Mayo Regional Hospital to celebrate 40th anniversary on April 9
DOVER-FOXCROFT — Four decades after its formation as a regional hospital serving over 13 communities, Mayo Regional Hospital will mark its 40th anniversary from 1-4 p.m. on Monday, April 9 in the Resource Center. The celebration will include guest speakers, light refreshments, and tours of the hospital.
Nearly half a century ago, discussions were held on how to consolidate the small hospitals in Dover-Foxcroft, Dexter and Milo into one regional hospital. In 1972, Guilford residents were the first to vote in favor of building a regional hospital. Two years later, voters in the 13 area towns decided to form Hospital Administrative District 4 (HAD 4), choosing a site adjacent to the Mayo Memorial Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft as the best place to build the new hospital.
In 1976, ground was broken for construction of a 52-bed acute care hospital. On Sunday, April 2, 1978, HAD 4 board member H.T. “Hap” Gerrish DMD, received the ceremonial key from the architect and declared the new Mayo Regional Hospital open in front of an enormous crowd estimated to be between 4,000 to 6,000 people.
“I’ve never seen so many people in one place in Piscataquis County,” exclaimed a community member who stood in the chilly blustery weather that day to see the new hospital’s dedication.
Since the inaugural ceremony in 1978, Mayo Regional Hospital has undergone several important expansions. In 1982, HAD 4 purchased the Plummer Hospital in Dexter. A new wing was built onto Mayo Regional Hospital’s first floor in 1984, the Women’s Imaging Center opened in November of 1988, and the Medical Office building opened in 1989. Since 1995, Mayo Regional Hospital has operated a physician practice management department known as Mayo Practice Associates which manages primary care offices in Corinth, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford, and Milo. The new ambulance garage was built in 2000.
The new emergency department was built in 2003 with an expanded ambulatory services wing, and a Mayo Resource Center which included space for physical therapy, occupational therapy, business offices and a conference space. That project also included first floor renovations of the outpatient services area and the second floor obstetrics department. More recently, Mayo Regional Hospital opened the Tracy Hibbard Kasprzak Cancer Treatment Center in 2017.
Mayo Regional Hospital President and CEO, Marie Vienneau, recently sat down with former CEO Bob McReavy to talk about the beginning of Mayo Regional Hospital. McReavy was appointed as the administrator by the newly formed HAD 4 in 1974. He was the CEO of Mayo until 1992. In their conversation, McReavy told Vienneau that he enjoyed building strong relationships with providers such as Dr. Swett, Dr. Parker, Dr. Fernow and Dr. Frasz, among many others. During McReavy’s time at Mayo, the hospital had between 140-190 employees, and he proudly noted he knew all employees by name.
McReavy was involved in everything from the patient experience process to testifying in federal court on behalf of the organization regarding funding. He oversaw a strong surgical presence at Mayo and helped build a community hospital that still supports its patients today. McReavy was responsible for either the direct hire or involvement of some of Mayo’s finest current and former employees; Fran Moore, Dr. McDermott, and the late Dennis Allen.
McReavy was quoted by the Piscataquis Observer in 1992 as saying. “I am very proud of the accomplishments and success that Mayo has enjoyed under my administration. My sincere gratitude to the board, medical staff, and to the support from the employees during these past years. To each of them and to the community I leave a hospital on solid ground that is positioned for the future.”
Current CEO Marie Vienneau asked Bob McReavy if he would be attending the 40th year anniversary celebration.
McReavy responded, “I wouldn’t miss it.”