Deborah Carey Johnson, RN, EMMC’s president and chief executive officer, is pleased to announce that Donna Russell-Cook, FACHE, has been appointed president of Eastern Maine Medical Center. Debbie, who has served as president and CEO of EMMC since 2004, will remain chief executive officer of EMMC and senior vice president of EMHS until her retirement in July, 2017.
EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE is pleased to announce that Charlie Therrien has been selected as president of Mercy Hospital. Mercy, in Portland, is EMHS’ southernmost member, joining the system more than two years ago. A Catholic hospital, Mercy is EMHS’ only faith-based entity.  Therrien is currently president of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, which is also an EMHS member. He will remain a senior vice president of EMHS.
EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE is pleased to announce that Timothy J. Dentry, MBA will join EMHS later this fall as senior vice president and chief operating officer. Dentry is currently the CEO of Tawam Hospital in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Tawam Hospital is managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Since 2008, Dentry has served in regional and global capacities, focusing on human capital development, creation and expansion of services, and efficiency gains in light of economic and service demands.
The benefits of pet therapy are well-documented, but some environments such as hospitals and extended care facilities pose a challenge for the use of live animals. Acadia Hospital is finding success with advanced interactive robots that look like baby harp seals and play a major role in youth therapy sessions. By interacting with people, the seals respond as if they are alive, moving their heads and legs, making sounds like an actual harp seal, and showing you preferred behavior.
M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, president and CEO, EMHS, has been elected as one of eight new members of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees for a three year term beginning January 1, 2017.
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