Senator George Mitchell Speaks at Brunswick Health Forum

Mid Coast Health Services (MCHS) recently hosted Senator George J. Mitchell as guest speaker at its Annual Herbert and Harriet Paris Healthcare Leaders Reception and Lecture.

At the event, Senator Mitchell addressed the group of board members, medical staff, institutional leaders, and other invited guests who gathered at Bowdoin College. Earlier in the day, he toured Mid Coast Hospital with MCHS Board Chairman John Morse, Mid Coast President and CEO Lois Skillings, and Director of Community Relations and Outreach Steven Trockman.

Senator Mitchell has had a long and distinguished career. He served for several years as Chairman of DLA Piper and is now Chairman Emeritus. He has served as a federal judge; as Majority Leader of the United States Senate; as Chairman of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, which resulted in an agreement that ended an historic conflict; and most recently as U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East. In 2008, Time Magazine described the senator as “one of the 100 most influential people in the world.”

His thought-provoking lecture included personal details of the challenging start to his career, recounting his local ties to the Brunswick community and his time at Bowdoin College. He shared interesting anecdotes from his experiences as an international leader. Senator Mitchell also provided insight and opinions on current healthcare topics of national importance.

The Annual Herbert and Harriet Paris Healthcare Leaders Reception and Lecture is funded through an endowment established by Mid Coast Health Services in 2011. The Forum provides opportunities for national leaders in the healthcare field to visit Mid Coast and encourages dialogue among peers and colleagues about solutions to the challenges facing healthcare systems today.