MACHIAS, Maine — Down East Community Hospital announced Monday the appointment of Ralph Gabarro as interim chief executive officer.
Gabarro, a resident of Brunswick, was scheduled to begin his duties Tuesday.
Gabarro previously served as CEO for Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, where he retired in October 2012 after 15 years of service.
He will fill, on an interim basis, the position formerly held by Doug Jones, who made an abrupt departure from the hospital May 28.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to the administration of Down East Community as its interim CEO and am impressed with the board, senior leaders and staff for their strong commitment to the people of Washington County and to providing the quality of health care they deserve,” Gabarro said in a statement issued by the hospital.
The hospital’s board of directors is continuing to search for a permanent replacement for Jones, as was indicated by David Whitney, who recently was tapped to be board chairman.
“The board is pleased that someone with Mr. Gabarro’s experience with rural Maine and Critical Access Hospitals was willing to come out of retirement to be at the helm at Down East Community while the board completes its CEO search,” Whitney said in the hospital’s statement.
Jones steered the hospital through a turbulent period until his exit was suddenly and tersely announced by the hospital administration last month. He was named interim CEO after the state placed the hospital into receivership in 2009 and under the emergency control of the Brewer-based Eastern Maine Health System. Jones later agreed to stay on as CEO once the hospital’s receivership with EMHS ended.
Last month, the hospital announced in a brief statement Jones resigned, and his resignation was effective immediately. In the same announcement, Jones said he was proud of what he accomplished and planned to spend more time with family and friends.
Eric Burke, chairman of the hospital board of directors at the time, and Whitney declined to comment on the resignation of Jones.