Actor, auto racer and Lewiston native Patrick Dempsey yesterday paid a visit to Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).
While at CMMC, Dempsey stopped in the rooms of patients who continue to recover from the injuries they suffered in the Oct. 25 mass casualty incidents, taking the time to speak with them and their families to wish them well.
“What a pleasure it was for all of our team members to have Patrick stop by,” said Kris Chaisson, RN, chief nursing officer, Central Maine Healthcare. “The patients were deeply touched by his visit following this difficult time in their lives. It was wonderful to see the team react to him with smiles that have been dimmed since the event.
“It has always been clear to all of us that, despite his fame, Patrick Dempsey considers the people of this community his family.”
The three remaining patients at CMMC are all listed in stable condition.
On the evening of the tragedy, Central Maine Medical Center assembled a team of more than a dozen surgeons with expertise in orthopedics, cardiovascular, thoracic, colorectal, plastic, urologic and general surgery. They were aided by more than 100 other physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals, all of whom received training in mass casualty incidents.
The doctors, nurses and team members of CMMC extend our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this tragic event.
As part of our ongoing responsibility to continue serving as the regional trauma center for central Maine, we have established the CMMC Compassionate Care Fund for Trauma Response and Support. To donate, please click here. Or see: www.cmhc.org/cmmc/ways-to-give/
Pictured: Patrick Dempsey meets with Dr. Tim Counihan, chief of surgery, and members of the CMMC nursing team