EMHS Executive Leadership

Michelle-Hood.gifM. Michelle Hood, FACHE

President and CEO, EMHS

Since Michelle’s arrival in 2006, EMHS has been aggressively pursuing a bold vision while working to optimize its work through collaboration. In a region and state with limited resources, collaboration has helped EMHS to avoid duplication and become more efficient, while creating the kind of healthcare delivery system that is best for the people of Maine.

System Operations

Timothy J. Dentry, MBA

Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

As senior vice president and chief operating officer, Timothy (Tim) is responsible for the administrative direction, evaluation, and coordination of EMHS and its member organizations, ensuring system operations are in alignment with EMHS’ overall goals, objectives, and values.

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EMHS Member Leaders

Daniel B. Coffey

President, The Acadia Hospital

Daniel B. Coffey is president of The Acadia Hospital and a senior vice president for EMHS.

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John Dalton

President, Inland Hospital

John Dalton is president of Inland Hospital, a 48-bed community hospital serving the greater Waterville area in central Maine. He was appointed as president of Inland in 2006 and also serves as a senior vice president for EMHS.

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Michael P. Donahue, MBA

President, Beacon Health

Mike is responsible for transitioning EMHS to a value-based care delivery and payment model.

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Colleen Hilton, RN

President, VNA Home Health Hospice and Rosscare

Colleen Hilton has served as the president of VNA Home Health Hospice since 2003 and as the president of Rosscare since 2017. In this capacity, she also serves as a senior vice president for EMHS.

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Deborah Carey Johnson, RN

CEO, Eastern Maine Medical Center

Deborah Carey Johnson, RN is CEO of Eastern Maine Medical Center, a 411-bed acute care tertiary referral hospital for northern, eastern and central Maine. Debbie also serves as a senior vice president for EMHS.

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Gregory T. LaFrancois, CPA, MHA, FACHE

President, The Aroostook Medical Center

Gregory T. LaFrancois is president of The Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC). Located in Presque Isle, TAMC is EMHS’ northernmost member. Gregory also serves as a senior vice president of EMHS.

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John Ronan, MBA, FACHE

President, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and Acting President of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

John Ronan is president of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and acting president of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. John also serves as a senior vice president for EMHS.

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Donna Russell-Cook, FACHE

President, Eastern Maine Medical Center

Donna Russell-Cook, FACHE, is the president of EMMC and also serves as a senior vice president of EMHS.

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Charlie Therrien

President, Mercy Hospital

Charlie Therrien is the president of Mercy Hospital and also serves as a senior vice president of EMHS.

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Teresa (Terri) Vieira, MHA, FACHE

President, Sebasticook Valley Health and Interim President, Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital

Teresa (Terri) Vieira is the president of Sebasticook Valley Health and interim president of Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital. Terri also serves as a senior vice president for EMHS.

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Iyad Sabbagh, MD, MBA

Vice President, Chief Quality Officer, and Associate Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Iyad Sabbagh's role is to ensure the integrity of EMHS’s clinical processes, especially as they relate to population health and achieving EMHS’s “Triple Aim” of better care, better health and lower costs.

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Nancee L. Bender, RN, PhD

Vice President of Clinical Performance / Chief Patient Safety Officer

As vice president for clinical performance/chief patient safety officer, Nancee Bender provides systemwide leadership for patient safety and quality, guiding EMHS in sustaining safe patient care.

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Amy Cotton, MSN, RN, FAAN

Vice President, Patient Engagement and Chief Experience Officer

As vice president of patient engagement and chief experience officer, Amy Cotton is responsible for ensuring our culture of delivering care is patient-centered and compassionate at all points.

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April Giard, APN

Chief Nursing Information Officer

As chief nursing information officer, April Giard’s role is to serve as the caregiver’s voice in information technology (IT) design and strategy, and the IT voice with her clinical peers.

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Michele Lauria, MD, MS

Chief Medical Information Officer

As chief medical information officer, Michele Lauria, MD, MS leads the design, implementation, and support for healthcare informatics and clinical information systems across EMHS.

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Jeff Doran

Vice President, System Clinical Services

As vice president of System Clinical Services, Jeff is responsible for the effective operation of system services spanning EMHS as part of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer structure and will exercise management responsibility over those areas, ensuring efficient services that are designed to meet the needs of stakeholders.

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John J. Doyle, CPA, FHMA, MBA

Vice President of Finance and System Controller

As vice president of finance and system controller, John Doyle is responsible for processing and reporting financial information, translating financial data into business information, safe-guarding internal controls and overseeing teams that process invoices and pay bills. He is also responsible for many aspects of the revenue cycle.

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George Pelissier

Vice President Supply Chain

As vice president of supply chain, George Pelissier is responsible for developing and maintaining a systemwide supply chain service model using best practices that allows EMHS to become a leading purchaser of goods and services in northern New England while supporting quality and effectiveness of healthcare delivery in a diversified 15-hospital network.

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Michael Whelan

Vice President of Facilities and Supply Chain

As system vice president of Facilities and Supply Chain, Mike oversees all of facilities and supply chain management, real estate, security, environmental services, biomedical engineering, construction, and renovation projects.

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System Transformation

Richard W. Freeman, MD, MPH, ScD, FACP

Senior Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer

As senior vice president and chief transformation officer for EMHS, Richard Freeman, MD, is responsible for guiding the transformation of EMHS from volume-based reimbursement and care delivery models to value-based reimbursement and care delivery models that offer better support for healthcare professionals to give care and for patients and families to receive care.

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Information Systems

Kyle Johnson, MMI

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Kyle Johnson, MMI, is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of EMHS. In this role, Kyle is focused on identifying and managing the people, technology, and data systems required for EMHS to achieve national recognition as a model for excellence in healthcare.

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Legal Services

Glenn Martin, Esq.

Vice President and General Counsel, EMHS

Glenn graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After graduating law school, he clerked for the Honorable John Feikens, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. Glenn then was in private practice with Hale and Dorr in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Strategic Planning

Matthew Weed, MBA

Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

As senior vice president and chief strategy officer, Matt is responsible for developing and implementing both short- and long-term strategies. In addition, he provides leadership and coordinates activities for the Strategic Planning Committee of the EMHS Board of Directors, as well as select leadership steering committees and teams.

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Michael R. Crowley

President for Development, EMHS Foundation

Michael Crowley joined the EMHS Foundation team in 1996. He hit the ground running and continues to bring an incredible amount of enthusiasm to everything he is involved with. During his tenure at the Foundation, Michael has incorporated some of the unique characteristics of seven separate health services into one fundraising and community health advocacy organization.

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Lisa Harvey-McPherson, RN, MBA, MPPM

Vice President, Government Relations; EMHS

As the EMHS vice president for Government Relations , Lisa represents EMHS member organizations in Augusta and Washington, DC.

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Doug Michael, MPH

Chief Community Health & Grants Officer

Doug Michael Joined the EMHS Leadership Team in 2013, as the first Chief Community Health and Grants Officer. Doug is responsible for setting the strategic course for community health improvement and building population and public health capacity into the day to day functioning of our dynamic healthcare system.

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Suzanne Spruce, APR

Chief Communications Officer

As the chief communications officer for EMHS, Suzanne R. Spruce, APR is responsible for the system’s strategic communication and public relations, as well as brand and reputation management. Suzanne also directs crisis and disaster communication when the need arises.

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