In partnership with parents of a former patient, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH) at Maine Medical Center has designed a specialty license plate, which has been approved by the Secretary of State. You can sign up for the plate that will raise funds for the state’s only children’s hospital.

The state of Maine requires 2,000 Maine residents with active vehicle registrations to sign up for the plate with a $25 payment. If the goal of 2,000 signups is met by September 1, the state legislature will then vote to produce the plate. Each person who pays the $25 registration fee will receive a plate. Going forward, BBCH will receive $10 for each new plate purchased in addition to $10 for each annual renewal.

The idea for the specialty plate arose when Joe and Kim Westrich of Wiscasset committed to helping other young patients by “giving back” to the hospital. The couple credit BBCH for saving their daughter Maddie’s life.
“All of us in the state of Maine should be doing all that we can to ensure that the wonderful facility that is The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and its staff of professional caregivers have all the resources they need to continue providing the best medical care possible,” said Kim Westrich. “I cannot express the feeling of comfort my family and I have felt with the services and staff at this hospital. They have become like family to us. We all hope that our children will never need The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, but we should be relieved and proud to know it is there if we do.”

To sign up for The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital specialty license plate, visit