Eastern Maine Medical Center Unveils History Wall

05/11/2018

EMMC History Wall

(Bangor, Maine) - Eastern Maine Medical Center has been providing quality healthcare to the people of eastern, central, and northern Maine for 13 decades. On Friday, May 11, employees, patients, visitors and retirees were on hand to witness the unveiling of a new history wall, highlighting more than a century of advancement and innovation.
 
The wall depicts the hospital’s earliest days, beginning with just five patient beds, expanding to meet the needs of the community, through modern times with 411 licensed beds, providing state-of-the-art specialty, urgent, and tertiary care throughout the region. Highlights on the timeline include:

  • The hospital’s first ambulance, a horse-drawn enclosed wagon that converted to a sleigh in the wintertime, established in 1901;
  • Dr. Barbara Hunt, the first female physician to join the medical staff in 1927;
  • Naming the medical center a Level II Trauma Center in 2006 – the first in Maine and one of only 89 in the nation to date;
  • The 2016 announcement of Eastern Maine Medical Center joining the Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative, providing more expertise and access to clinical cancer trials closer to home;
  • The opening of the Penobscot Pavilion, which by 2017 included seven modern floors that will provide surgical care, and cardiovascular and interventional services for years to come.
The event also included the installation of a time capsule that commemorates the medical center’s 125 year celebration, to be opened in 50 years in 2067.
 
Remarks by hospital leaders were followed by light refreshments.

Patients and visitors are welcome to stop and see the new display located near Registration on Level 1.