Jones to remain CEO of Down East Community Hospital

Posted Dec. 28, 2010, at 1:46 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Douglas Jones, the acting CEO at Down East Community Hospital, has agreed to stay on as permanent CEO once the hospital’s receivership with Eastern Maine Health Systems ends.

When the State of Maine moved the hospital into receivership in July 2009, EMHS president and CEO Michelle Hood asked Jones to serve as interim CEO at Machias. He replaced former CEO Wayne Dodwell.

At the time, Jones had retired as CEO of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.

The DECH Board of Trustees went into executive session at the December 1 board meeting and voted to have Jones remain on as CEO, according to DECH spokesperson Julie Hixson.

Hixson said Jones is on vacation this week and unable to be reached for comment.

“In the interest of transparency, we chose to put the information out to the public now instead of waiting until the receivership ended,” Hixson said Tuesday.

“Doug Jones and Down East Community Hospital are a great match, because they share the same values,” Trustee Cynthia Huggins, president of the University of Maine at Machias, said in a statement. “Doug is a rock solid professional with high standards, but he manages this hospital with a genuine respect and affection for the staff and patients with whom he comes in contact every day. The DECH staff needs and deserves a strong leader who will support their good work and continue to move the hospital forward, and that’s exactly what we’ve found in Doug Jones.”

Hixson said compensation for Jones is under negotiation. “There is no term length,” she explained. “Mr. Jones will be an employee of DECH.”

She could not provide a date for the end of the receivership but expects it to happen early in 2011.

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