LEWISTON – The Maine Medical Association has prseented a check for $2,500 to Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for its Journey of Hope Campaign for the new hospice house.

“The MMA is committed to improving end-of-life care in Maine and part of this effort is increasing the availability of hospice services throughout the state,” said Dr. Lawrence Mutty, association president.

Dr. Gregory D’Augustine, MMA Executive Committee Member representing Androscoggin County, added, “This new hospice facility is vital to the people of Androscoggin County and the MMA is pleased to be a part of it.”

The 14-patient suite facility is specially designed to care for the needs of patients in the final weeks of life when hospice care at home is no longer possible. AHCH will welcome the first hospice house patient this fall. To date, the Journey of Hope Campaign for the hospice house has received support from more than 1,400 individuals, foundations, businesses and civic and fraternal groups.

“Maine Medical Association’s support of this project is especially meaningful because they represent the physician community. Their commitment reinforces the need and importance that a hospice house will make providing the best in end-of-life care to residents of central and western Maine,” said Kim Wettlaufer, capital campaign chairman.

For more information on AHCH, visit the Web site at www.ahch.org.

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