PORTLAND, Maine – Retired New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and his family presented Maine Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Jennifer McCarthy with a check for $25,000 to The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center (BBCH) Wednesday afternoon. The money was raised through a raffle of Super Bowl tickets by the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation, The Light Foundation and the Davio’s Restaurant group.
This is the second year in a row that the Gronkowski family has paid BBCH a visit after raising money for Maine’s only children’s hospital. This year’s raffle also benefitted Boston Children’s Hospital, The Greater Boston Food Bank and The Light Foundation. Gronk visited with children in their rooms, bringing them cookies shaped like Pats jerseys that were made by the Rockport bakery LAUGH Loud SMILE Big. He also posed for photos, did a little dancing and showed off his famous “Gronk spike.”
“It’s so much fun to spend time with the kids and give them a reason to smile,” Gronkowski said. “Knowing that I made a difference playing the game I love is great.”
The money from this donation will be used to purchase specialized equipment for the hospital as well as health and wellness programs aimed at children. It also will support the Child Life program, which aims to provide fun distractions to young patients.
“We are very grateful for this generous donation,” said MMC Chief Operating Officer Jennifer McCarthy. “Gronk played the game with heart, and we love having his positive presence here at BBCH.”
Photos and video of the visit can be found here.
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 part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org