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Maine Medical Center Pays Tribute to President George H. W. Bush
Former U.S. President was a friend of Maine and supporter of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Medical Center recognizes the passing of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.
“We were fortunate that former U.S. President George H.W. Bush considered Maine his home and that he shared many special occasions with us alongside his wife, Barbara Bush, here at the hospital,” said Rich Petersen, MMC President and CEO. “President Bush exemplified leadership, empathy and goodwill. The state of Maine, Maine Medical Center and The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital have lost a close and dear friend.”
President and Mrs. Bush, who died on April 17, 2018, joined MMC in 1995 for the announcement that Maine’s only children’s hospital would be named in honor of First Lady Barbara Bush. President Bush’s first connection to the hospital predated the ceremony when he came to MMC while serving as Vice President in 1985. Since then, President and Mrs. Bush became important members of the Maine Medical Center family. That relationship has grown over time as several other members of the Bush family have become supporters and visitors to the children’s hospital.
The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at MMC is committed to enhancing the lives of children. With more than 100,000 annual patient visits, the hospital offers services in cancer treatment, surgery, cardiology, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, and numerous other pediatric specialties. Maine’s only certified children’s hospital is designed with children in mind with state-of-the-art hospital equipment, specialty programs and spacious play areas.
The former President and his wife visited The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center many times over the years. Their support inspired children and their families, as well as countless MMC care providers. The couple’s dedication to children’s health and other causes, such as literacy, helped rally thousands of supporters in and around Maine. Their positive impact will last for generations to come.
Bush’s daughter-in-law, Margaret Bush, is the wife of Marvin Bush, President Bush and Barbara Bush’s youngest son. She is a member of the Maine Medical Center Board of Trustees, carrying on the legacy of family support and involvement with the hospital.
About The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital (BBCH) at Maine Medical Center is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research, and education. With more than 100,000 annual patient visits, the hospital offers services in cancer treatment, cardiology, neonatal care, and numerous other pediatric specialties. Maine’s only certified children’s hospital is designed with children in mind with state-of-the-art hospital equipment, specialty programs and spacious play areas. From well-child visits to specialized medical and surgical treatment of complex, life-threatening illnesses and injuries, BBCH offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient, family-centered care from an exceptional team of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. For more information, visit www.bbch.org.
About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2018-2019, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.
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