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SMHC CEO Remembers President George Herbert Walker Bush

December 01, 2018

bush smhc 450"The Southern Maine Health Care family joins the country in mourning the passing of our 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush," said SMHC CEO Nate Howell. "President Bush was a gentleman and a statesman who dedicated himself to serving others. I was fortunate enough to meet him and was struck by his relaxed, down-to-earth manner. He put people at ease and had genuine interest in others and their well-being. President Bush was an extraordinary man who traveled the globe, was the leader of the free world, and jumped from a plane at age 90. Yet what he treasured most was the ordinary things - holding hands with his loving wife; time with family and friends; small town parades; the flag; the sea; and his home to windward, Walkers Point"

"The Bush family has summered on Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport for generations, and SMHC has had the privilege of caring for many of them over the years. Our emergency department in Biddeford is named in memory of the President’s mother, Dorothy Walker Bush, and he and Mrs. Bush frequently thanked the SMHC staff for the excellent care they received here. We are extremely grateful to President Bush and Mrs. Bush for the trust they placed in our caregivers, their generous support of SMHC and their friendship over many years."

We will miss this great man. Our condolences go out to the entire Bush family.

Photo Caption: President George H.W. Bush and two of his grandchildren looking at the dedication wall in SMHC's Emergency Care Pavilion which opened in July 2008. The Pavilion was named in honor of President Bush's mother, Dorothy Walker Bush.

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system with a non-profit mission “to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve.”  SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit,, or

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