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SMHC Donates $1,000 to Keep ME Warm Fund to Celebrate Merger

03/03/2014

Southern Maine Health Care’s (SMHC), President and CEO Ed McGeachey recently presented a check for $1,000 to Barbara Wentworth, president and CEO of the United Way of York County, for the Keep ME Warm fund. Keep ME Warm provides emergency heating assistance to Maine families. McGeachey made the donation to celebrate the launch of SMHC, which was formed on January 1 when Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford and Goodall Hospital in Sanford merged.

“SMHC is dedicated to improving the health and health care of the communities we serve,” said Ed McGeachey, president and CEO of SMHC. “In the spirit of being a good neighbor to our communities and to celebrate the founding of SMHC, I am pleased to present the Keep ME Warm fund with a donation to help keep local families warmer this winter.”

“The need for heating assistance in Maine has increased significantly in the last few years, driven by high heating oil prices and decreased federal funding,” said Barbara Wentworth, president and CEO of the United Way of York County. “It has been an exceptionally cold winter and thousands of Mainers are faced with choosing between heating their homes and basic needs like food and medicine. We are very grateful for SMHC’s donation.”

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including two acute care medical centers; one in Biddeford, Maine licensed for 150 beds and one in Sanford, Maine, licensed for 58 beds. SMHC offers excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. Eldercare services are provided through four sites located in Sanford. Non-emergency care is available at Walk-In Care centers in Saco and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smhc.org or @smhcHealth on Twitter.

About Keep ME Warm
Keep ME Warm provides emergency heating assistance through a statewide partnership of Maine's United Ways and Community Action Agencies. Donations are distributed through a formula based on federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) percentages and population, and are used to assist individuals directly, or designated to local organizations that provide emergency fuel assistance, including faith-based programs and nonprofit agencies. Keep ME Warm is the only statewide fuel assistance fundraising effort in the state of Maine.

Do you or someone you know need help? Dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211maine.org for information on heating assistance and weatherization services near you. 2-1-1 Maine is a statewide health and human services information and referral service created by the United Ways of Maine, in partnership with The Opportunity Alliance and the State of Maine.

If you wish to help make the winter warmer and safer for Maine families visit https://epledge.unitedwaygp.org/Common/UserRegistration.jsp to make a donation.

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Media Contact:
Leslie Roberts
(207) 283.7232
lbroberts@smhc.org

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