How We Use Your Gift
Every dollar donated to St. Mary’s Healthcare System Foundation stays right here in Androscoggin county to support us in our mission to provide healing and care for the whole person, in service to all our communities.Your generous gift will go toward the following St. Mary's programs and more:
Infusion Center Treatment Chairs
Our infusion patients sit for extended periods – four to six hours, and sometimes even up to eight – so they can get uncomfortable, with aches and pains, or they start to feel cold. Infusion therapies, like chemo, leave a patient feeling tired and drained – so they’re often to patients often are just too exhausted to move around to relieve their discomfort. But you can help!
Fourteen new treatment chairs are on order. But we’re hoping to add a few special extras that will help make patients more comfortable. Your gift will go toward adding patient-controlled massage and heat, and an adjustable headrest to each chair. Small changes, but a big difference when it’s needed!
Your gift will bring comfort and warmth to patients like Fay. She has been a St. Mary’s Infusion Center patient for seven years now. “I get chilled just sitting,” explains Fay. “It would be nice to have a heated seat to warm up with. And when your bones and joints ache, the heat would feel good.”
Our goal is to raise $7,500 to add these options. They’ll help make patients more comfortable, each and every visit (and with more than 8,000 appointments a year, you’re helping a lot of people!) Please, give today.
Top 5 donor supported funds in 2018:
You can donate safely online to any of St. Mary's programs or departments.
The Campaign for St. Mary’s
So many wonderful donors have been invested in the future of St. Mary’s — Phase I (new child & adolescent behavioral health unit) was successfully completed in 2018. We will break ground on Phase II (new infusion services center) in spring 2019, and Phase III (new adult behavioral health unit) is on track to start construction in spring 2020.
St. Mary’s Nutrition Center is the largest food pantry in Maine, distributing more than 800,000 lbs of food each year to local families. The food pantry is a vital part of the work we are doing to combat hunger and food insecurity in our community.
The Nutrition Center’s comprehensive programs include community produce gardens, youth engagement and leadership programs, a food pantry, and cooking and nutrition education classes — all with the goal of tackling the root causes of hunger in our community,
Set up in loving memory of baby Colby, this fund provides resources and support to parents navigating early infant loss in the tri-county area.
Commit to Get Fit (for d'Youville Fund, d'Youville Pavilion and Nutrition Center)
Heading into it’s 6th successful year, this run/walk challenge promotes community health improvements through an active lifestyle, while also raising funds for St. Mary’s programs. With 400 participants, it’s a much-anticipated spring event on the Lewiston-Auburn calendar.