Scott Bullock, President and CEO of MaineGeneral Health provided the Club with an overiew of the building project MaineGeneral Health is about to embark upon with the creation of a new inpatient facility in North Augusta and a reconfiguration of outpatient services in Waterville.
Rotary Meeting for Monday, January 11, 2010 held at the Alfond Youth Center - Here is a recap in case you missed our meeting!

Sergeant at Arms


Tim Beals served as our Sergeant of Arms today. Thanks, Tim!!!!!



Tonya Clark was our -Greeter today. Thank you Tonya!! Kim Hawkes will be our Greeter for the January 25th meeting.

50/50 Tickets


Don Plourde sold $133 for the 50/50 raffle today and Cliff Hannon was the winner of $66.50. Doug Legg will sell tickets on January 25th. Gail Evans from MaineGeneral won 10 free tickets for next meeting's 50/50 drawing.

World Service Cup


The beneficiary of the donations for this month's World Service Cup will be Project W.I.S.E. Zambia in order to fulfill our commitment to this organization.

Fined for pictures in the Paper


There were no Rotarian pictures in the paper this week.

Cell Phones


A $10.00 fee for cell phone ringing continues for the 2008-2009 Club year. No fines assessed today.

On Leave


Cam McKay

Joan Phillips-Sandy

Paul LePage

Visiting Rotarians and Guests


Scott Bullock introduced Gayle LaPlante from MaineGeneral.

Gene Beaupre introduced Eric Conrad (MGMC), Kate O'Halloran (MGMC), and ADG Cliff Hannon.

Nikki Desjardins introduced J.R. LaMountain, Gail Evans (MGMC), and Megan Williams (Hardy Girls Healthy Women).

Lisa Simm introduced Steve Diaz, MD (MGMC). Sherry Woodard (MGMC), and Chuck Hayes (MGMC).

What can you do?


* Tell Board Members what you are passionate about for community projects

* Tell the program committee about interesting speakers/topics you would like to listen to

* Be involved, join a committee

* Be active

* Be positive

Happy Dollars


Steve Kelleher wanted to share Tom's thanks to everyone for the hospitality last week. It was good to see his old friends and meet some new ones.

Kim Lindlof shared that the Opera House will be making a presentation to the City Council regarding a grant it is applying for and invited members to join them on Tuesday. Kim also announced the annual Chamber Community Awards that will be presented in March:

Elias Joseph Award Mike Phillips, Esq., (O'Donnell, Lee, McCowan, and Phillips)

Distinguished Community Service Award Walter Simcock

Business Person of the Year Dan Bickford ((Eagle Rental)

Business of the Year Johnny's Selected Seeds

Community Service Project Waterville Main Street

Outstanding Professional John Nale, Esq.

Rising Star C. Patrick Michaud (Nicholson & Associates)

Customer Service Stardom Roger Gagne (WABI-TV)

Ally Karter wanted to share that she was talking with Raffi Dersimonian last week and he's now the Director of Alumni Affairs at Becker College in Worcester, MA.

Matt Clark shared that he was recently made a partner in the Weeks & Hutchins Law firm. Congrats, Matt!

Cliff Hannon was very happy about winning the 50/50. He'll be putting the proceeds towards his PHF. He also shared that arrangements have been made at the District Conference for those who only want to go over for the day without committing to the entire meeting. See Cliff if there are any questions.

Wally Buschmann shared his congratulations to Matt for becoming a partner in his firm. Wally also wanted to note his sincere appreciation for the care that his sister received from the Waterville medical community after her accident last week.

Nikki Desjardins shared that this is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and briefly discussed this international issue. She suggested that more information can be gained by Goggling it on line. He also shared that

Mike Roy noted that on the 16th, the Mid-Maine Sustainability Coalition will be sharing a progress report on its activities over the past year. Members can see him for more details. He also wanted to publicly recognize Cliff's tie.

Sarah Sugden had several Happy Dollars: 1) For the generosity of the Baptist Church this week which, through Jan Goddard's help, provided the Library with a community meeting room for a meeting because her room got shut down when they found asbestos; 2) For the great time they had with Matt's family last week; 3) For the remote controlled dinosaur that came home with them this week end; and 4) For the Rotary Family that we have in the room with us today.



Club Rosters are available from Cathy for $2.00.

There will be no meeting next week because of the Martin Luther King Holiday.

The Martin Luther King Breakfast will be held at the Muskie Center this year and Sarah will be the Master of Ceremonies. Dr. Pam Thompson, from Thomas College will be speaking. This will be an opportunity to do a makeup if anyone is interested.

The Program and Scholarship Committees will be meeting after we adjourn.

Upcoming speaker schedule:


January 18, 2010 Martin Luther King Day, No Meeting

January 25, 2010 Gerry Boyle, Colby College

February 1, 2010 John Butera, Central Maine Growth Council

February 8, 2010 Debra Staber, Curator, Hinckley Museum

February 15, 2010 President's Day, No Meeting

Waterville Rotary Club Web Site


Today's Program: An Overview of the MaineGeneral Health Project (Scott Bullock, President and Chief Executive Officer of MaineGeneral Health)

Barbara Haynes introduced fellow Rotarian Scott Bullock, President and Chief Executive Officer of MaineGeneral Health, who presented an overview of the project his organization is undertaking which will result in the building of a state-of-the art inpatient facility in North August by 2015. Scott's PowerPoint presentation has been posted on the Club website (


1. Can you describe the location of the site? The new facility will be located next to the Alfond Cancer Center just off of I-95. They will be working with the State to develop an exit extension onto old Belgrade Road for easy access to the new hospital.

2. Can you discuss the extent to which this will be state of the art? They are planning for this to include all of the most current technology that will be available for a facility of this size, scope and complexity. As is currently the case, tertiary cases will still be sent to the tertiary facilities in Maine which are equipped for this higher level of care.

3. Will doctors be staying in Waterville? There will still be a physician presence here in Waterville. For example, Orthopaedics will remain at its current site in FirstPark. Need to keep in mind that there will still be an OP surgical facility at Thayer where many procedures are currently done on an outpatient basis. Scott expects that internists will locate closer to the hospital because of the scope of that type of practice.

4. What happens if we have a pandemic under the new configuration? MaineGeneral and other hospitals in the state are already for preparing for this kind of an event and that response will not be dependent upon this facility configuration, but rather community resources that are available when the medical infrastructure gets overwhelmed. The Ice Storm of 1998 was shared as an example.

5. The new Federal Health Care Bill will be recommending reductions to Medicare and Medicaid for hospitals and physicians. What happens if that outcome doesn't support the goals of this project? Scott shared that the timing s right for this project to go forward from a borrowing perspective. They have factored in various scenarios into their projected financial models already and have geared the project accordingly. Of course the unexpected might occur and they have the latitude to react should there be adverse impacts as a result of the new Health Care Reform process.

6. How long is the CON approval good for? They will have 2 years from the approval date to begin construction.

7. What savings will you achieve by consolidating facilities? MGMC will save $7.2M per year by consolidating facilities.

8. What about inpatient Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Medicine? Provisions are being made to create inpatient areas for these services.

After his presentation, Sarah presented Scott with a certificate noting that 6 children will receive polio vaccinations in his name as a token of appreciation and with the thanks and best wishes of the Club.<