DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Mayo Regional Hospital’s president and CEO is stepping down after less than a year on the job, according to a hospital spokesman.
Edward J. Hannon, who has led Mayo since Sept. 17, 2012, announced on Wednesday that he is leaving for personal family reasons and has decided to accept another position out of state, Mayo spokesman Tom Lizotte said in a statement.
Lizotte said Hannon will remain at Mayo through the end of August.
“He and his wife wanted to be closer to their family, which is in the Midwest part of the country,” Lizotte said.
The board of directors for Hospital Administrative District 4, which represents 13 communities in Piscataquis, Penobscot and Somerset counties, will hold a special meeting in early August to begin planning the selection process for a new CEO. An interim CEO is expected to be appointed in the meantime.
“I am extremely happy to have had the opportunity to lead this great hospital. I know that I am leaving one of the best rural hospitals in America,” Hannon said in a statement. “This organization is truly a remarkable provider of healthcare services. It is obvious that staff, physicians, board members and volunteers are so dedicated and want only the best for this region.”
Hannon said the hospital board and administration turned a critical eye on the hospital’s operations over the past year.
“We have taken the first steps in what will be a difficult process to improve operational issues,” said Hannon. “Additionally, we have recently recruited several new providers who will bring new services and specialists to the area. The future success of Mayo will depend on having high quality, efficient and productive primary care providers who refer patients for inpatient and outpatient services to the hospital and our local providers.”
Hannon has worked in the health care field for nearly 35 years, including CEO stints at rural hospitals in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
Last year, he replaced retiring Ralph Gabarro, who was the Mayo’s CEO for 15 years.