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Philanthropist's Transformational Gift Boosts Modernization Project

Date: 08/30/2021

Donald-Sussman-photo-256x300-(1).jpgNorthern Light Blue Hill Hospital has received a $2 million pledge from philanthropist S. Donald Sussman in support of the Next Century of Care: Keeping Our Promise campaign. The hospital’s modernized campus will be named in honor of Sussman’s gift.

“We are deeply appreciative of Mr. Sussman’s extraordinary generosity,” shares John Ronan, president, Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital. “His continued trust and support of the healthcare we provide throughout the Blue Hill peninsula and beyond is remarkable.”

“Maine is a very special place because it has a very special sense of community, and Mainers deserve the best healthcare possible when they fall ill,” says Donald Sussman, who has a home in Deer Isle. “I am pleased to be able to contribute to Northern Light Blue Hill’s ability to provide top quality healthcare in modernized, renovated facilities to all who need it, and I encourage other donors and leaders in the area to consider joining me in this important effort.” 

Sussman also provided significant support to the hospital’s last campaign. The Sussman Health Center, which will be renovated during the upcoming modernization project, is named in his honor.

Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital launched the Keeping Our Promise campaign earlier this summer to invite the community to join in investing in our next century of care. The groundbreaking for a new, modern hospital is planned to take place Spring 2022.    

“This lead gift presents the hospital with an amazing opportunity,” explains Ruth Calas, Director of Philanthropy. “Mr. Sussman’s interest in rural healthcare is to be commended, his financial support will certainly make a difference in our ability to provide quality healthcare for the peninsula well into the future.”

To find out more about making a philanthropic commitment to help us “Keep Our Promise” to our communities for the next century and beyond, call Ruth Calas at 374.3411 or visit