BREWER, Maine — Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems has hired Doug Michael of Mount Desert Island as its chief community health and grants officer. He will begin his duties on Nov. 11.
Michael is the former executive director and founder of Healthy Acadia, a charitable community health organization serving rural Hancock and Washington counties.
“It is my pleasure to welcome Doug Michael as the newest member of our community health team,” said M. Michelle Hood, EMHS president and CEO, in a news release. “With more than 20 years of community health experience, Doug brings with him a wealth of knowledge and a spirit of collaboration that will benefit EMHS’ community health goal to improve public health by aligning a highly integrated network of community partners and resources.”
In his role at Healthy Acadia, Michael organized multiple community health needs assessments and community health improvement plans, and led grant-seeking projects. He also was partnership director at Mount Desert Island Hospital, and health program manager and exercise physiologist at Chemical Bank Corp. in New York City.
“EMHS is a highly adaptive and collaborative health system leader committed to improving the health and well-being of all Maine people,” Michael said in a prepared statement. “[Retiring EMHS vice president of Business Development] Jerry Whalen and his team have established a solid foundation of planning, programs and statewide partnerships that are making it possible for generations of Maine people to lead healthier lives. I look forward to joining their talented team and working together with our health care, public health, and community partners to measurably improve the health of all Maine people.”