BIDDEFORD — Southern Maine Health Care Auxiliary President Jennifer Paige and the Auxiliary Board of Directors recently presented Edward McGeachey, SMHC president and CEO, with a check for $45,000 to pay off the auxiliary’s $90,000 pledge in support of the hospital’s transition to private rooms. In presenting the check, Paige thanked the Auxiliary Board of Directors for their efforts in raising the funds for this important initiative that will greatly enhance patient comfort and further quality care in a positive healing environment.

Last year, SMHC began renovating most of its inpatient rooms to private rooms. Private rooms help lower the risks of infection as well as protect patient privacy during personal discussions between physicians, nurses, patients and patients’ families. Private rooms also allow for more relaxed healing without the noise and disturbances that sometimes come with a roommate and their guests. Each room is equipped with a comfortable visiting area and a day bed so loved ones can even stay over, if they wish. There will be no additional charge for a private room and they will be provided as available. In addition, a mounted lift is being placed in each room to assist caregivers in the movement of patients and, thereby prevent staff injuries.  

“The auxiliary is our largest donor and we are very appreciative of its constant support,” stated McGeachey. “This initiative required a significant investment and the auxiliary rallied behind the effort because they understood the enormous care benefits to SMHC’s patients.”