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Corning Incorporated Foundation Awards Grant to SMMC


For the second consecutive year, the Corning Foundation has provided SMHC with a grant to support their cancer care programs.  SMHC recently received their donation to expand the nurse navigator position to all cancer patients. The Foundation awards grants in support of projects that are consistent with their commitment to improving the quality of life in and around communities where Corning has an active presence.

In accepting the gift, Steve Keegan, Vice President of Ancillary Services commented, "We deeply appreciate the Foundation's continued generosity. They helped to support our Center for Breast Care last year and this year they continue to show their support of the hundreds of cancer patients in our community."

In 2011, there were 250 SMHC patients diagnosed with other invasive cancers besides breast cancer, primarily lung, bladder, colon, and prostate.  In keeping with SMHC’s mission of providing excellent healthcare, it is imperative that all cancer patients have access to an oncology nurse navigator.  Thanks to Corning Incorporated Foundation, along with support from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation, JTG Foundation and Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, SMHC is now able to provide this service to all cancer patients.

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Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including a 150-bed acute care medical center in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMHC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Medical Center and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit

About Corning Incorporated Foundation
Corning Incorporated Foundation has a longstanding commitment to improving the quality of life in communities where the company has a corporate presence. We achieve this goal by focusing our grantmaking on issues and needs of local importance that can make a lasting difference for the greatest number of people. The Foundation makes grants in five areas of involvement: education, cultural programs, community, health and human services, and disaster relief.

PHOTO CAPTION: (l-r) Rick Wileman, Plant Manager of Corning in Kennebunk, presents the grant donation on behalf of the Corning Incorporated Foundation to Steve Keegan, Vice President of Ancillary Services, and Peggy Belanger, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigator, of Southern Maine Medical Center.

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