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John Ronan Named Acting President at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE is pleased to announce that John Ronan, FACHE has been named acting president of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth. In addition to this role, Ronan will remain president of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and a senior vice president at EMHS. The presidency at MCMH became vacant when Charlie Therrien was recently selected as president at Mercy Hospital in Portland. Mercy is also a member of EMHS.

“John is someone I know I can count on to consider innovative ideas with a ‘can do’ attitude. I am pleased to have a strong in-house candidate who is prepared and ready to provide the continuity and focused leadership needed at this time for the Hancock County communities served by Maine Coast and Blue Hill Hospitals. John, Charlie and I will be working together to ensure a smooth transition for all involved in November. I will continue working with the boards of both Maine Coast and Blue Hill to evaluate permanent leadership needs and expect to have more information on that in the coming weeks.” says Hood.

Ronan holds a BS in Business Administration from University of Maine, an MBA with healthcare concentration and a Master’s of Science in Human Relations, both from Husson University. He is also board certified in healthcare management. Ronan has been with EMHS for nearly 20 years and has served as president at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital for two years. Ronan says he is looking forward to helping expand access to quality healthcare in Hancock County. “Maine is home — I grew up in Orono. I am so fortunate to have found my dream job in a region I love and at a system I respect. I welcome the opportunity to help Maine Coast through this transition as acting president. And, it is a natural fit. Both hospitals are members of EMHS, and we’ve already strengthened relationships through shared orthopedic services and other measures of efficiency. I am simply thrilled with this opportunity and the possibilities that are ahead.”

Therrien, who will soon take over the helm at Mercy, says he has every confidence that Ronan is the right person to help Maine Coast during this transition because he has worked closely with staff at Maine Coast in the past year. “We have a first-rate team and a great hospital. I have every confidence that as acting president John will help keep us on the extraordinary path we are on. It was the right decision to bring Maine Coast into EMHS and it is exciting to see the fruits of our labor.” Therrien added that he looks forward to assuming the presidency at Mercy, “In less than two years, the Mercy ministry will be 100 years old. We will have the opportunity to celebrate Mercy’s past while assuring that a strong Catholic community hospital with primary and secondary care is there for the people of southern Maine for the next century.”

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