September 13, 2017

Penobscot Community Health Care selects new leader

Courtesy / Penobscot Community Health Care
Courtesy / Penobscot Community Health Care
Penobscot Community Health Care has named Lori Dwyer as the organization’s next president and CEO.

About Penobscot Community Health Care

Penobscot Community Health Care, a nonprofit organization founded in 1997, is the only Federally Qualified Health Center in the Greater Bangor area, Waldo County and in the Jackman region. Its purpose is to ensure access to comprehensive and integrated out-patient health care services to those on MaineCare, Medicare as well as those both with and without insurance, regardless of their ability to pay.

It has 16 practices and program service sites in the Bangor area, plus one in Belfast, offering a wide range of services — including family medicine, dental, pediatrics, geriatrics, nursing home care, psychiatry, mental health and substance abuse services, physical therapy, lab, X-ray, pharmacy and health care for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. Its practices are staffed by about 200 clinicians and providers.

PCHC is recognized as a leader among the nation's Community Health Centers and has been named an "exemplar practice" by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's leading health care foundation.

The board of directors of Penobscot Community Health Care has named Lori Dwyer as the organization's next president and CEO.

Dwyer has served as PCHC's senior vice president, general counsel and compliance and risk officer for the past five years. Her appointment came after a national search and rigorous interview and selection process, according to a PCHC news release.

She succeeds Kenneth Schmidt, who announced his retirement earlier this year after 15 years at PCHC.

"The board was pleased to learn that the best talent was right here, already serving PCHC, its patients and the community," Mark Woodward, chairman of the PCHC board, said in a statement. "Lori has the temperament, education, background, and, most importantly, the commitment to mission that make her the ideal person to lead PCHC in a very challenging national health-care environment. She has a bold vision for the PCHC's future, a firm grasp on policy, understands the importance of national and community partners, and has earned the confidence and respect of the board and PCHC staff."

Dwyer said she was looking forward to working with patients, staff and PCHC's partners and stakeholders "to tackle the challenges ahead."

"This organization is on the cutting edge of integrated primary care delivery, and I am honored to be a part of that, and to have the chance to serve PCHC's mission, its 750 dedicated employees, and its patients," she said.


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