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July 22, 2016

Central Maine Healthcare names new president, CEO

Central Maine Healthcare
Central Maine Healthcare
Jeff Brickman, group president of Centura Health in Englewood, Colo., has been named as the next president and chief executive officer of Central Maine Healthcare. He starts his new job on Sept. 19.

The Central Maine Healthcare board of directors has named Jeff Brickman as its next president and CEO.

He succeeds incumbent President and CEO Peter E. Chalke, who announced his retirement in January. Chalke has served in that role since 2002 and has been with Central Maine Healthcare for 33 years.

Brickman will join CMH on Sept. 19. Chalke has agreed to continue in his current role through that time and will remain involved in a number of key community initiatives in the coming year.

"I am confident that the board has made an excellent choice in the selection of Jeff Brickman as the next president and CEO," Chalke said in a release. "His depth of experience and vision are congruent with the strategic direction of this organization. I look forward to assisting with Jeff's transition to Central Maine Healthcare and this community,"

Brickman comes to CMH from Centura Health in Englewood, Colo., where he serves as group president of the Mountains and North Denver Operating Group, as well as president and CEO of St. Anthony Hospital. Centura Health, a not-for-profit, faith-based health care organization comprised of 17 hospitals in Colorado and western Kansas, is the largest health system in its region.

As group president of the largest division of Centura Health, Brickman oversees the strategic and operational planning for the region's integrated health care delivery system. This network includes eight hospitals, two of which are contract-managed critical access hospitals, as well as an extensive ambulatory footprint and a comprehensive range of outpatient services including post-acute care facilities.

Brickman's career also includes stints as system senior vice president of Provena Health and as regional CEO of two hospitals and an ambulatory network in Joliet, Ill.

"Following a thorough search and interview process, the board unanimously endorsed Jeff Brickman as the next president and CEO of Central Maine Healthcare," said Deborah Dunlap Avasthi, chairwoman of the CMH Board of Directors. "Jeff's extensive experience in complex health care environments and his commitment to quality and patient satisfaction complements the goals of our organization. We look forward to Jeff's leadership to advance the organization to the next level in a very dynamic industry and enthusiastically welcome Jeff and his wife Elaine to the Central Maine Medical Family."

CMH is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving some 400,000 people living in central, western and mid-coast Maine. Its hospital facilities include Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital. CMH also supports the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, located at CMMC in Lewiston, and the Central Maine Medical Group, a primary and specialty care practice organization with offices throughout the region.

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