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Maine Medical Center Pays Tribute to Barbara Bush

April 17, 2018

Contact: Caroline Cornish
207-662-5146 /

First Lady was an advocate for children’s health, namesake of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital

barbara bush tribute
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Medical Center recognizes the passing of first lady Barbara Bush, a beloved member of the MMC family and namesake of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

“We all stood a little taller because we were associated with Mrs. Bush. Her unwavering support for children’s health and deep commitment to the hospital that bears her name moved many to share her passion and improve the health of our state’s youngest and most vulnerable patients,” said Rich Petersen, MMC President and CEO. “She connected with every child and family member she met during her many visits to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. Many of those children have grown to be healthy adults and still treasure that connection. She was inspired by our care teams, and they were inspired by her passion and dedication. We will all miss her greatly.”

Mrs. Bush and her husband, President George H.W. Bush, joined MMC on September 28, 1995 for the announcement that Maine’s only children’s hospital would be named in honor of first lady Barbara Bush. Since then, both have been important members of the Maine Medical Center family, and The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital has been among their most passionate causes.

“It is so very important to have a children’s hospital here in Maine,” Mrs. Bush said during the naming ceremony in 1995. “Children are society’s most precious asset, and their care must be among our highest priorities.”

“Barbara Bush had a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of children everywhere. By lending her name she helped elevate the importance of children’s health in the eyes of Mainers. She was a leader in every sense of the word and her passion and commitment will continue on in the hearts and the talents of the doctors and nurses who work and support this important mission,” said former MMC Board of Trustees Chair Owen Wells who is also a close friend of the Bush family.

The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital is part of Maine Medical Center. It is Maine’s only children’s hospital and is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. With more than 85 pediatric specialists serving more than 100,000 annual patient visits, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital provides care across the spectrum in a state-of-the-art facility that creates a safe, nurturing and educational environment for patients and families.

Mrs. Bush’s daughter-in-law, Margaret Bush, who is the wife of Marvin Bush, is a member of the Maine Medical Center Board of Trustees, carrying on the legacy of family support and involvement with the hospital.

Note to media: A multi-media press kit is available at Requests to access The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital can be directed to MMC Communications Manager Caroline Cornish at (207) 662-5146 or

About The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital (BBCH) at Maine Medical Center is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research, and education. With more than 100,000 annual patient visits, the hospital offers services in cancer treatment, cardiology, neonatal care, and numerous other pediatric specialties. Maine’s only certified children’s hospital is designed with children in mind with state-of-the-art hospital equipment, specialty programs and spacious play areas. From well-child visits to specialized medical and surgical treatment of complex, life-threatening illnesses and injuries, BBCH offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient, family-centered care from an exceptional team of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. For more information, visit

About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2017-2018, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit

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