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Waldo County General Hospital History

  • 1900 – Dr. Samuel Johnson advocates need for community hospital. Mr. Charles Frederick agrees to donate David Peirce Estate on High Street to serve as first location.
  • 1901 – Waldo County General hospital incorporates. Hospital Aid forms.
  • 1904 – The hospital opens its doors to patients.
  • 1907 – 1948 – Nursing school run at WCGH, closed in 1948 after graduating 130 nurses.
  • 1955 – Largest county fundraising project inaugurated. 1,500 donors contribute $1 million to fund new hospital facility.
  • 1958 – New facility is officially dedicated and opened thanks to the contributions of many local donors.
  • 1992 – WCGH opens the first inpatient hospice unit in the state.
  • 1996 – Penobscot Shores opens.
  • 1997 – Belfast Public Health Nursing and Arthur Jewell Community Health Center join Waldo County Healthcare.
  • 1999 – Hospital wins Margaret Chase Smith Quality Award.
  • 2001 – 100th Anniversary celebrated with dedication of $12 million renovation and expansion project.
  • 2008 – Searsport Health Center opens. WCGH joins MaineHealth.
  • 2010 – Hospital recognized by The Leapfrog Group as one of the top three rural hospitals in the country.
  • 2015 – Waldo County General Hospital officially joins the Coastal Healthcare Alliance with Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, Maine.

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Waldo County General Hospital is pleased to announce that Belfast Public Health Nurse Susan Dupler was named Citizen of the Year at the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Chamber Awards Gala.
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Pen Bay Medical Center (PBMC) is pleased to welcome Alexander Abud, MD, to Pen Bay Neurology. As a specialist in multiple sclerosis, Dr. Abud will be able care for Knox and Waldo County patients close to home.
Brenna Messier, PA-C Joins Pen Bay Surgery
Pen Bay Medical Center (PBMC) is pleased to welcome Brenna Messier, PA-C, to the team at the Pen Bay Surgery.
Marjorie Zyirek-Bacon, MD, Joins PBMC, WCGH Palliative Care Team
Pen Bay Medical Center (PBMC) and Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH) are pleased to welcome Marjorie Zyirek-Bacon, MD, to their palliative care teams.