Wednesday, April 23, 2014
AUGUSTA -- Scott Bullock's legacy will remain at the new MaineGeneral Health hospital long after he steps down as president.
Norm Elvin, left, and Mark Johnston, right, congratulate former MaineGeneral CEO Scott Bullock, center, after a building of the new hospital campus was named in his honor on Tuesday at a ceremony in Augusta. The Scott B. Bullock Medical Office Building will be part of the new, regional hospital.
Staff photo by Andy Molloy
The health organization honored its former CEO Tuesday evening by naming the medical office building at Alfond Center for Health after him.
Bullock accepted the honor in front of hundreds of donors and supporters at a celebration held in the partially built hospital between Old Belgrade Road and Interstate 95 .
"It's very humbling and very much appreciated to be honored this way," Bullock said. "I truly believe in all my heart that it took thousands of people to make this a reality."
The Alfond Center for Health, located next to the Alfond Center for Cancer Care, is set to open Nov. 9, a little more than two years after construction of the $312 million hospital began.
Staff members sporting bright orange-and-yellow construction vests gave tours Tuesday evening of the 192-bed hospital, including the education center and patient rooms. Placards with computer renderings of rooms showed visitors what the hospital will look like after it's completed later this year.
Bullock, 61, led MaineGeneral during the planning, funding and construction of the hospital before stepping down as CEO at the start of this year.
He stayed on in a smaller role as president; and in that capacity, he continues to help with planning, fundraising and government relations.
Bullock was hired to lead what was then Mid-Maine Medical Center in 1991. He led the 1997 merger of Mid-Maine Health Systems and Kennebec Health System to form MaineGeneral Health/MaineGeneral Medical Center.
Chuck Hays, who took over as CEO of MaineGeneral Health, thanked Bullock for his contributions and commitment to MaineGeneral in the 22 years he served as president and CEO.
Hays said Bullock helped shape the culture at MaineGeneral and supported the importance providing the hospitals with the latest technology.
He said the new hospital will enable more people in the Kennebec Valley area to get care in this area instead of having to travel to Portland or Bangor for care.
It's also helped MaineGeneral attract more employees, Hays said, and the construction has provided jobs for hundreds of construction workers.
The event Tuesday also celebrated reaching $11.5 million of the capital campaign's $12 million donation goal.
The new hospital will replace the East Chestnut Street hospital in Augusta and consolidate the inpatient functions of MaineGeneral's Thayer Campus in Waterville.
The Waterville hospital will be renamed the Thayer Center for Health. Construction for $10 million worth of improvements is set to begin there in January.
Paul Koenig -- 621-5663