EMMC and Bangor Historical Society Celebration to Focus on History and Family Fun


It may be easy to take modern-day anesthesia and advanced healthcare technology for granted, but 125 years ago, these tools didn’t exist, and getting medical care could be a harrowing experience. Eastern Maine Medical Center is partnering with the Bangor Historical Society to demonstrate how healthcare has changed since those days and unveil the new Penobscot Pavilion on Saturday, June 4 from 10 am until 2 pm at the hospital on State Street.

In addition to the historical activities, this family-friendly celebration will include free tours of the new building, games for kids, refreshments, and more. The Darling’s Ice Cream Truck will be on hand until 11 am.

“The history tent will contain equipment and surgical tools from generations past, a demonstration of what care was like 125 years ago, a display on the history of nursing, and fascinating pictures and information from the Bangor Public Library,” says Melissa Gerety, executive director, Bangor Historical Society.

Upon exiting the history tent, those who attend will enter the impressive new Penobscot Pavilion and get a first look at the facility before it opens. Tours will highlight the Maine artisans who contributed to the project and their creations, including an incredible wood carving depicting the history of Bangor, photographs, and detailed iron and granite work.

The hospital’s new entrance and lobby, dining area, Cardiac Care Unit, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will open on June 7. The project continues through 2017 with enhancements to heart and vascular care, new operating suites, and a renovated labor and delivery unit.