January 29, 2014  
Tracy Dean

Sebasticook Valley Health Receives $5,000 from Skowhegan Savings Charitable Foundation


Donation to Help Fund Hospital's Inpatient Expansion Efforts


SKOWHEGAN, Maine - Skowhegan Savings Charitable Foundation today announced it has donated $5,000 to Sebasticook Valley Health's capital campaign. The funds will be used to help finance facility expansions to provide better inpatient care to the community.


SVH has experienced a lot of growth since 1963, when the Pittsfield community recognized the importance of a hospital to the area and worked tirelessly to make it a reality. SVH President/CEO and EMHS Senior Vice President Terri Vieira said the new inpatient wing is, "A milestone that reflects our hospital's deep community roots, and well-positions SVH for the future. This new, leading edge facility greatly enhances the comfort, privacy, and safety of our patients and we are now better positioned to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of our community for years to come. Without the support of the people and the businesses of the communities we serve, this achievement would not have been possible. On behalf of the staff and patients of SVH, I extend our heartfelt gratitude."


The inpatient wing was part of "The Campaign to Modernize SVH," which began in 2012 and was managed by Cianbro Corporation in Pittsfield. The expansion touched various areas throughout the hospital, from upgrading the hospital parking and walking areas, to much-needed upgrades to the hospital's heating and cooling systems and various patient areas throughout the hospital.


"For the last 50 years, Sebasticook Valley Health has played an important role in the local community," said John Witherspoon, Skowhegan Savings President & CEO. "We are pleased our contribution can help support the hospital's mission to treat all patients with dignity and respect by providing the most modern inpatient services while simultaneously advancing operational efficiencies."


Skowhegan Savings' charitable giving program makes donations to both large and small local non-profit and charity organizations with a focus on financial literacy programs and Economic and Community Development, including programs that promote job creation, business retention, business growth, and community enhancement. To apply for funding, visit:
From left to right: Michael Gallagher SVH Board Chair; John Witherspoon, Skowhegan Savings President & CEO; Mac Cianchette SVH Campaign Chair; Terri Vieira SVH President and CEO; Renee Hawthorne, Skowhegan Savings Pittsfield and Fairfield Branch Manager; Rick Whalen, Skowhegan Savings VP Market Manager; Jon Christensen SVH Campaign Executive Committee Member


About Skowhegan Savings:

Skowhegan Savings, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank dedicated to strengthening the Maine families, businesses and communities it serves. Named as one of Maine's Best Places to Work in each year from 2009-2013, Skowhegan Savings' team of friendly, committed employees takes pride in delivering personalized, competitive banking services offering straight forward banking advice and fair deals for customers. An innovative and progressive approach to banking ensures their customers enjoy a banking experience that is quick, easy and convenient. Skowhegan Savings' fifteen Maine branches include two locations in Skowhegan, as well as locations in Augusta, Belgrade (full service ATM only), Bingham, Dexter, Fairfield, Farmington, Jackman, Kingfield, Madison, Norridgewock, Phillips, Pittsfield, Stratton and Rangeley. For more information, visit or contact Customer Service at 800.303.9511.