Scarborough family donates $500,000 to Maine Medical Center fundraising campaign

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The Michaud family of Scarborough donated $500,000 to Maine Medical Center. Dina Mendros

SCARBOROUGH — The Michaud family of Scarborough generously donated $500,000 to The NEXT 150 | Campaign for Maine Medical Center. The campaign focuses on three critical priorities: building modern, adaptable facilities at MMC, training the next generation of caregivers in Maine, and innovative solutions to improve patient care. Siblings, Andrea Michaud Reali, Patrick, Richard Jr., Tara and Peter, donated to The NEXT 150 | Campaign for Maine Medical Center in honor of their late parents Richard Sr. and Maria Michaud, who received end-of-life care at Maine Medical Center (MMC).

“We lost our mother when we were just kids and one thing she told us before she died was to ‘stay together’ – so that’s what we did,” said Richard Michaud Jr .of Scarborough. “My siblings and I will always be grateful for the care she and my dad received while at Maine Med, and this was the best way to show that gratitude,” Michaud said.

MMC launched its $150 million fundraising campaign in 2021. In 2022, hospital leaders announced that MMC had met its original fundraising goal and extended the campaign to support new investments necessitated by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maine’s largest hospital has seen higher volume since 2020, with sicker patients requiring longer hospital stays. Maine also has the fourth-oldest medical workforce in the nation, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a national shortage of nurses by 2025. MMC’s Extended Fundraising Campaign is seeking funds to supporting its $25 million goal to meet workforce development needs.

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