ROCKPORT, Maine — John Bragg of Owls Head began work in mid-October as Pen Bay Healthcare’s first full-time director of physician recruitment.
Dr. Dana Goldsmith, vice president for medical affairs at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, said in a press release that the position is a necessity for the midcoast and will help the medical center preserve access to care from primary care doctors and specialists.
“With the worsening physician shortages across Maine and the United States, the recruitment and retention of excellent physicians has become increasingly important in recent years,” said Goldsmith in the release. “John’s connections to the community through various service organizations, his knowledge and love of the mid-coast and his exuberant personality will surely attract physicians and their families to our area. We are pleased to add him to our team.”
Bragg is well-known in the midcoast for his work as a local Realtor and his volunteer hours with groups including Rockland Rotary, Youthlinks (now Broadreach), the Rockland Little League and the Maine Association of Realtors. He also has served on Pen Bay Healthcare committees including the community relations com-mittee.
“Right now there are more than 200 openings for physicians in Maine and this trend will continue to grow,” said Bragg. “PBH must be proactive and competitive in its recruitment efforts and focus on retention of our current medical staff. I see this position as an incredible opportunity to serve the community and have a positive impact.”
Before this position was created, the responsibilities for physician recruitment were handled by a team as an addition to members’ regular job requirements.
Bragg is a native of Amherst, Mass. He has a degree from the University of Maine in Orono in resource economics. For the past 14 years, he has worked as a Realtor, most notably as owner of deRochemont Realtors in Rockland.
Bragg and his wife, Susan, a music teacher at Hope Elementary School, have two children.
The Pen Bay Healthcare family of services includes Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, Quarry Hill Retirement Community, the Knox Center for Long Term Care and the Mid-Coast Mental Health Center.
For information, visit penbayhealthcare.org.