U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) came to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center (BBCH) to receive a national award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and visit with patients and families. The Excellence in Public Service Award is the AAP’s highest honor bestowed to a public servant for distinguished service to the nation’s infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
Jennifer Jewell, M.D., a pediatrician at BBCH and board member of the AAP’s Maine Chapter, said Senator Collins was receiving the award because she “demonstrates an understanding of the plight of the healthcare system’s most frail and vulnerable populations, including Maine children.” Dr. Jewell noted Senator Collins’ votes against proposals last summer that would have made sweeping changes and cuts to Medicaid and undermined the protections included in the Affordable Care Act.
In her remarks, Senator Collins noted MMC’s dedication to growing the next generation of pediatric caregivers through its Pediatric Residency Training Program as she restated her commitment to championing causes that benefit children. “I look forward to continuing my work to help ensure that every child has an equal chance for a healthy life,” she said.
While at BBCH, Senator Collins visited with two patients, bringing them books and chatting with them. 3-year-old Amelia Churchill showed the Senator her sticker book. 12-year-old Andrew Perdue talked to Senator Collins about his favorite books, the Harry Potter series, and even did a little reading himself in a British accent!