Mercy Takes a Step Closer to Fore River Move
Half of $20 million capital campaign goal raised; public campaign launched
Portland, Maine – (October 18, 2018) – At a donor reception last evening, Chris Howard, Northern Light Mercy Hospital’s Board Chair, announced that more than half of the $20 million One Mercy capital campaign goal had been reached. In April 2017, the hospital launched the “quiet phase” of the capital campaign for its strategic plan to consolidate operations and services on an expanded Fore River campus.
In the past 18 months, the hospital has received over $10 million in community support from local businesses, individuals, foundations, and Mercy employees and providers. At the end of last year, Mercy filed a letter of intent with the state of Maine to consolidate hospital operations on its Fore River campus. It will file a certificate of need by the end of this year, which marks the final step in the state regulatory process.
“We are grateful to each and every donor for their generous support and investment in Mercy’s next century of care,” said Charlie Therrien, president of Mercy Hospital. “Their strong commitment is a testament to the important role Mercy and our remarkable caregivers play in our community.”
Founded in 1918 by the Sisters of Mercy to heal those affected by the Spanish flu and to care for the city’s poor and disadvantaged, Mercy has served as greater Portland’s community hospital for 100 years. Mercy opened as “Queen Anne's Hospital” in Portland on the corner of Congress and State Streets and moved to State Street in 1943. Mercy established its second hospital campus along the Fore River in 2008, and it became a part of a statewide healthcare system, EMHS—now Northern Light Health, in 2013.