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SMMC Auxiliary Donates $40,000 to Birthing Suite


Auxiliary President Patricia Bibber recently presented Edward McGeachey, SMHC President and CEO, with a check for $40,000 to purchase two neonatal stabilettes for the SMHC Birthing Suite.  In presenting the check, Ms. Bibber said “It is a joy to provide the newest members of our community with state-of-the-art equipment that allows their care givers to get them off to the best possible start.”  Ed McGeachey responded by thanking the Auxiliary “for this latest example of your extraordinary commitment to SMHC.  I know this very generous gift represents many hours of Auxiliary members time and many fund raising events.  On behalf of all the newborns and their families who will benefit, thank you.”

The Auxiliary has been an integral part of the SMHC family since 1907, raising over $1,000,000 since 1991. The Auxiliary's main on-going projects include the operation of The Pill Box, SMHC's gift shop, the annual SMHC Benefit Golf Tournament each September, and the Tree of Life holiday solicitation which currently supports SMHC’s defibrillator replacement program. Each year, the Auxiliary selects a special project that benefits SMHC and its patients.  This year, the project was providing two neonatal stabilettes for the Birthing Suite.

The Auxiliary consists of friends of the hospital including former patients, current employees and retirees, physicians' family members, and neighbors. Auxiliary members live in the communities SMHC serves from Wells to Old Orchard Beach. Each believes in the importance of quality, community health care that provides the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology. The SMHC Auxiliary always welcomes new members. They began as a group of 31 and now boast a membership of nearly 250.

For more information on the SMHC Auxiliary, please call Rebecca Wright at 283-7251.

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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, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Medical Center and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit

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