- Service & Advocacy
LEWISTON, MAINE October 2020
by David Shaw
On October 29th Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) broke ground on a new $38 million care center at its Lewiston campus. The new center is designed to expand and enhance oncology services in the central Maine region. I participated in the groundbreaking with David and Nathan Bateman as a member of the funding group for the facility, and as a business and social entrepreneur with considerable experience developing novel oncology diagnostics and therapeutics. Additionally I’ve supported pioneering cancer-related genetics research as chair emeritus of The Jackson Laboratory.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, CMH president Jeffrey Brickman emphasized the importance of this ambitious new center as “part of our vision to change the face of healthcare in Maine”.
Central Maine Medical Center President Steven Littleson spoke about the increased incidence of cancer in Maine . “Cancer is the leading cause of death in Maine and our state has the 12th-highest rate of cancer mortality,” Littleson said. “Our objective with this awesome new facility is to put a serious dent in those numbers.”
The two story 52,000 square-foot cancer center will house the Central Maine Cancer Institute including new linear accelerators for radiation therapy, and is scheduled for completion in February 2022.
Local press coverage of the groundbreaking includes THIS article in Mainebiz.