St. John Valley

Lions Club first benefactor in hospital expansion effort

FORT KENT, Maine — Members of the Fort Kent Lions Club presented Northern Maine Medical Center officials on Monday, Aug. 5, with a pledge of $25,000 to support the hospital’s historic expansion project. 

The Lions Club is the first contributor to the NMMC Foundation’s donor campaign for the operating room and four-story expansion.

When the club decided to support the NMMC project, Michael Collins, then president, said, “This is a very important addition for the Valley and we salute the entire hospital staff for their dedication to the well-being of our citizens. It is a pleasure that our club is the lead on this most important expansion.” 

In 1952, the Lions Club was one of the original contributors recognized on the Founders List for the construction of Peoples’ Benevolent Hospital. 

Lions Club International has been serving communities around the world since 1917. According to the LCI, there are approximately 1.4 million caring men and women who serve together with uncommon kindness, putting needs of neighbors and communities first. The Fort Kent club, comprised of over 120 members, is one of 48,000 in a global network of volunteers around the world serving their neighbors. 

In line with Lions International’s vision toward humanitarian service, the local organization continues to demonstrate their role as community leaders by supporting the building expansion at NMMC, 67 years after the hospital was originally built. 

“While keeping in line with Lions International’s motto, ‘We Serve,’ the Fort Kent Lions wholeheartedly stand behind and overwhelmingly support NMMC’S expansion and modernization project, just as we did 67 years ago when this amazing institution was built,” said Kristopher Malmborg, club president.

NMMC’s expansion will include two new operating rooms with a private elevator dedicated to patient transport, renovation of the original 1952 laboratory, new space in behavioral health to enhance the inpatient treatment program, relocation and modernization of an efficient and welcoming cafeteria, relocation of the endoscopy service adjacent to the operating room and relocation of the oncology clinic to a bright and modern patient care area. 

Peter Sirois, NMMC president and CEO, said, “The four-story, 15,600-square-foot addition is vital to providing the highest quality care to our patients and to the continued success of the hospital. By building a new space, it allows the hospital to make the necessary upgrades and renovations, for the several service lines affected, without disruption to patient access”. 

NMMC officials believe that the upgraded services will also support recruitment and retention efforts which are critical for a  small rural community such as Fort Kent. 

Individuals or groups wishing to learn more about the NMMC Foundation’s campaign may call 207-834-1353. 

Submitted by the Communications Office of Northern Maine Medical Center.

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