As a component of its ongoing expansion and modernization project, Maine Medical Center will provide the city of Portland $300,000. for investments in parks on the Western Promenade, Parkside and St. John Valley neighborhoods according to a press release issued today.
This investment in city parks affirms MMC’s commitment to the neighborhoods it belongs to, as well as its appreciation for the continuing collaboration and open dialogue it shares with city and neighborhood leaders. MMC has been an anchor of the west Portland neighborhoods for over 40 years and its employees, patients and their visitors greatly benefit from the wonderful community spaces that surround it.
“MMC’s vision of working together is our communities are the healthiest in America is absolutely supported through helping our neighborhood partners enhance the parks and open spaces we all enjoy and value,” said Jeff Sanders, MMC Chief Operating office and Executive V ice President of MMC recognizes the responsibility it has to our neighbors to help make our community a place where people enjoy living is receiving care.”
In addition to this one-time grant, MMC is also developing a “Caring Community” grant program that will make available up to $30,000. each year to neighborhood associations or other entities in the St. John Valley, Parkside, West End, Western Prom and Libbytown neighborhoods. This program was a requirement under the Institutional Overlay Zone framework approved by the city council in 2017 that provides the context for future MMC development in the Bramhall campus. Groups will be able to apply for these grants for a variety of initiatives, including those that promote quality of life, diversity and inclusion, public safety, environment sustainability and the general support of strong, and vibrant neighborhoods.
MMC also supported the installation of holiday lights in Bramhall Square this year with a one-time $6,000. grant.
MMC was recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2017-2018. As a nonprofit institution, MMC provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine.