Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Kennebec Journal Staff
AUGUSTA — Fundraising for the new regional hospital in north Augusta got a $1 million boost recently from the Windover Foundation, whose trustees include Moira and Robert Fuller, of Winthrop.
"We're very happy to be able to give the donation to the new hospital," Moira Fuller said.
MaineGeneral Medical Center is building a $312 million hospital adjacent to the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care on Old Belgrade Road. The new hospital, expected to open next year, will contain all in-patient services now offered at the hospitals on East Chestnut Street in Augusta and the Thayer campus in Waterville.
"I am very pleased that we are getting a new hospital," Fuller said. "I worked in Augusta for 30 years in banking, and I think it's a much-needed facility."
The donation also will support the $10 million in renovations planned at Thayer, which will be converted to an outpatient facility with a 24-hour emergency department.
"The new hospital will be a great addition to the community," said Robert Fuller, a retired attorney. "Augusta needed a new state-of-the-art medical facility to keep pace with other recent community improvements such as the Kennebec Valley YMCA and the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care."
The Windover Foundation was set up about a decade ago, Robert Fuller said. Previously, it has supported other nonprofit organizations, including the YMCA, the Maine State Museum and the Kennebec Historical Society.