BREWER, Maine — Daniel B. Coffey has been appointed president and CEO of The Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Eastern Maine Health Systems announced late Monday afternoon. Coffey replaces embattled former CEO David Proffitt, who resigned at the beginning of April.
Coffey’s appointment is effective immediately.
“As we began the search for a new CEO at Acadia, it quickly became obvious that the best candidate was right here in our system,” EMHS CEO Michelle Hood said in a prepared statement. “Dan is highly regarded across New England as a wise and thoughtful leader. He understands how Acadia and the other members of EMHS work together, the Acadia and EMHS boards of directors know and trust him, and he has previous CEO experience in our system.”
The Acadia Hospital, a member of EMHS, is a 100-bed psychiatric facility with a strong focus on community mental health and substance abuse programs. Proffitt had held the leadership position since 2008, resigning in a storm of controversy over clinical and administrative problems.
Coffey has worked within EMHS for 34 years in a number of roles. Most recently he served as executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer of the seven-hospital system.
Coffey also served nine years as president and CEO of Healthcare Charities and six months as interim EMHS president and CEO.
Coffey also was instrumental in the late 1980s in establishing The Acadia Hospital.
“The Acadia Hospital is like one of my children. I want to see it do well – I know it can do well and I have the experience and institutional memory to help make that happen. A good understanding of history is helpful in arriving at successful future strategies,” Coffey said in the prepared statement.
Coffey credited the “outstanding clinical and management team already in place” at Acadia, and said he will address administrative and operational challenges “by listening, asking good questions, balancing clinical expectation with financial feasibility, and executing common sense solutions.”
Scott Oxley, EMHS vice president and chief accounting officer, will serve as interim chief financial officer for the system until a permanent replacement for Coffey is identified.