ROCKPORT, Maine — Wade Johnson, who has served as president and chief executive officer of Pen Bay Healthcare for two years, will be leaving in about six weeks.
The announcement of Johnson’s departure came Thursday afternoon in a news release sent out by Pen Bay Healthcare, which is the parent organization of Pen Bay Medical Center, the Knox Center for Long-Term Care, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Health and Hospice, Quarry Hill retirement village in Camden, and a majority of physician offices in the region.
Johnson has accepted a position in Idaho, although the specifics of that job were not included in the news release.
Johnson began work at the helm of Pen Bay Health in February 2012. He succeeded Roy Hitchings Jr., who held the post for more than 13 years.
“On behalf of the Pen Bay Healthcare board of trustees, I would like to express our gratitude to Wade for his thoughtful leadership and dedication to Pen Bay and the midcoast community over these past few years,” said Everett Spear III, chairman of the Pen Bay Healthcare board of trustees. “Pen Bay Healthcare is stronger due to Wade’s and the senior executive team’s leadership. We wish him the best of success as he pursues his career goals.”
During his tenure, Johnson led the organization’s comprehensive strategic planning process; developed a series of quality improvement initiatives that have proven successful; and provided oversight to a set of efforts aimed at reducing the cost of health care delivery in the midcoast, the news release stated.
The board of trustees, medical staff and executive team will continue to collaborate to accomplish the goals outlined in the strategic plan and to lead Pen Bay during this time of transition, according to the news release.
A search committee composed of community board members and medical staff leadership will be formed to conduct a national search for Johnson’s successor.
The board will work during the next few weeks with administrators and medical staff “to develop appropriate transition plans to ensure leadership continuity and interim management,” Spear added.
Pen Bay Healthcare has more than 1,500 employees and more than 100 physicians.