BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Medical Center recently announced several changes in leadership. James Raczek, EMMC’s chief medical officer, has been promoted to the position of senior vice president of operations and chief medical officer at EMMC.
Raczek has served the hospital’s patients for more than 20 years in numerous roles, including chief of family medicine service and president of EMMC medical staff. He became the hospital’s vice president and chief medical officer in 2003. As Raczek takes on this new role, he will continue his responsibilities as chief medical officer and will assume added responsibilities for patient care service lines and employed physician practice management.
Having a physician leading this integrated work signifies EMMC’s belief that strong physician and administrative teamwork is crucial to continue improving our performance at our organization, Raczek told medical staff members in a letter announcing the change.
In other changes, EMMC’s chief nursing officer, Lisa Swanson, has resigned from her position effective this April. Lisa is leaving her post at EMMC to spend more time with her family. Swanson accepted the chief nursing job in August 2011, replacing Lorraine Rodgerson, who had worked for the hospital for nearly 30 years. Hospital officials have begun a nationwide search for a new chief nursing officer.
Mike Donahue, EMMC’s vice president of physician practices, will transition into a vice president role at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, following his work in preparing EMMC for changes associated with health care reform, including a new emphasis on Accountable Care Organizations. Donahue will continue his leadership at the system level, guiding EMHS as new models of health care delivery emerge from health care reform.
“Change is part of our landscape in health care, and it provides opportunities to grow and adapt,” EMMC President and CEO Deborah Carey Johnson said in a news release. “My thanks and congratulations to all three of these leaders as they take on new challenges and pursue their opportunities. EMMC has been a better place because of each of their contributions.”