the future."

It is deep roots within and commitment to central Maine that prompted the Gagliardis to consider an early and significant leadership gift to support the project. We realize that for many in the Waterville area, the New Regional Hospital is an imperfect solution. We believe that instead of turning away from it, we should turn to it and support it fully. We need to remind ourselves that many of the things we value the most in our lives were made valuable by the influence of commitments others have made in the past.

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