Community gathers to celebrate 100 years
Terri Vieira, president of CA Dean, Linda Gilbert, CA Dean Board Chair, and Dr. Darin Peck of CA Dean serving up cake decorated in a forest theme by DKB Catering during the CA Dean 100 year anniversary celebration held in Greenville, Maine on August 12, 2017.
It all began with Charles Augustus Dean’s vision to offer healthcare to employees, working deep in the woods, at his Hollingsworth and Whitney Paper Company in the Moosehead Lake Region.
“His desire to provide his more than 2,000 employees and their families with quality healthcare brought forth the vision and commitment for the free-standing, 22-bed, fully-equipped medical facility,” Terri Vieira, interim president of Charles A Dean Memorial Hospital (CA Dean) and EMHS senior vice president, told a crowd gathered for the 100 year anniversary celebration of the hospital held August 12.
Although remote, CA Dean provides essential, high-quality care to the surrounding communities. The expanded Sangerville clinic brings critical services including radiology, phlebotomy, and behavioral health to the region. CA Dean also boasts an outstanding EMS program, pioneered by Eugene Murray, Sr. Its partnership with LifeFlight of Maine brings critical patients to Eastern Maine Medical Center in less than 20 minutes, ensuring that even the most remote patients can receive life-saving treatments when minutes can count the most.
Since its earliest days, the community has generously supported CA Dean and continues to do so. To date this year, the critical access hospital has received $450,000 in planned donations. Terri Sleeper, philanthropy officer for EMHS Foundation, thanked the many donors who supported the hospital saying, “To these extraordinary individuals, we thank them deeply for their gifts.” Linda Gilbert, CA Dean Board Chair echoed those sentiments. “I feel so fortunate to have served as the board chair in such a generous and outward-looking community as Greenville.”
Guests of the celebration enjoyed tours of the hospital, historical memorabilia provided by the Moosehead Historical Society, and a cake decorated in a forest theme to highlight the history of the hospital. In the past 100 years, there have been many advances in medicine, but one thing remains constant at CA Dean: A continued commitment to keeping patients’ care close to home for generations to come.