MDI hospital chief to chair state hospital association board

Posted June 21, 2012, at 3:24 p.m.

ROCKPORT — Arthur Blank, president and CEO of Mount Desert Island Hospital, is the new chair of the Maine Hospital Association’s board of directors.

Blank was installed as chair on Wednesday evening at the association’s summer forum at the Samoset Resort, according to a press release.

Previously the board’s treasurer, Blank succeeds Marie Vienneau, CEO of Millinocket Regional Hospital, as chair.

Blank has led the Bar Harbor hospital since 1999, heading up its transition to a critical access hospital, incorporating eight community health centers and establishing the community’s first full-service behavioral health center. The hospital also announced plans in March to build a new women’s health center.

Michelle Hood, CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems in Brewer, becomes the association’s new chair-elect; Rebecca Ryder, president and CEO of Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, becomes treasurer; and James Donovan, president and CEO of Lincoln County Healthcare in Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, becomes secretary.

Joining the board as at-large members are: R. David Frum, president of Bridgton and Rumford hospitals; Charlie Therrien, president and CEO of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth; and William Caron, president and CEO of MaineHealth of Portland.

Eileen Skinner, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital in Portland, will chair the association’s Public Policy Council; Steve Diaz, chief medical officer at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Waterville and Augusta, will chair the Quality Council; and Dianne Swandal, vice president of patient care at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, will be the OMNE Nursing Leaders of Maine representative.

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