January 2022 Machias – Down East Community Hospital received $100,000 from the estate of the late Steve Calhoun. Steve, a long time volunteer at the hospital, lost his battle with cancer on October 29, 2020. CEO, Steve Lail on the donation, “We are always humbled and appreciative when people in our community give to our hospital and were profoundly stunned when we received the donation. We knew that Steve loved the hospital, his work here, and the community but for him to leave us such a generous gift was truly astounding.”
Many people here knew Steve and appreciated the countless hours he dedicated to the hospital. He began volunteering at DECH in 2011 and continued on until 2018 when he became ill. He donated thousands of hours to the hospital and would do anything to help. He was regularly seen supporting Materials Management breaking down and disposing of shipping materials, working in Dietary helping to keep the vending machines full, Public Relations by helping with events, and in the hospital sitting with patients in need. He loved voulunteering and considered the people who worked here his friends and family. Especially his fellow volunteer Tom McClure. He thought the world of Tom and they worked great as a team. Steve won several Presidential awards for his volunteer hours and he and Tom were recognized as volunteers of the year by the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce in 2012.
We know that Steve’s family and friends in the community, who see this acknowledgement of his gift, will not be surprised by his extraordinary generosity. They already know he always wanted to help wherever he could. Thank you Steve.