Prescott Family Makes Million-Dollar Commitment

Transforming Care Through Educational Excellence

Manchester, Maine

Helping people in need isn't just a nice thing to do,
it's an essential part of who we are.

Peter Prescott

Pictured from left to right: son Steven, daughter Stacy; grandchildren Peter and Patrick; Peter and Sandra.

With a rich history of Greater Kennebec Valley investments, the name ‘Prescott’ is nearly synonymous with ‘community’ in Central Maine.  So it was no surprise that when Scott Bullock first approached Peter and Sandra Prescott with the idea of naming the Community Education Pavilion at the New Regional Hospital, they were intrigued by the potential.

The Pavilion, a two-story wing adjacent to the main entrance, offers spacious conference rooms, technologically equipped classrooms, a health resource library and a unique teaching kitchen.  A space infused with natural light afforded by a full glass curtain wall, the Pavilion overlooks the facility’s expansive healing gardens as well as those surrounding the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care.  The view is not the only inspired aspect of the Prescott Community Education Pavilion.  More inspiring is the fact that it will be the home for education programs that serve patients, families and dedicated MaineGeneral staff.  As Peter and Sandra learned more about MaineGeneral’s vision for the education pavilion as a hub for organization-wide learning and patient-centered culture development, their excitement grew and they knew they wanted to be part of this big picture.

Peter sees the value of education through the eyes of a savvy businessman.  Education is the competitive advantage for his business, E. J. Prescott, Inc., a company specializing in all aspects or water works:  pipes, hydrants, wastewater systems and much more.  Founded by Peter’s father, Everett J. Prescott, in 1955, E.J. Prescott, Inc. has grown exponentially over the years and now operates seven separate companies in 27 locations, employing 300 people in nine eastern states.  Much of that growth has taken place since Peter purchased the company from his father in 1978.

“Impeccable customer service”, Peter says, “is key to Team EJP’s success”.  Recognizing the importance of training to the achievement of great customer service, Peter created University of Prescott which cultivates excellence and educates the Team on the latest business-related technology and products.  Symbolic of the importance Peter places on education, University of Prescott’s classroom is located next door to his office at the company’s 53,000-square-foot Gardiner Headquarters.

Sandra Prescott, a life-long teacher both in and outside the classroom, shares Peter’s view that the Education Pavilion is a perfect fit for their family.  Be it music, math or the classroom, Sandra’s teaching experiences enriched many lives including her own and those of her children, Steven and Stacy, and now her grandsons, Peter and Patrick who attend school at Maranacook and Manchester Elementary where Sandra has worked as a volunteer.

Peter and Sandra are proud of their ambitious children.  Steven, an Economics graduate from St. Lawrence University, has worked at E.J. Prescott, Inc. since high school learning nearly every department.  Following in generational footsteps, he is now the President of E.J. Prescott, Inc.  Daughter Stacy graduated from Dartmouth College and Georgetown Medical School and now serves as a highly esteemed Emergency Room physician in Wyoming.

The Prescotts have called the Gardiner area home for most of their lives.  They met and dated in high school and were married in 1962.  They’ve made a life of giving back to the community throughout the years, providing ongoing leadership support for the United Way of Kennebec Valley, the Gardiner Boys and Girls Club, the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, Maine Community College System, the Kennebec Valley YMCA, the Kennebec Whatever Family Festival, the Kennebec River Rail Trail as well as for culturally-engrained sports.  The family’s love of skating and hockey was reason enough for them to rebuild the Kennebec Ice Arena.  Their most recent gift to our area, support of MaineGeneral’s New Regional Hospital capital campaign, will care for our communities for generations to come, providing hope and healing in the form of educational excellence.  This nurturing altruism is part of the fabric that makes up their family:  “Helping people in need isn’t just a nice thing to do,” Peter said, “it’s an essential part of who we are.

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