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Stephany Jacques has been named president of Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital after serving in that role on an interim basis.
Last May, Jacques was promoted to interim president of the two critical-access, 25-bed hospitals, both part of Lewiston-based Central Maine Healthcare. She now takes on the permanent role, which has been unfilled since Peter Wright resigned as president a year ago.
“In transitioning to the permanent role, I am committed to continuing to increase specialty services close to home with reliable, high-quality care,” Jacques said in a news release.
“As a native of the River Valley community, my passion is to serve alongside the teams at Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals to provide care to these two very special communities.
Before serving as interim president, Jacques served in nursing and leadership roles for 15 years at Central Maine Healthcare. She was the vice president of nursing and patient care services for Rumford Hospital.
“Since acting as interim president, Stephany has been actively engaging with community members, listening to what people have to say in order to ensure the hospital is addressing the health needs of the community," said Marney Chalmers, a member of the Central Maine Healthcare board of directors. “I look forward to the continued leadership and care Stephany will bring to our town."
Jacques began her career at Rumford Hospital as an operating room nurse before taking on the role of practice manager at Rumford Hospital and Bridgton Hospital for oncology and specialty clinics. She was later promoted to regional director of primary care practices and specialty clinics.
She received her bachelor’s degree from the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions and the University of Maine at Fort Kent, as well as a master’s degree in nursing education from Western Governors University. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“To the surprise of no one, Stephany has not only excelled but thrived in this role,” said Steve Littleson, president and CEO of Central Maine Healthcare.
“Building on lifelong relationships in the River Valley and Lakes Region, and bolstered by her professional credentials, she quickly assessed the needs of the communities, rolled up her sleeves, and got to work building bridges, connecting with civic leaders, business partners, patients and team members alike.”
Central Maine Healthcare is a health care system serving 400,000 people in central, western and midcoast Maine. In addition to Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital, CMH facilities include its flagship, 250-bed Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
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