SMHC President and CEO Remembers Barbara Bush

April 18, 2018

George and Barbara Bush 2"The Southern Maine Health Care family joins the country in mourning the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush," said SMHC President and CEO Ed McGeachey. "Mrs. Bush was a lovely person, admired for her wisdom, wit and direct, down-to-earth style. Anyone who met Mrs. Bush, including many of our staff, was treated with kindness and respect.


"It was my privilege and good fortune to spend time with Mrs. Bush on many occasions, as recently as last fall. She was a dedicated supporter of SMHC. She frequently expressed her profound gratitude for the excellent care that SMHC caregivers provided to her family and friends over many years. We will miss her.


"Our condolences go out to President Bush and the entire Bush family."


About Southern Maine Health Care
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, North Berwick 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

Photo Caption: Former First Lady Barbara Bush and President George H.W. Bush at the dedication of SMHC's new Emergency Care Pavilion in July 2008. The Pavilion was named in honor of President Bush's mother, Dorothy Walker Bush.


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