MaineGeneral Medical Center
The Harold Alfond Foundation has long partnered with MaineGeneral Medical Center (and, now, its parent MaineGeneral Health) on projects intended to improve the quality of life for the people of Central Maine and to position MaineGeneral to best meet future health care challenges. Major grant projects include capital support to construct the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care (in Augusta), the Alfond Center for Health (Augusta), the Thayer Center for Health (Waterville), as well as to launch the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network, within which MaineGeneral is an integral operating partner.
In 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Foundation awarded $200,000 to MaineGeneral to help cover the costs of childcare for the healthcare system’s front-line workers and essential employees, joining the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation in this funding effort.
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The Harold Alfond Foundation has been an invaluable partner in MaineGeneral’s work and has changed the landscape of health care in Central Maine. The Foundation first contributed to MaineGeneral by supporting the Thayer expansion in 1964, followed by creating the Radiation Center at Thayer in 1980. Since that time, the Foundation has continued to support the work of improving the health and wellness of the Kennebec Valley.
“I could have been treated anywhere in the world, but I wanted to be close by and knew the care I would receive at MaineGeneral is comparable to anywhere else.” These words, spoken by Harold Alfond, set the stage for the construction of the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care (HACCC). His vision and philanthropy opened the doors of a state-of-the-art, standalone, cancer treatment facility in Augusta, Maine that opened its doors to its first patients in July 2007.
His vision for regionalized health care in Central Maine did not stop there. In 2011, ground was broken for the new regional hospital, MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Alfond Center for Health. Substantial gifts from the Foundation turned Harold’s vision into a reality and the hospital opened its doors to patients in November 2013. This gift also transformed the Thayer Center for Health into the largest outpatient center in Maine.
The Foundation continues to invest in and support cancer treatment in the community. Through the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network, the Foundation’s support has increased access to patient navigators, social workers and improved oncology infrastructure. The Foundation’s generosity also created a partnership with Jackson Lab, bringing innovative genomics research to Central Maine.
MaineGeneral is proud and thankful for its history with the Foundation. The legacy of Harold Alfond lives on in the lives of every patient cared for at MaineGeneral and we are thankful for the Foundation’s ongoing support of improving the health of the people in Kennebec Valley.