Murray-Beliveau and Mattson Families

Families Collaborate to Invest in Local Health Care

“This project is an economic development tool and the ripple effect is tremendous,” Mattson said. “It engages local people to literally build an infrastructure for the future of health care. We’re seeing a systemic approach to increasing quality, not just a shiny new building and that makes us want to give. The evolution of the system and care model reflects the progress of this community.”

Kevin Mattson

Pictured at left: Schematic of the spiritual center garden, the naming opportunity of choice for the Murray-Beliveau and Mattson families' gift. The garden features a fire bowl, the water source that feeds the cafeteria pond and serves as a connector between the cafeteria terrace and rehab garden.

Few know the value of a good partnership better than the local development duo of Severin Beliveau and Kevin Mattson.

This partnership began in 1998 when Beliveau and Mattson revived what’s now Hattie’s Chowder House, a cornerstone in Hallowell’s downtown. Thirteen years and many successful ventures later, the two remain a dynamic stabilizing force in the central Maine area, breathing life and business into buildings old and new.

Pairing Mattson’s aptitude for re-imagining aged spaces with Beliveau’s interest in the vitality of Maine’s communities was no accident; the two have an intuitive intelligence regarding the power of collaboration. Beliveau’s gregarious nature and breadth of experience as the senior partner in Preti-Flaherty, one of Maine’s largest law firms, matched with Mattson’s fervor for community revitalization lend a balance to their work that is synonymous with success. They see the same balance reflected in MaineGeneral’s New Regional Hospital/Thayer Comprehensive Outpatient Center project which fueled their $100,000 joint gift to our capital campaign.

The hospital project piqued their philanthropic interest as they saw new pillars of a pivotal civic institution put solidly into place: a secured certificate of need; successful collaborations to fund and build a new I-95 Exit; and planning and financial projections that resulted in a self-bonded project in a turbulent economy. Add the generation of 500 construction jobs, the estimated $266 million that will be pumped into our local economy, physician specialists already being recruited by the vision of a world-class facility, positive organizational culture change and invested, accessible leadership and they see a project destined to thrive.

“This project is an economic development tool and the ripple effect is tremendous,” Mattson said. “It engages local people to literally build an infrastructure for the future of health care. We’re seeing a systemic approach to increasing quality, not just a shiny new building and that makes us want to give. The evolution of the system and care model reflects the progress of this community.”

While the details are compelling, what sealed the deal was the potential the collective pieces represent — the potential to transform something that’s always been adequate into a world-class facility that inspires confidence and delivers on the promise of medical excellence close to home.

“We made this gift because it’s the right thing to do,” Cynthia Murray-Beliveau said. “What put us over the top was that we can help make things better. Our four boys were born at MaineGeneral and we’ve all received care there throughout our lives; it’s an important part of our history and will be an important part of our future.”

As they have with many things over the years, the Murray-Beliveau and Mattson families decided to make this gift together.

“We’re like extended family,” Mattson said. “We both wanted to support this project for its economic and personal ramifications and we decided to do so together so we could make a bigger impact.”

With their gift they opted to name the spiritual center gardens.

“It’s good to acknowledge that all things contribute to health and healing,” Cynthia said. “The culture of the hospital, the culture of a community…as humans we’re spiritual as well as physical and these gardens will allow space to heal all aspects of ourselves amid the hurry and buzz of an active medical place during a very vulnerable and personal time.”

Pictured here: An evening rendering of the Spiritual Center which is a unique etched-glass box construction to allow visitors to experience the healing warmth of nature while maintaining privacy.

This far-reaching project has the benefit of its investors being consumers of their own product. From those thoughtfully mapping out the architectural design and operational details of care delivery, to those literally building our health care future and to those supporting it with philanthropic contributions — nearly every investor will use the new facility making the mission all the more meaningful.

“A hospital is the center of a community’s pride; it signifies the community has arrived as a sustainable place to live and work,” Severin said. “This facility will provide a first-rate health care infrastructure; it’s going to be something of which we can all be very proud.”

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