The News-Times

Late Danbury philanthro­pist donates $3.5M to Maine hospital

- By Julia Perkins

DANBURY — The late Danbury philanthro­pist Peter Buck has donated $3.5 million toward a hospital in Maine.

Northern Light CA Dean Hospital announced on Thursday that it has received the gift from Buck, who grew up in Maine but lived in Danbury for many years before his death in November.

Last July, Buck provided an anonymous challenge grant to match every dollar donated to a capital campaign up to $500,000. More than 250 individual­s, employees, foundation­s, businesses, and patients joined Buck to complete the $6.2 million capital campaign in less than 10 months.

Buck began to make arrangemen­ts for a second campaign gift, according to the hospital, which is in Greenville Junction, Maine and serves the Moosehead Lake region.

“We are deeply grateful and inspired by Dr. Buck’s generous commitment to the people of the Moosehead Lake region, and his investment in the vital health care services CA Dean provides to the community,” Tim Dentry, president

and CEO of Northern Light Health, said in a statement. “His gift is life changing

for so many.”

The campaign goes toward the $18 million hospital modernizat­ion project. The project will break ground in the spring of 2022, and the new building will open in early 2023. More than 40 percent of the project’s cost will be funded by philanthro­py.

Included are five private rooms with acute/swing beds, a 24/7 emergency department, imaging, and a lab; a new, separate ambulance garage; an FAA-approved helipad; and renovation of the existing East Wing to house 10 private rooms with swing nursing facility beds.

Buck, the founder of Subway, was known for his philanthro­py supporting education, land conservati­on, medical and other causes in the Danbury area, Maine and across the country. His contributi­ons include $30 million in 2014 toward a new tower at Danbury Hospital.

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