COMMENTARY AINE MEDICAL Maine Medical Center began in Center is a 600- the 19th century as the Maine Gen- bed, indepen- eral Hospital. In 1868, “an act to in- dent academic corporate the Maine General Hos- 1(p298) M medical center pital” was passed by the Maine located in Portland. Portland and its Legislature and signed by Gov adjacent community across the har- Joshua Chamberlain, who, at Get- bor, South Portland, together have tysburg, had led the 20th Maine Regiment in its heroic defense of a population of 85000. The com- Little Round Top. The hospital munities front on Casco Bay, a Figure 1. Photograph of the original Maine General Hospital building shortly after opened in 1874 on land donated by crenellated bight off the Gulf of construction. Reprinted with permission from both the state of Maine and the city Maine, whose waters are studded Audio Visual Resources, Maine Medical Center, of Portland. Although a grant by the with spruce-covered islands and Portland. state legislature helped build the hos- rock ledge. Portland offers a vi- pital, it was established as a pri- brant urban life usually found in at the Maine General Hospital. He vate, nonprofit institution respon- much larger
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