Anonymous gift, given in memory of Vivien Pitman, RN, furthers education for SMHC Critical Care Nurses

July 13, 2017

Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) recently received a generous gift in honor of the late Vivien A. Pitman, RN, a remarkable woman who exemplified excellence in the nursing profession. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, wanted to honor Pitman for her life-long commitment to unselfishly help the elderly and less fortunate.

Appropriately, the Pitman gift was used to underwrite educational opportunities for two experienced nurses from SMHC’s Special Care Unit (SCU), Lail Fuller and Diane Baptie. Fuller and Baptie attended the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in Houston, Texas so they could learn about best practices in critical care and help implement innovative practice ideas at SMHC’s SCU.

"We are humbled and so very appreciative to have been chosen to attend the National Nurses Conference on Critical Care in Houston," said SMHC nurses Lail Fuller, RN and Diane Baptie, RN. "Through the generosity of this gift, we had the opportunity to advance our practice and knowledge of critical care and are now able to share that knowledge with our colleagues. The people who truly benefit from this gift are the patients we care for. We hope this reflects Vivien’s commitment to quality care."

Vivien Pitman graduated from the Maine General Hospital School of Nursing in Portland in 1936 and began a long and distinguished career in nursing that exemplified compassion and excellence. As a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nursing Corps during World War II, she braved the German bombing of Britain to treat wounded Allied soldiers returning from the battlefield. After the war she distinguished herself as a highly respected registered nurse and later as a nursing home owner with an uncompromising commitment to quality care. The Maine Department of Human Services was so impressed with the quality of her nursing home in South Portland that it became the standard by which all other nursing homes in Maine were measured.

SMHC is deeply grateful for this gift and the opportunity to keep Vivien Pitman's memory and commitment to quality care alive.

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Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system with a non-profit mission "to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve." SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit,, or