EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood is pleased to announce that Doug Michael, from Mount Desert Island, has accepted the position as chief community health and grants officer for EMHS. 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,” commented Hood. “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.”
Through his leadership at Healthy Acadia, Michael has organized multiple community health needs assessments and community health improvement plans. In addition, he has led grant seeking activity that has resulted in many national awards to benefit the Down East community. Michael’s other past health experience includes partnership director at Mount Desert Island Hospital, as well as health program manager and exercise physiologist at Chemical Bank Corp in New York City.
EMHS vice president of Business Development, Jerry Whalen, who recently announced his retirement, said, “Doug is a strong leader whose innovative style and passion for improving public health has been instrumental in developing creative solutions for our communities’ toughest health challenges. He will do a great job expanding the community health initiatives that my EMHS colleagues and I started.”
“EMHS is a highly adaptive and collaborative health system leader committed to improving the health and well-being of all Maine people,” said Michael. “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 healthcare, public health, and community partners to measurably improve the health of all Maine people.”
Michael will assume his duties as EMHS chief community health and grants officer on November 11.
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