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Nursing professor and charity founder profiled in Maine Seniors magazine

Maine Seniors magazine

USM’s Patsy Leavitt Thompson has joined Patrick Dempsey on the cover of the September issue of Maine Seniors magazine.

Leavitt, an associate professor of Nursing, was interviewed about her work to create the Leavitt’s Mills Free Health Center in Buxton.

The long feature story by writer Cathy Genthner includes stories and photos of Thompson’s dad, a physician who was committed to the belief that everyone deserves health care.

Leavitt's Buxton clinic provides a place for USM Nursing students to help people in the small town while gaining valuable real-world experience.

“Teaching students is really about learning for me,” she told Genthner. “As I prepare to help students to learn — I learn as well.

Since the clinic started in 2003, it has served more than 1,900 people and has a patient roster of 250.

Leavitt has won many awards for her work. In June, Leavitt and her clinic were awarded  the $25,000 Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.