Funds and Programs
At LincolnHealth, we take donor intent very seriously and will make certain your gift is used in the way you choose. You may designate your gift to a specific program, make a gift in memory or in honor of a loved one or contribute to our Annual Fund. If you’re using the online form, you will find a drop down menu that will allow you to select which program you wish to support. Thank you for considering a gift to LincolnHealth!
Funds that Support LincolnHealth
The nursing school is located in Damariscotta and utilizes the LincolnHealth Education Center and LincolnHealth hospital facilities for clinical training requirements, as well as distance learning technology which allows students to take courses based at the Auburn campus of CMCC while sitting in a classroom in Damariscotta. This centralized approach allows local students to acquire hands-on experience without the time and expense of traveling.
Funds raised for the Nursing School are used to provide scholarships for deserving students. Every effort is made to ensure that our students succeed in the program.
Maine is a federally-designated physician shortage area which means there are more than 3,500 patients for every physician. In the past seven years, Maine hospitals have reported at least 200 physician vacancies at any given time and the shortage is predicted to continue. The number of healthcare providers falls far short of meeting our communities’ needs.
It has also been demonstrated that medical students are more likely to apply for a residency program and then practice medicine where they completed their clinical training. When this program started, 30-40% of the Maine Track students chose to remain in Maine when they graduated. An informal survey of the most recent graduates reported 60% and the ultimate goal is to raise that rate to 75%.
Each year since 2012, two medical students have spent nine months at LincolnHealth. The program includes: access to an excellent and more affordable education for Maine students; the latest and most innovative curriculum, with a focus on team training within multiple disciplines; and a commitment to developing skills for rural healthcare.
As a Maine Track Program site, LincolnHealth is required to provide housing and meals, onsite supervision and support for the students, as well as stipends for the physicians and midwives who must become Tufts affiliate faculty to train, mentor and evaluate students. Your gift will help support our efforts to train the next generation of physicians in Maine.
The Legacy Society recognizes donors who have informed us that they have designated a portion of their will or trust to LincolnHealth. Legacy Society members enjoy the satisfaction of knowing they’ve played a unique role in preserving healthcare for our communities.
Please let us know if you have already included LincolnHealth in your estate plan, or if you are considering doing so. There are no dues, no minimum giving levels, just our thanks and the knowledge you are part of a group of people dedicated to making community healthcare a priority.