May 24, 2018
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EMHS announces new Acadia president



BREWER — Eastern Maine Healthcare System President and CEO Michelle Hood announced that Daniel B. Coffey has been appointed president and CEO of The Acadia Hospital.

Coffey has worked within EMHS for 34 years, currently as executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer. He served nine years as president and CEO of Healthcare Charities and six months as interim EMHS president and CEO.

“As we began the search for a new CEO at Acadia, it quickly became obvious that the best candidate was right here in our system,” Hood said. “[Coffey] is highly regarded across New England as a wise and thoughtful leader. He understands how Acadia and the other members of EMHS work together; the Acadia and EMHS boards of directors know and trust him; and he has previous CEO experience in our system.” Hood added that Coffey also understands Maine’s political and regulatory environment and both small and large hospital clinical and operational matters.

“There is an outstanding clinical and management team already in place at Acadia,” Coffey said. “My administrative and financial skills will complement efforts to provide exceptional service at a reasonable cost. Acadia provides valuable services for our community, and I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity to lead Acadia in a way that our patients, employees and the community will be proud of.”

Scott Oxley, EMHS vice president and chief accounting officer, will serve as interim chief financial officer for the system.

Honor for president, CEO

BANGOR — St. Joseph Healthcare President and CEO Sister Mary Norberta was honored May 17 during a Legislative Sentiment Ceremony. At the beginning of the session, state Rep. Michael Celli of Brewer presented the sentiment to Norberta, recognizing her exceptional service and contributions to health care.

The measure recognized Norberta for leading St. Joseph Healthcare for 29 years with the mission of providing holistic healing for all people. She has been a fervent supporter of acquiring new technologies and beginning new programs to further that mission, in addition to serving on the boards and committees of health care organizations throughout the state. Later this year, Norberta will be stepping down from her leadership position at St. Joseph Healthcare in order to pursue new opportunities.

Health center grant

BANGOR — Penobscot Community Health Care has announced that Capehart Community Health Center, at 86 Davis Road, has received a discretionary grant for $8,750 from the Maine Health Access Foundation.

PCHC will use MeHAF funding to conduct research that will analyze data comparing the health outcomes of patients receiving only mental health care versus those receiving integrated services including mental health care and primary health care.

The MeHAF mission is to promote access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and to improve the health of everyone in Maine. MeHAF supports strategic solutions to Maine’s health care needs through grants and other programs.

Aid for stutterers

“Self-Therapy for the Stutterer” is the classic self-help guide by the founder of The Stuttering Foundation, Malcolm Fraser. It is written to and for the many adults and teens who stutter. The 192-page book is available at public libraries including those in Bangor, Carmel, Corinth, Hampden, Old Town and Orono.

“If you stutter, you do not need to surrender helplessly to your speech difficulty, because you can change the way you talk,” said officials of The Stuttering Foundation. “You can learn to communicate with ease rather than with effort. There is no quick and easy way to tackle the problem, but with the right approach, self-therapy can be effective.”

The book outlines a self-therapy program, with information on what the person who stutters can do to work toward better communication. It often is used as a supplement to speech therapy. A timely feature on Page 164 includes information about King George VI and how inspirational his speeches were during World War II, as depicted in the movie “The King’s Speech.”

The book is available free to all public libraries through the Stuttering Foundation, toll-free at 800-992-9392.

Vascular care facility

BANGOR — On May 23, EMMC’s Vascular Care of Maine celebrated the opening of a newly renovated procedure room serving patients who are suffering from varicose veins or who need to have an arterial line removed.

“Until recently, these patients required surgery and anesthesia,” said Dr. Ashley Robertson, vascular internist. “We’re now able to do everything in the office. This is a lot less stressful than the anticipation of surgery, and safer. Equally important, patients are up and active immediately.” To learn more, visit

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