Blue Hill hospital hires new president

Posted July 30, 2010, at 10:59 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.

BLUE HILL, Maine — Blue Hill Memorial Hospital has hired a Michigan health care administrator as its new president and CEO.

Charlie J. Hatfield II, chairman of the hospital board of trustees, and M. Michelle Hood, president and CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, announced on Friday that Gregory E. Roraff of Marlette, Mich., has been selected as the new president and chief executive officer of the hospital. Roraff has served as CEO of Marlette Regional Hospital since July 2008.

Hatfield said that the search committee was impressed with Roraff’s experience and expertise.

“Greg’s knowledge of rural, critical-access hospitals, strategic planning, health care systems and new-service development is a great fit for us at this time,” he said in a prepared release. “His arrival later this month will be one more positive step forward for our hospital.”

Hood praised the leadership of search committee chairwoman and incoming board chairwoman Claire Connor of Brooklin.

“The search process was very thorough and there were many talented candidates,” she said.

As CEO of an EMHS member organization, Roraff, like other CEOs in the system, will serve as a senior vice president of EMHS.

Roraff will take over the reins of the hospital from interim CEO Dr. Erik Steele, who has served in the post since December 2008. Steele said he is pleased with the selection of Roraff as the new CEO at the hospital.

“With all of the challenges we face in health care today, I believe BHMH is in great hands and well positioned to be a leader in innovative healthcare delivery,” Steele said.

In addition to serving as CEO of Marlette Regional Hospital, Roraff has served as CEO for Memorial Health Center in Medford, Wis.; Powell Hospital in Powell, Wyo.; and Swift County Benson Hospital in Benson, Minn. He is a graduate of University of Wisconsin at Madison, a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has mentored youths in pursuing health care administration careers.

Roraff and his family plan to move to the Blue Hill area later this summer.

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