Once inside their Dover home, you might guess, correctly, from their collections of paintings and photos the DeColfmackers love the sea, the Seacoast and all things family. Their cushiony white sofas have miraculously survived visits from their five grandchildren and warmly welcomed guests to stay a while. Smiles are easy and often as Bob and Tricia DeColfmacker reminisced about their Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (WDH) connections and why they donated $25,000 to name a conference room in the Hospital’s new Garrison Wing.
“Well, it’s a lot of things,” Bob said. “This hospital is near and dear to our hearts. Tricia began her nursing career at the Hospital and I’ve served on the Board (of Trustees) for many years and continue as an emeritus trustee now.”
As their conversation continued, Bob and Tricia spoke fondly of their work at and for the Hospital, their love of travel and the amazing students at The Landing School in Arundel, Maine, where Bob currently serves as President and chief enthusiast for its marine-centric curriculum. The DeColfmackers also praised the Garrison City’s achievements over the years and the Hospital’s support of a growing community and families in need.
“We’ve seen this community and the Hospital grow and thrive over time.” Bob explained. “We were very pleased to see the focus on education in the Conference Center and the well-designed physical space for patients in the new Garrison Wing. This Hospital is one of the most important aspects of our lives, our health, our children’s and our grandchildren’s lives. It’s the center of our community, a key economic driver in our economy and it provides quality jobs for so many people.”
In her early nursing career, Tricia worked at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital on Dunaway 2 and Pediatrics then spent five years in Emergency before beginning her 30-year career as a visiting nurse. During Bob’s 15-year Presidency at McIntosh College he also served on WDH’s Board of Trustees and was Chairman from 1992 to 2004 and was Chairman for two years. Prior to moving on in his career, Bob’s vision and guidance were instrumental in the development of the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital & Health Foundation in 2004. The DeColfmackers were one of the lead donors and since that time the Foundation has raised over $8 million to support programs and services to benefit patients living throughout the Seacoast of New Hampshire and Southern Maine.