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Immediate Release
September 10, 2001
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky

207-626-8400

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky to Honor
Waldo County General Hospital for 100 Years of Incorporation

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will honor the Waldo County General Hospital for 100 years of incorporation on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. in the hospitalís lobby located on 118 Northport Avenue, Belfast. Waldo County General Hospital was incorporated in the State of Maine on May 1, 1901.

Nineteen corporations are celebrating their centennial anniversary this year. They include eight business corporations--Beta Theta Pi Co., Chilton Paint Company, Edward H. Best & Co., Hodgco, Inc., Lewiston Daily Sun, Oxford County Telephone and Telegraph Company, Psi Upsilon Chapter House Association, The Dunlap Agency--and eleven non-profit corporations--Library Club of Lovell, Megunticook Golf Club, Northeast Harbor Fire Co., Inc., Silver Harvest Grange Association, The Aid Society of Otter Creek, Maine, The Maine Optometric Association, Waldo County General Hospital, Wilson Grange, No. 321, The Tracy Reunion Association and Wilton Free Public Library Association.

"I enjoy this opportunity to recognize these Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that have attained this milestone," said Secretary Gwadosky. "Many dedicated people have been involved in keeping these organizations and businesses active for 100 years. It is a significant achievement, given that my Department has over 50,000 active corporations on file."

In 1900, Samuel Johnson, a local physician, advocated for a hospital in Belfast. By 1901, with the assistance of Mrs. Charles Pillsbury, a Hospital Aid Association was formed that was eventually incorporated as the Waldo County Hospital Association. The Peirce estate on Primrose Hill was purchased, soon after, as the location of the first Waldo County Hospital. The hospital officially opened its doors in 1907. The hospital changed its name to the Waldo County General Hospital in 1929. As the needs of the community grew, so did the hospital and in 1958, the new hospital was completed at its current location on Northport Avenue and a recent expansion was completed in 1998.

Waldo County General Hospital currently has 44 active staff physicians and 525 employees. The 45 bed, short term, not for profit community hospital continues to serve the needs of the community with the assistance of its physicians and staff, as well as its 14 Directors, 425 Incorporators and 185 Aid members.