Posted June 08, 2007
Peter McGuire is a pioneering physician who has dedicated his life to providing equal access to quality health care to all who need it, regardless of their circumstances or means. For his treatment of civilians during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam he received the Bronze Star. At home in Maine, his unwavering belief in health, dignity and respect for all guided his work in creating Healthsource Maine, the first physician-run HMO in the state in the 1980s. This core belief also led him to found the Oasis Health Network in Brunswick in 1992 as a weekly free medical clinic for the homeless at the Tedford-Oasis Shelter.
Oasis expanded quickly to serve any area adults living in poverty who lack medical insurance, and added monthly specialty clinics to help patients needing complex care. Today, with a small staff and a small budget, but many volunteers, Oasis serves 700 active patients and provides over 1300 patient visits a year. For his work with Oasis, Peter received the Bowdoin Common Good Award in 2007.
“My work at the Oasis Free Clinics for those who have no access to medical care is my answer to Mary Oliver's question in her poem 'The Summer Day' - 'Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?'”