One of the greatest challenges communities face today is access to high quality primary care physicians and specialists. We are fortunate that we have an outstanding healthcare system, Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC), whose providers and leadership are committed to ensuring that we, our loved ones and our neighbors receive excellent care close to home. To further that goal, SMHC is building a medical office facility at 46 Barra Road in Biddeford, which will allow SMHC to expand access to primary care, as well as enhance rehabilitation services with orthopedic and neurology specialists in house.
As a former long-time board member and chair of the board of Southern Maine Medical Center, I have seen first-hand the impact Ed McGeachey’s leadership has had on the advancement of SMHC (formed in January when SMMC and Goodall Hospital merged). Ed has been president and CEO for 26 years. During that time, SMHC has been recognized nationally as a leader in quality, safety and patient experience. SMHC impacts our community in other ways, too, employing 2,200 local people and spending $76 million on goods and services - much of this locally.
SMHC has been there for me and my family when we needed it most; so I was thrilled to hear that the SMHC board of directors has honored Ed by naming the new medical office building after him and allowing community members and businesses to support his work through a variety of naming opportunities in the new building. I hope you will join with me in participating in this project.
Congratulations, Ed, and, most importantly, thank you for your consideration to help us realize our goal of expanding access to excellent care in our community.